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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reading and Time-March 1, 2017


As I was preparing to post this message, our school public address system announced a LOCKOUT.  Students quickly came in from the playground, we locked the doors and the day went on as normal while we investigated WHY the alarm was sounded.  It turned out to be an accidental push of the wrong button but it was good practice for our students and staff.  All is well at Sexton Mt.!
 
Dear Sexton Mt. Families:
 
I’ve shared throughout the year, that we are working very hard to make sure that all students are growing as readers.  This week, we had substitute teachers cover classes so that classroom teachers were able to closely examine English Language Arts targets and how to teach them as well as English Language Development targets and how to support students in reaching the next level. We looked at student work, planned next steps for teaching and learned from one another about what is working and how to efficiently implement practices school wide. 

Students were described as “relentless readers” and “passionate about books.”  Over and over, teachers expressed the need to build classroom libraries so our veracious readers could read widely across topics. 

Again and again, teachers expressed the importance of having chunks of time to learn with peers so as to increase rigor in the classroom.   Beginning in September, all Beaverton Schools will release students 90 minutes early every Wednesday in order to provide time for our teachers to collaborate.  Sexton Mt. School will dismiss students at 1:35 every Wednesday.  We’ve shared this information in past newsletters but the importance of this time was really drilled home this week.  Visit our District’s website for more information.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx

Students are growing by leaps and bounds.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Reminders
·      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.
·      Make sure your coats and outerwear are clearly labeled with your child’s name.
·      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 inquiry to their teachers via email or phone call.


Upcoming Events
·      March 10 Incoming Kinder Book Club Info Night 5:30-6:30
·      March 10 Talent Show 6:30-8:00pm
·      March 14- 2nd and 3rd Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
·      March 27-31-No School-Spring Break
·      April 6 Ready-Set-Read for Incoming Kindergarten Students 5:30-6:30pm
·      April 27 Jog-a-thon During Specials (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event-Do it 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 12 Kindergarten and First Grade Music Program
·      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 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.
·      Bilingual children’s books can be put to good use.
·      Diapers, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Hygiene Products for families in need
·      Cereal, canned fruit or vegetables, shelf stable milk, snacks, soup for families in need

*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.
·      Home volunteer needed to cut out laminating and assemble 24 home reading packets.  This job can be done at home and all materials can be sent home with a child.  Call the office at let Mrs. Z know (503 356 2470) if you can help with this project.
·      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 the Planting Seeds Committee for taking on the Weekend Food Backpack and Family Care Kit project.
·      Thanks to Molly Banks and Roger Golliver for the countless hours they’ve spent assisting Jen Fife-Adams with OBOB battles.

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