News for December 12, 2017

Thanks to all of you who made it in for conferences.  It was great to get to meet and discuss your kiddo(s).  I appreciate that we can work together to help our kids be successful.

On Friday students will get to experience the Fairfield Spirit of Giving. It is amazing! Students will select gifts for each person in their household, wrap and bring them home that day. They will also choose a gift for a classmate for our Secret Santa drawing. We will exchange Secret Santa gifts in class on Friday.  Another part of the Spirit of Giving is the raffle.  Students may use their Falcons to enter into drawings for various items!  These will be given out after winter break. A huge thank you goes out to Mr. Chris Ferguson, retired Bethel teacher, who puts the Spirit of Giving on.

Finally, thank you for sharing your kids with me. I am fortunate to get to spend my days with your wonderful kiddos! I wish you a great time with family and loved ones this holiday season.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Friday, Dec. 15:  Spirit of Giving

Monday, Dec. 18:  Winter Break begins

Tuesday, Jan. 2:  School resumes

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 December 5, 2017

Conferences are this week.  I look forward to sharing the success of your child with you!  We will talk about progress as well as areas to focus on for improvement.  Please come with any questions you have about our classroom, our curriculum, and anything about school.  I believe the way we can best serve your kiddo is by working together, and I value your insight and ideas.  If you are unsure about your conference time, please contact the office or myself.  It will be great to meet with you!

In reading we will work with a book titled “Mars” and take a break from our Journeys textbook.  This means no spelling this week. Students are getting accustomed to working with Bethel Docs, using their Google accounts, and have completed personal narrative writing and a short assignment on an animal of their choice.  Multiplication continues in math.  Kids are beginning to feel confident with their work and we continue to make progress.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Tuesday, Dec. 5:  Book Fair, 9:00-2:30

Wednesday, Dec. 6:  Book Fair, 9:00-8:00

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 7:  Book Fair, 9:00-8:00

Thursday, Dec. 7: Half-Day of school, dismissal at 11:45   Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 14:  Spirit of Giving

Monday, Dec. 18:  Winter Break begins

Tuesday, Jan. 2:  School resumes

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 November 28, 2017

Look for your conference schedule with your Tuesday folder information today!  I look forward to meeting with you next week.  Also coming next week is the Book Fair.  This is an important fundraiser for our library, and it is a fun way to find great books to read.  Check it out if you can.

No school Friday, it is report card day.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 29: Picture Retake day

Friday, Dec. 1: No school, grading day

Tuesday, Dec. 5:  Book Fair, 9:00-2:30

Wednesday, Dec. 6:  Book Fair, 9:00-8:00

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 7:  Book Fair, 9:00-8:00

Thursday, Dec. 7: Half-Day of school, dismissal at 11:45   Parent-Teacher Conferences

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 November 21, 2017

This week we began work in multiplication.  Please be patient…I realize some of our work is so different than how we learned in school, but there is a purpose behind the methods the kids are learning.  Watch for the Parent Letters coming home in the Tuesday folders.  They give some background and explanation for the work we are doing.  Our focus in reading has been on fluency and vocabulary, and we are almost finished with our personal narratives.  We are doing a quick research project on an animal of our choice.

I cannot believe it is already Thanksgiving time. With the two day week, there will be no spelling or regular reading lessons. Instead students will work on a performance task which will combine reading and writing skills. This assignment will help prepare students for the Performance Task they will see in the spring on SBAC testing.

As we enter this holiday season I hope you will all have a chance to reflect on the things in your life that you are thankful for. I know I am grateful for each child in our class. I am lucky to get to work with them! Happy Thanksgiving!

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  No School, budget reduction day

Thursday, Nov. 23: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, Nov. 24: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, Nov. 29: Picture Retake day

Friday, Dec. 1: No school, grading day

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Dec. 7: Half-Day of school, dismissal at 11:45   Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Esta semana comenzamos con la multiplicación. Por favor, sean pacientes … Me doy cuenta que parte de nuestro trabajo es tan diferente de cómo aprendimos en la escuela, pero hay un propósito detrás de los métodos que los niños están aprendiendo. Esté atento a las cartas de los padres que envío a casa en fólderes de los martes. Dan algunos antecedentes y explicaciones para el trabajo que estamos haciendo. Nuestro enfoque en la lectura ha sido la fluidez y el vocabulario y casi hemos terminado con nuestras narrativas personales. Estamos haciendo un proyecto de investigación rápido sobre un animal de nuestra elección.

No puedo creer que el día de Acción de Gracias es unos días. Con la semana de dos días, no habrá ortografía ni lecciones regulares de lectura. En cambio, los estudiantes trabajarán en una tarea de rendimiento que combinará las habilidades de lectura y escritura. Esta tarea ayudará a preparar a los estudiantes para la prueba de rendimiento que tendrán en la primavera en las pruebas SBAC.

