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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Working Together to Support Learners- October 4, 2016

Sexton Mt. Families:

Atticus made his entrance Saturday making me a great aunt.  During the short time we were at the hospital, we met a steady stream of visitors.  This little guy’s support crew is BIG and I’m so glad that he is already loved by so many.  Every child should be loved and supported by a team.  The Sexton Mt. staff is happy to serve as part of your child’s team.

Language acquisition starts early and grows more quickly through books!  During his first 24 hours, Atticus had already convinced his mom and grandma that he loves to listen to stories. They are sure that he responds differently to the conversations going on around him.  

Ms. Hiatt shared a picture with me last week showing that her girls are actively engaged in text too. 

In Ms. Baldwin’s class on Monday, students were sharing thoughts about the books they were reading.  They reflected on characters and made predictions.  As they listened to one another, they provided feedback and got ideas for the next book on their reading list.  Reading is a powerful tool for language, character and thought development.   As you read with your child today, talk about what you are learning beyond just the text.

We are grateful for the Sexton Mt. community and all that is done every day for our children.  Our Sexton Mt. community has been busy supporting children. On Thursday students got to identify places on a map during Passport Club. Thanks to the volunteers (multigenerational) for doing this for our kids.   The Vision Screening on Friday went smoothly thanks to the organized team.   At the assembly Friday, our Community Partner, Beaverton City Library, presented us with a plaque for having the highest number of summer reading program finishers. Friday after school, another group was busy setting up the Scholastic Book Fair.  Great things are happening at Sexton Mt. every day.

We practice personal safety skills with children daily.  Wednesday is National Walk and Bike to School Day.  I know that many families get kids to school daily by walking or biking.  Through regular practice of being aware of surroundings, helping your child make in the moment decisions regarding what’s going on around them, and by taking advantage of the time with your child to discuss your shared experience, you are teaching important life skills.  What you teach and do now is what they will practice later when you are not with them and when they start to drive.  You are setting the foundation!  Walk and Bike to School Day is an annual even that promotes being active on the way to and from schools.  It’s good for school and the community because is reduces traffic congestion near schools.  Less congestion means increased community safety.

We encourage you to practice safety drills at home on a regular basis as appropriate.   Thanks to all who supported our school during our first LOCKOUT.  Last week when our staff noticed something that didn’t look quite right, they responded just like we’d been taught in August.  After each incident and drill, our safety team reflects on what we learned.  During this Lockout, our volunteers knew just what to do.  Please know the Standard Response Protocols for our District.  They can be found at the link below.

Thank you for sharing your children with us.


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

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