Help Fight Summer Learning Loss

Learning loss as a result of COVID-19 is a concern for all of us. Keeping kids reading and learning this summer is more important than ever. Here are some summer reading tips for parents to help you help your child keep growing as a reader and learner:

1. The knowledge your child has about the world has always been one of the most important factors in their success as readers. Unfortunately, many children missed out on learning new topics this spring in school. Taking time this summer to read high-quality, engaging nonfiction is a great way to build the knowledge your child needs to become a successful reader.

2. Following their interests can motivate your child to read. Help your child figure out what they want to learn about and support them in finding ways to read about the topics they’re interested in. Then let them explore how much they can learn from reading!

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A Letter to My Students

Dear Class,

When you wake up and get out of bed each day, you have no way of knowing what the day will bring. It’s one of life’s joys. And one of life’s mysteries. When we came together in September as a 2nd grade class, we had no way of knowing that by spring break we’d be working and learning from home. That our living rooms, bedrooms and dining room tables would become our classrooms. We had no way of knowing that the masks we donned for our Contraction Surgery would be everyday attire in just a few short months. We had no way of knowing that we’d be saying our end of school goodbyes using video conference calling usually only reserved for the business world. But what I do know is this: we are now a family bonded by an experience that will remain with us forever. 

Every fall, teachers prepare for a new school year. A new group of students. New lessons. And, maybe even a new outfit. We have the whole school year in front of us. We dream a million dreams about the world we’re gonna make. We think we have a plan. But, if we have learned nothing else this year, we’ve learned that plans don’t always go as planned, despite the name, and that sometimes time grabs us by the wrists and directs us where to go. It’s something unpredictable and what really matters is what you do with it. You must attend to the task and not ask why. The lesson will be learned in time.

Before we left school, we shared a space together, lessons together, experiences together. As a class, we laughed together. We cried together. We learned together. We spent hours upon hours honing our skills and growing. School became our home away from home, and I saw more of my school kids than my own kids. But that was OK. They know how important teachers are to students and how important you are to me. To have all that uprooted suddenly and be robbed of the many weeks we still had ahead of us hurt. My heart ached. But, remember how I said the lesson will be learned in time?

Through it all, I learned how smart and resilient you are. I watched how adaptable you can be. I witnessed how responsible you are. I felt the warmth of your smiles, even on the most challenging days. I saw you overcome obstacles and grow as leaders. You persevered. You took what many would have said was impossible and made it a reality. You showed everyone around you what 7- and 8-year-old kids can make happen. And, so I thank you for letting me be a part of it all. You really do keep me forever young.

As you head off into summer, I want to leave you with this: Dream a million dreams. Think of what the world could be. Live in a world you design and be the vision of the one you hope to see. Dance. Warm the world with your smile. Remember that’s its not about how fast we get there or what’s waiting on the other side, but the climb. And, when you can choose anything, choose kind. Above all else, know you are loved.

The days without you have been long, my friends, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. Until then, may your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. 

Love,
Mrs. Cox

Chromebook Turn In

It’s time to return the district-loaned devices in order to prepare for the coming school year. Bethel loaned out more than 2,300 Chromebooks which now need to be cleaned, reorganized, repaired and prepared for September. Drop off is at Willamette High School. Here is the schedule for returning Chromebooks:

Monday, June 15th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Tuesday, June 16th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday, June 17th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Thursday, June 17th:  Noon to 7pm


Questions? Call 541-607-1450

Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and since we have been cooped up for weeks, you’re probably hearing, “I’m bored!”. You might also be thinking you want to find ways to help your student continue learning over the break and prevent what educators often refer to as “summer slide”–the steps backwards students often take at the start of a new school year when they haven’t utilized the skills and content they’ve learned the previous school year while on summer break. But, fear not, there are many simple things you can do at little to no cost to keep your kiddo active and help ensure they’re ready for school this fall while enjoying the time you have at home with them. Continue reading Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

NASA Launches Spacecraft Dragon May 30

Mystery Doug had lots of interesting questions about space travel answered on his last live program, and it was just in time for the SpaceX launch scheduled for May 27 (which ultimately had to be rescheduled to May 30, 2020 due to weather conditions). Keep your eye on our homepage, though, because you can watch this historical event unfold right here via NASA’s Live Stream! NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on spacecraft Dragon to the International Space Station–the same place the astronaut in Mystery Doug’s event was answering questions from! What makes this trip so special, you ask? This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The launch will happen from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Learn more about SpaceX and the spacecraft Dragon here: https://www.spacex.com/vehicles/dragon/.

