The Latest From Clear Lake

Clear Lake Was Walkin’ And Rollin’
Take a look at this fun video of our recent Walk and Roll to school event. A total of 126 students walked or rolled to Clear Lake that morning- May 10th.

Fifth Grade Students and Parents Shasta Middle School will be hosting their Incoming 6th Grade Orientation Night this week, Thursday May 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Main Gym.  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to meet with 6th grade teachers and visit classrooms.  You are also invited to stay for Shastafest, Buy One Get One Free – Book Fair, Family Engineering Night, and PTO Barbeque.

The CL courtyard is in full bloom!

CL Courtyard Looking Like Spring
One of the great things about Clear Lake is out inside courtyard. Not only are there numerous flowering plants about, but there are dozen garden beds for growing herbs and vegetables. And on days with nice weather- like much of last week and this week- we have students sit outside to eat breakfast and lunch. There is plenty of room and lots of shade to make for a comfortable time. With the birds, squirrels, and even a couple of well-known garter snakes (they are safe- and the snakes keep their distance from onlookers) students learn to have manners for the outdoors and be respectful to the many living things who’s home we are in when we eat outside.


Jog-A-Thon Donations Due PLEASE send in Jog-A-Thon Donations (if you haven’t already done so) by Tuesday- May 23. Our PTO will be busy preparing the final tally and identifying the students who will attend the Party Bus trip, or win a Gift Card, or which class earns one of four class parties. And, if we reach our all-school goal of $4,000 (we came VERY close last year)- a special dance party for the whole school!!!

Try-It Thursday This Week
Each month, Bethel Food Services offers students a new, healthy, food sample to try in their “Try-It Thursday” event. This week it is strawberry

Students practice knife skills in cutting up the ingredients and making a yummy potato salad.

cucumber salad. Click HERE for the recipe and visit the FOOD HERO web site for LOTS of free healthy recipes.

And speaking of Food Heros… Our 4th grade students in Mrs. Cox’s class were at it again with another cooking lesson- courtesy of the OSU Extension service program. This time, students practiced knife skills- carefully- and chopped up and mixed the ingredients for potato salad. The students all did a fine job and sampled their work at the end of the lesson. A survey on their experience always accompanies the end of each lesson. If your child is in Mrs. Cox’s class and you are having a picnic this summer… Well, I think there is at least one dish they can prepare for all!


Students sorting common objects by their characteristics is a valuable math skill!

Math Skill Practice Is Fun
Recently, students in Ms. Wold’s room 4  math class were working on a math lesson and having fun doing it. students worked in pairs or alone and received a box FULL of some

common items. One box had small sea shells, another had buttons, another had bottle tops, and another held various types of beans. There were many boxes in addition to these with common items you might collect around the house. Students took their box and came up with their own criteria to sort the items into different groups. Maybe by size, by color, or by shape. Whatever the reason, it is part of a math skill to discriminate items within a group by some attribute or characteristic. Students came up with their own characteristics for which to sort the items in the box. A seemingly simple task that lends to future years work in geometry.


Planning For Next School Year The district has passed their budget for the upcoming school years and Clear Lake will see a positive chance next year. For 2017-2018, we will have 2- All Kindergarten classes and 2- All 1st grade classes. Our 2nd / 3rd and 4th / 5th will continue to have blended homerooms for half of the school day, but break into straight grade classes for Reading, Writing, and Math.

The work is under way to find a new Kindergarten teacher. We will also hire a 2/3 teacher as Mrs. Oxenford was here temporarily for just this year. And our Counselor, Mrs. Best, is moving as her husband has taken a job in Pennsylvania. We are in the process of hiring for those positions, as well.

Fidget Spinners We recently sent home a letter about fidget spinners at school. Sold as a “fidget” to help student concentrate at school, they don’t quite hit the mark on doing just that. We do have students use fidgets during the day as they DO help students concentrate and learn. If you think your child would benefit from one, contact Mr. Luhman: or 541 689-0511 and discuss your child’s needs. A fidget alone, without other strategies, is not the solution to student success! Fidget spinners must remain in backpacks during the day unless parents-teachers have made arrangements in advance.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!

John Luhman

From Clear Lake

Greetings All,

Here are the updates from CL:

Beautiful 74 degree weather for the annual CL Jog A Thon.

The Jog-A-Thon Is Done
The annual CL Jog-A-Thon was held Wednesday under sunny 74 degree skies- we could not have ordered better weather if we were able. Thanks to the many parents and families who came to walk/jog or cheer on their children and join in the fun. Students and many staff kept moving along the approximately 1/4 mile track for the 30 minute event. Each class had it’s own starting spot and every time the students from that class passed their start point they received a popsicle stick to keep count of how many laps were done. Now the students are headed out to collect the pledges they were promised for each lap completed. The PTO asks that all money be turned in no later than May 18th. A big thanks to all of the students and families who are working to gather donations for the CL PTO.

Immunization Results
Under a new state law we are required to share our school and the County’s immunization rates with you twice a year. Enjoy.

