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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sportsmanship, Joyful Readers and More-Feb, 9, 2016

Sexton Mt. Families:

My absolute favorite time of the day is from 8:05-8:15am.  As students arrive they are eager to start their day.  They are not so late that they are worried about rushing to class, so often take time to chat.  As minivans pull up and doors open, kids grab their backpacks and jump toward the school.  They remind me of skydivers as they leave the plane.  OFF TO ADVENTURE!!! 

On the sunny Monday morning this week, kids were very excited about the Super Bowl.  (Before I share my reflections on this experience, my husband would insist that I point out that I know very little about football and even less about the players.) Because so many of our students watched the game AND because we are having our own Super Bowl of sorts as the OBOB battles are well underway, I listened closely for what kids learned about SPORTSMANSHIP.

Did they learn about winning AND losing with grace?
Did they learn about celebrating best effort no matter the outcome?
Did they learn to be happy for their opponents’ success even while disappointed by their own loss?
Did they learn how to lift up teammates in positive ways even when frustrated?

As our students have enjoyed the double elimination tournament related to reading, the parent volunteer who has organized the OBOB tournament has sent reminders to families about sportsmanship. 

Jen Fife-Adams writes…Good sportsmanship is required; teams will be required to shake hands or high five at the end of every round. I've talked to many of the teams about what good sportsmanship means, and I think that most kids get it: we're a big family here at Sexton Mountain, and we need to take care of each other and our feelings. This means being sensitive to others' sadness at losing and comforting our classmates who are really bummed out about losing….Something I've talked about with parents and teams: good losing is a WAY MORE IMPORTANT skill to master than memorizing facts from books. Please talk to your kids about this, and that it's okay to feel sad about losing but still find the resilience to pick up and Carry On, as they say.”

If you were to do a Google search on the qualities employers look for in new hires, the most sought after characteristics in a life partner, or the attitudes of the collective whole in the communities where people most enjoy living, memorizing small details from a book would not make the top ten list.  Teamwork and communication would likely top the list.  Creative, innovative problem solving and the ability to find workable solutions would also rate right up there. 

Thanks for reminding our competitors about the importance of sportsmanship and helping them to practice graceful winning and losing. 

I hope that our OBOB teams have also learned about the JOY of reading.  Australian author, Mem Fox captured the recipe for joyful home reading in her 10 read aloud commandments.  Please check them out at:  Thank you for sharing your joyful readers with us.  

With gratitude,

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

  • ·      Family-teacher conferences are coming up.  Thanks in advance for your flexibility as we work to accommodate so many different factors when scheduling.
  • ·      Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the nation.  It is essential that students attend school when we are in session.  Kids should miss school only if they have a fever or are throwing up.
  • ·      We try VERY hard NOT to interrupt classrooms with phone calls.  Every time the phone rings, instruction is interrupted for all students.  When there are changes in end of day plans, make sure they are communicated to your child’s teacher and office staff ( and early in the day.
  • ·      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 to the Paterson family for the donation of magazines for the cafeteria.

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.
  • A volunteer is needed to assemble bookmarks.  All materials can be sent home in backpack mail with child.
  • Donations of a stuffed Spider Man or wrestling character will be put to good use in our student break room.
  • Donations of foaming hand soap containers (empty or full) will be put to good use.
  • Donations of paper towels or toilet paper we can pass along to the Help Center.
  • Volunteers will be needed Thursday night following the music program to put chairs away.
  • Donations of gently used backpacks in the following colors are needed for a summer reading program-yellow, green, blue, red, white, black, orange.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 11-2nd and 3rd Grade Music Program @ 6:30pm
Feb. 15-No School Presidents’ Day Holiday
Feb. 19- Talent Show @ 6:30pm
Feb. 29-Our school is scheduled to have our phone system updated on this day.
Marc 3-4-No School-Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences
March 10-Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30pm
March 11-No School-Grading Day
March 21-25-No School-Spring Break

March 28- No School-Staff Development Day

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