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Monday, January 27, 2014

Share a Talent, Staff Changes, and Upcoming Events-January 28, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

Our students were absolutely amazing Friday night.  From Hannah starting us off with the Star Spangled Banner on the recorder to Willa finishing up with a My Little Pony song and everyone in between, our students showed us the fruits of their practice, courage, flexibility, perseverance and collaborative efforts.  Our kids have many gifts and talents!


At the Talent Show Friday night, I put a cart out with a “Share Your Talent” sign up sheet.  
Our goal is for every student in the Beaverton School District to graduate with many options and be prepared to:
  • §  THINK creatively and critically
  • §  KNOW master content
  • §  ACT in a self directed and collaborative way
  • §  GO into the world and navigate locally and globally


Sometimes our students see the posters with these words but don’t always understand how the skills and habits of mind we are cultivating in class today relate to their future.  We would love to have guest experts do short presentations to classrooms where they share hobbies, talents or career information so students see how these skills relate to our world.  Recently, one of our kindergarten parents shared information about bacteria with a fifth grade class.  I’ve included part of a thank you note one of our fifth graders wrote after the parent shared one of her talents with the class.

“Thank you so much for coming in and teaching my class about the world of microorganisms, especially bacteria. I could tell you were really passionate about your line of work, and it got all of us excited too. Learning about bacteria was very interesting to me, especially because I have bacteriophobia, bacillophobia, mysophobia and emetophobia.  All of those have to do with bacteria and being sick, if you didn’t already know. When I learned more about bacteria, I got a better understanding of it. Now I know what sort of surfaces bacteria would like to grow on, and how bacteria spreads through the body, so that helps me with my fear.”

We would love to have parents and community members consider “Sharing a Talent” with our students. Do you have a hobby you’d like to share with kids?  Are your own children fascinated by your neighbor’s hobby?  When you tell kids about your job, do they respond enthusiastically and ask for more information?  We’d love to have you do a short presentation to a classroom from 8:30-8:40am.  Please contact me if you are interested. 

I wanted to tell you about a few upcoming changes here at Sexton Mountain.  When Mrs. Hiatt is on leave this spring, Ms. Hoffman will serve as our kindergarten teacher.  Ms. Hoffman graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in education and has been serving students in our school in a variety of roles this year.  She will be a familiar face.  Mrs. Holste will take on Ms. Hoffman’s duty as she transitions to her new role.  Mrs. Holste is also a familiar face as she has served in various long-term sub positions in our building.  Thanks to the extra funds generated by the Local Option Levy, Katherine Stanley has joined our team as a half time math teacher.  She will be working with our fourth and fifth grade students.  She’s at Findley and Errol Hassell.  She has also been a professional development leader in mathematics.  We are thrilled that she’ll be serving our students in this role!

I’m excited about the positive things happening for students at Sexton Mountain.  We have a great school because so many work together for the success of our kids!  Thank you for all you do to make our school special.

Fondly,

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

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 Courtney Williams for sharing her science tools and gifts with students.
  • §  Thank you to Kate Kristiansen for organizing another wonderful Talent Show.  Thanks also to all who helped with set up and clean up and to our performers. 
  • §  Thanks to the Hodgkinson family for donating snacks for our staff development day on Monday.  They were appreciated!
  • §  Thank you to Adria Ehlers and Chloe and Cynthia Neely for doing projects for the upcoming Kindergarten Orientation.
  • §  Thanks to Becky and Brooke Hatch for the generous donation of yarn for an upcoming school project.



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 to cut yarn into 6 inch pieces.  This job can be done at home and can be sent home through backpack mail.  Please let Mrs. CB know if you can do this project.
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
       A volunteer with neat handwriting is needed to replicate several posters for us.  Let Mrs. CB know if you can do this.
       We would love to have volunteers to help with our Canfield (Senior Citizen) Lunch Buddies on the last Thursday of every month from 11:15-12:15 as they have lunch with our second and third graders.  Contact Mrs. CB if you can lend a hand.
       Donations for our teachers’ donorschoose.org projects are still appreciated!
       We would love donations of full or empty small foaming hand soap bottles and empty pump shampoo bottles (like the ones you get at Costco). Feel free to send donations to the office.
 
