Mark Your Calendars! – October

  • T, 10/3 – Farm-to-School Field Trip at Bethel Farm @ 9am-12pm
  • W, 10/4 – International Walk to School Day & Prairie Mtn. “Walking School Buses”
  • W, 10/4 – Jog-a-Thon Money due
  • F, 10/6 – Popcorn Day (Room #13 Volunteers!)
  • T, 10/10 – Picture Day
  • T, 10/10 – PTO Meeting @ 2:30pm-3:30pm, Elementary Library
  • F, 10/13 – No School, Statewide Inservice Day (Bethel Budget Reduction Day)
  • F, 10/20 – Popcorn Day
  • F, 10/27 – Books Orders due
  • F, 10/27 – PTO Harvest Carnival @ 5:30pm-8:00pm

Math: Understand the Meaning of Division

This week, we are learning about division. Students and families can do two interactive math activities and videos (Lesson #4: Understand Division & Lesson #4: Understand Division Tutorial) to practice what we’re learning in class.

We are learning that division is starting with a large group of objects and sharing them equally. We can divide the large group of objects in two different ways.

  • Divide into a certain number of groups to find how many in each group:
    • Lily has 12 cookies to put on 3 plates. How many cookies will she put on each plate?
    • 12 is the total number of cookies. 3 plates represents the number of groups (plates). We need to solve for the number in each group. 12 ÷ 3 = 4 Lily will put 4 cookies on each plate.
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    • Since division and multiplication are related, we can also think 3 x __ = 12 to get our answer of 4.
  • Divide into equal groups of a certain number to find how many groups:
    • Nicolas has 21 stickers in his sticker book. There are 7 stickers on each page. How many pages are in his sticker book?
    • 21 is the total number of stickers. 7 represents the number of stickers in each group. We need to find out how many groups (pages) there are. 21 ÷ 7 = 3 Nicolas has 3 pages in his sticker book.
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    • Since division and multiplication are related, we can also think __ x 7 = 21 to get our answer of 3.

We are also learning math vocabulary for division. dividend ÷ divisor = quotient

Students have math homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week.

Community Events

Bethel Bike Rodeos

Saddle up! The entire family is encouraged to join the free fun at the Bethel Bike Rodeos each Sunday the rest of October.

Kids can ride through an obstacle course, enter a free raffle for terrific prizes, receive free bike tune-ups from professional mechanics, and learn more about safe and easy bike routes to school.

The Bethel Bike Rodeos are Sundays from 12pm-2pm.

  • October 22 @ Bethel Community Park (next to Meadow View School)
  • October 29@ Shasta Ball Fields

No access to a bike? Loaner bikes will be available at each Bike Rodeo. For more information, contact Bethel’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Bob Beals, at

Rodeos de Bicicleta Bethel

Se anima a toda la familia a unirse a la diversión gratuita en los Rodeos de Bicicleta Bethel cada domingo durante el resto de octubre.

Los niños pueden montar a través de una pista de obstáculos, entrar en una rifa gratuita para premios fantásticos, recibir ayuda con mantener su bicicleta en buenas condiciones, y aprender más acerca de las rutas seguras y fáciles de la bicicleta a la escuela.

Los Rodeos de Bicicleta Bethel son los domingos, desde el mediodía-2:00.

  • Octubre 22, Bethel Community Park (al lado de la escuela Meadow View)
  • Octubre 29, Shasta Ball Fields

¿No tiene acceso a una bicicleta? Las bicicletas de préstamo estarán disponibles en cada Rodeo de Bicicleta. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Bob Beals, Coordinador de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela de Bethel, en

PTO Meetings

Our Prairie Mountain PTO does an amazing job of fundraising to support classroom field trips, supplies, and various programs here at Prairie Mountain. They also work hard to plan engaging events for students and families. This year, we’d like to ask each teacher to recruit a parent (or two!) from their class to attend PTO meetings in order to strengthen parent involvement in event planning and home-to-school connections. I have listed the PTO meetings and times for the remainder of the year. Please let me know which meeting(s) you can attend. PTO meetings are held in the elementary library. Thank you!

  • November 14 @ 6pm
  • January 16 @ 2:30pm
  • February 13 @ 6pm
  • March 6 @ 2:30pm
  • April 10 @ 6pm
  • May 15 @ 2:30pm

Families can also connect with PTO volunteer opportunities using by going to PTO Volunteer Signup.

Community Events

Bountiful Bethel Harvest Celebration
The annual fall celebration in the Bethel neighborhood is Sunday, October 15, 1:00-5:00 at the Bountiful Bethel garden next to the Bethel School District office on Barger Dr.  There will be apple juicing, a free seed swap, presentations by local organizations, and more.

Celebración de la cosecha de Betel abundante
La celebración anual de otoño en el vecindario de Bethel es el domingo 15 de octubre de 1: 00-5: 00 en el jardín de Betún Bethel al lado de la oficina del Distrito Escolar de Bethel en Barger Dr. Habrá jugo de manzana, un intercambio de semillas gratis, presentaciones por organizaciones locales y más.

