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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Great Schools, Spring Break Safety and Reading--March 15, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                     
My youngest son graduated from high school just last week.  He finished up at Merlo Station Community School (a BSD option program) where he got to power through his credits and graduate ahead of schedule.  He even accrued some college credit at PCC.  My other two both graduated from Aloha High School and Oregon State University.    The Beaverton School District has great schools!
I am proud to work in a District where I get to see students working hard every day!  Your children have a very special spot in my heart.  They have been busy telling me about plans for spring break.  From home projects or trips to the rec center to swimming to travel abroad, our kids have a wide range of experience that will be different than their normal routine. Because education is the pathway to the future AND college and career readiness, I often share things that families can do away from home to extend mathematical thinking or deep thinking around text.  Education is the foundation of public health too. Education can inform the public about potential risks and safety options and help people behave safely.  Because our children will be in new places, doing different things next week, please think about what conversations you need to have with your child to prevent risky behaviors or how to behave safely.
Vehicle Safety-In your car you likely have a properly installed car seat or booster seat.  What other vehicles will your child ride in during the next few weeks?  What needs to be considered?
  •   Cars, Taxis, Planes, Trains
  • Bikes (Do rental bikes come with helmets that fit your child’s head?)
  • Riding Lawn Mowers
  • Pick Up Trucks
  • Snow mobiles
In addition to vehicle safety, there are other areas that can be dangerous for children.  Check out each of the categories below and think about where your child will be and what your child will be doing.  What conversations need to be had now in order to make sure they are safe in new situations?
Sports and Recreation
Hot Tubs
Hotel tubs
(Spring is the time when there is a lot more debris in natural bodies of water so think about that too.)
Sleeping Surfaces
Play Surfaces
Cords from window coverings
Straps on backpacks or hoodies 
Household Products
Lawn and Garden chemicals
Jelly fish
Chemicals for art projects (ie model glue)
Camp Fires
House fires
Play structures
Snow sports (too little
or too much snow)
Boogie Boarding
Water Parks
Theme Parks
Spectators in the Stands
Weapon Safety (archery, bb guns, paintball, unsecured guns)
In addition to accidents, think about tummy troubles that result from improperly prepared, treated or stored food, water.  More than once, students have returned from vacations with stories of visits to the ER due to dehydration.  My children are especially sensitive to some water so on our trip next week, they will only drink bottled water in order to prevent issues.  My nieces and nephew have severe food allergies so we will be careful about the snacks we bring.  Additionally, we have people in our family who are highly allergic to bees so I’ll make sure I know where the Epi-pen is kept at all times.  Any time we travel we wash our hands more than normal and are careful about where we rest our heads to prevent the spread of the cold, flu or head lice.
Make sure your children also know how to contact you if they get separated!  Do they know your first AND last name or the names of people you are staying with?  Do they know your phone number?  If they don’t, do you have the info recorded and stored in a pocket on their person?  When I was 4 I got lost along a parade route and when people asked who I was looking for (as tears streamed down my face), my reply of “Rosie’s Mom” didn’t get me far, even in the very small town of LaGrande, Oregon.    Do your children know who to ask for help if they are lost? 
I look forward to hearing about your child’s adventures when we return to school on Tuesday, March 29.  Please feel free to send me pictures of your children being AMAZING!  I delight in learning about their lives away from school almost as much as I enjoy seeing them learn here at school.  Whether you stay at home or travel to another hemisphere, I hope your child will find time each day to read.  Vacations are the perfect time to practice real life math skills too!  From covering a shoebox with paper to making a home for acorn people, to cooking or shopping, there are many ways that adults can remind children that math is all around.
Many kids are likely to start thinking about the upcoming Science Fair (April 28) over the break too.  Now is the time to start the projects!  Between Pinterest and Powell’s, there are many great ideas for investigations to get your creative juices flowing.
The thing I love  most about Sexton Mountain students is their resiliency.  When something doesn’t go as planned, they make it an opportunity for learning.  Stick-with-it ness is an important life skill and we see the fruits of this labor daily!  Thank you for sharing your children with us!  Have a great spring break!
With gratitude,
Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.
Check out these staff blogs!

  • Report Cards will come home on Friday, March 18. 
  • All About Me-Family Homework-Kindergarten through fourth grade families got homework to complete by this Friday.  This is intended to provide an opportunity for families to provide input for us as we build classes for the upcoming school year AND will provide 2016-2017 teachers an introduction to your child.
  • Neighborhood Respect—Please respect private driveways of our neighbors at drop off or pick up time. 
  • After School Safety-The paved path around our field and the pavement around the 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 Valley Times last week?
  • Thanks to those who helped with Kindergarten Orientation last week.  Adria Eilers and Amy Stewart were especially amazing!
  • Thanks to the Camou family for the donation of foaming hand soap.
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 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.  

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