News for September 21, 2018

As a result of a Facebook Post, our class has received many, many generous donations resulting in a free book for every student, every month, through our Scholastic Book Club order.   This month there was a special, limited deal for ordering Because of Winn Dixie, which happened to be the first story in our reading text!  It is also a GREAT book.  Every student in our class received this book to keep!

Students have been working on Vocabulary.  Below they are using the structure Quiz, Quiz, Trade, to practice this week’s vocabulary words.

Students have also been working on a Me on the Map project.

Here students are working in partners to analyze correct and incorrect sentences.

More Me on the Map:

I just want to mention a couple more things. First, YES, in 4th grade you CAN celebrate your child’s birthday if you choose by sending a treat such as cookies, popsicles, or something preferably not too messy. (We have 23 students in our class.) However, you don’t have to.  Thank you to those families who have already  informed me that your family doesn’t celebrate birthdays.

Please remember to join PTO’s “We love Irving” Facebook page. It is a great place to hear about events happening at Irving and connect with other families. This is a closed group so once you have clicked on the link just ask to (Join The Group).

We Love Irving!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeLoveIrving/

And finally, thanks to those of you who have paid the $10 supply fee.  This is a reminder that the $10 fee covers the accordian folders that are currently falling apart already(frustration noted), earbuds for the iPads and Chromebooks, and dry erase markers.  Money can be sent in any time.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, September 21:  Spirit Day

Friday, September 28:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 3:  Popcorn Day

Friday, October 5:  Spirit Day

Tuesday, October 9:  Picture Day

Friday, October 12:  No school, Statewide Inservice day

Wednesday, October 24:  Tiger Open House, 5:15-7:00  More details to come!

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

541-688-2621, extension 2410

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

 

 

 

News for September 14, 2018

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.   Expect math, spelling and read at home for homework from here on out.

Our class began work on the iPads at the end of this week.  Students worked in google slides to make a “Fact or Fiction” slide.  Students will be sharing these with the class next week.  Thank you to all who have returned the iPad user agreement!  If you haven’t yet, look for it in this Friday 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.

We need snacks in our classroom!  Any donations of healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, crackers, granola bars, or cheese would be greatly appreciated!  Kids do much better with a mid morning snack!

Just a reminder about the $10 supply fee for fourth grade. We have purchased accordion folders, dry erase markers, and earbuds with the money. Please send the payment in if you haven’t yet. Thank you!

Our Bethel Farm field trip is fast approaching!  We go to the farm on Thursday, September 20.  Thank you to those parents who have signed up to chaperone!  We will eat lunch at the farm, so I need to know who will be ordering a sack lunch from the cafeteria.  Please look for the paper in this Friday folder, and return on Monday.  Or contact me on Dojo, email or leave a phone message to let me know if your child needs a school lunch.  Remember, we will be outside, so kids need to wear appropriate clothing and good shoes for walking.  It will be a fun day!

This week students worked on writing about their summer activities and we began work on the structure of stories.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Monday-Thursday, September 17-20:  Book Fair, 8:00-6:00

Wednesday, September 19: PTO, 6:30pm

Thursday, September 20:  Field trip to the Bethel Farm

Friday, September 21:  Spirit Day

Friday, September 28:  Spirit Day

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

541-688-2620, extension 2410

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

 

 

 

 

News for September 7, 2018

Welcome to a new school year!  I am excited to be back at Irving this year.  I taught here for 22 years, then for 6 years at Fairfield, and now I’m baaack!!   I look forward to getting to  know each student well!  Every child in Room 10 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 Irving.  Our school rules are:

Be Safe                                Be Responsible                                              Be a Self-Manager

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

Rule #1:  Follow Directions Quickly

Rule #2:   Ask for Permission to Speak

Rule #3:  Ask for Permission to Leave Your Seat

Rule #4:  Make Smart Choices

Rule #5:  Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

Our classroom behaviors will occasionally be tracked through the program Class Dojo.   Please check it out!  Look for a paper with more information included in this Friday 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. Over half of our class is already connected, and 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!

We already have a field trip planned!  We will be visiting the Bethel Farm on Sept. 20.  Please look for additional information included in the Friday folder.

Fourth grade is a year of exciting learning opportunities.  One of the programs that works with our students is the school garden project.  Garden lessons will begin in October for our class, and run through December.  The garden team is looking for volunteers!  If gardening is an interest, or not, and you may just be looking for an opportunity to volunteer, this could be for you!  Contact me if you are interested.

