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Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy New Year-Nuts and Bolts , August 15, 2016



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                       

The purpose of today’s note is to share details about the upcoming weeks to make the first days of school go more smoothly.

Welcome New Staff
§  Olga Yarats will serve our students as a first grade teacher.  She comes to us from Colorado where she's taught 1st grade for several years.
§  Michelle Brock will serve our students as a third grade teacher.  She comes to us from Vose where she taught 3rdgrade last year.
§  Kaela Munoz will serve our students as a fifth grade teacher.  She comes to us from southern California where she taught 5th grade last year.
§  Heidi Yager will serve our students as a fifth grade teacher.  She has more than a decade of serving students in 4th-6th grade in Iowa and Oregon.
§  Tiffany Risser will serve as our Music Teacher replacing Carli Bates.  She joins us from the North Clackamas School District.
§  Nichole Volz will join Marcia Frame in the Resource Room as an additional part-time Learning Specialist.
§  Anastasia Webb will serve our multilingual students.  Anastasia join us from Barnes Elementary where she served students in a similar role.
§  Pam Joy will join our Ms. Webb and Mr. Tsakistos in our Multilingual Department (formerly  known as ESL) as an instructional assistant.  She served students in a similar role at Barnes Elementary.
§  Joan Davidson will join our Resource Room team as an instructional assistant.  She comes to us from Medford where she served students in a similar role.
§  Shava Feinstein will serve as our special education facilitator. 
§  Christy Trujillo will serve as our Speech and Language Pathologist as part of the Resource Room team. 
§  Kristy Lockard will serve as our school psychologist.
§  Caitlin Davison will join the intervention team as an instructional assistant. She comes to us from the Bay area where she served in a similar role.


First Day of School Information

First-Fifth Grade First Day-The first day of school for students in grades 1-5 will be Tuesday, September 6. 

Kindergarten First Day-In order to give our kindergarten students a chance to learn about our school, only half our kindergarten students will come to school the on September 6.  Kindergarten students whose last name begins with A-L will come to school on Tuesday, stay home Wednesday then return to school on Thursday and every day thereafter.  The other half of our kindergarten students will come on September 7.  Kindergarten students whose last name begins with M-Z will stay home Tuesday and have their first day of school on Wednesday, September 7 then return to school on Thursday and every day thereafter. 

On the first day:
  •   The doors will open at 8:05am.  At that time, students may go to the cafeteria. If adults come into the building with children, they must sign in and get a pink visitor’s sticker.
  • At 8:10, students may go to the gym, covered area of the playground, or library.  They can also stay in the cafeteria.
  • At 8:25 the first bell will ring.  Kids may go to the classroom at 8:25am.  Teachers will use every second up to that time to prepare for the big start. 
  • Adults are welcome to come to the stage in the cafeteria for some pastries and coffee after they part with students or at 8:25am.  This will allow kids to get started on learning and parents time to reconnect or visit in a place that won’t distract the learners. 
  •  If you walk your child to class, remember that every time you enter the building, you are expected to sign in and get a visitor or volunteer badge.  This will usually be done in the office but on the first day, we will have sign in tables in front of the school since we expect so many guests.
  • Feel free to photograph your child with the Sparky in our entry.  You may want to make this a first day tradition to see how your child grows.   
  • On the way to class, there will be another photo opportunity by the “Class of 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 or 2028” in your child’s pod. 

Before school begins I am sure that you will be working on routines and procedures to make sure that your child is as ready and independent as possible before heading into the new school year.  The information below will help you know what to expect.
  • Our Back to School Picnic/Ice Cream Social/Supply Drop Off is Thursday, September 1 from 4:30-5:30p.m.  
o   Supply Drop Off Between 4:30-5:30, students can drop school supplies by the classroom.  Have students lead the way to the classroom.  This teaches independence and promotes confidence!  Our school is one big loop so you really can’t get lost.  Each pod is labeled with K, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to show which grade meets where.  Teacher names are above the door.
On the way to class, feel free to take your child's picture by the “Class of 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 or 2028” banner in your child’s pod.
o   Back to School Picnic/Ice Cream Social  -After you drop off your supplies, head to the playground.  Bring a picnic to enjoy with your family on the playground following your visit to the classroom. A food cart will be selling meal items as well.
o   Our PTC will have info about a wide range of ways that families can be involved at school this year.  Please check out their info tables under the covered area on the blacktop behind the school
·       
 August is a great time to drop off MEDICATION for students.
o   Throughout the year, adults must deliver any medication (i.e.-prescriptions, inhalers, cough drops, Tums, Benadryl or Tylenol).  Never send medication with your child.
o   Medication authorization forms must be completed when medication is dropped off.
o   Adults can sign inmedication during regular office hours- 7:30am-4:00pm.  The office is much less busy in August than it is when school starts so now is a great time to complete this task.
·       August is a great time to Know and Practice the After School Day Plan
o   We ask that you complete a MEMO to TEACHER(see example below/available in the office) detailing after school plans so the teacher will know your child’s after school plan. Return the completed MEMO TO TEACHER on September 1 or on the first day of school.
o   When kids know their plan, they are much more relaxed during the school day.  Before school begins talk about the plan and practice it if possible.
·       Know that there will be Important Documents for you to review in the Back to School packet you'll get on Sept. 1 or the first day of school.
o   Sign and return the student verification form and other necessary documents ASAP.  Make sure  the info on the form is correct and let us know if it changes throughout the year.
·       Know that there will be many exciting things happening this year for you and your student.  The activities calendar will be in the Back to School packet but for now, MARK YOUR CALENDAR for two upcoming events:
o   September 15th -Back to School/Curriculum Night  K-1@ 6pm  2nd-3rd @ 6:30pm and 4th-5th @ 7:00pm
o   October 20 and 21-Parent Teacher Conferences-No School for Students

