Sexton Mountain Elementary

May 2020

Principal's Note

Spring is a time for celebrations at school. Celebrations allow us to gather and recognize individuals in our community for their hard work and dedication. There are two groups I would like to recognize today.

The first group is our volunteers. I can not say enough wonderful things about our Sexton Mountain volunteers. They give generously of their time and talent. Margaret Mead said, " Never doubt a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." I could not agree more. Thank you volunteers for supporting our students and staff!

The second group is our Sexton Mountain staff. This group of individuals care deeply about the safety, well-being and education of your child. They work each day in their various roles to contribute to your child's educational experience. I would encourage you to send a staff member an email with a note of appreciation. If you are not sure about their email, check our website linked below.

Finally, I am reminded daily each family is having their own unique experience of this pandemic time. I want you to know Sexton Mountain staff is here to support your child and family as we make our way back to better days.

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One School, One Book

Thanks to a generous grant from the PTC, all Sexton Mountain families will receive a copy of A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold. It's a beautiful story about a boy whose mom (a veterinarian) brings home a baby skunk.

Bat (Bixby Alexander Tam) just happens to be on the autism spectrum, and readers get a view into his world. For example, smells can be overwhelming to him. Sometimes, the way Bat thinks baffles the adults in his life, but as readers, we can make sense of it all through his lens.

One School/One Book allows us to come together as a community and share a book even though we're apart. A Boy Called Bat also happens to be an OBOB 2021 title.

If you have not already picked up your family copy it will be available on supply pick-up day.
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Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

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.

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

Immunization Requirements and much more, please visit the Kindergarten Information webpage.

Supply Pick-up- May 4th and 5th

Please come to school and pick up your child's supplies during the times below. In addition we will have pre-ordered PTC sweatshirts available, disburse medicine from the health room, and allow students to return books they are no longer reading. We ask that you remain in your car. If you can write your last name on a sheet of paper, it would help us keep the line moving. Thank you for your patience.

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Beaverton City Library

NEW services for kids and families:

Bilingual Facebook Storytime – On Fridays at 10:15 we will be offering this English/Spanish storytime on facebook<>.

Letter from a Librarian – Children ages 3 to 10 can receive a letter from a Youth Services staff member after their parent fills out a form.(Available in English<> or Spanish<>)

Real-Time Reading Recs<> – Library staff will respond in real time to readers looking for good books to read on facebook – Mondays 10 am-Noon, Wednesdays 1-3, and Fridays 2-4.

Aprende Zoom – A bilingual English/Spanish online meetup where kids and grownups can call in or join via Zoom videochat to practice and play with Zoom features (changing your background, muting & unmuting). Tuesdays starting May 5.

Parent Workshops<> – We're hosting 3 speakers in May and June live on Zoom for parents on topics like Growth Mindset, Simplicity Parenting, and tips for engaging with children musically. These sessions will also be recorded to watch when busy parents have a moment.

And we are continuing our other online programs including:
* Weekly live storytimes,
* Craft and Story videos every day
* ebooks and downloadable audiobooks
* Tumblebooks
* Online homework help
* and more!

Here are all the details and links in English<> and Spanish<>.

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Note from our Student Success Coach Autumn McConnell

These unprecedented times provide us an opportunity to work on self-awareness, self-regulation, and relationship skills in a deeper and more meaningful way. With the shift to digital learning, it is important to work on the awareness of the emotions we are feeling and how those emotions impact others. This will help us better communicate with each other.

An article from Child Trends states, we should "create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing the 3 R's: Reassurance, Routines, and Regulation." They go on to say that, "...adults should [first] reassure children about their safety and the safety of loved ones, and tell them that it is adults’ job to ensure their safety. Second, adults should maintain routines to provide children with a sense of safety and predictability (e.g., regular bedtimes and meals, daily schedules for learning and play). And third, adults should support children’s development of regulation. When children are stressed, their bodies respond by activating their stress response systems. To help them manage these reactions, it is important to both validate their feelings (e.g., “I know that this might feel scary or overwhelming”) and encourage them to engage in activities that help them self-regulate (e.g., exercise, deep breathing, mindfulness or meditation activities, regular routines for sleeping and eating). In addition, it is essential to both children’s emotional and physical well-being to ensure that families can meet their basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, clothing)." (from 03/20/2020)

When we take a closer look at the orange pieces of the CASEL wheel, we see self-awareness, self-management, and relationship skills defined as:

Self-Awareness: "The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a growth mindset. Identifying emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, and self-efficacy."

Self-Management: "The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals. Impulse control, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, goal-setting, and organizational skills."

Relationship Skills:

"The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed. Communication, social engagement, relationship-building

and teamwork."

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Creating some sort of flexible schedule at home can be helpful. A consistent time for sleep, some exercise breaks, time for independent reading, time and a quiet space for learning to take place, and play. Play is not only vital for creativity but it also teaches children to self-regulate when something doesn't turn out quite the way they want. It not only teaches cooperation when sharing but it also improves communication skills. It is also a good time to address specific emotions. "I feel sad when you..." "Thank you for sharing that with me."

If we work on these strategies at home, we can increase the likelihood that students can develop their ability to not only self-regulate and manage their emotions but also to improve their relationship skills and well-being.

If you need any resources for mindfulness or zones of regulation for home,

please contact

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