ALERT: Verizon Service Disruption for Classroom Messages

1/25/19 UPDATE: Great news!! I just received official word that Verizon has agreed to reverse the service fee they were planning to impose on the Remind app we use for class messages. This means there will be no service disruptions to Verizon customers and you will continue to receive text messages from our classroom. Hurray! 


Due to a new fee imposed by Verizon, Remind (the app/website used to send families updates and reminders) will no longer continue providing free text notifications for devices on the Verizon Wireless network. As a result, Verizon Wireless customers will not be able to receive or send text messages for our class as of January 28, 2019. This does not mean you cannot still get our class announcements; read on:

If you have Verizon Wireless as your phone carrier and currently receive Remind messages by text, download the app or turn on email notifications for your account. Both of these options are free of charge.

On your Phone: Turn on Smartphone Notifications (RECOMMENDED)
Download the free Remind app on the iOS App Store, on Google Play, or at rmd.me/a. If you don’t already have a Remind account, create one using the phone number where you receive Remind texts. Make sure to enable push notifications from Remind on your phone.

On your computer: Turn on Email Notifications
Go to Remind.com on any computer. As above, if you don’t already have a Remind account, create one using the phone number where you receive Remind texts. Turn on email notifications for your account so you don’t miss any messages.

Want to keep receiving classroom messages by text?
The Remind team is working hard on a solution to make text messaging available again to everyone affected by the Verizon decision. In the meantime, you can help by taking a few minutes to ask Verizon to reverse the fee impacting text messaging on Remind. You can contact Verizon customer service here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee

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!

Donors Gift Monthly Books

Students in Room 5 received a gift today–their very own copy of No, David!–from several very generous donors. Donors provided enough funding to purchase each child one book each month from our Scholastic Book order. This means that by year end, each child will have nine books to start or add to their at-home library! As a child, I remember the joy of seeing that red and white Scholastic box come into our classroom, knowing that it contained brand new books to enjoy. Now, 2nd graders in our class can enjoy both new books purchased for our classroom library or by their parents and look forward to a brand new book for them to take home.

As a teacher and a mom, I value the joy of reading immensely. In fact, this is why my only homework requirement is to read! Hopefully, this will help to spark that same love of reading in your child and give them something to read for their weekly homework. I also hope you will join me in extending a most gracious thank you to our donors who made this possible. (Feel free to add your comments below!)

Mrs. Cox Granted $1500 for Chromebooks

BEF Grant Day always promises to be an exciting day and this year didn’t disappoint! Since 2009, the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) awards grants to teachers and staff in the district to enhance the educational experience for Bethel students. Teachers and staff apply for grants each fall and the winners are announced during the school day with a parade, flashing cameras and a serenade from the Shasta Middle School band. It’s quite the fanfare! Our unsuspecting 4th graders were busily working away in math class when the grant parade arrived–some students wondering if it was an oncoming party for someone’s birthday!

Our successful grant will, along with a $108 supplement from the Clear Lake PTO, will fund six Chromebooks for our classroom, bringing our total count to 30 Chromebooks. These are an invaluable tool as we learn to type, conduct research online, practice testing skills in preparation for state testing, learn how to do computer programming and coding, and take virtual field trips to places we otherwise couldn’t access. Our most heartfelt thanks to Bethel Education Foundation, their sponsors and the Clear Lake PTO! We are beyond thrilled!

Mrs. Cox Wins BEF Grants!

Each year, the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF) gives thousands of dollars to teachers and staff for projects and supplies in the form of grants with the mission of enhancing and investing in educational excellence in the Bethel School District. This year was no different. BEF gave out 40 grants (out of 86 submissions) across the district, totaling $35,493! Room 13 was fortunate to be among the selected recipients with not one, but two winning grant submissions! Continue reading Mrs. Cox Wins BEF Grants!

Literacy Shines with Chrome!

Mrs. Cox named as BEF Grant Recipient
Mrs. Cox named as BEF Grant Recipient

Teachers in Bethel School District are very fortunate to have the support of the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF). BEF seeks to promote the academic achievement of all students in Bethel and as part of their mission, awards mini-grants to teachers for a variety of projects and purposes. This year, our class is a beneficiary of their work. Continue reading Literacy Shines with Chrome!