News for September 20, 2019

Students finished their “The Important Thing About Me” stories this week, we began our Second Steps lessons with a lesson on empathy, and Bike Safety for fifth graders began!

This week students will have the opportunity to earn their Chromebook License.  Students have to prove that they are responsible in following all the guidelines while using Chromebook, and they must return the signed Chromebook Contract.  Please look for the Chromebook Contract in this Friday Folder.  Thanks for your support in helping us responsibly use these important learning tools.

I have enjoyed seeing all the amazing work students are submitting with their homework packets.  Flash cards, creative ways to practice spelling words, math games for fact practice are just a few examples.  I will be marking homework with a star for excellent work, a check mark with a plus sign for above average, a check mark for average, a check mark with a minus sign for below average, and a minus sign for very low quality work.  Thank you families, for initialing all those spots, helping me know students did complete the work and activities.

We have a field trip scheduled!  October 4 we will travel to Newport and visit the Mark Hatfield Science Center and the beach.  We will leave early that morning, at 7:40, and return late, at 4:00, so make transportation plans.  The cost is $6.50.  Thank you to those who have already sent in your money.

Snacks:  I believe snacks really help our kids concentrate and do their best during the school day.  We are asking students bring their own snacks if they would like to have one.  Different classrooms will handle this differently.  My fourth grade reading and math group  will have a snack time available right after recess.  Donations of healthy snacks will be accepted.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Sept.  20:  Spirit Day

Friday, Oct. 4:  Field trip to the Hatfield Marine Science Center

Monday, Oct. 7:  Health Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 8:  Picture Day

Wednesday, Oct. 16:  PTO Meeting, 6:30

Wednesday, Oct. 23:  Irving Open House, 5:15-7:00

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 September 13, 2019

It’s been a good week!  Students are quickly settling into classroom routines and expectations.  This week in homeroom we worked on writing an “Important Thing About Me” paragraph, and we made graphs using data about our class, collected in our classroom.  In fourth grade reading and math, we worked on vocabulary and story structure, and we are reviewing place value.

At the beginning of the school year we will focus on the rules and expectations at Irving. Our school rules are:

Be Safe

Be Respectful

Be a Self Manager

 

All classroom expectations fall under these three main categories, but we do have specific rules for our classroom.  They are:

 

  1.  Follow Directions Quickly
  2. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Speak
  3. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Leave your Seat
  4. Make Smart Choices
  5. Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

Our classroom behaviors will be tracked through the program Class Dojo.   Please check it out! If you haven’t joined Class Dojo yet,  look for a paper with more information included in this Friday folder that is specifically for your child. It has information regarding signing up to see how your child is doing in class. You can also see updates about our room, as well as a messaging section. I have already received messages from students and families! Here is a link to the general website if you’d like to see more:    Class Dojo!

Book Fair next week!  This is an important fundraiser for our library, so if you are able, come on by and take a look at the selection for purchase.  The Book Fair will be open before and after school, also during the first recess for 4-5.

5th graders!  Bike safety is coming up soon.  This special program for 5th graders requires a signed form that was sent home earlier this week.  The back of the form must be filled out as well.   There was more detailed information in the letter sent home earlier.  Forms need to be turned in no later that Friday the 13th.

We have a field trip scheduled!  October 4 we will travel to Newport and visit the Mark Hatfield Science Center and the beach.  We will leave early that morning, at 7:40, and return late, at 4:00, so make transportation plans.  The cost is $6.50.  Thank you to those who have already sent in your money.

Snacks:  I believe snacks really help our kids concentrate and do their best during the school day.  We are asking students bring their own snacks if they would like to have one.  Different classrooms will handle this differently.  My fourth grade reading and math group  will have a snack time available right after recess.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Sept. 13:  Spirit Day

Monday-Thursday, Sept. 16-19:  Book Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 18:  PTO meeting, 6:30 pm

Friday, Sept.  20:  Spirit Day

Monday, Oct. 7:  Health Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 8:  Picture 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 September 6, 2019

 

 

WOW!!  What a great group of kids.  Each and every child in Room 10 is unique, special, and I am so blessed to be teaching them!  I love having 4th and 5th graders together.  They complement each other and I know this group will come together in an amazing way.

We did work this first week.  We wrote about our summer, we did some close reading, answering questions and showing our evidence for our answers.  We actually learned a little bit about genetics!

