Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

Art Blooms At The Farm

Esteban Camacho finishes installing his mural, The Abundant Web, at the Bethel Farm.

An incredible mural is now on permanent display at the Bethel Farm, courtesy of a young, local artist.

Esteban Camacho received funding from the Art Bridges Foundation to create “The Abundant Web.”

The mural shows people above ground and the workings below the surface, and the inter-connectedness of people with the earth.

Camacho had a hand with this piece. Students from Kalapuya High School and families from Huerto de la Familia, who have a community garden plot at the Farm, helped paint some of the base colors.

After being on display at the UO’s Schnitzer Museum of Art all summer, the mural is now a permanent feature of the Bethel Farm, making a wonderful place even more beautiful.

Wanted: Babies To Be Tiny Teachers

Baby volunteers are the key to the Roots of Empathy program being introduced in Bethel 1st grade classrooms.

Seeking babies, 2-4 months old; applicants must be willing to be naturally adorable; serve as a tiny teacher of empathy, attachment, and development; open to being unconditionally loved by dozens of elementary students.

The Roots of Empathy program is being introduced in first grade classrooms at Malabon and Fairfield elementaries, and it needs additional newborn volunteers.

Roots of Empathy focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression.

Click here to learn more.

The program could still use a few more babies and moms or dads to visit a classroom nine times over the course of the school year.

Here’s a short video from a parent’s perspective

Please email Sara, the Lane County Roots of Empathy Coordinator to have a conversation about taking part in this rewarding volunteer opportunity.

The New School Year Begins!

Parent posing for a photo with a child.

Parents and children posed for pictures as the new school year began in Bethel School District.

Students are back in school for the 72nd year in Bethel School District history.

There were pictures taken, students welcomed, friendships renewed, and routines established.

Road construction on Barger Drive created long delays and added to the anxiety of some students and their parents. The road work will continue for a few more weeks, so drivers should plan accordingly.

10th, 11th and 12th graders start at Willamette High School Wednesday, and Kalapuya High School welcomed students last Thursday.

Teachers Return: All Is Right With The World Again

Group of smiling teachers

Fairfield staff are all smiles as they start preparing for the 2019-20 school year.

Their days are already full with trainings, productive meetings, and planning sessions.

Bethel’s teachers are back in the buildings preparing for the coming school year.

Classified staff are also taking part in professional development activities.

There will be close to 50 new licensed staff including teachers, counselors, speech and language therapists, school psychologists and administrators.

Tuesday, September 3rd, is the first day of school for K-9 students. All Willamette students begin Wednesday, September 4th.