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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome Back, Stories and Goal Setting-January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

As water poured from the ceiling, we thought the roof was leaking at my parents house late in the evening on December 25.  It took a few seconds for us to realize it was dry outside and my dad had been diligent about keeping the snow off the roof.  It was 18 degrees outside so frozen pipes were a possiblity but my parents don’t have pipes in the ceiling.  Our sleepy team of detectives finally realized that the hot water heater was spraying a pin sized stream upward and the water hit the ceiling before coming down.  LUCKILY, noctural children heard the leak and woke the elders so only a small portion of the dining room carpet was soaked.  That hour was the most exciting part of my winter break.  I spent the rest of the time  with family, friends and books.  I hope you had a restful last few weeks and that kids are recharged and ready to return to learning.  I’m sure I’ll be reading stories about your adventures as I visit classrooms this week.

January, February and March are my favorite months of the school year as students seem to get into the learning groove.  I look forward to an awesome 2016.  This year as we focus on English Language Arts, many students know their specific power goals for reading.  I read recently that “a goal without a plan is just a wish” so I encourage you to ask your child how they plan to meet their reading goals.  Most students I talk to are very clear about the steps they are taking to reach the next level and beyond.  Thank you for reinforcing this at home too.  Remember that reading TO your child and having your child read daily away from school are some of the most important things you can do to improve vocabulary and reading abilities.

With no school Monday it seemed that our break was extra long.  Please remember that Spring Break will be similar in that Monday, March 28 there will be no school for students as it is a staff development day.  We have just 86 days left in the school year and we want to make the most of every one.  Thanks for sharing your children with us.

With gratitude,

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

Wish List- Donations of Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick, Highlights, Lego Magazine, Zoo Books, American Girl and more will be put to good use.

Remind.Com—For timely school specific information related to weather, safety, or special events, text @drcleme to 81010 to receive text messages regarding “breaking news” for our school.

Courage-During the month of January, our school will focus on COURAGE!  Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one.  School is a great place to practice being courageous.  During the month of January, we are going to ask students to show courage in safe ways.  Our first goal will be for all children to enter the building INDEPENDENTLY.  By Wednesday, January 13th we would like all of Sexton Mountain’s children to say good-bye to parents at the front door and proceed to their classrooms.  Mountain Guides will be in the hallway to count independent students showing courage as they make their way to their morning choice then classrooms without being accompanied by parents or grandparents.
Reading With Your Child-If you resolved to spend more time reading with your child this year, here are some suggestions from previous emails about how to make the most of your experience.
·       Read aloud to your child—Your modeling teaches them so much and provides a shared experience for discussion. 
o   Share not only the words but your thinking about the words and how you draw conclusions based on what you’ve read.  You might try some of these sentence frames to get you started.
§  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…..
o   Invite your child to read to you their favorite parts of what they are reading.  Ask why they liked that part the most.  Help them build the language to describe their thoughts about books and let them know it’s okay not to love every part of every book.
o   Encourage your child to think about why they stick with some books and not others so they can put words to their feelings about characters, author’s style, word choice and more.  Model this for them as well. 
o   Try to visit the library or bookstore on a regular basis just to show all that’s available and get them talking and thinking about books.  As they select books to check out or purchase, have them tell you what they expect from the book based on their predictions.  Ask them, “Why this book?”

Upcoming Events
January 14-PTC Meeting @ 3:05pm
January 14-4th and 5th Grade Music Program @ 6:30pm
January 18-No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 28-PTC’s Family BINGO Night @ 6:30pm
January 29-No School-Staff Development Day
Feb. 15-No School Presidents’ Day Holiday
Marc 3-4-No School-Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences
March 11-No School-Grading Day
March 21-25-No School-Spring Break
March 28- No School-Staff Development Day

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