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

News for May 15, 2017

Thank you to all who participated in the jog-a-thon by donating and collecting donations.  Every little bit helps!  The PTO has supplied our school with the Chromebooks our class uses almost daily; they will also be funding our upcoming field trip to the Old Aurora Colony.  These are just two ways the PTO has impacted our class.

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.

I hope all the moms out there had a nice Mother’s Day!  Kids had a great time making gifts for mom.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, May 19:  Popcorn Day (if the machine is fixed)

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

 

 

May 9, 2017

The jog-a-thon was lots of fun on Friday, even with the rainy, windy weather.  Kids ran hard and logged lots of laps.  Most students left school with a slip of green paper that told the amount of laps run.  Now it’s time to collect those pledges and donations.  Every donation helps and is important!

We are SBAC testing this week again.  We are taking the English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test, otherwise known as the ELA CAT.  The student receives questions based on his or her response to the previous questions.  If you’d like more information, this is a helpful site:  SBAC:  What is a CAT?

On Friday students were sent home with a letter about the Second Steps Child Protection Unit, which will be taught in our classroom this week.  In this unit, children will learn specific skills to help them stay safe from dangerous or abusive situations.  Watch for the Home Link that will come home after each lesson is taught.  Please do not hesitate to contact me about any questions or concerns regarding these lessons.

Last week our class began working on figurative language, starting with similes.  Here students are doing a structure called “Find Someone Who” to complete similes with a variety of classmates.

Our 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.   A letter will be sent home soon with more details.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, May 19:  Popcorn Day (if the machine is fixed)

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

Monday, May 29:  Memorial Day, No School

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. 2328

May 2, 2017

Round two of SBAC testing is done, with students working on the Math Performance Task last week.  This week we have our regular schedule, then we will be back to testing the following week.

Just a reminder that the jog-a-thon is happening on Friday.  Donations make a huge difference in our school, so if kids can raise some money, it will truly help.  For example, our upcoming field trip in June is completely funded by PTO.   This is only one example of the many ways PTO contributes to Fairfield.

Our 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.   A letter will be sent home soon with more details.

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:

Wednesday, May 3:  Track and Field at Willamette High School, 4:00pm

Friday, May 5:  Jog-a-thon

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 April 25, 2017

We are back to SBAC testing this week.  Students are taking the Math Performance Task test, which requires students to use their math knowledge and skills to solve problems and  then also explain the thinking behind how they solved the problems.  This is a challenging task!

The jog-a-thon is coming up!  The kick-off assembly was held on Friday, and students should have brought the information home.  This is a big fundraiser for our school, as well as a great time to get kids active.   Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 6, when we go on our big field trip to the Stauffer-Will Farm in Aurora.  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.   A letter will be sent home soon with more details.

One of our vocabulary words was exhausted.  Our class looking exhausted!

Here partners are using a structure called Rally Coach to work on adding fractions.

We also worked on Compare and Contrast using a venn diagram project.

The Family Exploration Night was great fun!  Our classroom let students take the Showerhead Showdown!

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 are presenting information to classrooms in Fairfield, and leaving boxes 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:

Wednesday, April 26:  Secretary’s Day

Friday, April 28:  Popcorn day if the machine is fixed.

Wednesday, May 3:  Track and Field at Willamette High School, 4:00pm

Friday, May 5:  Jog-a-thon

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 April 18, 2017

Most of our class has finished the first round of SBAC testing.  We did the ELA Performance Task exam, where students read multiple sources, answer questions and then write an essay.  There are some students who will  finish the test this week.

We did work on a project that helped us learn test taking strategies. Here are some project examples:

Our class continues work on fractions.  Here students are playing review games to keep fractions skills sharp.

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News for April 11, 2016

It was a busy week back to school!  Kids got right back into our routines, but we still spent some time discussing in teams what to do in situations that can happen during school times.

Last Friday our school celebrated student success with our Pride Assembly.  It was great to see so many students recognized, from OBOB participation, to perfect attendance,  to good bus behavior, to Lifeskill awards, to Falcon winners for good behavior at the assembly.  It was exciting to see all of the Room 13 kids that were recognized.  Here are many of the students recognized in our class.  OBOB:  Samantha, Jordyn, Erika, Mayu, Zane, Andre, Damian, Brandon, Anthony, Azul, Alyssa, Jorden, Maite, Kaydence, Gadiel, Alice. Perfect Attendance:  Andre, Haleigh, Damian, Samantha, and Jordyn.   Bus Award: Thomas.   Lifeskill Awards:  Kaydence, Brandon, Erika, Thomas, Shawna.  Assembly Falcon Winners:  Azul, Jordyn

Our class began Smarter Balance Testing, SBAC,  this week.   We are taking the ELA, English Language Arts, Performance Task test first.  This test requires students to read multiple sources on a topic, answer questions, and then write an essay.  It is a complex and challenging task.  Our kids will need encouragement, as well as good rest and nutrition to do their best.  They can do this!!

We did work on a project with test-taking strategies to help us during testing.

Here we are doing Quiz, Quiz, Trade with our vocabulary words.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, April 14:  Popcorn Day

Monday, April 17-Thursday, April 20:  Book Fair

Thursday, April 20:  Family Engineering Night

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