Field Trip to Bethel Farm Tomorrow, October 11th

Tomorrow, we are headed out on our field trip to the Bethel Farm. We will leave at 9am and return to school around 11:45. We will be back for our regularly scheduled lunchtime, so no special lunch arrangements need to be made.

Other important details:
• Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Shoes should be closed-toed, not sandals if possible.
• A raincoat and layers for keeping warm will be essential, as it is supposed to be quite cold and wet tomorrow.
• Bring a light snack. We will eat a snack at 11:00 before loading the bus around 11:30.
• Be ready to learn a lot and have fun!

September Students of the Month!

Congratulations to Paij Richardson and Briahna Parker! Paij and Briahna are being recognized as September’s Self Manager and Student of the Month, respectively. Paij is a returning student to room 13 this year and has been instrumental in showing students new to our classroom how things operate and the expectations of students in our room. She is self-motivated, responsible and productive. Briahna, a 4th grader, is new to room 13 and has truly stepped up to the challenge of being looked up to as a role model to younger grade students. She becomes more responsible and mature each day, and the responsibility she shows demonstrates that she is well on her way to a successful 4th grade year. Congratulations, girls! I am most proud!

Get Private Access to the Room 13 Photo Albums

Did you know our room 13 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 13 family!

To sign up, simply go to 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 Mrs. Cox an email asking for permission to let you join. No one is allowed to join that hasn’t received the approval from Mrs. Cox. 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 Mrs. Cox and she’ll get you all set up.

Room 13 Writes Morning Song

Every morning, we start the day with a song and dance to get ourselves geared up for the day ahead. After having some fun with a song re-written by another teacher in Tennessee this year, we thought we’d try our hand at re-writing the lyrics to another song for our morning jig. We re-worked Carly Rae Jespen’s song, Call Me Maybe, and developed dance moves to go with it. Our final product is showcased in this video. We’re pretty proud of our work and this video (this is a live video of our second time “performing” the song with our moves). Get a copy of the class-written lyrics here.

Congratulations to Spelling Bee Finalists

Congratulations to Paij, Mikayla and Trevor, Room 13’s Spelling Bee Finalists for the Annual Clear Lake Spelling Bee!

Clear Lake held its annual spelling bee on Tuesday, celebrating a year of learning and hard work. Students were given a written exam to qualify for the semi-finals and were given an oral exam to move on to the final. The competition was tough–words like territory, challenge, nocturnal, colonel, and nuisance topped the list. Despite the competition, the kids did amazingly. Well done, kiddos!

Senator Manning Visits Clear Lake

Clear Lake 4th and 5th graders welcomed Senator Manning today in follow up to our field trip to the State Capitol earlier this spring. Senator Manning, a 24-year Army Veteran, also serves on the Bethel School District Budget Committee.

The senator spoke about recent bills the Oregon government has passed, impacts of the financial forecast of the state on education in Oregon and his outlook on the state’s role in social services in generations to come. He also took questions from the students. 

Read our letters to Senator Manning here.

Room 13 Announces May Student of the Month and Self Manager

Congratulations to our May Student of the Month, Michael Morrison, and our Self Manager, Korynn Starnes. These students have exhibited incredible characteristics of perseverance, self-discipline and focus.

Michael has strived to show what a responsible young man he is. He shows great care and compassion for others and is always looking for ways he can help others. His degree of self-discipline has improved exponentially, and he has become an exceptional problem solver. Michael is also developing into an excellent peer leader.

Korynn has demonstrated incredible growth in responsibility and maturity this year. From the start of the year, her ability to work through difficult tasks without quitting has improved many times over. She is well known among her peers for her impeccable penmanship and attention to detail. Her quality work and personal responsibility will serve her well as she moves towards middle school.

Congratulations, kiddos! It’s been a pleasure watching you grow this year.

Hurry and “Book” It: OBOB is Coming!

Every year, students from Clear Lake participate in the Oregon Battle of the Books competition (OBOB). OBOB is a statewide reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, support academic excellence and promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

One of the challenges schools often face in operating the program is purchasing and providing enough books for everyone to participate. Clear Lake has been very fortunate to have a Media Coordinator, Leslie Brown, who secures copies of all of the OBOB titles for our school library. Sometimes, though, with so many kids wanting to join in this exciting event, the specific title a student wants isn’t always immediately available because it is checked out to another kiddo. Enter DonorsChoose.orgContinue reading Hurry and “Book” It: OBOB is Coming!

Not So “Itsy Bitsy” Spiders

This week in reading we are learning about spiders. We have read a variety of selections, both fictional and informational, that discuss the various types of spiders, spiders that are venomous vs. ones that are harmless, how spiders spin their webs and even how they keep from getting stuck in their own web. One of the spiders we’ve learned about is the Orb Spider. This video shows a type of orb spider — the Spiny Orb Weaver Spider — spinning its web. Notice how the spider pulls down on each of the spoke webs to attach the next row of silk. Fascinating!

Clear Lake Walks & Rolls to School

Students at Clear Lake participated in the National Walk and Bike to School Day–also known as the Walk and Roll to School event. Schools, cities, volunteer groups, public health and law enforcement agencies and parents alike participate in Bike to School Day events to celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation.

National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country to join together to celebrate safe, active transportation and, where needed, to bring attention to necessary changes so more people can safely bicycle to more places. Participation in the annual event grows every year and as of today, over 2,500 schools in 49 states have registered events on the official Bike to School Day website,

“Bicycling is a wonderful way to exercise, have fun and can be a means for some students to get to school,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.  “National Bike to School Day is an opportunity for communities to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and promote bicycle safety for Americans of all ages.”

A special thank you to Pat McGillivray’s son, Kelley, for putting together this fun video for us to share with our students and families!