Sexton Mt. Families:
I LOVE how our community comes together to help one another. This morning, a student's shoe was stuck on his bike pedal. He'd fallen off the bike several times on his way to school but had not been able to free his shoe. By the time he reached campus, he was so entangled that he wasn't able to move. Several concerned students reported that he needed help but by the time I reached him, three Sexton Mt. parents were gathered around and making a plan. Together, they quickly freed the foot and the boy was on his way. Time and time again, our families come together to support one another in times of need. Thank you for modeling for our students what it means to be part of a community!
This morning, I visited classrooms during morning meetings. Students gasped when Mr. Hayhurst asked his question of the day. What would you do on a cold, rainy, windy day if there were no electronics? After they clarified what "no electronics" meant (yes-even tablets), they shared ideas about how they would spend time. Joseph would play the game of Life. Aeris would practice jujitsu with her dad. Others would play with pets, ride bikes (dressed for the weather), play Monopoly, play with siblings or friends, sleep, sit and relax, ask grandparents to come over and play, and complete a sphere puzzle. One student hoped that the temperature would drop below freezing so that the cold rain would turn to snow.
When I came to screen-free ways to spend a day, I was surprised that only Mr. Hayhurst mentioned reading in front of the fire. I realized that the book I'm currently reading is on my Kindle app so I would have to go to the library or book store in order to read it. Luckily, I have lots of other books in my home, car and office so if I had a reading emergency, I would be prepared. I hope your children plan to read over the break.
Did you read the article about the boy who set a goal to read 100 books in a day? http://abcn.ws/2yuhLN5 What an inspiration! Practice with FAST, FUN and EASY books grows readers. Older students might find if to revisit a favorite series. Younger students might pull out their favorites (ones they know by heart). Please encourage your child to set goals and read wildly over the break.
Coaching Your Child to Use Word Attack Strategies
Asking your child to "sound out" tricky words is not an effective prompt to support a striving reader. There are several more effective prompts to put your child in charge of their reading at the word level.
If your child is a 2G-2R level reader, you may experience frustration about how to help them decode or use word attack strategies. If so, you are invited to join our Intervention Teacher, Trina Simkins-Moore for a Parents as Reading Coaches session prior to the BINGO night on Friday, January 19th from 5:30-6:30pm. Pizza will be provided and you will have time to practice with your child.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12.
Planning for 2018-2019-August 27-First Day
The first day of school next fall will be August 27. It's been several years since we've had a start date in August so please make note now. The first week of school is always full of important information, routines and relationship building so kids should be in class every day.
Welcome New Staff!
Please join us in welcoming Kerri Truesdell and Teresa Merek to the Sexton Mt. team. Teresa replaces Chelsea Sanderson who moved to Arizona. She will work with small groups to support reading and will serve as playground supervisor and crossing guard. Kerri returns to our SRC team as an assistant in the upper SRC. Kerry will replace Cheryl Jepsen who is moving to Montana.
Thank you for a fabulous 2017.
As I reflect back over the year, your children make up some of my best memories. Thank you for sharing them with us! Have a wonderful break!
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Sexton Mt. Elementary School
8:08am is a great time for kids to get to school. We offer supervision in the cafeteria, gym, library and on the playground from 8:10-8:25 so kids can spend time with friends before the day begins.
3:05pm is when the dismissal bell rings.
January 4-School Resumes
January 15-Martin Luther King Jr. Day -No School
January 19 Family Bingo Night 6:30pm
February 2-Grading Day-No School
February 6-Kindergarten Orientation 4:30pm
February 19-President's Day
February 23-Talent Show 6:30pm
March 1 and 2-Conference Days-No School
May 31-Family Literacy Night/Summer Reading Kick Off at Beaverton City Library
August 27-First Day of 2018-2019 School Year