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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Moving, Thinking and Reading-April 19, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:      

Moving throughout the day maximizes learning!    Brain Rules by Medina and Eat, Move, Sleep by Rath share thinking around the effects of sleep and movement on how we think, act and feel.    We know that the simple act of walking to school or the bus stop gets the brain ready to learn!  Thanks for encouraging kids to be active before, during and after school.   Our teachers have children move throughout the day because movement matters to learning!

Thanks to all who contributed information in response to the homework survey question last Tuesday.  It was interesting to see the range.  Many reported chunking homework into 15-minute blocks with exercise breaks in between so it seems that families have noticed the benefits of moving for home learning too.   I believe that reading practice is the single most important homework that students can do at home.  Talking about what they’ve read is the second most important skill students can practice at home.    After reading a picture book or at the end of a chapter, take a walk around the block with your child and talk about the reading.  Side by side talk is a way to practice the language of the book and deepen their comprehension.  Authentic conversation about a text boosts a child’s understanding while building vocabulary while walking energizes the learner!

Another thing I learned from the survey responses about homework is how families are building (or sneaking) in practice minutes throughout the day.  Because we know that the more time kids spend reading and talking about what they’ve read, it’s important to find ways to give time to practice.  Here are a few things I learned about the great practices families are currently using:
  • Kids “get” to use smartphones for reading when families are out and about.  There are so many ebooks (including ones available from Bookshelf) that kids have high interest, just right books at their fingertips.
  • Tuck non-fiction books or magazines within arms reach of your child’s seat in the car.  Non-fiction doesn’t have to be read in order so kids can pick and choose depending on time.  Lego, Sports Illustrated, and American Girl all seem to be highly engaging.
  • Recognize the range of books that kids might enjoy.  One of our students recently made his own cookbook based on his experience with a range of cookbooks.  Another child enjoys reading the descriptions of clothing in catalogs.  What sources of print are available for your child to explore?

Five minutes here and there add up to lots of time on text and that results in better readers.  Thanks for finding time for your kids to read!

With Gratitude,

Teresa Clemens-Brower

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In the news:

  • On Time and Ready to Learn—Instruction begins at 8:30am.  Students should be on their way to class at 8:25am.  Supervision begins at 8:05am so children should aim to be here by about 8:10am.
  • Sneakers are the best footwear choice for our active students. 
  • 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 at the bus stop and to be mindful of cars.
  • Dogs-Service dogs only are allowed on campus.

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers, school and community. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
  • Diaper and paper towel donations for the Beaverton Help Center.
  • Volunteers to serve on a Future Ready team as we focus on the digital citizenship skills our students will need to have in order to be safe, respectful and responsible.
  • Volunteers are needed to prepare two portables for adult learners.  If you like to clean and organize, let Mrs. CB know.
  • Volunteer is needed to organize and clean the remote workroom.   If you like to clean and organize, let Mrs. CB know.
  • Volunteer is needed to take a bag of supplies to the Help Center near Beaverton High sometime between 8:30 am and 3:00pm.
  • ·       Swiffer duster refills for small handled dusters will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
  • ·       Donations of NEW child sized underwear for our Health Room are always appreciated.

Upcoming Events
April 28-Jog-a-thon
April 28-Science Technology Engineering Art and Math Night (STEAM Night)
April 29-Staff Development Day-No School
May is Walk, Bike and Bus to School Month!
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

6 - 1st-5th Grade-First day of School
6 – First day for Half of Kindergarten-Kindergarten students with a last name beginning with A-L First Day (M-Z do not have school this day)
7 – First day for the other Half of Kindergarten-Kindergarten students with a last name beginning with M-Z First Day  (A-L do not have school this day)

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