It’s been another fun week at Clear Lake as we head into Spring Break. Family Fun Night was a blast! Thanks again to our dedicated PTO for making that happen. There were well over 250 people here enjoying the Bingo, Ice Cream (once we got it thawed and CUT up- thanks to Mr. Gingery!), and the carnival games- all FREE.
Kids love our all-school assemblies and we had another one today-Friday- to recognize academic achievement, perfect attendance, self-managers and students of the month- and to kickoff our Read-a-Thon. Students have packets so they may begin reading over Spring break and log those reading minutes- AND raise pledge money to buy more books for our school library. There are some VERY popular books that are often all checked out from the school library- with these funds we can buy more!
On Saturday, March 31 at 12:00 NOON- Rain OR Shine- will Be Anita K’s 37th annual Easter Egg Hunt. She is a local Bethel resident who does the egg hunt all on her own on the field behind Clear Lake/Shasta. Childern 12 and under are welcome to come for the hunt. She will run groups 3 & under, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. She asks that parents give their children a strong plastic bag or pillow case. Paper may fall apart if it gets damp. And, Anita asks parents not to help their children unless they have a disability that requires support. She wants children to do this on their own as much as possible.
I’m also attaching questions and answers HERE about how we celebrate with children at school, in response to some parent questions last month. If you have questions that aren’t answered or if you have ideas on how to help us create inclusive celebrations at school, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading, have a good break!
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Family Fun Night Almost Here
Come join us this Wednesday the 21st, from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the CL cafeteria for our PTO’s annual Family Fun Night. The event is put on by the PTO as a way of saying “Thank You” to our CL families for supporting PTO and the school throughout the year. There will be FREE bingo with prizes, FREE ice cream with toppings, FREE carnival-style games for the kids with prizes. There will be four theme baskets raffled off during the evening; A Disney basket, a Kitchen basket, a Movie & Snacks basket, and an Arts & Crafts basket. There will also be a 50:50 drawing. And, we have four items donated to go in a silent auction. See the pic above to view the auction items.
Grow Veggies On A Budget
Bethel School District is teaming with Food for lane County and the OSU Extension Service to bring you a free class: Seed to Supper: Growing Veggies on a Budget. Learn low-cost ways to build healthy soil, plan your growing space, choose your crops, care for your garden and harvest your fresh produce. Click here for more information.
Cultivar vegetales en un presupuesto
El Distrito Escolar de Bethel se está asociando con Food for Lane County y el Servicio de Extensión de OSU para ofrecerte una clase gratis: Semilla a la cena Cultivo de verduras en un presupuesto. Aprenda formas de bajo costo para construir un suelo saludable, planificar su espacio de cultivo, elegir sus cultivos, cuidar su jardín y cosechar sus productos frescos. Haga clic aquí para mas información.
Free Cooking Course
Bethel School District and Food for Lane County are offering a free cooking course for Bethel residents. Cooking Healthy Meals on a Budget. Click here to learn more.
Curso de cocina gratis
Bethel School District y Food for Lane County están ofreciendo un curso de cocina gratuito para los residentes de Bethel. Cocinar comidas saludables con un presupuesto. Pulsa aquí para saber más.
That’s all for now- Thanks for reading!
Dear Clear Lake families,
Please talk to your child about this. It is most likely to take place at the high school level, but there may be some students at the middle and elementary levels who also plan to participate in or recognize this event.
A much-publicized nationwide effort to raise awareness about school safety has called for a student walkout of schools across the country next Wednesday, March 14th, at 10:00 a.m. (Click here for information). The proposed walkout is intended to last for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 victims of the Florida school shooting last month. We want to encourage Clear Lake parents and guardians to talk to your children about this day, and if they have been asked by other students to consider leaving school, particularly at the upper grades. We also understand that some parents may be taking their children out of school to participate.
The walkout is a student-led effort and is not organized, supported, or encouraged by the school. If it takes place, we want to ensure it is conducted in a peaceful, respectful, and safe manner.
The issue of school safety is one with which we are all concerned. We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and their interest in being informed and engaged community members. However, our school and district cannot encourage walkouts or other demonstrations that affect the learning environment. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning.
Your child’s safety and education are our primary focus. The safest place for students during school hours is in the school building. Should a walkout occur, we will have staff on hand to help keep students safe, but staff cannot join the demonstration as participants.
Any students who leave school to participate in a walkout demonstration will receive an Unexcused Absence, or will be marked Tardy for the class time they miss.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 541 689-0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal, Clear Lake
Board Meeting To Hear Public Comment
The Bethel School District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria.
