Fall Fun at School

Wow! The busy autumn days are flying by faster than the leaves are falling off the trees!

This Friday, October 27th, our fantastic Irving PTO invites all Irving families to join us for the Monster Mash Bingo Bash from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be hot dogs for purchase, crafts, bingo, dancing, and prizes to win! All proceeds from the Bingo Bash support student activities at our school that are funded through PTO. Hope to see you there!

All next week we will be enjoying five days of fun with “Spirit Days” instead of a traditional costume day on Tuesday, October 31st. Your child can choose to participate in one or all of the Spirit Days to show their Irving Spirit!

Monday – crazy socks day (Don’t have crazy socks? Turn your socks inside out!)

Tuesday – hat day

Wednesday – pajama day (Please make sure pajamas are appropriate for school and the playground!)

Thursday – crazy hair day

Friday – Team spirit/Irving spirit (Favorite team or school colors)


Ms. McFarland and Mrs. Bratland

“Fall” Into Kindergarten!

Happy autumn everyone! Just a few quick updates for this week…

Kindergarten is off to a fantastic start and the children have settled in to our daily routine. Each week we are enjoying learning time in the classroom and experiencing new things in Music, P.E., and Library. We also had our first popcorn day of the year! If you would still like to pre-pay for a popcorn bag just send me a note and I can send the PTO signup form home with your child.

Speaking of popcorn….our awesome PTO volunteers are always looking for more helpers. The next popcorn day is Wednesday, October 11th and you can contact PTO to volunteer.

The monthly newsletter for our classroom will be coming home in your child’s folder next week. It has some information about what we’re learning in the month of October and info about various other classroom happenings. Feel free to call, email, or send a note if you have a question about any of the newsletter items.


Ms. McFarland

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome Families!

It was such a pleasure to meet so many of our newest Irving Tigers at the Meet the Teacher event! For those of you who didn’t have a chance to stop by, here are a few reminders for your child’s first day of school…

*Please check-in at our kindergarten table before coming into the classroom. We want to be sure your child has his/her name tag and that we confirm your transportation plans before you say goodbye for the day.

*We will be going outside for recess so please make sure your child is wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable for playing on the playground.

*We will also be having lunch in the cafeteria – please make sure your child can open most of his/her own lunch items if your child is bringing a lunch from home.

Thank you again for helping to make the start of this new school year so inspiring! We are looking forward to meeting with you again at conferences on Thursday and Friday.


Ms. McFarland & Mrs. Bratland

Spring Show and Tellapalooza!

Our Show & Tell series has been so much fun! Highlights from this spring include…

Daniel brought a copy of Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale. This book is very special to him because he likes the illustrations. He also showed the class how there are seven words in the title and two characters drawn on the front cover.

Khloe told us all about some of her favorite stuffed animals that keep her cozy at bedtime. Her favorite animals are Lily, the pink and purple giraffe, and Princess, a kitty with sparkles on her eyes.

Nikolay brought some Bakugan toys and cards from his collection. The Bakugan balls pop open to make action figures. Nikolay’s brother gave the Bakugan balls to him and he likes how one of the figures has a diamond symbol on his chest.

Tobias brought a deck of cards.  He plays two or three rounds of Slapjack before bedtime because it is his favorite game. Tobias enjoys playing card games like Slapjack and Go Fish and he would like to teach the other children how to play those games, too.

Layla brought a picture ballerina, which is a stuffed animal doll with the face of a picture frame so you can put a picture in it. It is special because she sleeps with it. She likes that it has a bow and a pink dress and cute slippers.

Makenna brought her Charm U collection to share with the class. A Charm U is a small charm that you can hook on a bracelet. Only the 8 packs come with a chocolate. If you get a sticker you can put it on a checklist so you know what you have them. There are little logos that come in the 8-packs and 4-packs. They also come with bracelets. She has a poster to record which charms she has.

Natalie brought a  stuffed elephant to share. Her elephant is also named Natalie! She loves to snuggle with her elephant because it is very soft. We measured Natalie the Elephant and discovered that she is about one foot tall.

Alek brought photos of himself on a family trip to Disneyland. Alek had a lot of fun going on rides. He also tried a beignet, which is a treat made of dough and powdered sugar! Alek also got to meet Curious George and have his picture taken.

Layton brought a special toy car in a display box. The doors open, the hood opens, and his mom bought it for him. He chose to bring it because it is special to him, and it’s worth a lot of money. Layton told us that his brother also has a car like this one, but it is black, and that they like playing with their cars.

Bryson brought a wooden top that his family gave him as a souvenir on a trip to Mexico. Bryson explained how the top can come apart and be put back together. He also showed how the top can spin really fast for a long time! Jen helped to time Bryson’s top spinning on the table and it spun for 59 seconds before it fell onto the floor. Wow!

Andrew brought a plushy named Toothless.  Andrew likes Toothless because he has seen the How To Train Your Dragon movies and likes those a lot! He thinks Toothless is very friendly and he likes that it is a black dragon that is soft enough to hug and sleep with at night.

Liliana brought a Dragon Hatchimal. She told us that it has wings, it can move, and it can flap it’s wings. It also sings songs. She showed us how it eats and the funny eating sounds it makes and then she had to burp it!

