Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

The Latest- From Clear Lake…

The 2017-2018 School Year Is Under Way!!!
Greetings CL families, staff, and friends,
The 17-18 school year has begun- with some “firsts” for the year. It’s the first time we have had indoor recess when it was NOT raining! The recent spell of poor air quality seems to have passed. It is a first to have 6 new licensed staff in the building to start a year. We have welcomed… Mr. Sagala- K teacher, Mrs. Patch- 2/3 teacher, Mr. Gosa- 4/5 teacher, Mrs. Lees- counselor, Mrs. Mattingly- Life Skills teacher, and Mrs. Simmond- Resource room teacher. Many of the teachers gathered at the school the evening before the start of school and chalked welcome back messages and pictures for the students to see on the first day:

Clear Lake students were welcomed by fun pictures and messages on the first day of school.

The Eclipse Was TOTAL… Awesomeness
The bus left Clear Lake at 7:00am on August 21 with 22 parents and students aboard. We had a smooth ride with no problems, getting to our destination in Scio after an hour and twenty minute ride. We set up on the field at Centennial Elementary with blankets, snacks, AND eclipse glasses. The eclipse started as promised at 9:05am. Our cell phones buzzed with a couple of emergency text alerts reminding all not to look directly at the sun. Then, at the moment of totality at 10:17, we took off our glasses and saw an awesome sight for about two minutes before the sun returned. After a short while, we boarded the bus back to CL- it took us three hours and twenty minutes to return in the heavy post-eclipse traffic. All in all, everyone thought it was TOTALLY worth it!!

The total eclipse as seen from Centennial Elementary in Scio.


Monster Cookie Dough Fundraiser Starts Friday the 15th
Our Fall PTO fundraising event begins Friday. Students are invited (but NOT required) to help by selling Monster Cookie Dough. Order forms and instructions will go home Friday. Order forms AND money (cash or checks to CL PTO) are due back Sept. 29th. Cookie dough will be made FRESH by nearby Monster Cookie Dough Company and delivered frozen for after-school pick up on October 18th. Students can earn a variety of prizes while they help raise funds for the PTO- funds that go back to help teachers and students in the school.

FREE Dental Care Starts Sept. 8th
The Bethel School District Health Center, White Bird Dental, and the Oregon Community Foundation are providing free dental clinics throughout the school year. All Bethel students are eligible regardless of ability to pay. Click here for more information.

Cuidado dental gratuito comienza el 8 de septiembre
El Centro de Salud del Distrito Escolar de Bethel, White Bird Dental y la Fundación de la Comunidad de Oregón están proporcionando clínicas dentales gratuitas durante todo el año escolar. Las citas para las clínicas del viernes serán programadas para satisfacer las necesidades de los estudiantes de Bethel.Todos los estudiantes de Bethel son elegibles independientemente de la capacidad de pago. Haga clic aquí para mas información.

Free Cooking Course
The Bethel (School District) Farm and Food for Lane County present Cooking Matters: Preparing Healthy Meals on a Budget. This is free to Bethel adults. Registration is now open…first come, first served. Click here for more information.

Curso de cocina gratis
El Bethel (Distrito Escolar) Granja y Alimentos para el Condado de Lane presente Cooking Matters: Preparando comidas saludables en un presupuesto. Esto es gratis para los adultos de Bethel. El registro está abierto…primero llegado, primero servido. Haga clic aquí para mas información.

Elementary School Health Screening- September 29th
Health Screenings for grades K -5 will be done throughout the district beginning in September.  Screenings will include vision and dental. Please contact your school Health Assistant if you do not want your child to participate in health screening. Please consider being a parent volunteer on their screening day!

Revisiones de Salud en las escuelas primarias 29 de Septiembre
Los exámenes de salud para los alumnos de los grados K -5 se llevarán a cabo en todo el distrito a partir de septiembre. Los exámenes incluirán, examen de la visión y dental. Por favor, póngase en contacto con la Asistente de Salud Escolar si usted no desea que su hijo participe en los exámenes de la  salud. ¡Por favor considere ser un padre voluntario en el día de Los Exámenes de Salud!


That’s it for now- thanks for reading!

John Luhman, Principal


Bethel’s Plans For Poor Air Quality

The first day of school will go on as scheduled Tuesday, but smoke in the air from Oregon wildfires will keep all Bethel students indoors.
The school district will follow these guidelines shared by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA):
• When the amount of smoke in the air limits visibility to 1-3 miles, the air is unhealthy and we consider keeping all students indoors or allowing only light outdoor activity. All activities for students sensitive to air pollution will be moved indoors.
• When visibility is one mile or less, we will definitely keep all students indoors.
LRAPA monitors the current air quality on an hourly basis on this web page, and Bethel School District will be checking the current air quality index regularly.
In addition, Bethel district nurses have a list of students with pre-existing conditions who might be especially impacted by poor air quality, so even if the conditions improve slightly, some students may be kept indoors for their own protection.
As always, in any weather-related situation parents should make the final decision on whether to send their children to school.

Clear Lake’s doors open for FREE breakfast at 8:25, school begins at 8:55 and ends at 2:55.

Ride The Eclipse Express

Join us for a ride to Centennial Elementary in Scio, Oregon to observe the TOTAL eclipse of the sun on Monday the 21st. We will depart CL at 7:00am. We will make our best effort to arrive in Scio

The Eclipse Express. Departs clear lake at 7:00 am on August 21st to centennial elementary in Scio, Oregon. Bring water & snacks. Return by 1:00 pm

Sponsored by the CL PTO, we ask a $1 donation from adults, kids ride free.

near the 9:05 start of the eclipse, and definitely be there for the 10:17 time of totality. The total block of the sun by Earth’s moon will last about 2 minutes. We will observe the return of the sun for about 30 minutes and be well on the road back to Eugene by eclipse end about 11:20. That should have us at Clear Lake by 12:30-1:00pm.

