Irving Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Family Math Night

Irving Families,


Math NightYou are invited to Family Math Night at Irving on Wednesday February 6th from 5:00pm-6:30pm.  This is a free family event and a pizza dinner will be served.  We will have math games from Pre-K through advanced 5th grade math. Students also get fun math games and prize to take home.  If you haven’t sent in your RSVP please do so.  We are looking forward to seeing many Irving families at Family Math Night next Wednesday!  

Counselor’s Corner and Information

Counselor’s Corner

January 2019


Happy 2019!

Thank you to the amazing Irving community for your incredible generosity with Irving’s Coin Drive and Holiday Help Gift Card Program this year!  We far exceeded our goal of $500 and raised over $1,400!!!  Because of this, we were able to help several families this holiday season.  The families were tremendously grateful and we at Irving sincerely thank you all.

In counseling lessons for January, I am focusing on: difference and similarities between people (Kindergarten), personal space (1st grade), dealing with frustration (2nd grade), bullying prevention/rumors (3rd and 4th grades) and peer pressure (5th grade). 

In mid-January, I will begin a new round of skill-building groups for all grades.  The emphases of these groups are: Changing Families for K-2 and 3-5, and a Girls Leadership Group (5th grade), using material from Ophelia’s Place.  These groups will continue meeting through March.

As always, please check-in with your child to hear the latest regarding our classroom guidance visits!



Public Safety Forum Postponed

Due to some scheduling conflicts, the Public Safety Forum (PDF) that was initially scheduled to take place on Feb. 5th is being postponed and rescheduled to a new date in the spring. We will be notifying everyone once a new date has been set and hope that everyone can still join. If anyone has any questions, please contact Tina Gutierez-Schmich


Foro de seguridad pública pospuesto

Debido a algunos conflictos de programación, el Foro de Seguridad Pública (PDF) que inicialmente estaba programado para el 5 de febrero se aplaza y se vuelve a programar para una nueva fecha en la primavera. Estaremos notificando a todos una vez que se haya establecido una nueva fecha y esperamos que todos puedan unirse. Si alguien tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contacte a Tina Gutierez-Schmich

Irving Parents,

There is some important news to share. The District Attorney has released the final report of the investigation into the recent incident at Cascade, and video from the police officers’ cameras is also being released.

It is important to realize that the video could be very disturbing.

We are telling you now in order for you to be able to support your children who may access the video on their own online or if there are older siblings or friends who may be viewing the video . It is our interest to help your children avoid any unnecessary emotional trauma that could be caused by viewing the video.

Please check with me if you believe your child needs extra counseling support at school. Here is information you might find helpful when talking to your child.

Finally, all respect goes to the staff and students at Cascade Middle School. Their resilience has been inspiring and extraordinary.


Irving Families, 

As you may already know there was a police officer-involved shooting outside of Cascade Middle School this morning. We are all relieved that there were no students or staff involved and all of them are safe.

The staff and students at Cascade responded quickly and correctly to the Lockdown. This is why we practice our ALICE safety procedures on Lockdowns, Lockouts, and communication.

Although this tragic incident occurred at another Bethel school, some children at Irving may be impacted by this news. Please let us know if you believe they may need counseling support at school on Monday.

Children can be reassured that serious incidents like this at schools are very rare. We emphasize safety and regularly remind children that they must follow a teacher’s directions in an emergency situation.

We are sending our thoughts to the students and staff at Cascade, who had a difficult day. And we reaffirm our conviction to keep our school as safe as it can be.

As always, contact me with any questions or concerns.

Nathan Bridgens, Principal


Irving Updates

Lost and Found

Lost and found items will be on tables near the front office today from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  If your child is missing clothing items please stop by to see if it in the lost and found.  Thanks! 


Whooping Cough Update

Currently there are active cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the community, though we have not had a confirmed case in Bethel School District. We would like to take this time to provide some information about pertussis, signs and symptoms to look for, and treatment and prevention recommendations.

Lane County Health Department recommends the following:

  1. If your child has symptoms of pertussis – as described below – please keep them home

from school and consult with their health care provider.

  1. Ensure your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. Contact your health care provider or school to review vaccine records.
  2. If you are pregnant and have had contact with someone diagnosed with pertussis, call your health care provider to discuss prevention options during pregnancy.

What is Pertussis?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract, caused by bacteria found in the mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person.

  • Pertussis is spread through direct contact with nose and throat mucus and airborne droplets.
  • Pertussis can occur at any age, but infants and young children are at the highest risk of life-threatening consequences.
  • Immunization is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this illness.


