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Monday, February 23, 2015

100 Days of Fun, Goal Setting and More-February 24, 2015

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

First graders were excited to share collections of 100 things on Monday.  Skittles, erasers, stickers, tongue depressors, pencils, crayons, marshmallows and more were carefully counted and displayed.  It seems like just the other day we were starting the school year.  Knowing that 100 days of the school year have passed is clear evidence that time flies when you’re having fun. 

In first grade, students spend a lot of time developing an understanding of whole number relationships, including grouping tens and ones.  Students develop, discuss and use efficient, accurate and generalizable methods to add within 100.  The 100s Collection projects were clear evidence of developing number sense.  Some students talked about how they grouped items by tens, others showed 30, 20, 30 and 20 totaled 100.  












One student explained how the 20+30 equals 50 and 50 plus 50 is 100.  Another explained that he had 5 colors so used 20 of each. He broke the 20s into smaller groups and showed how 5 groups of 4 equal 20.  Several students mentioned that designs were inspired by a combination of Pinterest and a desire to use up leftover Valentine’s Day candy.  It’s interesting to see how web based resources have changed what it means to think critically and creatively.  It’s interesting to see how children take ideas and make them their own by refining, synthesizing, and using information in new ways.   

Thank you for participating in conferences last week.  We appreciate having the time to share with you how your child is performing academically, socially and behaviorally.  We hope that you also find these conferences to be of value.  While this is our last conference of the year, our staff will continue to instruct and assess students as they work to achieve their individual learning goals and work towards proficiency of their grade level learning targets.  In the Beaverton School District, our goal is for all students to show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents so that students will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.  I’ve had the privilege of reading the Plan and Profile sheets from several classes.  I noticed specific examples where students and parents committed to extra practice time in order to boost skills.  I saw this in the area of reading when several students noted that instead of reading the minimum amount of time for homework, they would double it and read that amount before school and after school.  It reminded me of the daily doubles our sports team do.  I also saw how several committed to learning basic math facts by practicing skip counting in the car, in their head as they are brushing teeth and during TV commercials so that multiplication facts become effortless and automatic.  I hope that you were able to develop meaningful goals and actions steps! 

Cinderella was at the Keller last weekend.  My family went home singing songs about impossible things happening every day.  Now that she too is an educator, my daughter and I get to share with one another the exciting things about working with eager learners.  Schools are worlds of promise and possibility.  The students in school today will change our world tomorrow.  Thank you for sharing your children with us! 

Sincerely,

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

Reminders:
·      Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the nation.  It is vital that students attend school when we are in session.  Kids should miss school only if they have a fever or are throwing up.  
·      From our PTC …Bidding has started for the classroom projects. Head to the auction website: www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/Sextonmountain and follow these easy steps:
                If you have bought auction tickets, you are already registered as a bidder and should have received your bidder number.
                If you have NOT bought tickets, you can register as a bidder to receive a bidder number.
                Click on CATALOG.
                Find the project you want to bid on …….and start bidding!  Keep checking back to make sure that someone hasn’t outbid you!
                Bidding closes at 5pm on March 5th.  We will notify winners after that time.
·      Parents are encouraged to do weekly head checks for lice or nits.  Catching them early and interrupting the life cycle are the best ways to avoid big outbreaks. 

Thanks:
·       Thanks to the Art Literacy team for doing such an amazing job of providing our students with an opportunity to showcase their work, observe professional artists at work and create their own work last Wednesday night. 
·       Thanks to all the clever volunteers who worked so hard to make the classroom projects for the auction so incredibly amazing!
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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 help with Kindergarten Orientation. Contact Mrs. CB if you are willing to help out from 3:30-5:00pm on March 12.  This is a great activity for high school students hoping to do community service. For each of the volunteer positions, all materials are provided as well as instructions for the job.  The goal for each of the jobs is for families and children to feel connected. Jobs and descriptions are posted below:
o   Sparky-Serve as our mascot (this can be warm) and greet children between 3:40-4:15pm.
o   Sparky’s Handler-Help Sparky move about safely between 3:40 and 4:15pm.
o   Welcome Table-Greet guests, get them the correct materials and point them in the right direction between 3:40 and 4:15pm.
o   Phonics Activity Table-Greet children and get them started on a Nifty Noodle Necklace Project between 3:40 and 4:15pm.
o   Backpack Sorting Table-Greet children and help them (and families) see the importance of having the right sized backpack with a backpack sorting activity between 3:40 and 4:15pm.
o   Math Activity Table-Show children how to play a game between 3:40-4:15pm. 
o   Mascot Puppet Table-Help children make an eagle puppet between 3:40 and 4:15pm.
o   Tour Guides-Welcome adults and give them a tour of the school 4:25-5:00pm
o   Tech Greeter-Website/Sparky’s Page/Volunteer Background Check Facilitator-Welcome adults to the computer lab and show them where to complete the Volunteer Background check and where they can find info on our PTC and other online community tools.
·      Children’s magazines can always be put to good use in our cafeteria.
·      Antibacterial or disinfecting wipes are needed for the computer lab.  Mrs. Kramer cleans the computers regularly and wipes make her job much easier.
·      Sugarless Chewing Gum will be put to good use in the upcoming months.
·      A volunteer is needed to spiffy up cubbies and tables that will be used for full day kindergarten next year.  Your creative license will come in handy along with contact paper (we will provide that)!  Let Mrs. CB know if you’d like to do this project for us anytime between now and June 12.


Upcoming Events


February 25 Passport Club
February 27 PBIS Assembly at 8:30am
February 27 Final OBOB Battle-2:15
March 3  5th Graders Visit Highland
March 7 OBOB Regional Battle
March 7 PTC Learn and Play Auction
March 10-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
March 12 Kindergarten Orientation at 4:00pm
March13 Grading Day - No School
March 18  5th Grade BizTown Trip
March 19 Passport Club

March 20 PBIS Assembly at 8:30am
March 23-27-Spring Break-No School
April 2  Cynthia Lord Author Visit
9:00-9:45 K, 1st, 2nd (PM kinders welcome to attend with adult)
10:35-11:30 AM Tsakistos, Simpson, Shotola, Baldwin, Olson
1:30-2:30PM- Stratton, Bartlett, Hunt, Tanksley, Pfaff 
April 9 Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
April 11 Run with the Eagles 5K
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 1 PBIS Assembly at 8:30am May 12 PTC Meeting at 9:00am
May 13 Passport Club
May 15 PTC Carnival
May 21-Volunteer Appreciation-2:00pm
May 22 Assessment 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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