Free Eugene Library Cards Available

Eugene Public LibraryDid you know that Eugene Public Library offers a wide range of books and materials online? And, it’s free! Anyone with a library card at Eugene Public Library can access these resources at anytime, and now may be the perfect time to take an ebook or an audiobook for a test drive!

No library card? No problem! Call Eugene Public Library at 541.682.5450, and they will help get you all set up. Students in Bethel also qualify for a FREE library card. Click here for the sign up sheet.

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. 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! New this year is access to Ready Reading in addition to Ready Math! A single login will get them to both resources.

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 their first.last name for their username and ######@Bsd (#=6-digit Student ID number) 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 one lesson per day for a reference point–or a total of 45 minutes per week. Continue reading Accessing i-Ready Lessons at Home

Requested: Word Work Center Material Donations

Phonics instruction builds foundational skills for reading.

A keen knowledge of phonics allows students to decode the sounds letters make and recode them into words that are otherwise unfamiliar to them. But, phonics is not a skill that comes innately like walking or speaking. Even if students have an understanding of the spoken sound or word, this does not mean they will be able to decode and recode a word to read it. This is where phonics instruction comes in. To develop phonics skills, primary grade teachers provide students with lots of practice manipulating letters, sounds and word chunks. We call this “Word Work”.

I’m creating word work centers for our classroom to help students develop their phonics skills and am in search of supplies to put in the centers. Below is a link to an Amazon list with the items we need. I thought some may have these items at home they’re no longer using that they’d be willing to donate to our class and/or others may be interested in purchasing items to contribute. These donations can be put to immediate use in our class helping to develop phonics skills. Many thanks to anyone who can help, but also no pressure if you’re not able help at this time.
 

Get Room 5’s Events Right on YOUR Calendar!

Did you know that you can get all the important dates for Room 5’s events right on your calendar? That’s right! If you add our Room 5 calendar to your electronic calendar–Google, ical, etc.–every time we add an event to our calendar, it will show up on your existing calendar. Never again wonder if it’s Spirit Week, when book orders are due, if its picture day, or whether there’s a PTO meeting tonight!

All you have to do is click on the link below (ical for Apple users; HTML for everyone else) and say “ok”. Bam! You’ve got the direct link to Room 5’s events and activities. You can also click on the plus sign located next to the words “Google Calendar” on our events calendar to the right of your screen and get our calendar directly linked.

Get our calendar here:
 

Welcome Back!

We’ve had a great first week to start the year! Here are a few reminders as we finish out week one:

Remind
Please make sure to sign up for Remind–the app we use for communication.  All communication is private and goes directly to me, not the group. This is the primary way I send communication.

Text: @clmrscox to the number 81010 and you will automatically join our class group.

Water Bottles
Please make sure your child has a water bottle at school each day. We can refill it here at school. I will remind students to take their water bottles home Fridays for cleaning. 

Extra Masks
Please send an extra mask each day in your child’s backpack. Many students like to switch out their mask if it becomes sweaty or gets food on it from lunch. Thank you!

Going Home Routine
If your child’s going home routine changes during the course of the day, please make sure you call the office so that I can be notified. 

Clear Lake Office- 541-689-0511

Tuesday Folders
Next Tuesday, we will start sending home Tuesday Folders. Each week please go over the contents with your child. Please send back the folder each Wednesday so it can be stuffed for the following week. 

Appropriate Shoes
Please make sure your child is wearing shoes for running and playing at recess and PE. Flip flops are not ideal and cause a safety hazard at school.

Get Text Reminders & Information from Room 5

Technology never ceases to amaze me. I love how it can simplify the everyday tasks–especially with kids at home! I’m a parent, too, so I can appreciate how hectic things can get, making it harder to remember everything. I’d like to help by encouraging you to sign up for text announcements and reminders from our class. The messages I send include information about upcoming projects and events, school functions, Popcorn Friday announcements, library book return reminders, book order due dates, pictures from our day, and more!

It is my hope that parents will participate in this FREE program as a way to improve home and school communication and help us to have a successful year. To sign up, all you have to do is text clmrscox to 81010. That’s it! Simple!

Rest assured that your personal cell phone number will never be shared. You’ll never receive advertisement texts, and you may choose to opt out at any time by messaging ‘STOP’ to the above number. If you do not have a cell phone or do not receive text messages, you may still subscribe via email by clicking on the link to the Remind website and entering your email address. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Scholastic Book Campaign

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to read–especially my students! They know books are my babies and that I strive to share with them as many titles and authors as I possibly can. My goal is to instill a love of reading so strong in them that they can’t help but devour books. Having a wide variety of books at all skill levels right in our classroom helps us achieve this goal.

I also advocate so strongly for reading because I know that EVERY job or role a child will grow up to have requires reading. Whether they become professors, carpenters, lawyers, CEO’s, moms/dads, plumbers, bankers, graphic designers–whatever–they will find so much more enjoyment and success if they can read with ease.

You can help us on our way to developing a diverse classroom library and tomorrow’s leaders by donating to our Scholastic Book Campaign. Your donation goes directly to our classroom (no fees or administrative costs!) and will put books into the hands of students right away.

Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and 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

FREE Self-Guided Tour and Activities

West Eugene Wetlands; Photo by Bob Petit
Self-guided Bike Tour of the West Eugene Wetlands:
In celebration of Spring time and in the spirit of health and modified community involvement, Laura Maloney, Program Coordinator for the Willamette Resources and Educational Network, mapped out a bicycle adventure through the West Eugene Wetlands and captured some signs of Spring for you and your families to enjoy. CLICK HERE to access the 12-mile, self-guided, interpretive bicycle tour. 
 
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the sites, sounds, and smells of nature in this Sensory Scavenger Hunt friendly for younger children and families. 
 
Dragonfly Learning Activities:
Dragonflies are engineering marvels! Learn about the dragonfly life-cycle, dragonfly flight, and design your own dragonfly in these learning activities suitable for upper Elementary and Middle School students. Bonus dragonfly mask craft! You can access the learning materials, craft templates and activity instructions HERE.

A Thank You to My Families

Dear Families,

As we wind down the year, I just wanted to share a few words of thanks with you. I have been so impressed by the resiliency, flexibility, and diligence I’ve witnessed over the course of this school year, despite the challenges living in a pandemic posed for all of us. Watching students learn to navigate technology typically reserved for adults has been wondrous and their kind hearts evident when I forget to do things like unmute myself! 

And, while it hasn’t been a typical year, I can confidently say that these second graders have far exceeded my expectations and have learned skills that will serve them well. I also want to say thank you to parents, siblings, caregivers, extended family, and friends who have helped to support our students. I have loved seeing photos and videos of families completing science projects together, parents reading with their child, and the collaboration among family members on larger projects. This doesn’t happen without the ongoing love and support of the people surrounding each child.

My heart is full, and I wish nothing but the best for each and every one of you. Now, take a moment and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it–and so much more!

Happy Summer!

Warmly,

Mrs. Cox