News for October 17, 2017

Students worked on addition and subtraction with large numbers in math, they read a tall tale called “Stormalong,” added an entry on adjectives in their writing notebooks, wrote thoughtful thank you cards for special donors to our library, and distinguished between aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviors. We also had our first Kids in the Kitchen lesson with Mrs. Lizzie!  Students made pumpkin pudding.

In the gym we learned a new game this week called Capture the Cone.

Partners work on the attributes of assertive behavior.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Monday, Oct. 16: Cookie Dough Orders Due

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Picture Day

Friday, Oct. 20: School Store

Friday, Nov. 10:  No school, Veteran’s Day Holiday

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

 

 

News for October 10, 2017

Rounding large numbers was this week’s math work.  We still need additional work and practice, but we are getting there.  In Reading students read a play, and are beginning work on parts of speech.  We have also been working as a class to find many important places in Oregon and place them on the map.  It was a busy week!

Our class in the library:

There is one more week to sell cookie dough.  This fundraiser helps PTO pay for many of the things we need for school that are not supplied by the budget.   I know PTO has paid for amazing field trips, additional technology, and soccer goalposts.   Selling cookie dough means more opportunities for our students.  Please sell if you are able.

Here students are working on vocabulary using a structure called Quiz, Quiz, Trade.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Friday, Oct. 13:  No School, Budget Reduction Day

Monday, Oct. 16: Cookie Dough Orders Due

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Picture Day

Friday, Oct. 20: School Store

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

Martes, 10 de octubre de 2017

Esta semana en matemáticas estamos redondeando números grandes o sea de varias cifras. Todavía necesitamos práctica adicional, pero lo estamos consiguiendo. En la lectura, los estudiantes están leyendo una obra de teatro y están empezando a trabajar en las partes del discurso. También, hemos estado trabajando en encontrar muchos lugares importantes de Oregón y colocarlos en el mapa. ¡Es una semana muy ocupada!

Todavía queda una semana más para vender la masa para galletas. Esta recaudación de fondos le ayuda al PTO a pagar muchas de las cosas que necesitamos para la escuela y que no son suministrados por el presupuesto. Sé que el PTO ha pagado por los paseos increíbles, tecnología adicional y porterías de fútbol. La venta de masa para galletas significa más oportunidades para nuestros estudiantes. Por favor, haga lo que pueda de vender masa para galletas. ¡Gracias por su cooperación!

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes:

Viernes, 13 de octubre: No hay clases, Reducción del presupuesto
Lunes, 16 de octubre: Este día se debe entregar el dinero de las ventas de la masa para galletas
Miércoles, 18 de octubre: Día de las fotos
Viernes, 20 de octubre: La tiendita de la escuela

Mantengamos abiertas las líneas de comunicación. Puede contactarme a través de “Class Dojo”, el blog, correo electrónico, una nota o por teléfono. ¡Cuando trabajamos juntos podemos hacer grandes cosas!

Lara Castillo
Correo electrónico: lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us
Teléfono: 541-689-3751 extension # 2328

 

News for October 3, 2017

Students took the District Writing Assessment this past week, which will help me see where students are in their writing, and where to focus our learning as we move ahead.

The Cookie Dough Fundraiser is here!!  Please consider selling a tub or two… or more.  This fundraiser will hopefully bring in enough money to fund technology and field trips for our students.  There are incentives for selling!  One tub sold equals one prize!  And there’s more!  Ask your child about some of the incentives for selling.

 

Our class is getting the routines and procedures down pretty wellat this time, but there are still occasions where students need additional practice to be successful.  I am implementing practice cards.  If a student receives a practice card they will miss some recess practicing the rule or routine, and I am asking they also practice at home.  A note will be sent home that families will need to sign and the student will need to return to me in order to be released from additional recess practice.

Students are working with partners on place value work in math.

Name art completed!

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Monday, Oct. 2: Homework club begins

Tuesday, Oct. 3:  PILAS, 6-8pm

Wednesday, Oct. 4:  Walk or Roll to school!

Thursday, Oct. 5:  PILAS, 6-8pm

Monday, Oct. 9:  PTO, 6pm

Friday, Oct. 13:  No School, Statewide Inservice

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

 

 

News for September 26, 2017

Our class has worked on a little of everything this week. Compelling reading about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, place value work continues in math, paragraph writing was about something we’re skilled at, we added mountains to our Oregon map, in science we collaborated to make menus, AND we learned about listening with attention during our Second Steps lesson.  We are even creating name art!

One thing that really stands out about this class is their willingness to take the time to do quality work. I am impressed with the work students are doing on their Oregon maps and the name art project. It is important to take pride in doing one’s best, and this class seems to understand this. I love the effort.