Symptoms of pertussis include cold-like symptoms followed in one to two weeks by coughing fits that can keep coming for weeks to months.  During coughing attacks, young children may gag, gasp or strain to inhale, making the high-pitched whooping sound. This may be followed by vomiting or exhaustion. Fever is usually absent or minimal.

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Pertussis is treated with antibiotics.
  • Women in the third trimester of pregnancy should also be on the watch for pertussis symptoms because medication can decrease the risk of spreading the infection to newborns.
  • Immunization is the most effective way to prevent pertussis. Children need a series of five DTaP vaccinations starting at two months of age until kindergarten. Adolescents and adults need a Tdap booster vaccine. Women should receive a dose of Tdap during the third trimester of each pregnancy.


  • Now is a good time to review your child’s immunization record to see if they are current on all vaccinations.
  • Pregnant women should receive pertussis vaccine preferably at 27 and 36 weeks’ gestation, so that they can develop antibodies to pertussis and pass them to their babies before birth.
  • If your child has symptoms of pertussis, keep them at home, consult their health care provider, call the school, and contact the Health Department.
  • When sick with any illness, remember that frequent handwashing with soap and water, staying home, and covering your coughs and sneeze will prevent others from getting sick.


If you have further questions, please call either Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041 or contact our school and ask for the Health Assistant.


Actualización sobre la tos ferina

Actualmente hay casos activos de tos ferina (tos ferina) en la comunidad, aunque no hemos tenido un caso confirmado en el Distrito Escolar de Bethel. Nos gustaría aprovechar este tiempo para proporcionar información sobre la tos ferina, los signos y síntomas que se deben buscar y las recomendaciones de tratamiento y prevención.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Lane recomienda lo siguiente:

  1. Si su hijo tiene síntomas de tos ferina, como se describe a continuación, consérvelos en su casa y consulte a su proveedor de atención médica.
  2. Asegúrese de que su hijo esté al día con sus vacunas. Póngase en contacto con su proveedor de atención médica o la escuela para revisar los registros de vacunas.
  3. Si está embarazada y ha tenido contacto con alguien diagnosticado con tos ferina, llame a su proveedor de atención médica para hablar sobre las opciones de prevención durante el embarazo.

¿Qué es la tos ferina?

La tos ferina o pertussis es una enfermedad contagiosa del tracto respiratorio causada por bacterias que se encuentran en la boca, la nariz y la garganta de una persona infectada.

  • La tos ferina se transmite a través del contacto directo con la mucosidad de la nariz y la garganta y las gotitas en el aire.
  • La tos ferina puede ocurrir a cualquier edad, pero los bebés y los niños pequeños corren el mayor riesgo de sufrir consecuencias que pongan en peligro la vida.
  • La inmunización es la forma más efectiva de prevenir la propagación de esta enfermedad.


Los síntomas de la tos ferina incluyen síntomas similares a los del resfrío seguidos en una o dos semanas por ataques de tos que pueden continuar por semanas o meses. Durante los ataques de tos, los niños pequeños pueden ahogarse, jadear o esforzarse para inhalar y / o emitir un sonido agudo / chirriante. Esto puede ser seguido por vómitos o agotamiento. La fiebre generalmente está ausente o es mínima.

Tratamiento y Prevención:

  • La tos ferina se trata con antibióticos.
  • Las mujeres en el tercer trimestre del embarazo deben estar atentos a los síntomas de la tos ferina temprana, incluidos los síntomas de resfriado. La medicación puede ser necesaria para disminuir el riesgo de propagar la infección a los recién nacidos.
  • La inmunización es la forma más efectiva de prevenir la tos ferina. Los niños necesitan una serie de cinco vacunaciones DTaP comenzando a los dos meses de edad hasta el jardín de infantes. Los adolescentes (de 11 a 12 años) y los adultos necesitan una vacuna de refuerzo Tdap. Las mujeres deben recibir una dosis de Tdap durante el tercer trimestre de cada embarazo. 


  • Ahora es un buen momento para revisar el registro de vacunas de su hijo para ver si están al día con todas las vacunas y ponerlas al día.
  • Las mujeres embarazadas deben recibir la vacuna contra la tos ferina preferiblemente a las 27 y 36 semanas de gestación, para que puedan desarrollar anticuerpos contra la tos ferina y transmitirla a sus bebés antes del nacimiento.
  • Si su hijo tiene síntomas de tos ferina, guárdelos en casa, consulte a su proveedor de atención médica, llame a la escuela y comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud.
  • Cuando esté enfermo de enfermedades infecciosas, recuerde que lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón, quedarse en casa y cubrirse la boca con la tos y el estornudo evitará que otros se enfermen. 


Si tiene más preguntas, llame al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Lane al 541-682-4041 u su Asistente de Salud en la escuela.