Tag: Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 15, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 15, 2021
By Pat Edwards

Welcome news for parents, teachers and administrators in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District was announced last week. Beginning this Monday, April 19, the district will eliminate its A/B hybrid class scheduling, which alternated in-person days for middle and high school (grades 7-12) students. Instead, they will begin in-person morning classes 4 days per week as the elementary grades have been doing since late January. The classes will run from 8:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and the afternoons will be devoted to virtual distance instruction by the C-A-L staff with additional support interventions on Fridays.

The success of the in-person classes in the elementary school has allowed our district to be among Lane County’s earliest to come back on an in-person basis. Kudos to the administrators, teachers and staff who have worked so hard to make this happen—safely—for our district’s students.

The construction on the Territorial Highway project has resumed this week. Much of the initial work is taking place off the road. Flaggers have been in place this past week to keep the traffic flowing both ways through the site at a safe speed without delays. We are expecting, however, that as the work progresses, we will need to plan for some delays, up to 15 or 20 minutes in length, at each end.

Thankfully, almost all of our adult family members have gotten at least their first shot of the COVID vaccine or are planning to do so as soon as they are eligible. It’s a good feeling to know that we can venture out a bit even though we continue to wear masks and social distance in public.

A few weekends ago, after getting our 2nd Pfizer injections, Jim and I drove to Florence for a leisurely clam chowder lunch at Mo’s while watching crabbers along the dock pull up their pots to check for their day’s catch. Some, who came up empty or with few legal-sized crabs, threw their old bait out as a treat for the ever-vigilant seagulls and fish before restocking the crab-pot with fresh. It provided the entertainment we have been missing for some time, since Jim is no longer able to walk on the beach as we once loved to do.

On the way home, we ventured into the local casino, masked, after having our temperatures checked, and donated a $20 bill in the non-smoking room before heading home. It was set up with every-other slot machine out of play or with acrylic dividers between players, and attendants patrolling and wiping down those being vacated. We felt quite safe in the environment that was provided.

Now that the sun’s out and the temps are reaching into the high 70s and low 80s, our focus is turning more and more to outside chores and fresh air. I’ve already dealt with a pickup load of bark-o-mulch this spring and we’ll be getting another load this weekend. The birds I wrote about last week are apparently “passing the word” a bit and a few more of their family and friends have begun visiting our feeders.

We live in a beautiful world if we take the time to seek out the positives and stop looking for and dwelling on the negatives. Certainly, we must care—care for the injustices we see around us; for the heartbreaking struggles our country is experiencing. We must try to make a difference in whatever ways we can, but we cannot lose sight of the joys that await us each day if we just take the time to look for them.

If a choice is possible, let us choose to be happy.

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 4, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 4, 2021
By Pat Edwards

With the sunshine of the past week and temperatures tickling the 60-degree mark, I have begun to feel a special awareness that spring is just around the corner. A certain energy and revitalization is slowly creeping into this 78-year-old body that has sought the languid warmth and coziness of home all winter. I actually cleared off my large, covered front porch yesterday in preparation for the power-washing that will precede this spring’s new coat of paint that the whole house is scheduled to get. It really needs it, but selecting the new color is proving a bit difficult. Fortunately, we have three daughters who have an eye for that sort of thing who are more than willing to help me decide. Our son Rob would help, too, if not for the color-blindness he was born with… a trait he inherited from my maternal grandfather, I have no doubt.

New growth is also showing up in my flower beds. I welcome the early tulips, daffodils, jonquils, crocuses, bluebells and other spring flowers that are reaching for the sunshine and beginning to “bud-up”—but not-so-much the weeds that are also trying to establish their places among the beds. As our days warm up and the sun makes more appearances, I will need to begin to spend short spurts of time outside, pulling weeds to make way for the flowers, despite a back that complains loudly if I bend over for more than five minutes at a time. I usually find myself sitting on a rolling cart or scooting along on the ground to get the job done. Once the first attacks on weeds are accomplished, I can usually keep up with the chore fairly easily. The work is well-worth it to me. I so enjoy the flowers that I care for and encourage each year!

