Sexton Mt. Families:
Our students are active learners. As I visited classrooms Monday afternoon, kids were dramatizing stories, comparing spelling patterns, comparing words with similar meanings, ordering words from least intense to most intense and cutting out power words from a kids’ newspaper. Some readers were reading just right books on devices (does your child know how to log into Bookshelf) and others were lost in paper copies of just right books. Most kids were able to tell me how the activity they were doing related to their individual learning goal.
An essential part of learning any new skill is practice. While our students spend at least 90 minutes a day engaged in reading or learning about reading, practice at home is important too. By the end of kindergarten (Level 1G), students are expected to be able to read at home for at least 30 minutes each night. Building stamina takes practice. Thank you for making sure kids have lots of fun, fast easy books to enjoy at home. By the white level, students should finish a chapter book every week. Practice makes proficient!
Last winter when we had school closures due to weather, some children reported not having enough reading materials at their level. When school closed early, one student took a stack of books home with her.
Not all were so forward thinking. If you need to stock up on books at your child’s level OR if you need access to your child’s password for Bookshelf, please let us know.
Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Winter Weather Planning
Some forecasters are predicting a winter with lots of snow and ice. Please make sure you have a plan for closures, late starts, mid-day closure and snow routes. See the link below for general information regarding Inclement Weather.
School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be made and posted on the District website by 5:15 a.m., then communicated to local media including TV, radio, electronic and print. Information is also sent to parents via SchoolMessenger and posted to BSD’s Official Facebook Page and Twitter .
When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school, all schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled. The Sexton Mt. instructional day will begin at 10:30am. The Sexton Mt. cafeteria will open for before school supervision at 10:05am Students may go to class at 10:25am. The school day will officially begin at 10:30am.
If buses are not able to safely navigate at higher elevations, buses will be on snow routes. When buses are on snow routes, Bus Route 349 will be canceled. If your child rides bus 349, plan accordingly for before and after school. Send a note with your child telling how your child will get home after school and make sure your child is aware of the afterschool plans if conditions don’t change by afternoon. Learn more at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/trans/Pages/snow-routes.aspx.
If weather conditions change dramatically during the day, schools might close early. Last year when this happened we had over 200 families pick children up very early. Over 100 children were picked up well after dismissal time. Our last bus delivered kids home after 6:00pm. We encourage and support families to make attendance decisions for your child(ren) based on your own assessment of travel conditions at your location. Please think now about how to support your child.
Upcoming Dates to Note
November 22, 23, 24-School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21-January 3-School Closed for Winter Break
January 4, 2018-School Resumes