Reminders
  • ·           The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only.  Arranging play dates or birthday parties are examples of appropriate use.  The school directory should not be used for advertising purposes.
  • ·           Pedestrians should cross 155th with the crossing guard at Sexton Mountain and 155th.   Thanks!
  • ·           If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line (503-259-7635) before 8:30am (when messages are checked each day). 
  • ·           If you enter or leave through the back gate between our playground and 158th, please close and latch the gate behind you.
  • ·           Dogs are not allowed on school property when students are present.
  • ·           If you pick up your child behind the school, please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around.  We’ve had a complaint that the extra wear and tear from parents is causing damage.
  • ·           Please remember to park only in legal parking spots on 158th.  Parking too close to our back exit makes it dangerous for drivers to see children as they leave the school.
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  January 30-Canfield Senior Buddies join kids for lunch-Volunteers appreciated to help between 11:15 and 12:15
§  February 6-4th Grade Music Program at 9:00am and 6:30pm
§  February 7-Family Bingo Night-6:30-8:00pm
§  February 17-No School-Presidents’ Day
§  February 21- -Art Fair-6:30-8:30pm
§  March 7-PTC’s Jog-a-thon
§  March 8-PTC’s Kids and Community 5K-Register at https://runsignup.com/race/or/beaverton/runwiththeeagles5k
§  March 10-No-School-Budget Reduction Day
§  March 13-Kindergarten Orientation-5:15-6:15pm
§  March 13-One School, One Book Family Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
§  March 14-No School-Grading Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Local Option Levy, 4th Grade Music Program, Reminders-January 21, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

The Beaverton School District has received nearly $3 million more in local option revenue than the original projected amount of $15 million. This is due to the actual tax collections received from November to mid-December 2013, an improving economy and property values. The purpose of the local option levy was to prevent teacher cuts, restore some previously cut teaching positions and address some extreme class sizes. The local option revenue does not restore multiple years of budget reductions ($142 million), but it does change the trajectory in a positive way.

Over the last few weeks, we have worked collaboratively across the District to identify teaching areas to be addressed with these additional local option funds. The funds will be targeted to reduce larger class sizes and increase student achievement. The process involved reviewing current class size and achievement data. Every school benefited from these additional funds.

This is another opportunity for all schools to prepare students to be college and career ready, and to meet the different needs of our students. We are grateful to our supportive and generous community as WE work together to help every student succeed.

At Sexton Mountain, we will be using these local option resources to provide an additional half -time teacher to support fourth and fifth graders in the area of mathematics. These resources are available to us for the second half of the year.

Thank you again for your generous support of our students.

Fondly,

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

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 Glenna Griffiths and Sandy Goff for helping prepare projects for Kindergarten Orientation.
  • §  Thanks to Jenny Tan for donating a tripod to Mr. Miller’s classroom.
  • §  Thanks to the Jenison family for the donation of cookies for our upcoming One School, One Book celebration.


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 yarn or ribbon will be put to good use for an upcoming project.  Pieces as small as 6 inches will be accepted.  Please send donations to the office.
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations of hand sanitizer to the office.
       We would love to have volunteers to help with our Canfield (Senior Citizen) Lunch Buddies on the last Thursday of every month from 11:15-12:15 as they have lunch with our second and third graders.  Contact Mrs. CB if you can lend a hand.
       Donations for our teachers’ donorschoose.org projects are still appreciated!
       Staff will meet with teachers from several other schools on Monday, January 27 for Staff Development Day.  If you would like to provide cheese sticks, bananas or apples for the staff, it will be appreciated.  Because we will meet at Fir Grove, items should be delivered to Sexton Mt. by January 24 so they can be transported early in the day on Monday.  Please let Mrs. CB know if you plan to contribute.
       We would love donations of full or empty small foaming hand soap bottles.  Please send donations to the office.
       We would love donations of the empty pump shampoo bottles (like the ones you get at Costco). Feel free to send donations to the office.
 
 
 
Reminders
·          The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only.  Arranging play dates or birthday parties are examples of appropriate use.  The school directory should not be used for advertising purposes.
·          Pedestrians should cross 155th with the crossing guard at Sexton Mountain and 155th.   Thanks!
·          If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line before 8:30am (when messages are checked each day). 
·          If you enter or leave through the back gate between our playground and 158th, please close and latch the gate behind you.
·          Dogs are not allowed on school property when students are present.
·          If you pick up your child behind the school, please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around.  We’ve had a complaint that the extra wear and tear from parents is causing damage.
·          Please remember to park only in legal parking spots on 158th.  Parking too close to our back exit makes it dangerous for drivers to see children as they leave the school.
 
