News for March 14, 2019

This week we had a garden lesson, an environmental justice lesson, and a Junior Achievement game about starting a business.  We also managed to do some reading and math too!

I received a grant from the Anubis Ridans Motorcycle Club for voice recorders!  Students have been reading with good expression and fluency as they use the voice recorders.

We have another field trip coming up!  Please look for the letter in the Friday Folder for more details.  We will be visiting the BRING transfer station on April 11.

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.

We had a wonderful donation of snacks this week- thank you!  We will need more soon so if you are able to send in something, thank you!  I appreciate, and I know the kids do too, their mid-morning snack.  So many of you have generously donated!  If you are able, we would appreciate donations of crackers, pretzels, fruit, veggies, or other healthy snacks.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, March 15:  No School, grading day

Wednesday, March 20:  Popcorn Day, PTO 6:30 PM

March 25-29:  Spring Break

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 March 8, 2019

Students have been working hard at perfecting the RACE strategy for answering questions.  Students have practiced using the strategy, and have practiced scoring student work.  The quality of the answers continues to improve, and I am impressed with how hard students are working to do their best work.  We are finally finishing our unit on multiplication and division in math, and we are writing a short essay about our experiences at the state capitol.

Here students are working together to score answers using the RACE strategy:

Students are using coordinates by playing Battleship, and also working on beginning fractions.

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 class is again running out of snacks.  I appreciate, and I know the kids do too, their mid-morning snack.  So many of you have generously donated!  If you are able, we would appreciate donations of crackers, pretzels, fruit, veggies, or other healthy snacks.

Our 4th Grade Music performance was rescheduled due to snow on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm. The performance was wonderful!

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, March 15:  No School, grading day

Wednesday, March 20:  Popcorn Day, PTO 6:30 PM

March 25-29:  Spring Break

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 February 15, 2019

Last week we had math night and our field trip to the Oregon Capitol Building.  This week we had Spirit Week.  We also read Hercules in reading class, and worked on our writing as we told about our trip to Salem, and we are tackling double digit multiplication in math.

We also did some construction paper animal art!

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 class is again running out of snacks.  I appreciate, and I know the kids do too, their mid-morning snack.  So many of you have generously donated!  If you are able, we would appreciate donations of crackers, pretzels, fruit, veggies, or other healthy snacks.

Our 4th Grade Music performance will be on February 28 at 7:00pm.  Student do need to dress the part of a child on the Oregon Trail.  Boys should wear jeans or overalls, and a cotton collared shirt.  A bandanna and cowboy had will be provided.  Girls should wear a simple cotton skirt and blouse or a cotton dress.  Students should be in our classroom by 6:45 that evening.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Monday, February 18:  No School, President’s Day

Wednesday, February 20:   Popcorn Day

Wednesday, February 20:  PTO, 6:30 PM

Friday, February 22:  PTO Western Ho-Down Family Dance Party 6:00-8:30

Thursday, February 28:  4th Grade Music Program, 7:00 PM

Friday, March 1:  Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  Wear something that reminds you of Dr. Seuss.

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 January 31, 2019

Some changes to our routines this week include beginning math stations during the first part of math class.  I think this will give kids practice on skills they have learned, and give me a chance to work with small groups of students on specific skills.  It will be more effective if kids could do the math homework consistently.  Any help with this is greatly appreciated.  Students have also began the process of working on a Language Arts Performance Task.  They will read articles, answer questions, and then write an essay using the information they have learned.  This is the same type of assignment that students will see when they take the SBAC in the spring.  Here kids are comparing notes on one of the articles in the Performance Task:

 

We are not having a Valentine’s party.  Should your child choose to bring cards, however, we have 23 students, and they will have ten minutes at the end of the day to pass them out.

Our 4th Grade Music performance will be on February 28 at 7:00pm.  Student do need to dress the part of a child on the Oregon Trail.  Boys should wear jeans or overalls, and a cotton collared shirt.  A bandanna and cowboy had will be provided.  Girls should wear a simple cotton skirt and blouse or a cotton dress.

Irving Family Math Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 5:00-6:30.  Pizza will be served, as will lots of fun math games to explore. Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to have on hand.  A letter will be in the Friday folder.

We will be taking our next field trip on February 7.  We will travel to the state capital to learn about how our state government works.  Chaperones are needed, but in order to save cost, we only have enough seats on the bus to accommodate students and teachers.  If you are interested in helping with this fun field trip, perhaps carpooling or just driving yourself will work.  Even with saving cost with the bus, this trip will still cost $5.00 per student.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, February 1:  No School, Curriculum Development

Wednesday, February 6:   Popcorn Day

Wednesday, February 6:  Irving Family Math Night, 5:00-6:30

Thursday, February 7:  State Capital Field Trip

February 10-15  Spirit Week!

  • Monday, February 11:  Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday, February 12:  Inside Out/Backwards Day
  • Wednesday, February 13:  Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday, February 14:  Happy Birthday Oregon!  Wear Oregon clothing!
  • Friday, February 15:  Pajama or comfy clothes day

Monday, February 18:  President’s Day, no school

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 January 25, 2019

For a short week we accomplished much. Students are continuing their work in division, and factors, primes and composites during math. In reading we are focusing on nonfiction texts, and will be concentrating more on answering short answer questions completely. We use the RACE strategy- R stands for restate the answer, A stands for the actual answer, C means cite evidence, and E is for elaborate and explain. We began working on this strategy before winter break, and kids worked very hard to write an excellent answer. I am looking forward to seeing the progress as we get back to it.

We spent some time last week and this week learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. This is our class behind the curtain, on the stage, before our turn in the assembly. Kids were moving to the Rap the third graders presented, which our kiddos remembered well from last year!     ***Video coming soon!!

Our 4th Grade Music performance will be on February 28 at 7:00pm.  Student do need to dress the part of a child on the Oregon Trail.  Boys should wear jeans or overalls, and a cotton collared shirt.  A bandana and cowboy had will be provided.  Girls should wear a simple cotton skirt and blouse or a cotton dress.

Irving Family Math Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 5:00-6:30.  Pizza will be served, as will lots of fun math games to explore. Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to have on hand.  A letter will be in the Friday folder.

We will be taking our next field trip on February 7.  We will travel to the state capital to learn about how our state government works.  Chaperones are needed, but in order to save cost, we only have enough seats on the bus to accommodate students and teachers.  If you are interested in helping with this fun field trip, perhaps carpooling or just driving yourself will work.  Even with saving cost with the bus, this trip will still cost $5.00 per student.

Mark your calendar for these important events:

Friday, January 25:  Spirit Day

Friday, February 1:  No School, Curriculum Development

Wednesday, February 6:  Irving Family Math Night, 5:00-6:30

Thursday, February 7:  State Capital 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