News for February 7, 2020

The big news right now is PROJECTS!!

It’s time to get those projects started and/or done!  Watch for information in the Friday Folder.  And, here are links to details and information:

Fourth Grade 

Fourth Grade Poster Board Guidelines

Fifth Grade

Students have been receiving weekly lessons in Executive Functioning.  This week they were working on making a plan, starting with the end in mind, and planning backwards in order to achieve the goal.   Our Speech/Language Pathologist, Rachel Moore is leading the class in these important lessons.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Wednesday, February 12:  Popcorn Day

Friday, February 14:  Spirit Day

Monday, February 17:  President’s Day

Wednesday, February 19:  PTO, 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 20:  4th/5th Music program, 7:00 pm, Powers Auditorium WHS

Friday, February 21:  Spirit Day

Friday, February 28:  PTO Family Dance Party, 6:00-8:30 pm

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for January 24, 2020

We continue to have a significant number of students absent from our class.  I am cleaning desks, tables, and doorknobs daily.  I will have students clean Chromebooks and iPads each day as well.   I will do what I can to help keep our classroom as clean as possible.

Projects!  Please watch for important information in the Friday Folder for fourth graders.  More information will be coming for fifth!  All students have been reading their book; many are working on taking notes.  Some are ready to begin writing their paper.  Here is a link to the fourth grade expectations for at-home work:  Fourth Grade Project

Here is a link to the fifth grade expectations:  Fifth Grade Project

Family Math Night is coming up at Irving.  Math activities and games will led by our very own Irving students in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 30, from 5:00-6:30.  Please return the form indicating if your family will be attending so we can plan accordingly, and be prepared with enough pizza and water.  Hope to see you there!!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Jan. 24:  Spirit Day

Thursday, Jan. 30:  Tiger Family Math Night, 5:30-7:00 PM

Friday, Jan. 31:  No School, Curriculum Development day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for January 17, 2020

Families- I didn’t get my newsletter done in time this week.  In hindsight, I think it was meant to be, since sending home run of the mill information would have felt very wrong on Friday, considering the tragedy that met us on Thursday morning.  My heart is breaking as I write this- for the family of an exceptional boy; for his teacher and class; for our entire Irving community that has been devastated by the untimely death of one of our own.  I want to share with you how our school and Bethel School District responded in the hours after receiving the shocking news.  Counselors from throughout the District converged at Irving to support grieving staff and students.  Pet Partners Therapy Dogs Gryffindor and Kitty were on hand to help soothe and comfort.  Our Superintendent, Chris Parra, and our Human Resources Director, Remie Calalang, were a constant presence.  A room was set up for students to process their emotions, staffed with trusted adults and appropriate activities.  A few of our Room 10 students accessed the safe room; others chose to grieve with our class in our room.  Students in our room have written notes to the family and letters to our buddies in Mrs. Butler’s classroom.   Support will be available as we go into the upcoming weeks.  Please let me know if your child needs anything from school to help as they navigate this difficult time.

 

 

News for January 10, 2020

Welcome back families!

It was a sleepy start for most getting back to class this week.  Teacher included!  Even though we all were a bit tired, we still managed to set goals, share winter break experiences, and work on reading, math and writing.

Students earned an electronics party!  Our class goal was to have everyone in class at the Leader level or beyond on our Super Improvers charts.  Our Super Improver charts are a way to recognize student appropriate behavior and improvement.  Students “climb” the Super Improvers chart by filling the chart at each level.  There are 10 levels on our Super Improvers wall; students that complete the entire Super Improvers wall will earn a place on the “Living Legends” board in our classroom.

Projects for fourth and fifth graders are getting started!  Watch for more information in next week’s Friday Folder.

Bethel School District would like to hear from you.  You are  invited to share your thoughts and ideas about how to spend increased school funding to better support your child.

Bethel will receive increased school funding as promised through Oregon’s Student Success Act.  As part of the planning and budgeting process, we are seeking input from families’ perspectives. Your input is valuable.

The meetings are January 9th and 14th (you only need to attend one), 6:00-7:45 in the Willamette High School cafeteria.

