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Monday, February 24, 2014

Art Fair, Talents, and Acts of Kindness-February 25, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         February 25, 2014

Students engaged in a range of activities during the Art Fair Friday night.  Students enjoyed guest artist Chris Purdin.  Thanks to Leisl Jeck for organizing such a great evening of learning and celebration for our students!  Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped with set up, volunteered at the stations and helped with clean up. 










We’ve had artists visit classrooms to SHARE A TALENT with students in classrooms this month too.  Recently, students in Mr. Tsakistos’ class were treated to a special presentation.  Mr. Zundel, also known that day as Will’s dad, SHARED A TALENT with students.  As a result of his time with them, they learned about animation.  They were also inspired to DREAM BIG!

“One thing that inspired me about Mr. Zundel’s presentation was how he did so many different and awesome jobs and that each one, though different, helped with the others.”  Emily

“When Mr. Zundel talked about helping with movies, it inspired me!” Meadow

“Barry Zundel inspired me!  When he was talking about how he tried to get a job at Pixar and how it took him about three years, I learned that I can be anything if I work hard and NEVER GIVE UP!”

“Will’s dad showed me that even the craziest dream can become real with a little hard work!”  Kaiya

We want every student to graduate from Beaverton schools with a wide range of options and be ready to THINK critically and creatively, KNOW master content,  ACT in a self-directed and collaborative way and be ready to GO into the world and navigate locally and globally.  Mr. Zundel’s presentation emphasized the importance of these skills for these students and reinforced the importance of hard work and perseverance.

On a different day, students in Mrs. Antich’s class had a special presentation about clothing design.  Cynthia Neely, also known as Christian and Chloe’s mom, taught students about designing clothing.  Students learned about form, function and special touches added to the clothing our Olympians are wearing.  Ask one of Mrs. Antich’s students about the secrets in the hockey jersey!  Again, kids learned about the importance of thinking critically and creatively, knowing master content, developing habits of mind to act in a self-directed and collaborative way, and navigate globally. 

Do YOU have talents to share with our students?  From high school students sharing enthusiasm about science to parents sharing passion about green living, we have a wide range of volunteers making a difference for our students.  The parents, grandparents, staff, siblings and community members investing in our future

In addition to inspiring our students, we also have community members keeping an eye out for our student’s safety.  When families report safety concerns to us, we act on the things we have control over.  For things happening off campus, we will pass concerns along to our Public Safety Office.   Recently, Mrs. Zwetschke found a link that might be helpful for families.  The link below should take you to the Beaverton Police Department site and a page where you can report traffic problems.  You can tell them what day(s), what time(s) and what the problem is (drop down menu includes "parking problem" for the problems on 155th).   

The many acts of kindness shown at our school on a regular basis are too numerous to count but we are going to try during the upcoming month.   When a kind act is noticed it will be recognized with a piece of string.  Recipients will be invited to add the string to the Kindness Wreath in the hallway near the Passport Club Bulletin Board just outside the office.  I’ll add pictures of the wreath to newsletters between now and spring break.  Already students are pointing out their strings as they describe the action that earned it.  Feel free to recognize kind acts at home with a string or ribbon too (about 6 inches in length).  Extra string is available in the office if you’d like to have a stash so you too can recognize kind acts when in the building. 

Our PTC has been hard at work preparing for the Jog-a-thon and Community 5K.  The Jog-a-thon is the major fundraiser for the PTC operating budget and the Community 5K and Wellness Expo is new this year.   PTC President Anna Grass has been involving community members and technology in new ways.    I am grateful for the many ways our community comes together to support students and learning. 

Thank you for sharing your children and talents with us!

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 Leisl Jeck for an AWESOME ART NIGHT.  Thanks also to those who helped with set up, clean up and everything in between.
  • §  Thanks to Safeway and Sports Authority for generous donations to our 5K.
  • §  Thanks to Jenny Tan for making awesome math posters for our kids.
  • §  Thanks to Mr. Zundel and Mrs. Neely for SHARING A TALENT with our students.  Kids learned about clothing design and animation!
  • §  Thanks to Holly Medell for creating signs in the library to help our readers find good-fit books. Also, many thanks for her generous donations of books and time in the library to help our students. We are so lucky to have her!


