Category Archives: News of the Week

5th Grade Information

The Influential Person Wax Museum sadly cannot happen as it has in the past, obviously.  We would still like to recognize the work students were able to accomplish before school closed; so we would love to give students the option to share their costume in a slide show format.  Students may include all or part of their costume, scrapbook, and/or essay in a photo.  Please be sure to include the name of the Influential Person they are representing.

This is completely optional, and will be managed by a group of parents.  If your child has their costume prepared, and would like to share their photo, please email the photo to Beth Martinez:

Beth Martinez:

Please have photos submitted no later than June 1.

Thank you!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

News for May 18, 2020

Weekly Meme Round-Up: Time for a Vacation — ClassTagNever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be composing my blog post/newsletter while trying to help students learn at home.  This has to be the craziest time in my 31 year career in teaching…what a way to end this school year!

This week teachers are being asked to assess student learning.  Of course, we are always doing that in one way or another, but this week we are supposed to see work from each student.  I know many of you have established your own routines, and are working well using your own materials, and some are combining Bethel materials with your own.  Some are using Bethel materials exclusively.  I am flexible!  Use what works for you.

I will just need evidence of learning in math and literacy this week.  Feel free to do Google Classroom assignments and turn in; send pictures or files showing student work; or talk with me during Zoom office hours on Wednesday or Friday this week at 2:00.  Please connect with me on Class Dojo if none of these methods work for you and we will figure it out.

Remember, iReady is a great option for math work, as well as continuing student learning, since the program is set up to teach students new skills.   Last week five students worked in iReady Online from our classroom, and three students really put in a significant amount of time.  If your kiddo hasn’t worked in iReady for a while, now may be the time to put it back in the rotation of activities.  To log in to iReady,  students can access Clever through our classroom blog, under the math tab, or go to the Clever icon underneath the Distance Learning activities on the Bethel Website.  Students will enter bsdstudentnumber for the username, and studentnumber for the password.

Thanks for all you are doing to help your kids learn at home.  I know it isn’t easy, and we are all in different places with this process.  If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Class Dojo is the best way to reach me.

Lara Castillo



News for April 7, 2020

THANK YOU for being patience as we try to figure how best to support ALL families in distance learning.

Apologies for this long post but there is a lot of information to share! Here’s an overview so you can scroll down.

  1. What is happening April 7-10, 2020 ( & Supplemental activities link)
  2. Ways to contact me
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Technology help
  5. Health Center contact
  6. Irving update & video to families

Here is what is happening this week – April 6-10, 2020:

  • The supplemental activities that I called about last week are being mailed home for all elementary & middle families.  Be patient!  They were put in the mail on Monday.
  • Click here for supplemental activities on the Bethel Website.  These are the same activities that will be mailed for many families.
  • If you were needing art materials – those are on the way

I will be calling again this week to:   

  1. Clarify your internet access & devices available at home*
  2. Check-in with students

****There are limited Chromebooks available & help with internet service.

Ways to contact me: As of now, email & ClassDojo works best.   Please contact me if you have any questions or need anything.   I soon will be setting “Office Hours” for times to contact me, but at this time we are on an irregular work schedule, with meetings at various times of the day.  If you contact me, I may not be able to respond immediately, depending on what work is happening at the time.  I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Distance Learning: Details are still being worked out but I would like to start with a class meeting next week so students can check in with each other.

Technology Help: Our district is also available for tech support in English & Spanish – Call– 541-607-1450 – or submit a Help Desk ticket –

Health Center Contact: 

The Bethel Health Center now offers Telehealth. Access physical and mental healthcare from your computer, phone, or tablet. Call (541) 607-1430 for more information.

El Centro de Salud De Bethel Ahora Ofrece Telesalud. Acceda a la atención salud física y mental desde su computadora, teléfono, tableta. Llame al (541) 607-1430 para más información.

Irving update & video for families: 

The priority is always families and students well-being. Please take care of yourselves and contact me about any questions/concerns.

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Chapters 41-42


Okay, I get a little choked up in these chapters.  We are getting close to the end, and I so want Bradley to stay himself, and not go back to his old ways!

Chapters 41-42

Tomorrow there is a cool opportunity to tune in to Mystery Doug from home!  Here is some information I received from him:

Dear families,
There is going to be a special live science show done by someone named Mystery Doug next Tuesday, April 7th. He’s a science educator kids love. I’d love for you to help your child watch this. All you need to do is open this website link:
The show will be about 20 minutes long and will start at:
10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET
Tuesday, April 7

P.S. Can’t make it live? View the recording at after the event

Here is a linkt to his website for this event:
Have a great day!  WASH YOUR HANDS!!

News for March 13, 2020

There’s lots of news!

Please stay updated through the Bethel Website to know the latest regarding our schools and the Coronavirus.  I am cleaning the desks, tables, and doorknobs daily.  We are emphasizing hand washing.  Thank you for keeping sick kids home.  I know many of you have been very careful in light of the current situation.  Because of recent developments, many events at school have been cancelled or will be rescheduled.  The Book Fair next week is cancelled, as is Literacy Night.  Our field trip to the Eugene Symphony will be rescheduled.

