Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

The Latest, from Clear Lake…

Spring Here Soon- And Daylight Savings 

Our first outside lunch of 2017!


What a beautiful day, today. Temps made it possible to have our FIRST outside lunch of 2017. When the weather is nice like this, we like to have students eat outside in our enclosed courtyard. It’s fun to watch the birds and squirrels out amongst us. Don’t forget that daylight savings time. Set you clocks forward one hour this Sunday to be on time for the rest of the year… until the Fall end of DST.




Family Fun Night March 23
PTO is gearing up to host the annual Family Fun Night event at Clear Lake. There is FREE Bingo with prizes, FREE Carnival- style games for the kids, and this year- as part of the kick off of our CATCH program (Coordinated Approach To Child Health), we will serve FREE Frozen Yogurt. The PTO does the event as a “Thanks You” to all families for supporting their work to help students & teachers by providing funds as requested by teachers for the classroom. iPads, Chromebooks, reading books, the 4/5 Track program, OBOB; just to name a few of the things PTO has provided to the school. As part of Family Fun Night, there will be a 50:50 drawing, and each grade band is asking for families to donate one item to their theme basket. Items are needed by March 22. The themes this year are;
K/1 Classes- Kitchen / Cooking basket
2/3 & Life Skills Classes: Gardening basket
4/5 Classes- Arts & Crafts basket

Remember- all of the PTO proceeds go to support the school!

State Testing Begins Soon
Students in grades 3-5 will begin State Testing soon. As with past years, testing is done on computers in our lab. G5 students will take Science, Language Arts, and Math tests. Grades 3 & 4 will do Language Arts and Math tests. Watch for more information about the test schedule and help your child(ren) by making sure they get enough sleep, and are prepared for school. If you find your child is seeming stressed out about tests, call the school and let us know so we can help them prepare and accept that doing their best effort is all we ask. Click HERE for instructions on how to access the online sample test for each grade level- even the high school exams!

Girls Rule! 2017: It’s Rocket Science!
Make plans now for Saturday, April 15th, for the 10th annual Girls Rule!, brought to you by Ophelia’s Place. For girls ages 9-14 and a caring adult, this fun event will include workshops focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts, to empower girls to pursue interest in STEAM subjects.
Girls and adults will choose their workshops the morning of the event. All attendees should come in pairs – one adult and one girl. Girls and adults are encouraged to dress up in their favorite space and science gear – your best aliens, astronauts, robots and scientists, or come as yourself to Churchill High School.
To register and find more information, go to

Did You Know…
-Our PTO pays for the School Garden Project to come work with 5th graders in our school garden? We have use past vegetables in out lunch program!
-The 4/5 Track program holds two weekday afternoon meets of ALL elementary schools at the Willamette HS track?
-Clear Lake has over a dozen Shasta Middle School students come over each day as an elective class to assist our teachers in the classroom?
-We work very hard to have our students read a set amount of words per minute on a grade level passage in May; K=15 (from a list of words, not a passage), 1st= 68, 2nd= 106, 3rd= 122, 4th=149, 5th=171

Watch for more Did You Know facts each week…

Thanks for reading!

John Luhman, Principal



Clear Lake Updates

Greetings All,

Here’s the latest from Clear Lake…

FREE Recycling Round-Up Saturday The annual free Recycling Round-Up will accept the community’s electronics and household items dropped off at Willamette High School this Saturday, February 4th, from 8:00 – 2:00. CLICK HERE for more information about the event.

Time For Kindergarten Orientation If you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten next September, please join us for our K Orientation this coming Thursday, Feb. 9. We’ll have two sessions to accommodate folks’ schedules; 3:15-4:15pm and 6:30-7:30pm. We’ll meet in the CL library and have lots of information about our K program- academics, social skills, supports, and more. All incoming K students receive a free book and will have a chance to visit our classroom they will be in next Fall.

Mixed Bag Design PTO Fundraiser Begins Students will bring home an envelope of materials should they want to participate in our Mixed bag Design fundraised to help our PTO earn funds. Look over the information in the envelope and use the enclosed order form. If you have out of town friends or family who might like the Mixed bag items, have them go to and shop online. If they enter the school’s Fundraiser ID: 296340, they can enter your child’s name and your child will get credit toward the Mixed bag prizes and CL prizes offered by the PTO as a “thanks” for helping raise the funds. Checks payable to CL PTO and orders/money and due Monday Feb. 13.

Our PTO Helps Clear Lake When we do school fundraisers (three total this year) to earn money for the CL PTO, that money goes back to directly help students at Clear Lake. Our PTO has funded numerous events and equipment, such as; Field Trips for any class requesting a trip, Funding the School Garden Project classes, new Chromebooks for classrooms, iPads for classrooms, funds to support OBOB, funding the grade 4/5 Track program- to name a few things. So when they do fundraisers, it is asking students to help earn money that comes back to them to enhance their education.

