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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We the People, Track Meet and More-May 27, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                             

Beaverton voters passed the bond on last week’s ballot.  On Wednesday a parent asked if work would begin that day on the doors, roof and other areas specific to our school.  While it won’t be THAT immediate, we do look forward to the repairs and upgrades!  In the meanwhile, our teachers continue to teach and our learners continue to learn.

Students in fifth grade will be presenting information Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.  We invite families from other grade levels to attend if they’d like.  Students had a chance to present information to a panel of judges in Salem last week.   Following our fifth grader’s trip to Salem I received this message from one of the parents who had joined the group.   His words sum up the great learning experience!   Craig Wymetalek writes…

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the We the People presentations that the 5th graders did at the State Capital….This field trip, and the presentations that the children did was an experience I don’t think the 5th grades will soon forget.  On top of getting to see the Capital, they had the opportunity to do mock “congressional testimony” in front of a panel of judges.  I was impressed with the knowledge that the 5th graders had about constitutional issues that many adults do not understand.  This was not just a surface level pamphlet recitation, but actual knowledge being put to use.  The children not only took positions on some of the issues, but had compared historical problems faced by the Founding Fathers with examples from present day.  Obviously, there had been some in depth discussion on some pretty complex constitutional issues prior to these presentations.

The teachers have done an excellent job with this program.  The children were clearly excited to be sharing their knowledge and they really enjoyed getting feedback from the judges.  Of all of the presentations I have seen in nine years at Sexton Mountain, this was certainly the best display of the children understanding complex ideas on an intellectual level rather than just reciting facts they learned.  If this program is not a regular part of the curriculum at Sexton Mountain (it wasn’t for my two older children), it should certainly be in the future.”

Track Meet-Some of our students got to attend a special track meet at Beaverton High School on Thursday.  They participated in a number of events in a day of celebration.  I left the event with a content heart thinking about how much our students have grown.  They tried new things and put in great effort.  We have an exceptionally hard working SRC team and a very special group of students.  Additionally, we have a number of fifth grade students who gain just as much as they give during PE time with their buddies.  Last week in fact two of our girls spent their allowance on a birthday book for a friend.  Listening to the teacher recount the story of the gift, givers and recipient flooded me with joy.  OUR KIDS ROCK!!


Fifth Grade Gift to School and Community-Our fifth graders raised funds through a range of projects this year and provided our school with a great bench.  It was installed just in time for families to enjoy during the carnival.


As an organization we try to reflect on our successes and challenges.  Teachers across Oregon were invited to participate in the TELL survey in March.  They were asked to share their perspective about time, facilities and resources, community support, student conduct, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, and instructional practices.  The information will provide us with a starting point to drill deeper in a continued effort to make our school an even better place.

  It has been an exciting year with more great things to come.  Thanks for sharing your children with us!

Fondly,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower

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 Lori Laraway, Mrs. Z. and their team for organizing a great volunteer appreciation party.
  • §  Thanks to Judith Yan for volunteering to help organize the supply room.  More volunteers are still needed.
  • §  Thanks to all of the 5th Grade Parents who were quickly able to change plans and drive to Salem for the field trip last week when the bus company sent smaller buses with fewer seats than expected.
  • §  Thanks to Toni Fisher, Kelly Jones and Lori Laraway for taking charge of the unofficial ballot drop boxes. 
  • §  Thanks to Kate Kristiansen for bringing Sexton Mt. Spirit to special track meet for students at Beaverton High School last Thursday.  Our kids loved having a great place to enjoy lunch and having our school mascot join them for part of the day.  Check out news coverage of the event at:  http://koin.com/2014/05/22/beaverton-special-ed-athletes-medal-share-smiles/


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 for Field Day.  Please let Mr. Miller know if you can help out.
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. Check with Cheryl if you’d like to spend a few minutes on this project. 
       Shade or rain canopies will be put to good use on Friday, June 6 during Field Day.  If you can bring one and set it up by 9:00am then take it down between 2:45 and 3:00pm, it would be greatly appreciated!
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
       May 28-We the People Evening Event 6:30-8:00pm
       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 6-Field Day- Spirit Day-Hat Day
o   9:00-10:45am AM  Kindergarten,  SRC, First and Second Grade
o   1:00-2:45pm PM  Kindergarten, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade
       June 9- Spirit Day-Wear Tie-Dye or School Colors (Black and Red)
       June 10- Spirit Day-Super Hero or Oregon Duck Day
       June 10-Kindergarten Celebration 10:00am and 12:30pm (note change)
       June 10-PTC Meeting at 9:30am in cafeteria
       June 10-Fly Up Day
       June 11- Spirit Day-Sports Attire Day
       June 12- Spirit Day-Hawaiian 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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