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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

College and Career Readiness-Reflections from Mom's Weekend-May 6, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                        

Mom’s Weekend at Oregon State University was especially productive last weekend.  While we enjoyed country dancing, a concert and pedicures, we also did a lot work!  We planned a graduation party, made invitations, addressed announcements, purchased and made all decorations and visited her new place of employment.  It seems like just the other day we were getting ready for pre-school and now she’s finishing her last term as an undergraduate. 

Celebrating Mom’s Weekend with a daughter is different than celebrating with a son so I tried to collect as many memories as possible since this was my last one.  Here are my last observations of my daughter’s college years and some connections I made to students at Sexton Mountain.
  • §  On Friends-This was the first time I stayed with daughter instead of a hotel.  Seeing Kay in her natural habitat, surrounded by roommates and friends, I realized how much effort she puts into maintaining peaceful relationships.  Living with a group of college students for 48 months gave me many opportunities to realize that the art of getting along with others takes practice.  As Sexton Mountain students have conflicts, are they learning from each experience so they are better able to cope the next time? 
  • §  On Dreaming-Listening to a group of young people talk about their future plans was energizing!  Anything is possible at this age.  The group I had dinner with Saturday night seemed to have a growth mindset, knowing that hard work can take you places.  Dinnertime conversation at any age is powerful.  Have I heard the hopes and dreams of your child lately?
  • §  On Learning and Practice-The Country Dance Club hosts a line dance every year and I’m amazed by how many students enroll in dance class for an easy PE type credit then find that dancing is fun.  Students were teaching moms and practicing with one another.  They encouraged one another, counted and gave directions all while smiling and encouraging.  Some students had gone to Youtube to learn elaborate flips and throws.  Many of the skills you learn in school are not academic but you do learn the habit of practice and the joy of doing something you thought you could not do.   I’ve been consumed with state testing over the past month. While I can tell the percentage of students meeting state expectations and growth targets, do I know what percentage of children are learning the habits of mind necessary for future success?
  • §  On Sharing-Though every item in the fridge and cupboards were labeled with the owner’s name, the roommates shared generously with one another and their guests.  Honoring and recognizing the property of others and acknowledging the willingness to share seemed to be part of the ritual of the unwritten roommate agreement.  Do our students know how to share AND how to respect the property of others?
  • §  On Celebrating-Screams of joy, hugs, high fives, and pats on the back were generous as the members of the group experience life as college-age students can.   Do our students know how to celebrate in the success of others?
  • §  On Working-Friday and Saturday were all about play but when Sunday rolled around the tone changed.  When I asked about breakfast plans, “Shh!  I’m doing homework was the response.”  The whole group had shifted to study mode.  My fun had ended.  Do our students know how to schedule fun and work so that they can fully engage in both?  Do they have time to practice both?  Are we providing opportunities for this?

It really seems like just the other day I was watching my daughter and her friends build a city out of cereal boxes so that tiny plastic animals and dolls had a backdrop for the stories the girls were creating in their heads.  Now, a different set of friends surround her and they are creating the backdrop for the stories they are living through their actions, words and thoughts.  She’s grown from the world of make believe and is ready to contribute to the world in new and exciting ways.  I hope all parents get to feel the warm tingle in their hearts as milestones are reached.

I’m sure that as I watch your children learn this week, I’ll be thinking of their futures and dreams.  Thank you for sharing your precious treasures with us each day.  It is indeed an honor!


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 Kate Kristiansen for transforming the staff room into a celebration room for our staff.  Thanks to all who have made Staff Appreciation Week so amazing.

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.
       Mr. Miller can put donations of yoga mats to good use in the gym
       Mr. Miller would love donations of no-longer-needed clothes, hats, shoes, etc. for a Field Day activity…the funnier, goofier, more unique the better, but he will take it all (preferably sizes that can fit all body types and ages from 5-105—examples: sweatpants, Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sunglasses, crazy hats, flippers, slip-on shoes)
       Donations of sugar-free gum will be make testing a bit more enjoyable for kids who may need to have a second try at OAKS.
       Volunteers needed to help with classroom management during our Fire House visit on the morning of May 6.  If you are good at helping kids get from one spot to the next and for staying focused during presentations and you are available, let Mrs. CB know.
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. 
       Volunteers are needed to organize and stock the remote workroom (near the green pod). 
·          Report off campus traffic issues to
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  May 6-TVFR Visit 8:30-Noon-Fire House and Engine will be in our parking lot.
§  May 6-Mrs. Krueger’s class will be honored at 6:00pm at the Beaverton City Hall for their entry in the Human Rights Expression Contest.
§  May 8-Signal to Noise Awards Ceremony at Sunset Pres. Church 7:00-9:00pm
§  May 14-Passport Club (note date correction)
§  May 22-Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00pm
§  May 23-Assessment Day-No School
§  May 26-Memorial Day-No School
§  May 29- Canfield Lunch Buddy Visit 11:20-12:15
§  May 30-Spirit Assembly 8:30am
§  June 4-After School Club Drama Performance 6:30pm
§  June 5-Kindergarten Celebration 10:00am and 2:00pm
§  June 6-Field Day
§  June 12-Last Day of School and 5th Grade Send Off Party
§  June 12-Report Cards will be sent home in backpack mail or mailed.
§  June 16-Beaverton Party in the Park at Sexton Mountain (Afternoon-Evening Event)
§  September 2-First Day for First through Fifth Grade Students
§  September 8- First Day for Kindergarten Students

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