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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5K, Jogathon, Literacy and More-March 11, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                        

Saturday morning our playground was buzzing with energy!  The first annual Sexton Mountain 5K was a HUGE success!  Thanks to all who helped with everything from set up to clean up.  Our community knows that Sexton Mountain is a special place indeed!  Thanks to Anna Grass for organizing such a special event!

Friday was fabulous day too!  If you have never seen hundreds of smiling kids running you are really missing out.  One little guy huffed and puffed as he completed each lap.  As he ran by he said, “There is another $10 I made for our school.”  He was proud that his efforts went for a good cause and knew that the harder he worked, the more money he would raise.  The spirit of the day seemed to be “doing good” for our school.  Cheerers cheered and runners ran all for the joy of being at Sexton Mountain. 

This week we will continue to have exciting things happen for our students.  Thursday evening we will have Kindergarten Orientation from 5:15-6:15pm.  At 6:30pm, the One School, One Book-Family Literacy and Culture Night will take place.  Teachers have planned a variety of activities for your kids related to themes in Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. 

 I hope your family is enjoying this book.  We have exciting things planned for your family on Thursday night.  Make sure to visit the pods and the gym for activities related to the book.  Check out the displays around the school as well!  Families will have a range of activities to enjoy that evening.  One of the activities will be a book giving station.  You can bring your family’s copy of the book to donate to a Washington County Title One School.  Your family can write a note to the next family who will have an opportunity to read the story.  Some families find that books from this school-wide event are read and reread by students over the years so you are encouraged to keep the book.  For others, this is a nice opportunity to write a family book review and spread the joy of family literacy.

Acts of Kindness Wreath

Our kindness wreath continues to grow!  The many acts of kindness shown at our school on a regular basis are too numerous to count but we’re trying to recognize acts with a piece of string. Students then attach string to the wreath on the door near the Passport Club bulletin board.  Ask your child if he or she has received a string and ask them to point it out to you the next time you are here.  Extra string is available in the office if you’d like to recognize kind acts when you are in the building. 

Classroom Placement Info
I shared this information last week, and it will be included in each newsletter through March 18 as the deadline is March 21.  As we plan for the 2014 - 2015 school year, we are asking for parent input regarding the learning environment that fits your child.  We want to achieve the best possible balance and learning for all students at our school.  It is very important for us to get a complete picture of your child as a learner.  Current teachers, as well as current specialists, will be providing information regarding students' learning needs.  Your information, in addition, will be of great value in understanding individual needs for all of our students.  If you’d like, please write a letter commenting on the following points:
*Your child's learning style. 
*The type of teaching that best suits your child. Please do not list specific teacher names as teaching assignments have not been determined and many things could change between now and September.
*The type of classroom environment you prefer. 
*Any special concerns that need to be considered.

Please drop letters by the office or send letters to by March 21.

Much thought and care go in to building balanced classes.  Your input is one valuable piece of the process.  By the time we have finished this procedure, we have created an intricately woven community of children.  Your information allows us to meet your concerns while doing what is best for all children at Sexton Mountain. 

Exciting things are indeed happening at Sexton Mountain.   Thank you for sharing your children and your talents with us!


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 Naseem’s family for the generous donation of hand sanitizer for our computer lab.
  • §  Thanks to the Isenhart Family for the generous paper donation.

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.
       Volunteers are needed daily from 11:50-12:10 to serve as mentors and homework completion encouragers. Loving, encouraging helpers can make extra practice fun!
       Volunteers are needed daily from 8:05-8:25 to read with students.  Loving, encouraging listeners can make reading practice fun!
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office or computer lab.
       Donations for our teachers’ projects are still appreciated! 
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Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  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 at 8:30am
§  March 17-Barnes and Noble Bridgeport -Author Presentation by Lincoln Pierce and Book Fair-5:30pm
§  March 19-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 20-PE Showcase at Sunset High School 6:30-8:00pm
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break

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