Save the Date! February


2/2: Curriculum Development Day for Teachers. NO SCHOOL for students

2/6:  WACAI Drumming Class

2/8: Kindergarten Orientation

2/9: Popcorn Day

2/13: PTO Meeting 6:00PM

2/16: Final day of BOX TOP BONANZA! Turn in all of your box tops!

2/23: Popcorn Day

2/23: Scholastic Book Orders Due



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We have been learning all about fractions in math. We understand what a fraction is and how to identify a fraction using a model and a number line. Now, we are learning about equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions look different but show the exact same amount (1/2=2/4). We know that when we compare fractions, the whole we are comparing must be the same size and shape. On a number line, if the fractions line up in the exact same place, they must be equivalent fractions. Below are links to interactive tutorials that students can play at home to help them practice the skills we are learning in class. All the interactive tutorials are located in the “ready math” tab of our class website.

Lesson 14

Lesson 15

Lesson 16

Click here for all the math lesson tutorials

We are starting lesson 16 today, but it is always good practice for students to use the videos from previous lessons to review the skills we have learned.


Miss Jenson

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Second Steps: Child Protection Unit

The Second Step program is a social skills program that we have implemented in our district. One component of the program is the Child Protection Unit. This is the second year of all schools in the district teaching the child protection unit. There will be a letter about it in your child’s Tuesday Folder this week. Please make sure to read it carefully. Please sign it and return it only if you do not want your child participating in the instruction. These opt-out forms are due by February 27th. You can go online to and log in with the activation key CPU3 FAMI LYG3 to get more information about what we’ll be learning.

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Popcorn Volunteers

Our amazing PTO has asked classes to gather volunteers to make and distribute popcorn around the school for just one popcorn Friday. Our class is responsible for Friday, March 9th. It can take up to 4hours (8am-12pm) depending on how many wonderful volunteers we have. Please let me know if you are available to help on March 9th. Other adult family members are welcome to help too! If you have younger kids at home, they are welcome to come too.

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Friendship in February

We’re looking forward to activities in the month of February that help our students thrive and focus on our life skills of Problem-solving, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy (PRIDE).

Love Your Neighbor Food Drive:  Prairie Mountain students in K-8 are joining Food for Lane County’s efforts to collect food for our community.  The food drive running Feb. 1-16 at PM presents a great opportunity to focus on empathy and community building, and for K-5 classrooms to highlight CATCH concepts of Go, Slow, and Whoa foods as they consider recommendations from Food for Lane County about nutritious foods.  Students K-8 can participate in a number of ways (contributing, promoting, sorting, counting, organizing) in this school wide effort to help our community.  Let’s go, Eagles!

Kindness and Friendship:  For each day in February we send out a quote to classrooms on kindness and friendship.  Teachers can fold the quotes into their activities based on when, where, and how it fits in with existing curriculum or as a focal point for writing, discussion, and reflection.  We appreciate that our school-wide Social Skills curriculum K-8 provides ongoing opportunities for students to build skills in positive interactions, developing and maintaining positive relationships, and problem solving.

Although teachers are not planning extended time to celebrate on the 14th or have all students exchange cards, if a student brings cards on February 14, teachers will provide an opportunity to distribute them.  The main focus of the day will be instruction.  Thank you for reminding students about school guidelines regarding healthful snacks that day and every day.

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State Testing


Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests.

Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write (type) out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.

Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests in English Language Arts and Math cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Bethel School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Bethel students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.

Here is a fact sheet if you have general questions or want more information about the Oregon State Assessments.

Bethel has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. Here is the form and further information that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office by February 1st, 2018. In addition, here is the form for opting out of the state Science test, the English Language Proficiency Assessment, and the Extended Assessments for eligible students with disabilities.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Carey Killen



Pruebas del estado

Aquí se presenta información importante sobre las pruebas escolares estatales de este año.

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de Oregón en los grados 3 a 8 y 11 participan en evaluaciones estatales en Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemática. En lugar de preguntas de opción múltiple, la prueba de hoy les pide a los estudiantes que expliquen su razonamiento y, a menudo, que escriban sus respuestas. Las nuevas evaluaciones miden habilidades más complejas como el pensamiento crítico, la escritura y la resolución de problemas, de manera que las escuelas y los padres puedan evaluar si sus niños están en buen camino para graduarse de la secundaria, están listos para la universidad o una carrera profesional.

