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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sportsmanship, Learning from Failure and PE News-March 1, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                      March 1, 2016

One hundred thirty-one students participated in the Oregon Battle of the Books competition.  In the double elimination tournament there were ten rounds, fifty-eight battles; so fifty-eight times where teams practiced winning or losing with grace.  Our students were part of 12,000 students across the state of Oregon who took part in reading sixteen books and answering questions about them.  At the final battle at school on Friday afternoon our Sexton OBOB organizer noted how our final teams showed amazing sportsmanship.  Over the weekend, I found multiple opportunities to share the story of Zoe, Danielle, Rachel and Kira.  They were our second place winners.  I shared what I noticed about their effort, enthusiasm and smiles as they finished up their OBOB season on Friday.  Though some may refer to this group as the loser of the final battle, they had the stance of champions!    

During his acceptance speech at the Oscars, Pete Docter, winner in the Animated Feature Film category for Inside Out said something that touched my heart.  

“This film was really born out of watching our kids grow up, which is not easy,” Docter said. “Anyone out there who’s in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering — there are days you’re going to feel sad. You’re going to feel angry. You’re going to feel scared. That’s nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It will make a world of difference.”

I think his words made such an impact because I see that all kids on their journey are struggling to figure things out.  It’s a natural part of growing up.  How kids deal with the emotions surrounding the struggle can help them grow or NOT.  Please think about how you support learning through frustration, disappointment, anger or sadness.  Building the skills to work through authentic emotion.  Thank you for partnering with us to help our children learn to authentically engage in life’s ups and downs. 

As you meet with teachers this week for conferences, rest assured that Sexton Mt. staff care deeply about your child and our desire is for every child to thrive.  As we identify strengths and weaknesses, know that it’s our intention to support your child in partnership with YOU.  WE must work together in the very important job of preparing our children for their future!

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower

a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

PE News
Hoop Shoot - Congratulations to this year's Sexton Mountain Hoop Shoot winners.  These four students made the most basketball free throws out of ten attempts in their age group.  Sixty-six students participated during their PE classes in early December.
10-11 year-old Boys - Carson R.
10-11 year-old Girls - Haimanot H.
8-9 year-old Boys - Justin H.
8-9 year-old Girls - Emilia S.

Haimanot, Justin, and Emilia each went on to win both the Beaverton and Metro Hoop Shoot contests. They went on to place in the Top 5 at the Oregon State Hoop Shoot contest.  We are happy that Haimanot, Emilia, Justin, and Carson enjoyed great experiences that came about due to their hard work, courage, and perseverance.

Shoes in P.E. class
Many students are always well prepared for their P.E. classes by wearing comfortable, safe clothing AND wearing athletic footwear (aka- sneakers).  These students demonstrate the life skill of responsibility. They are poised to succeed and challenge themselves as they engage in a healthy lifestyle.  They are able to move freely and safely with confidence. Unfortunately, we still have too many students who wear inappropriate clothing AND/OR footwear that hinders their success, safety, and ability to move well. Please have students wear athletic shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) and leave fancy boots, flip flops, and sandals for other school days.

  • After School Safety-The paved path around our field and the pavement round 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. 
  • Phone System- We will go “live” with our new phone system the evening of March 3. Our phone number will be changing so look for information on that in upcoming newsletters, on our Facebook page or through a text from me via the app.

  • Thanks to Christy Snow, Hina Ali, Lydsay Link, Rikki Anderson, Joe Carrey and Sandy Goff for assembling games and pneumonic devises to support literacy development.  Thanks to their kids for being the delivery crew.

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.
  • Donations of foaming hand soap containers (empty or full) will be put to good use.
  • 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, plus all materials to make multiple copies of the game can be sent home with children through backpack mail.  

Upcoming Events
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
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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