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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Talking About Books, Thinking and Time Change-March 7, 2017

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Students listened to a non-fiction book and took notes about what they’d learned.  Following the story, students read their notes and made inferences.  “I learned horses can smile, so I think that means they are happy.” 

Some students noted new learning and others gave instances of when they’d seen examples of the facts in action during their life.  Taking notes, connecting new learning to previous learning and questioning prior knowledge based on new knowledge is a complex process but our KINDERGARTEN students nailed it!

As students lined up for recess, one of the students asked the teacher if she knew which dinosaur had the shortest name.  When the teacher shared a guess, the student informed her that T-Rex is actually an abbreviated version, so she was wrong.  Our kids are doing amazing things and having increasingly informed conversations.

In the January 10 newsletter I reminded families that two ways you can help grow great readers is by ensuring that children have access to LOTS of high interest books at their level. Remember that all children have access to the electronic Bookshelf that provides a range of leveled fiction and non-fiction books. Students can access this from any device.  Check with your child’s teacher if you need a reminder about the username or password (shared with you at fall conference time)

Another way to grow great readers is by having authentic conversations and asking AUTHENTIC questions about what kids are reading.    "What does this make you think about?" or "What have you learned by reading this?" are open ended and promote deeper thinking.

Thank you for sharing your children with us!


Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.

Daylight Savings Time starts March 12, 2017

With daylight saving time starting this weekend, the hours of darkness have shifted. It’s now dark during morning hours, when many of us travel to work, school or other destinations. We can all help make each others’ trip safe by slowing down especially in neighborhoods and school zones.

 Be on the lookout for each other: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We all want to get somewhere and it only works when we all work together.
 Don’t be a distracted driver, cyclist or pedestrian. Keep your eyes on the road or path ahead, hands on the wheel or handlebars and brain focused on the task of being a good road user.
 See and Be Seen: Pedestrians and bicyclists should always wear reflective or bright-colored clothing to increase their visibility. Drivers check your lights, use them and always watch for others.
 Stop, Look, and Listen: When approaching intersections, and crossing streets, stop and look in all directions before crossing. Make sure vehicles are stopped for you before starting to cross.

  • Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - When planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model
  • ·      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 12 Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Program 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--
·      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.
  • ·      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-- The Planting Seeds Team is thoughtfully planning how to meet the needs of students over spring break.

*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.
  • ·      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 Mrs. Samander and the Peerenboom family for assembling Piggie and Me book club materials for students.
  • ·      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.

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