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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Talking about Text-January 20, 2015

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

For my husband’s 50th birthday, I sent him to Seattle with a friend and tickets to a big football game.  His buddy of 40 years lives and breathes sports just like my husband, but they have strong preferences for different players and teams.  I packed the car with snacks AND stats magazines.  I told them that Sexton Mountain students are working on using EVIDENCE from text to support opinions, so if their discussions got heated, they could look up facts in Fantasy Football or Sports Illustrated to support their opinions, just like our students do. 

We learn about the world through reading.  We hope that students will read as much non-fiction as fiction.  At school, we are teaching children to read material closely and to discuss text by using evidence from the text.  Parents can help with this by supplying more non-fiction text, reading and discussing a range of text with your child, finding books that explain things.  Talk about words and the definitions of words.  Children who have larger vocabularies and greater understanding of spoken language do better in school.  As you talk to your child about a text, explain how that evidence connects to your idea.  Teach children to clearly link the author’s words to an idea by using some of the sentence starters below.
  • §  On page___ the author said….so that makes me think….
  • §  The text explicitly states…so I believe…
  • §  The author wrote… so I think….
  • §  The illustration shows…and that makes me think….
  • §  The text states… I think…
  • §  The graphic showed…so…….
  • §  The author states ___ which tells me…
  • §  The author said ___ which suggests….
  • §  The author said ____ which shows…..
  • §  I believe ____ because according to the text it states…..
  • §  I feel____ because according to the text it states…..
  • §  I think____ because according to the text it states…..

As students become more proficient, they can also compare ideas across texts.  My husband may have found some information in  Sports Illustrated that provided a different perspective than Fantasy Foodball.   You can use the same discussion frames to analyze video or audio clips too.  There are so many ways of learning about the world. Discussion builds vocabulary and understanding.

Thank you for sending curious children to school each day!  Great things happen at Sexton Mountain School every day!


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

·       Thanks for keeping the office and teachers informed when afterschool plans change. 
·       Please keep daycare providers in the loop if your child will not be going home with them.

·       Thanks to the Fuenmayor and Yun families for donations of children’s magazines.
·       Thanks to the Ionis, Eberalin, Goff, and Chua families for volunteer to help prep materials for Kindergarten Orientation.

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school.  Let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
·       Fourth graders will be working on a collage project and they need scrapbook paper that shows texture or depth. All donations will be gladly accepted.
·       We would love to have the following donated for an upcoming project.
o   60 gallon sized zipper bags
o   60 lunch sized plan brown paper bags
o   paper grocery sacks with handles
o   200 snack or sandwich sized zipper bags
o   zip ties  (we will use up to 500)
·       Donations of kids’ magazines will be put to good use in the cafeteria.
·        Donations of foaming hand soap will be put to good use.

Upcoming Events
January 21 Passport Club
January 21  Highland Park Band Performs for 5th Grade 10:30-11:00am
January 21 OBOB Mock Battles During Lunch Recess
January 22 Talent Show Dress Rehearsal at 3:10pm
January 23 OBOB Mock Battles During Lunch Recess
January 23 Talent Show at 6:30pm
January 26 Staff Development Day-No School
January 27 OBOB Battles Begin (T,W,Th During Lunch Recess)
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
February 25 Passport Club
March 6  Final OBOB Battle
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 18 Passport Club
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 15 Passport Club
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 13 Passport Club
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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