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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Readers are thinkers-- November 29, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Great readers spend time reading!  As children arrived this morning, I expected to hear about special football games or family meals but instead, I heard about the reading lives of children.  Jenna had a book emergency over the long weekend.  Because she was under the weather, she spent more time reading than expected so she finished her book and didn’t have anything new to read.  Her story ended with, “so we will be going to the library soon.”  Ryan enjoyed Magic Treehouse, Tucker enjoyed reading about monkeys, and Braiden enjoyed Baby Cats.  Kate shared about Squish, Sophia enjoyed rereading Bad Kitty and  Grace’s whole family enjoyed Charlotte’s Web. 

Great readers talk about what they are reading!  In addition to what they’d read, children also shared the conversations they’d had about books.  Jenna is encouraging her mom to write children’s books.  Briley shared about the lands that Thumbelina might visit. When readers talk about what they read, they build vocabulary and understanding. 

Great readers learn from other readers!  As students shared what they had read, others chimed in as they made connections about what they had read or planned to read. 

Great readers learn from books! Students shared that they’d learned about cats, monkeys and history through books.  They also learned about character traits they admire. 

Our goal is for all children to read well so that they can be on the trajectory for college and career readiness.  Thank you for creating places for children to practice reading, time for them to build reading stamina, and for talking to them about what they are reading. 

With appreciation,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
a.k.a. Dr. C.-B.

Upcoming Events
·      Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, December 5

*Wish List-These are items we’d love to have donated.  If you have something on the list you’d like to donate, please send items to the school office.

  • Bilingual children’s books can be put to good use.  
  • Children’s magazines can be put to good use in the cafeteria book bins.
  • Pokeman cards or toys are needed for a behavior incentive program.    
  •  Coins (real or toy) are needed for a behavior incentive program. 
  • College pennants are needed for our College and Career bulletin board.

*Help Wanted-These are tasks that we’d love to have help with.  If you are able to help, email Mrs. C.-B. at and make sure your volunteer background check has been completed.

Reading buddies are needed from 2:30-3:00pm daily.  If you can come to school and listen to a child read, please let us know when you are available. 

 A volunteer or team of volunteers is need to organize the science supply room.  If you like to sort and tidy, this job is for you and can be done any time between 7:30an-4:00pm. 

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