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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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

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.

2021-22 Registration Now Open

Current Clear Lake families should have received a letter in the mail with a snapcode to register for the 2021-22 school year. This code is a personalized alpha-numeric code used for connecting your registration for the upcoming year with your child’s current enrollment information. The registration page will ask for your code and then for you to login with your parent account. If you did not receive this letter or have lost your code, please let us know.

If your child(ren) is not returning, please call or email the front office. This helps us plan for staffing and make preparations for the coming school year. 

For additional assistance, please contact the Clear Lake office at 541-689-0511 or email Marla. The office staff can also answer any other enrollment-related questions you may have.

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:
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.

First Ever Kids’ Live Stream of Inaugural Ceremonies

From Dr. Jill Biden: Join us for the first-ever livestream for young Americans before and during the Inaugural Ceremonies. The livestream, hosted by award-winning entertainer and advocate Keke Palmer, will feature a special message from Dr. Jill Biden; commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar; a segment on presidential pets produced by Nickelodeon; excerpts of student voices from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs “We the Young People” programming; trivia questions, including some asked by Doug Emhoff; segments produced by the Library of Congress; and other special features.

Technology Support Services

Technology Help DeskThe new Bethel Parent and Student Technology Help Desk is now live on the district website. The Help Desk is designed to be a service available to parents and students who are struggling with the use of technology as we begin to implement Distance Learning. These resources are available on the Supplemental Services webpage and is available in both English and Spanish. You can get assistance by calling the Help Desk at 541.607.1450 or by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at

Scholastic Book Clubs Shipping Home

Great news if you’re looking for new books for your child’s collection. Scholastic Book Club–the company who produces the monthly book order flyers you usually see in your child’s Tuesday folder–is now offering parents the opportunity to purchase through the club and have products shipped directly to their homes! This supports our classroom (we earn points for book club orders that I redeem for books in our classroom library) and it’s a cost-effective way for families to enjoy new books. All you need to do is click here and enter our class code: PB2FJ. Happy reading!