Sexton Mountain Newsletter

October 2018

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but at Sexton Mountain we engage in Bully Prevention strategies all year long. Mrs. Yoshida spends three visits in each 5th grade class this month where they review and expand on their training that earned them a spot on her Active Bystander Team. Grades K, 1, 2, spend this month reviewing conflict resolution strategies, and tips to being a good friend. In November, third graders receive their inaugural training with three visits to each class, and 4th graders review their roles as Active Bystanders then as well. You can help your student by understanding the basics of bullying (what it is, and what it isn’t):

  • Hurtful (the person is clearly bothered and upset)

  • Intentional (not an accident)

  • Repeated (twice or more the incident has happened)

  • Imbalance of power (equal emotional reaction in both parties and no control is being sought)

Normal childhood conflict:

  • Occasional

  • Unplanned (not intentional)

  • All parties are share an emotional reaction of sorts (equal power)

  • Shared responsibility of cause of conflict

  • Healthy in doses to learn conflict management skills


  • RUDE:

Unintentionally saying or doing something that hurts someone else

“Are you going to eat THAT?”

  • MEAN:

Intentionally saying or doing something to hurt someone else once (or twice)

“Your lunch looks disgusting- EW! You’re gross for eating that!”


Intentionally saying or doing something to hurt someone repeatedly to get control over someone(s), despite being told to stop or the person clearly being upset

(every day for a week) “Susan’s lunch looks like puke, pass it on.”

International Walk and Bike Day

Walk + Roll to School Day, October 10, 2018,

promotes healthy transportation choices and being active before, during and after school. It’s great for our kids and it’s great for the community. Why?

- More walking, biking and taking the bus will reduce traffic congestion near schools.

- Less traffic congestion means increased community traffic safety.

- More walking and rolling means increased physical activity.

- It’s FUN!!

Mark your calendars and get ready to walk or roll to school on October 10. Plan now for a safe walk, bike, scoot skate or bus trip to school. The walking school bus will leave Walmart @ 8:00.

Talented and Gifted Testing

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. 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 its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s office by October 31st.

October 31st

In respect to all families and to keep an instructional environment, no costumes should be worn to school on October 31st. Costumes are very distracting and make it very difficult for students to stay focused on learning. In addition students have many different cultural backgrounds and celebrate different holidays. Costumes can be worn to the PTC dance on October 26.
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Parking Lot

In the afternoon there are safety concerns in our parking lot. We are adding additional staff to help guide traffic. We need your help to keep all students safe. Please use the crosswalks with the crossing guards. Only pick students up in the lane closest to the curb. When students run to the second lane they cross in front of cars putting them at risk for injury. Drive slowly and use caution. Together we can prevent accidents and injury to our students.

Beaverton School District Learning Option Schools

The Beaverton School District will begin accepting applications for Learning Options Schools for the 2019-20 school year on October 23, 2018. In order for you to determine if an option school would be best for your student, a series of open houses will be held at option schools. You are encouraged to attend these presentations with your student to gather information about the schools and programs. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018. Applications received after that will be considered on a space available basis.

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Congratulations September Eagle Eye Winners!

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October & November Events

Oct 12-Picture Day

Oct 18&19- Conferences-No school

Oct 26-PTC Family Dance

Oct 26-31- Book Fair

Oct 30- PTC meeting

Nov 11-Veteran's Day-No school

Nov 21-23- Thanksgiving-No school

Nov 27-PTC meeting

Nov 30-Picture retakes