Police Chief Search
The City of Eugene is in the first phase of hiring a new Police Chief. This phase is focused on listening to key stakeholders, community members, and the Eugene Police Department in an effort to understand what our community would like to see in our next Police Chief. Beginning next Tuesday, the City is hosting 8 forums for community members to share thoughts on what type of candidate we should seek to fill the position – please spread the word, and we hope to see you at one of the forums. More information can be found on the Police Chief Recruitment webpage:

Búsqueda de jefe de policía
La ciudad de Eugene está en la primera fase de la contratación de un nuevo jefe de policía. Esta fase se centra en escuchar a los principales interesados, los miembros de la comunidad y el Departamento de Policía de Eugene en un esfuerzo por entender lo que nuestra comunidad desearía ver en nuestro próximo Jefe de Policía. A partir del próximo martes, la Ciudad está organizando 8 foros para que los miembros de la comunidad compartan sus ideas sobre el tipo de candidato que debemos buscar para llenar la posición. Por favor, difunda la palabra y esperamos verte en uno de los foros. Puede encontrar más información en la página web de Reclutamiento de Jefes de Policía:

Math: Split Numbers to Multiply

This week, we are learning that we can break apart one factor in a multiplication problem to make multiplying harder numbers easier. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #3: Split Numbers to Multiply) to practice what we’re learning in class.

We are working on what’s called the Distributive Property this week. The Distributive Property says that we can decompose (break part) a number into two smaller numbers, and then multiply each of those numbers by the other factor. Example:

  1. 7 x 9 is a challenging fact. I am really good at multiplying by 5 and by 2 though. So, I can decompose the 7 into 5 + 2.
  2. I have to multiply both the 5 and the 2 by my other factor, 9. My new problem is now (5 x 9) + (2 x 9).
  3. I multiply each problem in parentheses and then add the two products together to get my final answer. 45 + 18 = 63. So, my original problem of 7 x 9 = 63.

7 x 9 means 7 rows of 9. When showing the Distributive Property as an array, or group, we first make a model for the original problem.

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Once we decompose one of the factors, we must show that in our array too. 5 x 9 means 5 rows of 9, and 2 x 9 means 2 rows of 9.

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Students have math homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.

Volunteers Needed!

Hello! PTO needs your help!

We have the annual Harvest Carnival coming up on Friday, October 27. We need lots of volunteers in order to make it a success. Please consider signing up to help for a shift. Harvest Carnival

Volunteers are always welcome to help with Popcorn Days too! You can view the popcorn dates, which ones still need volunteers, and sign up to help on a morning that works for your schedule! Popcorn Days


Field Trip Reminders

Tomorrow, October 3rd, is our Farm-to-School field trip to Bethel Farm from 9am-12pm.

Things to Remember:

  • We will not have snack time, so students should eat a filling breakfast.
  • Please pack your child a lunch, unless you indicated lunch from school on the form.
  • Students should dress in long pants and wear layers on top, including a rain jacket (just in case) if they have one. Wear clothes that are okay to get a little dirty.
  • Students should wear comfortable shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Please no sandals or flip-flops tomorrow.
  • Students will only have spelling homework tomorrow.

If I sent you an email confirming that you are chaperoning, please come to school at 8:45am, check in at the office, and then head down to our classroom.

Thank you!

SUPER Attendance

We have super attendance! We earned SUPER for our school-wide attendance incentive program today. That means that we’ve had five more days of perfect attendance. Mrs. Killen or Mrs. R-W will be coming to our classroom to read us a story soon. Keep up the great work getting to school on time! Next, we’re going to work on spelling AWESOME.

Support Red Cross Efforts in Puerto Rico

Assistance for Puerto Rico

Prairie Mountain is arranging a cash donation drive from Oct. 2-20 to fund Red Cross disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Although completely optional, we have set a goal for all staff and students to each donate $1.00, or whatever they can. This would allow us to donate around $800 to the Red Cross. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate the Prairie Mountain life skill of empathy. Many thousands are without homes, water, and food due to the hurricane. Thank you for your support!

Ayuda para Puerto Rico

Estamos organizando una campaña de donación en efectivo del 2 al 20 de octubre para financiar la ayuda de la Cruz Roja en Puerto Rico. Aunque sea completamente opcional, hemos establecido una meta para todo el personal y los estudiantes a donar $ 1.00, o lo que puedan. Esto nos permitiría donar alrededor de $ 800 a la Cruz Roja. Es una oportunidad de mostrar la empatía que forma una de las destrezas de la vida en Prairie Mountain.  Muchos miles están sin casas, agua y comida debido al huracán.

Try It Thursday!

Food Fun

One Thursday every month there’s something new in the cafeterias at Bethel schools.

Try It Thursday is a partnership with the OSU Extension Service to provide new foods for students to sample.

In September, students enjoyed Cowboy Salad, with black beans, corn, tomatoes (grown on the Bethel Farm) and more. Click here for the recipe.

The idea is to introduce students to a wider variety of healthy, affordable, and tasty food.

Check out the OSU Extension Food Hero website for lots of creative and easy recipes, some of which will be served in Bethel cafeterias.

Celebrando Comida

Un jueves cada mes hay algo nuevo en las cafeterías de las escuelas de Bethel.

Try It Thursday (Pruébalo los jueves) es una colaboración con el Servicio de Extensión de OSU para proporcionar nuevos alimentos que los estudiantes puedan probar.

En septiembre, los estudiantes disfrutaron de ensalada Cowboy, con frijoles negros, maíz, tomates (cultivados en la Finca Bethel) y más. Haga clic aqui para ver la receta.

La idea es familiarizar a los estudiantes con una variedad más amplia de alimentos saludables, asequibles y sabrosos.

Echa un vistazo al sitio web de heroe de comida (Food Hero website) OSU Extension Food Hero para encontrar muchas recetas creativas y fáciles, algunas de las cuales serán servidas en las cafeterías de Bethel.