Picture Day Updates

RE-TAKES: If you missed picture day last month you still have one last opportunity to have a school picture this year. Our gym will be open for drop-in pictures on Thursday, May 20, from 1:00-4:00 PM. Please wear a mask and follow all social distancing procedures.


Clear Lake will have picture days on April 26th and April 29th. Students in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)–all students currently enrolled in my classes–will be able to come to the school gym on either of those days between the hours of 12:30 and 4:00 PM to have their picture taken.

Please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines. Students will be able to remove masks for pictures. We are asking that our CDL students and families enter through the exterior gym doors on picture days (see map to right).

Clear Lake families may order pictures online at mylifetouch.com with the Picture day ID EVTF8BGNR or pick up a paper order form from the front office.

For questions, please contact the Clear Lake office at 541-689-0511.


LIVE Stream of the Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellyfish Live at Monterey Bay AquariumWe started reading about ocean life and jellyfish this week in reading. While the photos are beautiful, there’s something quite amazing about seeing jellyfish glide through the water. Now, we can! Check out this live stream of jellyfish from the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Monterey Bay Aquarium lets you virtually visit the aquatic animals they house–all for free! See sharks, watch birds, follow the African penguins around, and check out the jellyfish (my personal favorite). 

Sleep Struggles?

At our next parent collaboration group–Tuesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 22nd–we are going to talk about sleep. So many of our students are having disrupted sleep which leads to a hard time with everything else. We will problem solve these situations together!

Several $100 gift cards will be given out. We’ve had small turnout at a few of these sessions where every parent ended up with $100 gift card!

Continue reading Sleep Struggles?

Spring Conferences Available

Parent-teacher conferences are approaching quickly. This optional conference is available to parents who are interested in checking in with classroom teachers about how their child is doing with distance learning and/or about any continued support that may be needed. If you’d like to meet, you can schedule a conference here. Conferences will be held via Zoom. A personalized link will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your scheduled time.

There are also a few upcoming dates to be aware of:
·       April 26th School Pictures (Available anytime between 12:30pm to 4pm)
·       April 28th No School (Conferences)
·       April 29th School Pictures (Available anytime between 12:30pm to 4pm)
Want these dates auto-populated on your calendar? Learn here how to subscribe to our classroom calendar: http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/ccox/2020/12/07/get-room-5s-events-right-on-your-calendar/

School Photos Coming Soon!

School pictures are coming soon! Pictures will be taken from 12:30pm to 4pm on Monday, 4-26 and Thursday, 4-29. ***Note the time change from my original email.

The Lifetouch flier and picture packet that would normally be sent home physically with your student can be found here. The packets will be available here on the picture days if you want to wait to pick one up when you come in for photos or you are welcome to come to the office anytime to get one. Online ordering is also available. Clear Lake’s online ordering code is EVTF8BGNR.

For questions, please contact Teresa in the front office at 541-689-0511.

Free Books for 2nd Graders

Each year, Connected Lane County partners with the United Way and Early Learning Alliance to put on a program called BookFest. Ten lucky elementary schools are invited to participate each year, and this year Clear Lake is included! This means our K-2 students will each receive at least three books at the end of the school year.
There are 10 titles to choose from and students are to pick their top five selections. Kids will receive at least 3 of their 5 selections. Here’s a Google Form for kids to enter their selections: https://forms.gle/GAVp9WUKyAEynv8W6.
I’d also encourage your to take a look at this annotated list to read a brief summary of each title along with information on reading levels and type of book that it is. There are quite a few easy picture books, but also some chapter books. This should help with picking appropriate titles.

We need the completed forms for all students by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 13. Please let me or Leslie Brown, our Media Coordinator, know if you need any assistance.

Caregiver Collaboration and Connection Group

Distance Learning can be CHALLENGING! The challenges can vary from trying to maintain consistent schedules to responding to noticeable changes in childrens’ behavior.  Many students may be showing their frustration about distance learning by arguing with guardians, avoiding class work in various ways, and sometimes more disruptive behaviors that may feel surprising. Some of the behaviors can catch us by surprise and can be very challenging for parents and guardians to navigate. 

If your child is struggling with their behavior during distance learning, you are not alone. The school psychologists and counselors in Bethel are teaming up to offer support. Based on input from families, we are offering three opportunities for parents and guardians to collaborate and get ideas for working through some of these challenges. Our team will share ways to prevent and respond to these behaviors, as well as offer guardians some time to share and collaborate with each other through open discussion, regarding the challenges families are facing, ideas that have worked, and come up with new solutions. 

We are offering multiple groups throughout the year, with three different time and day options. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card.  Continue reading Caregiver Collaboration and Connection Group

Cincinnati Zoo Presents Winter Home Safari Series

Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is reprising the wildly popular Home Safaris that it created to bring the zoo to people at home when it was closed last spring. The winter Home Safari series, which runs through the month of February, will feature behind-the-scenes visits, animals enjoying enrichment, and some surprise announcements!

This week, you can meet the zoo’s new ostrich, Myrtle, and check in on Komodo dragon Hudo to see how he’s doing after his double cataract surgery. And–spoiler alert–they will also be revealing a pregnancy during the home safaris! Which animal will be welcoming a new baby? Tune in to find out!

Check out all past and future home safaris on the Zoo’s You Tube channel.

Live Chat with Astronaut Stan Love

Astronaut Stan Love | Photo Courtesy of Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

This morning, STEM 30 along with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum hosted a live chat featuring astronaut Stan Love. Love flew on Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-122 and performed two spacewalks. During the live chat, Love answered questions and explained why communication is so important in space travel.

Our morning session group jumped on to the chat during class and, among many other very interesting things, learned that Astronaut Love went to school right here in Eugene! We posted that we were a 2nd grade class from Eugene and got a shout out during the live stream! Check it out! It’s about 32 minutes into the chat.