Resultados de la inmunización
Bajo una nueva ley estatal estamos obligados a compartir nuestra escuela y las tasas de vacunación del condado con usted dos veces al año. Disfrutar.

Free Lunches for Kids
June 26th to August 25th, Lunches are first come first serve for children ages 2 to 18. Children ages 1 to 2 may eat when accompanied by a responsible adult. All food must be eaten on site. Visit for a list of sites and times.

Almuerzos gratis para los niños
Del 26 de junio al 25 de agosto se sirve a los niños/jóvenes del 2 a 18 años primero en llegar, primero servido. Niños de un año a dos estan bienvenidos a comer acompañados de un adulto. Hay que comer toda la comida en el sitio. Visite para nuestros sitios y horarios.

Talk Time
Learning English? Come meet other learners and practice conversational English together! Thursday, May 18, 4:00, at the Downtown Eugene library. It’s free!

Hora de hablar
¿Estás aprendiendo inglés? ¡Ven a conocer a otros que también lo están aprendiendo y practica tu inglés con ellos! Jueves, 18 de mayo, 4:00, Biblioteca Pública de Eugene – Centro. ¡Gratis!

That’s it for now- thanks for reading!

John Luhman

The Latest from Clear Lake…

Howdy All,

A couple of reminders and some new info;

Walk And Roll Tomorrow Morning
Tomorrow- Wednesday the 10th- is Walk and Roll to school day. Every student who walks or rolls (bike, scooter, yes- even roller blades) to school in the morning will receive a couple of small prizes and have their name entered into a drawing for some great prizes. I will walk to school from Barger and Praslin, starting at 8:05 and head East on the North side of Barger. Please join me and our “walking school bus” as we burn some energy to start the day. Regular bus and transport for students at the end of the day- this is a morning event.

Jog-A-Thon Tomorrow
Also scheduled for tomorrow is our annual Jog-A-Thon. Our PTO event for final fundraising this year. Please come join us at the track behind CL-Shasta at 1:30pm for the 30 minute event. Each class will have a starting position where the students will receive a popsicle stick for every lap they complete. PTO has a bottle of water for each student- please encourage your child to wear a hat and walking appropriate shoes. The weather will be FANTASTIC and perfect for this fun all-school event.

Bethel Multicultural Fair All are welcome to Bethel’s 4th annual Multicultural Fair. There will be free delicious tastes of food from around the world, amazing performances, and interesting information about the many diverse cultures in our community. Join us Friday, May 19th, 6:00-8:00 at Prairie Mountain School.

Feria Multicultural de Bethel Todos son bienvenidos a la 4ta Feria Multicultural anual de Bethel. Habrá sabores deliciosos libres de la comida de alrededor del mundo, actuaciones asombrosas, e información interesante sobre las muchas culturas diversas en nuestra comunidad. Únase a nosotros Viernes, 19 de mayo, 6: 00-8: 00 en Prairie Mountain School.

That’s it for now- thanks for reading.

John Luhman

The Latest From Clear Lake…

May 10th- A BIG Day
Mark your calendar for May 10- Wednesday: our Spring Walk & Roll to school day event is that morning and our annual Jog-A-Thon is that afternoon at 1:30pm. Here is the WALK & ROLL flyer with info about Mr. Luhman’s “Walking School Bus” down Barger the morning of the 10th. Every student who Walks or Rolls that morning will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing where one lucky district student will win a bicycle! We have a scooter, bike helmets, bike locks, safety lights and more for our own school drawing.

Then, at 1:30pm, please join us at the track behind CL/Shasta for our annual Jog/Walk-A-Thon. HERE is the information flyer about how to help raise funds for the school’s PTO. Our PTO has funded over $7,000 this year in requests for chromebooks (computers), the 4/5 Track program, OBOB, class books, field trips, and more. HERE is a copy of the pledge sheet to track your child’s pledges in fundraising. Every dollar counts and any amount is appreciated by the PTO.

Food Heros In The Making
4th grade students recently had their first experience preparing a yummy and HEALTHY dessert treat as part of a

4th grade students line up to get the ingredients for their first Food Hero experience

“FOOD HERO” lesson provided free by OSU Extension Service. In conjunction with our CATCH program to promote more child activity and healthy eating (do you know your “GO,” “SLOW,” and “WOAH” foods??) the FOOD HERO lessons aim to teach students how to make good tasting, healthy treats for home. CLICK HERE for a flyer about FREE summer classes for students to continue learning about making healthy meals. Space is limited so call quickly!!!




Crunch Time In PE Class

2nd and 3rd graders passing a noodle as part of a PE relay game.

Students in Mrs. White’s (our PE specialist who works with all classes each Wednesday) PE class are always doing some fun and physically active things during her Wednesday PE class. Last time I dropped in I saw an “abdominal and leg workout”- not to mention flexibility and agility game called the Noodle Relay. Students lay on their back in a line of four and pass a short Noodle foam piece over their head to the next person. Once the first person passed the noodle, they quickly get up and go to the top of the line and lay down- ready for the noodle to come to them. This relay was a great bit of exercise and every student was having fun trying to meet the challenge as a team. Try that in your fitness club!!!



