The Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was organized in August 2009 to support Bethel schools. The mission of the Bethel Education Foundation is to enhance and invest in educational excellence in the Bethel School District. As part of this mission, BEF awards mini grants to teachers annually for a variety of teacher-produced projects. This year, we were fortunate to be awarded not one, but TWO grants from the foundation.
Our first project, A Technology Intervention, will fund the purchase of six Chromebooks with the primary goal of integrating technology into our math block. Bethel School District is in the rollout phase of introducing the Response to Intervention model in math, which means students will need to have independent activities available that can help ensure they are continuing to be actively and meaningfully engaged while the teacher works with small groups of students at the back table during intervention time.
Fortunately, there are a variety of online resources available that students will access on the Chromebooks as they rotate through the technology station, completing tasks such as daily fact fluency practice, accessing highly-engaging online math games such as Prodigy and Zearn and practicing math skills using online interactive math manipulatives. These programs are designed to meet students where their skill level is currently and help them build on those skills, helping students feel a sense of success while filling gaps in learning that will keep them from accessing grade level materials easily.
Our second grant, Magic in Math, will provide supplies and materials to transform math lessons into unforgettable experiences to help students retain content. Based on the book The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King, the idea behind this project is to incorporate games, hands-on activities, engaging mini-lessons, interactive notebooks and mini-room transformations—think math plus a little drama!—into math instruction to help draw in students. Continue reading Room 5 Awarded TWO BEF Grants!
It’s that time of year again! Time to meet with your child’s teacher and find out more about what we’ve been learning during the first third of the year.
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 6th. You should have received a paper in your child’s Tuesday folder with your scheduled time. If you do not know when your conference is, you can email me or phone the school at 541-689-0511. The front office has a copy of our conference schedule and will be able to help you even if we are in class and I’m unable to take your call right away. If you can’t make your scheduled time, please let me know so that we can reschedule.
I would encourage you to bring your child to the conference with you, too. They have lots to share about what they’ve done so far this year, and it is a perfect opportunity to help your child develop ownership of their learning.
Beginning this week, parents will receive a copy of their child’s basic math facts progress. This report is generated from Xtra Math, the online math facts practice program students are using in class. There are several components to the parent report that you will want to be familiar with.
Continue reading How to Read the Xtra Math Parent Report
Students in Room 5 received a gift today–their very own copy of No, David!–from several very generous donors. Donors provided enough funding to purchase each child one book each month from our Scholastic Book order. This means that by year end, each child will have nine books to start or add to their at-home library! As a child, I remember the joy of seeing that red and white Scholastic box come into our classroom, knowing that it contained brand new books to enjoy. Now, 2nd graders in our class can enjoy both new books purchased for our classroom library or by their parents and look forward to a brand new book for them to take home.
As a teacher and a mom, I value the joy of reading immensely. In fact, this is why my only homework requirement is to read! Hopefully, this will help to spark that same love of reading in your child and give them something to read for their weekly homework. I also hope you will join me in extending a most gracious thank you to our donors who made this possible. (Feel free to add your comments below!)
Did you know our room 5 family keeps photo albums of the activities, events and day-to-day happenings going on in our room? Even better, did you know they are digital albums families can enjoy from home or on the go, too? We like to keep things private from the general public, so we keep our albums on a password protected site, but you can access them by signing up as a parent or member of the Room 5 family!
To sign up, simply go to our Shutterfly Photo Page and enter your information for a FREE Shutterfly account. If you already use Shutterfly, you can just login as yourself and it will send me an email asking for permission to let you join. No one is allowed to join that hasn’t received my approval. This way, we can help ensure that our kids’ photos stay safe.
Once you’re in, feel free to look through our albums or even add your own photos! You can also download photos to save on your personal device or print at local retailers. Shutterfly teams with Target and Walgreens, too, so you can print your selected photos directly to the store to pick up today!
If you have questions or need help signing up, just email me, and I’ll get you all set up.
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 Popcorn Friday, whether there’s a PTO meeting tonight or when the music concert is!
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:
I am pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the Common Core. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress!
To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:
1. Go to https://www.ixl.com
2. Enter your child’s username and password and click “Sign in.” (Login information was sent home on Tuesday, September 11th. If you don’t have your child’s login information, feel free to email me and I’ll send it over to you!)
3. Click on any skill to start learning!
IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child’s demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child’s results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.
I hope you’ll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here’s to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!
We are using a tool in our classroom called Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows the teacher to post questions, announcements and assignments on a class “feed”. The feed looks a lot like a stripped version of a typical social media platform, except the content on the page is restricted to only those items posted by the classroom teacher. The site is closed to the public, and only registered students and the facilitating teacher have access to it.
Our Google Classroom is managed locally by the district technology department. Students must have a signed parent permission form on file in order to access this resource. If your student does not have a signed form, I will be in touch with you to answer any questions you may have and ask whether you’re willing to give your child permission. Continue reading Learning in the 21st Century: Google Classroom
To save you time and streamline the school registration process, Bethel School District is about to launch an online student registration system for the coming school year. This is a secure system that allows you to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information for your child. The online system replaces nearly all the hard copy student registration and permission forms that parents/guardians used to complete at Clear Lake in mid-August.
You will soon receive an email or letter from our school with instructions on how to access the online student registration system. The instructions will include a secure “snapcode” to create your child’s account. To make the process easier for families with multiple children, you will have the option to copy all generic family information to all other students in your family. We would appreciate you completing these online forms as soon as possible after receiving the email or letter. Your child’s registration will not be complete until the forms have been submitted. If you do not have access to the internet, you can use a computer at our school to complete the process.
Also, please make plans to come to Clear Lake on either Tuesday, August 14th from 7:00am-4:00pm or Wednesday, August 15th from 10:00am-7:00pm to finalize registration. If you have any further questions, please contact the school office at 541-689-0511.
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 reminders I will send include homework assignments, upcoming projects and events, school functions, Popcorn Friday reminders 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!