Kids do better with a little snack mid-morning.  Our class could use donations of healthy items for snack.  If you can help by donating a snack, it would be greatly appreciated.  Crackers, fruit, vegetables, granola bars are just some examples of snacks that would be great.  Thanks in advance!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, September 14:  Spirit Day & Back to School Assembly

Monday-Thursday, September 17-20:  Book Fair, 8:00-6:00

Thursday, September 20:  Field trip to the Bethel Farm

Friday, September 21:  Spirit Day

Friday, September 28:  Spirit Day

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

541-688-2620

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

News for May 30, 2018

We have finally made it to our last week of SBAC testing!  This week students are taking the Math CAT.  As you know, a good night’s sleep and healthy meals help kids perform their best.  Thanks for supporting your child’s work at school.

The ice cream sundae incentive is here!  The complete sundae includes ice cream, syrup, whip cream, cherries, bananas, and sprinkles.   An ice cream sundae is earned the following way:  All students begin with a picture of a bowl and spoon.  Every day students make it through the day without a practice card, they will be able to “add” to their ice cream sundae.  For example, the first day a student has no practice card, ice cream will be added.  The next day, syrup will be added, and so on.   If a student receives a practice card, they won’t add to their sundae that day, but as long as the practice card is returned the following day with a parent signature, they will be eligible.  As long as the practice card is not returned, no items will be added to the sundae.  The sundae party will happen on June 8.

The big news is our field trip is next week!  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 7:45 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:30 PM.  Doors will open at school at 7:15 for students to eat breakfast at school before the trip.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, June 1:  School Store

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

Thursday, June 14:  Last day of School, dismissal at 11:45

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

 

News for May 22, 2018

One more SBAC test is finished, the Math Performance Task.  This week students also read a variety of texts about frogs and amphibians.  Of course, the excitement of the week was the jog-a-thon.  Our class was amazing!  We set a goal of 20 laps per student, for a total of 560 laps for students who were present on Friday.  Room 13 kids ran 577 laps to beat our goal!  Every single student gave their best effort, and it paid off.  Next step, collect pledges and donations.  Everything helps.

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 7:45 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:30 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:

Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day, no school

Friday, June 1:  School Store

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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

 

News for May 15, 2018

This past week we worked in the Reading Adventures magazine that is part of our Journeys reading curriculum.  We read about spiders, and some kids LOVED it, and some kids DID NOT.  We continue in fractions in math, much to the dismay of some kiddos.  Despite any feelings, students are getting a good foundation in fractions.

You have probably already heard that fourth graders are spearheading an electronics recycling week.  This week tubs are in our Fairfield Cafeteria, ready to receive used and broken electronics for recycling.  I know that my old iPod that I didn’t know what to do with will be in that tub this week!  Please bring in any used electronics that you need to get rid of.  Next Step Recycling will take the items and re purpose them.

Jog-a-thon is quickly approaching.  Our class received their information just last week, so please get any pledges you can this week!  Our class will be setting a lap goal, and we hope to meet that goal for a reward from our PTO.  The main thing, however, is supporting our school. PTO does so much for Fairfield:  field trips, technology, and much, much more.  The money donated goes right to your kids’ experience here at school, so any help is much appreciated. The jog-a-thon is Friday, May 18.

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 7:45 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:30 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:

Friday, May 18:  Jog-A-Thon, School Store

Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day, no school

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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

Esta semana trabajamos en la revista “Reading Adventures” que forma parte de nuestro currículo de lectura Journeys. Leímos sobre las arañas y a algunos niños LES GUSTO MUCHISIMO y a otros, NO LES GUSTO.   En matemáticas, continuamos con las fracciones aun con la consternación de algunos niños. A pesar de cualquier sentimiento que tengan los estudiantes, ellos están obteniendo una buena base en fracciones.

Probablemente ya escuchó que los estudiantes de cuarto grado están encabezando una semana de reciclaje de productos electrónicos. Esta semana, tendremos barriles en la Cafetería de Fairfield, listos para recibir productos electrónicos usados ​​y rotos para reciclar. ¡Esta semana, sé que mi viejo iPod que no sabía qué hacer estará en uno de los barriles! Por favor traiga cualquier equipo electrónico usado del que necesite deshacerse. Next Step Recycling tomará los artículos y los reut

El Jog-a-thon es este viernes, 18 de mayo. Nuestra clase recibió la información la semana pasada, ¡así que por favor consiga las donaciones que pueda esta semana! Nuestra clase establecerá un objetivo para las vueltas que correrán/caminarán y esperamos cumplir esa meta para obtener una recompensa de nuestro PTO. Lo principal, sin embargo, es apoyar a nuestra escuela. El PTO hace mucho por Fairfield: excursiones, tecnología y mucho, mucho más.  El dinero donado va directamente para actividades especiales para sus hijos aquí en la escuela, por lo que cualquier ayuda es muy apreciada.

