Counselor’s Corner

September 2016


My name is Elizabeth Johnson and I am the new school counselor at Irving.  This is my eleventh year as a school counselor and my first year in the Bethel School District.  My family and I recently moved to Eugene after my husband recently finished his medical training and we are delighted to have landed here!

During September, I have visited all K-5 classes at Irving and introduced myself to the students.  It was very fun to meet each of them and share a bit about myself.  In the coming months, as part of my comprehensive guidance curriculum, I will be teaching lessons in all classes reinforcing the Irving Pillars, as well as addressing academic, personal/social and career development.

Additionally, I will run a variety of small counseling groups throughout the year.  We work on developing skills including: building friendships, impulse control, anger management, academic solutions and addressing changing families (including divorce, grief, or other changes in living situations).  If you are interested in having your child participate, please feel free to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher.

Please stop by my office (located behind the library, across from the garden) and I look forward to meeting or reconnecting with you!


Elizabeth Johnson

Irving Elementary School Counselor

541.688.2620 x2433



Irving Families,

I wanted to make sure all Irving families are up to date with our parking lot procedures.  In order to keep students and families safe while walking in the parking lot families need to follow the procedures below:

The small south parking lot will not be used for student drop off or pick up during school hours 7:30am-4:00pm. The south parking lot will be for Irving and Afterschool Club Staff only. To ensure the safety of students, all drop off and pick up of students will occur in the main parking lot where there is supervision.   

If you are dropping off your student in the morning we are asking you to use the main parking lot. If you are picking up in the afternoon we are also asking you use the main parking lot.

If you wish to walk your student to class please park in the main parking lot. All students will walk to the front of the school/main parking lot at the end of the day. Kindergarten and First grade teachers will be walking their classes to designated areas at the front of the school and students will be released to buses and parents there.

Thank you for following our parking lot procedures!

Irving Families,

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start!  Students are learning how to be safe, respectful, self-managers in all areas of the school, getting to know their classmates and teachers, and having lots of fun!  Next week we have some upcoming events that you need to know about:

Curriculum Night

Irving Elementary Curriculum Night is on Wednesday September 21st.  At Curriculum Night classroom teachers will be reviewing class expectations, curriculum, routines, and other important class information with parents.  Child care is provided free by the Afterschool club during Irving’s Curriculum Night.  We hope to see all of you next Wednesday night.  Teachers will meet parents in the their classrooms. Here is the schedule for Curriculum Night:

Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade              6:00pm-6:25pm

Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade                6:30pm-6:55pm

PTO Meeting                                                                7:00pm-8:00pm


PTO Meeting

The first PTO Meeting of the year will be on Wednesday September 21st right after Curriculum Night in the Irving Library.  All parents are invited to participate.  The goal of PTO is to make Irving the best environment for students to learn and thrive.  Please come to the first PTO meeting of the year to learn more about fundraising, volunteering, and other ways to support the Irving community.  Here is the PTO Meeting Schedule for the Year:

Sept. 21             7:00-8:00pm

October 19       6:30-8:00pm

November 16   6:30-7:30pm

December 14   6:30-7:30pm

January 18       6:30-7:30pm

February 15     6:30-7:30pm

March 15          6:30-7:30pm

April 19            6:30-7:30pm

May 17             6:30-7:30pm


Elementary School Health Screening

Health Screenings for grades K -5 will be done throughout the district beginning in September. Screenings will include vision, height/ weight and dental. Please contact your school Health Assistant if you do not want your child to participate in health screening. Please consider being a parent volunteer on their screening day!  Health Screenings at Irving will take place on Friday September 23rd.

Revisiones de Salud en las escuelas primarias

Los exámenes de salud para los alumnos de los grados K -5 se llevarán a cabo en todo el distrito a partir de septiembre. Los exámenes incluirán, examen de la visión, altura / peso y dental. Por favor, póngase en contacto con la Asistente de Salud Escolar si usted no desea que su hijo participe en los exámenes de la salud. ¡Por favor considere ser un padre voluntario en el día de Los Exámenes de Salud!


Free Dental Services for Bethel Kids

Twice a month, White Bird Dental will host a dental clinic at the Bethel Health Center, located within Cascade Middle School. (Entrance is on North side of the building next to the pool).

Any student in the Bethel School District is eligible for this urgent dental care. These services include: fillings, extractions and other restorative services. This service is free of charge, though we will attempt to get reimbursement from your insurance carrier whenever possible to help this program succeed. Whatever money is collected from insurance resources and grant, we invest back into our patients.

