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Clear Lake News 12.11.2020

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PTO Meeting Next Week:  Our PTO will meet on Thursday, December 17, at 6:00 PM. The Zoom meeting link will be posted on our website a few hours before the meeting starts.

Materials Pick Up:  Our next materials pick-up will be Wednesday, January 6, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Supply bags will include an Inclement Weather Packet, more school supplies such as dry erase markers, pencils, and PE supplies. Many teachers will have other important classroom materials included as well.

Meals Will Continue Over Winter Break: School meals will still be available for Bethel students during winter break. Willamette High School and Prairie Mountain School will be the District’s only meal distribution sites. Students can pick up meals on Tuesdays, December 22nd and 29th between 11:00a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Multiple day bags of breakfasts and lunches will be provided on each of those two Tuesdays. And, a special hot meal will be offered on the 22nd.

Last Chance For Superintendent Survey: There’s still time to provide input into the qualities you are expecting in a new leader for Bethel School District. The School Board is still developing the job description for a new Superintendent, and your input is needed. Complete this confidential online survey before noon this Sunday, December 13th. The School Board intends to announce a new Superintendent by April 12, but the process is comprehensive and your opinions are needed now, before applications are accepted. Superintendent Chris Parra announced her retirement effective at the end of the current school year, which has set in motion the search for the 8th Superintendent in Bethel’s history.

Update: Free Eugene Library Cards: More than 400 Bethel students have received free Eugene Library cards through an offer to families in September. All Bethel enrolled students are still eligible for a free Eugene Library card, regardless of whether they live within the City limits. Our school still has applications available. Let us know if you need one.

The Eugene Library Foundation mailed an application to the family of every Bethel student in September. The card grants access to all the Library’s resources, including its online selections for research, school projects, eBooks, online tutors, and study help.

ArtStream: Bethel School District – in collaboration with Lane Arts Council – is providing a free livestream arts instruction program to all Bethel students K-8 through the rest of the school year. ArtStream provides live and recorded visual, literary, and performing art lessons for students and families. This dynamic, engaging, and innovative curriculum supports distance learning for elementary and middle school students. Every week, Clear Lake students will have access to new arts lessons that invigorate distance learning through accessible, hands-on instruction. Your child’s teacher may provide links to the ArtStream schedule so families can either watch the lesson live or watch the recorded lesson when it works for your schedule.

Visit the Lane Arts Council website to read about ArtStream.

Special COVID Testing Opportunities: Black Americans are three times more likely to contract COVID-19 than White Americans, according to a report from the National Urban League. Both black and Latino Americans are also more likely to live in multigenerational housing, which places older, at-risk adults in close contact with younger people who may not know they have the virus. In response, Lane County Public Health is offering a special COVID testing opportunity for the local Black communitySpanish speaking families, and those with a disability.

Free Online Cooking Class: Bethel School District is teaming with Food for Lane County to provide a free online cooking class: Preparing Healthy Meals on a Budget. You will be given free take home ingredient bags, spice sample bags, a recipe book, and more. The classes begin in January, but registration is taking place now. To register, email Molly Bullock, Bethel’s Agricultural Educator & Community Outreach Coordinator.