There are predictions for heavy traffic that day- we will just have to wait and see if it comes true. Should the highway appear to be a parking lot, we will have to return to CL and observe the event from here in Eugene. There is no way of knowing for sure what will happen. But, that is part of life and the mystery that makes it all an adventure.

If you plan to attend, please email Mr. Luhman at or leave him a voice message at 541 607-1451. Given the number of families who have verbally responded, there will be enough room for all. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. It will help to know exactly who wants to attend so that no one gets left behind. So please, RSVP to the phone or email above. Bring water and snacks, there will be restrooms available at Centennial Elementary.

If you plan to stay here in Eugene and need more eclipse glasses, just stop by the CL office after 8am on Monday and pick up a few extras for your family. it is a MUST to wear protective eyewear when viewing the eclipse. You can put the glasses over the camera lens on your phone and safely take a picture without damaging your phone’s camera.

Happy eclipse viewing!!

Eclipse Mania At Clear Lake

Meadow, Khali, and Adrian try out their Eclipse Glasses given to registering students at Clear Lake.

Greetings Friends, Families, and Staff,
Registration is under way at Clear Lake- 8/15 from 7am to 4pm and 8/16 from 10am to 7pm. Every student registered for school will receive a pair of Eclipse Sunglasses for FREE, courtesy of the PTO.

And, we are taking names of folks who want to ride the Eclipse Express bus next Monday the 21st to go north to view the TOTAL eclipse (here in Eugene it will be 95%- not quite as spectacular as the TOTAL). The bus will leave around 7am and return by 1pm. Students must be accompanied by an adult. We ask for a $1 donation from adults and all riders will receive a pair of Eclipse Sunglasses.

WATCH THIS WEB PAGE for final Eclipse Express information as to exact departure time. And we look forward to seeing everyone in for registration!

The End of 16-17 At Clear Lake

CL Spelling Bee Is C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E
The annual CL Spelling Bee was held June 13 in the gym. Classes and families were in attendance to watch the contestants say, spell, then say the words until a final winner emerged at each grade. This year’s winners; Lila Gouldner G2, Aaliyah Johnson G3, Lochlan Shutes G4, and Braydon Long G5. Each winner takes home their Bee trophy as a keepsake for their hard work and top notch spelling.


CL Welcomes Four New Licensed Staff Members
We have been very busy at the end of the year reviewing applications, interviewing, and finding new staff members who will join our CL family. We will have two Kindergarten classes next year, so we had to find a new K teacher. Jerry Sagala has 15 years of experience teaching Pre-K through grade 2 – mostly at K- in California. He and Mrs. Ciaverelli will be our K teachers. Mrs. Ewing and Ms. Wold will each teach a 1st grade class next year. Mrs. Oxenford will not be returning as a 2/3 teacher, we have Mr. Evan Gosa joining the staff. Evan has been teaching 6th grade in Wisconsin for 3 years (all subjects), taught in the Czech Republic for a year, and 4th grade. He is a current member & consultant of his district’s Autism Committee. Mrs. Ferry and Mr. Gingery will continue as the other 2/3 teachers. Mrs. Alsup will be moving to South Lane School district, and we have Sasha Mattingly joining us as our new Life Skills teacher. Sasha had been teaching Special Education in Albany and had previously been an Educational Assistant in a Life Skills room in Springfield before becoming a licensed teacher. Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Forester, and Miss Cotter will all return as out 4/5 teachers next year. Our counselor, Mrs. Best is moving to Pennsylvania, and we welcome Sallie Lees as our new Counselor. Mrs. Lees has a good deal of experience working with children and families through her years as a Social Worker in Washington, and Oregon. All of our staff are excited at having new, talented teachers in the building to help us keep CL a great place to educate your children and helping them grow into Bethel’s finest!

CL Alumni Visit In Grad Walk
Several former CL students recently participated in the district’s “Grad Walk” where seniors visited each school in Bethel to walk through and high-five students and staff as part of the celebration of their success in Bethel. Most of the seniors attended Bethel schools in their earlier years and had a chance to go back and see their old schools. This group gathered after their walk through Clear Lake and reminisced briefly about their time here. Congratulations to the CL Alumni and all of the Bethel seniors who have graduated this year.




Eclipse Express & August Registration
We will hold summer registration on Tuesday, Aug. 15 7am-4pm and Wednesday, Aug. 16 10am-7pm. All new and returning families are asked to come in and register for the 17-18 school year. Every student will receive a free pair of “Eclipse Glasses” courtesy of the PTO. These are special glasses that allow you to safely look directly at the sun. If you are adventuresome, come join us on August 21st for a bus trip north to the hills above Albany where the eclipse will be TOTAL at 10:17am for 2 minutes. You may join us on the bus for a $1 fee per person- which will also get you a pair of eclipse glasses as well as the ride to and from the eclipse. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult on the “Eclipse Express” bus ride. We will have information at registration about the event. The bus will leave CL at 7am on the 21st and return by 1pm.


LOTS OF Exterior Work Going On At CL
When you come to Clear Lake later this summer, be prepared for a BIG change in the look of the school. Contractors are busy power washing and peeling off old siding, new siding will go back up and Clear Lake will become a new color after all the work is done. The new color will be “Wood Shadow” which is a stone shade of gray. It will compliment the blue doors and numerous trees we have around the campus. Everyone is excited to see the new CL look as the school celebrates it’s 40th birthday!!

Summer Office Hours
The CL office will be closed for the summer after June 27 and reopen on Monday, August 7 from 8-4 each day. If you have an urgent need to contact the school, email me- Principal John Luhman- at and I will get back to you.