GETTING TO SCHOOL on time and ready to learn sets the stage for the day.  Now is a good time to discuss with your child what to expect depending on how your child gets here. Supervision in the cafeteria begins at 8:05am then at 8:10 students may go to the gym, playground or library if space is available.
       BUS If you live more than one mile from school, your child may have the option of riding a bus.  Parents are responsible for making sure kids get to and from the stop safely and are monitored.  If your child arrives BY BUS the child will exit the bus (with all of his or her belongings) then go to the cafeteria, gym, library or playground until 8:25am.  Bus route information will be available soon.  We will send out bus info through email.  Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes early.  You may be able to find your child’s bus stop info through the Beaverton School District Transportation website. 
       BY CAR- IF students are able to independently get in and out of the car on the passenger size, they can be dropped off along the front yellow curb. Students enter through the door closest to the cafeteria then go to the cafeteria, gym, library or playground until 8:25am.  IF students are not yet able to do this independently drivers should park in a legal parking space then help the child out of the car and walk them across the crosswalk to the building. If adults come into the building with children, they need to enter through the front door then go to the office to sign in and get a visitor or volunteer badge.
       BY FOOT OR BIKE- If students arrive by foot or bike, they will walk their bike at crosswalks and on campus.  Kids should lock bikes at a rack (located in front and back of the school) then go to the cafeteria, gym, library or playground until 8:25am

Know that Instruction Begins promptly at 8:30am
       When the 8:25am bell rings, students walk directly to the classroom.  Teachers take attendance electronically at 8:30am then begin instruction so if a child arrives after the 8:30am bell, the child will be marked absent.  As to not interrupt instruction, children not in class at 8:30am need to get a pink slip from the office.  When they show this to the teacher, the teacher knows that the office has changed the electronic record to show the child is at school.  Please make being on time and ready to learn a habit.  Children who are frequently tardy in elementary school are more likely have poor grades in middle school, drop out in high school, and even experience employment issues later in life.  Plan ahead for congestion and let kids know that the start of the day is a lot like the scheduled departure of an airplane to Disneyland in that if you arrive late, you may miss something important no matter what the excuse. 

Mid-Day Recess and Lunch
       Children may bring healthy meals from home or they may purchase meals at school.  Lunch boxes are less likely to be lost if they are clearly marked with the student’s names and students remember to put them in the class lunch wagon.  Children should be able to open their own containers so practice this before school begins.  Gogurts, cheese sticks, thermoses and juice boxes can be tricky so plan accordingly.
       If students plan to purchase lunch or breakfast see Nutrition Services website https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/departments/nutserv  for more info on how to pay online.  The money deposit boxes are in the cafeteria and office.  Make sure your child’s name is on the check (payable to Sexton Mt.) or envelope with cash. 

End of Day Routines
After school can be the most challenging part of our routine as we reconnect kids and families.  Dismissal Time is at 3:05pm. With 500+ students leaving school at the same time there will undoubtedly be traffic congestion at times. Please complete and return “Memo to Teacher” so your teacher will know well in advance your child’s after school plan.  In the classroom, teachers line kids up based on these plans.
       The  BUS or daycare van waiting area is on the covered area of the playground
o   Kids should know their bus number or name of daycare.
o  Students will  get off at their bus stop if an adult is present or not.  Make sure that your child knows where to get off the bus and how to get home from the stop. 
       If students are being PICKED UP, kindergarten students wait on the kindergarten porch and 1st-5th graders wait on the sidewalk just outside the front doors of the school.
o   Students should look for their vehicle and alert staff members when the ride arrives.
o   Drivers will remain at the wheel in the driveway and traffic circle or park legally and wait for your child on the sidewalk near the benches or bike rack.
o   Adults should wait outside for students so that teachers can maximize every minute of the day!
       Students may WALK or BIKE home with permission.  Indicate this on the Memo to Teacher.

Class Placement- Students will receive a postcard or email with teacher information sometime before September 1. 

