Sexton Mountain Elementary

February 2021

Dear Families,

As we get closer to April 5th, it will continue to be very important to read and respond to emails from the school and district with updates on the Return to the Building plans. Below I have placed the district message about going into Parentvue and choosing your child's plan for the Spring. The deadline for selecting is February 15th. After the 15th you will begin to receive updates about the changes to your child's schedule and classroom teacher. Regardless of the decision you make for the Spring, Sexton Mountain staff will be here to support and care for your child during this transition.

If you have problems getting into Parentvue or have questions please call the office. Margaret and Diane are always here to help. I will continue to share information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and grace as we figure this new step out together.


Principal Reese

Return to the Building/Spring Planning

Dear BSD Elementary Families,

As we indicated last week, we are planning to bring back elementary students for Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) on April 5, at the earliest. Of course, this move is dependent on our continuing to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties). We are hopeful that COVID-19 cases will continue to decline.

The first group of students to begin Hybrid Instruction will be Pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, 1st Graders and 2nd Graders. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back Grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.

For a full picture of what the Hybrid Instruction model will look like for students, please watch this video (English and Spanish). You also can read our Return-to-School FAQ for elementary students.

If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

We’ve been asked by teachers and parents whether the District considered offering a third option of allowing families to choose to stay with their teachers, regardless of the method of instruction. Yes, the District fully vetted this idea. However, depending on the outcome of the survey, it wouldn’t have been possible to guarantee that the District could still offer a Hybrid option because of the complexities of staffing. Not offering Hybrid instruction to our families is not an option.

Please know that the District will do everything that it can to maintain current teacher-student relationships at the elementary level, where possible. However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.

ALL elementary families (with the exception of FLEX families) must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. We do not know the exact start and end times for the morning and afternoon sessions, and you won’t know if you’ll be assigned the morning or afternoon session before making the choice. Please do not call your school asking this question. The information is not available.

To make your decision:

  • Access your ParentVue account.
  • Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box.
  • You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
  • If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website.

You also can go to our Return to School webpage and follow the directions to submit your decision.


All decisions must be made by February 15.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Beaverton City Library

BCL Grab and Go Library at Main


BCL Grab & Go is now available at the main library! This service includes limited browsing of the collections (both floors), holds pickup (with staff assistance), returns, quick help with questions and reading suggestions, library cards, self-checkout machines, copiers, and lobby restrooms. While BCL Grab & Go is not currently available at the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go holds pickup by drop-in and by appointment remain available at both library locations.


At the main library, the service hours for BCL Grab & Go, BCL To Go, and Computer Lab are

Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and

Friday - Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Thursday)


These are also the hours for Ask the Library phone service. At the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go is in service:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and

Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Monday, Thursday, and Sunday).


The library continues to provide many services you can access at home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, language learning, and more - all for free.

Learn about all the services being offered by the library at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLNow.


Want to share about BCL’s Grab & Go on social media? Please do!

Special Announcement Coming Soon: No more Overdue fines!

It’s just about official—late fees will soon be a thing of the past for Beaverton Library and all of Washington County libraries. Check WCCLS’s website and social media for more information in the next few days for the official announcement.


Youth Media Awards

Did you get up early for the ALA's Youth Media Awards Monday morning? It’s okay if you didn’t, because I did for you! Here are some of the results:

Newbery Medal winner:

Five Newbery Honor Books also were named:

  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
  • BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Michele Wood
  • Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly, illustrated by Erin Entrada Kelly and Celia Krampien
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Caldecott Medal winner:

Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

  • A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart illustrated by Noa Denmon, written by Zetta Elliott
  • The Cat Man of Aleppo illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, written by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha
  • Me & Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby, written by Deborah Underwood

For a full list visit: https://ala.unikron.com/

Kindergarten Orientation for Fall 2021

We will be having information sessions for families with an incoming Kindergarten student on:

February 25 @ 6 pm via Zoom

May 20 @ 6 pm

School Picture Day

The school's PICTURE DAY has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 17th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Below you will find a link to sign up for an appointment to have your student's photo taken that day by Dorian Studios. Each student needs an appointment and Dorian can accommodate 15-20 students per time slot. Please come to the school before your appointment time to check-in and ensure you are wearing a face mask. If you are early, please remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. When you arrive, we ask that you wear your face mask until your appointment starts. The photographers will also be wearing masks and we will be sanitizing often. Everyone must have an appointment. We will share more about the actual process of students entering and exiting the building as we get closer to the date.


The link to the signup is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAFA828A5FAC61-sexton


You can pre-order pictures by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for our school's name. Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day.


Here is a flyer from Dorian with the Picture Day information as well as email and phone contact for them.


Picture Day Reminder - Sexton Mountain Elementary.pdf

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Sparky Sweatshirts for Sale

Looking to purchase spirit gear? Order your sweatshirt with this years new adventure Sparky logo for $25 each! Orders will be accepted until February 7th! Click here to order!

Wet Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!

Join K-12 students and families for a wintery walk or roll in your neighborhood on February 24th!

The following tips can help keep you safe and comfortable while walking and rolling in Winter:

  • Be Safe – Stay 6 feet away from those not in your household and wear a mask.
  • Be Seen – Wear bright, reflective clothing, use a bike light, and stay alert on dark, winter days.
  • Be Prepared – Dress for the weather. Rain gear and warm layers keep you dry and comfortable all season long.

After your trip, visit the link below and fill out the form to earn a raffle prize. 25 raffle prizes will include: reflective umbrella, clip-on safety light, bicycle seat cover and bicycle light! Tag #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes to be featured on BSD’s social media accounts.

https://forms.gle/kkWkVeo1WwUnHcSv7

Budget Listening Presentation - January 2021

Where did the 2014 Bond dollars go?

Where did your 2014 bond dollars go? (English)

What should our future facility priorities be?

What should our future facility priorities be? (English)

Click on the survey below to share your thoughts on how to spend future bond dollars.

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Calendar

February 5- No school-Grading day for Teachers

February 7- Deadline to order sweatshirts

February 15-Holiday- President's Day-No school

February 15- School choice commitment survey due

February 17- Regular day of school

February 17- School Pictures

February 24- No school-Staff Development

February 25- Kindergarten Orientation @ 6pm

March 22-26- Spring Break-No school