En esta temporada de fiestas, espero que todos ustedes tengan la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre las cosas en su vida por las que están agradecidos. Estoy muy agradecida por cada niño en mi clase. ¡Tengo suerte de poder trabajar con ellos! ¡Feliz día de Acción de Gracias!

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes:

Miércoles, 22 de noviembre: No hay clases, Reducción del presupuesto

Jueves, 23 y viernes, 24 de noviembre: No hay clases, “Día de Acción de Gracias”

Miércoles, 29 de noviembre: Día de fotos

Viernes, 1º de diciembre: No hay clases, Día de las calificaciones

Miércoles, 6 de diciembre: Conferencias de los Padres de familia con las maestras

 Jueves, 7 de diciembre: medio día de clases, salida a las 11:45 a.m., Conferencias de los padres de familia con las maestras 

Viernes, 8 de diciembre: No hay clases, Conferencias

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 extensión # 2328

 

 

News for November 14, 2017

Students finished the metric measurement unit in Math this past week.  Watch for tests to come home this week.   Now we are beginning multiplication with area and perimeter.  Another paper to look for in this Tuesday folder is the Math News page- it will give information about some of the unusual ways your kiddo will be learning multiplication.  Please be patient- I learned multiplication like you did, but I strongly believe some of these unusual methods your kids will learn is better than how we learned it!  Last week students also worked on drawing conclusions and generalizations in reading, and we made quesadillas in Kids in the Kitchen.

Students were able to try out Fairfield’s set of Chromebooks! Thank you PTO for the cart and set of Chromebooks. Most of us logged in to our Bethel Docs account and began typing our personal narrative writing. Students can use the account from home as long as they know their username and password. Bethel Docs can be accessed through the quick links at the top of the home page of the Bethel website.

Parent teacher conferences are approaching.  Next week look for your scheduled time for our conference.  I look forward to meeting with you!

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Monday, Nov. 13:  Cookie Dough Pick-Up

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  No school, budget reduction day

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 23-24:  No School, Thanksgiving vacation

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 November 7, 2017

We are working in a new math unit this week, which is focusing on metric measurements and conversions.  This actually is a good lead-in to multiplication which will come up next week.  Watch for the parent pages in the Tuesday folder information.  They can be helpful, especially when our math looks so different than what we are used to.

Our class is fortunate to have guests teaching amazing classes.  On Thursday we made pumpkin pancakes in Kids in the Kitchen.  On Friday, Partners for Sustainable Schools came in and worked with our class.  We learned about ecosystems and how every part of the ecosystem plays an important role in keeping a balance in the environment.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Friday, Nov. 10:  No School, Veteran’s Day

Monday, Nov. 13:  Cookie Dough Pick-Up

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  No school, budget reduction day

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 23-24:  Thanksgiving vacation

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 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!  Students participate in the annual Halloween “serpentine,” where we all parade through the school showing our masks.  Fourth grade went with an emoji theme.  Watch for pictures on Class Dojo soon!

In class, students took a test covering Unit 1 math skills in place value, addition and subtraction.  Currently we are working in a short unit on metric measurement.   Last week’s reading unit focused on fact and opinion, and we continue work on our personal narrative writing.

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Friday, Nov. 3:  School Store

Friday, Nov. 10:  No School, Veteran’s Day

Monday, Nov. 13:  Cookie Dough Pick-Up

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  No school, budget reduction day

Thursday, Friday, Nov. 23-24:  Thanksgiving vacation

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 24, 2017

Our week included beginning work on personal narrative writing, reading about radio plays, and tracking our progress on vocabulary and comprehension in our data notebooks.  In math students continued work on addition and subtraction with large numbers by using these skills in word problems.  

Students reviewed place value with a  game:

During Kids in the Kitchen students made personal pizzas!

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

Friday, Oct. 27:  Harvest Carnival, 6:00-7:30pm

Friday, Nov. 3:  School Store

Friday, Nov. 10:  No School, Veteran’s Day

Monday, Nov. 13:  Cookie Dough Pick-Up

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

Esta semana en escritura los alumnos comenzaron con la narrativa personal. En lectura, leerán sobre los cuentos, las obras de teatros realizadas en la radio y revisarán y anotarán el progreso en los cuadernos en relación al vocabulario y la comprensión.  En matemáticas, los estudiantes continúan trabajando en la suma y la resta con números grandes y usan estas habilidades en los problemas.

Los estudiantes repasaron el valor posicional con un juego de dados

¡Durante la lección de cocina, los estudiantes hicieron pizzas individuales!

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes: 

Viernes, 27 de octubre: Festival de la Cosecha de 6:00 a 7:30 p.m.

Viernes, 3 de noviembre: 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 extensión # 2328

 

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