The District will provide free child care and translation services. Please RSVP for child care by contacting Renee at 541-689-3280 ext. 2003 or renee.brolin@bethel.k12.or.us.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Jan. 10:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, Jan. 15:  PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 17:  Spirit Day

Monday, Jan. 20:  No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, Jan. 24:  Spirit Day

Thursday, Jan. 30:  Tiger Family Math Night, 5:30-7:00 PM

Friday, Jan. 31:  No School, Curriculum Development day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for December 13, 2019

 

Thank you to all who came to conferences.  It was great to meet with you!  The strengths/areas to improve sheet is in the Friday Folder for your reference.

Students do lots of activities and learning with Sustainable Schools!

We have been reading Gregor the Overlander.

Thank you for donating to the coin drive and the food drive!  It is so good to be part of a school community that is so giving.

Our class has been enjoying a new website called Epic!  This is an online library, and kids may choose to read a book or listen to an Audiobook.  It seems pretty great.  Check it out at home!  https://www.getepic.com/

Our Class code for Epic! is RMU7737.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Dec. 13:  Spirit day

Wednesday, Dec. 18:  PTO, 6:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 19:  Choir Performance, 7:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 20:  Spirit Day

Monday, Dec. 23:  Winter break begins

Monday, Jan. 6:  School Resumes

Wednesday, Jan. 8:  Popcorn day

Friday, Jan. 10:  Spirit Day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

 

News for November 27, 2019

What a week!  With only three days we still managed to have a Pillar Assembly, a counselor lesson, a fire drill, and a lesson from the Sustainable Schools team.  Speaking of Sustainable Schools, we are fortunate to have Ms. Tami and Ms. Meadow in our classroom every other week to teach us important lessons about the environment.  Using a variety of activities, the team helps our students understand the importance of taking care of our environment.

Conferences are next week.  I look forward to sharing the success of your child with you!  We will talk about progress as well as areas to focus on for improvement.  Please come with any questions you have about our classroom, our curriculum, and anything about school.  I believe the way we can best serve your kiddo is by working together, and I value your insight and ideas.  If you are unsure about your conference time, please contact the office or myself.  It will be great to meet with you!

Thank you if you participated in the Pie Fundraiser.  It was a huge success!  Please remember to pick up your order in the Irving Parking lot near the new gym after school on Wednesday.  Pick up will be from 2:30-6:00 pm.  Thank you PTO!

We are also raising money for our Irving Cares  fund.  The coin drive is happening in classrooms now.  We’ve had at least 4 students contribute change to the cause.  Thanks for your help and support.

Great lessons with Ms. E.J.!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 27:  Pie Fundraiser Ends

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, Dec. 4:  Conferences, 2:45-8:00

Thursday, Dec. 5:  School dismissed at 11:30

Thursday, Dec. 5:  Conferences, 12:30-8:00

Friday, Dec. 6:  No School

Wednesday, Dec. 11:  Popcorn day

Friday, Dec. 13:  Spirit day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

 

 

News for November 21, 2019

Fourth and fifth grade projects are beginning!  Students have chosen their topic or person, depending on their grade level.  Books are assigned.  The books will stay at school; each teacher will manage the project a bit differently.  My fourth grade students have begun reading their book in class.  I am excited about their topics, and I hope they are too!

The Food Drive is on!  We have already had some donations from families in our classroom.  Thank you!  All Irving Families are invited to help us collect non-perishable food items for families in need from November 18th-December 11th.  There is a Food For Lane County barrel located in the office for all of your food donations.

Watch for the notice with your conference schedule on it in this “Friday Folder.”  I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child’s progress.  Conferences are scheduled for December 4th and 5th.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 22:  No school, grading day

Monday, Nov. 25:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30-2:00

Wednesday, Nov. 27:  Pie Fundraiser Ends

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, Dec. 4:  Conferences, 2:45-8:00

Thursday, Dec. 5:  School dismissed at 11:30

Thursday, Dec. 5:  Conferences, 12:30-8:00

Friday, Dec. 6:  No School

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

 

News for November 15, 2019

OBOB is on!  Meetings are held every Monday in the library before school.

