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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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Planning for Summer Reading-May 20, 2014


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                             

Last summer the members of my book group got to help a friend with a moving sale.  All of the people in my book group work in schools so it wasn’t a big surprise that when the first child customer came, my friend suddenly declared that all children got to leave with two free books.  As an empty nester and kindergarten teacher, she had a ton of great kids books. Suddenly our team went from selling junk to helping to match books with readers.  Making sure that kids had interesting books at their level was SO MUCH FUN!  Watching excited kids leave with new books was an absolute delight. 

Teachers and students have worked so hard over the past nine months.  I know that they will continue to work hard in the upcoming weeks and I hope that families have already started making plans to continue to work over the summer.  Will you sign up for Beaverton City Library’s Summer Reading Program?  Do you have a library or bookstore visit scheduled each week?  Has your child set goals for how much time or how many books will be read over the summer?  Does your child have a book budget for garage sales?

I visited Ms. Martin’s class on Monday morning.  Around the room, students were lost in books.  One child enjoyed Thirty-nine Clues, another a Magic Tree House and yet another Amelia Bedelia.  Others were reading about marine mammals and dogs.  Students have worked so hard to build stamina this year.  They have figured out how to make meaning from text.  They know how to respond to what they’ve read by writing. It was exciting to see students so happily engaged in the process of reading.   I hope that kids will continue this love of reading over the summer. 

At the Carnival Friday night I met several students who will be joining us next fall.  I had to let them know that we are about academics in addition to fun and that our playground wouldn’t always be set up with the extravaganza of fun they were experiencing.  Late Friday evening I found Tonya Robson, Noel Tyner, and Polly Campbell seated in the cafeteria enjoying dinner.  It was the first time I’d seen the trio seated in months.  They have been hard at work planning the carnival and their efforts certainly paid off.  Their careful planning plus all of our awesome volunteers on the day of the event made for a very special evening for our students.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thanks 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 Toni Fisher, Peri Medell, Jen Fife-Adams, Robyn Fuenmayor and others who are working now on updating the book room

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.
       Mr. Miller can put donations of yoga mats to good use in the gym
       Mr. Miller would love donations of no-longer-needed clothes, hats, shoes, etc. for a Field Day activity…the funnier, goofier, more unique the better, but he will take it all (preferably sizes that can fit all body types and ages from 5-105—examples: sweatpants, Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sunglasses, crazy hats, flippers, slip-on shoes)
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. 
 
Reminders
·          Dogs are not allowed on campus when kids are here. 
·          Please do not use our neighbor’s driveways for turning around.  Some of those closest to our campus believe the extra use by Sexton Mt. families is damaging their cement.
·          Please remember to follow traffic safety laws on and around our campus.  We have 550+ little bodies to look out for!
·          Report off campus traffic issues to https://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/secure/bpd/TrafficComplaint.aspx
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  May 22-Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00pm
§  May 23-Assessment Day-No School
§  May 26-Memorial Day-No School
§  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 5-Kindergarten Celebration 10:00am and 2:00pm
§  June 6-Field 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
 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Celebration, Community, Creativity-May 13, 2014



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

Last week was a very special week for the Sexton Mountain team.  We likely had the WORLD’S BEST week for staff. Appreciation shown through actions, words and written thoughts made our school a very special place indeed!  Listed below are some of things our staff members noted:

  • §  I never expect anything from the parents except to support their children to be the best they can be.  To be treated with such respect from the parents is overwhelming.  Thank you so much.
  • §  The parents' support lifts my spirits and provides an energy boost that passes on to their wonderful children. 
  • §  The variety and quality of food provided for staff here at Sexton Mt. during the past five days was very impressive and greatly appreciated. It was certainly delicious and thoughtfully presented! Thanks to all who helped make this possible!
  • §  Thanks for the most pampered week-we all feel very thankful to have such a fabulous community who supports their children and school!
  • §  I felt the gratitude from everyone who contributed to Staff Appreciation Week. It is incredibly flattering to know that you are truly valued. :)

