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Strengths and Hopes-April 12, 2016

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Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                      

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading the All About Me pages that Kindergarten, First, Second, Third and Fourth Grade families completed for our students.  The pages will be given to 16-17 teachers so they can get to know kids a little before the school year even begins.   One of the things I love about our school is the wide range of different interests, backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, abilities and skills our students bring to school each day.  I listed a few of the words you used to describe strengths of our students.  What do you notice about the list?
Positive
Unafraid to fail
Inquisitive
Strong-willed
Voracious-reader
Determined
Organized
Upbeat
Eager
Trusted
Avoids-negative-peers
Proactive
Risk-taker
Curious
Flexible
Organized
Positive
Not afraid to fail
Problem solver
Detail-oriented
Mentally&Physically-strong
Focused
Listener
Self-Motivated
Good-listener
Plays-hard
Creative
Articulate
Respective
Compassionate
Empathetic
Reliable
Observant
Musical
Strong-willed  Courageous
Competitive
Loves-to-participate
Helpful
Consistent
Committed
Comfortable
Bi-lingual
Advocate-for-friends
Considerate
Honest
Spontaneous
Imaginative
Great-memory
Caring
Engaging
Funny
Takes-pride-in-work
Lovable
Great-with-numbers
Loves-technology
Meticulous
Tenacious
Independent
Non-Judgmental
Willing-to-learn
Problem solver
Detail-oriented
Loving
Intelligent
Willing-to-face-challenges Resilient

While the list of strengths seemed endless, when it came to each family’s hopes and dreams, there was a common theme.  We want our children to feel safe and valued by those around them while doing something they love to make a positive difference in the world.

Last week, the PTC sponsored an assembly where children were taught strategies for dealing with strong emotions simply by recognizing the emotion and deciding on a plan for dealing with it appropriately.  The presenter shared a number of stories and reminded children that one of the most important things we can do is treat others with respect and compassion.  I feel privileged to serve students in a school where this is valued and practiced.  Thank you for sharing your children with me!

With Gratitude,

Teresa Clemens-Brower
Principal

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Reminders
  • 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. 

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.
  • 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.

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 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

September
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)

Find links to the calendar for next year by scrolling down to the bottom of the page at the link below:



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