With the 4th and 5th grade blended classrooms we are dividing into grade levels for reading and math.  5th graders from our room divide up and go into one of the other 5th grade classrooms for most of the morning.  Check in with your 5th grader to find out who their reading and math teacher is.  Our 4th graders stay in our classroom, and Mrs. Sawyer’s 4th graders join us.

5th graders!  Bike safety is coming up soon.  This special program for 5th graders requires a signed form that was sent home earlier this week.  There was more detailed information in the letter sent home earlier.  Forms need to be turned in no later that Friday the 13th.

We have a field trip scheduled!  October 4 we will travel to Newport and visit the Mark Hatfield Science Center and the beach.  Look for the green letter with more information in today’s Friday Folder.

Snacks:  I believe snacks really help our kids concentrate and do their best during the school day.  We are asking students bring their own snacks if they would like to have one.  Different classrooms will handle this differently.  My fourth grade reading and math group  will have a snack time available right after recess.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Sept. 13:  Spirit Day

Friday, Sept. 13:  5th Grade Bike Safety forms due

Tuesday, Sept. 17:  Bike Safety begins for Room 10 5th graders

Friday, Oct. 4:  Oregon coast field trip

Friday, Oct. 11:  No school, State Inservice 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 June 14, 2019

We are just a couple days away from 5th grade!  It has been an incredible year, and I am grateful for all the time spent with these students. There have certainly been ups and downs, but overall there has been growth. I am proud of each student, and the growth each student has made.

Some highlights this past week include science experiments:

The Willamette High School Graduates visited!

Amazon Pool:

Students are working on their GeoMetroCity:

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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 June 7, 2019

We are finishing this fourth grade year strong!  We have science experiments happening, we are making an Oregon map, we have been reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book about the Oregon Trail, and we are preparing to write our own “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a ______________” story.

The first day of science experiments went well!

Students also performed Reader’s Theater.

We had our last Garden lesson day, and it was a fun celebration of learning.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 7:  Spirit Day

June 10:  Library books due!!!  Library closed.

June 11:  Amazon field trip

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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

June 11 Field Trip

Our last field trip of the year will take place on Tuesday, June 11.  This is the only field trip we take during the year that is strictly for fun.   We will be going to Amazon Pool, followed by lunch at the picnic area behind the pool.  We will leave Irving at 9:30 am and return around 2:15 pm.  The students will swim from 10:00-12:00, eat and play from 12:00-1:00 and then play at the park when they finish eating until 1:45.  The cost of this field trip is $5.00.  Please let me know by Friday if your child needs a sack lunch prepared from our school cafeteria.

Chaperones are not necessary for this trip, other than a couple of dads to help supervise the boy’s locker room.  However, parents are welcome to join us!

You may want to send sunscreen with your child as it looks like it may be a sunny day.

 

News for May 31, 2019

We are definitely in the homestretch.  2 weeks of school left once you are reading this!  Although we finished our state testing in the middle of May, we continued to test this week, doing our iReady diagnostic and our EasyCBM reading tests for the end of the year.

We are still working on our decimals, geometry, reading and writing.  Along with all the basics, we also are adding in science experiments!  Your child should have brought home information about the science experiment they chose on Wednesday.  Their job is to prepare and practice the experiment, to be ready to present to the class, beginning on June 5.  Students will be presenting from the 5th to the 12th.  It will be a fun way to keep the learning going these last weeks of school!  Please be sure to contact me with any questions or concerns about the project.

The trip to the Stauffer-Will Farm was successful!  Students enjoyed making bread, making a candle, making a candle holder, and a quilt pattern!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 5:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30

June 7:  Spirit Day

June 10:  Library books due!!!  Library closed.

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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 May 17, 2019

Testing week is OVER!  These kids in Room 10 were completely amazing.  Most completed all four SBAC tests this week.  The tests include two Language Arts tests and two Math tests.  The tests are challenging!  I was proud of the way students stayed focused and completed the task at hand.

 

IMPORTANT!!  Our jog-a-thon is fast approaching.  We are grateful for each and every donation, and believe me, those donations make a HUGE difference in your child’s school experience.  Here is a message from Mr. Bridgens about the jog-a-thon:

The Jog-a-thon is 17 days away!  Here is a Jog-a-thon fundraising update. 

