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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lost and Found, Gifts, Reading over the Break and Inclement Weather-December 13, 2016


Thank you

As I reflect back on 2016, I am thankful that I get to spend my days with your children.  I love their stories, observations and energy.  I can’t wait to hear about what they’ve read or done when they return on January 3.  Have a great break!

Reading


Over your winter break, I hope that you have many opportunities to find quiet moments to enjoy a book with your child. Listen to books on tape as you travel.  During and following your adventures, talk about what you are doing.  Whether it’s playing in snow on the mountain, watching waves at the beach or just enjoying the lights on your street, there are interesting things to talk about.  Visit the library (http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/) or browse the bookstores for more things to talk about.


Weather Related Delays and Closures


If weather creates unsafe travel conditions, school bus routes may change, school may be delayed, close early or be closed all day.  Check out the info at the link below for more information.

If there is a 2-hour delay, supervision at Sexton Mt. will begin in the cafeteria at 10:05am.  Students will go to class at 10:25am and instruction will begin at 10:30am.    If buses are on snow routes, there will be no service for Bus 163.

Lost and Found

Many students have similar jackets or coats.  Remember to put first and last name in your child's jackets.  At home, check to make sure your child has the correct jacket.  Have your child check the Lost and Found to see if items are there.  




Gifts

Sexton Mt. employees work hard for the success of every child. Thank you for telling staff when you appreciate their effort.  Your words are TREASURED. The media would have us believe that the season of gift giving (in order to show appreciation) is upon us.   Please remember that school employees are public officials and therefore ethics laws regarding gifts apply.  In order to avoid both potential and actual conflicts of interests, employees must abide by ethics rules*, Board policy defines gift as anything of economic value (including baked goods and coffee) so we encourage families to write a kind note rather than give gifts.  

*During a calendar year, a public employee, may not receive any gift or gifts with an aggregate value in excess of $50 from any single source.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Writing, Snow and Rain-December 6, 2016



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

As a group of first graders finished up a unit on personal narratives, they invited kindergarten students for a visit to share what they learned.  They presented the steps of the writing process then shared their published works.  There were stories about trips to the zoo, the beach, apple farms, and time with cousins.

On Monday morning, students were very excited about the weather.  Thanks to a recent science lesson, 5th graders are able to talk about the conditions needed in order for there to be snow at the valley level.  Younger students are sure that IF you sleep with your pjs inside out and put a white crayon on the windowsill, there will be snow.  Either way, it’s important for families to know that if weather creates unsafe travel conditions, school bus routes may change, school may be delayed, close early or be closed all day.  Check out the info at the link below for more information.

If there is a 2-hour delay, supervision at Sexton Mt. will begin in the cafeteria at 10:05am.  Students will go to class at 10:25am and instruction will begin at 10:30am.    If buses are on snow routes, there will be no service for Bus 163.

As I finish this letter, our kindergarten students are coming in from recess.  I hear their excited squeals,  “It’s snowing!  It’s snowing!  It’s snowing!”  From my window, it looks like heavy rain with maybe a giant flake in the mix.   In the health room, there is one very wet little girl asking for a change of clothes.   We DO get excited about the changing seasons!

Unless the temperatures are well below freezing, kids do have recess daily.  If your child is a weather scientist (ie-likes to test the depths of puddles, does experiences to determine the difference between water resistant and water proof, or tries to measure the liquid pouring from downspouts), please feel free to send an extra change of clothes and shoes as this is the time of year our supplies run low.  Teachers reinforce expectations prior to recess but it’s also helpful if families state their expectations to children too. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us.

With thankfulness and appreciation,

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

 The intersection at 155th and Sexton Mt. becomes flooded during wet weather.  Proceed with caution.


Our last big snow came a few years ago  School closed mid-day and contacting all families was made more difficult when we didn't have current contact information for some.  Please make sure all your emergency contact information is up-to-date.  Contact Diane_Holste@beaverton.k12.or.us if your home phone, cell phone, work phone, email or the information  for those you've given permission to pick up your child changes