If you have concerns and feel your child needs urgent care or would like us to provide supplementary care (Sealants and fluoride) please fill out this attached form, sign and return to Bethel Health Center, school nurse, or health assistant in your school.

Assistance can be provided for Oregon Health Plan sign up if you are eligible.
Servicios dental son gratis para niños en el distrito de Bethel 

Dos veces al mes, la clínica dental de White Bird dará servicios dentro del Centro de Salud Bethel, ubicado dentro de la escuela secundaria de la cascada. (La entrada está en el lado norte del edificio al lado de la piscina).

Cualquier estudiante en el distrito escolar de Bethel es elegible para este cuidado dental. Estos servicios incluyen: rellenos, extracciones y otros servicios de restauración. Este servicio es gratuito, aunque vamos a tratar de obtener el reembolso de su compañía de seguros siempre que sea posible para ayudar a que este programa tenga éxito. Todo el dinero que se obtiene de recursos y de su seguro, invertimos de nuevo en nuestros pacientes.

Si usted tiene preocupaciones y siente que su hijo necesita atención de urgencia o si desea que le brindemos atención complementaria (selladores y fluoruro) rellene los formularios adjuntos, firmar y enviar al Centro de Salud Bethel, una enfermera o asistente de salud en su escuela.

Se puede brindar ayuda para inscribirse al seguro de salud Oregon Health Plan si es elegible.


Little Wolverine Preschool Openings

Bethel’s high quality early childhood program, the Little Wolverines, has openings available. The preschool is located on the Willamette High School campus.

Little Wolverines have the opportunity to learn through a data-proven, play-oriented approach to early childhood education.

The staff values, honors and respects the diversity and developmental differences in all children. They meet each child where they are to add rich and meaningful experiences during their time at the preschool.

Little Wolverine hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:30. Please contact Cindy Montgomery at 541-461-6401 ext. 4118
Hay cupo en la escuela preescolar pequeños Wolverines

El programa de cuidados de niños de Bethel es de alta calidad y hay varios cupos disponibles. La escuela preescolar está ubicada en la escuela preparatoria Willamette.

Los pequeños Wolverines tienen la oportunidad de aprender a través de un enfoque basado en estudios ya comprobados, los juegos son orientados de acuerdo al desarrollo del niño.  Nuestro personal valora, honra y respeta la diversidad y las diferencias del desarrollo de cada niño.

Nosotros proporcionamos experiencias significativas según el nivel de desarrollo del niño.

El horario es de lunes a viernes de 7:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Si está interesado, por favor póngase en contacto con Cindy Montgomery al 541-461-6401 extensión 4118.

Irving Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!  Irving staff is back at work preparing for the upcoming school year and getting their classrooms ready for Meet Your Teacher Night.  We are truly excited to see students and families later this week.  Here are the details for Meet Your Teacher Night and the PTO Back to School BBQ.

Meet Your Teacher Night is Thursday September 1st from 4:45-5:30.   Class lists will be posted on Thursday September 1st. During Meet Your Teacher Night you will have an opportunity to see your child’s classroom and meet the teacher.  All students and families are encouraged to attend including Kindergarten teacher

After Meet Your Teacher, every Irving family is welcome to attend the PTO Back to School BBQ. This is a free family event and dinner is provided free by our PTO. There will be games and PTO information available. I hope to see you at Meet Your Teacher Night and the Back to School BBQ on Thursday September 1st!

Irving Water Test Results

Bethel School District has completed the initial testing of drinking water at Irving. This is in response to concerns raised around the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.

Of the 58 possible drinking water sources tested in our school, elevated lead levels have been indicated in one location, a sink in Room 14.

The fixture for that sink will be replaced and the water will be retested to confirm that the lead source was in the fixture rather than the interior plumbing. In accordance with EPA guidelines, the follow-up test (again conducted by an independent professional environmental service, PBS Engineering + Environmental) will consist of a water sample taken immediately after a five minute flush of the pipes which feed the site in question.

To address the cause and ensure safe drinking water for students and staff, we will:

  • Prevent immediate access to the sink in question
  • Eliminate the source of the lead by replacing the fixture
  • Conduct a follow-up test and deny access to the sink until confirmation that the problem has been resolved
  • Notify Irving families, students and staff of further results and any updates


The health and safety of our students and staff remain our #1 priority.  Bethel School District proactively conducted these tests to determine the safety of its drinking water well before the state asked schools to do so.

The EPA also has more information about lead in drinking water:

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