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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Battles, Humor, Joy and Future Planning-March 8, 2016

Please note our new phone numbers:
Main Office  503-356-2470              
Attendance Line  503-356-2471          
Fax 503-356-2475
Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                     
They were set for battle—intense, focused, controlled breathing—but then someone burst into the room with a question for the moderator.  The group relaxed ever so slightly.  When it seemed like the interrupter would stay forever, I heard one of the participants whisper wishfully, “Toodle-oo,” as he smiled and waved his fingers.  His team was ready for battle.

Masha, Raymond, Suhani and Weston represented Sexton Mountain at the Oregon Battle of the Books last weekend.  They exemplified excellence, collaboration and sportsmanship.  They listened intently, shared responsibility, and verified thinking before the spokesperson shared their answer.  The group’s nonverbal communication exuded relaxed encouragement and teamwork.  As a book, character or problem was mentioned eyes would light up as they looked at one another and gave a thumbs up or questioning shrug.  The nodding, smiles and unison of whispers made me believe that this team had a plan! I know they inspired many other teams here at Sexton Mt.   Thanks again to Jen Fife-Adams, Roger Golliver, and Dawn Kimball for the time they put into making OBOB happen for our students. 

Many students are already making plans for their OBOB team next year.  I’m thrilled to know that our kids are inspired to read and remember.  We know that when children read or are read to during the summer that they make gains in reading achievement.  Practice makes proficient.  Please mark your calendar for a Fabulous Family Literacy Night on the evening of June 2.  We will kick off summer reading that night at the Beaverton City Library.

Families are beginning to think about the upcoming school year.  We get to meet our incoming kindergarten students this week and our fifth graders get to visit the middle school.  We are still working hard to finish the school year strong.  Next week, all students in grades K-4 will get an “All About Me” form for families to complete together then return to school.  This will be the place for families to include input for classroom placement for 2016-2017 in lieu of letters to the principal.  The “All About Me” forms will be shared with 2016-2017 teachers.  

Preparing for a new school year is very exciting.  Spring in an elementary school is also very exciting.  Thanks for sharing your children with us!!

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower

a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

Check out these staff blogs!

  • Neighborhood Respect—Please respect private driveways of our neighbors at drop off or pick up time. 
  • After School Safety-The paved path and playground are closed to children from 2:50pm until 3:20pm so that buses and day care vans can pick up students. 
  • Bus Stop Safety- If your child rides the bus, please remind them to stay several feet away from the street and to be mindful of cars. Kids should not play chase or push games at the bus stop. 
  • In the News-Did you see that Sexton Mt. was highlighted in the District News last week?  The story was picked by several local news agencies.

  • Thanks to Hina Ali and Sandy Goff for assembling games for us!

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.

  • For P.E. classes, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Lew are always willing to accept fitness and sporting goods items that are in good, safe working order.  For example, yoga mats, exercise bands/balls, light dumbbells, balls, etc.
  • Volunteers are needed to welcome families at Kindergarten Orientation on March 10 from 5:15-6:00pm.  We will have several stations around the school for kids and their families to experience and learn about our school.  All of the materials are ready so all volunteers will need to do is welcome families and get them started on whatever experience is at the station. 
  • Volunteers with neat handwriting are needed to make word study games.  A sample of the game for you to replicate can be sent home with your child through backpack mail.  
Upcoming Events
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
April 1-PBIS Assembly
April 8- PTC Sponsored Assembly
April 28-Jog-a-thon
April 28-Science Technology Engineering Art and Math Night (STEAM Night)
April 29-Staff Development Day-No School
May 13-Carnival
May 19- Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
May 27-No School-Assessment Day
May 30-No School-Holiday
June 10-Field Day (Volunteers will be needed.  Please make sure you’ve completed the new online volunteer application and background check.)
June 11-Run with the Eagles 5K
June 17-Last Day of School

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