Nuestra excursión a la Granja Will-Stauffer en la Antigua Colonia de Aurora será el miércoles, 6 de junio. La Sociedad Histórica de la Colonia de Aurora ha diseñado este paseo específicamente para que los estudiantes de 4º grado experimenten cómo era la vida en una granja pionera en Oregón.  Este es un paseo de todo el día y los alumnos deben estar aquí en la escuela antes de las 7:45 a.m. porque saldremos de la escuela a las 7:45 a.m.  Regresaremos a la escuela como a las 3:30 p.m.  Esto significa que los alumnos deben tener su propio transporte antes y después de las clases.  ¡Necesitamos chaperones para que este viaje suceda! Por favor, hágame saber si está interesado en ayudarnos en este paseo.

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes:  

Viernes, 18 de mayo:  Jog-A-Thon

Lunes, 28 de mayo: No hay clases, Memorial Day

Miércoles, 6 de junio:  El 4º grado irá de paseo a la Antigua Colonia de Aurora

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

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News for May 8, 2018

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

The Jog-a-thon is coming up!  Watch for info to come home soon.  This is a big fundraiser for our school, any donations are helpful.

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 7:45 AM, and we are scheduled to return to Fairfield at 3:30 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:

Thursday, May 10:  Track Meet, Willamette High School

Friday, May 18:  Jog-A-Thon

Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day, no school

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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

News for May 1, 2018

Happy May Day!  Our class is testing again this week, this time it is the SBAC ELA Performance Task, which means students read and listen to passages on a topic, then answer questions and write an essay based on the readings.  I bet you didn’t do anything like that in fourth grade.  I sure didn’t!

Math and Science Night was lots of fun!

Students practiced finding equivalent fractions using the structure Rally Coach:

I loved watching the students draw robots, to go with our text this week in reading.

We had the MOST fun when the Sustainable Schools teachers teamed with Next Step Recycling so we could take apart computers in order to recycle the parts.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Wednesday, June 6!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Tuesday, May 1:  TBA: Track Meet, Willamette High School

Thursday, May 3:  4th and 5th Grade Music Program, 6:30 P.M.

Friday, May 4:  School Store, Popcorn day

Friday, May 18:  Jog-A-Thon

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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

News for April 24, 2018

Tonight is Math and Science night! I hope you can join us for an evening of fun activities. Activities will happen from 6-7 PM, and the Book Fair will be open until 8:00 that evening.

Round One of testing is complete. This week we have a “usual” week, with our regular reading curriculum and spelling work.  Next week we will test again, this time the ELA Performance Task.  Kids do much better with a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast. Remember, breakfast is free to everyone at school and is served beginning at 8:00 AM.

We learned about giving sincere compliments this week. Here students are sharing compliments with a partner.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Wednesday, June 6!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Tuesday, April 24:  Math and Science Night, 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, April 24:  Book Fair, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Tuesday, April 24- Thursday, April 26:  Book Fair, 9:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

Tuesday, May 1:  Track Meet, Willamette High School

Thursday, May 3:  4th and 5th Grade Music Program, 6:30 P.M.

Friday, May 18:  Jog-A-Thon

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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

News for April 17, 2018

Our class begins Smarter Balanced Testing this week.  We are taking the ELA (English Language Arts) CAT (Computer Adapted Test).   This is a reading test with some writing included.  All the Smarter Balanced Tests are challenging.  Getting a good night’s sleep, good food, and encouragement can really help kids do their best.

Sustainable Schools is back.  Students reviewed lessons from the fall and examined recycled materials last week.  We will have a total of four lessons throughout this month.

Students read “Owen and Mzee.”

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Wednesday, June 6!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Look for the additional information about the field trip in the Tuesday folder information today.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, April 20:  School Store

Tuesday, April 24:  Math and Science Night, 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, April 24:  Book Fair, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Tuesday, May 1:  Track Meet, Willamette High School

Thursday, May 3:  4th and 5th Grade Music Program, 6:30 P.M.

Friday, May 18:  Jog-A-Thon

Wednesday, June 6:  4th Grade field trip to Aurora Colony

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