PTO Meeting Wednesday

Irving parents are invited to the PTO meeting tomorrow night in the Irving Library from 6:30-7:30pm.  The meeting is a great way to find out about opportunities to volunteer and upcoming school events.  Looking forward to seeing families tomorrow night! 


Cold/Flu Season

If you think your child has the flu, the following will help you and help prevent others from getting sick:

  • Stay at home for 24 hours until after fever has resolved without the aid of fever reducing medicines (e.g., Advil or Tylenol)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick. Maintain distance from other people to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Wash hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also helpful in reducing the spread of the flu.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Wash hands after blowing the nose or coughing into a tissue, and dispose of tissues after use.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Get the flu vaccine! The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent seasonal flu.

For more information click here.


Dogs on Campus

I am asking all families to use their best judgement as responsible dog owners when bringing their dogs on campus.  Everyone has their own comfort level around dogs.  Some students may be afraid of dogs while others not. Please think of the impact on other individuals prior to bringing your dog on campus.  If you are bringing your dog on campus at arrival or dismissal time we ask that your dog be on a leash at all times.  If you are unsure in any way about your dog’s behavior around people on a busy campus or around other animals then please refrain from bringing your pet onto school grounds.  Thank you in helping to keep Irving a safe and welcoming campus!



Debbi Holte received two BEF Grants for her fifth grade students!

Bethel Education Foundation Grant Winners at Irving

Congratulations to Debbi Holte, Karen Ferguson, and Erin Moss in receiving Bethel Education Foundation Grants! Cheers and tears greeted Bethel Education Foundation representatives as they handed out more than $36,000 in grants to dozens of Bethel educators.  The BEF will be funding a variety of exciting and innovative projects to benefit Bethel students at all grade levels, everything from technology to trips and rockets to robots. 

The educators didn’t know that the BEF was coming, but they heard the small group of 6th grade Shasta band students marching down the hall leading the grant parade into their classrooms.  The band members included three former Irving students!  Thank you Cael Petersen, Olivia Morris, and Andrew Bowman for showing off your amazing musical talents! 

The BEF has been raising funds to support teachers’ special projects for seven years!



Irving Families,

We are happy to tell you that we have rescheduled the parent-teacher conferences that were postponed twice due to snow. These conferences are very important and we’re determined to provide the opportunity for you.

Our new make-up day for conferences will be Thursday, January 26th. Two weeks’ notice will allow families time to make arrangements with work or child care in order to attend their meeting.

Here is more information about the rescheduled conferences:

  • If you had an original meeting time scheduled for one of the previous Thursdays that were snowed out, you will keep that same time for January 26th.
  • If you were not able to schedule a conference time on the previous dates, or need to make changes to your conference time please call the Irving Office at 541-688-2620 or email your child’s teacher. 
  • Your child’s On-Track For Success Report will be shared with you during your conference time.
  • January 26th will be a half-day of school in order for teachers to meet with all the scheduled parents. Release time on January 26th will be 11:30am.
  • Friday, January 27th, will be a regular full day of school.

Thanks very much for your continued patience. We look forward to a great turnout for conferences on January 26th and we’re counting on Mother Nature playing along this time!


In the interest of student and staff safety, all Bethel schools will be closed Monday, January 9th.

While conditions on the main roads have improved overnight, the neighborhood streets and sidewalks – and school parking lots – remain covered with ice and slush.

An announcement about Monday’s evening activities will be made later today.

Peers As Allies

We are excited to begin the 2nd year of partnership between the Bethel School District and Ophelia’s Place. Ophelia’s Place is a prevention-based organization, dedicated to helping youth make healthy life choices through empowerment, education, and support.

Ophelia’s Place will be presenting their “Peers As Allies” class to all Bethel 5th graders in January and February. Click here to read more about an informational parent meeting Tuesday, January 10th.


Atención padres de grado 5 º

Nos alegra comenzar el 2o año de asociación entre el distrito escolar de Bethel y Ophelia’s Place. Ophelia’s Place es una organización basada en la prevención, dedicada a ayudar a los jóvenes a tomar decisiones de vida saludables a través del empoderamiento, la educación y el apoyo.

Ophelia’s Place presentará su clase “Compañeros como aliados” en cada curso de 5o grado en todo el distrito en enero y febrero. Haga clic aquí para leer más acerca de una reunión de padres el martes, 10 de enero.

trina-smithDear Irving Families,

It is with great sadness that I share former Irving Elementary Educational Assistant, Katrina Smith, passed away December 28, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Trina will truly be missed by the Irving community and will be remembered for her dedication to students.  Her caring nature and positive attitude with students was amazing to watch.  She had a passion for working with students and cheering them on to success in the classroom, playground, and the track. Trina worked in many capacities at Irving and in Bethel School District including the BEAR Room, Resource Room, classrooms, summer school educational assistant, and also as a track coach.  Trina was a great co-worker and friend to everyone…we will miss her greatly at Irving. 

This news could bring up thoughts and feelings of other losses. If you feel that your child may need additional support please contact our school counselor, Elizabeth Johnson at 541-688-2620.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.


Nathan Bridgens, Principal

Irving Elementary School

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