Sexton Mountain

December 2019

Principal's Note

December has begun! During this busy time of year, we have lots happening at Sexton Mountain.

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!

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the foyer in front of the school office. As you can see, we have a great deal of unclaimed items. If the item is labeled with a name, they will return it to the student. All unclaimed items will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet during Winter Break.

Winter Reading Book Challenge 2019

I am challenging students to read over winter break. Research shows reading outside of school helps students continue to make progress, and stops any reading loss. Reading during break should be fun. Mrs. Kimball, our librarian, will be encouraging students to check out books before break. 20-30 minutes before technology time or before bed can make all the difference. Students can fill out a reading sheet and turn it in by January 10. All students who turn in a sheet will receive a new reading charm for their Sexton Mountain chain. Sheets will come home in paper form. However the link for an extra copy is below.
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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 (registration opens Dec. 2)

Other December Events at Beaverton City Library (English and Spanish PDFs of the school flyer)

Main Library:

Jumanji Scavenger Hunt
Mitten Ornaments/Adornos de mitóns
Noon Year’s Eve

Murray Scholls Branch Library

BeyBlades Tournament
Time Travelers Club: Dinosaurs
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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:

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.

December/January Calendar

December 23-January 3- Winter Break

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