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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Culture of Care, Collaboration and Curiosity-May 9, 2017

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Last Thursday morning, a team from Sexton Mt. was recognized at the Beaverton School District Community Partnership Team Meeting.  The Planting Seeds team has done amazing work over the past few months to meet needs in our community.  Learn more about this group by visiting the link below.

I am grateful that our community understands that TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER!  When we work collectively to make sure every child’s needs are met, all children thrive.  Thank you for modeling empathy, resilience, persistence and optimism for our students.
“Children who develop social and emotional competence are happier, have more rewarding relationships with peers, are resilient in the face of stress, and even perform better academically.”  Mraz- A Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth

Thanks to our PTC for purchasing A Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth so that 17 interested staff members could participate in a book club.   Staff were excited about this book even before we learned that our staff had been selected to serve as a Culture of Care Pilot School during the 2017-2018 School year.

Culture of Care is about creating optimal learning environments for learners by increasing awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences and the need to develop effective, innovative, system-wide interventions.  Culture of Care communities strive to promote the development of life-long, resilient learners. Through safe, supportive relationships and a safe, predictable school environment, Culture of Care Schools strive to cultivate a sense of belonging for all members and guests of our community. They believe a culture of care fosters optimal regulation for all learners, allowing them to access their full range of skills, and take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by our school community.  Ten staff members will attend training on May 10 and 24 so thanks in advance for your patience on these days.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mt. School because our community is so committed to nurturing the collective whole.  Thank you for sharing your children with us! 


Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.

Staff Appreciation Week Follow Up

Thanks to our Sexton Mountain families for the notes, kind words, and gorgeous drawings from your children. The yummy treats were an incredible bonus. This is a GREAT place to work -- thanks to our families—Sue Olson

I am so grateful for the generosity of delicious food and never ending supply of caffeine last week.  It was much appreciated.  Thanks for everything you do to help make our school community special.—Kristin Hiatt

Thanks to our Sexton Mountain families for the notes, kind words, and gorgeous drawings from your children. The yummy treats were an incredible bonus. This is a GREAT place to work -- thanks to our families.—Dawn Kimball

Jog-a-thon -May 11-Rain or Shine
The Jogathon will be May 11.   There is still time to create an online fundraising account!  Go to to get started.    If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, please sign up at  
(If you need to do your background check, please do so at

·      Volunteer Background Checks must be completed by all volunteers.  With so many field trips and special events coming up, please complete your background check today if you haven’t already OR call if you’re not sure if you have completed the updated form.  Volunteers must complete Background Checks and must have been approved to volunteer prior to any event.
·      Parking Lot Safety-Slow, cautious drivers and buckled kids keep our parking lot safe.  We strongly encourage kids to get out of cars on the curb side of the car so that drivers can remain at the wheel.
·      Bike and Pedestrian Safety-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 allergy medicine and 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.

·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries.
Children’s Books-Mindset
Mouse and Mole
Iris and Walter
Ivy and Bean
Pete the Cat
Pinky and Rex
Henry and Mudge
Fly Guy
Who would win?
Rookie Readers
Ricky Ricotta
Pixie Tricks

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
Bunny Cakes by Wells

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle, Raschka
On No George by Haughton
Lily the Unicorn by Clayton
How to be  Jedi by Lee
Worms Build by Caple
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Willems
The Amazing Spiderman by Macri
Almost by Torrey
Big Red Lollipop by Khan
Yo!  Yes? By Raschka
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Beaty
The Most Magnificent Thing by Spires
A Home for a Bird by Stead
Beautiful Oops! By Saltzberg
Going Places by Reynolds
Those Shoes by Boelts
Author:  A True Story by Lester
Freedom Summer by Wiles
Each Kindness by Woodson
Wilma Unlimited by Krull
If you Want to See a Whale by Fogliano

*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.
·      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.

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to Adria Eilers for transforming our science storage room! 
·      Thanks the Progress Ridge Ace Hardware for donating $25 for soil and supplies for our vegetable garden.  Students in SRC will plant, grow, then eat the healthy foods grown in our garden!
·      Thanks to Roger Golliver for the donation of a hose for our vegetable garden.
·      Thanks to our Creative Volunteer, Ms. Peerenboom, for making visual tracking sheets for author book clubs. 
·      Thanks to Kate Kristiansen and all who have made Staff Appreciation Week so special.

Upcoming Events
·      May 11  Jog-a-thon During Specials (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event.
·      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 2:00 – 3:00 pm
·      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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