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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reading develops intellecutally empathetic people-April 18, 2017

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Think about this quote.

 Better readers (become) more effective people -- intellectually empathetic people…who turn out to become better bosses, co-workers, negotiators, and friends.1 
Bill Murphy Jr.

Reading is an essential life skill!  As we work to make sure that all Sexton Mt. students are growing as readers, I want to thank you for your partnership in this important endeavor!

Thank you for helping children view books as gifts!  Early Monday morning, I was in a classroom during reading time.  A student was conferring with the teacher as others read around the room.  When I entered, an enthusiastic reader leaned in with a HUGE smile as he held up a book and whispered, “Look at the present I got!” 

Thank you for helping children find “just right” books and encouraging them to spend time reading.  Thanks for helping set and work toward goals.  They know what their path is and that focused practice matters. 

As I meet with kids to talk about their learning and celebrate progress, I’ve noticed a strong correlation between growth (an example is shown with the black line on the charts below) and the amount of time students report spending engaged in reading books they love.  Though the progress charts below don’t reflect what kids and teachers are doing in order to make these gains, I’ve noticed that kids are more likely to spend time in text when it’s fast, fun and easy (a.k.a.   “just right”).  On the charts below, the red stair steps indicate grade level expectations.  The line and dots represent an individual’s progress over time.  What do you notice?

Think about this quote.

A student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time.2
Sarah D. Sparks

Because learning to read and understand at deep levels are essential, I want to thank you for your partnership in making sure our kids are provided with everything needed in order to read at grade level.

Thank you for the high interest books you are sending for our lending library.
Thank you for the food you are providing for home backpacks so kids come to school nourished.
Thank you for realizing that some kids need more or different approaches.
Thank you for helping your children and their friends get to school on time every day.

You are appreciated!


Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.

1 Bill Murphy Jr.

2 Sarah D. Sparks

·      As the weather gets nicer, we will likely see more children walking or biking to school.  Please review the safe routes to school map that shows a safer route to school.
·      Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - When planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model beginning September 13.
·      Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information. 
·      All medication (including cough drops) must be signed in and out of the Health Room by an adult.

*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.
·      College Mugs –We would love to replace some of the older mugs in our staff room cupboard with college mugs so that students have yet one more opportunity to learn (and dream) about post-secondary opportunities.  If you would like to donate a mug to the collection, please send it to the office.
·      2 Gallon Zip Lock Baggies are being used to house Book Ladders.  Book ladders are a collection of books on a single topic that range from easy reading to more complex.  The theory is that IF students have access to a topic they love, they will be motivated to read and acquire topic specific vocabulary making it easier to read increasingly complex text.  Feel free to send donations of 2 gallon Ziplock type bags to the office.
·      Potting Soil is needed for a new garden space we are building.
·      A garden hose is needed for a new garden space we are building.
·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries.
Mouse and Mole
Iris and Walter
Piggie and Me
Ivy and Bean
Pete the Cat
Pinky and Rex
Henry and Mudge
Fly Guy
Who would win?
Rookie Readers
Ricky Ricotta

Magic Tricks
Video Games
Henri Houdini
Jokes (appropriate)
Alphabet Books

P.D. Eastman
 Mo Willems
Eric Carle
 Laura Numeroff
Audrey Wood

Favorite Magazines
Sports Illustrated for Kids
National Geographic for Kids
American Girl

*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.
·      Volunteers with Access to SchoolPace (likely elementary school teachers) are needed to help level books.  This could be an easy home job with students serving as couriers. We will send home books with your child and you can look up the level then return them. 
·      Creative Tech Volunteer is needed to make a photo collage on Snapfish or Shutterfly type website to make a school puzzle.  If you can do this type of project for us, contact Mrs. CB for details on the vision of the project to be completed by August 1.
·      A Creative Volunteer is needed for a special project-make a visual tracking sheet for author book clubs.  We will send home a sample with your child then you can run with the idea if interested.
·      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, or Kurdish we would love to have key messages translated in order to better communicate with our whole school community.
·       Volunteer Photographer/Videographer wanted to help make process stories for different parts of our school. 

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to Tyra Hamilton for volunteering to take on the “Bus Stop Encourager Project”.
·      Thanks to the Sadek family for the donation of children’s books.
·      Thanks to Anzhela Paskar for single-handedly setting up hundreds of chairs for the music program last week. 
·      Thanks to the Renker family for the donation of chalk.
·      Thanks to the Isenhart family for the donation of Pete the Cat books.

Upcoming Events
·      April 19-ISB Students Day of Service-
·      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.
·      April 27 STEAM Night 6:30-8:00pm
·      May 19 Carnival 5:30-8:00pm (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event.  Complete your application today if you haven’t already.
·      May 26 No School Assessment Day
·      May 29 No School Memorial Day
·      June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library @ 5:30pm
·      June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
·      June 3 Run with the Eagles 5K
·      June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
·      June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)
·      June 22  Last Day of School for Students
·      Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      September 5-First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade
·      September 5-First Day of School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 5-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 6- First Day for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-This is the only Wednesday of the school year with a 3:05pm dismissal due to it being the first day of school for some kindergarten students and some students at the middle and high school level too.
·      September 13-Early Release Wednesdays Begin-Sexton Mt. students will be dismissed at 1:35pm

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