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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Report Cards and Parking-November 25, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                               

On Monday, December 1, students will not come to school because it is a Teacher Workday.  On that day, teachers will be working on report cards.   Today marks the end of the first grading period.  Report cards will be sent home on December 9.  The report card will look a bit different than last year.  You will notice that changes are minimal.   Please note that the report card shows proficiency on year-end targets.  You will use the academic key to see how your child is progressing toward what they are expected to know at the end of the year.  Do pay close attention to the Trimester Progress Key as it shows if your child is making the progress we would expect in order to meet end of year targets.

Academic Key:
4=Highly proficient
2=Nearly Proficient
N/A=Not Assessed this trimester
**  Modified Curriculum/Assessment

Trimester Progress Key
This is the area to pay close attention to since it shows if your child is making the progress we would expect in order to meet end of year targets.
+  significant

Based on the REST of my message today, you might think I’ve only been in the parking lot the last few days.  However, this is the time of year when we tend to have more parking lot issues and we’ve had several new families join us recently so I wanted to re-share some information from earlier in the year.

GETTING TO SCHOOL on time and ready to learn sets the stage for the day.  When the rain starts or when there is ice on windshields in the morning, we tend to have a more congested parking lot and therefore, if families don’t plan ahead, more students arrive after instruction begins.

Please know that supervision in the cafeteria begins at 8:05am and at 8:10 students can also go to the gym, playground or library, if space is available.  Traffic is very light at 8:05am.   It is a perfect time to bring students to school.

Because our parking lot can get CONGESTED it is important to follow the established traffic patterns.

IF students are able to independently get in and out of the car on the passenger side, they can be dropped off in the front circle. 

Students can be dropped off and picked up curbside only in the front traffic circle.  The picture below shows how buses ONLY will drop students in the AM bus lane and cars will remain in the through lane.   There is no bus lane in the afternoon so cars can pull along the curb at the end of the day.  They still must only load kids in the front circle.  The cars below illustrate the before school routine perfectly!

In the front circle, cars should pull forward to the end of the curb if there is room.  The daycare van pictured below is a perfect example of this!  If cars pull forward like this, we are able to have 9 cars at a time unload children and this makes for a faster drop off.

Notice how the cars pictured below have students exiting only on the passenger side.  They’ve left just enough room between cars to easily pull away from the curb and into the imaginary lane that runs parallel to the drop off lane, making for a smooth traffic flow.  Put your car in park while your child gets out then wait to pull away until the child is on the curb.  This allows the driver to be sure that cords on jackets or backpack parts aren’t trapped in the car door.

Once on the sidewalk, students enter through the door closest to the cafeteria then go to the cafeteria, gym, library or playground until 8:25am.   At 8:25, the front doors will be open and students may go directly to class.

IF students are not yet able to be dropped curbside independently, drivers should park in a legal parking space then help the child out of the car and walk them across the crosswalk to the building.  The child can then go to the cafeteria, gym, library or playground until 8:25am. If adults come into the building with children, they need to enter through the front door then go to the office to sign in and get a visitor or volunteer badge.

Know that Instruction Begins promptly at 8:30am -When the 8:25am bell rings, students walk directly to the classroom.  Teachers take attendance electronically at 8:30am then begin instruction, so if a child arrives after the 8:30am bell, the child will be marked absent.  As to not interrupt instruction, children not in class at 8:30am need to get a pink slip from the office.  When they show this to the teacher, the teacher knows that the office has changed the electronic record to show the child is at school.  Please make being on time and ready to learn a habit.  Children who are frequently tardy in elementary school are more likely have poor grades in middle school, drop out in high school, and even experience employment issues later in life.  Plan ahead for congestion and let kids know that the start of the day is a lot like the scheduled departure of an airplane to Disneyland in that if you arrive late, you may miss something important, no matter what the excuse. 
THE END OF THE DAY can be congested too.  Please be patient and follow the law.   One of our parents snapped the picture below showing where a car had parked on 155th Avenue in front of the school.  By not parking legally, traffic was essentially stopped.  Our neighbors behind the school have reported cars parked in the no parking zone on 158th and expressed concern about how this is not only illegal but creates blindspots for kids who may be crossing the street.   Our staff members DO NOT direct traffic on public streets but we can report dangerous or illegal behaviors to Beaverton City Police just as you can.  

Your children are dear to us and we want to maximize our time with them.  Making sure they get to school safely and are in class by 8:30am when instruction starts is important for everyone.


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

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.
·       We need 2 wagons to add to our LUNCH WAGON collection.  
·       Donations of Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick, Highlights, LegoMagazine, Zoo Books, American Girl and more will be put to good use.
Upcoming Events
November 26, 27, 29-Thanksgiving Break-No School
December 1-Grading Day-No School

December 5-PTC Music Program (Thanks to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sexton Mt. Drive and 154th for opening their parking lot to us for overflow parking for this event.)

December 9-PTC Meeting at 6:30pm
December 22-January 2-Winter Break- No School
January 5- School Resumes
January 13-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
January 18-Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School
January 26-Staff Development Day-No School
February 16-Presidents’ Day-No School
February 19-20 Parent-Teacher Conferences-No School
March 12 Kindergarten Orientation
March13  Grading Day - No School
March 23-27-Spring Break-No School

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Sexton Mountain Elementary School n 15645 SW Sexton Mountain Drive n Beaverton, Oregon 97007 n Office: 503.672.3560 n FAX 503.672.3538

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