Thank you for catching our typo!

There was a typo in the October newsletter – sorry for the confusion!

Children may wear their costumes to school on Monday, October 31. Please make sure that costumes meet the school dress code guidelines for appropriateness. Also, please make sure that your child’s costume allows them to move freely for recess and P.E. and (most importantly!) that they can remove the necessary pieces themselves in order to use the bathroom.


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

Fall is off to a great start!

We are well into the start of Fall in Kindergarten! The children are becoming more confident and independent in using their social skills and it is delightful to see so many of our students developing friendships in the classroom and on the playground. Some quick reminders for next week…

Picture Day is on Tuesday, October 11th. There is still time to send in the paper order form or to pre-order online through Lifetouch at Our Picture Day ID is LO416381Y0.

There will be NO SCHOOL this Friday, October 14th for our statewide in-service day.

And from our October Newsletter…

Community Helpers Month

Parents and family members who work within our community are invited to contact us to set up a time to come to our classrooms to talk about the job they do and how it helps others in our community. Please call or email your child’s teacher for more information.


Ms. McFarland and Ms. Rutherford

Kindergarten Hearing Screening

Dear Families,

All of our kindergarten students had their hearing screened yesterday as part of a District-wide program. Students who did not pass the first time will be re-checked in one week. You will only be notified by Linda Honn, our Speech/Language Specialist, if your child did not pass his/her hearing screening on the second attempt.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

What a wonderful first week in Kindergarten!

We had a lot of fun this week as we began learning about letters, numbers, and how to follow our rules at Irving School. Each day has been full of many activities in our classrooms, P.E., Music, and (of course) recess and lunch!

A few things to remember for next week are…

*Please make sure your child can button, snap, or zip his/her own pants and that all shoelaces are double-tied.

*Please pack a reasonably-sized lunch for your child that does not include junk food.

*Changes that you may have made on your child’s Information Page at conferences have been given to Paula and Jil in the front office. Please call Paula or Jil at (541) 688-2620 to confirm that all updates to addresses and phone numbers are now correct.

*The Class Directory will be printed soon. If you have not already included your contact information, and would like to participate, please complete and return the slip that was sent home in your child’s red folder.

Many more events are happening at school next week ~ stay tuned and check your child’s folder each day for more information!


Ms. McFarland & Ms. Rutherford

A Busy Week Ahead!

This Thursday, February 11th is our 20th 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 that day, but please be sure to sign out in the front office before you go. We will quickly be tidying up the room to be able to return the rented dishes and to prepare for…



Kindergarten Orientation is for families that will be enrolling a kindergarten student in Fall 2016. I am hosting this year’s orientation in my classroom at 3:30 and 6:3o p.m. Flyers are going home in students’ red folders and we hope to have an excellent turnout this year. Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors. Orientation is a great time to learn a little bit about the nuts & bolts of school registration and also get a sneak peek at what a typical day in Kindergarten is really like!

Our First Field Trip!!!

Kindergarten will be taking our first field trip this Friday to see The Magical Moombah performance of Gloria’s Habitat Hotel at the Shedd Institute. We will be departing school at 9:45 and returning by 12:30. This should be a fantastic show for the children and, if weather permits, we’ll eat our sack lunches at a local park before returning to school.

All of our chaperone spaces are full but not to worry – we will be taking another trip to both The Magical Moombah and the City of Eugene Public Works Day in April. Thank you again for your generous support to our Irving PTO which is underwriting the cost of tickets, snack, and transportation to the show. Go Tigers!

Squeezing in a November update!

Wow! The month of November flew by and I am happy to get a few more updates out to you before December begins tomorrow…

THANK YOU to all of our families that participated in our collection for UNICEF this year. Our students raised almost $100 that will provide clean drinking water and medicine to children around the world.

THANK YOU to all of our families that have participated in our PTO fundraising efforts, including Popcorn Days, t-shirts/sweatshirts, and the Direct Donation Drive. That money stays right here at Irving to provide classroom supplies, field trip funding, arts instruction, and so much more. Every little bit helps, so thank you for contributing what you can, no matter how big or small!

Other highlights from this month include our exploration of different water and energy-related concepts in the Discovery Labs, earning a Disco Dance Party in Music, and having a blast completing the Obstacle Course in P.E. with Mr. Hutchison.

December promises to be another jam-packed month with the PTO Family Skate World Party on Thursday, December 3rd, and Parent Conferences from Tuesday, December 8th to Thursday, December 10th. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again soon!


Ms. McFarland

In case you missed it…

Here is the Halloween FAQ that was sent home in the October Newsletter the week of October 5th:


Halloween FAQ:

Can my child dress in costume on Friday, October 30?

Yes. Costumes must meet school dress code guidelines for appropriateness and need to be playground ready. Please be aware of dragging hems and all costume pieces that need to be tied should be double-knotted before coming to school.

Can I send treats to school?

No. We will enjoy eating our regularly scheduled lunch and snack that day.

Will there be a class party?

No. However, our awesome PTO is sponsoring a monster-themed bingo bash that evening that is open to all Irving families.


Families, please understand that our goal here at Irving is for each and every one of our students to feel welcome to come to school every day. Sometimes our youngest students get frightened or confused by people in costume. Some of our students have life-threatening food allergies that make “party” foods just one more thing they can’t eat. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and, as always, please contact me by note, phone, or email if you have a question or concern about activities here at school.


Ms. McFarland

Say Cheese!

This Tuesday, October 13, is Picture Day here at Irving! Our class will be taking pictures in the morning before our first recess. All of the ordering information was sent home last week in your child’s red folder and is also available online through Lifetouch.

Other awesome events this week include beginning our study of botany with observations of fall foliage and autumn “treasures”. I will be sending home a sandwich-size baggie for your student to collect leaves and small autumn items (cool twigs, chestnuts, etc.) to save for use in an art project next month. We will also be getting out paint for the first time this year for our October calendar. Look for that to come home at the end of the week.


Ms. McFarland

October Newsletter and a Birthday FAQ

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

The monthly newsletter for our classroom will be coming home in your child’s folder this 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.

One FAQ that I didn’t mention was regarding birthday celebrations during class time. If your child has a birthday during the school year and you would like to send in a treat:

Cookies are the best classroom-ready treat to send. They are small, don’t have frosting, and don’t require any kind of utensils or serving dishes. They must be store bought and pre-packaged to comply with our District food serving guidelines. We DO have children with severe food allergies, so please let me know ahead of time if you will be sending a birthday treat so that I can be sure to have an alternate treat ready for those students.

Please DO NOT send balloons, toys, goody bags, etc. Those items are best left at home.

I have small “Happy Birthday” sticker badges for children who are celebrating their birthdays at school. The birthday child can wear the badge all day and many other students and staff notice and will wish that child a happy birthday.


Ms. McFarland

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    Hello Clear Lake Families, Please check out this blog post. You will find information about picture day, a reminder that there is no school on Monday for K-2nd grade, and an important message from Governor Brown that will lead to changes in our reopening timeline.