News for June 14, 2019

We are just a couple days away from 5th grade!  It has been an incredible year, and I am grateful for all the time spent with these students. There have certainly been ups and downs, but overall there has been growth. I am proud of each student, and the growth each student has made.

Some highlights this past week include science experiments:

The Willamette High School Graduates visited!

Amazon Pool:

Students are working on their GeoMetroCity:

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for June 7, 2019

We are finishing this fourth grade year strong!  We have science experiments happening, we are making an Oregon map, we have been reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book about the Oregon Trail, and we are preparing to write our own “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a ______________” story.

The first day of science experiments went well!

Students also performed Reader’s Theater.

We had our last Garden lesson day, and it was a fun celebration of learning.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 7:  Spirit Day

June 10:  Library books due!!!  Library closed.

June 11:  Amazon field trip

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

June 11 Field Trip

Our last field trip of the year will take place on Tuesday, June 11.  This is the only field trip we take during the year that is strictly for fun.   We will be going to Amazon Pool, followed by lunch at the picnic area behind the pool.  We will leave Irving at 9:30 am and return around 2:15 pm.  The students will swim from 10:00-12:00, eat and play from 12:00-1:00 and then play at the park when they finish eating until 1:45.  The cost of this field trip is $5.00.  Please let me know by Friday if your child needs a sack lunch prepared from our school cafeteria.

Chaperones are not necessary for this trip, other than a couple of dads to help supervise the boy’s locker room.  However, parents are welcome to join us!

You may want to send sunscreen with your child as it looks like it may be a sunny day.

 

News for May 31, 2019

We are definitely in the homestretch.  2 weeks of school left once you are reading this!  Although we finished our state testing in the middle of May, we continued to test this week, doing our iReady diagnostic and our EasyCBM reading tests for the end of the year.

We are still working on our decimals, geometry, reading and writing.  Along with all the basics, we also are adding in science experiments!  Your child should have brought home information about the science experiment they chose on Wednesday.  Their job is to prepare and practice the experiment, to be ready to present to the class, beginning on June 5.  Students will be presenting from the 5th to the 12th.  It will be a fun way to keep the learning going these last weeks of school!  Please be sure to contact me with any questions or concerns about the project.

The trip to the Stauffer-Will Farm was successful!  Students enjoyed making bread, making a candle, making a candle holder, and a quilt pattern!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

June 5:  Pillar Assembly, 1:30

June 7:  Spirit Day

June 10:  Library books due!!!  Library closed.

June 18:  Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30.

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for May 17, 2019

Testing week is OVER!  These kids in Room 10 were completely amazing.  Most completed all four SBAC tests this week.  The tests include two Language Arts tests and two Math tests.  The tests are challenging!  I was proud of the way students stayed focused and completed the task at hand.

 

IMPORTANT!!  Our jog-a-thon is fast approaching.  We are grateful for each and every donation, and believe me, those donations make a HUGE difference in your child’s school experience.  Here is a message from Mr. Bridgens about the jog-a-thon:

The Jog-a-thon is 17 days away!  Here is a Jog-a-thon fundraising update. 

Total Amount Raised so far: $2750     Goal: $15,000   Goal %: 18

Amount 4th Grade has raised online:  $565

Participation Rate: 13% of Students School Wide have participated in online fundraising

Days Remaining to donate online:  24

Online Fundraising Closes:  June 7

How to Help: We need your help to raise as much money as possible for the PTO.  The Irving PTO has helped purchase additional teacher time each year over the last 8 years.  PTO’s contribution to supporting students is invaluable.  In order to continue to provide the same support to Irving we need to raise as much money as possible during the Jog-a-thon.  The PTO has set a goal of $15,000.  If each student were to collect $45 in pledges we would reach our goal.  Please use the link below to contribute to the Jog-a-thon and also help spread the word via social media and email.  You can send links to friends and family as well.  Thanks for your efforts in supporting the Irving school community!

Use this website:  https://99pledges.com/fund/irvingtigers

Thank You for Supporting Irving Students and the Irving PTO!

 The field trip to the Aurora Colony is almost here!  Friday, May 24 is the date of our trip.  Please refer to the letter enclosed in the Friday Folder with all the details.  A couple of very important details to take note of immediately:  First, this trip costs $9.00 per student, and per chaperone.  Please send in the money as soon as possible.  Next, this trip takes place outside of normal school hours.  The bus will leave at 7:15am, and arrive back at Irving around 3:15pm.  This means students need to arrive at school early and leave late, meaning alternate transportation to and from school if students ride a bus.  Finally, we will need a lunch count no later than Monday, May 20.  We need to know if your child will be bringing a lunch from home, or will need to order a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 24:  Aurora field trip; Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 27:  Memorial Day, no school

May 31:  Jog-a-thon

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for May 10, 2019

Next week is our state testing week.  Students will take 4 tests:  two English Language Arts tests, and two Math tests.  The tests are very challenging, and students will do their best if they get a good night’s sleep, and good nutrition during testing time.  We will be taking all tests this week, with testing time broken up with snacks and fun activities.

