Meet the Teacher Night Recap

Miss the Meet the Teacher Night session this evening? Not to fret! Below, you’ll find the slide deck from our meeting where you can catch up on the details shared. If you have additional questions, feel free to email, call or text me. I may not have an answer for you, but I’m more than happy to track the information down!

Note: Click on the image below to start the slideshow. Slides will auto-advanced every 5 seconds or you can click to advance through the steps more quickly.

Virtual Meet the Teacher Night

On Thursday, September 10th, Clear Lake will hold a virtual Meet the Teacher Night, starting at 6pm. Get to know a little bit about your child’s teacher, schedules, music and PE classes, and expectations for Zoom. 

The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00 PM K-2 Teacher Zooms
6:30 PM 3-5 Teacher Zooms
7:00 Title I Parent Presentation Zoom with Mrs. Ziegler

You’ll receive a direct link to our Zoom session in your email. If you did not receive this information, please email me or call the main office at 541.689.0511 for the link. I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Chromebook Pick Up

Bethel School District will check out Chromebooks to K-12 students who need a device to take part in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Below is the schedule for elementary student pick-up at Willamette High School:

Wednesday, 9/2
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Elem students with last name A-E
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Elem students with last name F-L
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Elem students with last name M-R
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Elem students with last name S-Z

Thursday, 9/3
Noon-7:00pm Remaining student pick-up K-12

Get Text Reminders from Room 5

Technology never ceases to amaze me. I love how it can simplify the everyday tasks–especially with kids at home! I’m a parent, too, so I can appreciate how hectic things can get, making it harder to remember everything. I’d like to help by encouraging you to sign up for text announcements and reminders from our class. The messages I send include information about upcoming projects and events, school functions, Popcorn Friday announcements, library book return reminders, book order due dates, pictures from our day, and more!

It is my hope that parents will participate in this FREE program as a way to improve home and school communication and help us to have a successful year. To sign up, all you have to do is text clmrscox to 81010. That’s it! Simple!

Rest assured that your personal cell phone number will never be shared. You’ll never receive advertisement texts, and you may choose to opt out at any time by messaging ‘STOP’ to the above number. If you do not have a cell phone or do not receive text messages, you may still subscribe via email by clicking on the link to the Remind website and entering your email address. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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

A Letter to My Students

Dear Class,

When you wake up and get out of bed each day, you have no way of knowing what the day will bring. It’s one of life’s joys. And one of life’s mysteries. When we came together in September as a 2nd grade class, we had no way of knowing that by spring break we’d be working and learning from home. That our living rooms, bedrooms and dining room tables would become our classrooms. We had no way of knowing that the masks we donned for our Contraction Surgery would be everyday attire in just a few short months. We had no way of knowing that we’d be saying our end of school goodbyes using video conference calling usually only reserved for the business world. But what I do know is this: we are now a family bonded by an experience that will remain with us forever. 

Every fall, teachers prepare for a new school year. A new group of students. New lessons. And, maybe even a new outfit. We have the whole school year in front of us. We dream a million dreams about the world we’re gonna make. We think we have a plan. But, if we have learned nothing else this year, we’ve learned that plans don’t always go as planned, despite the name, and that sometimes time grabs us by the wrists and directs us where to go. It’s something unpredictable and what really matters is what you do with it. You must attend to the task and not ask why. The lesson will be learned in time.

Before we left school, we shared a space together, lessons together, experiences together. As a class, we laughed together. We cried together. We learned together. We spent hours upon hours honing our skills and growing. School became our home away from home, and I saw more of my school kids than my own kids. But that was OK. They know how important teachers are to students and how important you are to me. To have all that uprooted suddenly and be robbed of the many weeks we still had ahead of us hurt. My heart ached. But, remember how I said the lesson will be learned in time?

Through it all, I learned how smart and resilient you are. I watched how adaptable you can be. I witnessed how responsible you are. I felt the warmth of your smiles, even on the most challenging days. I saw you overcome obstacles and grow as leaders. You persevered. You took what many would have said was impossible and made it a reality. You showed everyone around you what 7- and 8-year-old kids can make happen. And, so I thank you for letting me be a part of it all. You really do keep me forever young.

As you head off into summer, I want to leave you with this: Dream a million dreams. Think of what the world could be. Live in a world you design and be the vision of the one you hope to see. Dance. Warm the world with your smile. Remember that’s its not about how fast we get there or what’s waiting on the other side, but the climb. And, when you can choose anything, choose kind. Above all else, know you are loved.

The days without you have been long, my friends, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. Until then, may your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. 

Mrs. Cox

Chromebook Turn In

It’s time to return the district-loaned devices in order to prepare for the coming school year. Bethel loaned out more than 2,300 Chromebooks which now need to be cleaned, reorganized, repaired and prepared for September. Drop off is at Willamette High School. Here is the schedule for returning Chromebooks:

Monday, June 15th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Tuesday, June 16th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday, June 17th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Thursday, June 17th:  Noon to 7pm

Questions? Call 541-607-1450

Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and since we have been cooped up for weeks, 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

NASA Launches Spacecraft Dragon May 30

Mystery Doug had lots of interesting questions about space travel answered on his last live program, and it was just in time for the SpaceX launch scheduled for May 27 (which ultimately had to be rescheduled to May 30, 2020 due to weather conditions). Keep your eye on our homepage, though, because you can watch this historical event unfold right here via NASA’s Live Stream! NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on spacecraft Dragon to the International Space Station–the same place the astronaut in Mystery Doug’s event was answering questions from! What makes this trip so special, you ask? This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The launch will happen from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Learn more about SpaceX and the spacecraft Dragon here: