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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Spring Reading-April 4, 2017


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Did your children get to spend time reading over the break?  My family enjoyed time with one another and I got to enjoy reading in a variety of places for a range of reasons.  From gaining information to taking a mental vacation, my break was better because of books.  The lives of those around me were also made better by books.  Here is my great nephew Atticus already enjoying time in text! 



Now that April is here we are in full swing as we work to finish strong.  We will continue to use every minute to maximize learning!    Students with a home language in addition to English are taking language proficiency tests this month.  In May, students in third, fourth and fifth grades will begin the statewide assessments.  When our students show up and give it their best every school day, they will be prepared to SHINE.  The skills and habits of mind students learn in kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd  grade and beyond, prepare them to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly and to work hard on non-preferred tasks.  You can see sample tests of the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) and Reading, Math, and Science sample tests at this website.   http://oaksportal.org/students/

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Reminders
·      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
·      Encourage neighbors to Enroll Now for Fall Kindergarten
·      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 cough drops) must be signed in to the Health Room by an adult.
·      Because of the restoration of instructional time due to winter weather, Spring report cards were  sent home on March 24.  Spring conferences have been eliminated.  Parents should direct questions and inquiries to their teachers via email or phone call.
·      Our community comes together in times of great need!  During the snowstorms this winter, neighbors helped neighbors get kids home safely.  On Friday when a bus didn’t come, neighbors helped make sure that all children made it to school.  The Planting Seeds group has made sure that our families in need are getting extra support with food and items for the home.   This sense of community flows into the classroom. Thank you for teaching children that together we are better! 

Upcoming Events
·      April 6 Ready-Set-Read for Incoming Kindergarten Students 5:30-6:30pm
·      April 12 Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Program 6:30pm
·      April 19-ISB Students Day of Service-The group will transform a Portable 6 from Storage to a Maker’s Space.  If you can help by taking items to Good Will, please let Mrs. C.-B. know.
·      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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      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)
·      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

*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.
·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries. Our kids love easy to read non-fiction books about animals.  Additionally, if your child has outgrown any of the following series or authors and you’d like to donate the books to grateful readers, please send them to the “Book Donations” box in the office.
·      Piggie and Me
·      Ivy and Bean
·      Pete the Cat
·      Pinky and Rex
·      Henry and Mudge
·      Fly Guy
·      Who would win?
·      Rookie Readers
·      Ricky Ricotta
·      Bunjitsu Bunny
·      Anything by  P.D. Eastman
·      Anything by  Mo Willems
·      Anything by  Eric Carle
·      Anything by  Laura Numeroff
·      Anything by  Audrey (or Don) Wood

*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.
·      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 Liam W. for encouraging his birthday party guests to bring food items for Planting Seeds.
·      Thanks to Harper F.-A. for encouraging guest to her Art Show to bring food items for Planting Seeds.
·      Congratulations Public Health Ambassadors Holly Heaver and Jim Hayhurst. The Sexton Mountain Walking School Bus Program was recently nominated for a public health award.  Holly and Jim will be presented with the Public Health Ambassador Award at a ceremony on April 4, at 11:30 in Hillsboro. 
·      Thanks to Nicole Moes and her Green Team for organizing two new types of recycling in our school.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Readers are Leaders-Planning for Vacation Reading-March 21, 2017


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Education is the great equalizer.  We scaffold so that our support reflects our belief that EVERY child graduates ready for a wide range of post-secondary options. Mastery of language allows students to fully participate in academics by enabling them to put ideas together in a wide range of ways.  Children build vocabulary through conversation and reading. 

We know that reading builds student achievement and that it also improves the quality of students’ lives.  This year we’ve worked to build classroom libraries in hopes that each and every reader will find just right books and fall in love with reading.  When kids love reading, they will read more. The more time students spend reading, the more proficient they will be as readers.  In class kids have been learning about different techniques authors use and why they use them.   We hope your child will read every day over the break in order to keep their momentum going!    

We hope that your child has access to a wide range of books during the upcoming school break. 

Book Give Away--This week, we’ve had “Free Book” tables open for students. If you would like to help your child “shop” for free books, please feel free to stop by between 7:00am and 4:00pm any time this week.

