Irving Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Irving Updates and Information

Irving Community!

You are invited to support our Irving families in need!  We are in the FINAL WEEK of our Irving Cares Coin Drive!  Each classroom has a container to collect donations in until Mon, Dec. 16th.  Thank you for coming together to support our community!  Questions: Please feel free to contact our school counselor, Elizabeth Johnson.



Free Feminine Hygiene Products

Bethel students will have free access to feminine hygiene products in school restrooms. A plan proposed by Superintendent Chris Parra to supply the products at all Bethel schools has been in the works since last spring, before the state legislature took up the issue. Dispensers are now being installed throughout the district and all will be in place before Winter Break.  Irving Elementary students have access to free feminine hygiene products in the school heath room restroom. 

Through conversations with students and families, it was clear that free access to feminine hygiene products was a very real need. Every Bethel school’s Health Room has had menstrual products available, but students have had to ask for them. Now, in every Bethel school there will be Girls’ restrooms where free supplies will be available.


Next PTO Meeting

Irving Families, the next PTO meeting is Wednesday December 18th in the Irving library from 6:30-7:30pm.  Hope to see you there! 


State Testing Approaches

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 (ELA), Math, and Science. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write 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 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.

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 ELA and Math form and further information (PDF) that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Here is the Science, and English Language Proficiency Assessment form and further information (PDF). 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 January 6th, 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Nathan Bridgens


Enfoques de prueba 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, Matemáticas, y Ciencias. 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 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.

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 (PDF) que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. Aquí está el formulario de Ciencia y Evaluación del dominio del idioma ingles e información adicional (PDF). 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 6 de enero de 2020.

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

Nathan Bridgens

Conferences and More

Lost and Found 

When you attend parent conferences on Wednesday December 4th and Thursday December 5th please check the lost and found in the cafeteria for clothing items that may have been lost.  We will have some tables set up in the cafeteria with all of the items.  There is a lot of clothing so please stop by and check!  Thanks 


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences start today!  Conferences will be held Wednesday December 4th and Thursday December 5th.  If you don’t know your conference time please call the Irving office at 541-688-2620.  Thursday December 5th students are released at 11:30am and no school on Friday December 6th.  


Prairie Mountain PTO Winter Bazaar

Friday December 6th: 4:00-7:00

Saturday December 7th: 9:00-3:00

The big day is just around the corner! Please make plans to come to Prairie Mountain School this Friday and Saturday for PM PTO’s Winter Bazaar. We have dozens and dozens of amazing vendors lined up who will be selling a wide array of terrific products. There will absolutely be something for everyone. There is no admittance charge, so come one come all, and bring a friend! For all the details, click here Winter Bazaar .


Next PTO Meeting

Irving Families, the next PTO meeting is Wednesday December 18th in the Irving library from 6:30-7:30pm.  Hope to see you there! 

Reminder About Snow Days & Late Starts

Irving Families,

There are multiple sources to determine whether Bethel School District is on a Late Start or is having a Snow Day.

First and foremost, check our school web page or on the District home page.

If you see no news, it means all Bethel schools are on their regular schedules.

In addition, you can be the first to get news on weather-related school closures or delays by following Superintentent Chris Parra on Twitter at @Bethel_Supt and the District Twitter account at @Bethel_Schools.

Families are also encouraged to use the free FlashAlert system which provides notifications via email or a push notification with a free FlashAlert phone app. FlashAlert is the same system the school district uses to notify local media when there is a weather or emergency-related closure of a school.

Download the FlashAlert app or click here:

Counselor’s Corner and Irving News

Counselor’s Corner November 2019

Classroom Guidance Lessons

It’s unbelievable that we are already over half-way through November! 

This month, I have be teaching about families and feelings in Kindergarten, reviewing Kelso’s Choice in 1st and 2nd, and 3rd-5th will finish the anti-bullying curriculum. 

Technology and Your Child

One reliable resource for the topic of technology and our kids is:  A great article regarding technology and parental controls, in particular, can be found here:

Friendship Groups

The first round of friendship/social skills groups began in October and will continue through December.  We are having a great time teaching social skills and building new relationships in each group.  If you are interested in your child participating in a group starting in January, please contact me or your child’s teacher.


Irving News

Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on December 4th and 5th.  If you have not turned in your conference request forms please do so as soon as possible.  If you need a conference scheduling form click here. Conference forms may be turned into classroom teachers or the office. Thanks!  


Irving Food Drive

We invite Irving Families to help us collect non-perishable food items for families in need from November 18th-December 11th.  There is a Food For Lane County barrel located in the office for all of your food donations.  Please click here for food items needed.  Thank you for your generosity!  


No School Friday November 22nd  

Just a reminder to parents that there is no school this Friday, November 22nd.  This is a grading day for teachers.  Thanks!


PTO Pies and Rolls

Who really wants to deal with the Costco parking lot the day before Thanksgiving?  This year let the Irving PTO help you with your shopping while supporting the Irving community.  Order your pies and rolls by filling out the flyer here and turning in Order Form and payment to Irving Office by Friday November 22nd.  Thanks for supporting the Irving PTO!  












Irving Updates

Irving Families,

Please take a moment to read school news and updates below.  


  • The PTO Monster Mash Bingo Bash was a huge success!  We had a great turnout for the event.  Students enjoyed dancing led by Mrs. Stowell, costume contest, and lots of Bingo!  Thank you to Irving PTO for putting on this great event and fundraising to support Irving students and staff!  
  • Just a reminder that students won’t be wearing costumes to school on Thursday Oct.31st.  Students had opportunity to wear costumes to the Monster Mash Bingo Bash last Friday.  Teachers have some fun classroom activities planned for students on Thursday Oct. 31st!  
  • Parent/Teacher Conference forms are being sent home on Friday November 8th.  Please return conference forms to the office or classroom teacher by Friday November 15th.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday December 4th and Thursday December 5th.  Students will be dismissed from school at 11:30am on Thursday December 5th.  
  • Attention Kindergarten Parents!  The Kindergarten Music Program is on Thursday November 21st at 7:00pm in the Irving Cafeteria.  
  • Picture Retake day is on Wednesday November 20th. 
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