News for January 18, 2019

This week we were doing many different activities, including the iReady Assessment, Martin Luther King, Jr. learning, and an author visit!

Margriet Ruurs has authored over 35 books for children and educators, and one of her stories is featured in our Journeys textbook! Her visit was a real treat for students and staff alike.  We do need to pay for this visit, so we are asking students to contribute $3 each. Many of you have already sent this in, thank you! If you haven’t yet, please send the money as soon as possible.

Also on the calendar is our fourth grade music performance called “Oregon or Bust!” This is planned for February 28 at 7:00.  So you can plan ahead, students are expected to dress as pioneers.  Boys should wear jeans or overalls, and a cotton collared shirt.  A bandana and cowboy had will be provided.  Girls should wear a simple cotton skirt and blouse or a cotton dress.

Irving Family Math Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 5:00-6:30.  Pizza will be served, as will lots of fun math games to explore. Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to have on hand.  A letter will be in the Friday folder.

We will be taking our next field trip on February 7.  We will travel to the state capital to learn about how our state government works.  Chaperones are needed, but in order to save cost, we only have enough seats on the bus to accommodate students and teachers.  If you are interested in helping with this fun field trip, perhaps carpooling or just driving yourself will work.  Even with saving cost with the bus, this trip will still cost $5.00 per student.

Above students are working on learning how to join into activities with others.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Monday, January 21:  No School Martin, Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 23:  Popcorn Day

Friday, January 25:  Spirit Day

Friday, February 1:  No School, Curriculum Development

Wednesday, February 6:  Irving Family Math Night, 5:00-6:30

Thursday, February 7:  State Capital 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

 

News for January 11, 2019

Welcome to fourth grade in 2019! Our class is off to a great start this new year. We have gotten back into routines quickly, and are working hard on division, reading nonfiction and working on vocabulary, and doing some great art for the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum contest at the University of Oregon.

On Wednesday we celebrated students in the fourth and fifth grades who consistently do their homework with a pizza lunch.

Coming up quickly is our author visit on Friday, January 18. Margriet Ruurs has authored over 35 books for children and educators, and one of her stories is featured in our Journeys textbook! We do need to pay for this visit, so we are asking students to contribute $3 each. Many of you have already sent this in, thank you! If you haven’t yet, please send the money in on Monday.  Look for the flyer in this Friday folder for more detailed information.

Also on the calendar is our fourth grade music performance called “Oregon or Bust!” This is planned for February 28 at 7:00.  So you can plan ahead, students are expected to dress as pioneers.  Boys should wear jeans or overalls, and a cotton collared shirt.  A bandana and cowboy had will be provided.  Girls should wear a simple cotton skirt and blouse or a cotton dress.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Wednesday, January 16:  PTO Meeting, 6:30

Friday, January 18:  Spirit Day

Monday, January 21:  No School Martin, Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 23:  Popcorn Day

Friday, January 25:  Spirit Day

Friday, February 1:  No School, Curriculum Development

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 14, 2018

Students received their next Scholastic book, The Family Under the Bridge.

After winter break, we will have an author visit our classroom!  Margriet Ruurs has written over 35 books for children and educators.  The visit will take place on Friday, January 18.  Each student will be responsible for bringing in $3 to help with costs.  Please see the flyer included in this week’s Friday folder for more information.

Another upcoming event is our fourth grade music program.  Our program will be on the 28th of February.   Please look for the flyer with more information regarding this fun presentation!  Costume information as well as opportunities to help are both included in the flyer.

We have been reading Mars and learning lots about the Red Planet:

 

We also just took a test on area, perimeter, and beginning multiplication.

Students are working on a project on Native Americans.  More information can be found on our Google Classroom site.  Students can work on this site from school and home.

Go to the Bethel Website:  Bethel Website

Find the Quick Links tab on the top tab bar.

Under Quick Links, click on Bethel Google Suite.

Students then may log in.

After logging in, students should click on the “waffle” in the top right hand corner.

Go to Classroom.

Go to the Native Americans Project.

Here students have a planning sheet for research, an explanation about the project, and a link to Kid Rex, a safe search engine for kids.

Next week students will present their work.  So far, nine students have presented and have done a fabulous job!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Wednesday, December 19:  PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

Friday, December 21:  Choir trip, 9:00-12:00

December 24-January 4:  Winter Break

Monday, January 7:  School resumes

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 6, 2018

It is Parent-Teacher conference week! It is great to share insight and ideas that will help kids succeed.  I hope you come away from our meeting with more information about your child at school.  I always learn more about each child at conferences and hope I can better support every student in our classroom.  If other questions or concerns arise after our meeting, please contact me.

 

Students are working on a project on Native Americans.  More information can be found on our Google Classroom site.  Students can work on this site from school and home.

Go to the Bethel Website:  Bethel Website

Find the Quick Links tab on the top tab bar.

Under Quick Links, click on Bethel Google Suite.

Students then may log in.

After logging in, students should click on the “waffle” in the top right hand corner.

Go to Classroom.

Go to the Native Americans Project.

Here students have a planning sheet for research, an explanation about the project, and a link to Kid Rex, a safe search engine for kids.

Any assistance on research and the project is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Thursday, December 6:  Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30; Conferences, 1:00-5:00

Friday, December 7:  No school

Wednesday, December 12:  Popcorn day

Friday, December 14:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, December 19:  PTO Meeting, 6:30pm

Friday, December 21:  Choir trip, 9:00-12:00

December 24-January 4:  Winter Break

Monday, January 7:  School resumes

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 29, 2018

This week students read about hurricanes, learned about text and graphic features, wrote their rough draft of a narrative paper, and worked on multiplication.  Not bad for a four day week!

Before the Thanksgiving break  our class and our buddy class, Mrs. Borneman’s second graders, got together and enjoyed our friendship mix and shared reasons we are thankful for friends.  Thanks to all of you who donated treats to fill our bowl with a delicious mix!

Currently our school is collecting coins!  The donations will help families who need some extra help during the holidays.  We’ve had a few generous kids donate money they just happened to have.  So cool!  We do need lots more donations, so if you can, send in some loose change that can help someone in need.

Tomorrow is no school because teacher will be completing report cards.  You will receive the report card at your child’s conference.  If you didn’t receive the orange confirmation paper, please let me know and I will let you know the day and time your child’s conference is scheduled.  I look forward to meeting with you!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, November 30:  No school, grading day

Tuesday, December 4:   Conferences, 3:15-6:50

Wednesday, December 5:   Conferences, 3:15-6:50

Thursday, December 6:  Half day of school, dismissal at 11:30; Conferences, 1:00-5:00

Friday, December 7:  No school

Wednesday, November 12:  Popcorn 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

Math homework for November 28, 2018

Students have a math video to watch today for homework.  I want to clarify one part of the multiplication process in the video.  When Mr. Habecker  regroups (what I still want to call “carrying”), he places the “carried” number  on the line in the problem.  I have not done that with students.  Since I do not think it matters where the number goes,  I am still using the traditional method, on the top of the problem.  Students have seen the “carrying” happen at the top of the problem, not at the bottom on the line.