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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year-January 3, 2017

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

“I love you!” she called as she jumped from the car and headed into school.  I heard this over and over this morning as students returned to school.  As I visited classrooms first thing, students were hard and work.  Ms. Hunt’s fourth graders seemed to have grown much taller over the break.  In Ms. Cobain-Soto’s class, Ms. Weigel’s class, and Ms. Antich’s class, students had already settled into great books.  Happy readers were hard at work! In every single classroom, teachers were teaching and learners were learning! It’s good to be back.

Students got to welcome back several staff members.  Jennifer Yoshida, our school counselor, and Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Blumhagen both returned from leave.  We missed them when they were gone!  Ms. Baldwin welcomed student teacher, Whitney Carlisle.

As students returned this morning, they told me about the fun they had in the snow and about the books they read.  A second grader shared that she’d had a book emergency, with nothing new to read, because the school closures had meant no trip to the library before the break.  We had about 250 students leave early on December 14.  One student made sure she was ready for anything as she left with her arms full of books.  

The pathway to becoming proficient at any skill is practice.  Thanks for providing time for kids to practice reading daily.  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.   When children can read well, they can access a wide range of content. 

With appreciation,

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

·      Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information.  Thanks also for making sure your list of emergency contacts is up to date.
·      Students will go out to recess every day.  Please make sure they are dressed for the weather.
·      Make sure your coats, sweatshirts and outerwear are clearly labeled with your child’s name.
·      All medication (including cough drops) need to be signed in to the Health Room and delivered by an adult.

Upcoming Events
·      January 4-College Gear Day
·      January 5-Rescheduled December Passport Club Check
·      January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No School
·      January 19-Family Bingo Night-6:30-7:30pm
·      January 31-PTC Meeting at 3:10pm
·      February 3-Staff Development Day-No School
·      February 10-Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30pm

*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. 
·      Interesting Coins (real or toy) are needed for a behavior incentive program.
·      College pennants are needed for our College and Career bulletin board.
·      Children’s Boots-We have several children in need of warm winter boots.  If you have gently used boots to donate, please send them to the office.

*Help Wanted-These are tasks with which we’d love to have help.  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 needed 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. 
·      Arabic speaking volunteers and Spanish speaking volunteers are needed for a community building project.  Contact Mrs. CB if you’d like to help.

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