Become a Math Ace

Math games with deck of cardsAlthough we have XtraMath and iReady at our fingertips for number fluency and math practice, I thought it would be fun to infuse some games into math while we’re away. Below are several games that can be played with something you probably already have at home: a deck of standard playing cards! So, grab your deck, and let’s play!

Total of 10
In Total of 10, students are trying to find cards that total 10. The goal is to empty their total of 10 board so that they have no cards left. This game is terrific because it is a solitaire style game–it can be played independently or as a team. Visit First Grader Round Up to learn how to play and for two more fun and easy base 10 games!

Make a 10 (or a 15 or 20 or…)
One of the terrific things about math card games is that many of them can be customized for various concepts and skill levels. The original goal of this game was to look at the cards you’re dealt to find ones that add up to 10, but it can be changed to 15, 20, or any number you choose. You can also add to the difficulty by allowing addition and subtraction (for example, you could use 8+4=12 or 12-2=10). Get the rules and free printable mats here. Continue reading Become a Math Ace

Parents and families, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. My most heartfelt appreciation goes out to parents, families and caregivers as they have gone above and beyond to help our students navigate distance learning while delivering an outpouring of hope and support to teachers and staff. It’s a monumental task we are asking of you and you have been rockstars! I’ve seen parents prompting students to give more information to the teacher in their assignments, photos of families conducting our science experiments together and open communication between home and school with parents ensuring their child is keeping up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Clear Lake Spirit Week October 26th-30th

Hey, kids! Clear Lake is having Spirit Week next week, October 26th to 30th! Get your gear set out and be ready for a week of fun and school spirit! The whole school is participating this time, so even our visitors will be dressed up like us! Here’s the plan for the week:

Monday, October 26: Hat Day
Tuesday, October 27: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, October 28: PJ Day
Thursday, October 29: Sports Day
Friday, October 30: Character Day (Dress up like your favorite book or TV show character!)

Mark those calendars!!

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 ######FL (#=6-digit Student ID number + FL=first initial and last initial) 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 in each subject area for a reference point. Continue reading Accessing i-Ready Lessons at Home

Supply Pick Up September 16th, 17th & 18th

Clear Lake is providing school supplies and classroom materials to all Clear Lake families free of charge. The school supply kits have materials for every student to use to engage in Comprehensive Distance Learning and their Ready Math books that they will need for class. If you aren’t able to pick up your supplies, you can call the Clear Lake office at 541-689-0511 to make an appointment! They’ll get you all set up.

Clear Lake supply pick-up is on Wednesday (9/16) and Thursday (9/17), during the hours of 2:00 and 6:00 PM, and Friday (9/18) from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We are now asking families to park and enter the building at the front entrance. Individuals picking up supplies will be directed through our courtyard to the supply pick-up door at our Cafeteria. We will have social distancing procedures in place, masks are required, and families will need to follow all signage.

Questions about supply pick up? Call the front office at 541.689.0511.

Student Logins

To log in to Chromebooks, Seesaw, Clever, and other district sites, Bethel students will use their District-provided username and password. Below is a chart showing the login formats for each site or resource. Nearly every login requires knowing your student’s ID number. If you do not have that number, please email, text or call me and I’ll provide it to you.

Family invitations to connect to students via Seesaw were sent on September 16th. Please check your email for this information.

Meet the Teacher Night Recap

Miss the Meet the Teacher Night session this evening? Not to fret! Below, you’ll find the slide deck from our meeting where you can catch up on the details shared. If you have additional questions, feel free to email, call or text me. I may not have an answer for you, but I’m more than happy to track the information down!

Note: Click on the image below to start the slideshow. Slides will auto-advanced every 5 seconds or you can click to advance through the steps more quickly.

Virtual Meet the Teacher Night

On Thursday, September 10th, Clear Lake will hold a virtual Meet the Teacher Night, starting at 6pm. Get to know a little bit about your child’s teacher, schedules, music and PE classes, and expectations for Zoom. 

The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00 PM K-2 Teacher Zooms
6:30 PM 3-5 Teacher Zooms
7:00 Title I Parent Presentation Zoom with Mrs. Ziegler

You’ll receive a direct link to our Zoom session in your email. If you did not receive this information, please email me or call the main office at 541.689.0511 for the link. I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Chromebook Pick Up

Bethel School District will check out Chromebooks to K-12 students who need a device to take part in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Below is the schedule for elementary student pick-up at Willamette High School:

Wednesday, 9/2
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Elem students with last name A-E
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Elem students with last name F-L
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Elem students with last name M-R
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Elem students with last name S-Z

Thursday, 9/3
Noon-7:00pm Remaining student pick-up K-12

Get Text Reminders 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!