Please turn in the iPad user agreement as soon as possible. Thank you to those who already have. We are fortunate to have these useful classroom tools, and I expect our class to treat them with care.

This week students will continue beginning of the year assessments. Students have completed reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary assessments. This week students will work on math and writing assessments. These measures help us plan our instruction to meet the needs of students more accurately.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 27: 1st Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm

Friday, Sept. 29: Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly

Monday, Oct. 2: Homework club begins

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

 

News for September 18, 2017

Week two is done and the kids are getting into the routine.  They are learning the class rules, and we are working on our routines of Class? Yes!, Teach-Okay,  and Mirrors.  This week we continue beginning of the year assessments in reading and math as well as continuing working in the regular curriculum. Expect math, spelling and read at home for homework from here on out.

Our class began work on the iPads last week. We used the app called Door 24, which is part of our Ready Common Core math curriculum. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can use this app at home. Students also worked with Educreations. Please look for the iPad user agreement in this Tuesday folder. Discuss and sign the form and return to the classroom.  Students will have one week to return forms. Thank you for your help in taking care of these valuable classroom tools.

As part of our Second Steps curriculum students have been learning about empathy.  Here students are working together to solve empathy puzzles.

A Scholastic Reading Club flyer came home in the last Tuesday envelope. I will extend the due date to Wednesday, Sept 20.  This is a great way to get good quality books at a reasonable price. If you prefer to order online, there is a link on the blog, under Room 13 Links, or you can go to scholastic.com and use our class code of DV46Z.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 20:  2nd/3rd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 20: Scholastic book order due

Friday, Sept. 22: School Store

Wednesday, Sept. 27:  1st Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm

Friday, Sept. 29:  Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

 

News for September 12, 2017

Welcome to fourth grade! I am excited to begin this school year and get to know all the students who will be in this class. Every child in Room 13 is a valuable and important member of our classroom. As we get to know each other better, and as we work and learn together I expect incredible growth from our students.

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

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

 

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

Follow Directions Quickly

Ask for Permission to Speak

Ask for Permission to Leave your Seat

Make Smart Choices

Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

 

Our classroom behaviors will be tracked through the program Class Dojo.   Please check it out!  Look for a paper with more information included in this Tuesday 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!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Curriculum Night, 6:00PM

Thursday, Sept. 14: Back to School Assembly, 2:00PM

 

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Tuesday 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

541-689-3751

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

¡Bienvenidos al cuarto grado! Estoy muy feliz de comenzar este año escolar y de conocer a todos mis estudiantes que estarán en mi salón. Cada niño del salón #13 es un miembro valioso e importante de nuestra aula.   A medida que vayamos aprendiendo y trabajando juntos, nos iremos conociendo.  Al mismo tiempo, yo espero que nuestros-as alumnos-as crezcan intelectualmente, emocionalmente y físicamente.

Al comienzo del año escolar nos enfocamos en las reglas y las expectativas de la escuela.  Las reglas de la escuela Fairfield son:

Sea respetuoso

Sea responsable

Sea precavido

Todas las expectativas de la clase están bajo estas tres reglas principales, pero tenemos otras reglas específicas para nuestro salón de clases que son:

Siga las instrucciones inmediatamente

Levante la mano para pedir permiso para hablar

Levante la mano para pedir permiso para levantarse de su asiento

Haga buenas elecciones

Mantenga feliz a su querida maestra

Nuestros comportamientos del aula serán registrados a través del programa “Class Dojo”.   Véalo para saber cómo funciona.  Busque la hoja que tiene información sobre cómo inscribirse en el programa “Class Dojo” y así sabrá como lo está haciendo su hijo-ja en la clase.  Esta hoja la mande ayer martes, en el sobre semanal.  También, puede ver actualizaciones sobre nuestro salón y la sección de mensajería. Ya recibí mensajes de estudiantes y familias. Aquí está un enlace del sitio en el Internet.  Si si desea ver más: “Class Dojo

Anote en su calendario estos eventos importantes:

Miércoles, 13 de septiembre: Noche de Plan de Estudios es a las 6:00 PM

Jueves, 14 de septiembre: Asamblea de “Regreso a clases” es a las 2:00 PM

¡La comunicación es tan importante! Por favor, busque la información en el Sobre Semanal, el cual es enviado cada martes. Vea nuestro blog de clase. Aquí está el enlace: http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/laracastillo/

Inscríbase para formar parte de “Class Dojo”.   Cuando nos mantenemos en contacto es mejor para todos, por lo tanto, me puede llamar, enviarme una nota o mandarme un correo electrónico.

Trabajando juntos haremos de este un gran año!

