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Monday, March 20, 2017

Readers are Leaders-Planning for Vacation Reading-March 21, 2017


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Education is the great equalizer.  We scaffold so that our support reflects our belief that EVERY child graduates ready for a wide range of post-secondary options. Mastery of language allows students to fully participate in academics by enabling them to put ideas together in a wide range of ways.  Children build vocabulary through conversation and reading. 

We know that reading builds student achievement and that it also improves the quality of students’ lives.  This year we’ve worked to build classroom libraries in hopes that each and every reader will find just right books and fall in love with reading.  When kids love reading, they will read more. The more time students spend reading, the more proficient they will be as readers.  In class kids have been learning about different techniques authors use and why they use them.   We hope your child will read every day over the break in order to keep their momentum going!    

We hope that your child has access to a wide range of books during the upcoming school break. 

Book Give Away--This week, we’ve had “Free Book” tables open for students. If you would like to help your child “shop” for free books, please feel free to stop by between 7:00am and 4:00pm any time this week.

Student Source-Students have access to a wide-range of e-books through School Bookshelf. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Student-Bookmarks.aspx   

City Library-The Beaverton City Library has a number of activities planned for kids over the break.  They also have e-books for students to enjoy. http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  We look forward to a productive week leading up to Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Reminders
·      Encourage neighbors to Enroll Now for Fall Kindergarten
·      Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - When planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
·      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.
·      All medication (including cough drops) must be signed in to the Health Room and delivered by an adult.
·      Because of the restoration of instructional time due to winter weather, Spring report cards will be sent home on March 24.  Spring conferences have been eliminated.  Parents should direct questions and inquiries to their teachers via email or phone call.
·      Our community comes together in times of great need!  During the snowstorms this winter, neighbors helped neighbors get kids home safely.  On Friday when a bus didn’t come, neighbors helped make sure that all children made it to school.  The Planting Seeds group has made sure that our families in need are getting extra support with food and items for the home.   This sense of community flows into the classroom. Thank you for teaching children that together we are better! 

Upcoming Events
·      March 27-31-No School-Spring Break
·      April 6 Ready-Set-Read for Incoming Kindergarten Students 5:30-6:30pm
·      April 12 Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Program 6:30pm
·      April 19-ISB Students Day of Service-The group will transform a Portable 6 from Storage to a Maker’s Space.  If you can help by taking items to Good Will, please let Mrs. C.-B. know.
·      April 27 Jog-a-thon During Specials (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event.  Complete your application today if you haven’t already.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      April 27 STEAM Night 6:30-8:00pm
·      May 19 Carnival
·      May 26 No School Assessment Day
·      May 29 No School Memorial Day
·      June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library
·      June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
·      June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
·      June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)

*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.
·      Sidewalk Chalk will be put to use during recess time.
·      Whisk brooms and small dust pans will be put to good use during recess time.
·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries. Our kids love easy to read non-fiction books about animals.  Additionally, if your child has outgrown any of the following series or authors and you’d like to donate the books to grateful readers, please send them to the “Book Donations” box in the office.
·      Piggie and Me
·      Ivy and Bean
·      Pete the Cat
·      Pinky and Rex
·      Henry and Mudge
·      Fly Guy
·      Who would win?
·      Rookie Readers
·      Ricky Ricotta
·      Bunjitsu Bunny
·      Anything by  P.D. Eastman
·      Anything by  Mo Willems
·      Anything by  Eric Carle
·      Anything by  Laura Numeroff
·      Anything by  Audrey (or Don) Wood

*Help Wanted-These are tasks with which we’d love to have help.  If you are able to help, email Mrs. C.-B. at Teresa_Clemens-Brower@beaverton.k12.or.us and make sure your volunteer background check has been completed.
·      Book Shoppers-Do you like to shop for books?  Local GoodWill stores often have great books for less than a dollar each.  If you would like to shop for us (a great project for kids and families), please contact Mrs. CB.  We have specific titles, subjects and authors we are looking for as well a specific process for reimbursing.
·      Translators Wanted-If you are willing and able to translate school documents from English to Vietnamese, Korean, Russian or Kurdish we would love to have key messages translated in order to better communicate with our whole school community.
·      Declutter Expert or Organizer needed—We have one volunteer but need more in order to turn the Science Storage Room into an organized supply room for a future Maker’s Space. If you like to sort and tidy, this job is for you and can be done any time between 7:30am-4:00pm. 

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to all who continue to send in cans of soup, boxes of cereal and items for our Planting Seeds Food Pantry.  Thanks to the Planting Seeds team for doing such an amazing job of supporting our families. The team is thoughtfully planning how to meet the needs of students over spring break.  For those who rely on school breakfast and lunch, a week away from school can be especially difficult.
·      Thanks to Jenn Fife-Adams for organizing our school’s OBOB tournament. 

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