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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time Change, OBOB and Input-March 3, 2015

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Are you waking your child up a bit earlier this week so the time change next week won’t be so hard?  Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 8, so when clocks spring forward, we lose an hour and this can be a difficult time for children. Planning and preparing ahead for the transition will make for fewer grumpy kids next week.  The weeks prior to spring break can be more difficult for children.  Our data trend over the past few years has seen an increased number of office referrals in March.  Teachers prepare for this by re-teaching expectations and we hope that parents will also work to keep schedules, expectations and routines predictable, as this helps too.

The Sexton Mountain Oregon Battle of the Books battles ended Friday. I am always amazed by the students’ ability to remember the details from so many different books.  I am so proud of all of our teams and their dedication to this long term, collaborative reading project.  Without our volunteers, OBOB wouldn’t be an option for Sexton Mt.  Thanks to Jen Fife-Adams, Roger Golliver and all the others who helped organize, time, and judge.  We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team!  Our winning team will participate in the regional battle this Saturday at Westview High School.  If all teams in our region prepared as well as Sexton Mt. students, it’s sure to be a close competition.

As you’ve seen from our “wish list”, we are already busy getting ready for the 2015-2016 school year.  With the addition of three full-day kindergarten classrooms, we are making sure we have furniture, schedules, spaces and materials ready.  Thanks in advance to all who have helped with this.  In the upcoming weeks, I will get information on the number of teachers at each level we’ve been assigned for the upcoming year.  While I still don’t know who will be teaching what next year, I would like to ask NOW for parent input for next year. Between now and March 20, feel free to write me a letter (drop off at school or email me at ).  Letters will be shared with current teachers.  Teachers, as well as current specialists, will be providing information regarding students' learning needs as we work to develop balanced classes at each level.   Please address the following points:
·      Your child's learning style. 
·      The type of teaching that best suits your child. Do not list specific teacher names as teaching assignments have not been determined.
·      Any special concerns that need to be considered.

Thanks to all who participated in the survey last week regarding the 2014-2015 Fly Up.  The results will be shared with our Leadership Team in order to inform decisions for this year.  We are in the thick of learning each and every day!  Thanks for sharing your children with us as we work on today’s work today and plan for the upcoming school year.


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

·      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: 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.

·       Thanks to the McElroy family for donating a video camera to fourth grade.  Kids have enjoyed using it for Signal to Noise projects.

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.
  • ·      We are building a button collection for the fall for our new kindergarten.  If you can donate buttons to our button collection, please send them to the office.
  • ·      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

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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