Accessing i-Ready Lessons at Home

Bethel School District uses a math program called Ready Math. Part of this program is an online component called i-Ready that lets students learn and practice math concepts through an interactive and game-like setting. Lessons are matched to each student’s skill level based on their benchmark assessment given in the fall, winter and spring. Clear Lake students have taken both the fall and winter tests and their available lessons are based on those assessments and the practice they’ve done on lessons in class. As students successfully complete lessons, the next lesson in the sequence is unlocked. Students work at their own pace and level, which means they can continue to unlock lessons even beyond their registered grade level. So, 2nd grade students who master all of the 2nd grade skills will unlock 3rd grade lessons, allowing them to move forward!

Students access i-Ready through Clever. Students will need their student ID number to login. If your student doesn’t know their number, please email me. On the login screen, students enter bsd###### (#=6-digit Student ID number) for their username and just their student ID number (no bsd) for their password. Once logged in, they will choose “Math” (we don’t use i-Ready products for our reading curriculum) and their lesson will populate on the screen for them. Our goal is generally 45 minutes weekly on i-Ready for a reference point.

For more information on i-Ready, I invite you to visit the Family Resource page on i-Ready’s website. There, you can learn more about the lessons students are engaged in, how you can track your child’s progress at home and ways to help your student improve. Finally, here is a downloadable PDF of practice pages aligned to the 2nd grade standards if you’d like an additional printable resource for your child.

Zoom Training for Parents

Zoom LogoRegina Ligon from our Technology Department, is inviting parents to a training on how to support their student(s) using Zoom. There are two training opportunities April 21: 7:30am and 4:00pm. You only need to attend one of these optional sessions. Links to attend the virtual meeting were emailed to parents. If you did not receive the email or can’t find it, please email me, and I will resend.

For other Zoom related questions or questions about these trainings, please email Regina Ligon. She’s amazing and will be happy to assist you! You can also call the Technology Help Desk at 541.607.1450.

Distance Learning Roll Out

kid-using-chromebookThe past week has been full of trainings, meetings and planning as we prepared to rollout distance learning to students across the district. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through how to provide instruction to your student(s) during this unprecedented event. Below you will find lots of information about how to access resources and keep your child engaged in this new teaching and learning model.

Work Packets
Several families have asked questions regarding paper/pencil work packets. All packets that were requested have been mailed. I have heard from some families that they are just arriving today! These packets are supplemental, and there is no need to return them. You may choose to do as much or as little of these packets as your family chooses. They will not be graded. At this time, the district has no plans to continue mailing paper packets home. Instead, instructional materials are being made available on the district website here

Technology/Devices
With this new model of providing materials only via the web, this brought forth a new issue: devices for students. Some of you have heard from the Technology Department and have picked up a device for your student to use. If you are still in need of a device, there is a device pick up happening TODAY, Monday, April 13 from 12:30 to 6pm at the high school. If you cannot make this pick up or have other technology-related questions, please call the Technology Help Line at 541.607.1450. They will be able to help you with questions related to internet access and obtaining a district-provided device.

Class Meet Ups
I’m VERY excited to announce that we are going to be able to start meeting online via Zoom as a class starting this week! I will be holding two sessions, one on Wednesday at 9am and one on Thursday at 1pm. Students should plan to attend both sessions. This will be a time for us to meet up, say hello, answer questions and finally just be together! The sessions are accessed through our private class link. This link was sent to parents in an email and is posted in our Google Classroom. If you cannot find it, please email Mrs. Cox.

Google Classroom
Google Classroom is an online “virtual classroom” where I can post activities, lessons and links. There are a couple of activities already posted there the kids can login and check out. NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIRED! They can also login there to get the link to our Class Meet Up without having to look around for our link. If your student needs their login, you can contact me, and I will look it up. 

All student logins follow the same format:
Username: cl.last.first@bethel.k12.or.us
Password: cls######  (The ###### is your child’s student registration number)

I look forward to seeing my 2nd graders’ smiling faces this week. Stay healthy!

Technology Support Services

Technology Help DeskThe new Bethel Parent and Student Technology Help Desk is now live on the district website. The Help Desk is designed to be a service available to parents and students who are struggling with the use of technology as we begin to implement Distance Learning. These resources are available on the Supplemental Services webpage and is available in both English and Spanish. You can get assistance by calling the Help Desk at 541.607.1450 or by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at https://studenthelp.bethel.k12.or.us.