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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What are kids DOING and SAYING? Sept. 20, 2016

Sexton Mt. Families:
It's official!  Sexton Mt. students were once again the top readers in Beaverton when it came to the summer reading program at the library.  Thank you for making reading a priority for your family!  

Readers are THINKERS!
When I visit classrooms, I watch children to see what they are doing and saying.  During English Language Arts time, I hope kids will be deeply engaged in text.  This advertisement captures what that might look like (  If you have time, watch this with your child and see what they notice about the reader (DO talk about the purpose of advertisements prior so they know to look beyond the device).
When a reader is lost in a book or sharing it with others, the possibilities are endless.  Our first goal for readers is for them to LOVE reading! We know when they love reading, they are more likely to read more and THINK about what they are reading.  They notice new words, make connections to life or other texts, ask questions and make predictions.  Attached you'll find a resource that provides strategies for families to support this important work.

Maximizing Time
When I visit classrooms, I notice that teachers work extremely hard to make the most of every minute.  Instruction begins at 8:30 and when kids are in class, ready to learn at that time, it sets the tone for the whole day. As I greet families in the morning, I notice that some exude a sense of calm confidence as they go into the day.  I've done informal surveys to learn their secrets to a great start and it seems that a great routine and mindfulness about language makes a big difference.   

A morning routine can set a positive tone for the day.  A printed checklist of things to do before leaving can reduce the number of commands you might be directing at your child (Brush your teeth.  Comb your hair.  Put your bowl in the dishwasher.  Grab your backpack.  ( my own children called this nagging) while allowing your child to develop important life skills.   You can print out your own morning checklist using the link below. For some, photos of them doing the expected behavior or a picture of what "ready" looks like is added support too.

If you a hard time capturing what might go on the checklist, another resource has information on routines for your whole household.  Some may find it to be a good thinking tool to help break down tasks into manageable steps.

Our families are a wealth of resources!  I am grateful for the hours adults in our community spend volunteering time at school and supporting children away from school.  These volunteer hours are great job training for classified support positions in our district.  If you've ever considered serving as a classified substitute, it seems that there are many openings.  To learn more, check out the JOBS link at

Thank you for sharing your children and ideas with us.


Teresa Clemens-Brower

2016-2017 Sexton Mt. Activities Calendar

Trimester 1
Trimester 2
Trimester 3
September 2016
27  PTC Meeting @ 3:05pm
October 2016
3--6-Book Fair
5  International Walk and Bike to School Day
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

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed.D.
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Sexton Mt. Elementary School

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