Big projects begin soon!  Both fourth and fifth graders will choose the topic for their projects on Monday, November 18.  This week all students had a chance to peruse the book selections, and hopefully this will help them narrow their choices.  After the choices are made, the fun begins!  Students will begin reading and researching at school.  They will need to create a poster for fourth grade, and a scrapbook for fifth grade at home.  Please refer to the pages that were sent home earlier for more detail, or let me know if you need another copy.

Students continue to learn about the brain during our Executive Functioning classes led by Ms. Rachel Moore, our Speech/Language Pathologist.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Nov. 15:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 22:  No school, grading day

Monday, Nov. 25:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30-2:00

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 28-29:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for November 8, 2019

You may have noticed certificates with a card with 10 stickers attached in your child’s Friday Folder occasionally.  These signify that your child has moved up a level on our Super Improvers chart.  We have a chart in our classroom with multiple levels, beginning at Rookie and ending at Living Legend.  As students improve or do something positive in class they can be recognized on their Super Improvers card.  This means they earn a sticker; ten stickers mean they move up to the next level.  Students who make it to the top of the chart, “Living Legend,” earn a picture on our classroom wall and the recognition of being an amazing citizen of our classroom.

Thanks to our PTO and Mrs. Courogen, we have access to an online reading program called “Read Live.”  We would like to see more students take part in this fantastic program, but we need parent help.   We will need parent volunteers to monitor students as they work on the program.   We need volunteers from 9:45-10:15 daily.  If you are interested in helping, contact me through Class Dojo.

Students made amazing artwork last week during our second Arts Attack.  Thanks to Amy VanDyke and Susan Williams for organizing our activity.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Nov. 8:  Spirit Day

Monday, Nov. 11:  No School, Veterans Day

Tuesday, Nov. 12:  Irving Cares Costco Pie Fundraiser begins

Wednesday, Nov. 13:  Popcorn Day

Friday, Nov. 15:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 22:  No school, grading day

Monday, Nov. 25:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30-2:00

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for October 25, 2019

This week we tried to get back to a regular schedule.  Bus evacuation and Open House changed that a bit.  We did do some amazing self portraits and Bio-Poems that were on display at Open House.  Our first Arts Attack was Thursday!

Thanks to all the families who could make it to Tiger Open House.  I love our new format, with students leading their guests through the evening.  I hope you like it too.  If you weren’t able to make it I placed the information you would have received in the Friday Folder today.  There are a couple of important items. First, the “flip book” contains all the pertinent information about our classroom, and important dates throughout the school year.  It conveniently has magnets so you can keep it on the fridge if that works for you. 🙂 Also important is the page describing the big fourth and fifth grade projects for this year.  Please look that over and feel free to ask any questions you have.  One question you may have if you are a fourth grader hopefully I can answer here. The Gallery Walk Project and the What-Where Project are one and the same.  Apparently the project has two names!

Thank you to the families who help with homework.  I know those Greg Tang math pages are a killer!  We will start working them together in class.  As long as students are attempting, and showing their thinking in their attempt, it will count as completed. I am sending home notes about incomplete homework on brightly colored paper.  Any assistance in getting homework in is appreciated.  Homework is meant to help kids with responsibility as well as practicing foundational skills at home in reading, math and spelling.

IMPORTANT!!  It is time for kids to earn their Chromebook Licenses.  Part of this process is proving in class that they can be responsible, and follow the guidelines for using Chromebooks at school.  The other part is the signed contract, which needs to be signed by both student and parent.  Final deadline for technology use without a license will be Oct. 25.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Oct. 25:  PTO Monster Mash 6:00-8:00pm

Friday, Nov. 1:  Spirit Day

Friday, Nov. 1:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30-2:00

Friday, Nov. 8:  Spirit Day

Monday, Nov. 11:  No School, Veterans Day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:  http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/   Sign up to be part of Class Dojo.   And of course, call, send a note, or write an email.  When we stay in contact it’s best for everyone!

Working together we will make this a great year!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410