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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Curious, Care, Continuous Growth-May 2, 2017


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Curious kids ROCK!  It was so much fun to see students explore, create and ask questions Thursday at STEAM Night!  Thanks to Lindsay Mahr and Liesl Buzan for doing such a fabulous job creating a space for students to showcase their talents and to explore!  Our students are lucky to have such amazing volunteers!

On the heels of STEAM night, it was interesting to hear how teachers are working to engage learners at deep levels across content areas.  Earlier this week, we had sub release time in order for teacher teams to meet, unpack standards and prioritize how to go about creating a culture of care, curiosity and continuous growth in our school as we plan for next year.  Time to do this work is essential and we look forward to having this regular structured time next year as we implement Early Release Wednesday for Collaboration.  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.   For Sexton Mt., students will be dismissed at 1:35 on Wednesdays. 


Over the past few weeks I’ve slowly met with students about reading growth.  One of the trends I’ve noticed is that children notice that time spent reading pays off.  The more kids read, the easier reading becomes.  Another thing I’ve noticed is that as readers become more proficient, they are able to access more interesting texts.  As they get to read more interesting texts, they spend more time reading and as a result, become better readers.  I was reminded by this quote by Frederick Douglas

Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.

Our teachers have focused on knowing readers well this year. In doing so, they are matching books to readers so that children can spend more time in books that are fast, FUN and easy.  This fast, fun and easy practice moves children to the next reading level.  I’ve noticed also that our families are making sure students have access to books. Through BookShelf, e-readers, trips to the library or book store AND making a comfy space available for kids to read at home, FAMILIES are ensuring that the learning that happens at school is then extended.  Time in text grows readers!

As I’ve learned about our readers, I’ve tried to capture some of their reflections.  Our readers’ stories are shared on a bulletin board in the main hallway, as well as on my Facebook and Twitter page.  See what you notice about students’ reflections about their growth in reading achievement this year.

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Beaverton City Library's-Free Comic Book Day &Mini-Con, May 6,11 AM - 1 PM

Meet local comic book creators at the City Library’s Mini Con, get a free book and learn how to make your own comic!

Jog-a-thon -May 11
The Jogathon will be May 11. There is still time to create an online fundraising account!  Go to http://pledgestar.com/sextonmountain to get started.    If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, please sign up at http://signup.com/go/W27ZT6.  
(If you need to do your background check, please do so at www.myvolunteerpage.com)

Reminders
·      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 driver’s 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.  http://www.beavertonsaferoutes.org/sexton-mountain-elementary-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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
·      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.
Series
Subjects/Topics
Authors
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
Cars
Dogs
Horses
Insects
Video Games
Henri Houdini
Jokes (appropriate)
Alphabet Books
Fairies

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 Teresa_Clemens-Brower@beaverton.k12.or.us 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 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. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      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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