Our PTO supports our school in so many ways.  They pay for field trips, guest speakers, special projects, Artist in Residence, and even teachers.  They also put on fun community activities.  Our school would not be the same without the PTO.  Our jog-a-thon is coming up, and this is a chance to help our PTO help our Irving students.  This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  Donations can happen online or directly to the school.  Please consider helping out in any way you can.   The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

Our field trip to Aurora is coming up quickly!  Please read the letter in the Friday folder for more detailed information.  Most important at this time is that arrangements are made for before and after school, since this trip begins early and ends late.  Buses will leave at 7:15 in the morning, and we will return to Irving around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Students will need transportation to get to school before the usual time, and a way home in the afternoon.  We will eat lunch and snacks on the trip.  If your child needs a sack lunch from the cafeteria, please let me know.

This week we had a visitor to our classroom.  Mrs. Annabelle Smith joined our class to talk about her experiences on the Oregon Trail.  She also left us letters from children on the trail that we read.  Reading the letters helped us understand a little bit about what pioneers experienced on the Oregon Trail.

We have been taking advantage of the nice weather and doing a little reading outside.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 10:  Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 13-17  State Testing Week

May 15:  Popcorn Day; PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

May 17:  Spirit Day; Parent Input Forms due

May 24:  Aurora field trip; Track Meet, 4:30 Willamette High School

May 27:  Memorial Day, no school

May 31:  Jog-a-thon

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for May 3, 2019

Testing review is in full force.  We are working on learning the test format on the Chromebooks, and reviewing all our skills.  Students will have a week of testing May 13-17.  It will be a challenging week, but we will get all our testing done and over with during this time.  We will intersperse testing with fun activities, snacks and breaks.  Our PTO will be contributing to all the snacks kids will need to stay energized for the week of testing.

Our PTO supports our school in so many ways.  They pay for field trips, guest speakers, special projects, Artist in Residence, and even teachers.  They also put on fun community activities.  Our school would not be the same without the PTO.  Our jog-a-thon is coming up, and this is a chance to help our PTO help our Irving students.  This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  Donations can happen online or directly to the school.  Please consider helping out in any way you can.   The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

Students worked on creating their own animal last week.

Time in the garden.  Our School  Garden Project leaders are amazing!

I appreciate any and all work on the iReady online math program at home.  Until further notice, however, iReady will not be accessible until we finish our spring diagnostic assessment.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Friday, May 24!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Keep that date on your calendar!  We have a limited amount of chaperones that can attend, so let me know if you are interested ASAP.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 7:  Letters from the Trail visit

May 7:  Irving Tiger Variety Show

May 8:  Teacher Walkout

May 24:  Aurora field trip

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

 

 

News for April 26, 2019

A highlight of our week was working with our Artist in Residence.  Students worked with circuits using batteries and bulbs, and are creating a wallet that will light up!

Our PTO supports our school in so many ways.  They pay for field trips, guest speakers, special projects, Artist in Residence, and even teachers.  They also put on fun community activities.  Our school would not be the same without the PTO.  Our jog-a-thon is coming up, and this is a chance to strengthen the group that supports our students in so many ways. This is the largest fundraiser of the year!  The jog-a-thon will happen on May 31, and fourth graders will participate from 9:00-10:00.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Friday, May 24!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Keep that date on your calendar!  We have a limited amount of chaperones that can attend, so let me know if you are interested ASAP.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 1:  Popcorn Day

May 3:  Spirit Day

May 7:  Letters from the Trail visit

May 7:  Irving Tiger Variety Show

May 8:  Teacher Walkout

May 24:  Aurora field trip

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

 

 

News for April 19, 2019

Students continue their work with fractions, writing their performance task essay, and they read a great story called Owen and Mzee.  Our target skill with our reading was compare and contrast, and students worked on a fun venn diagram project to go with our text.

Students had fun with the obstacle course on Monday.  Our class earned the obstacle course time by having appropriate behavior at recess and on our field trip.

We have a great opportunity for kids to work on their math skills at school and home.  Our iReady math program has great lessons, designed specifically for what each student needs.  My goal at school is to have kids work on the program for 15 minutes three times a week.  Sometimes this is hard to achieve!  It would be fantastic if kids could fit in three sessions at home as well.  Please use the math tab at the top of the blog to get to a link to the Clever login for iReady.  Kids use this at school and know their login information.

Our big fourth grade field trip happens on Friday, May 24!  We will travel to Aurora, near Portland, to visit the Aurora Colony at the Will-Stauffer farm.  Keep that date on your calendar!  We have a limited amount of chaperones that can attend, so let me know if you are interested ASAP.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

April 26:  Spirit Day

May 7:  Irving Tiger Variety Show

May 24:  Aurora field trip

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410

News for April 11, 2019

Despite the rain, our class continued working on fractions, working with adding and subtracting mixed numbers. In reading we worked with text and graphic features, and we continued writing our performance task paper. Many students are in the revising and editing stage. We went on a field trip to BRING, and the garden lesson this week included planting as well as examining worms!

Snacks:  If you haven’t donated snacks for our class yet, the time is now!!  We can always use snacks such as pretzels, crackers, fruit, veggies, or granola bars.  Students may also bring a snack of their own to have during this time.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

April 12:  No School, Curriculum Development Day

April 17:  Popcorn Day

April 17:  PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 19:  Spirit Day

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

lara.castillo@bethel.k12.or.us

541-688-2621, extension 2410