BSCO: a parent teacher organization dedicated to enriching the education of students at Bonny Slope Elementary School


Update on Playground Cover

We are still working with the Beaverton School District to approve the installation of a playground cover at Bonny Slope Elementary. Unfortunately this delay will make it impossible to complete the project prior to the first day of school, but we still hope to make it happen in 2014. We are in need of a volunteer to work with the district and act as the BSCO project lead. Please let us know if you are able to help!

2014-15 Committee Leads Filled, Shadows Needed

Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered to serve as a Committee Lead or Co-Lead next year.  We are lucky to have so many fantastic parents and community members who support our school and students in a variety of ways!

While all of the current Committee Lead positions are filled, we are still in need of a couple of parents to shadow the Yearbook Committee Leads next year.  The current leads will be 5th grade parents and will be graduating from Bonny Slope next year.  The ideal candidates would be able to commit to being the Yearbook Lead(s) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Having the opportunity to shadow the current Leads should make for an easier transition into this Lead Volunteer Position.

Questions or interested in the position?  Contact Soo Anderson at sooand@gmail.com.  

Jog-A-Thon Raises $40,000, Crazy Hair Day on June 6th

Way to go Bobcats!  Students came together to run countless laps & successfully raised  $40,000 at this year's Jog-A-Thon! These accomplishments were recognized during Friday's school assembly. The school-wide goal of raising $25,000 was attained! Please mark your calendars, students will enjoy the fun of celebrating with a CrAzY Hair Day on Friday, June 6th!

The Results Are In….

 Most money raised prizes were awarded to:

  • Jacob Hutchinson
  • Jarod Paull
  • Samantha Paull
  • Isabella Russell
  • Zachary Russell 

A special congratulations to Mrs. Johnson's class who raised the most money! Her classroom will be treated to an extra brain break & a frozen yogurt treat in June.

Students who ran the most laps per grade also received a special recognition & prize. This year's amazing runners included: Mikenna Bishop, Jacob Rolling, Ava Hart, Eli Hoffman, Kate Marostica, Dylan Gatchell, Isabel Candelaria, Elliott Hire, Keegan Puntney, Luca Ignatescu, Ana Peters, Jameson Cook, Maxine Long, Nathaniel Frederking, Caden Swanson, Charles Connell, Kate Peters, Nathaniel Gatchell, Claire Anderson, Zachary Devore, Emily Duong, Christian Devore, Arya Massarat, Lucia Vanveldhuisen, Dale Thompson, Andrew Connell, Sydney Flynn, Devin McMerrick & Anita Kim.

A special thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event happen.

May 2014 Meeting Minutes

A large turn-out at this month's meeting to participate in the budget process. Before that, though, an update from Mrs. Haskins told us we are adding a fifth grade class and maybe a second half-day Kindergarten. Spanish, due to a room shortage, will travel instead this year. We are also expanding special education, PE and music.

Other updates from President, Committees, Volunteers and more. See the minutes for more details.

One big consideration has been what to do with BSCO excess funds. The Board is proposing using the funds to acquire and install a cover for the open playground, which would alleviate crowding in the cover area on rainy days. The Board needed approval to continue pursuing quotes and work with stakeholders at the District.

In addition, the BSCO Board put a budget in front of the community. While in general the programs are maintained there were a few concerns over changes for next year. The Board is proposing cutting a few programs either due to lack of participation or the need to reduce expenditures. In particular there was community concern over changes in the art programs (namely dropping Art Fair, both due to attendance and competition for volunteers), having one book fair per year instead of two (the fall fair would be retained), and discontinuing BSCO support for IXL as of November 2014 (lack of participation). Parents could continue buying IXL themselves, however. See the minutes for more details.

The budget passed by a 29 to 6 vote. The playground cover contingency budget passed 27 to 6.

Click here for the minutes.

Future Playground Cover at BSE

We are excited to announce that the BSCO, in conjunction with the Beaverton School District, is currently reviewing plans to install a rain/sun cover over the Bonny Slope Elementary play structure this summer. The cover will be a made of fabric that is installed on a metal frame and will provide rain and sun protection for our students, as well as community members using the play structure after school hours. Currently, rain creates a slippery and unsafe surface on the play equipment, so our students are limited to play on the covered blacktop during wet weather. The cover will provide a dry play area on all but the most severe weather day.   Moreover, adding a second covered play space will alleviate crowding under the blacktop for students playing basketball or other playground games. This playground cover is a large capital expenditure and will require community approval.  This exciting project will be funded both by proceeds from our auction and carry-over from past years. There will be a discussion about the project followed by a vote at the final BSCO community meeting of the year on May 27th at 7pm in the BSE library. We invite everyone to join us at this important meeting.

Below is a picture of the type of cover that is being considered, although we would likely choose different fabric and frame colors for Bonny Slope. Similar playground covers can be found locally at THPRD, the French American School and Westlake Park.

 

Jog-A-Thon 2014 Reminders

The Jog-A-Thon is this Friday, May 16.  Fundraising is off to a great start!  Please continue the momentum by soliciting donations through FirstGiving.com or the envelope method.  Details are here.

Classes are color-coded to assist with lap tracking on the day of the event.  Please dress your child in the designated class color on Friday.  They are as follows:  

RED:  Henely, Csepcsanyi, Acosta, Geier, Buttler, Basham, ALC

YELLOW:  Bettis, Johnson, Greisen, Gilbertson, Chiotti, Taft

GREEN:  Bobetsky, Parks, Williamson, Hammond, Taylor, Murphy

BLUE:  Stewart, Smith, Russell, Arnold, McLandrich

Watch Miss Representation at Bonny Slope May 21st, 2014 at 7pm

Parents, please attend BSCO's last parent education evening for the 2013-14 school year!

There will be a special viewing for Bonny Slope parents of the film Miss Representation on Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm in the library.  Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation is a must see film that exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful.  For more information and a film trailer, visit www.missrepresentation.org

Please note:  this film is rated TV-14 so please leave elementary school-aged children at home.

Jog-A-Thon Prizes Announced!

Our Sixth Annual Jog-A-Thon is a just around the corner on May 16th, 2014! The Jog-A-Thon is a school-wide event promoting fun and fitness while raising essential funds for our school. Students will solicit pledges/donations, then run, jog, or walk their way to the finish line, generating funds and Bobcat Pride! The money raised will support programs that directly enrich students' education. The Science Fair, Artist in Residence, Geography Club, Bobcat Trail Running Club, and the Community Garden are some of the programs and events made possible by the Jog-A-Thon.

Create your page and raise money today at firstgiving.com!

 

PRIZES

Everyone who participates will have a chance to win a prize!

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Participation: One Kid’s Meal at Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Raising $50-$149: Jog-A-Thon Frisbee
  • Raising $150-$299: Jog-A-Thon T-Shirt
  • Raising $300-$449: Assembly with Presto the Magician
  • Raising $450+: Bowling, Pizza, & Video Game Party at Sunset Lanes
  • Most Laps (Girl and Boy from Each Grade): Nike Elite Socks

--AND--

If the school earns more than $25,000, students may choose to participate in CrAzY HaiR DaY!

The class that earns the most money will win an extra BRAIN BREAK with frozen yogurt from Pip’s.

Winners will be announced during the assembly on May 30.