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!

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. 

Mrs. Cox