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

News for October 18, 2019

The crazy schedule continues!  Field trips have changed our usual schedule, but it’s been fun!  We have had limited regular reading and math due to classes visiting the Bethel Farm.  This has allowed us to finish our District Writing Assessment and do a couple of art activities.  Students are also working in their Ocean Biome books.

Farm trip pictures!

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. 18:  Spirit Day

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

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

News for October 10, 2019

We have had a very unusual week with Health Screening, Picture Day, and an Inservice day on Friday changing up our routines.  Students are working on their Bethel Writing Assessment and self-portraits.  We also continued work on empathy with focusing on listening with attention.

The Hatfield Science Center was tons of fun with learning as well!  We also had beautiful weather for our time at Agate Beach.  Thanks to all the chaperones who made this great day possible.

We have another field trip on Monday!  We will travel to the Bethel Farm.  We will leave Irving at 9:30 and return back at 1:00.  Remember to have students dress in layers with a jacket and good walking shoes.  Also don’t forget that lunch if you are bringing one from home.

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.

 

 

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Oct. 11:  No School, Inservice Day

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

Friday, Oct. 18:  Spirit Day

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

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

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 3, 2019

Bike safety is over and we are back to a normal schedule.  This week did bring some new activities, though.  We had our first visit from Ms. Rachel, our speech language pathologist here at Irving.  She will be leading our class in lessons revolving around executive functioning- in simpler terms, she will be working with our students in the areas of organization, planning, staying focused, monitoring oneself, and many other important life skills.  We also had our first garden lesson!  The school to garden team will visit our class every other Thursday in the fall and spring.

Tomorrow is our big trip to Newport!  Don’t forget, we leave promptly at 7:40 AM, and we  ask that everyone be at school by 7:25.  We will meet in our classroom.  Please make sure kids have something to eat and use the bathroom before arriving at school.  There will be limited opportunities on the bus ride for bathroom breaks.  If your child is bringing a lunch from home, don’t forget it!  Remember to mark it clearly so there is no confusion.  Also important is layered clothing…and a jacket.  There is rain in the forecast! Finally, we will be arriving back at Irving around 4:15 and students will need transportation home if they usually ride a bus.  It will be a great day!!

We already have another trip planned!  On Monday, October 14 we will visit the Bethel Farm.  Please look for the letter in this Friday folder for more information.  If you have already returned the bottom portion, no need to send it in again.

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.  I have enclosed another in this Friday folder if your child has not earned their license yet.

Thanks to all who participated in the Roll and Walk to school this week!  It was fun to see so many students participating in the way that worked for them.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

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

Friday, Oct. 4: PTO Birthday Box Assembly, 6:00-8:00pm and PTO catalog fundraiser ends

Monday, Oct. 7:  Health Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 8:  Picture Day

Wednesday, Oct. 9:  Popcorn Day

Friday, Oct. 11:  No School, Inservice Day

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

Friday, Oct. 18:  Spirit Day

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

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

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 27, 2019

Bike Safety and a little biome work along with the iReady Diagnostic were the main activities this week.

Many students  have earned 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 make sure to return the Chromebook Contract so the License can be earned.  Thanks for your support in helping us responsibly use these important learning tools.

Only one week left until our Newport field trip!  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.

We have another field trip scheduled already!  Monday, October 14 we will head to the Bethel Farm for our second field trip.  Look in the Friday Folder for more details.

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.  27:  Spirit Day

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

Monday, Oct. 7:  Health Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 8:  Picture Day

Friday, Oct. 11:  No School, Inservice 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 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