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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Power of Reading Aloud-February 18, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

Is your family enjoying In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson?  I was in Mr. Hayhurst’s classroom last Friday as they were discussing the text and looking at examples of the type of home Shirley lived in.  It was a rich conversation!  It’s been so much fun to hear kids talking about the book.  Look for a special project related to the book to come home on Friday, February 21.

Reading aloud to children is one of the most powerful things we can do to build a number of skills. I've included info below from about the importance of reading aloud.  

In past generations, the practice of reading aloud was an enjoyable way for adults to expose children to the world of language and to model the skill – and pleasure – of reading.  In addition, reading aloud represented an opportunity to share ideas, values and traditions and to provide a springboard for discussion of the important issues of life.  Today, children are bombarded from every side with visual, auditory, and sensory stimuli that pull them further and further away from exposure to language as the medium of vivid, precise and nuanced communication. 

Read-aloud programs across the country have proven that reading to children from birth establishes foundational literacy skills by:
  • §  Improving listening comprehension
  • §  Increasing vocabulary
  • §  Providing fluency models
  • §  Promoting conceptual understanding
  • §  Lengthening attention spans
  • §  Creating a positive attitude toward books and reading

Reading to children for 15 minutes a day sounds simple, but the results are complex and permanent.  Extensive research has shown that if children hear words for two minutes daily, they will have heard 180,000 words a year, and with five minutes that becomes over 350,000 words in a year.  Young children can be read to at any age, even as infants, and will internalize the sounds of words with delight as long as the duration of reading coincides with a child’s natural attention span.  15 minutes a day is a small investment in time that yields substantial benefits for a lifetime – like a 401k vocabulary account for future literate success in life.

Reading aloud sharpens the imagination, creates healthy dialogue, and engenders in children a love of reading.  Children who learn to listen eventually learn to read, and literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.  When children listen, they learn about their own lives and the stories of others around the globe.

In addition, reading to children strengthens the emotional bonds between the adult reader and the child, providing those positive parent-child connections essential to a child’s psychological health and academic growth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this book as a family.  When we come together the evening of March 13 for Family Literacy Night, your discussions over these weeks about the book will enhance the evening’sFamily learning.


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
  • §  Thanks to Sarah Wolfe and Robyn Fuenmayor for helping with the backdrop for the 4th Grade Music Program.
  • §  Thanks to Katie Jenison for cutting ribbon for us and helping with the dragon during the music program.
  • §  Thanks to the Arabzadeh for making dry erase boards for our new math teacher.
  • §  Thanks to the McColl family for assembling packets for Kindergarten Orientation.

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
       Donations for our teachers’ projects are still appreciated!
·          The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only.  Arranging play dates or birthday parties are examples of appropriate use.  The school directory should not be used for advertising purposes.
·          Pedestrians should cross 155th with the crossing guard at Sexton Mountain and 155th.   Thanks!
·          If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line (503-259-7635) before 8:30am (when messages are checked each day). 
·          If you enter or leave through the back gate between our playground and 158th, close and latch the gate behind you.
·          Dogs are not allowed on school property when students are present.
·          If you pick up your child behind the school, please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around.  We’ve had a complaint that the extra wear and tear from parents is causing damage.
·          Please remember to park only in legal parking spots on 158th.  Parking too close to our back exit makes it dangerous for drivers to see children as they leave the school.
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  February 18-Dining for Dollars at BJ Willy’s in Progress Ridge-BRING THE FLIER.
§  February 20-PTC Meeting 9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  February 21- -Art Fair-6:30-8:30pm
§  February 26-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 7-PTC’s Jog-a-thon
§  March 8-PTC’s Kids and Community 5K-Register at
§  March 10-No-School-Budget Reduction Day
§  March 13-PTC Meeting-9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  March 13-Kindergarten Orientation-5:15-6:15pm
§  March 13-One School, One Book Family Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
§  March 14-No School-Grading Day
§  March 17-Author Visit for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students
§  March 17-Barnes and Noble Bridgeport -Author Presentation by Lincoln Pierce and Book Fair-5:30pm
§  March 19-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break
District Goal for 2010-2015:  All students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.
The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans' status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. 

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