The only agenda item is to hear public comment. Under Board policy, the public comment period is limited to three minutes per person. All those at the meeting who sign a card requesting to speak will be heard. The School Board will make no decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts.
As background, some Bethel residents are concerned the district is removing holiday celebrations from schools. While public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, the district believes that providing students opportunities to celebrate and have fun with their classmates and teachers is vital. And, as a public school system, we must ensure that our celebrations, activities and events during the school day allow all students to participate. We cannot intentionally plan events that we know will exclude children.
Some people are unaware that historically many of the celebrations or parties that have been held at school result in some children not coming to school or not being able to take part for a variety of reasons. Our schools are trying to think creatively about how we celebrate with children, and have fun and meaningful activities at school in ways everyone gets to be involved.
For clarification, while we are not asking families to provide Valentine’s cards, students who wish to bring cards are allowed to do so and time will be provided for children to distribute them. As always, we encourage those with concerns to reach out to their school principal.
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Thanks For Helping Greenhill
Our coin drive earned a total of $435.00, that will be donated to Greenhill Humane Society. Student helpers collected containers from rooms, sorted and counted the many coins and paper currency. A representative from Greenhill was on hand at the assembly to receive the donation that will help support their work to care for many animals from the Lane County area. Way to go, Clear Lake, for such a great effort and successful coin drive.
NEW: Clear Lake Vision Statement
After input from Parents, Staff, and Students- we have created a new statement to capture what we all want Clear Lake to be as a school, as a school-community. It will help use all keep our priorities in our daily work and continual effort to improve.
Clear Lake is committed to creating a safe, welcoming learning environment where students, staff, and families of all cultures feel valued and respected.
As a staff, we will emphasize learning where students are challenged, excited, and engaged in relevant experiences.
As a school-community, we will invite and encourage families to be involved in meeting their children’s needs as well as celebrating their successes.
Many thanks to those who contributed their ideas, gathered ideas from others, and worked to write and re-word the statement.
State Testing Approaches
Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests.
Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.
Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests in English Language Arts and Math cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Bethel School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Bethel students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.
Here is a fact sheet if you have general questions or want more information about the Oregon State Assessments.
Bethel has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. Here is the form and further information that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office by February 1st, 2018. In addition, here is the form for opting out of the state Science test, the English Language Proficiency Assessment, and the Extended Assessments for eligible students with disabilities.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Pruebas del estado
Aquí se presenta información importante sobre las pruebas escolares estatales de este año.
Cada primavera, los estudiantes de Oregón en los grados 3 a 8 y 11 participan en evaluaciones estatales en Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemática. En lugar de preguntas de opción múltiple, la prueba de hoy les pide a los estudiantes que expliquen su razonamiento y, a menudo, que escriban sus respuestas. Las nuevas evaluaciones miden habilidades más complejas como el pensamiento crítico, la escritura y la resolución de problemas, de manera que las escuelas y los padres puedan evaluar si sus niños están en buen camino para graduarse de la secundaria, están listos para la universidad o una carrera profesional.
Los estudiantes tomarán las pruebas estatales nuevamente la próxima primavera. A pesar de que las pruebas de Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemáticas no nos dicen todo sobre el progreso académico de su hijo, los resultados funcionan como una instantánea de las fortalezas y áreas de mejora de su hijo en esas materias. Las pruebas ayudan al Distrito Escolar de Bethel a tener una imagen más completa y precisa de cuán bien se desempeñan los estudiantes de Bethel, ya que evaluamos el plan de estudios, revisamos las estrategias institucionales, distribuimos recursos y seguimos mejorando nuestro sistema educativo.
Aquí hay una hoja de datos si tiene preguntas generales o si desea obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Estado de Oregón.
Bethel siempre ha tenido una alta tasa de participación en las evaluaciones estatales, ya que tanto los padres como el personal han encontrado valor en esta verificación del “punto en el tiempo” del progreso de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro sistema educativo. Sin embargo, los padres en Oregón tiene la opción de elegir que sus hijos no participen en las evaluaciones del estado. Aquí hay un formulario y más información que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. Si desea elegir que su hijo no participe, lea cuidadosamente la información y luego imprima, complete y envíe el formulario a la oficina principal de nuestra escuela antes del 1.º de febrero de 2018. Además, aquí está el formulario para optar por no participar en el examen estatal de Ciencias, la Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma Inglés y las Evaluaciones Extendidas para estudiantes elegibles con discapacidades.
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Thanks for reading- everyone have a relaxing and enjoyable Winter Break.