News for March 13, 2020

There’s lots of news!

Please stay updated through the Bethel Website to know the latest regarding our schools and the Coronavirus.  I am cleaning the desks, tables, and doorknobs daily.  We are emphasizing hand washing.  Thank you for keeping sick kids home.  I know many of you have been very careful in light of the current situation.  Because of recent developments, many events at school have been cancelled or will be rescheduled.  The Book Fair next week is cancelled, as is Literacy Night.  Our field trip to the Eugene Symphony will be rescheduled.

Iditaread!  The race is on…we have a small contingent of students faithfully turning in their reading tickets.  Thank you!  We can use some help…it’s good for everyone to commit to signing off on 20 minutes a night of reading.  This is one thing that is a certain indicator of success in school! The pink packets were sent home on Monday.

Thank you to all the fourth grade families for supporting our Where-What projects.  I was so impressed with the effort kids put into their papers and project boards.  Students went above and beyond!

Fourth grade families, thank you also for the generous donations of Hershey bars for our fractions lessons.  We have had two candy lessons about fractions, and will have one or two more because of all the donations!  It’s been fun to include some tasty treats with our learning.

SNACKS.  Kids really need a mid-morning snack.  Because just a few families have been donating, I am asking that all kids who would like a snack to bring their own snack each day.  Please send fruit, veggies, crackers, granola, or healthy cereal. If you would like to continue donating, it is much appreciated.

 

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, March 20:  Spirit Day

Monday, March 23:  Spring Break begins

Monday, March 30:  School Resumes

Thursday, April 2:  Influential Person Wax Museum, 7:00pm

Friday, April 3:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, April 8:  Popcorn Day- Last one!

Friday, April 10:  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 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