Danebo Elementary

Danebo Elementary

Enrollment: 339
Grades: Kindergarten through grade 5
Phone number: 541-688-8735
Fax number: 541-607-8186
Address: 1265 Candlelight Drive, Eugene, OR 97402
School Hours: 8:45 am to 2:45 pm
Driving Instructions: Beltline to Barger Drive. West on Barger to Terry. Left onto Terry. One mile to Royal. Left onto Royal. Left onto Candlelight.

News From Danebo’s Principal

Thank You Albertsons and Fairfield Church of the Nazarene!

Thanks to the generosity of Albertson’s shoppers and the members of Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, approximately 75 of our Danebo families will have a Thanksgiving meal this week. Albertsons has “adopted” our families by asking customers to donate money to purchase meals that include turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and gravy. Fairfield Church of the Nazarene partners with Food For Lane County to provide a similar meal for families.

Continuing the Thanks…

Many thanks to our neighbors at the Briarwood Park for their generous donation of hand-knitted hats and scarves as well as a cash donation of $328. We will use the funds to assist with our winter holiday food boxes for Danebo families. Our Danebo Families are fortunate to be supported by the neighbors in our community!

Calendar Notes

Wednesday, November 25th is a budget reduction day with no school for all Bethel Schools.

Teachers are gearing up for report cards (grading day on Friday, December 4th) and parent-teacher conferences (Wednesday, December 9th and Thursday, December 10th). There will be no school on Friday, December 4th and Friday, December 11th and students will be dismissed at 11:45 on Thursday, December 10th.

Our last day before winter break is Friday, December 18th. School will resume for Bethel students in grades K-8 on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 (Monday, January 4th is a Curriculum Development Day for Teachers in grades K-8).

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thanks for planning to join your child’s teacher for parent-teacher conferences on December 9th and 10th. Teachers will send home conference times in Tuesday folders on 12/1 and a 2nd reminder on Tuesday, 12/8. If you are unable to keep your assigned conference time, please contact the school office to reschedule. It is so important to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your child’s teacher and continue the home-to-school connection.

Canned Food Drive

Danebo will be conducting a canned food drive starting on Monday, November 30th and continuing through Thursday, December 10th. Food will assist Danebo families over the winter break and we appreciate all non-perishable donations. Classrooms have been put into teams and the team who brings in the most number of food items will earn a movie and popcorn for the team! Thanks for your support!

State School Report Card

 As our students continue to make gains each day in the classroom, here is a look at last school year’s State School Report Card. As you examine the report card from the 2014-15 school year, know that our school currently has one full year with its new math and English language arts curriculum, and we are grateful to now have more teachers and smaller class sizes than in recent years.

Click here for the Danebo State Report Card.

Click here for the Bethel School District State Report Card.

Resultados de pruebas estatales

A medida que nuestros estudiantes continúan haciendo ganancias diario en el aula,

aquí es una mirada a Informe Escolar del Estado Tarjeta del último año escolar. Estamos agradecidos de tener más maestros y clases mas pequeños en comparison a los últimos años.  Sabe que nuestra escuela tiene actualmente un año completo con este plan nuevo de matemáticas y lenguaje inglés.

Haga clic aqui para obtener la Danebo Informe de Estado.

Haga clic aqui para el Estado Distrito Informe de Bethel Schools.


Complimentary Digital SmileSafe Card

Important Information for parents

Danebo Elementary School School Pictures

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Last reminder to keep this year’s school picture!

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take survey.


News From Danebo’s Principal

Safety Drills at Danebo

On Monday, October 26th, students and staff will practice lock-down, earthquake and fire drills. Teachers have provided students with grade-level appropriate information on each drill and have practiced the drills prior to our all school drills on Monday.

In the lock-down drill, staff will lock all doors, close all blinds and secure students within classrooms away from windows. Upon the release of the lock-down drill, we will practice an earthquake drill where students and staff will “duck and cover” under desks and tables. Students will then exit the building at the sound of the fire alarm and meet in our designated earthquake drill spots (the baseball diamond/track) south of the building.

Practicing these drills will ensure that students and staff are aware of routines should we encounter an emergency in the near future.

If you have questions regarding our drills, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mari Ford (mari.ford@bethel.k12.or.us).

5th grade students at Danebo learn bike safety tips

5th grade students at Danebo learn bike safety tips

Fifth Grade Bike Safety

Our 5th grade students spent 9 days participating in a hands-on bike safety course that allowed students to practice riding bikes safely in a variety of venues. Students practiced riding through “obstacle courses”, starting and stopping, and some basic bike maintenance. This great opportunity was made possible through our Safe Routes to Schools coordinator, Sam Norgaard-Stroich.


