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: www.commonsensemedia.org. A great article regarding technology and parental controls, in particular, can be found here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls
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.
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!
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.
By now, many of you have heard about additional funding coming to K-12 schools next year from Oregon’s Student Success Act (SSA.) This is exciting news! I want to share Bethel School District’s process for determining where those additional funds will be directed. Our process and plan is guided by requirements of the Act, these items in particular:
- Meet Students’ Mental or Behavioral Health Needs
- Increase Achievement
*A strong focus in equity has been defined by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) as:
- “Education equity is the equitable implementation of policy, practices, procedures, and legislation that translates into resource allocation, education rigor, and opportunities for historically and currently marginalized youth, students, and families including civil rights protected classes.”
The ODE is directing districts to reexamine our systems and processes with a goal of closing the achievement gap among our students.
You are invited to the Irving Elementary School Open House on Wednesday October 23rd from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Open House Agenda
6:30 Students dropped off in classrooms with their teacher
6:35-6:50 Parent Presentation in Cafeteria
(Principal, Counselor, Reading Specialist Presentation)
6:50-7:30 Student-Led Presentation in classrooms
*Cookies handed out in classrooms after student-led presentations
*If multiple grade levels start with youngest child classroom first
Looking forward to a great night with Irving Families!
Click here for Open House Information
Please read Irving News and Information below:
Irving PTO Birthday Box Bash
Irving’s PTO has been approved for the Disney Parks Points of Light Family Volunteering Reward Program that allows the PTO to earn Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets based on the number of volunteers that participate in our event tomorrow night, Friday October 4th. We need your help in two ways:
- Donate items for Birthday Boxes
- Bring lots of family and friends to help on October 4th.
For more information about items to donate click here.
Thank you for supporting our community!
Elementary School Health Screening
Health Screenings for grades K -5 will be performed throughout the district beginning in September. Screenings will include vision 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!
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 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!
Thank you to Irving families and students who participated in Walk and Roll to School Day. Irving had over 160 students participate! Irving will have another Walk and Roll to School Day in the spring. Walking and Rolling to school is always a great way to start the day!
5th Grade Bike Safety
Irving 5th grade students participated in Bike Safety the past two weeks. The Eugene Parks Foundation and City of Eugene help support Bike Safety for 5th grade students in Bethel. The goal of the program is to increase bike ridership and safety among youth so they can have fun traveling predictably and visibly throughout the community. The lessons lead to fun community ride on the last two days of Bike Safety.