Dear Parents and Families,
We have a field trip coming up October 26th to OMSI. So far we have 5 parents that have let me know that they are available to chaperone. The kids have told me that there are at least 3 more parents that are planning on coming. If you are planning on joining us for OMSI please let me know as soon as possible. 🙂 We have also had a question, “Can a parent come but not be a chaperone?” The answer would be, “No”. Please save that for a family trip. If a parent is planning on going to OMSI with us we will need them to help chaperone a group of students. Thank you for understanding. I have 3 students and 1 chaperone who have turned in their field trip money so far. Please turn your $10.00 in when you get a chance. I know this may seem like a lot, but OMSI is giving us a group discount the cost for admission and the movie would normally be $17.50 per person and PTO is paying the $200.00 for our bus. 🙂
Here is the letter that went home:
We have a field trip coming up October 26th to OMSI in Portland. The cost for this field trip will be $10.00 per student and per chaperone. We will be only taking one bus on this field trip so if you are chaperoning you may want to carpool and drive up. If you are able to chaperone or need a sack lunch please fill out the bottom of this letter and send it back.
Students and chaperones need to be here at the school at 6:45am, the day of the trip. The buses will be leaving at 7:00am and arriving back to the school by 4:15pm. We CANNOT WAIT for late students so please make sure you are on time! We will be doing a lot of walking, so we are advising to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Each student needs to bring a lunch and a snack. Lunches should be in a disposable paper or plastic bag and clearly marked with your child’s name. Please send only beverages that have a lid. We are also asking that students do not bring any glass containers. Please let your child’s teacher know by Monday the 23rd of October if your student needs a lunch ordered from the cafeteria. Students are more than welcome to bring along books, drawing things, and electronics to entertain themselves on the bus ride. We would also suggest that your child pack their snack in their bag on the bus NOT with his or her lunch. The lunches will be stored under the bus. Please remember that all electronics are brought at your own risk. The school and teachers are not responsible for these items. However the buses will be locked at all times while we are not on them.
We will be arriving back at Irving as close to 4:15 as possible. Please be at the school to make sure that your child has a ride home unless he/she is walking home. Also, if you are chaperoning please make sure you have a volunteer form on file at the office. The forms are good for 5 years, so if you previously completed one you should be covered, see Jil or Paula in the office regarding this. If you have any questions, or are available to chaperone please let your child’s teacher know.
Ms. Perrigo, Mrs. Moss, and Ms. Holliday
Irving Elementary 688-2620
I _______________ am able to chaperone for my child ________________’s fieldtrip.
___Yes, my child _________________ will need a sack lunch from the cafeteria.
___No, my child _________________ will not need a sack lunch from the cafeteria.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Dear Parents and Families,
I am so sorry! I asked parents to sign up to donate items for our Harvest party on the blog post yesterday, but then I didn’t post the shared document! I am such a dork when it comes to technology! Just don’t tell the kids. 🙂 Here is the link to the donation document! Thank you for putting up with my goof-up!
Dear Parents and Families,
I can’t believe we have been in school for over a month! The past couple months have been amazing! Your children are energetic, bright, and all have hearts of gold. I feel so lucky to have such amazing fourth grade students!
On Thursday, we enjoyed our first lesson from educators with Partners for Sustainable Schools. Students learned about how the change in population of one animal affects an entire ecosystem, as well as healthy and unhealthy choices.
In Writing this week we will be starting our “Elaboration” unit. Students will be writing paragraphs, understanding the importance of providing their readers plenty of details, examples, explanations, and definitions. Our next unit will be writing our first narrative essay of the year. More details to come.
This week in math we will be practicing understanding Multiplication (arrays, count-bys, number lines, etc). We will also be working on word problems that involve multiplication.
