Communication Digest: 12.10.20

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Artstream Reminder

K-8 administrators: Please ensure that teachers have a consistent system to share out the ArtStream links to families.  It would also be helpful to send out another reminder in the school blog—you can post the previous blog post again (see below in Blog Posts For You)


Archimoto Offer Reminder

Arcimoto, the electric FUV “Fun Utility Vehicle”, is a Bethel-based company and they are offering their employees the ability to perform community service during the month of December (not working because of increased COVID cases). They are willing to perform deliveries in their FUV vehicles a couple of days per week. Please let Chris know if you would like to get connected with them.

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Blog Posts For You (TWO…no, THREE new posts have been added)

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 community, Spanish speaking families, and those with a disability.

Oportunidades especiales de prueba COVID

Los afroamericanos tienen tres veces más probabilidades de contraer COVID-19 que los blancos, según un informe de la National Urban League.

Tanto los afroamericanos como los latinoamericanos también tienen más probabilidades de vivir en viviendas multigeneracionales, lo que coloca a los adultos mayores en riesgo en contacto cercano con personas más jóvenes que pueden no saber que tienen el virus.

En respuesta, Lane County Public Health ofrece una oportunidad especial de prueba de COVID para la comunidad negra local, familias de habla hispana y personas con discapacidades.


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.


Encuesta de última oportunidad para el superintendente

Todavía hay tiempo para brindar información sobre las cualidades que espera de un nuevo líder para el Distrito Escolar de Bethel.

La Junta Escolar aún está desarrollando la descripción del trabajo para un nuevo Superintendente y se necesita tu opinión.

Complete esta encuesta confidencial en línea antes del mediodía de este domingo 13 de diciembre.

La Junta Escolar tiene la intención de anunciar un nuevo Superintendente para el 12 de abril, pero el proceso es integral y se necesitan sus opiniones ahora, antes de que se acepten las solicitudes.

La superintendente Chris Parra anunció su retiro lo cual se hace efectivo al final del año escolar actual, lo que ha puesto en marcha la búsqueda del octavo superintendente en la historia de Bethel.

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.

Las comidas continuarán durante las vacaciones de invierno.

Las comidas escolares seguirán estando disponibles para los estudiantes de Bethel durante las vacaciones de invierno.

Willamette High School y Prairie Mountain School serán los únicos sitios de distribución de comidas del distrito.

Los estudiantes pueden recoger las comidas los martes 22 y 29 de diciembre entre las 11:00 a.m. y 12:30 p.m.

Se proporcionarán varias bolsas de desayunos y almuerzos en cada uno de esos dos martes.

Y el día 22 se ofrecerá una comida caliente especial.


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.

Actualización: Tarjetas de biblioteca gratuitas de Eugene

Más de 400 estudiantes de Bethel han recibido tarjetas gratuitas de la Biblioteca de Eugene a través de una oferta a las familias en septiembre.

Todos los estudiantes inscritos en Bethel todavía son elegibles para una tarjeta gratuita de la Biblioteca de Eugene, independientemente de si viven dentro de los límites de la ciudad. Nuestra escuela todavía tiene aplicaciones disponibles. Háganos saber si necesita uno.

La Fundación de la Biblioteca Eugene envió por correo una solicitud a la familia de cada estudiante de Bethel en septiembre. La tarjeta otorga acceso a todos los recursos de la biblioteca, incluidas sus selecciones en línea para investigación, proyectos escolares, libros electrónicos, tutores en línea y ayuda para el estudio.


Free Art Instruction

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 (SCHOOL NAME) students will have access to new arts lessons that invigorate distance learning through accessible, hands-on instruction.

Your child’s teacher will 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.

You will be getting more information and links to the lesson through your child’s teacher.

If you have questions please reach out to your teacher or me.


Instrucción de arte gratis

El Distrito Escolar de Bethel en colaboración con el Consejo de Artes de Lane estará proporcionando un programa gratuito de instrucción artística en vivo para todos los estudiantes de Bethel de K-8 durante este año escolar.

ArtStream ofrece lecciones de artes visuales, literarias y escénicas en vivo y grabadas para estudiantes y familias. Este plan de estudios dinámico, atractivo e innovador apoya el aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

Cada semana, los estudiantes de (SCHOOL NAME) tendrán acceso a nuevas lecciones de arte que fortalecen el aprendizaje a distancia a través de una instrucción práctica y accesible.

El maestro de sus alumnos proporcionará enlaces al horario de ArtStream para que usted y su alumno puedan ver la lección en vivo o ver la lección grabada cuando funcione para su horario.

Puede visitar el Consejo de Artes de Lane para leer sobre ArtStream.

Obtendrá más información y enlaces de las lecciones a través del maestro de su hijo.

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con su maestro o conmigo.


Free Online Cooking Class (PRINCIPALS: This class is taught in English only)

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.



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For High School/ Middle School Band/Choir staff

Eugene Symphony Private Lesson Program

Private band lessons are expensive. Now, the Eugene Symphony is offering a lesson scholarship opportunity for students who do not otherwise have the means to study privately. Each Bethel middle and high school music instruction is encouraged to nominate one student from their band or orchestra program to participate.

The Nomination deadline is Friday, December 18. Click here to submit a nomination.

Each student will receive a private lesson scholarship consisting of eight (8) free lessons with a Eugene Symphony teaching artist. Open to all middle and high school ages and abilities.


Books Being Read for Children

Bethel’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Hilary Mankofsky has a treat for elementary teachers.

University of Oregon athletes have been videotaped reading transportation-themed books for children. It’s the next best thing to having the athletes in your classroom.

Below is the link to the books being read. You will see that some are scheduled to be deleted by the end of December.

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December 10 – Ad Council

December 10 – Superintendent Search Forums (Staff & Spanish Speaking Families)

December 11 – Elementary Principals Prep Work Session

December 13 – 6th Anniversary of Marcus Mariota’s Heisman Award

December 14 – Health and Safety Team Meeting

December 14 – Secondary Sub-Council

December 4 – School Board Meeting

December 15 – Elementary Sub-Council

December 16 – RIT Meeting

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Come on, Man???

I’m just happy when I make it to the kitchen without injuring myself. But these kids? Get out!