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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Planning for Summer Reading-May 20, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                             

Last summer the members of my book group got to help a friend with a moving sale.  All of the people in my book group work in schools so it wasn’t a big surprise that when the first child customer came, my friend suddenly declared that all children got to leave with two free books.  As an empty nester and kindergarten teacher, she had a ton of great kids books. Suddenly our team went from selling junk to helping to match books with readers.  Making sure that kids had interesting books at their level was SO MUCH FUN!  Watching excited kids leave with new books was an absolute delight. 

Teachers and students have worked so hard over the past nine months.  I know that they will continue to work hard in the upcoming weeks and I hope that families have already started making plans to continue to work over the summer.  Will you sign up for Beaverton City Library’s Summer Reading Program?  Do you have a library or bookstore visit scheduled each week?  Has your child set goals for how much time or how many books will be read over the summer?  Does your child have a book budget for garage sales?

I visited Ms. Martin’s class on Monday morning.  Around the room, students were lost in books.  One child enjoyed Thirty-nine Clues, another a Magic Tree House and yet another Amelia Bedelia.  Others were reading about marine mammals and dogs.  Students have worked so hard to build stamina this year.  They have figured out how to make meaning from text.  They know how to respond to what they’ve read by writing. It was exciting to see students so happily engaged in the process of reading.   I hope that kids will continue this love of reading over the summer. 

At the Carnival Friday night I met several students who will be joining us next fall.  I had to let them know that we are about academics in addition to fun and that our playground wouldn’t always be set up with the extravaganza of fun they were experiencing.  Late Friday evening I found Tonya Robson, Noel Tyner, and Polly Campbell seated in the cafeteria enjoying dinner.  It was the first time I’d seen the trio seated in months.  They have been hard at work planning the carnival and their efforts certainly paid off.  Their careful planning plus all of our awesome volunteers on the day of the event made for a very special evening for our students.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thanks for sharing your children and 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 Toni Fisher, Peri Medell, Jen Fife-Adams, Robyn Fuenmayor and others who are working now on updating the book room

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)
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. 
·          Dogs are not allowed on campus when kids are here. 
·          Please do not use our neighbor’s driveways for turning around.  Some of those closest to our campus believe the extra use by Sexton Mt. families is damaging their cement.
·          Please remember to follow traffic safety laws on and around our campus.  We have 550+ little bodies to look out for!
·          Report off campus traffic issues to
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  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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