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

 

 

News for April 26, 2019

A highlight of our week was working with our Artist in Residence.  Students worked with circuits using batteries and bulbs, and are creating a wallet that will light up!

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 strengthen the group that supports our students in so many ways. This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

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 1:  Popcorn Day

May 3:  Spirit Day

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

 

 

News for April 19, 2019

Students continue their work with fractions, writing their performance task essay, and they read a great story called Owen and Mzee.  Our target skill with our reading was compare and contrast, and students worked on a fun venn diagram project to go with our text.

Students had fun with the obstacle course on Monday.  Our class earned the obstacle course time by having appropriate behavior at recess and on our field trip.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

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:

April 26:  Spirit Day

May 7:  Irving Tiger Variety Show

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

News for April 11, 2019

Despite the rain, our class continued working on fractions, working with adding and subtracting mixed numbers. In reading we worked with text and graphic features, and we continued writing our performance task paper. Many students are in the revising and editing stage. We went on a field trip to BRING, and the garden lesson this week included planting as well as examining worms!

Snacks:  If you haven’t donated snacks for our class yet, the time is now!!  We can always use snacks such as pretzels, crackers, fruit, veggies, or granola bars.  Students may also bring a snack of their own to have during this time.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

April 12:  No School, Curriculum Development Day

April 17:  Popcorn Day

April 17:  PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 19:  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 April 5, 2019

This week after spring break was productive.  We worked on fractions, cause and effect, writing an essay for our performance task, and we had our last sessions with Sustainable Schools and Junior Achievement.  There was also a Wax Museum Tour and a Pillar Assembly.

We have another field trip coming up!  Please look for the letter in the Friday Folder for more details.  We will be visiting the BRING transfer station on April 11.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

If you have not donated snacks yet, this is your chance to do so!  The kids appreciate it, and I do too.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

April 11: BRING field trip

April 12:  No School, Curriculum Development Day

April 17:  Popcorn Day

April 17:  PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 19:  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 March 22, 2019

What a fun week!  We read a book called Horses, we are making a geometry folder full of geometry information, Junior Achievement continued and the Sustainable Schools team took us on a tree tour around Irving!  Also this week we had Arts Attack, Tiger Time, and our classroom WOW board gave students an opportunity to be recognized for good choices.

Please watch for the Friday folder this week, as your child’s report card is included, as well as information from many of the online programs we do here at school.  Do not hesitate to check in with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the report card, or anything else related to school.

We have another field trip coming up!  Please look for the letter in the Friday Folder for more details.  We will be visiting the BRING transfer station on April 11.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

We had another wonderful donation of snacks this week- thank you!  If you have not donated snacks yet, this is your chance to do so!  Hit us up after spring break.  The kids appreciate it, and I do too.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

March 25-29:  Spring Break

April 1:  School Resumes

April 1-4:  Scholastic Book Fair  8:00-5:00

April 3:  Popcorn Day

April 4:  5th Grade Influential Person Wax Museum, 7:00pm

April 5:  Spirit Day; Pillar Awards Assembly, 1:40

April 12:  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 March 14, 2019

This week we had a garden lesson, an environmental justice lesson, and a Junior Achievement game about starting a business.  We also managed to do some reading and math too!

I received a grant from the Anubis Ridans Motorcycle Club for voice recorders!  Students have been reading with good expression and fluency as they use the voice recorders.

We have another field trip coming up!  Please look for the letter in the Friday Folder for more details.  We will be visiting the BRING transfer station on April 11.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

We had a wonderful donation of snacks this week- thank you!  We will need more soon so if you are able to send in something, thank you!  I appreciate, and I know the kids do too, their mid-morning snack.  So many of you have generously donated!  If you are able, we would appreciate donations of crackers, pretzels, fruit, veggies, or other healthy snacks.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, March 15:  No School, grading day

Wednesday, March 20:  Popcorn Day, PTO 6:30 PM

March 25-29:  Spring Break

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