Cascade Visit (Peek at the Week- 5/20)

Hi Families!

We are working hard on our Westward Expansion unit. Students will be producing an essay and speech for their final projects. 

In addition, we are wrapping up state testing but will need to complete district assessments. Please keep encouraging your child and remind them that we have an Effort Box to open! (Here are some hints to what may be in the box: yummy treats, involves tickets, it’s a more than one day extravaganza, colorful, messy.) More hints to come! 


  • Mon., May 20 – Cascade Music Visit 
  • Thurs. May 23 – Bethel Bike Ride for 5th graders & families 3:45 -5:30 pm. Meet at Bethel District office. (Form was sent home on 5/17)
  • Fri. May 24 – Newport trip 6:30 am – 3:45 pm [Track meet @ 4 pm]
  • Tue.  May 28 – Trip to Cascade 9-10 am
  • Wed. May 29 – 6th Grade Informational Night @ Cascade Cafeteria 6- 7 pm


Jog-a-Thon (Peek at the Week 5/13)

Hi Families!

We have a lot going on this week. We are in the middle of our district writing assessment, math state test begins this week and we have our Jog-a-thon on Tuesday! **Volunteers are needed for Jog-a-thon. We are running on 5/14 from 10:15-10:45. Let me know if you are able to join us. 

Reminders to students: 

  • get a good night’s sleep
  • eat breakfast
  • pack an extra snack & water bottle
  • stay positive

Newport Field Trip – Friday, May 24

Permission slips are coming home in Tuesday folders. The trip includes a boat ride & 2 classes at the Hatfield Marine Center. We have a limited amount of space on the boat but please let me know if you would like to join us and be a chaperone for the day. It costs $24 for chaperones.  Thank you! 

Free Breakfast & Lunch at Cascade on Wednesday!

Hi Families, 

The District has arranged for free breakfast and lunch to be served on Wednesday at Cascade Middle School to any Bethel student (Child supervision will not be provided.).

  • Breakfast is from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m
  • Lunch is 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. 

In addition, the Bethel Health Center will be open Wednesday. 

More information –> here

Peek at the Week 5/6

Hi Families, 

We’re back in the classroom and back to usual school routine.  This week, we’ll be spending time  reviewing and getting ready for the Math State Test next week. We’ll also be working on our Outdoor School reflections and hopefully creating a book for the upcoming 5th graders! Please check Class Dojo for the link to pictures!

A reminder that schools will be closed on Wednesday (with some exceptions).   This missed school day will not be made up at the end of the school year in June.  Read more about Wednesday here. I will update if there is more information. 

Reading homework for this week can be found here. (We do have spelling words this week!)


Screen Free Week & Time for Outdoor School! (Peek at the Week 4/29)

Hi Families, 

This week is Screen Free Week ! I’ll be encouraging the class to participate in the Screen Free pledge. Their challenge is to not only go screen free all week but to also outlast me! I hope families will join in too!  It does help that we’ll be at Outdoor School for a part of the week. 

It’s finally the week of Outdoor School. I’m excited and also feeling a little nervous. I know we’ll all have lots of fun! How are you feeling? 

Outdoor School information can be found here     

On Wednesday morning, we will need a few volunteers to help 5th graders label their bags & sleeping bags before we load the bus. Please let me know if you can help.  Prior to arriving to school that day, please label your student’s personal belongings. 

This week’s homework can be found here. (We’ll pick back up on spelling next week.)


Preparing for Outdoor School (Peek at the Week 4/22)

 Hi Families! 

We have a little more than a week before we head to Outdoor School! We’ll be spending this week getting ready and previewing the Outdoor School classes. All information (including a packing list!) about Outdoor School can be found here *Paper copies of the packing list will be given to students today & will be in Tuesday folders.  

As a part of Outdoor School especially since we will be meeting lots of new friends and adults, we will be reviewing what does it mean to be a good friend and respecting others. This does mean we will go over respecting pronouns. We had this conversation at the beginning of the year but it feels important to revisit it. I will be reading the book, They, She, He, Me: Free to Be! by Maya Gonzalez & Matthew SG this week. Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns. 