Box Tops For Education competition Coming

As a friendly competition within the school, each homeroom class is gathering General Mills Box Tops For Education starting next week- 2/6 – – – 2/10. Homerooms will keep count of their total Box

Tops with the winner having bragging rights to having earned the most for the school. The school uses them to purchase things like PE and playground equipment. It’s a fun way to earn as much with the Tops in a one week period. Watch for any of the Tops on your General Mills products.


Free Dental Kits
All students in our school will soon receive a free toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and more, thanks to a donation from the United Way and Burley Bicycles. The more than 3,000 dental kits are part of a larger effort by the Oregon Community Foundation to improve children’s dental health.

Productos Dentales Gratis
Todos los estudiantes de nuestra escuela recibirán cepillo de dientes gratis, pasta de dientes, hilo dental y mucho más, gracias a una donación de la United Way y bicicletas Burley. Más de 3,000 paquetes para la limpieza de dientes son parte del gran esfuerzo que la fundación the Oregon Community ha hecho pare mejorar la salud dental de nuestro niños.

That’s it for now- Thanks for reading!

NEW School Calendar Set

Check local media, the Bethel home page, the Clear Lake webpage, or Bethel's Facebook page for updated news on school closures or delays.

Hello Clear Lake Families,

We are excited to share the District’s finalized plans to make up lost classroom time due to the six Snow Days and two Delayed Starts we’ve already experienced. These changes will allow Clear Lake students to recover meaningful instructional time without putting a big dent in family summer plans.

The new schedule is attached, and here are the changes:

  • February 13 (previously a high school no-school day) will become a school day for all district students
  • February 20 (Presidents Day) will become a school day for all students
  • March 3 (previously a no-school day for K-8 students) will become a school day for all students
  • Monday June 19th, and Tuesday June 20thwill be full school days for K-11 students (seniors will have graduated)
  • June 20thwill now be the last day of school for students (it will be a full-day, not an early release)
  • If we have additional Snow Days this winter they may be added to the calendar after June 20th

Please mark these changes on your calendar and plan to have your child in school on these days.  All Bethel students will now be in the classroom for more hours than is required by the state, and we want to provide as much meaningful instructional time as possible. The cancelled school days have shown that each day of instruction is important for our children.

Thanks for your patience as the schedule was being reworked, and let me know if you have any questions.

John Luhman  

P.S. Click HERE for a PDF Clear Lake calendar for the remainder of the year.

The Latest, From Clear Lake

Important Dates To Know…

There are several important dates coming soon:

January 26: 11:55 dismissal for all grades, followed by Conferences

January 30: Teacher Inservice- No Students

February 3: PTO’s “Mixed Bag Designs” fundraiser

February 6-10: Box Tops for Education Contest

February 9: Kindergarten Orientation- 3:15pm & 6:30pm in the Library

February 13: “Mixed Bag Designs” fundraiser ends

February 15: State Exclusion Day- students who are not current on immunizations may not attend school. Click HERE for immunization requirements.

February 23: Clear Lake Literacy Night- 5:30 – 7:30pm


Three CL Staff Awarded BEF Grants
Jennifer Reiss were recently awarded Bethel Education Foundation grants. They each wrote a proposal that outlined how their project would benefit students. The Foundation reads the proposals fro all Bethel applicants and choose the projects they score as highest overall. Mrs. Reiss will purchase software to help students in the Life Skills programs at Clear Lake and Danebo with communication skills. Mrs. Forester will take students to Salem for a trip to the Oregon capital. Mrs. Cox will purchase another 6 chromebooks and Oz-bot robots for students to learn programming skills. Congratulations to all three for their work to improve the education of our students!

Jennifer Reiss, Speech/Language Assistant


Amanda Forester 4th/5th grade teacher


Christina Cox- 4th grade teacher



Rescheduled Conference Date Set

Hello Clear Lake Families,

We are happy to tell you that we have rescheduled the parent-teacher conferences that were postponed twice due to snow. These conferences are very important and we’re determined to provide the opportunity for you.

Our new make-up day for conferences will be Thursday, January 26th. Two weeks’ notice will allow families time to make arrangements with work or child care in order to attend their meeting. You are welcome to bring your child to their conference.

Here is more information about the rescheduled conferences:

  • If you had an original meeting time scheduled for one of the previous Thursdays that were snowed out, you will keep that same time for January 26th. (A reminder notice will be sent home Jan. 17th.)
  • If you were not able to schedule a conference time on the previous dates, or need to make changes to your conference time, please call the office at 541 689-0511.
  • Your child’s On-Track For Success Report will be shared with you during your conference time.
  • January 26th will be a half-day of school in order for teachers to meet with all the scheduled parents. Release time on January 26th will be 11:55am.
  • Friday, January 27th, will be a regular full day of school.

Thanks very much for your continued patience. We look forward to a great turnout for conferences on January 26th and we’re counting on Mother Nature playing along this time!