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!
Students at Clear Lake got a fun surprise last week just in time for the jog-a-thon, courtesy of CATCH and Lane County Health. CATCH–Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health–is a three-year grant provided through Lane County Public Health that is designed to encourage healthy habits in children. You may have heard your student talking about “Go, Slow, Whoa” foods or asking to look at nutrition labels on food products in your home or at the grocery store. These are skills and activities from our CATCH curriculum. Along with healthy habits, the CATCH grant, now in year three, provides a sum of money for the school to use on ideas, products and events to further the cause and help students better understand and integrate healthy habits. These water bottles are one of the outcomes of that grant.
I have asked that students keep their Clear Lake water bottles at school for the remainder of the year. They have all been marked with each child’s name, and I have made arrangements to have them washed on a regular basis. Students will be able to fill their water bottles in the morning when they come in, during independent work times, transitions and free time. This will allow for students to have regular and frequent access to water throughout the day. Healthy habits make for healthy kids!
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
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!
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!)
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!
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!
Our most sincere thank you to Clear Lake PTO and the Bethel Education Foundation for their generous donations of Chromebooks to our classroom! Please take a few minutes to see our video on how we are using these wonderful tools in our class.
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!