Important Dates:

  • State testing continues this week
  • Outdoor School – May 1 – 3
  • School closed May 8th – Read more about this here


State Testing Begins (Peek at the Week 4/15)

Hi Families, 

We begin state testing this week. We’ll take some time to practice on Monday and then will start on Wednesday. We will be taking the science test first. If you are curious about what the tests will look like, here is the link to the practice tests:  SBAC sample & practice tests. Click on Oregon –> login as Guest  –> choose a practice test

For this week and next, it is important that students get a good night’s sleep, eat breakfast, pack an extra snack and stay positive.  We are currently out of snack. 

Field Trip Tuesday

  • Be at school by 6:50 am
  • Pack – water bottle, lunch and breakfast (unless you ordered from school), snacks and a notebook & pencil or book. No electronics please. 
  • Wear – Layers & closed toed shoes

Peek at the Week 4/8

Hi Families, 

Week 1 of Bike Safety class went smoothly! This week, we’ll be ending the week with a bike ride in the community. Please make sure students wear appropriate shoes and have a jacket for this week. 


  • Outdoor School Meeting Tue. April 9th 6-7 pm – Come meet the Camp coordinators and learn more about what students will be learning and doing at camp. 
  • Bethel Multicultural Fair Thurs. April 11th 6 -8 pm – Come for performances by Bethel students, activities relating to different cultures in our community and food! 

Student Teacher & Bike Safety (Peek at the Week 4/1)

Hi Families, 

I hope that you had a great week! We are jumping into the final trimester of 5th grade!  A few things to be aware of:

Student Teacher: In the fall, my student teacher, Ms. Huynh was in the classroom observing and assisting with small groups. She is now back for spring term where she’ll be gradually taking over teaching the class. I will still be in the classroom and teaching too. Student teachers must also follow our district curriculum and guidelines. Please contact me if you have any questions. As part of her work to become a licensed teacher, she’ll need to film herself. Please read these documents here. A paper copy will be sent home in Tuesday folders. 

Bike Safety: Please send the bike forms back ASAP. We start Monday. Parents/Guardians are more than welcome to join us!  Students may bring their own helmets and bikes to ride. If a student chooses to bring their own bike – they are responsible for locking/unlocking their bike during the school day, the bike must have working brakes and a seat. Bikes are provided so it is not required for students to have theirs. 

State Testing: 5th graders have 3 subjects that they’ll be tested on this year: Science, English Language Arts and Math. I’ll be sending home information on ways to help your student feel confident and stay positive during these weeks.  Our testing weeks are: April 15 – 26 (Science & ELA) and May 13-17 (Math) Let me know if you have any questions! 

Outdoor School: We have an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 6 pm


Report Cards & Important Dates

Hi Families!

It’s a super jammed pack week leading up to spring break! 

Report Cards – Please expect report cards on Wednesday. I like to confer with students about their report card prior to sending it home. Since I’ll be out for training on Tuesday, I’ll need Wednesday to finish conferring with students. Thank you for your patience!   

*Also, please let me know if you would like to meet with me to discuss your child’s progress. We can meet in the morning or after school. 

Other items coming home in Tuesday (Wednesday) Folders:

  • American Revolution Biography and feedback
  • April 16th field trip permission slip
  • Bike safety letter & release form
  • Student verification forms

Important Dates to put on the calendar:

  • April 1-11 Bike Safety  –> Bike Safety Information  
  • April 9th, 6 pm – Outdoor School Family Meeting--> Outdoor School Information
  • April 16 Field Trip to Stauffer-Will Farm/ Aurora Colony [Permission slips are coming! We had a slight copy mistake.] However, Food Services needs our lunch count as soon as possible. Please let me know if your student needs a school lunch –> here      *Still need 2 more chaperones for this trip! 

Reading Homework