Iditaread!  The race is on…we have a small contingent of students faithfully turning in their reading tickets.  Thank you!  We can use some help…it’s good for everyone to commit to signing off on 20 minutes a night of reading.  This is one thing that is a certain indicator of success in school! The pink packets were sent home on Monday.

Thank you to all the fourth grade families for supporting our Where-What projects.  I was so impressed with the effort kids put into their papers and project boards.  Students went above and beyond!

Fourth grade families, thank you also for the generous donations of Hershey bars for our fractions lessons.  We have had two candy lessons about fractions, and will have one or two more because of all the donations!  It’s been fun to include some tasty treats with our learning.

SNACKS.  Kids really need a mid-morning snack.  Because just a few families have been donating, I am asking that all kids who would like a snack to bring their own snack each day.  Please send fruit, veggies, crackers, granola, or healthy cereal. If you would like to continue donating, it is much appreciated.


Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, March 20:  Spirit Day

Monday, March 23:  Spring Break begins

Monday, March 30:  School Resumes

Thursday, April 2:  Influential Person Wax Museum, 7:00pm

Friday, April 3:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, April 8:  Popcorn Day- Last one!

Friday, April 10:  No School, Curriculum Development Day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:   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


News for February 7, 2020

The big news right now is PROJECTS!!

It’s time to get those projects started and/or done!  Watch for information in the Friday Folder.  And, here are links to details and information:

Fourth Grade 

Fourth Grade Poster Board Guidelines

Fifth Grade

Students have been receiving weekly lessons in Executive Functioning.  This week they were working on making a plan, starting with the end in mind, and planning backwards in order to achieve the goal.   Our Speech/Language Pathologist, Rachel Moore is leading the class in these important lessons.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Wednesday, February 12:  Popcorn Day

Friday, February 14:  Spirit Day

Monday, February 17:  President’s Day

Wednesday, February 19:  PTO, 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 20:  4th/5th Music program, 7:00 pm, Powers Auditorium WHS

Friday, February 21:  Spirit Day

Friday, February 28:  PTO Family Dance Party, 6:00-8:30 pm

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:   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

News for January 17, 2020

Families- I didn’t get my newsletter done in time this week.  In hindsight, I think it was meant to be, since sending home run of the mill information would have felt very wrong on Friday, considering the tragedy that met us on Thursday morning.  My heart is breaking as I write this- for the family of an exceptional boy; for his teacher and class; for our entire Irving community that has been devastated by the untimely death of one of our own.  I want to share with you how our school and Bethel School District responded in the hours after receiving the shocking news.  Counselors from throughout the District converged at Irving to support grieving staff and students.  Pet Partners Therapy Dogs Gryffindor and Kitty were on hand to help soothe and comfort.  Our Superintendent, Chris Parra, and our Human Resources Director, Remie Calalang, were a constant presence.  A room was set up for students to process their emotions, staffed with trusted adults and appropriate activities.  A few of our Room 10 students accessed the safe room; others chose to grieve with our class in our room.  Students in our room have written notes to the family and letters to our buddies in Mrs. Butler’s classroom.   Support will be available as we go into the upcoming weeks.  Please let me know if your child needs anything from school to help as they navigate this difficult time.



News for January 10, 2020

Welcome back families!

It was a sleepy start for most getting back to class this week.  Teacher included!  Even though we all were a bit tired, we still managed to set goals, share winter break experiences, and work on reading, math and writing.

Students earned an electronics party!  Our class goal was to have everyone in class at the Leader level or beyond on our Super Improvers charts.  Our Super Improver charts are a way to recognize student appropriate behavior and improvement.  Students “climb” the Super Improvers chart by filling the chart at each level.  There are 10 levels on our Super Improvers wall; students that complete the entire Super Improvers wall will earn a place on the “Living Legends” board in our classroom.

Projects for fourth and fifth graders are getting started!  Watch for more information in next week’s Friday Folder.

Bethel School District would like to hear from you.  You are  invited to share your thoughts and ideas about how to spend increased school funding to better support your child.

Bethel will receive increased school funding as promised through Oregon’s Student Success Act.  As part of the planning and budgeting process, we are seeking input from families’ perspectives. Your input is valuable.

The meetings are January 9th and 14th (you only need to attend one), 6:00-7:45 in the Willamette High School cafeteria.

The District will provide free child care and translation services. Please RSVP for child care by contacting Renee at 541-689-3280 ext. 2003 or

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Friday, Jan. 10:  Spirit Day

Wednesday, Jan. 15:  PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 17:  Spirit Day

Monday, Jan. 20:  No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, Jan. 24:  Spirit Day

Thursday, Jan. 30:  Tiger Family Math Night, 5:30-7:00 PM

Friday, Jan. 31:  No School, Curriculum Development day

Communication is so important!  Please watch for information in the Friday folder.  Check out our class blog.  Here is the link:   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