 

Lara Castillo, maestra

Teléfono: 541-689-3751

Correo electrónico: lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

 

News for June 13, 2017

One week of school remaining.  It is hard to believe we are really at the very end of this year of fourth grade!  This week our class is working on an “Escape Classroom” activity using area and perimeter, we are taking a trip along the Oregon Trail, we are writing about our trip to the Stauffer-Will Farm, and we are learning sign language to Bruno Mars’ song “Count on Me.”  We are sneaking in a bit of cursive and figurative language work when we can too.  Not bad for the last full week of school!  Your kids are continuing to work and learn.

Falcons are important this week!  We will be having a Falcon Flyer drawing every day this week, so positive behavior is recognized.

Thanks to all who participated in the ColorCycle used marker recycling program.  I will be mailing a large box of dried up markers this week!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Tuesday, June 20: Last day of school; carnival day

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

News for June 6, 2017

Testing is finally finished.  Beginning in March, students took four SBAC tests, one iReady diagnostic math assessment, and Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Math EasyCBM exams.  That’s a lot of tests!

Even though it feels like school is almost over, we still have lots to do!  We will be working on Oregon Trail books, a math project, and figurative language work.  We will be busy until the end of the school year.

Our trip to Aurora was fantastic.  The kids were great, and learned lots.  Thank you to all the volunteers who came with us- the trip could not have happened without them!  Students made a candle, a candleholder, cut a shaker, made a roll, and made a quilt square pattern.  It was a full day.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Wednesday, June 7: Volunteer Appreciation, 3:00

Tuesday, June 20: Last day of school; carnival day

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

 

News for May 30, 2017

Students did a variety of review activities in between testing in math. Here students are practicing identifying multiples.

Our class reading books of their choosing:

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:

We have another field trip scheduled for June 1!  Our class and Mrs. Boettger’s class will go to Echo Hollow Pool on Thursday, June 1.  We will have a water safety class, and then students will have time to swim.   Our classes will leave Fairfield at 12:20, and arrive at the pool to begin the water safety class by 12:30.  Then students will be able to swim from 1:15-2:00.  It should be a fun and educational afternoon.

Our other field trip will be on June 6, when we will head to the Will-Stauffer Farm in the Old  Aurora Colony.  The Aurora Colony Historical Society has designed this field trip specifically for 4th graders to experience what pioneer farm life was like in Oregon. This is an all-day trip, which will require students to arrive at school early and get back late, so alternate transportation will be needed for bus riders.  The bus will leave at 7:30 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:15 PM.   Breakfast will be served to students at 7:15 on this day.  If you have volunteered to chaperone, please watch for a letter about the day.

Only two more days! Fourth graders are doing a school wide project to recycle used markers.  We are joining with Crayola Color Cycle to make a difference in our environment!  Students have presented information to classrooms in Fairfield, and have left a box in each room where students can deposit those used up markers.  We will collect markers until May 31, when the markers will be shipped at Crayola’s expense to a place where the markers will be repurposed.  Here is a link to find out more:  http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Monday, May 29:  Memorial Day, No School

Thursday, June 1:  Field trip to Echo Hollow Pool

Tuesday, June 6:  Field trip to the Will-Stauffer Farm in Aurora, 7:15-3:15

Wednesday, June 7:  Volunteer Appreciation, 3:00

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 2328

News for May 23, 2017

This is it- our last round of SBAC testing is happening this week.  Students are taking the Math CAT and are also taking the iReady math assessment which measures student growth in our math curriculum.  Last week students worked on the District Writing Assessment; some are finishing up this week.  As crazy as it sounds, there are more assessments to come.  This week and next students will also be assessed on reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary and math to evaluate end of the year progress.

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:

We have another field trip scheduled for June 1!  Our class and Mrs. Boettger’s class will go to Echo Hollow Pool on Thursday, June 1.  We will have a water safety class, and then students will have time to swim.   Our classes will leave Fairfield at 12:20, and arrive at the pool to begin the water safety class by 12:30.  Then students will be able to swim from 1:15-2:00.  It should be a fun and educational afternoon.

Our other field trip will be on June 6, when we will head to the Will-Stauffer Farm in the Old  Aurora Colony.  The Aurora Colony Historical Society has designed this field trip specifically for 4th graders to experience what pioneer farm life was like in Oregon. This is an all-day trip, which will require students to arrive at school early and get back late, so alternate transportation will be needed for bus riders.  The bus will leave at 7:30 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:15 PM.  Chaperones are needed to make this trip happen!  Please let me know if you are interested in joining us, we would love to have you come along.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Tuesday, May 23:  Final Family Meeting, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 29:  Memorial Day, No School

Thursday, June 1:  Field trip to Echo Hollow Pool

Tuesday, June 6:  Field trip to the Will-Stauffer Farm in Aurora, 7:15-3:15

Please keep the lines of communication open. Contact me through Class Dojo, this blog, email, note or phone. When we work together we can do great things!

Lara Castillo

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-689-3751, ext. 232