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

UPDATE: Books have arrived! Pick up your child’s FREE books at Clear Lake weekdays 8am to 4pm in the front office.
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.

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 https://studenthelp.bethel.k12.or.us.

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!

Cue the Qball!

Last week, we were greeted by the joyous sounds of the annual Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) Grant Parade! Each year the BEF raises funds to support our district classrooms through their grant program. Grant applications can be for anything–books, cameras, art supplies, etc.–and are scored through a blind scoring process. The process can be very competitive, so wining a grant is very, very exciting! This year, 33 classrooms had grants funded, including our class. 

Our application was for a fun new tool called a Qball. This is a ball that looks much like a playground ball and can be tossed, rolled and generally handled by busy little ones, but has one special feature you won’t find in a playground ball–a microphone! The microphone connects to a bluetooth speaker and amplifies the kids’ voices when they speak into the ball by sending the signal to the speaker! We have placed our order for our new tool and it should be here when we return from winter break. 

Want to learn more about it? Check it out here

Donors Chose Room 5!

As everyone knows, budgets in school districts can be tight. Money for “extras” like headphones for every child in a classroom isn’t always available, and teachers have to be resourceful sometimes to make these kinds of visions come to fruition. Most recently, I took to Donors Choose to request funding for a class set of headphones. The class is fortunate enough to enjoy a cart of Chromebooks paid for by Bethel Education Foundation Grants and supplemented by Clear Lake’s Parent-Teacher Organization. The trouble had been that many of the educational sites and programs students were accessing in class had audio components students needed to hear. Further, since these applications are all individualized for each student’s skill level, no two kids were hearing the same audio at the same time. It turned the classroom into a gymnasium at times, hearing all of the different sounds and directions from 30 different computers at the same time! Continue reading Donors Chose Room 5!

Room 5 Awarded TWO BEF Grants!

The Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was organized in August 2009 to support Bethel schools. The mission of the Bethel Education Foundation is to enhance and invest in educational excellence in the Bethel School District. As part of this mission, BEF awards mini grants to teachers annually for a variety of teacher-produced projects. This year, we were fortunate to be awarded not one, but TWO grants from the foundation.

Our first project, A Technology Intervention, will fund the purchase of six Chromebooks with the primary goal of integrating technology into our math block. Bethel School District is in the rollout phase of  introducing the Response to Intervention model in math, which means students will need to have independent activities available that can help ensure they are continuing to be actively and meaningfully engaged while the teacher works with small groups of students at the back table during intervention time.

Fortunately, there are a variety of online resources available that students will access on the Chromebooks as they rotate through the technology station, completing tasks such as daily fact fluency practice, accessing highly-engaging online math games such as Prodigy and Zearn and practicing math skills using online interactive math manipulatives. These programs are designed to meet students where their skill level is currently and help them build on those skills, helping students feel a sense of  success while filling gaps in learning that will keep them from accessing grade level materials easily.

Our second grant, Magic in Math, will provide supplies and materials to transform math lessons into unforgettable experiences to help students retain content. Based on the book The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King, the idea behind this project is to incorporate games, hands-on activities, engaging mini-lessons, interactive notebooks and mini-room transformations—think math plus a little drama!—into math instruction to help draw in students. Continue reading Room 5 Awarded TWO BEF Grants!