We have a field trip coming up October 26th to OMSI in Portland. The cost for this field trip will be $10.00 per student and per chaperone. We will be only taking one bus on this field trip so if you are chaperoning you may want to carpool and drive up. If you are able to chaperone or need a sack lunch please fill out the bottom of this letter and send it back. Students and chaperones need to be here at the school at 6:45am, the day of the trip. The buses will be leaving at 7:00am and arriving back to the school by 4:15pm. We CANNOT WAIT for late students so please make sure you are on time! We will be doing a lot of walking, so we are advising to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Each student needs to bring a lunch and a snack. Lunches should be in a disposable paper or plastic bag and clearly marked with your child’s name. Please send only beverages that have a lid. We are also asking that students do not bring any glass containers. Please let your child’s teacher know by Monday the 23rd of October if your student needs a lunch ordered from the cafeteria. Students are more than welcome to bring along books, drawing things, and electronics to entertain themselves on the bus ride. We would also suggest that your child pack their snack in their bag on the bus NOT with his or her lunch. The lunches will be stored under the bus. Please remember that all electronics are brought at your own risk. The school and teachers are not responsible for these items. However the buses will be locked at all times while we are not on them. We will be arriving back at Irving as close to 4:15 as possible. Please be at the school to make sure that your child has a ride home unless he/she is walking home.
On October 31st, we will be having a Harvest Party in our classroom from 12:30 until 2:20. We will be making a festive lantern (see details below), enjoying a snack, and watching a short movie. To make our party successful we are asking for a few donations. Please add your name to one of the listed items on our shared Google Doc if you can bring any items in. We are asking for all items to be dropped off by Monday October 30th. Thank you!
On October 31st, we will create an art project that involves a glass jar. Your child needs a glass jar no smaller than a pint and no larger than a quart for this project. Please start saving those jam, spaghetti sauce, pickle, or other type of jar for your child’s art project. The jar needs to be clean and label free. Please have your student bring their jar to class by October 27th. If you have extras to donate to other students, that would be great! We will write each child’s name on a piece of masking tape to label the jars. We don’t need the lids.
We wanted to give you an update on our Read At Home challenge. Remember we challenged our two classes combined to read a total of at least 20,000 RAH minutes (Read At Home minutes). As of today October 9th our classes have exceeded that challenge! They have earned their “Flashlight Reading Party” The event will take place at school this Wednesday October 11th, from 10:55-11:55. Students can wear their PJs, bring a flashlight, and a blanket as long as it fits in their backpacks. Students will get to “make a fort out of their desk” with a buddy and read in it with their flashlight for an hour.
We encourage all students to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night Monday-Friday. This is only our first celebration and challenge of the year! Please encourage your child to continue to read at home and turn in those minutes. Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Tuesday, October 10th: Picture Day
Wednesday October 11th: Popcorn Day
Wednesday October 11th 4th grade Flashlight Reading party 10:55-11:55am
Friday, October 13th: No school (teacher in-service day)
Wednesday October 18th: PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday October 26th: OMSI Field Trip (More Details to Come)
Friday, October 27th: PTO Monster Mash Bingo Bash
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Have a fabulous week!
Dear Parents and Families,
Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for helping to support your child in having a great first month of school! Most of the kids are remembering to complete their homework and turn it in the next day and to read 20 minutes each night. There are a few kids that are having a tough time with these tasks. Please help your child to develop good study skills, learning habits. and to be a responsible student by completing homework each night, signing the planner, and remembering to bring his or her portfolio each day.
In the 4th and 5th grade the kids are feeling a little more grown up and want to experiment with their appearance etc. We understand this, but none of the teachers allow students to bring makeup, perfume, or cologne to school. There are many reasons for this. First the focus at school needs to be on academics not on wasting time in the bathroom applying makeup. 🙂 Second there are health concerns the kids share makeup and spread cold sores and other illnesses. There are many people who have allergies to perfume and cologne and the kids feel they need to take a “bath” in it when they apply it. 🙂 Thank you for understanding and supporting us in not allowing your child to bring these items to school.
Wednesday October 4th is International Walk to School Day. To celebrate, schools across Oregon are holding Walk and Roll events that challenge students, families and educators to walk, bike or scoot to school. Try ditching the car on October 4th and celebrate your health, the environment, and school spirit. Live too far to bike or walk to school? Try parking the family car a few blocks from the school and walking the rest of the way. You can even participate by walking to and from your school bus stop.
Irving students who Walk and Roll to school on Wednesday October 4th will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as a scooter and bike helmets.