We also had two special Show & Tell times when Eden‘s mommy brought Tilly, the Americana chicken, to class to tell us more about the life cycle of a chicken. We learned some fun facts such as the different colors that eggshells can be, what chickens eat (they are omnivores!), and how much fun it can be to raise chickens at home. Desmond‘s mommy brought Hershey and Marshmallow, two Holland Lop rabbits, to class to tell us more about what it is like to raise bunnies as pets. We learned some cool facts about Holland Lops such as why they are called “lops” (those long soft ears!), how they are curious and like to play, and the children got to feed them some dandelions from the playground as a yummy bunny treat!

Many thanks to the children (and their families!) for presenting such interesting items to share and enjoy!


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

Spring is just around the corner – hooray! Last week we sent your child’s artwork (what we call “the fishy picture”) home for you to preview. We almost feel like we’re on a tropical vacation looking at these awesome colorful fish! If you would like to order additional items featuring your child’s artwork, our PTO has more information for you:

“Square 1 Art fundraising orders are due Wednesday, March 22If ordering online, go to www.square1art.com/shop and enter the access code found on the back of the catalogue that was sent home with your student last week. Remember, the class with the most dollars collected per student will get a Classroom Frozen Yogurt Party! This is a great way to support your school and show your child how much you love their artwork. If you have misplaced your catalogue: please email jenecajones@yahoo.com for your student’s code. This annual fundraiser supports the Irving Elementary PTO. Thanks for your participation!”


Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford

The 21st Annual Kindergarten Tea Party!

This Thursday, March 2nd is our 21st Annual Kindergarten Tea Party. Thank you to all of the families who donated items to make our tea party a tasty success. Special thanks also go to the University of Oregon Catering Department for donating the fancy dishes we are using for tea time.

We are looking forward to greeting all of our guests that day! In case you missed the schedule that went home:

12:30   Guests begin to arrive – Welcome!

1:15      Everyone is seated for tea, finger sandwiches, and cookies

1:45     Tea party concludes – Thank you for coming!

You are welcome to take your child home early after the tea party, but please be sure to sign out in the front office before you leave campus. If you would like to stay til the end of the day we will have several small chores to be done to clean up and put away all of the many tables and chairs.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Show and Tell ~ February 17

Our Show & Tell series continues to bring many special treasures to share with highlights from the presentations in Ms. McFarland’s classroom on February 17th including…

Graham brought 2 model cars. There was a red one and a blue one. Graham built both cars by himself! The blue car also came with stickers. The cars are not zoom cars that go by themselves when you pull them back, but they are still very fun to roll.

Mei Li brought a stuffed owl named Feathers. Her father gave Feathers to her because she cleaned her room. Mei Li told us “I tried to make a nest for her with a blanket. Feathers stays in my bed when I’m at school or sleeping.  One time I let my kitten Whiskers play with Feathers but I took Feathers away at night time because she sleeps in my bed. ”

Many thanks to the children (and their families!) for presenting such interesting items to share and enjoy!


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Show and Tell ~ February 10

Our Kindergarten students are getting a chance to be front and center in our brand new Show & Tell series that began last week! Highlights from the presentations in Ms. McFarland’s classroom on February 10th include…

Korbyn told us about his trophy. It has a football in it with a sign on the bottom. It’s the biggest one he’s gotten so far. It is shiny and has the date and his name in shiny words. He loves it because it is shiny and looks cool. He earned the trophy for being very good at holding the football in his armpit.

Addie brought some shells. She told us that she brought in three shells. One of them her grandma gave to her. It’s a scratchy shell and feels like it has a picture on it. Her dad bought one of them a long time ago when he was a baby, and gave it to her. The big shell was from her great granny who passed away. She loved shell collecting.  Sometimes when you move your finger along the shell edge it makes a noise. The big shell does not make sound when you put your finger on it, but it sounds like the ocean when you put it up to your ear. These are special to her because her family gave them to her.

Bentley brought a Rock and Roll Batman.  He has a new helmet, a guitar, and cool spiky shoulders. It is special to him because he’s from a new movie: LEGO Batman, and he’s never had a rock and roll Batman before. This Batman is cool because his guitar is black and white and he has black gloves and cool boots, and he has a rock and roll face (all the children laughed). Bentley told us that this Batman might be hard to find because the mini-bags don’t tell you what you well get. At home he also has Butler Batman and Jail Joker.

Many thanks to the children (and their families!) for presenting such interesting items for our first Show & Tell! And a special thank you to the Marinacci family for offering to act as our note takers for the presentations. Check back next week for the next installment in our series!


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Introducing Typing Agent

Dear Families,

We are excited to inform you that Irving PTO has purchased licenses for every K-5 student to access Typing Agent, a 100% web-based program that teaches keyboarding skills. Typing Agent has hundreds of lessons and reinforces learning to type with fun and exciting games and quests for students to enjoy.

Look for a parent letter and student log-in card to come home next week explaining how to get started with Typing Agent at home. We hope your child will enjoy using Typing Agent at home in addition to their practice here at school. Many thanks to Mrs. Minson, one of our fantastic 3rd grade teachers, for coordinating the purchase of Typing Agent. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford

PTO Skate Party Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night our Irving PTO is hosting a Family Skate Party at Skate World from 6-8pm.  This is a FREE event for our entire Irving Community to celebrate the Fall Fundraiser. Donations are still being accepted and our PTO board will be available at Skate World to take additional donations if you would like to contribute at that time. Families who have already submitted donations will be entered in a drawing to win some Irving Tiger wear.

PTO fundraising directly benefits all of our students here at Irving by paying for field trips, classroom supplies, Arts Attack! curriculum, and much more. We are very grateful for every financial contribution no matter how large or small. You can also contribute via credit card online at http://www.irvingelementarypto.org/.


Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford

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