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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Think-Know-Act-Go-December 16, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                   

Does your child know your phone number?  On Black Friday, one of our kindergarten students was separated from her mother at the mall.  Macy’s was going into something like a lock down, not sure if she had been abducted or was lost.  Luckily, the 5 year old knew her mom’s cell number so she found a phone and called mom.  When her mom told me the story, she said that the school had emphasized the importance of knowing the phone number so all of her children had practice and practiced.  Their practice paid off.

The goal of the Beaverton School District is for all students to graduate college or career ready.   We want our students to:
·       Think-critically and creatively
·       Know-master content
·       Act-self-direct and collaboratively
·       Go-navigate locally and globally

I tell parents at Kindergarten Orientation that college begins in kindergarten. We hope that our children are constantly developing the skills and habits of mind that will prepare them for the next level. Our lost kindergartener is a perfect example of a child who is developing the skills to go into the world to navigate locally and someday globally. 

Over the past few weeks I’ve met with most students for a special writing project.  Students in first through fifth grade, read an article from  National Geographic for Kids then wrote about it based on this writing prompt.  “What do you think is the author’s opinion of ____?  Use evidence from the text to support your thinking.”

I’ve shared in past newsletters the importance of forming ideas about text and using evidence to support those ideas is an important life skill.  About 31% of our 1st-5th graders were able to develop a strong topic sentence OR support their thinking using evidence from the text.  This will be a skill children continue to work on as they read across content areas.  This is an easy skill to practice orally first.  Last week I talked about the importance of developing a strong vocabulary in children by reading and discussing a wide range of texts.  Encourage your child to elaborate and provide evidence to support their thinking.   I found several sentence frame support posters on Pinterest that might provide the  perfect sentence start for students.  Check them out at:

Over your winter break, I hope that you have many opportunities to find quiet moments to enjoy a book with your child. Listen to books on tape as you travel.  During and following your adventures, talk about what you are doing.  Whether it’s playing in snow on the mountain, watching waves at the beach or just enjoying the lights on your street, there are interesting things to talk about.  Visit the library ( or browse the bookstores for more things to talk about.

As I reflect back on 2014, I am thankful that I get to spend my days with your children.  I love their stories, observations and energy.  I can’t wait to hear about what they’ve read or done when they return on January 5.  Have a great break!


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

·       Thanks to the Hunt, Quach and Oberg families for donating wagons.  We are ready for fall!
·       Thanks to the Culligans for donating brownies to the staff appreciation lunch last week.
·       Thanks to the Wilsons for donating cheesecake to the staff appreciation lunch last week.
·       Thanks to the Lent family for collecting Valley Times newspapers for our students who appeared in the December 11 edition.
·       Thanks to the Ingalls family for donating a booster seat to the office for emergency car rides.
·       Thanks to all who continue to contribute to the PTC’s Annual Giving Campaign.  I heard on the news that many people make donations to different organizations during the last two weeks of the year.  Thanks for thinking of us!
·       Thanks to the Lynk family for cutting out bubble wrap into manageable pieces for sensory boxes.
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.
·       Donations of kids’ magazines will be put to good use in the cafeteria.

Upcoming Events

December 19-Assembly at 8:30am
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 10-PTC Meeting at 6:30pm
February 16-Presidents’ Day-No School
February 18-PTC Art Fair 6:30-8:00
February 19-20 Parent-Teacher Conferences-No School
March 7-PTC Learn and Play Auction
March 9-12 Book Fair
March 10-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
March 12 Kindergarten Orientation at 4:00pm
March13 Grading Day - No School
March 23-27-Spring Break-No School
April 9- One School One Book Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
April 14-PTC Meeting at 6:30pm
April 23-Jog-a-thon
April 23-PTC Science Fair
April 24 Staff Development Day-No School
May 12-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
May 15-PTC Carnival
May 21-Volunteer Appreciation Day
May 22 Staff Development Day- No School
May 25 Memorial Day-No School
June 5 Field Day
June 9-PTC Meeting at 6:30pm
June 12 Last Day of School



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