March is bringing a further opening of the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools, too. For the past month or so, the district’s K-6 grades have been operating under hybrid, in-school classes called “cohorts” that also include some on-line instruction. Beginning March 15, the Crow Middle/High School will be split into two cohorts that will allow students to begin in-school instruction once again, along with the established on-line instruction. Those who wish to continue with just the on-line classes will also have that option.

Parents of Crow High School seniors are being asked to provide to the school, close-up senior pictures as well as baby pictures of their graduating sons and daughters by April 1. These photos, which will be used for the yearbook and the senior night celebration, can be dropped off at the school or sent as email attachments to crowhighschool2020@gmail.com or cglazier@cal.k12.or.us.

The Lorane Grange is continuing to meet each month while social distancing and wearing masks. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Lil Thompson at lilyhillthompson@gmail.com, or any grange member for information and meeting dates.

The Lorane Christian Church is also offering Sunday services each week at 10:00 a.m. Those attending can either join other members inside the chapel or sit inside their cars in the parking lot to listen to the sermon that is broadcast simultaneously on the radio. The sermons are also being offered on Facebook until the pandemic protocols have been lifted for those who cannot attend.

Before long, I hope to be providing info on other local, scheduled celebrations and events as our world begins to awaken from this pandemic that has taken so much joy out of our lives this past year. Let’s all continue to do what we must to allow our lives to take on some semblance of “normalcy” again.

Happy soon-to-be Spring!

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 28, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 28, 2021
By Pat Edwards

We in Oregon are so fortunate to have a much lower COVID-19 positive test rate than most of the other U.S. states. I believe that I read this week that we are ranked 49th out of 50. Lane County’s rate is decreasing, although we are still categorized in the “extreme” group within the state.

This gives me hope that, along with the proposed increase in vaccines coming to Oregon, we will see a continued decrease in positive cases. Jim and I are in the first two senior groups who will be eligible for the vaccine, but I’m glad that a priority has been placed ahead of us on school teachers, as essential workers, so that schools can begin to reopen.

We had mixed feelings when we heard that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District had decided to reopen the Applegate Elementary School for in-person classes… especially when there haven’t been as many vaccines administered as we had hoped there would be by now. But I also know that some of the younger students, especially, are not getting the educational experience at home that they would in a classroom.

The schedule that’s in place for Applegate Elementary is encouraging. It’s obvious that plans for the safety of the teachers, students and others who work on site have been carefully worked out by the administration. Here’s the schedule as announced:

CAL_SD_School_Opening_Update_01222021

K-5 students will attend in-person classes from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. four days a week—Monday through Thursdays—and will be assigned to small, stable groups called “cohorts.”

Because it’s a large class, the older students in Grade 6 will be assigned to two other cohorts. Cohort A for this age group will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Cohort B attends Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time. The afternoons for each of these days will be used for distance-learning from home.

All students in these cohorts will be medically screened on arrival, follow strict social distancing guidelines and be required to wear masks at all times.

There will be no in-person classes on Fridays. They are being reserved for staff planning and grading for both in-person and on-line classes. They are also times when the teachers can work with distance-learning students and communicate on-line with parents and students to answer questions and/or help work out concerns.

Some of the safety rules put in place for the duration of the pandemic is that parents/visitors will not be permitted inside the school (except the office area). A mail slot is available for the drop off of checks, homework, paperwork or other transactions.

Purchased meals are “sack lunch” style. Breakfast is free for all students. All meals will be eaten in classrooms. If a child brings lunch, the parents are asked to send food that is easy-to-open and doesn’t require heating. Classrooms do not have access to microwave ovens.

Other safety protocols involve the health of the in-person students and their arrival and departure. All of the guidelines can be accessed on the district’s website at http://www.cal.k12.or.us.

To quote Malcom McRae in a letter to parents and patrons posted this week on the district’s website:

“Opening Applegate Elementary School safely and keeping it open will depend on the faithful execution of district health and safety protocols and the efforts of parents to make sure that kids are healthy when sent to school.”

Thank you to the administration, board and teachers of the Crow-Applegate-School District #66, for working so hard to provide this means of allowing the lives of some of our district students and parents to begin their journey back to some semblance of “normal.” It’s an important first step.