As part of Safe Routes to School, Irving has a Walk and Roll to school leader in Mr. McCallen! Mr. McCallen will be walking to school every Wednesday, and wants Irving students to join him. Here is Mr. McCallen’s Walk to School Schedule:
1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month: Meet at 7:50 at Irvington and Hyacinth. Mr. McCallen will lead the walk to school from there.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month: Meet at the cut through pathway at Calla St. and Hyacinth. Mr. McCallen will lead the walk to school from there.
The walk each Wednesday will take approx. 10-15 minutes and each student will be at school no later than 8:10am, so there is plenty of time to eat Breakfast in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to join the Walk each Wednesday!
Important dates to remember:
Walk and Bike to school day starts October 4th and continues every Wednesday
Oct. 10th Picture day
Oct. 11th, 25th Popcorn days
Oct. 19th PTO meeting 6:30pm
Oct. 26th field trip to OMSI
Oct. 27th Monster Mash Bingo Bash
Dear Parents and Families,
Thank you for the snack that families have been sending in, the kids really appreciate it! Also, thank you to Jenny Garcia for volunteering to be our “Friday Folder” volunteer! I have 2 other parents that have also volunteered to help in the classroom! We are still looking for a parent or two that would like or (that I can beg) to be our room parent/s. This job includes organizing 3 holiday parties (October, December, and February with which I will help) and making sure we have coverage for popcorn day February 7. If you volunteer as room parent there are only 4 events and your job will be pretty much done after the month of February. Doesn’t that sound simple?! Everyone is going to want to do it! 🙂
Please continue to help your student stay organized by checking and signing his or her planner each day for homework. Also, remind your child to return any papers that are removed from the portfolio BACK into the portfolio so that they make their way back to school. Thank you for recording R-A-H minutes. The class is working toward a whole class R-A-H minute goal to earn a party! Please also make sure you are asking for your child’s Friday folder and sending back documents with the folder each Monday.
Irving’s Curriculum night will be Wednesday September 20th from 6:30-6:55 for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents. This will be a great time to learn more about our room and curriculum, and have any questions answered. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday September 20th: Irving’s Curriculum Night & PTO Meeting
September 18th – 22nd: Book Fair
Wednesday September 27th: Popcorn Day!
Friday September 30th: Spirit Day (wear red!)
As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!
Dear Parents and Families,
What a terrific start to our school year! Thank you for your part in helping your child be prepared with school supplies, and all the positive confidence and support they walked into 4th grade with last week! I am looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year!
Hopefully your child discussed with you their daily planners. Their student planner will be an extremely important tool for your student in 4th grade. We will be focusing on ORGANIZATION of our materials and hopefully the Pocket Portfolios with dividers will make it a lot easier. Study skills along with organization is one of the most important habits students learn in fourth and fifth grades. The habits they learn now are the the habits (good and bad) they will take with them the rest of their school career.
Homework is generally not assigned just for the sake of giving homework. Students are given a specified amount of time to finish their work in class. If the work is not completed during the class time then it is assigned that night as homework and should come back completed the next day. If a situation occurs at home that keeps your child from being able to do his or her assignments please inform me so that we can make necessary adjustments. We do not expect any student to spend more than an hour a night on homework. If your child is spending excess time on a regular basis please let us know.
Daily planners are given to each student at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to maintain their daily planners. This means recording assignments each day (with the due dates). Students should put a check mark next to the assignment when it is finished, and write a HW for homework and circle it when it is not finished. Using daily planners helps students to build good study habits and stay organized in their assignments. Students should be taking these home each night for their parents to see. This is also a great way for parents to know what their child is doing each day and to help them stay current on their work. For the first quarter parents will need to sign the bottom of the planner every night. We will be checking planners once a week to make sure students are maintaining them. There will be rewards or consequences based on this.
Every week on Monday students will receive a Read-At-Home minute tracker in their daily planners. Students will fill out how many minutes they read each night. It is very important that you or another responsible adult initial the R-A-H minute tracker every day. The R-A-H tracker will remain in their daily planner throughout the week and weekend. We will collect their R-A-H trackers every Monday to total their total minutes read. It continues to be very important that your child read every day! 20-30 minutes of reading a day is ideal. Rewards will be given to students who read and turn in their weekly R-A-H tracking sheets. If you have questions about daily planners or nightly reading, please don’t hesitate to check in with us as soon as possible.