Popcorn Days at Danebo

Popcorn days have returned this school year at Danebo. Two Wednesdays each month, students will be able to purchase bags of popcorn for $0.25 per bag. Several classroom teachers have sponsored the popcorn days as a way to earn extra classroom funds for projects. Thanks to our PTO for funding the supplies and Tracy Grafton for assisting with volunteers. If you’d like to help with our next popcorn day (Wednesday, November 4th), please contact Tracy in the office (541-688-8735 or tracy.grafton@bethel.k12.or.us).

PTO News

Danebo PTO will be asking families to support their upcoming Save Around Coupon Book fundraiser. Look for information in Tuesday folders on October 27th. Families will need to request a sample book prior to one coming home with students. Books sell for $20 and contain coupons for local businesses. The sale officially runs from November 3rd through November 13th. More info to come…

The PTO jog-a-thon was a success, bringing in around $2500. Top fundraisers were Izabel Szabady, Summer Noyes and Quentin Noyes and the class that brought in the most funds was Ms. Baldwin’s first grade class. In addition, third grader Brodie Garrett ran the most laps in the school and he’ll spend a morning being “Principal for the Day”. Top runners from each class will be invited to a special pizza lunch in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone for their support, especially our amazing parent volunteers!

Veteran’s Day Music Celebration

Mrs. Robison, our music teacher, has been working with our 4th and 5th grade students to learn some patriotic music that they will share with us at an all school assembly on Thursday, November 5th at 9:15 in the gym. Parents are welcome to join us for the Veteran’s Day celebration. Please check in at the office prior to joining us in the gym.


The 2015-16 School Year is off to a Great Start!

Danebo PTO Meeting, Tuesday, September 15th!

Please join us for our first PTO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 15th from 6:30-7:30 in the library. Childcare will be provided in the gym at no cost to families.

Discussion items will include our upcoming jog-a-thon, Danebo T-shirt sales and volunteers for PTO offices. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas.


New Staff at Danebo

Please join us in welcoming the following staff members to Danebo:

  • Matt Mahr, our new PE teacher. Matt will be teaching PE on Mondays and Tuesdays at Danebo (and at Fairfield on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and will be assisting with our Playworks implementation (see below) on Friday mornings. We are VERY excited to welcome Mr. Mahr to our community and look forward to the great things he will be teaching our kids during PE.
  • Kim Robison, our music teacher. Kim will be teaching students music Monday through Thursday at Danebo. She comes to us from Washington and we are eager to see all the great things she has in store. Kim is excited to get started and has some great ideas that she is ready to implement in music class!
  • Kate Aly, our new Resource Room teacher. Kate has taught many years, the most recent one at Meadow View. She has experience in curriculum and behavior and is excited to be a part of the Danebo Community.
  • Katie Rutherford, our new Kindergarten teacher. With the addition of full day Kindergarten this school year, Danebo hired another Kindergarten teacher to join Mrs. Railey. Katie is not new to Danebo as she completed her student teaching with Mr. Smith and Mrs. Railey two years ago and was a guest teacher in two different classrooms last year at Danebo. We are excited to have Mrs. Rutherford join our staff!
  • Jennifer McSween, Educational Assistant in Mrs. Rutherford’s Kindergarten class. Mrs. McSween is new to Eugene from Louisiana and is a great addition to our school. She is enthusiastic, caring and has the kids’ best interest at heart!
  • Terri Leech-Cowles, Educational Assistant in Life Skills. Terri re-joined the Danebo Team after spending time in our Life Skills classroom last year as a substitute. She is a welcome addition to our amazing Life Skills staff!
  • Shanna Kalams-Jurek, our new health assistant. Shanna is excited to begin assisting our students and families with their health needs. She is joined by our new District nurse, Kristin Simpson. Both Shanna and Kristin are learning about our students and families and are ready to assist!

Danebo T-shirt & Sweatshirt Orders

In registration packets, families received order forms for our new Danebo t-shirts and sweatshirts. The order form asked to have orders back by Friday, September 11th, but we are extending that deadline to Friday, September 18th. Please make checks payable to Danebo PTO and send the orders to the office. Blank order forms are available on the front table in the office.


All Danebo Students Receive Free Breakfast and Lunch!

As a result of the District’s participation in the CEP Nutrition Program, all Danebo students will receive free school lunch this year! This is very exciting for us and something we are continuing to learn about. As it has been for the last several years, we are continuing our free breakfast program, which means all Danebo students receive free breakfast and lunch each day!

