Here is some good news! First of all, we sincerely hope you are all healthy. Let’s continue to watch out for each other.
This week was scheduled to be Spring Break before our school calendar was interrupted. We are still attempting to get a clearer picture of what to expect for the next several months.
In the meantime, our Bethel staff have been working to plan materials and activities for students in all grade levels. We intend to offer continued supplemental enrichment for your child while schools are closed.
Supplemental Materials: Materials will be available to you on April 6th in two formats: online and hard-copy paper packets. These will be made available each week throughout the closure. We are working hard to ensure that all supplemental materials are accessible to all of our students.
Enrichment: In the meantime, we have vetted and collected resources to support the enrichment of your student. Click here to access these enrichment resources.
Check-In: Your child’s teachers will be contacting you after Spring Break to share more information about the supplemental materials, and simply because they miss their students!
High School Students: All families have questions about what is happening with high school students. The Oregon Department of Education is currently working on a plan to address the unique needs of high school students during this closure. We know that high school students and their families are concerned about credits, as well as various tests such as SAT, IB and AP. We will communicate details once guidance from ODE is provided.
These are unprecedented times which result in many questions. We will share more information with you as soon as we get it. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and those around you.
Hola Familias, esperamos que este mensaje le encuentre bien. Extrañamos la presencia de sus hijos en la escuela y esperamos con ansias cuando volveremos a estar juntos.
Esta semana estaba programada para las vacaciones de primavera, cuando teníamos un calendario escolar oficial. Todavía estamos intentando tener una idea más clara de qué esperar para los próximos meses.
Mientras tanto, nuestro personal de Bethel ha estado trabajando para planificar materiales Continue reading
Hi Prairie Mountain Families,
Here are the latest developments related to the school closure that has been directed by the Governor. New information will be shared with you as it becomes available.
Student Meals: Bethel School District will be providing brown bag grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for any child, Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 10:00-noon. Meals can be picked up at Willamette High School, Prairie Mountain School, Malabon Elementary and Fairfield Elementary.
Produce Plus: The Produce Plus program will be providing free food (from Food for Lane County) that you can take home. Produce Plus is located at the Bethel Farm, behind Prairie Mountain School, Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Click here for all the Food for Lane County pantry sites throughout the community.
Student Health: Serving all Bethel students and Head Start students, the Bethel Health Center (located on the north side of Cascade Middle School) will be open March 16-19, 8:30-5:00. In addition, Bethel School District nurses will be on staff during those four days. Please dial 541-689-3280 and a nurse will return your call.
Mental Health Supports: COVID-19 HOOTS (Helping Our Our Teens in Schools) is offering mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff. The phone line is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 541-246-2342.
Coronavirus Information: Bethel has created a COVID-19 coronavirus web page with health information, community resources, news and more. It is constantly changing but is updated regularly.
Information in Spanish/Información en español: Spanish-speaking staff will be at our school ready to take calls and answer questions on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday – Friday calls in Spanish can be made to the Bethel District Office at 541-689-3280.
Updated Information: We are still seeking answers to a number of questions, including whether these closure days will be made up at the end of the school year. Direct your questions to our school and we will do our best to provide answers. Otherwise, watch the school web page and emails from the school; we will keep you informed as much as possible.
Donna Butera: Families who receive assistance through Donna Butera’s office (or Dee Faiman) can call 541-607-1463 for continued support.
Please reinforce the healthy habits with your children that we have been re-teaching at school about properly covering a cough, washing hands regularly, not touching the face, and staying home when ill.
We look forward to seeing everyone again when we resume school on Wednesday, April 1.
Comidas escolares, salud estudiantil y más
Aquí están los últimos desarrollos relacionados con el cierre de la escuela que ha sido dirigido por el gobernador. Se compartirá nueva información con usted a medida que esté disponible.
