Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Message From Superintendent on Teacher Walkout

I want to bring your attention to action planned by the Eugene Education Association that will impact our schools in Bethel on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. You may have already heard about this in the media.

This is what we know. In an effort to rally support for increased funding for K-12 education, Eugene Education Association leadership in Bethel has indicated that the majority of licensed school staff have pledged to a “walkout” and therefore will not show up for work on Wednesday, May 8th. They will instead be attending rallies in Eugene and at the state capitol. It will not be possible to find enough substitute teachers to cover all classrooms and safely operate schools, so we will have no choice but to close all Bethel schools for the day. The district will approach this event like a snow day, with only essential staff reporting to work, such as building front office staff, administrators, custodians and maintenance staff.

The district fully understands the intent of the actions planned for May 8th, but we also have the important daily responsibility of educating, guiding, feeding, and transporting 5,400 students. The walkout will create a hardship for families and the district cannot sponsor or support this action. We also know our educators are caring individuals who are completely dedicated to their students, and they want increased funding to better support all students. Eugene Education Association has been transparent in their intentions for May 8th, giving time for parents/guardians to make arrangements for their child’s care on this day.


  • The District will work with preschool programs and school-based child care providers who will communicate directly with families regarding operating on this day
  • IB testing at WHS will take place as scheduled
  • After school youth sports schedules will not be interrupted
  • Principal John Luhman will send out information regarding other events and programs specific to Clear Lake that are scheduled for May 8th

This missed school day will not be made up at the end of the school year in June. The make-up snow days from February have extended the school year beyond what is normally scheduled and Continue reading

Changes Coming To Clear Lake

Hello Clear Lake Families,

There will be a few changes for the 2019 – 2020 school year at Clear Lake.

Some of you know by now that I will be leaving Clear Lake at the end of this school year. My wife and I are moving to North Carolina to be near our daughter. It’s something we have discussed for some time and have finally decided to make this major move.

It has been my pleasure to have served as Clear Lake’s principal for the last 14 years. It has been incredibly rewarding to know hundreds of families and watch their children grow. I am also blessed to have worked with an outstanding staff. Clear Lake educators are caring, dedicated, noble and very smart; they are truly invested in your children’s long-term success.

Taking over at Clear Lake will be Karyn Bayer. The two of us might pass along the highway because she’s returning to her native Oregon after having worked as a school administrator in Virginia the last three years. Karyn is fluent in Spanish, has a strong background in instruction, and is dedicated to involving families in their children’s education. We believe she will be a great fit for Clear Lake students, families and staff. You will be hearing from Karyn this summer.

Second, the school hours will return to what they had been for many years. Starting in September, 2019, school will begin at 8:55 each day, and end at 2:55. It’s a 10 minute shift from what we have now, and will ease the auto & bus congestion at the end of the day.

John Luhman

PTO’s Family Fun Night Is This Thursday, 3/21 6:30-8:00pm

Once again, the amazing Clear Lake PTO will hold Family Fun Night this Thursday the 21st, 6:30-8pm. The event is hosted by PTO to say “Thank You” to all of the CL families and students for their support. There will be FREE ice cream, FREE Bingo with some great prizes and FREE carnival-style games in the gym with prizes. Classes have been gathering donated items to create theme baskets that will be raffled off at the end of the event. And, there will be a 50/50 drawing at 8:00pm. Tickets for the drawing and raffles are 4 for $1.00. Tickets go on sale at 6:15 out in front of school. And once again this year, we will have a silent auction for numerous items donated by True Value Hardware. Here are the auction items:

Remington Gas power weed eater

Waffle Maker

Electric Pressure Washer

18 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vac

Char Broil Gas BBQ

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We hope you can make the FUN on Thursday. 

Volunteers in the Clear Lake Garden

Once again this year, folks from the office of Eugene Alternative Realtors spent several hours in the Clear Lake garden weeding, trimming, adding mulch to the soil. The team volunteered with the School Garden Project on Lane County to help prepare our garden for this year’s Spring planting by students. The Realtors are no stranger to Clear Lake- that have come to help the last few years in a show of care and help for our students who will soon be returning to weekly garden sessions. THANK YOU, Eugene Alternative Realtors!

Snow Day Make-Up Plan

Hello Clear Lake Families,
Thanks for your patience while it was determined how we could make up the school days lost to the snow.
We will be restoring three days to the calendar in June.
–The last day for students was supposed to be Thursday, June 13, a half day.  Now students’ last day will be Tuesday, June 18th and it will also be a half day.
–FYI, Willamette’s graduation will remain June 7th
Staff here at Clear Lake will meet to determine what – if any – adjustments need to be made to our end-of-the-year activities, such as 5th grade departure, field-day activities, etc.  We will send out that information once plans are set.
We know the three additional school days may conflict with your summer vacation plans. In some cases that is unavoidable. But, it is important to provide as much learning time as we can for our students, so we want as many children in school as possible.
Finally, the plan for additional days isn’t yet official. It will go to the School Board for final approval on April 8th, but we do not anticipate any changes by the Board.