Total Amount Raised so far: $2750     Goal: $15,000   Goal %: 18

Amount 4th Grade has raised online:  $565

Participation Rate: 13% of Students School Wide have participated in online fundraising

Days Remaining to donate online:  24

Online Fundraising Closes:  June 7

How to Help: We need your help to raise as much money as possible for the PTO.  The Irving PTO has helped purchase additional teacher time each year over the last 8 years.  PTO’s contribution to supporting students is invaluable.  In order to continue to provide the same support to Irving we need to raise as much money as possible during the Jog-a-thon.  The PTO has set a goal of $15,000.  If each student were to collect $45 in pledges we would reach our goal.  Please use the link below to contribute to the Jog-a-thon and also help spread the word via social media and email.  You can send links to friends and family as well.  Thanks for your efforts in supporting the Irving school community!

Use this website:  https://99pledges.com/fund/irvingtigers

Thank You for Supporting Irving Students and the Irving PTO!

 The field trip to the Aurora Colony is almost here!  Friday, May 24 is the date of our trip.  Please refer to the letter enclosed in the Friday Folder with all the details.  A couple of very important details to take note of immediately:  First, this trip costs $9.00 per student, and per chaperone.  Please send in the money as soon as possible.  Next, this trip takes place outside of normal school hours.  The bus will leave at 7:15am, and arrive back at Irving around 3:15pm.  This means students need to arrive at school early and leave late, meaning alternate transportation to and from school if students ride a bus.  Finally, we will need a lunch count no later than Monday, May 20.  We need to know if your child will be bringing a lunch from home, or will need to order a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 24:  Aurora field trip; Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 27:  Memorial Day, no school

May 31:  Jog-a-thon

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 May 10, 2019

Next week is our state testing week.  Students will take 4 tests:  two English Language Arts tests, and two Math tests.  The tests are very challenging, and students will do their best if they get a good night’s sleep, and good nutrition during testing time.  We will be taking all tests this week, with testing time broken up with snacks and fun activities.

Our PTO supports our school in so many ways.  They pay for field trips, guest speakers, special projects, Artist in Residence, and even teachers.  They also put on fun community activities.  Our school would not be the same without the PTO.  Our jog-a-thon is coming up, and this is a chance to help our PTO help our Irving students.  This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  Donations can happen online or directly to the school.  Please consider helping out in any way you can.   The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

Our field trip to Aurora is coming up quickly!  Please read the letter in the Friday folder for more detailed information.  Most important at this time is that arrangements are made for before and after school, since this trip begins early and ends late.  Buses will leave at 7:15 in the morning, and we will return to Irving around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Students will need transportation to get to school before the usual time, and a way home in the afternoon.  We will eat lunch and snacks on the trip.  If your child needs a sack lunch from the cafeteria, please let me know.

This week we had a visitor to our classroom.  Mrs. Annabelle Smith joined our class to talk about her experiences on the Oregon Trail.  She also left us letters from children on the trail that we read.  Reading the letters helped us understand a little bit about what pioneers experienced on the Oregon Trail.

We have been taking advantage of the nice weather and doing a little reading outside.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 10:  Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 13-17  State Testing Week

May 15:  Popcorn Day; PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

May 17:  Spirit Day; Parent Input Forms due

May 24:  Aurora field trip; Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 27:  Memorial Day, no school

May 31:  Jog-a-thon

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 May 3, 2019

Testing review is in full force.  We are working on learning the test format on the Chromebooks, and reviewing all our skills.  Students will have a week of testing May 13-17.  It will be a challenging week, but we will get all our testing done and over with during this time.  We will intersperse testing with fun activities, snacks and breaks.  Our PTO will be contributing to all the snacks kids will need to stay energized for the week of testing.

Our PTO supports our school in so many ways.  They pay for field trips, guest speakers, special projects, Artist in Residence, and even teachers.  They also put on fun community activities.  Our school would not be the same without the PTO.  Our jog-a-thon is coming up, and this is a chance to help our PTO help our Irving students.  This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  Donations can happen online or directly to the school.  Please consider helping out in any way you can.   The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

Students worked on creating their own animal last week.

Time in the garden.  Our School  Garden Project leaders are amazing!

I appreciate any and all work on the iReady online math program at home.  Until further notice, however, iReady will not be accessible until we finish our spring diagnostic assessment.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Friday, May 24!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Keep that date on your calendar!  We have a limited amount of chaperones that can attend, so let me know if you are interested ASAP.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 7:  Letters from the Trail visit

May 7:  Irving Tiger Variety Show

May 8:  Teacher Walkout

May 24:  Aurora field trip

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