2nd Grade to Learn About Pedestrian Safety

The City of Eugene’s River House Outdoor Center in partnership with Bethel Safe Routes to Schools is bringing Pedestrian Safety Education (PSE) to Clear Lake Elementary School. The Pedestrian Safety Program is a 2-session unit that is being conducted in the 2nd grade classes. This program is designed to teach students the basics of safe walking, street crossing, and the importance of road awareness. Students will first learn safety information in the classroom, followed by a walk around the school’s neighborhood.

Parent volunteers are great to help monitor students during the 45–60 minute community walk. On the community walk, students walk through the residential neighborhood streets using skills learned in class. If you are able to volunteer for the community walk, you will help model safe behavior and coach students as they practice identifying safe crossings and crossing at both marked and unmarked intersections. You will help remind students to be aware of the road and to pay attention to traffic signals. Please email me if you are interested in volunteering.

Be sure appropriate outdoor clothes are worn on our walk days.

SCHEDULED TIMES (students will go with their math teacher, Mrs. Brandon)
March 11 & 12          12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

All in a K-9 Day’s Work

Students in Room 4 enjoyed a special visitor as part of our studies on the role of K-9s in public safety. Springfield Police Department’s Officer Kendrick and his K-9 partner, Gryff, visited Clear Lake to talk about their work in public safety. Officer Kendrick has worked in law enforcement for 22 years and has had several K-9 partners. He and Gryff have been partners for two years. Officers Kendrick and Gryff demonstrated basic commands, sets of commands similar to those required for annual re-certification, and the bond they share working together.

Students absolutely loved the presentation and learned so much. One student, who happens to live in Springfield, said she didn’t know there was a police department in Springfield until today. Another student said Officer Kendrick taught her about the job of police officers and K-9s. She really liked learning about the training the dogs get. Students were unanimous that Gryff is the cutest visitor we’ve had!

Wondering about weather?

Often around this time of year, the Willamette Valley sees periodic adverse weather conditions such as ice or snow. The District Office and Transportation Department are responsible for determining delays and cancellations and try to make these decisions early in the morning to give families as much time as possible to make arrangements for their children. For parents, obtaining this information can be quick and easy if you know where to look. Of course, our local news stations maintain a running list of schedule delays and cancellations on particularly treacherous days, but there are some other resources available to you:

Flash Alerts — This subscription allows you to sign up using your mobile number and/or email address for alerts from Bethel School District, as well as other area organizations. You select which agencies you want alerts from and they will send you a text or email anytime one of those organizations release information on the system. This is my personal favorite.

Twitter — Follow Superintendent Chris Parra (@Bethel_Supt) for weather delay information, as well as other district updates.

Clear Lake Blog — Building administrators in the district also post information about delays and cancellations as it becomes available, and you can find these posts right on our own Clear Lake blog where Principal Karyn Bayer keeps families informed about building events and updates.

Parent Conferences Next Week

It’s that time of year again! Time to meet with your child’s teacher and find out more about what we’ve been learning during the first third of the year.

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. You should have received a paper in your child’s Tuesday folder with your scheduled time. If you do not know when your conference is, you can email me or phone the school at 541-689-0511. The front office has a copy of our conference schedule and will be able to help you even if we are in class and I’m unable to take your call right away. If you can’t make your scheduled time, please let me know so that we can reschedule.

I would encourage you to bring your child to the conference with you, too. They have lots to share about what they’ve done so far this year, and it is a perfect opportunity to help your child develop ownership of their learning.

Learning in the 21st Century: Google Classroom

google-classroom-logo2We are using a tool in our classroom called Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows the teacher to post questions, announcements and assignments on a class “feed”. The feed looks a lot like a stripped version of a typical social media platform, except the content on the page is restricted to only those items posted by the classroom teacher. The site is closed to the public, and only registered students and the facilitating teacher have access to it.

Our Google Classroom is managed locally by the district technology department. Students must have a signed parent permission form on file in order to access this resource. If your student does not have a signed form, I will be in touch with you to answer any questions you may have and ask whether you’re willing to give your child permission. Continue reading Learning in the 21st Century: Google Classroom

Get Text Reminders from Room 4

Technology never ceases to amaze me. I love how it can simplify the everyday tasks–especially with kids at home! 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 mswoldsg 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!

Water, Water Everywhere!

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!