Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

The Latest- From Clear Lake…

Greetings Friends, Families, Staff and Students, here’s the latest from Clear Lake…

Monster Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends
If you haven’t already done so, please turn in your orders and money for the Fall fundraiser to help the PTO. Counting and dough orders will be submitted soon. The plan is for the frozen dough to be delivered to school on Wednesday, Oct. 18th in the late afternoon. Folks are invited to come pick up dough then. Watch for a reminder notice to give exact times, most likely 2:30-ish to 6:00-ish pm.

Back To School Night Tuesday 6-7:30pm
This Tuesday the 3rd is our annual “Back To School” night event. Families are invited to come and meet their child’s teacher and hear about academics, routines, and more- from 6-6:30pm. Then, it is time for the PTO’s $1 spaghetti feed in the cafeteria. One dollar buys you a tray of spaghetti, salad, and a breadstick. Come enjoy a tasty meal sponsored by the Clear Lake PTO. Students will be invited to come take a break during dinner to sing some of the familiar Clear Lake songs with Music teacher Lori Kelley. We hope to see you there!

Walk And Roll Wednesday Morning- Oct. 4th
Wednesday the 4th- 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 8:00 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- Walk and Roll is a morning event.

Oregon Harvest Day Celebration Lunch- Thursday
Oregon Harvest Day is Thursday Oct 5th. Throughout the district lunch that day will consist mostly of Oregon grown and processed foods, including several items grown at the Bethel Farm.
The Oregon Harvest Day Celebration will take place at Clear Lake Elementary on Thursday Oct 5th from 11:40 12: 45pm. Click HERE to see the Oregon growers and processers who contribute- many will be onsite to serve the food they have produced and see firsthand how it impacts our students. Lunch service is from 11:40AM-12:45pm.

Here are links to the growers and producers who provide food for Bethel student meals:

Tillamook Cheese:
Franz Bakery:
Childers High Desert Grass Fed Beef:
Johnson Farm:
Hilltop Farm:
Bob’s Whole Grain Store:
Excelsior Farm, Dexter, Oregon:
Truitt Brothers, Hermiston, Oregon:
Camas Country Mill, Eugene, Oregon:
Lochmead Farms:

That’s it for now- Thanks for reading!

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!