  • §  Each day I looked forward to a delicious meal that was so generously and thoughtfully prepared (definitely an improvement over what I usually throw together for myself).   Thank you!
  • §  It was wonderful to be treated so special this week.  I felt very spoiled and loved.  Thank you to all the parents who treated us like royalty.  It is nice to be appreciated.
  • §  This week, I have appreciated the yummy treats and sweet notes from parents and students (plus the warm coffee on a rainy day!). They filled my bucket.
  • §  I really appreciate how special the parents made me feel this week!  Thank you for all of the yummy meals and especially for the coffee cart on Thursday!
  • §  Thank you for sharing the gift of your time and energy in bringing the staff such wonderful goodies.
  • §  The commitment and dedication our parents show to our school community is inspiring!  Thank your for the rejuvenating week of appreciation!  What a wonderful way to begin spring.
  • §  As always, the parents' generosity, dedication, time and effort was overwhelming and very much appreciated. Plus there was some really great food! :)
  • §  I appreciated all the cheerful decorations. I appreciated the many gluten free choices I had. Thank You!
  • §  There was something special every day! There was something for the vegans, dairy free, gluten free and lots of yummy sugary treats too! Thank you!!
  • §  This week reminded me how grateful I am to be teaching at Sexton Mountain. Parents here can and do show their appreciation, and that means a lot! The food and coffee cart were delightful surprises. Thank you, parents!
  • §  I appreciate all the hard work the parents put in to spoiling the staff, what a way to make us feel special!
  • §  Thank you so much for all of the delicious food.  You blessed our staff beyond measure.  Thank you!


In addition to the festivities happening at school, there were celebrations away from school as well.  Some of our fifth graders had a red carpet event with a limo ride included at the Signal to Noise Celebration.  Eight of the entries by Sexton Mountain Students were among the finalists.  Check out the link below for more info about this special event.






Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue treated students to a special visit last Tuesday.  They learned about the importance of having a plan, staying low and older students had a chance to practice exiting a house through a window. 






Artwork representing human rights was honored at City Hall last week.  Our students were recognized by  Mayor Doyle.





Congratulations to Esme!  She was among the top three spellers in Washington County!


While great things have been happening, there are many more exciting things yet to come.  The Carnival team has put a lot of work  into planning an exciting evening for families.  It’s going to be a great family evening and the weather for Friday looks like it will be great.  We hope that many will help with everything from set up to clean up.  Strong bodies are needed to help with the inflatables at the end of the evening.  We will celebrate our volunteers with a special party in their honor on May 22 at 2:00pm.  Students for each grade level will treat guests to special performances.  Passport Club, Field Day, Portland:  The Musical, and a Kindergarten Celebration are just a few of the things we look forward to.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thanks 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 Kate Kristiansen for transforming the staff room into a celebration room for our staff.  Thanks to all who have made Staff Appreciation Week AMAZING.
  • §  Thank to Holly Medell for her continued work on revamping the book room.
  • §  Thanks to the Fuenmayor family for the donation of non-fiction books for the lunch room book boxes.
  • §  Thanks to Veronica Powell for keeping groups organized and on time during the TVFR visit last 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.
       Mr. Miller can put donations of yoga mats to good use in the gym
       Mr. Miller would love donations of no-longer-needed clothes, hats, shoes, etc. for a Field Day activity…the funnier, goofier, more unique the better, but he will take it all (preferably sizes that can fit all body types and ages from 5-105—examples: sweatpants, Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sunglasses, crazy hats, flippers, slip-on shoes)
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. 
 
Reminders
·         Dogs are not allowed on campus when kids are here. 
·         Please do not use our neighbor’s driveways for turning around.  Some of those closest to our campus believe the extra use by Sexton Mt. families is damaging their cement.
·         Please remember to follow traffic safety laws on and around our campus.  We have 550+ little bodies to look out for!
·         Report off campus traffic issues to https://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/secure/bpd/TrafficComplaint.aspx
 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  May 14-Passport Club
§  May 22-Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00pm
§  May 23-Assessment Day-No School
§  May 26-Memorial Day-No School
§  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 5-Kindergarten Celebration 10:00am and 2:00pm
§  June 6-Field 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
 
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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