The PTC Culture and Art fair was a great success. There was delicious food, crafts, dancing, beautiful art, and opportunities to create art. January's PTC event will be a movie night.
In this month's newsletter I am highlighting our amazing office staff. Please note the Sexton Mountain Winter book challenge, and the fun events happening at the Beaverton Library over the winter break. Attached to the newsletter is a list of book series. Book series are a great way to get kids connected to books and increase their reading levels.
Lastly, the PTC and I are collaborating with the district around an action plan for safe routes to school. This project will look at the parking lot, crosswalks, the signage, and the paths to school. We will be conducting a walk audit with members from the public safety, police, city and county officials. Please consider participating.The more parent participation we have the more comprehensive our plan will be. You can join us for the walking audit or participate by filling out the survey.
Enjoy your Winter Break!
Margaret has been a friendly smiling face at Sexton Mountain for 16 years. She is married to Kurt, and has 6 kids. She is an avid Lego fan. Mrs. Z helps the office and school run smoothly in a hundred different ways during the day. If you see an email from her make sure you open it to stay current with what is happening at school.
Diane Holste is a former Sexton Mountain parent. She is married to Greg and has three kids. She has worked at Sexton Mountain in the front office for 5 years. Mrs. H. helps students in the health room, and keeps our records in order. When you call Sexton Mountain she will be the friendly voice on the phone answering your questions.
Lost and Found
Winter Reading Book Challenge 2019
Beaverton Public Library
December is here! These are some of the neat things happening at the library over winter break.
Winter Break Programs: Every day of winter break there will be something new to do at the library from 2-3 PM for kids in grades K-5 and their families. With balloon rockets, fantastic forts, pop-up cards, and a penguin party there is something for everyone! We hope to see a lot of Sexton Mountain kids drop by to see what’s happening!
Note: Beaverton City Library will be open all of winter break except on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and we’re closing early (5 p.m.) on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
We are hosting our unofficial Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Practice Battles on Thursday, Jan. 2! OBOB teams can test their knowledge against teams from other schools in a situation much like they may face in the regional/state tournaments. If students from your school want to participate in the library’s practice battles, but their teammates can’t make it, they can still register as individuals, and we’ll place them with a team the morning of the practice battle. Team and individual registration required at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register (registration opens Dec. 2)
Murray Scholls Branch Library
Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills - Smarter Balanced Test Update
Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.
Our students will take these tests once between January and June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.
Here is a link to additional information: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf
THPRD Winter Registration Begins December 7
Online and phone registration for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s (THPRD) winter term will be open to in-district residents starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019 and continue until 6:00 p.m. that day. Registration will resume December 8 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and December 9-10 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For out-of-district residents, online and phone registration for winter term will begin Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Those registering by phone simply need to call 503-439-9400 starting at 8:00 a.m. beginning December 7, or visit any THPRD center beginning Monday, December 9; phone numbers and addresses are listed in THPRD’s activities guide located on the Activities webpage. The guide offers class descriptions, registration forms, instructions and other helpful information for enrollees.
January 10- Winter reading sheets due
January 17- Movie Night @6:30 pm
January 20- MLK Day-No school
January 27-No school- Grading Day
January 28- PTC meeting-3:10 in the Library