Cougar Chronicles

May 2021


HOT OFF THE PRESS-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 won't have on-line interventions, PE or Music class that week.

Clear Lake Elementary

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Dear Clear Lake Families,

Dear Clear Lake Families,

I have to start by letting you all know how much we have enjoyed having students back in our building! My favorite part of the day is arrival. I love seeing families dropping off their children and the smiles that a mask cannot hide! I love seeing how excited our staff are to welcome them to school. I love hearing how happy they are to be at school. I love watching them interact with peers and staff as they are learning during the school day. I love Clear Lake!

We are quickly approaching the end of the year and I want to let you know about some of the activities and events we have planned. In the past one of the things that have made these events so special is that we get to include families in them. This year, we are committed to providing as many experiences for our students as possible while still following our safety protocols. We will be able to do many things, but unfortunately, they will be closed to visitors and volunteers.

  • District assessments in reading and math will happen in the building during May. Our office and teachers will communicate what week this will be happening for each grade level so students and families can be prepared to bring their charged Chromebooks for these assessments. If your student does not have a district checked-out Chromebook, we have extras in the building for them to use. These are disinfected after each student uses them. These assessments are our way of seeing what growth students have made and where we need to focus to ensure all students continue to make progress.

  • Parade of Honor! Following all COVID guidelines, we will be celebrating Clear Lake students who are graduating from High School this year. This will be a closed event, no visitors will be allowed.

  • 5th Grade Celebration! Our 5th-grade team is working hard to maintain as many of the Clear Lake traditions as possible. We will be celebrating our 5th-grade students’ accomplishments and will be recording them so that they can be shared with our families. This will be a closed event, no visitors will be allowed.

  • Field Day! Our PE coaches have also been working hard to find a way to carry on this loved tradition at Clear Lake. Following all COVID guidelines, we will be having a field day for students by cohorts on their last day of school (June 16 or June 17 depending on their cohort day). This will also be a closed event, no visitors will be allowed.

Thank you for all of your support! We could not do this without you. Go Cougars!

Your Principal,

Greg Watson


May 3-7 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Clear Lake Teachers & Support Staff want to thank everyone that made the week so special.

  • Clear Lake families for nominating our school for Kona Ice NW
  • Kona Ice for the contest and visiting our school
  • Eric & Mandy Burdge owners of Odd Moe's in Keizer donated pizzas to honor our staff
  • Roth's IGA Market donated Donuts for our teachers and support staff
  • Clear Lake PTA sponsored a lunch that includes the amazing Crumble Cookies

We feel spoiled, honored and humbled!

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Thank You Clear Lake Families For Your Votes! Kona Ice NW is the Best!


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Self-Care Tips from COSMO's CORNER

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Self-care is extremely important when looking at overall mental health well-being. Self-care can be beneficial for children to learn at young age. When children engage in self-care they learn to identify their physical and emotional needs and can know how to take care of those needs.

Here are some self-care strategies to start practicing now:

  • Get regular exercise or spend time outside
  • Drink more Water
  • Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Spend time with you family and friends
  • Allow of some downtime without technology, read a book, is outside an relax, or just do nothing!
  • Talk about your emotions


Whiteaker Music Program Welcomes 5th Grade Students

Dear 5th Grade Families,

In the coming weeks, your child will select their elective classes for 6th Grade at Whiteaker Middle School. The award winning Whiteaker Middle School music program welcomes students of all levels, beginning to advanced, to join choir, band, and orchestra ensembles. We cannot wait to make music with your student next year!

Music Electives include (you can choose 1 or 2):




· All music classes meet daily for the entire school year.

· Students with no experience are wanted, and welcome to join any ensemble: Band, Choir, or Orchestra in Middle School.

· School owned instruments are available.

Questions? Please contact any music teacher at Whiteaker if you have further questions about joining an ensemble in 6th Grade!

Choir- Becca Hollen

Band- Jen Bell

Orchestra- Mac Mayer


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We have about a month left to check out library books. Let’s get in as much reading as possible before we head off for Summer. 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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Oregon Battle of the Books

It turns out, OBOB battles are even exciting when they are conducted virtually! Sometimes the battles are against individuals. Sometimes they are two students vs. two students and sometimes they are three vs. three. However it happens, we’re having a good time and students are finding out how well they retain information about the books they read. I’m always so impressed with what they know and remember! Congratulations to all those students who stuck it out and are finding new ways that OBOB can bring challenges and fun their way!


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Did you know?

Behavioral health disorders affect a significant number of America’s school-age children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 13% to 20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year (CDC, 2013).

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents (Banspach et al., 2016).

The (CDC) 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 17.7% of high-school students had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months; 14.6% had made plans to do so; and 8.6% had made one or more attempts to do so (Kahn et al., 2016).

By providing supportive environments and teaching kids and teens to recognize their emotions and address them in health ways, we can change lives.

One way to deal with uncomfortable or unpleasant emotions is to remember the word PATH.

PAUSE: do not act on feelings right away.

ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU ARE FEELING: are you mad at someone, or are you sad because your feelings were hurt by what they did? Whatever you are feeling, it is ok to feel that way.

THINK: think about how you can make yourself feel better after you understand your feelings.

HELP: take an action to help yourself based upon what you came up with in the “Think” step.


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  • May 3 – Elementary no student contact day; Secondary partial Student Support Monday
  • May 31 – No school and district offices closed

Please remember the last day of school for Elementary is June 17!

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


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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


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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 :



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Clear Lake PTA Meeting

Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

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