Student Source-Students have access to a wide-range of e-books through School Bookshelf. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Student-Bookmarks.aspx   

City Library-The Beaverton City Library has a number of activities planned for kids over the break.  They also have e-books for students to enjoy. http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  We look forward to a productive week leading up to Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Reminders
·      Encourage neighbors to Enroll Now for Fall Kindergarten
·      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.
·      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 inquiries to their teachers via email or phone call.
·      Our community comes together in times of great need!  During the snowstorms this winter, neighbors helped neighbors get kids home safely.  On Friday when a bus didn’t come, neighbors helped make sure that all children made it to school.  The Planting Seeds group has made sure that our families in need are getting extra support with food and items for the home.   This sense of community flows into the classroom. Thank you for teaching children that together we are better! 

Upcoming Events
·      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 19-ISB Students Day of Service-The group will transform a Portable 6 from Storage to a Maker’s Space.  If you can help by taking items to Good Will, please let Mrs. C.-B. know.
·      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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      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.
·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries. Our kids love easy to read non-fiction books about animals.  Additionally, if your child has outgrown any of the following series or authors and you’d like to donate the books to grateful readers, please send them to the “Book Donations” box in the office.
·      Piggie and Me
·      Ivy and Bean
·      Pete the Cat
·      Pinky and Rex
·      Henry and Mudge
·      Fly Guy
·      Who would win?
·      Rookie Readers
·      Ricky Ricotta
·      Bunjitsu Bunny
·      Anything by  P.D. Eastman
·      Anything by  Mo Willems
·      Anything by  Eric Carle
·      Anything by  Laura Numeroff
·      Anything by  Audrey (or Don) Wood

*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.
·      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 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.
·      Thanks to Jenn Fife-Adams for organizing our school’s OBOB tournament. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Supporting Our Learners-March 15, 2017



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

When a microphone died, the musicians repeated the music while Ms. Galante directed the performer to a different microphone.  Ryan, in his role as a big, bad wolf, adjusted expertly.  Mr. Hayhurst stealthily crept to the stage, grabbed the dead mic then raced to the storage room and replaced the batteries, all while Ms. George grabbed my keys and got batteries from Mrs. Holste’s desk. They had plan B and C ready to roll!  A verse or two later and Ryan had a working mic in his hand. 

It’s interesting to see the many ways that adults in our building support students.  Academically and socially, we try to give just enough support in order for children to build independence.  We know the confidence they build now will continue to grow over the years. 

At the Pre-Kindergarten Family Literacy Night, this looked like the four year olds leading the way to the classrooms while adults follow.  At the Talent Show, this type of support ranged from smiles and thumbs up from the audience to a mom calming a nervous performer by sitting directly in front of her on the stage and looking into her eyes while silently mouthing the words to a song from a Broadway musical.  At OBOB Regionals, this type of support looked like silent adults lining the room, being very careful about non-verbal signals that might distract the team during tournaments.  In the classroom, we try hard to make the invisible skills visible so that students know the steps they need to take in order to be successful.  We model thinking aloud so that children understand what steps they need to take in order to understand what they are reading at deeper levels.  During math, we model the steps children can take to solve problems in a variety of ways.

Recently I observed peers supporting one another with writing.  Children were assigned a writing prompt.  After students finished the assignment, their next step was to read the work of others and offer compliments or suggestions.  The specific comments of peers helped students revise their work.  Kids were motivated to refine and make their work more precise for their peers reading enjoyment.  In this class, the teacher had been careful to model they types of feedback expected so children were doing exactly as she’d taught.  They were positive and productive.

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 inquiries to their teachers via email or phone call.


Upcoming Events
·      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--https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      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.
·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries. Our kids love easy to read non-fiction books about animals.  Additionally, if your child has outgrown any of the following series or authors and you’d like to donate the books to grateful readers, please send them to the “Book Donations” box in the office.
·      Piggie and Me
·      Ivy and Bean
·      Pete the Cat
·      Pinky and Rex
·      Henry and Mudge
·      Fly Guy
·      Who would win?
·      Rookie Readers
·      Bunjitsu Bunny
·      Anything by  P.D. Eastman
·      Anything by  Mo Willems
·      Anything by  Eric Carle
·      Anything by  Laura Numeroff
·      Anything by  Audrey (or Don) Wood

*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.
·      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 Ms. Risser and Ms. Galante for directing an amazing music performance.
·      Thanks to the Yoders and others who helped get all the instruments back to the music classes following the performance.
·      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.