Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

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Fundraiser for Technology begins soon at Clear Lake

Clear Lake will begin a major fundraising effort dedicated to technology in the school, starting Monday, January 28, ending Monday, February 11. Students and staff will have materials (catalogs & order sheets) to share about our “Mixed Bag Designs” fundraiser. Mixed Bag sells a variety of stylish and decorative bags- many made from recycled materials- as well as home and kitchen items. The company also offers online sales via an access code- that you can send to your distant friends and family- and help Clear Lake get the credit for those sales.

The Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser runs Jan. 28 – Feb 11.

It’s all in the name of portable technology. While we do have a wonderful computer lab with 40 large screen machines, having chromebooks in the classroom makes for quick, flexible access to the technology without classes having to compete for lab time and the time it takes to transition the class back and forth. We have a few classes who have a small number of our most reliable model- the CTL Chromebook NL7. It has a carry handle, a waterproof keyboard, and have proven durable and reliable. Each chromebook costs $239 + $40 for the software where our district technology people can maintain the chromebooks from their support area.

A Clear Lake student using a chromebook for an extra math lesson.

We are excited to raise funds with a goal to buy 30 chromebooks, to be divided among 3 classes: 10 each. That will allow students to do math lessons, writing work, and access our Language Arts portal in working at reading comprehension. Not to mention practicing for the Smater Balanced State assessment.

Watch for materials to come home and please get the word out about our Mixed Bag fundraiser at Clear Lake to support technology in the school.

From Clear Lake

Hello Clear Lake parents,

As you may already know there was a police officer-involved shooting outside of Cascade Middle School this morning. We are all relieved that there were no students or staff involved and all of them are safe.

By all accounts, the staff and students at Cascade responded quickly and correctly to the Lockdown. This is why we practice our ALICE safety procedures on Lockdowns, Lockouts, and communication.

Although this tragic incident occurred at another Bethel school, some children at Clear Lake may be emotionally impacted by this news. Please let us know if you believe they may need counseling support at school on Monday.

Children can be reassured that serious incidents like this at schools are very rare. We emphasize safety and regularly remind children that they must follow a teacher’s directions in an emergency situation.

We send all our thoughts to the students and staff at Cascade, who had a difficult day. And we reaffirm our conviction to keep our school as safe as it can be.

As always, contact me with any questions or concerns.

John Luhman

Last Week & This Week at Clear Lake

Students make snowman puppets.

Students make snowman puppets.

Last Thursday morning on the half-day, students were mixed and moved into each of our nine homerooms to make classes of K-5 graders in each “Buddy” classroom. Reminiscent of the old days where schools had one room of K-5 or K-8 students, the classes met for 45 minutes to get to know one another and work on a craft project together. It’s the second Buddy Class meeting we’ve had this year, and we’re trying to do one each month. It’s a great way to build community, make new friends, and allow the “olders” to help the “youngers.”

Students making miniature Gingerbread houses.

Students making miniature Gingerbread houses.

Students creating Pin Art pictures.

Students creating Pin Art pictures.









COIN DRIVE For Greenhill Humane Society
Starting Tuesday the 11th, each homeroom at Clear Lake will have their Coin Drive container ready to collect coins and currency in our 11-day Greenhill Coin Drive. We did the same last year and raised a total of $435. As Winter approaches, there are many animals who are in need of rescue, shelter, food- and Greenhill is a great support in our community for animals of all kinds. Please consider asking friends, co-workers, and family to donate coins and currency to our effort.

News from Clear Lake

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 January 8th, 2019.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

John Luhman


Enfoques de prueba 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 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 8 de enero de 2019.

Si tiene preguntas, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

John Luhman


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.

What’s New At Clear Lake

BEF Grants At Clear Lake
Yesterday we had a special visit from the Bethel Education Foundation and a small band from Willamette High School to award 3 of our teachers with Bethel Education Foundation Grants to buy Chromebooks and math instructional support software for their classrooms. BEF distributed over $26,000 in Grants to Bethel teachers on Wednesday, and Clear Lake had 3 grant winners. Congratulations to Mr Gosa, Mrs. Cox, and Ms. Cotter!

Herbicides Near Bus Stops
Lane County Public Works maintains more than 1,400 miles of roads. They remove most plants by hand or machine, but if there are areas where machines can’t reach or it is too dangerous to have people in the roadway – like guardrails – they may use herbicides. As part of Public Works’ commitment to being a good neighbor, they want to make sure parents have a voice in potential herbicide use near school bus stops. Click here to learn more (PDF).

Herbicidas cerca de paradas de autobús
Las Obras Públicas del Condado de Lane mantienen más de 1,400 millas de caminos. Eliminan la mayoría de las plantas a mano o con una máquina, pero si hay áreas donde las máquinas no pueden alcanzar o es demasiado peligroso tener personas en la carretera, como barandas, pueden usar herbicidas. Como parte del compromiso de Obras Públicas de ser un buen vecino, quieren asegurarse de que los padres tengan voz sobre el uso potencial de herbicidas cerca de las paradas de autobuses escolares. Clic aquí para saber más (PDF).

Pizza & BEF & Kids!
The Bethel Education Foundation just awarded more than $26,000 in classroom grants to almost every Bethel school. Now the BEF is already raising more money to enhance our children’s educational experience. You can help by eating pizza from Pappy’s on Monday, December 10th. Bring this flyer (PDF) and the BEF will receive 50% of the money from your food order. Thanks for helping the BEF help Bethel children.

Pizza & BEF & Niños!
La Fundación de Educación de Bethel acaba de otorgar más de $ 26,000 en subvenciones para salones de clases a casi todas las escuelas de Bethel. Ahora el BEF ya está recaudando más dinero para mejorar la experiencia educativa de nuestros hijos. Puedes ayudar comiendo pizza de Pappy’s el lunes 10 de diciembre. Traiga este folleto (PDF) y el BEF recibirá el 50% del dinero de su pedido de comida. Gracias por ayudar al BEF a ayudar a los niños de Bethel.

Kids Craft Market
The Eugene downtown library is hosting this annual fun event on December 16th. Children can have their own table to sell their own handmade creations at the Kids Craft Market. Find gifts for loved ones or yourself, handcrafted by local kids. Click here to learn more (PDF).

Mercado de artesanía para niños
La biblioteca del centro de Eugene está organizando este evento anual divertido el 16 de diciembre. Los niños pueden tener su propia mesa para vender sus propias creaciones hechas a mano en el Kids Craft Market. Encuentra regalos para tus seres queridos o para ti, hechos a mano por niños locales. Clic aquí para saber más (PDF).

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