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Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrations, 5K, and More-March 4, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

I’m constantly amazed by the energy, enthusiasm, and passion the members of our learning community show on a regular basis.  Great things happen at Sexton Mountain because so many are invested in our students (a.k.a. our future).  Here are a few examples:
  • §  Our OBOB participants, all 138 of them, were organized, supported, quizzed, and officiated by an amazing group of volunteers!  Thanks to Jen and Roger for the countless hours spent on this project.  Readers are leaders!
  • §  Our Sparky’s Running Club Marathon kids were recognized at the assembly last Friday.  Over the year, they’ve run more than 104 laps on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recess.  Thanks to Heather Hough and her team of volunteers for braving the elements to track the efforts of these athletes!
  • §  Our community is coming together Saturday for the first ever Sexton Mountain Run with the Eagles 5K and Community Expo.  Anna Grass has reached out to include so many community members for this special project.  Did you know 70% of the people in Beaverton don’t have kids in school so they may not know of the great things happening in our schools today. 
  • §  Our children have memorized the location of many countries and states because of the Passport Club.  Thanks to Heidi Elliott and the many volunteers who quiz and encourage kids each month. 
  • §  Our students will have an opportunity to have special presentations about music from volunteers when Music Workshop resumes soon.  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for organizing our volunteers.
  • §  Our students are learning amazing things because we have incredible teachers.  When I visit classrooms, I’m constantly impressed by the deep thinking students are doing.
  • §  Our creative students are filling our hallways with beautiful work, under the direction of our Art Litearcy volunteers. 

§  We have a college student doing some creative thinking about how to share safety messages regarding our parking lot and congestion coming in and out of the parking lot.  

One School, One Book-Family Literacy and Culture Night-March 13, 6:30-7:30pm

Students seem to be enjoying Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.  A fifth grader told me recently it’s easy to get lost in such an interesting book.  I hope your family is enjoying it also. 

As I visit classrooms, I’ve noticed several of the returned family projects.  How is your paper doll project coming along?  These will be displayed for Family Literacy Night on March 13. This evening event will not only highlight the book we’ve read but also the very unique group of students and families that make up Sexton Mountain.  If your family would like to share more about your culture, this night will provide an opportunity.  Please let me know if you would like to share information, music, dance, or an activity and I’ll hook you up with the committee in charge of planning.

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

The many acts of kindness shown at our school on a regular basis are too numerous to count but we are going to try during the upcoming month.  When a kind act is noticed it will be recognized with a piece of string. Students will attach strings 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 will be providing information regarding students' learning needs as well as current specialists.  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. 

Focus and State Testing
Many exciting things are happening at Sexton Mountain and we will continue to keep the focus on learning!  Many have asked about when we will be doing the statewide assessments in third, fourth and fifth grade.  This is certainly an important question but it’s even more important to remember that students must be here and ready for the learning in order to do well on the big tests.  Kids should be well rested, begin each day with a good breakfast, and be ready to engage in learning EVERY day so when it comes time to assess the learning, they have the habits of mind to do well on the test too.

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 Jen Fife-Adams, Roger Golliver, Claire Moore, Susie Wilson, Xan Eriksson, Judith Yan, Sally Ebanks, Krista Kruhm and Heidi Elliott for all their hard work on the Oregon Battle of the Books.
  • §  Thanks to the Figone family for their generous donation of hand sanitizer to the computer lab!
  • §  Thanks to the Jenison family for cutting ribbon for us.

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! 
·          The Lost and Found has a growing number of items.  Please check it often.
·          The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only. 
·          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.
·          Dogs are not allowed on school property when students are present.
·          Report off campus traffic issues to
·          If you pick up your child behind the school, please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around. 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  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

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