Cougar Chronicles

June 2021

Clear Lake Elementary

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Clear Lake Families,

First, I want to thank you for your enduring partnership throughout the year. Whether we were in Comprehensive Distance Learning, Limited In-Person Learning, or our Hybrid Learning model, you were there supporting us! You asked thoughtful questions, listened and responded to new adjustments with our learning models, and were always there to support your child. With your partnership, we have made this into a wonderful school year and our students have made tremendous growth in many ways!

We will continue to work hard on our academics, caring for one another, and connecting through the end of the school year. In the month of June, we will have some great opportunities for learning and we want all students to take full advantage of these moments – as well as creating new fun memories with our end-of-the-year school-wide activities.

Lastly, the closure of the school year provides time for reflection, and hope for the times to come. I want to thank you for a great school year and all of the work you do to support your children to help them to succeed and grow. I remain grateful to our community, and am looking forward to continuing to serve Clear Lake. Go cougars!

Your Principal,

Greg Watson



Thanks to Mrs. Rushton and Mrs. Ratliff, each of our students will be bringing home a class photo to remember this year by!
While families will not be able to participate in person for our end-of-year celebrations, we will be sharing our photos from field day and 5th-grade promotion with all of our families. Be watching for it in the End of Year Newsletter!!!


Parent End of Year Check List

  • Pick up medications before June 30th. The office is open 8 am-430 pm Mon-Fri
  • Return Chromebook the week of June 14th
  • Register for next school year
  • W/F cohorts attend school Monday, June 14th and June 16th
  • T/Th cohorts attend school on June 15th and June 17th
  • Review on the online lost and found by clicking link below (lost & found will be donated on June 30th)

Medication Pick-Up

Please pick up any medication you have at the school for your child (ren) before June 30th. The office is open daily Mon-Fri 8am-430pm


It’s time to complete the registration/enrollment verification process for the 2021-22 school year! Completing this process early ensures our district can best prepare for staffing, program offerings, and more. Click the link below to register!

Chromebooks, Chargers & Hotspots

As we plan for a return to in-person learning next year and our transition to 1:1 computing, we will need to collect Chromebooks, chargers, and hotspots from students and families at the end of this school year. Clear Lake will be collecting Chromebooks, chargers & hot spots, from families June 14-17 2021 (students can bring their devices to school with them during their in-person days). Students won't have online interventions, PE, or Music class that week.

Chromebooks Return FAQ

Chromebook and Hotspot Parent FAQ NOTE:

This information regards school district-issued Chromebooks, hotspots, and chargers.

Q: Who needs to return their district-issued Chromebooks/chargers and hotspots/chargers? A: All students need to return their Chromebooks/chargers and hotspots/chargers.

Q: When do I need to have the Chromebooks/chargers and hotspots/chargers returned?

A: Before the end of the 2021 school year. Each school will communicate the exact dates for their students.

Q: What if I miss the designated return date?

A: Return them to the school as soon as possible. If the school office is closed, the Chromebooks/chargers and hotspots/chargers can be delivered to the Technology department Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Salem-Keizer Technology & Information Services Department Building C (There is an awning over the main doorway. Ring the bell for assistance.) 1340 State St. Salem, OR 97301

Q: What if I lost my Chromebook, charger, or hotspot?

A: Return any equipment that you still have. Report the loss to your school.

Q: Do I need to return the Chromebook charger and hotspot charger?

A: Yes, return ALL equipment.

Q: What if the Chromebook, charger, or hotspot has been damaged?

A: Return ALL equipment to the school and report any damage.

Q: Can I keep the Chromebook/charger and hotspot/charger over the summer?

A: No. In order for the district to prepare for the next school year, all Chromebooks and chargers need to be returned for summer preparation for distribution next school year. All hotspots and chargers need to be returned as they will no longer be active for use.

Q: My student is attending summer school. Can I keep my Chromebook and charger?

A: Please return the Chromebook and charger. If necessary, a device will be available for the student to use while attending summer class.

Q: Will my student receive a Chromebook and charger for the next school year?

A: Yes, Chromebooks and chargers will be distributed to students at the beginning of the next school year.

Q: What if my student is an EDGE student?

A: EDGE students return their Chromebooks/chargers and hotspots/chargers to any school. They will be issued a Chromebook/charger for the next school year when students return from summer break.

Q: I found equipment that I previously reported as lost. What should I do?

A: Return ALL equipment to either your school or the Technology department (listed above).

Q: My student has been issued technology equipment that is not a Chromebook or hotspot from the Student Services department. Do I return this equipment as well?

A: If you are using an iPad, touch-screen Chromebook, or other equipment assigned to you through the Alternative Education Materials (AEM) or Assistive Technology (AT) program of our Student Services department, you do not need to return those devices or equipment. Please contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions.

Q: I have a unique situation that is not addressed in these questions. What should I do?

A: Please call your student’s school to ask additional questions.


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returning library books

ATTENTION! ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE FOR THE YEAR BY TUESDAY, JUNE 9TH. If you can’t find the books you checked out, start looking now so you can get them turned in on time!

Summer Library

We won’t be having Summer Library this year as Mrs. Rushton will be involved in Summer School. The Salem Public Library will be having a summer reading program. You can find out more about their services and the reading program by clicking the Salem Library button


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  • June 8-11 - High School Graduation
  • June 16 - Last day of school for W/F cohort
  • June 17 - Last day of school for T/Th cohort
Students in the W/F cohort will attend on Monday (6/14) and Wednesday (6/16)
Students in the T/Th cohort will attend on Tuesday (6/15) and Thursday (6/17)

The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.


Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 School Year is Now Open!

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Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for


Open Enrollment starts April 1, 2021

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.

Preschool Office

6425 Fruitland Rd NE • Salem, OR 97317


For more information on tuition, fees, times


Download the application on Salem-Keizer’s website on the Head Start webpage or on the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action website.

Call 503-581-1152 or 503-399-5510 to have an application mailed to you.

Stop by a Head Start office to pick up an application.

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Community Action Head Start and Salem-Keizer Head Start offer free preschool for qualified families from Marion and Polk counties.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 school year.

Head Start offers preschool education, health, nutrition and family services to low income families. We have part-day classes, mornings or afternoons, or all year classes with longer hours and bus service. Also, working families may qualify for full-day full-year at no cost. No proof of citizenship is required.


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Grab-N-Go Meals during hybrid learning

While your student is in school for hybrid learning, they will receive all their meals at school at no cost. Hybrid learning students will be fed breakfast and lunch on site and will be offered a supper as they leave.

Each student is allowed one breakfast, one lunch and one supper per day, so that means parents cannot pick up meals from the Grab-N-Go sites when their student is on site for hybrid learning.

Meals while learning online

On the days your student is not on site for hybrid learning, or if your child is learning online each day through the EDGE program, meals are available at any of the Grab-N-Go sites throughout the community.

Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.

Starting Tuesday, April 13, the schools listed below are open for Grab-N-Go Meals from 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Breakfast, lunch and supper in the bag

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.

Go to this link for :

Clear Lake PTA

Next PTA Meeting June 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Clear Lake Cougars

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  • Accept responsibility
  • Work hard
  • Stay safe


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