Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and you’re probably hearing, “I’m bored!”. You might also be thinking you want to find ways to help your student continue learning over the break and prevent what educators often refer to as “summer slide”–the steps backwards students often take at the start of a new school year when they haven’t utilized the skills and content they’ve learned the previous school year while on summer break. But, fear not, there are many simple things you can do at little to no cost to keep your kiddo active and help ensure they’re ready for school this fall while enjoying the time you have at home with them. Continue reading Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

FREE Self-Guided Tour and Activities

West Eugene Wetlands; Photo by Bob Petit
Self-guided Bike Tour of the West Eugene Wetlands:
In celebration of Spring time and in the spirit of health and modified community involvement, Laura Maloney, Program Coordinator for the Willamette Resources and Educational Network, mapped out a bicycle adventure through the West Eugene Wetlands and captured some signs of Spring for you and your families to enjoy. CLICK HERE to access the 12-mile, self-guided, interpretive bicycle tour. 
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the sites, sounds, and smells of nature in this Sensory Scavenger Hunt friendly for younger children and families. 
Dragonfly Learning Activities:
Dragonflies are engineering marvels! Learn about the dragonfly life-cycle, dragonfly flight, and design your own dragonfly in these learning activities suitable for upper Elementary and Middle School students. Bonus dragonfly mask craft! You can access the learning materials, craft templates and activity instructions HERE.

A Thank You to My Families

Dear Families,

As we wind down the year, I just wanted to share a few words of thanks with you. I have been so impressed by the resiliency, flexibility, and diligence I’ve witnessed over the course of this school year, despite the challenges living in a pandemic posed for all of us. Watching students learn to navigate technology typically reserved for adults has been wondrous and their kind hearts evident when I forget to do things like unmute myself! 

And, while it hasn’t been a typical year, I can confidently say that these second graders have far exceeded my expectations and have learned skills that will serve them well. I also want to say thank you to parents, siblings, caregivers, extended family, and friends who have helped to support our students. I have loved seeing photos and videos of families completing science projects together, parents reading with their child, and the collaboration among family members on larger projects. This doesn’t happen without the ongoing love and support of the people surrounding each child.

My heart is full, and I wish nothing but the best for each and every one of you. Now, take a moment and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it–and so much more!

Happy Summer!


Mrs. Cox

Bookfest Books are HERE!

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 each receive FREE books!

Those books have now arrived and are ready for pick up. Please pick up your child’s books at the Clear Lake front office any weekday 8am to 4pm. Have questions or need alternate arrangements? Please call the office at 541.689.0511.

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!

Continue reading Help Fight Summer Learning Loss

End of the Year Information

Chromebooks in a pile charging their batteriesOur last day for students will be Thursday, June 17th. We will still have our regular online Zoom sessions all that week through Thursday.

To successfully reopen Clear Lake in September, Chromebooks and the charging cords need to be returned. Bethel loaned out more than 3,000 Chromebooks which need to be cleaned, reorganized, repaired and prepared for September.

Here is the schedule for returning student Chromebooks:

  • Friday, June 18th:  7:30am-4:00pm at Willamette High School South Parking Lot
  • Monday, June 21st:  7:30am-4:00pm at Willamette High School South Parking Lot
  • Tuesday, June 22nd:  7:30am-4:00pm at Willamette High School South Parking Lot
  • Wednesday, June 23rd:  Noon to 7pm at Willamette High School South Parking Lot

Call our school office at 541.689.0511 if you have any questions.

Summer Program Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Bethel’s free Summer Enrichment Camps.

Camps run from June 28th to August 27th and are free of charge. All grade levels are included (referenced grades are a child’s enrolled grade for the upcoming 2021-22 school year). Meals and transportation are provided.

There is something for everyone, including skateboarding, art, singing, robotics, frisbees, hiking, cooking, band, painting, inventing, sewing and more. Camp attendance is limited, so register now.

Click here to review the camp descriptions and to register.

Bethel’s Summer Enrichment Camps are in addition to Bethel’s traditional Summer School programming, such as credit recovery classes, English Language Development, summer reading and special education.