Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and now that the kids have been home a week or so, you might be 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

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. This resources is 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.

Enrichment Materials

Hi Families!

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!

Best,
Ms. Cotter

Mystery Doug Goes Live

Mystery Doug LivestreamNext 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
mysteryscience.com/live

Can’t make it live? View the recording using the link above to see it after the event.

FREE Self-Guided Tour and Activities

West Eugene Wetlands; Photo by Bob Petit

Self-guided Bike Tour of the West Eugene Wetlands:
In celebration of Spring time and in the spirit of health and modified community involvement, Laura Maloney, Program Coordinator for the Willamette Resources and Educational Network, mapped out a bicycle adventure through the West Eugene Wetlands and captured some signs of Spring for you and your families to enjoy. CLICK HERE to access the 12-mile, self-guided, interpretive bicycle tour. 
 
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the sites, sounds, and smells of nature in this Sensory Scavenger Hunt friendly for younger children and families. 
 
Dragonfly Learning Activities:
Dragonflies are engineering marvels! Learn about the dragonfly life-cycle, dragonfly flight, and design your own dragonfly in these learning activities suitable for upper Elementary and Middle School students. Bonus dragonfly mask craft! You can access the learning materials, craft templates and activity instructions HERE.

Eugene Library Cards Available Remotely

Eugene Public LibraryDid you know that Eugene Public Library offers a wide range of books and materials online? And, it’s free! Anyone with a library card at Eugene Public Library can access these resources at anytime, and now may be the perfect time to take an ebook or an audiobook for a test drive!

No library card? No problem! Eugene Public Library is allowing patrons to sign up for their library card remotely right now. All you need to do is call 541-682-5450, and they will help get you all set up.

Family Outreach

Hi Room 3 families!

I’ll be reaching out over the next few days to connect with each family and finding out a little more about how things are going, share some information about what we know at this point going forward and gather some details from you regarding your access to instructional materials.

Some information I will be gathering from you includes finding out:

  • Do you have access to supplies and materials at home like pencils, coloring pens/pencils, glue, paper?
  • Do you have home WiFi internet access?
  • Does your internet access include the ability to download/stream videos/songs/etc.?
  • Do you need a hard copy of materials? (If yes, would you like the hard copy of materials Mailed or delivered?)
  • Mailing or Delivery Address
  • Do you have a library card?

If I don’t reach you when I call, I’ll follow up with an email. I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. I miss my 1st and 2nd graders dearly! I look forward to talking to everyone soon.

Family Science Fun: Sink or Swim

Family Science: Sink or SwimLooking 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 Can’t Get Enough of these Jellyfish!

Jellyfish Live at Monterey Bay AquariumI 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

Time for Kids Magazine

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!