The past week has been full of trainings, meetings and planning as we prepared to rollout distance learning to students across the district. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through how to provide instruction to your student(s) during this unprecedented event. Below you will find lots of information about how to access resources and keep your child engaged in this new teaching and learning model.
Several families have asked questions regarding paper/pencil work packets. All packets that were requested have been mailed. I have heard from some families that they are just arriving today! These packets are supplemental, and there is no need to return them. You may choose to do as much or as little of these packets as your family chooses. They will not be graded. At this time, the district has no plans to continue mailing paper packets home. Instead, instructional materials are being made available on the district website here.
With this new model of providing materials only via the web, this brought forth a new issue: devices for students. Some of you have heard from the Technology Department and have picked up a device for your student to use. If you are still in need of a device, there is a device pick up happening TODAY, Monday, April 13 from 12:30 to 6pm at the high school. If you cannot make this pick up or have other technology-related questions, please call the Technology Help Line at 541.607.1450. They will be able to help you with questions related to internet access and obtaining a district-provided device.
Class Meet Ups
I’m VERY excited to announce that we are going to be able to start meeting online via Zoom as a class starting this week! I will be holding two sessions, one on Wednesday at 9am and one on Thursday at 1pm. Students should plan to attend both sessions. This will be a time for us to meet up, say hello, answer questions and finally just be together! The sessions are accessed through our private class link. This link was sent to parents in an email and is posted in our Google Classroom. If you cannot find it, please email Mrs. Cox.
Google Classroom is an online “virtual classroom” where I can post activities, lessons and links. There are a couple of activities already posted there the kids can login and check out. NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIRED! They can also login there to get the link to our Class Meet Up without having to look around for our link. If your student needs their login, you can contact me, and I will look it up.
All student logins follow the same format:
Password: cls###### (The ###### is your child’s student registration number)
I look forward to seeing my 2nd graders’ smiling faces this week. Stay healthy!
The 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.
Teachers are still learning more about how our roll out of distance learning is going to look, but have been hard at working preparing materials for students to work on in the meantime. The packets I called you about last week (week of March 30) are being prepared for mailing today, so you should see them in your mailboxes soon! These same resources are also going to be made available online. You can access them here: https://sites.google.com/bethel.k12.or.us/sr2020
I’ll be reaching out again once we know our next steps, so stay tuned. I miss all my kiddos and am itching to get things going for them!
Next week, Doug is inviting students into his home for a LIVE, 20-minute science show. He’ll answer real kids’ questions about the current situation we’re all dealing with, as well as share a few fun surprises.
See Mystery Doug Livestream
Tuesday, April 7 at 10 am Pacific
Can’t make it live? View the recording using the link above to see it after the event.
Looking for something fun to do as a family? Why not save Sad Stone from the deserted island in this FUN family science lesson! You can do this with items around your house (read: costs nothing!), explore the basic properties of water and buoyancy, and everyone can join in. Just click on the link in this post to get the instructions and optional printable form. One other thing–don’t forget to HAVE FUN!
I quite simply cannot get enough of these live streams of jellyfish from the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We may be home for Spring Break, but there is so much to see from home. 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).
Time for Kids–a kid-friendly version of the standard magazine Time–is making their magazine available on a digital platform at no charge for the remainder of the school year to help keep kids engaged during the extended closures schools are experiencing right now. You can get access just by visiting the Time for Kids website and filling out a short registration form. The magazine covers all kinds of kid-focused topics from sports to animals to world records to technology and more!
Have kids in multiple grade levels? You can sign up for each grade and have your kids engage in conversations around the articles! The different grade levels cover the same main content in each issue, but are written at grade specific levels. Sounds like great dinner-time conversation material to me!
They look cute, but not all pets can be trusted. Take Jake, for example. Jake the Cat lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and loves to swipe neighbors’ clothing–gloves, socks, even underwear! In Florida, an alligator crept into one lady’s house in the middle of the night and crashed her party. And, then there’s Sam. Sam, a seagull in Scotland, swoops into his local convenience store to swipe cheesy Doritos on a regular basis. These stories–and many more–are retold in one of my favorite books, Bad Pets.
Recently, Dalen discovered these funny stories and agreed to read you Sam’s story. Once you’ve heard Sam’s story, check out the news story to see him in action. Many thanks to Dalen for his skillful reading and his mom, Dalen’s in-house videographer!
Read any good books lately? Comment below to tell us all about what we should be reading this break!
Who wants to go to Weather School with me!? Let’s go!
This Thursday at 10 A.M, Ed Piotrowski at WPDE in South Carolina will be live on Facebook with lessons on weather he does for over 100 schools around the eastern coast of South Carolina area each year. He talks about and shows photos and videos of tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, clouds, and other fascinating weather phenomena. Even adults will learn something!
I tuned in this morning and learned what students and faculty do in case of a tornado (something I’ve never had to do growing up and teaching in the Pacific Northwest my whole life!). See what else I learned here.
Dreary weather giving you the blues? Want to get active, but prefer to stay dry? Try some of these great indoor activities to get you moving!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga: A YouTube channel with fun themes and great ways to get your body moving.
- GoNoodle: Guided dancing videos and workouts with fresh start fitness.
- Glenn Higgins Fitness: Another YouTube option that bases his workouts on characters like Spider-Man and Black Panther.
- Zumba Kids: Did you know Ms. Bayer teaches Zumba? Zumba Kids shows you how to do it, too!
- 15 More Ideas for getting your kiddos moving while stuck inside!