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Allergies, Jog-a-thon, Earth Day, and Science Fair-April 21, 2015

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

It’s quite possible that my dog is the cutest one on the planet. When she put her head in my lap Sunday morning, I was ready to tell her so but instead responded with, “GROSS!”  She tried to rub her goopy eyes on me!  She has seasonal allergies and seems a bit miserable after she plays in the bushes and grass. Many of our students also have itchy eyes or runny noses in the spring. Remember that all medication (including allergy eye drops) must be brought to the office and signed in by an adult.  Please remind your child about the triggers that cause him or her discomfort.  Kids love to roll in the grass, shake pollen off tree branches and weave weeds into crowns but close contact with nature can cause a reaction in some.  Please plan accordingly. 

This week seems like it will be especially busy as we celebrate Administrative Professional’s Day, Earth Day, have a Jog-a-thon and Science Fair all in our 4-day school week.  On Friday, teachers will be busy learning with Epi-Pen training and further English Language Arts standards and best instructional practices. It will be a full week for students and staff.  Thanks to all who are organizing special learning opportunities for our kids.   While our schedules are packed, we are still working on maximizing every minute for learning.

Last week, I observed students comparing points of view, then contributing their own thoughts with evidence from different articles to defend their thinking.  I listened as five year olds selected adjectives to describe spring then tell a peer why the word was indeed related to spring.  I was inspired by 4th graders to consider the benefits and beauty of crown molding.  Second graders oozed enthusiasm about magnets and a visit to OMSI.  I got to visit with students at almost every grade level about sportsmanship during kickball.  Additionally, I met with several parents about different topics related to self-advocacy, perspective and preparing 4 year olds for full day kindergarten by September.  I’ve included a link to a great article that was shared with me about bullying  (from the Living section of last week’s Oregonian) as I was again reminded that how we talk, changes the way we work and live.

I love learning and watching learning happen at Sexton Mt.  Thanks so much for sharing your children with us and for collectively going the distance to create such a special environment for growth here.

Thank you,

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

·       For the Jog-a-thon Thursday, students should bring a water bottle clearly labeled with his or her name. 
·       April 22 is Administrative Professional’s Day.  Feel free to write a note of appreciation to our amazing office team.  Without Cheryl, Becky and Mrs. Z, our school couldn’t function.
·       Staff Appreciation Week is May 4-8.  Check Sparky’s Facebook page for info on what the PTC is planning.   Kind notes are always appreciated during this time too!

·       Thanks to Girl Scout Troup 46160 for providing informational posters about conserving water.
·       Thanks to the local Cub Scout Pack for cleaning up after the Run with the Eagles 5K.

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.
·       Our building will be under construction this summer so we are looking for someone to provide temporary care for the 10 community tetras (fish) and one algae eater in Mrs. CB’s office.  Please contact Mrs. CB if you have room in your tank for these fish. 
·       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.
·       We would love donations of child-sized rakes, brooms, and dustpans for our students to use at recess.  Kids love to help out by organizing the bark chips. 
·       Because our students love to help pick up litter on the playground, we hope to also get donations of the tools that I best describe as “grabber things” so that students can refine motor skills as they pick up trash safely too. 

Upcoming Events

April 23 Jog-a-thon
April 23 PTC Science Fair 6:30-8:00pm
April 24 Staff Development Day-No School

May 1 PBIS Assembly at 8:30am
May 4-8  Book Fair Open 8:00-4:00
May 7  Book Far Open 6:00-8:00pm
May 12 PTC Meeting at 9:00am
May 13 Passport Club
May 15 PTC Carnival 5:30-7:30pm
May 22 Assessment Day- No School
May 25 Memorial Day-No School
May 29 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00 – 3:00 PM

June 5 Field Day
June 9 PTC Meeting at 6:30pm
June 12  PBIS Assembly at 8:30am
June 12 Last Day of School

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