Sexton Mountain Newsletter

September 2019

Welcome Back!

We are so happy to welcome new students and reconnect with returning students. Over the summer we added some new staff and some teachers changed grade levels. We have great plans for learning this year! I have been in classrooms and have watched students already hard at work.

If you are new to our school, please consider attending a PTC meeting. The PTC is a Parent organization that supports our teachers in creating wonderful learning environments.The group has many different opportunities for volunteering and getting involved. The first meeting is September 24th @ 3:05. I have an opportunity at each meeting to share updates and answer questions.There are also going to be several evening meetings and volunteering opportunities outside the school day.

The school newsletter comes out the first Friday of each month. This month we had a little glitch. But, we should return to our regular schedule next month. The school focus for September is friendship. Our school wide reward will be announced on the 27th. The reward will happen on October 4th. Every month the school wide reward will be announced the last Friday of the month, and celebrated the first Friday of the next month. Watch for details on Family messenger.

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Meal Benefits

Remember that the 30-day Rollover Period for 2018-2019 meal benefits will end in early October. Be sure to apply TODAY so your students don’t have a lapse in benefits. Any families whose students go into “Paid” status will be responsible to pay for all meals charged in school cafeterias. Don’t let this happen to you!!

Click on the link below to go to SchoolCafe, and see all the things that you can do:

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals/schoolcafe

All you need is your student’s ID number. If you don’t have that, you can call your school office

or the Meal Benefits line (503-356-3957). Here are some of your options in SchoolCafe:

  1. Create an account
  2. Apply for Meal Benefits
  3. View and print Meal Benefits letters
  4. See what items your student is getting in the cafeteria.
  5. Check your student’s account balance.
  6. View cafeteria menus
  7. Set up low balance alerts
  8. Set up auto-pay (when balance gets to an amount that YOU set, the account is replenished from your credit card)

SchoolCafe can provide amazing amounts of information!

If you do not have access to a computer, you can also apply for Meal Benefits on paper. Applications are available in every school office and cafeteria.

If you have questions or need help, please call Laurie Bishop at Meal Benefits, (503)356-3957 or email us at NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday September 12th. This year we are changing the format and schedule for the evening.


For Grades K, 1,3,&5

There will be two 30 minute sessions to visit classrooms

5:30-6:00

6:00-6:30


For Grades 2,4, &SRC

It will be an Open House format. You will be be able to stop by classrooms anytime from 5:30-6:30 to get information and ask questions.


Due to limited space and the content of the evening we ask that children stay home. This is an evening for adults to get information and be able to ask questions about curriculum and grade level standards. If you want to talk with the teacher about your individual student please contact your child's teacher and set up another appointment. Parking will be difficult. If you can walk to school it is highly recommended. Thank for understanding. We look forward to having an opportunity to share information with you about the upcoming year.

Health Curriculum

Here 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 new 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. If you would like to preview the materials, this document outlines the process for previewing the curriculum and for information on opting-out.


Erin’s Law

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.


Your child’s teacher will be sharing these sexual abuse prevention lesson outcomes with you prior to teaching them, but you can also find the full lessons and videos on fightchildabuse.org. Please contact me if you have any further questions or for opt-out information. Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.


Materials will be in the Library during Back to School Night if you are interested in looking at them.



References:

Oregon Health Education Standards: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/health/Documents/2016ORHEStandards.pdf

Materials Preview Process: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eV2_2zifeQshFC4uOP8v3Fkvs4zvYSuTEXInyTvag2Q/edit?usp=sharing

Erin’s Law Resource: Fightchildabuse.org


Safety News

The crew continues to work on the electronic components to our security upgrades. The front doors are locked, with the office opening them when people ring the doorbell. This last week we had helpful adults inside the building opening the door for other parents. Please let the front office open the door. This allows us to know who is in the building and make sure all adults sign in. Once the doors are completed you will need to have completed a background check to enter student spaces. This includes the lunchroom. You are welcome to have lunch with your student. You will need to sign in on the computer, and have a current background check. Please plan ahead if you do not have a background check. It takes a few minutes but it can take a few days or weeks to process. If out of town guests want to have lunch with a student, they will not be able to do so in the lunchroom. I know these changes can feel unfriendly. However all the security upgrades are not going to improve safety if we do not change procedures to limit access to students. I am happy to share more thinking around these decisions at the upcoming PTC meeting. (9/24/19) in the Library @ 3:10.
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Check out Lost and Found on Back to School Night.

Crosswalk

This year the district reduced our Crosswalk positions by an hour due to budget constraints This means we no longer have two crossing guards at Sexton Mountain and 155th in the afternoon. Many students and parents cross this intersection in the afternoon. Please help us keep everyone safe. Talk to your student about waiting for the crossing guard to cross the street. I know it takes more time, but safety needs to be our priority especially as it gets rainy and the days get darker.

Staff news

Jenny Yoshida is expecting the arrival of a new baby any day now. Jenny will be staying at home with her new baby until the end of December. I am working on securing a sub for her. During this time, if you have questions, concerns or need help please contact me or Autumn McConnell.