Building Habits of Mind
Perhaps the most important job we have as parents and as educators is to make sure that our children are developing the habits of mind needed in order to be ready for a wide range of choices later in life.  We want children to develop the habits of mind to think critically and creatively.  We want our children to master content. We want our children to develop the skills to act collaboratively.  We want our children to know how to be self-directed.  We want our children to develop the skills to navigate locally and globally.  We can only accomplish these things by working together.  I look forward to a positive and productive school year.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children.

Fondly,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

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.
       Donations of extra notebook paper, markers, colored pencils or supplies can be put to use in the library or ELL classroom.
       Volunteers are needed to help with Kinder, 1st  & 2nd grade lunches during the first week of school from 11:00-11:55am.
       Volunteers are needed to help welcome new adults on the stage September 6 and 7. 
 
The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans' status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. 





Reminders
  • Teacher Notification for 2016-2017-Students will be notified by mail of the 2016-17 teacher assignment.  Look for postcards in August.
  • Safety Reminder- Please notify the school as home, cell or work numbers changes. 
  • Safety Reminder- Know the Standard Response Protocols for our District https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/pubsafety/Pages/Standard-Response-Protocol.aspx





2016-2017 Sexton Mt. Activities Calendar

Trimester 1
2016
Trimester 2
2016-2017
Trimester 3
2017
September 2016
1  Ice Cream Social/Supply Drop Off 4:30-5:30pm
6 First Day for Kinder A-L and 1st-5th
6 Parent Party on the Stage at 8:30am
7 First Day for Kinder M-Z
7 Parent Party on the Stage at 8:30am
15  Back to School/Curriculum Night
K-1-Teachers Present- 6:15 to 6:40
2-3 Teachers Present- 6:45 to 7:10
4-5 Teachers Present- 7:15 to 7:40
27  PTC Meeting @ 3:05pm
October 2016
3--6-Book Fair
14  Teacher Work Day-No School for Students
20-21  Family/Teacher Conference Day-No School for Students
25  PTC Meeting @ 3:05pm
28  PTC Dance 6:30-8:00pm
November 2016
10  Staff Development Day-No School
11 Veterans Day Holiday-No School
23  School Closed
24-25  Thanksgiving Break No School
28-Grading Day-No School
29-PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
December 2016
2 Report Cards Go Home with Students
19-Winter Break Begins
January 2017
2  Schools Closed-No School
3  School Resumes
16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School
19  Family Bingo Night-6:30-7:30pm
31 PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
February 2017
10  Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30pm
10  Family Movie Night 6:30-8:30pm
20  President's Day-No School
28  PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
March 2017
2  Conference Day-No School for Students
3  Conference Day-No School for Students
9  Talent Show
10  Grading Day-No School for Students

March 2017
17  Report Cards Go Home
21 PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
27-31  Spring Break
April 2017
25 PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
27  Jog-a-thon
27 STEAM Fair 6:30-8:00pm
28 Staff Development Day-No School for Students
May 2017
1-5  Staff Appreciation Week
19  Carnival 5:30-7:30pm
26 Assessment Day-No School for Students
29 Memorial Day-No School
30 PTC Meeting at 3:05pm
June 2017
1 Family Literacy Night (kick off summer reading season)
3 Sexton Mt. Run with the Eagles 5K
21  Last Day for Students



Memo To Teacher

Child’s Name _______________________________________   Grade ___________

Return this completed form to school on September 1 or on the first day of school.

Dismissal time can be quite hectic.  It is very important that we know your after school plans so we can have your child in the right place at the right time.  Please complete the info below so we will know how your child will get home each day during a typical week.  Please notify your child's teacher in writing if plans change

Monday

Bus # __________________ get off at ____________________________________(name stop)
Walk Home         _______
Picked Up by      ________________________________
Daycare Bus (which daycare) ____________________
On Site Daycare                  _______

 

Tuesday

Bus # __________________ get off at ____________________________________(name stop)
Walk Home         _______
Picked Up by      ________________________________
Daycare Bus (which daycare) ____________________
On Site Daycare                  _______

 

Wednesday

Bus # __________________ get off at ____________________________________(name stop)
Walk Home         _______
Picked Up by      ________________________________
Daycare Bus (which daycare) ____________________
On Site Daycare                  _______
Same as above _______

 

Thursday

Bus # __________________ get off at ____________________________________(name stop)
Walk Home         _______
Picked Up by      ________________________________
Daycare Bus (which daycare) ____________________
On Site Daycare                  _______
Same as above _______

Friday
Bus # __________________ get off at ____________________________________(name stop)
Walk Home         _______
Picked Up by      ________________________________
Daycare Bus (which daycare) ____________________
On Site Daycare                  _______
Same as above _______

Thank you!
  • Thanks to all who continue to send in family pictures for our FAMILY collages and thanks to Noel Tyner for assembling them.



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