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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reading, Listening, Thinking and Learning-April 28, 2015

Dear Sexton Mt. Families: 

During our professional learning time last Friday, teachers learned how to recognize and respond to the signs of anaphylaxis and how to work with students to help them better understand the importance of paying attention to details that provide clues about character, plot and setting as they read.  I was again reminded of the importance of reading aloud to children in order to build vocabulary and habits of mind around building an argument using evidence from the text.    As you read to your child this week, ask your child to listen for details about setting, plot or characters.  Have your child share opinions and follow up with, “Why do you think that?” 

Use the following sentence frames to provide a structure for your family discussion about the book you are reading:
  • §  The author said ___ 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…..

It seems that most before bedtime reading is fiction but families also have opportunities to read and respond to non-fiction.  My son and I have recently done a lot of reading about how to re-grout your bathroom.   Because he’s a teenager, he’s also quick to find video clips to support our learning and understanding.  (Using text and audio clips to build understanding is what kids are doing right now with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.)   My son and I have had great discussions about technique based on evidence from the video or text.  Reading to understand and do something with text is an important life skill.  Thanks for continuing the work teachers have started as you apply these skills at home during your daily reading routines.

As I walked through classrooms Monday, kids were busy learning and teachers were busy teaching.  Third graders were working to understand a fraction as a number on a number line. Great things happen at Sexton Mountain daily.  Thanks for sharing your children with us.

Thank you,

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

·       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 Lindsay Maher and her team for providing our families with a fabulous Science Fair and Family Science Night.
·       Thanks to Toni Fisher and her team for planning and implementing a great Jog-a-thon 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.
·       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. 

Upcoming Events

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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