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 daily from 11:50-12:10 to serve as mentors and homework completion encouragers. Loving, encouraging helpers can make extra practice fun!
       Volunteers are needed daily from 8:05-8:25 to read with students.  Loving, encouraging listeners can make reading practice fun!
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office or computer lab.
       Donations for our teachers’ donorschoose.org projects are still appreciated! 
 
Reminders
·          The Lost and Found has a growing number of items.  Please check it often.
·          The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only. 
·          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.
·          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. 
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  February 26-Passport Club Check Day
§  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-PTC Meeting-9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  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 17-Author Visit for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students
§  March 17-Barnes and Noble Bridgeport -Author Presentation by Lincoln Pierce and Book Fair-5:30pm
§  March 19-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Power of Reading Aloud-February 18, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

Is your family enjoying In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson?  I was in Mr. Hayhurst’s classroom last Friday as they were discussing the text and looking at examples of the type of home Shirley lived in.  It was a rich conversation!  It’s been so much fun to hear kids talking about the book.  Look for a special project related to the book to come home on Friday, February 21.

Reading aloud to children is one of the most powerful things we can do to build a number of skills. I've included info below from Readtothem.org about the importance of reading aloud.  

In past generations, the practice of reading aloud was an enjoyable way for adults to expose children to the world of language and to model the skill – and pleasure – of reading.  In addition, reading aloud represented an opportunity to share ideas, values and traditions and to provide a springboard for discussion of the important issues of life.  Today, children are bombarded from every side with visual, auditory, and sensory stimuli that pull them further and further away from exposure to language as the medium of vivid, precise and nuanced communication. 

Read-aloud programs across the country have proven that reading to children from birth establishes foundational literacy skills by:
  • §  Improving listening comprehension
  • §  Increasing vocabulary
  • §  Providing fluency models
  • §  Promoting conceptual understanding
  • §  Lengthening attention spans
  • §  Creating a positive attitude toward books and reading


Reading to children for 15 minutes a day sounds simple, but the results are complex and permanent.  Extensive research has shown that if children hear words for two minutes daily, they will have heard 180,000 words a year, and with five minutes that becomes over 350,000 words in a year.  Young children can be read to at any age, even as infants, and will internalize the sounds of words with delight as long as the duration of reading coincides with a child’s natural attention span.  15 minutes a day is a small investment in time that yields substantial benefits for a lifetime – like a 401k vocabulary account for future literate success in life.

Reading aloud sharpens the imagination, creates healthy dialogue, and engenders in children a love of reading.  Children who learn to listen eventually learn to read, and literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.  When children listen, they learn about their own lives and the stories of others around the globe.

In addition, reading to children strengthens the emotional bonds between the adult reader and the child, providing those positive parent-child connections essential to a child’s psychological health and academic growth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this book as a family.  When we come together the evening of March 13 for Family Literacy Night, your discussions over these weeks about the book will enhance the evening’sFamily learning.

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 Sarah Wolfe and Robyn Fuenmayor for helping with the backdrop for the 4th Grade Music Program.
  • §  Thanks to Katie Jenison for cutting ribbon for us and helping with the dragon during the music program.
  • §  Thanks to the Arabzadeh for making dry erase boards for our new math teacher.
  • §  Thanks to the McColl family for assembling packets for Kindergarten Orientation.


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 hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
       Donations for our teachers’ donorschoose.org projects are still appreciated!
 
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, 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)
§  February 18-Dining for Dollars at BJ Willy’s in Progress Ridge-BRING THE FLIER.
§  February 20-PTC Meeting 9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  February 21- -Art Fair-6:30-8:30pm
§  February 26-Passport Club Check Day
§  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-PTC Meeting-9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  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 17-Author Visit for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students
§  March 17-Barnes and Noble Bridgeport -Author Presentation by Lincoln Pierce and Book Fair-5:30pm
§  March 19-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break
 
District Goal for 2010-2015:  All students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.
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