Comidas de los estudiantes: El Distrito Escolar de Bethel proporcionará comidas Continue reading
Lowering class sizes, investing in engaging courses, providing more emotional and mental health supports for students, and delivering additional training for teachers. It is all part of Bethel’s draft Student Success Act plan.
A community meeting Tuesday, March 17th at Willamette High School, will offer details on how Bethel School District will direct the additional $4.6 million it will receive from the state via the SSA. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include time for your feedback.
Half of the new funding will go toward creating smaller class sizes from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Bethel’s draft plan also calls for increases in classes such as art, world languages, music and PE, while adding counseling throughout the district.
Plan muestra reinversión en estudiantes de Betel
Reducir el tamaño de las clases, invertir en cursos interesantes, proporcionar más apoyo de salud mental y emocional para los estudiantes y brindar capacitación adicional para los maestros. Todo es parte del borrador del plan de la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de Bethel.
Una reunión de la comunidad el martes 17 de marzo en Willamette High School ofrecerá detalles sobre cómo el Distrito Escolar de Bethel dirigirá los $ 4.6 millones adicionales que recibirá del estado a través de la SSA. La reunión comienza a las 5:30 p.m., e incluirá tiempo para sus comentarios.
La mitad de los nuevos fondos se destinarán a crear clases más pequeñas desde el jardín de infantes hasta el tercer grado. El borrador del plan de Bethel también exige aumentos en las clases, como arte, idiomas del mundo, música y educación física, a la vez que agrega asesoramiento en todo el distrito
Dear Prairie Mountain Community,
Last night’s PTO meeting was encouraging, inspiring and informative.
Thank you to Jeni Gerlach, our amazing elementary music teacher, for opening up her classroom and talking to us about music education here on the Mountain. Thank you to Sherine Forest, our district nurse, for educating us on the Coronavirus, providing resources for families, and helping us understand steps that our district is taking to keep our kids healthy and safe. Thank you to Todd Woodward for sharing about his work creating a Parent Group designed for parents/guardians with students with disabilities. And thank you to all of the Project-Leaders who spoke about their upcoming projects.
Please know how much I appreciate all of you and the work we are doing together as a team for our most precious assets, our KIDS. We do our best work when we do it together.
It’s time to reinvest in our schools. New funding is coming to Bethel School District and we want your ideas about improvements that will benefit all students.
The Student Success Act will provide an additional $4.6 million per year to Bethel schools, beginning this fall. This new money has two purposes: to increase academic achievement while reducing disparities among student groups, and to meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs.
Throughout January, the district held multiple meetings with the community and school staff asking for thoughts on how to best invest these new funds.
In order to include still more voices, the district has created a short online survey to capture your vision for our schools, and in particular how to support our historically underserved students. Please take this brief Student Success Act survey. Your voice matters! The survey will be open through Friday, February 14.
Por Favor, Tome Esta Breve Encuesta de Bethel
Es hora de reinvertir en nuestras escuelas. Nuevos fondos están llegando al Distrito Escolar de Bethel y queremos sus ideas sobre mejoras que beneficiarán a todos los estudiantes.
La Ley de Éxito Estudiantil proporcionará $ 4.6 millones adicionales por año a las escuelas de Bethel, a partir de este otoño. Este nuevo dinero tiene dos propósitos: aumentar el rendimiento académico al tiempo que se reducen las disparidades entre los grupos de estudiantes y satisfacer las necesidades de salud mental y conducta de los estudiantes.
A lo largo de Enero, el distrito mantuvo múltiples reuniones con la comunidad y el personal de la escuela para reflexionar sobre cómo invertir mejor estos nuevos fondos.
Para incluir aún más voces, el distrito ha creado una breve encuesta en línea para capturar su visión de nuestras escuelas y, en particular, cómo apoyar a nuestros estudiantes históricamente desatendidos. Por favor realice esta breve encuesta de la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil. ¡Tu voz importa! La encuesta estará abierta hasta el Viernes, 14 de Febrero.