Our first book orders are due on Friday September 15th. Please make checks payable to “Scholastic Book Clubs” or you may send cash. You can also order your child’s books online. Please check out our website (http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/cperrigo ) to find out how! You are never obligated to buy a book, although it is a very inexpensive way to purchase nice books for your child’s home library. Please be sure your child’s name is on the book order and the payment is in an envelope before returning it to school!!
Again, thank you for ALL your support so far. We are a BIG family in Room 12. Our focus is definitely on “learning,” but along with that we have a special emphasis on team effort and the celebration of individual and group efforts!
Have a terrific week!
4th grade uses ClassDojo to track student behavior. Each day, your child has the opportunity to earn positive & negative points based on his/her behavior. ClassDojo Messaging allows us to send quick messages straight to your cell phone. We use this for reminders and important updates. You do not need a smart phone to receive messages. The ClassDojo app (free for iPhone & Android) also allows you to send messages to us. Sign up instructions will be coming home with students in Friday folders.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I bought snack for our class for the first week of school, but if families could start sending it in for next week that would be great! The kids have a tough time waiting until lunchtime to eat. If you wouldn’t mind picking up something like animal crackers, pretzels, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, or dry cereal the next time you are at the grocery store, these things make great snack for the class and the kids would really appreciate it! (We have 29 students in the class if you need a head count.)
Hello and Welcome to a new school year! I will be updating our classroom blog with information that will enable us to make this a very positive and rewarding year. We feel that open lines of communication between the parent, student, and teacher are the key to promoting an educational climate that is conducive to learning. I am looking forward to working with you and your child. Together we can make a difference! You can help by sending well-rested children with full tummies and a hug and a kiss still fresh on their minds. This sets the stage for a lovely day.
It is indeed a pleasure to have your child in my class. It is my goal to be the best teacher that I can be. In doing so I will do whatever necessary to help your child feel successful and have an enjoyable 4th grade school year. Our goal, as teachers, is to never stop learning, growing, and improving. I believe that your child is a “teacher” and as a classroom family we will spend the school year learning from one another.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if there is a question or situation you would like to discuss. You will receive additional communication throughout the school year. I look forward to building a relationship with you and your child and thus providing the best education that I am capable of giving.
We can’t wait to get started! Please click on link at the top of the page to complete the Parent-Contact Information survey if you have not done so already. From the data collected we will be better able to contact you throughout the school year to discuss your child’s growth and needs.
Dear Parents and Families,
I write this last newsletter of the year feeling excited and a little sad. The students have grown, shared, and learned so much this year. I am excited for them to start their next chapter, 5th grade, but also sad to let them go. We have had a fantastic year together. I want to thank all parents/guardians for your support of our classroom family and your child. We have had a remarkable year! I wish the students the best in 5th grade and I hope they come back and visit me in the years to come! I would love to hear all about their accomplishments!
On Friday, June 16th, we will be tidying up the room. I am asking that each student bring in a 1-2 reusable bags (with their name on it) by Friday, June 16th, to school. This bag will be used to carry all their packets and left-over school supplies. We will be cleaning out our desks and cubbies too.
Mrs. Ferguson will have her Awesome Prize Box available this week to all those students who have returned all their library books, and, or paid their fines. And remember, your fines will follow you into middle school, so you may as well pay them now!
Tuesday June 20th is our last day of school (Full-Day). On Tuesday, we will have a school-wide “Field Day” where students will participate in activities around the school. We will spend the morning filling out autograph books, watching the 5th graders launch their rockets, and giving out student awards.
We will be taking our last field trip to AMAZON and will be having an end of the year lunch on Monday June 19th. Please send in your child’s $2.00 if they have not done so yet, and don’t forget a towel or swimsuit!
Mark your calendars:
Monday June 19th: Amazon Pool Day & End of the Year 4th grade picnic
Tuesday June 20th: Last Day of School/Field Trip (Whole Day) & Report Cards will be mailed home at the end of the week.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school. Have a wonderful safe relaxing summer!