If your child brings their own lunch to school, but would like to have milk (2%, 1% or nonfat chocolate milk), they will be offered two options:

  • Visit the salad/variety bar and take one fruit and one vegetable and include it with their lunch from home. If students choose this option, their milk is free.
  • Purchase a milk for $0.60. Students are not required to have the cash on them and lunch accounts will be charged. Parents will receive notices for unpaid balances.

Have You Seen Our Garden Lately?

Did you know that Danebo has a garden on the north side of the building? It is a school garden that for many years, produced fruits and vegetables and provided students with great learning opportunities. However, over the last two years, the garden was severely neglected and we all know what that means—ginormous weeds and overgrown plants.

Prior to school starting, members of the Fairfield Church of the Nazarene spent a weekend tackling the weeds in the garden. They trimmed trees and shrubs, weeded, spread bark throughout the paths and reconnected the watering system. As a result, our garden looks AWESOME!

Our 4th and 5th grade teachers are working with staff from the School Garden Project to ensure that our garden continues to remain weed free as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn the important components of gardening and what it can provide. We are fortunate to be able to partner with this program and look forward to our 4th and 5th graders getting involved in the care for the Danebo School Garden!


Future Of Parks in Bethel and Eugene

The City of Eugene Parks and Recreation wants your thoughts about the future of parks and recreational opportunities in our area. What do you like? What do we need? Take this short survey and then enter to win a gift certificate from Parks and Rec.


New Fun on the Playground!

Danebo students learn the Switch game at recess as part of the Playworks program..

Danebo students learn the Switch game at recess as part of the Playworks program..

Have your kids been talking about Switch, Butterfly Tag, Wall Ball or Four Square? Have they mentioned “Rocking-it-out”? If so, they are sharing with you about our new implementation of the Playworks program.

Playworks provides structured games for students to engage in at recess each day. It focuses on teaching the games and expectations as well as teaching students how to problem-solve situations that arise when playing the games.

All Bethel School District Elementary and K-8 Schools are implementing Playworks after sending representatives from each school to a 2 day training in August. Our Recess Team at Danebo (Mrs. Tuski, Mr. Mahr, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Josh and Mrs. Gregory) have done an amazing job teaching the new games and reminding students to “Play Hard, Have Fun and Be Safe and Respectful” on the playground!

News From Danebo’s Principal

We’re Back!

Please join us for registration this week on Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All families need to confirm registration information and pay the $25 supply fee (cash or checks only) , so we appreciate you joining us this week.

If you are unable to come on Tuesday or Wednesday, please contact the office at 541-688-8735 and let us know when you will be able to stop by. Our regular office hours (excluding registration days) are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Save the Date!

Our Meet the Teacher/PTO BBQ is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd. From 5:00-5:30, families can meet teachers in classrooms and from 5:30-6:30 all families are invited to join us for a free hot dog BBQ, courtesy of our PTO.

Class lists will be posted on Wednesday, September 1st at 12:00, in the front of the school.

If you are able to help with the BBQ, please call our school office at 541-688-8735.

First Day of School for Grades 1-5*

Students in grades 1-5 will begin school on Tuesday, September 8th. School hours are 8:45-2:45 with the cafeteria open at 8:20 for breakfast. This year, ALL Danebo students qualify for free breakfast AND lunch each day.

Thank you for ensuring that your child is at school no later than 8:35 as teachers will begin the school day promptly at 8:45 each day. Students arriving at 8:45 or later interrupt classroom instruction and routines.

*Kindergarten students are on a “Smart Start” schedule, staggering students on two different days each week. Information on Smart Start will be provided at registration on Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th.

New Staff at Danebo

You will notice some new faces at Danebo this school year. Please join me in welcoming the following additions to our staff:

Sima Baldwin                     First Grade Teacher

Katie Rutherford              Kindergarten Teacher

Kim Robison                       Music Teacher

Matt Mahr                          PE Teacher

Kate Aly                               Resource Room Teacher


In addition to the above-mentioned teachers, we will be hiring a new health assistant as well as a few support staff. Stay tuned for more introductions of amazing Danebo Staff!

PE in Bethel School District

You may have noticed in the above “blurb” that Danebo has a new PE teacher. This is new to all Bethel Elementary Schools this year. Mr. Mahr will teach one day of PE for each classroom during the week as well as oversee a new playground program called “PlayWorks”. We are so excited to have him as a part of our Staff and I know your students will love PE and playground activities that they learn this year!


Thanks for staying in touch at the busy time of year. We are excited to share another great year of learning activities and look forward to building a strong home-to-school connection this year!


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