Los estudiantes tomarán las pruebas estatales nuevamente la próxima primavera. A pesar de que las pruebas de Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemáticas no nos dicen todo sobre el progreso académico de su hijo, los resultados funcionan como una instantánea de las fortalezas y áreas de mejora de su hijo en esas materias. Las pruebas ayudan al Distrito Escolar de Bethel a tener una imagen más completa y precisa de cuán bien se desempeñan los estudiantes de Bethel, ya que evaluamos el plan de estudios, revisamos las estrategias institucionales, distribuimos recursos y seguimos mejorando nuestro sistema educativo.

Aquí hay una hoja de datos si tiene preguntas generales o si desea obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Estado de Oregón.

Bethel siempre ha tenido una alta tasa de participación en las evaluaciones estatales, ya que tanto los padres como el personal han encontrado valor en esta verificación del “punto en el tiempo” del progreso de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro sistema educativo. Sin embargo, los padres en Oregón tiene la opción de elegir que sus hijos no participen en las evaluaciones del estado. Aquí hay un formulario y más información que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. Si desea elegir que su hijo no participe, lea cuidadosamente la información y luego imprima, complete y envíe el formulario a la oficina principal de nuestra escuela antes del 1.º de febrero de 2018. Además, aquí está el formulario para optar por no participar en el examen estatal de Ciencias, la Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma Inglés y las Evaluaciones Extendidas para estudiantes elegibles con discapacidades.

Si tiene preguntas, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

Carey Killen

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Save the Date! January

M, 1/1 – New Year’s Day, No School

T, 1/2 – School Resumes

F, 1/12 – Popcorn Day

M, 1/15 – MLK Day, No School

T, 1/16 – Box Top Bonanza begins! Bring your box tops! PTO Mtg. @ 2:30pm-3:30pm, Elementary Library

F, 1/26 – Book Orders due

F, 1/26 – Popcorn Day

W, 1/31- FREE African Drumming Class permission slips due to the front office

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Scholastic Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Prairie Mountain Elementary Library!

At the Book Fair, you’ll find the latest and finest titles for kids as well as books of interest to parents. You can contribute books to your child’s classroom library as well. Mark your calendar so the whole family can join in the fun!

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017—7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017—7:40 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017—7:40 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


¡Feria Del Libro!

Martes, 5 diciembre:7:40 de la mañana a 2:40 de la tarde

Miércoles, 6 de diciembre:7:40 de la mañana a 8:00 de la tarde

Jueves, 7 de diciembre: 7:40 de la mañana a 7:00 de la tarde

Biblioteca de grados K-5

¡Sus compras benefician a nuestra escuela!

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Prairie Mountain Spirit Week!

  • Monday, 12/11 – Crazy Shoe/Sock Day. Wear crazy shoes and/or socks.
  • Tuesday, 12/12 – Sports Team/Prairie Mountain Pride Day. Wear the shirt or jersey for your favorite sports team or your Prairie Mountain gear.
  • Wednesday, 12/13 – Character Day. Dress up as your favorite superhero or favorite character from a book or movie.
  • Thursday, 12/14 –
    • K-5 Elementary – Crazy Hair/Hat Day. Yes, you may wear hats on this day!
    • 6-8 Middle School – Throwback Thursday. Style your clothing and hair from the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s!
  • Friday, 12/15 – Color Competition Day. Each grade wears a different color.
    • Kindergarten: wear yellow
    • 1st: wear pink
    • 2nd: wear red
    • 3rd: wear orange
    • 4th: wear white
    • 5th: wear green
    • 6th: wear blue
    • 7th: wear purple
    • 8th: wear black

Please remember to review the Prairie Mountain Dress Code in our student handbook when selecting your spirit week attire.

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Save the Date! December

Nov. 30—Last day of Trimester 1. K-5 PRIDE Assembly
Dec. 1—Grading Day (No School)

Dec. 5 Inventor Research Project Due
Dec. 6—Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3pm-8pm (No Homework Club)
Dec. 7—Dismissal at 11:10 a.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences from 12pm-7pm (No Homework Club)
Dec. 8—Inservice Day (No School)
Dec. 12—Winter Band Concert, WHS Powers Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 15—Middle School Social

30 de noviembre—Último día del Trimestre 1. K-5 Asamblea de PRIDE (ORGULLO)
1 de diciembre—Día de calificación (No hay clases)
6 de diciembre— Conferencias de Padres / Maestros de 3 pm-8pm (No hay Club de Tareas)
7 de diciembre—Salida a las 11:10 a.m. Conferencias de Padres / Maestros de 12 p.m. a 7 p.m. (No hay Club de Tareas)
8 de diciembre—No hay clases
12 de diciembre—Concierto de invierno para las bandas, WHS Powers Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
15 de diciembre—-Social/baile de grados 6-8, Ultimo dia de clases de 2017.

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