Communication Digest 8.19.21

Good morning, administrators! Here’s a collection of event and other information for you to just be aware of or to share out with families. Please let me know what sorts of things would be most useful for you to have in a communication digest each week. Thank you for all that you do.

Announcements and reminders

Teacher in-service schedules: 

Here are the most up-to-date in-service schedules

Returning teacher in-service: https://bit.ly/37RVddq

New teacher in-service: https://bit.ly/2W6OaLv

You will see that several of the locations are still TBD. We’ll update these documents with locations when we’ve nailed down those details. Feel free to share these schedules with your staff.

School calendar reminder

Just a friendly reminder to please add important information to the calendars on your website. Families visit your individual websites much more than the district website and are looking for important information about the upcoming school year. Thank you!

Aug. 31 Bethel Welcome Back Event will be virtual

Following several conversations with Lane Public Health and in collaboration with other local school districts, we will be having an online welcome back ceremony. It’s not at all what we were hoping for as we return to in-person learning and some semblance of normalcy in schools, however, we feel it’s important that we not have large gatherings with all staff.  Details regarding the welcome back event and how to watch that day will be shared with all staff this week. 

Free meals for every Bethel student, every school day!

Great news for the upcoming school year: We are thrilled to announce that every Bethel student will have access to free breakfast and lunch meals every school day again this year! This ensures that every student has had the opportunity to eat two nutritious meals throughout the day and are ready to learn. 

With this change, the Bethel District will no longer offer community meals in an effort to focus on feeding every Bethel student. Free curbside meal service for the community, including weekend meals sent home with families, will conclude on August 20. More info here: bit.ly/2VRrHCl 

Important events

Bethel vaccine and testing clinic – every Thursday at Cascade

 The Bethel School district, in partnership with Lane County Public Health, will host a free weekly COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinic for anyone in the Bethel community. The community clinic will take place at Cascade Middle School, every Thursday, beginning August 19 through Thursday, Sept. 2. This Thursday (August 19) ONLY: Every person who gets vaccinated will receive a $50 gift card!

When: The clinic will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday beginning August 19 through Sept 2. 

Where: Cascade Middle School cafeteria, 1525 Echo Hollow Road, Eugene, OR 97402

Details: 

  • Health professionals staffing the event are bilingual.
  • People 15 and older can consent for themselves to receive a vaccine; children ages 12-14 will require parent/guardian consent. 
  • Families can sign up ahead of time or just drop in. 

Community Health Fair – Centro Latino Americano

Centro Latino Americano, in collaboration with Lane County Public Health, is hosting a community health fair. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 28 at Petersen Barn 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene. More information here: https://www.bethel.k12.or.us/uncategorized/community-health-fair-august-28/ 

Centro Latino Americano, en colaboración con Lane County Public Health, está organizando una feria de salud comunitaria. El evento tendrá lugar de 10:00 am 1:00 pm el 28 de Agosto en Petersen Barn 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene. Para obtener más información, visite: centrolatinoamericano.org/feriadesaludcomunitaria/.

Project Hope Giveaway: 1-4:30 p.m.,  Sunday August 29 at Willamette High School 

Bethel students can again receive a free backpack and pair of shoes, among other back-to-school supplies for free through Project Hope. Students who are interested are asked to call their school to sign up for a time to attend. COVID precautions will be in place and families are encouraged to attend during their time slot. https://bit.ly/3fYkA1C 

Just FYI

P-EBT cards

Many Bethel students qualify for P-EBT cards. P-EBT cards provide food benefits to families with children who may be missing meals due to COVID-19-related school and childcare closures. The cards operate much like debit cards and can be used to buy most foods, except prepared foods and foods sold hot. The Oregon Department of Human Services oversees the program and is responsible for getting the cards to families. Some families may have received the cards over the summer. For more information please contact ODHS by emailing ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us or by calling 503-945-6481. Additional information about the program can be found here: oregonhunger.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PEBTInfographicNew.pdf 

Enrollment reminders to share out (if you’d like!)

Dear Bethel Families,

We are reaching out this evening with a reminder about enrollment. With the start of the school year on the horizon, we are beginning to schedule students into their schools and classrooms and we need your child’s registration information.

If you have not already done so, please register your Bethel student for the 2021-22 school year. New and returning Bethel families can register their students at the following link: bethel.k12.or.us/enroll.

Those who wish to enroll in Bethel Online Academy (BOA) must also fill out this survey: bit.ly/3hEfdG8. 

All families, including those who wish to enroll in BOA, should register at their neighborhood school. More information about BOA can be found on the Bethel Online Academy Homepage.

Mask information

The State of Oregon recently announced that it will require all students and adults to wear face coverings during the school day in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and to help keep students in school as much as possible. The rule applies to all students, staff, contractors, volunteers, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. More details regarding when and where face coverings are required can be found in the FAQ attached to this message.

Attached to this email is a one-page overview of the latest face covering information from the Oregon Department of Education, as well as a list of frequently asked questions about how the rule affects the Bethel District. 

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and grace. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at communications@bethel.k12.or.us or 541-689-3280.

For fun! 

I got to spend some time at several schools so far this week, one of which was Kalapuya where students in Farm Camp were suited up to learn about beekeeping! A little while later, Kalapuya staff, students and volunteers helped to hand out fresh produce to our community through the Produce Plus program. You all are doing amazing things in your schools and I’m eager to capture as much of it as possible!

bell peppers Student drops produce off in car produce bags eggplantsFarm camp - bee keepers