Wednesday, October 14, 2015

We had a blast at the Pumpkin Patch!

We had a wonderful time at the pumpkin patch this year! As always, Plumper Pumpkin Patch was lovely and accommodating, and made sure not to schedule too many people so that our trip would be as calm, organized and predictable as possible! We love them!

We learned about different types of pumpkins and how farmers harvest them. We learned that the pumpkins we picked, the sweet pie pumpkins, grew from seeds that were planted by kids just like us!

We went on a hayride and learned that there used to be a train that ran under the farm. This made our farm be one of the first with electricity! We also got to look at different kinds of Christmas trees.

We got to pet lots of animals and compare their types of fur. Some we scratchy, some were soft!

We got to play on some fun slides, and we got to go through mazes with friends!

Last, we picked the PERFECT pumpkin! Today, we decorated them, and they will go home later this week!

Let's Move! Active Schools

Did you hear? Our school is one of the Active Schools pilot schools for the Beaverton School District! This means that we are committing to at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity. We do this through yoga, dancing, brain breaks, and tons of fun activities! We are part of this exciting movement in so many special ways!

Another EXCITING way we're hoping to get more active later this year is by exploring the Run! Jump! Fly! exhibit coming the Portland Children's Museum. The cost for this trip is pretty high, so we need your help! I have created a donorschoose project to get this funded for our class and Miss Amanda's class. If you haven't heard of donorschoose, please check it out! It is an amazing way for teachers to ask for what WE need for our classrooms, and people all over the world can make it possible! Click on the link below to see how you can help with this project. Even if your family can't help financially, you can spread the word! Please share our class's link. Anyone all over the world can contribute!

Help send the SRC to the Children's Museum!

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Sexton Mountain teachers receive inservice from national physical education speaker

One of Sexton Mountain's PE teachers, Mr. Miller, has been recognized as Oregon's Outstanding PE Teacher of the year! Congratulations Mr. Miller! He exemplifies this every day in the ways he encourages all kids to be active. Along with applying for our school to become an Active School pilot program, he got us a rock climbing wall! We got to climb for the first time today, and our kids rocked the rock wall!

Super Heroes of all kinds!

Today, we got an extra special visit from some extra special heroes!

We were visited by Spiderman, the Hulk and Wonder Woman. But the most super hero that visited us was a Beaverton Police Department Police Officer! We want to encourage our kids to build relationships with community helpers that they might see out and about with their families. We are also very cognizant that in the last few years there have been a startling amount of emergency situations in schools where kids might interact with officers in a different way. We want our kids to know the police officers they might see at school during times of emergency and of calm, and know that they are here to help.

This year, the Beaverton School District has adopted the Standard Response Protocol. This protocol was created by the iloveyouguys foundation and it streamlines the language, policies and procedures that we will follow if ever we need to for emergency situations. More information on the district's specific policies can be found here:

Standard Response Protocol

To practice, we are going to spend more time getting to know our police officers, and practice following directions when they are given by a police officer. Today, we got to play a fun round of Simon Says! We are doing great work every day to help our kids be safe, responsible and respectful!