Have Fun on Children’s Day / Book Day
Visit the Downtown Eugene Public Library this Sunday, April 30, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. for an international celebration about children, cultures, and books for the whole family. The bilingual festival includes stories, music, live dances, creative activities, and registration to use the library, refreshments, and gifts for children’s books. Admission is free.

Diviértete en el Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros
Visita la Biblioteca Pública de Eugene el domingo, 30 de abril entre la una y las cuatro de la tarde, Una fiesta internacional que celebra niños, culturas, y libros para toda la familia. El festival bilingüe de todo un fin de semana incluye cuentos, música, bailes en vivo, actividades creativas, carnetización e inscripciones para poder usar la biblioteca, refrigerios, y regalos de libros para niños. La entrada es gratis. 

News From The Bethel Farm
You are invited to attend the upcoming volunteer training/orientation and learn how to get involved in the Bethel Farm. All are welcome and encouraged. Volunteers will learn about basic gardening skills and will enjoy the benefit of taking home produce when extra is available.

  • Monday, May 1st, 5:30-6:30 pm @ The Bethel Farm Barn
  • Please RSVP to Jo Rodgers at:
  • The Bethel Farm is located behind Prairie Mountain School.

You will need to complete the Bethel School District online volunteer application and background check (note: easy and fast process with no SSN required) before participating in a work party. Make sure you click “All District” or “Bethel Farm” from the menu.  The application is also available in Spanish.

Updates and news from Farmer Kasey can be found at The Bethel Farm website:

Noticias de la granja Bethel

¡Usted está invitado a asistir al próximo entrenamiento/orientación voluntaria para aprender cómo involucrarse en la granja! Todos son bienvenidos y alentados. Los voluntarios aprenderán acerca de las habilidades básicas de jardinería y disfrutarán del beneficio de llevar productos agrícolas cuando haya extra disponible.

  • Lunes, 1 de mayo, 5:30-6:30 pm @ El granero de la granja de Bethel
  • Responda por favor a Jo Rodgers a:,
  • La granja de Bethel se encuentra detrás de Prairie Mountain School.

Se requiere completar una solicitud de voluntario en línea con el Distrito Escolar de Bethel y la verificación de antecedentes antes de participar en una fiesta de trabajo (nota: proceso fácil y rápido y no requiere mostrar su número de identificación social). La solicitud también está disponible en español.

Las actualizaciones y noticias de La Granjera Kasey se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la granja de Bethel:

That’s all for now- thanks for reading!

John Luhman

An Update From Clear Lake

Greetings All,

Waste Audit Towards Merit Status

4th and 5th grade students sort classroom refuse in our Waste Audit of Clear Lake

Six years ago Clear Lake became the first Green School in the district. Working with Partners For Sustainable Schools, that certification was well-earned but has since expired and we are now looking to be recertified as a Merit level Green School. Part of earning that high-level certification requires conducting a waste audit.

We saved the classroom refuse from four rooms, the office, and one cafeteria bag of waste. Students put on gloves and helped sort items into categories of recyclable paper, non-recyclable paper, recyclable plastic, non-recyclable plastic, and a few others. Each pile was weighed and an estimate of the amount produced in a single day by the school.

Once we analyze the data, we will develop plans to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to minimize the amount of refuse that goes into the county landfill. We will update you on the status of our Merit school application as it develops.

Currently, our students dump all uneaten food items into a tray following each lunch, and that food goes into a bin in back of school. It is emptied once a week as part of the city’s Love Food, Not Waste program. The waste material is composted and bagged into nutrient-rich compost that is sold to the public. The composting process also produces biogas that can be used the same way as natural gas. Talk about efficient reuse of food!


Bethel Free PreSchool Program
Preschool Promise is a free preschool for 175 children in Lane County, funded by the State of Oregon. It has 13 classrooms – including one at Danebo Elementary. Each site offers 900 hours of class time each year, the same as Kindergarten. Transportation is offered at some of the sites. Childcare before and/or after the program is offered (for an additional fee) at some of the sites. Enrollment Applications are available now. To learn more about Preschool Promise, please call Ann at 541-741-6000 or email  And click here for more information.

Programa preescolar gratuito de Bethel 
El Prescolar Promise es un programa gratuito a nivel prescolar para 175 niños(as) del Condado de Lane que está financiado por el estado de Oregón. Tiene 13 aulas, incluyendo una en la Escuela Primaria Danebo.  Cada ubicación ofrece 900 horas de clase cada año, al igual que el Kindergarten. Se ofrece transportación en algunas ubicaciones. Cuenta con cuidado de niños(as) antes y después del programa (con una tarifa extra) en algunas ubicaciones. Las solicitudes de inscripción están disponibles ahora. Para mayor información sobre el Prescolar Promise, favor de llamar a la Sra. Ann al teléfono (541) 741-6000 o enviar un correo electrónico a:  Y haga clic aquí para obtener más información.

That’s all for now- thanks for reading!

John Luhman

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