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

News for April 10, 2018

This week students practiced SBAC tests, worked on their performance task writing about Dogs on the Beach, and began work in fractions.  We also learned about ways to stay safe, and we did some art work.

Practice tests:

Ways to Stay Safe:

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Monday, April 9:  PTO 6:00 pm

Friday, April 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

News for April 3, 2018

We read a great book the week before spring break: Horses by Seymour Simon.  We did a variety of activities to go with this book, but my favorite by far was our work drawing horses.  We have some amazing artists in our classroom.

In math we continued to work on geometry, but this week we are beginning work in fractions.  Opinion writing is our focus in Language Arts, and we will begin to prepare for state testing which starts soon.

 

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Monday, April 2:  Back to school!

Friday, April 6:  OBOB lunchtime pizza party

Monday, April 9:  PTO 6:00pm

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

La semana antes de las vacaciones de primavera: leímos un buen libro “Horses” de Simon Seymour. Hicimos una variedad de actividades relacionadas con este libro, pero mi actividad favorita fue la de dibujar caballos. En nuestro salón de clases, tenemos algunos artistas increíbles.

En matemáticas, continuamos nuestro trabajo en geometría, pero esta semana estamos empezando a trabajar en fracciones. En Artes del Lenguaje, nuestro enfoque es la escritura de opinión.  Las pruebas estatales serán muy pronto, por lo tanto, comenzaremos a prepararnos. Debido a que nuestro repaso para los exámenes estatales ocupará gran parte de nuestro tiempo de lectura, pospondremos nuestra próxima lección de lectura de nuestro texto hasta la próxima semana. Esto significa otra semana sin tarea de ortografía.

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes:  

Viernes, 6 de abril: Celebración, Almuerzo de pizza por participar en La Batalla de los Libros de Oregón (Siglas en inglés OBOB)

Lunes, 9 de abril: Reunión de PTO de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m. El cuidado de niños es gratis.

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 March 20, 2018

Report cards will be mailed home this week.  A few things to keep in mind as you look at the report card:  We are in the middle of our geometry unit, so most kids are receiving scores of 2 in that area of math.  Also, we are in the middle of working on our opinion papers in writing, but not far enough along that I could justify a score in that area.  That will be scored on the next report card, although we are currently working on it. Finally, I consider a score of 2 to be a score indicating progress, but not hitting the target enough to receive a score of 3.  A score of 3 means students are hitting the learning targets consistently.  The wording on the report card for a 2 could make you believe a student is not making progress, but that often isn’t the case.  Please contact me with any questions you may have about the report card.

This week we are taking a break from our Journeys text to read Horses by Seymour Simon.  This means there will be no spelling work this week.  We will finish up our work in geometry, and be ready to begin fractions after spring break.

Below students are working in groups to discuss situations that could be unsafe, and how they could handle it in order to stay safe.

Esta semana, las calificaciones serán enviadas a casa. Un par de cosas de tener en cuenta al mirar las calificaciones. Estamos a la mitad de nuestra unidad de geometría, por lo que la mayoría de los niños han recibido calificaciones de 2 en esa área de matemáticas. Además, estamos a medias en nuestros documentos de opinión por escrito, pero no lo suficiente como para dar una calificación en esa área. Eso se calificará en las próximas calificaciones, pero actualmente estamos trabajando en ello. Finalmente, considero que una calificación de 2 es un puntaje que indica progreso, pero no alcanza el objetivo lo suficiente como para recibir un puntaje de 3. Una calificación de 3 significa que los estudiantes están alcanzando los objetivos de aprendizaje consistentemente. Cuando vea en las calificaciones lo que significa una calificación de 2 usted pensaría que el alumno no está progresando, pero a menudo ese no es el caso. Por favor contáctame con cualquier pregunta que pueda tener sobre las calificaciones.

Esta semana tomaremos un descanso de nuestro texto de “Journeys” para leer “Horses” de Seymour Simon. Esto significa que no habrá trabajo de ortografía esta semana. En matemáticas, terminaremos nuestro trabajo en geometría y estaremos listos para comenzar las fracciones después de las vacaciones de primavera.

En las fotos, los estudiantes trabajan en grupos para analizar situaciones que podrían ser inseguras y cómo podrían manejarlo para mantenerse seguros.

Groups also worked on locating graphic and text features in our text this week, The Ever-Living Tree.

Esta semana, los grupos también trabajaron para localizar funciones gráficas y de texto en nuestro texto “The Ever-Living Tree” (El árbol de la vida eterna).

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Thursday, March 22:  Pride Assembly, 2:00 P.M.

Friday, March 23:  School Store

March 26-30:  No school, spring break

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

Anote en su calendario estas fechas importantes:  

Jueves, 22 de marzo: Asamblea de reconocimiento a alumnos a las 2:00 p.m.

Jueves, 22 de marzo: La tiendita de la escuela es antes de las 8:35 a.m.

Lunes, 26 al viernes, 30 de marzo: No hay clases, Vacaciones de primavera.

Lunes, 2 de abril: Los alumnos regresan a clases

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 March 13, 2018

Today students went to the Hult Center to participate in a concert with the Eugene Symphony.  Thank you to the chaperones who attended!

Last week students met with their fluency coaches and set goals for reading this month.  Many kids are choosing Read At Home as an option to increase their fluency.  Any support and encouragement at home with reading is greatly appreciated.  No doubt, kids who read more have more success with reading in general. In math our class worked on measuring angles with protractors.  We also continue to work on math vocabulary such as perpendicular, parallel, and intersecting lines, and acute, obtuse and right angles. The Prodigy Game and Xtra Math continue to be daily practices in our classroom.  I realize many kids are doing these at home as well.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Tuesday, March 13, 9:30-12:00: Recorders with the Eugene Symphony at the Hult Center

Friday, March 16:  No school, grading day

Friday, March 23:  School Store

March 26-30:  No school, spring break

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