Sexton Mountain Elementary

March 2020

Principal's Note

The Coronavirus, COVID-19 is on everyone's minds. I want you to know the Beaverton School District is taking the situation seriously and reviewing new information every day. They have set up a team that is working with outside agencies to make sure we do our best to use preventive measures in our schools. The district is making regular updates to the website when new information is available or decisions are made that impact students.

At Sexton Mountain we have added to our daily cleaning procedures for the building. All students are washing their hands before lunch. We are using wipes and hand sanitizer in classrooms. The most important measure is teaching and reminding students to cover their coughs and wash their hands after blowing their noses. We will continue with a regular school schedule and evening events unless directed otherwise by the District. If you have questions or concerns please call the office. We will do our best to answer them.

At the March PTC meeting we are going to have a guest speaker, Anna Gustaveson. She works for the district coaching teachers on math instruction. This is an excellent opportunity to come and ask your math questions. Anna has been working with the Sexton Mountain teachers on math instruction for the last two years. Please join us March 31st at 6:30 in the school library.

District COVID-19 message

We wanted to update you regarding novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in Oregon. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in daily contact with our local public health department.

Based on current information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our local and state public health departments continue to consider that the risk to most Oregonians is low. The Oregon Health Authority has set up a comprehensive webpage that includes statewide tracking of COVID-19.

The Beaverton School District is continuing to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and is in the process of stepping up planning and preparation for the potential that COVID-19 could affect our schools. We have no current plans to close or cancel school or classes. You can find updated messaging and resources on our website.

Please be assured that we will provide more information as it becomes available. We are committed to the health and safety of our community.

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Success Coach News by Autumn McConnell

A positive growth mindset is essential for our ability to persevere through things that can be challenging. The above image is examples of phrases you can try at home with your child to help promote the usage of positive self-talk. We want to encourage children to move away from fixed mindsets that they just aren't good at something and rather communicate, just not yet.

One way to help foster this strategy and make it solidify as part of child's everyday language is to think aloud when you have opportunities to model using them.

For instance, maybe you are trying a new hobby or cooking a new meal and maybe it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. This is a great opportunity to say something like, "This didn't turn out the way I expected it to but learning is a journey! I wonder what I can improve and try again later?"

The more we model that and help walk them through opportunities to use a growth mindset or positive self-talk phrases, the more it will become part of their everyday language.

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Time to register for Kindergarten next year!

The Beaverton School District is now enrolling for Kindergarten at all elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2020 is now eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school. Online Registration is available for new student enrollment. After the online application has been submitted you will want to schedule a visit to your child's school, prior to the first day of their attending. This visit is important as you may receive ​school-specific forms to complete. ​Parents/guardians will need to provide a birth certificate and immunization record at the time of enrollment.

Sexton Mountain will be having Kindergarten Orientation on April 23rd at 5:30 pm.

For more information on registering a child for Kindergarten, including a list of

2020-2021 Kindergarten Orientation Dates, Immunization Requirements and much more, please visit the Kindergarten Information webpage.

March Calendar

March 12- Second Grade Music Program-6:00pm

March 18- STEM Fair- 6:30 pm

March 23-27- Spring Break

March 31- PTC meeting focusing on Math instruction with a guest speaker-6:30pm

April Calendar

April 10- Grading Day- No school

April 14- First Grade Music Program-6:00pm

April 16 & 17- Conferences-No school

April 23-Kindergarten Orientation-5:30pm

April 23- Family Bingo Night-6:30pm

April 24-Staff development-No students

April 29-Kindergarten Music Program 6:00pm

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