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  January 24-Talent Show-6:30-8:30pm
§  January 27-No School-Staff Development Day
§  February 6-4th Grade Music Program at 9:00am and 6:30pm
§  February 7-Family Bingo Night-6:30-8:00pm
§  February 17-No School-Presidents’ Day
§  February 21- -Art Fair-6:30-8:30pm
§  March 7-PTC’s Jog-a-thon
§  March 8-PTC’s Kids and Community 5K-Register at https://runsignup.com/race/or/beaverton/runwiththeeagles5k
§  March 10-No-School-Budget Reduction Day
§  March 13-Kindergarten Orientation-5:15-6:15pm
§  March 13-One School, One Book Family Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
§  March 14-No School-Grading Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break
 
 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BizTown, 5K and the Power of WE-January 14, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                    

I visited fifth grade classrooms recently as they were learning about economics.  In one class, a visitor from the Port of Portland shared information about his job.  In other classes, students discussed taxes.  Our fifth graders will be going to BizTown next month.  Students will run a small city.  The will work, earn paychecks, pay taxes and more.  Before the trip, they will interview for jobs, learn how to write checks and even elect a mayor.  It is exciting to see students engaged in their work and curious about their world!

Our Parent Teacher Club provides support for experiences like BizTown for our students.  These enriching opportunities, from field trips and family nights to Art Literacy, extend learning in a special way.  We are lucky to have such amazing family support.  This year, the PTC will also host a 5K and Community Expo so that our neighbors can learn about the exciting things happening at Sexton Mountain School and we can bring our community together for something fun. The Jog-a-thon and 5K will be held March 7 and 8 and volunteers are needed in order to make both successful. 

Watching all the work that goes into preparing for BizTown or the energy and enthusiasm shown in planning for the first ever Sexton Mountain 5K and Community Expo, I am reminded of the importance of “WE”.  Our children are successful because they have so many people working for their success.  What our children learn from the hard working and dedicated adults in our building can’t be replicated!  Thank you for all you do for our students!

Fondly,

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

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 all who attended the PTC meeting Friday.  There was a great turn out.
§  Thanks to all our math volunteers.  Our students are becoming more fluent with math facts each week.

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.
       There are several projects that can be assembled at home in preparation for Kindergarten Orientation.  They are projects that can be sent home with a child in backpack mail.  If you are able to do a project at home, please email Mrs. CB.
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations of hand sanitizer to the office.
       We would love to have volunteers to help with our Canfield (Senior Citizen) Lunch Buddies on the last Thursday of every month from 11:15-12:15 as they have lunch with our second and third graders.  Contact Mrs. CB if you can lend a hand.
       Mr. Miller would like tripods to mount ipads for students to use in PE.  They are using really cool apps to analyze performance but 4 more tripods are needed in order to maximize these tools for kids.  If you have a sturdy tripod to donate, please send it in.
       Donations for our teachers’ donorschoose.org projects are still appreciated!
       Staff will meet with teachers from several other schools on Monday, January 27 for Staff Development Day.  If you would like to provide cheese sticks, bananas or apples for the staff, it will be appreciated.  Because we will meet at Fir Grove, items should be delivered to Sexton Mt. by January 24 so they can be transported to early in the day on Monday.  Please let Mrs. CB know if you plan to contribute.
 
 
Upcoming Events
§  January 20-No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
§  January 24-Talent Show-6:30-8:30pm
§  January 27-No School-Staff Development Day
§  February 7-Family Bingo Night-6:30-8:00pm
§  February 17-No School-Presidents’ Day
§  February 21- -Art Fair-6:30-8:30pm
§  March 7-PTC’s Jog-a-thon
§  Marcy 8-PTC’s Kids and Community 5K
§  March 10-No-School-Budget Reduction Day
§  March 13-Kindergarten Orientation-5:15-6:15pm
§  March 13-One Book, One School Family Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
§  March 14-No School-Grading Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break
 
Reminders
·          Pedestrians should cross 155th with the crossing guard at Sexton Mountain and 155th.   Thanks!
·          If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line before 8:30am (when messages are checked each day). 
·          If you enter or leave through the back gate between our playground and 158th, please close and latch the gate behind you.
·          Dogs are not allowed on school grounds during the school day.