Sexton Mountain Elementary
September 21, 2022
I want to make sure you received current information on the District's Health curriculum. Here is a quick overview. In the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.
Oregon Health Education Standards
The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.
Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention)
An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.
Menstrual Dignity Act
In 2021 the Oregon Legislature passed The Menstrual Dignity Act (HB 3294, 2021), in order to address an unmet need identified by students, school leaders, and medical and public health professionals. We’re glad to share that the Beaverton School District is now providing menstrual products for students at no cost. These products will be available in all student bathrooms in all BSD schools as part of the Menstrual Dignity for Students Program.
Previewing Materials/Opting Out
Core health materials are available for preview through The Great Body Shop Family Portal. If you are interested in previewing materials, please contact your child’s teacher and they will give you instructions on how to access these materials.
If you have any questions please call or stop by. Office hours are 8:00-4:00, Monday-Friday.
Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and dismissal is improving. Please remember we switched to using only two doors. The first door is for walkers. The second door by the cafeteria is for car drop off. Once you have entered the circle, you may let your child out. Only parents needing support from the front office or the SRC should park and come to the front door.
Changing how students get picked up?
If your child is going home by a different method than they normally do, please contact the office to let them know about the change. Notifying teachers is helpful but you must also notify the office.
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.
Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher. Nomination forms are available on the TAG Website.
Lost & Found
Please mark your child's belongings with their name in marker. If they turn up in the lost and found, we will reunite them with their owners. Students can stop by the Lost and Found before school, after school, or recess time. All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year. Check here to see if you recognize anything!
Medication at School
If your child needs to take medication at school, please bring it to the office. Students cannot carry medication.
Please see the "Medication Information for Parents" page on the BSD website for additional information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-services/school-nursing
School Meals 2022-2023
Check out the Nutrition Services page on the Beaverton School district website. There are answers to many questions you might have about lunch, Including: hot lunch menus, meal benefits, and access to deposit money in your child's lunch account electronically.
This school year breakfast and lunch will no longer be free for all students. USDA meal waivers that have permitted all students to eat for free the last two years expired June 30, 2022.
Families can apply for meal benefits for school year 2022-2023 online beginning July 1 at: www.schoolcafe.com. The meal benefit application also grants access to many other resources, so consider applying for meal benefits even if your child plans to bring lunch from home.
Volunteering at Sexton Mountain
Start here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/volunteer
We want to continue our wonderful Art Literacy program. We are looking for an Art Lit coordinator and volunteers. Please contact Cassandra Buyserie if you are interested.
You do not need an arts background to coordinate or to teach Art Lit in our classrooms. Everything you need is provided! We have a training date before each lesson, with a script, and all art production materials. You'll have a chance to make the art production before teaching in the classroom. Our Art Lit coordinator will receive support and training from the Art Literacy coordinator for Beaverton Schools. Art Literacy is entering its 43rd year. Please consider volunteering!
PTC- Parent Teacher Committee
Check out the PTC's new website! They are currently looking for a spirit coordinator for this year. This is a great volunteer opportunity to support the school. If you are interested reach out to Katelin Ellis, the PTC president.
Home - Sexton Mountain PTC
All parents/guardians of current SME students are welcome to join, as are all SME teachers/staff. Members are invited to attend general membership meetings and vote on PTC business such as officer elections and annual budgets. Membership is free and open throughout the year.
Latest Sparky's Scoop
Be sure to see all the upcoming excitement in the latest edition of the PTC's Sparky Scoop.
Volunteer Interest Survey
The PTC has a LOT of events planned for this year. And they all depend on you - volunteers! Please complete the following survey to express interest in helping with our events (nothing is binding - we're just gauging interest).
School Calendar for 2022-2023
September 27- PTC meeting @ 6:30pm in the library or join by Zoom.
September 30-PTC Bingo @ 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
October 7- Jog-a-thon
October 14- Staff development- No school
October 17-21-Book Fair
October 24-Picture Day
October 26- 4-8pm- Parent conferences
October 27-12-8pm-Parent conferences-No school
October 28- No school