BSCO Listening Session Notes, Wed, Apr 11

Wednesday, Apr 11 combined notes from morning and evening sessions

8:30am Session Attendees: Josh Resch, Melissa Gatchell, Hannah Donohue, Kelly Kinzer, Angie Bruxer, Maureen Louie, Ashish Gupta, Ali Montelongo, Karen Rasor-Cohen, Eric Simpson

7pm Session Attendees: Ashish Gupta, Holly Vanderploeg, Jenna Dornblaser, Ellen Rothery, Andrea Steyskal, Janet Maza, Debra Henley, Mike Bertuleit


  • Eric Simpson provided information about the Levy.  The Beaverton School Board is proposing a 5-year Local Option Levy renewal that will appear on the May 15, 2018 ballot.  It has the same tax rate as the existing levy which is expiring. If passed, the levy would allow Beaverton schools to retain 300 teaching positions, and maintain class sizes.

  • Ali Montelongo, Assistant Principal, noted that at Bonny Slope, three classroom teachers and support staff will be lost if the Levy does not pass.

  • If you are a registered voter, watch for ballots to start arriving in the mail starting April 25, 2018. (If you are not registered, you can register here by April 24.)

  • For additional Levy information please see our blog post at

India Cultural Event

Janet was amazed with the India Cultural event - Majority of teachers/staff dressed in traditional clothing generously collected and loaned from the community members. Assembly included BSE student led performance with traditional dances and playing an Indian instrument, a fashion show, quiz trivia and serving Indian spiced rice for lunch..  She is looking for photos to share with the district.


  • Feedback from a parent was the movie night was a success and they suggested we do it again next year.

  • "Bridge the gap" line item is intended to include possible write a check fundraiser, underspending to our budget, utilizing savings or other methods.  Suggestion to rename line item to avoid the possible concern that we are trying to raise ~$30k with the write the check fundraiser people may recall from past.

  • Felt fortunate to have Debra Henely's input.  She shared that she and other BSE teachers often shy away from teacher grants out of consideration for others who may have larger needs.  The result seems to be very few teacher requests at all. Request process not viewed as overly difficult or needing simplification. Bigger ticket items/projects are sometimes funded using "donors choose" which is an online giving program which connects teacher needs with those who wish to help a classroom in need.  

  • One idea discussed was a ‘community support fund’ which would cover purchasing essential items for students in need (e.g., underwear, socks, shoes, coats).  ~$100 per classroom with some flexibility was suggested. Some discussion about way to keep this simple for the teachers, although Debra didn't feel submitting a receipt for reimbursement was overly cumbersome.

  • 2017-18 technology had $10k allocated, but Janet felt more is needed as older devices become obsolete.  Ashish to check with Elia Freedman, BSCO’s technology advisor.

  • Suggestion to consider moving carnival/monster mash to permanent event budget item. We’ve been waiving the admission price of these large events as a way to spend down our budget.

  • Current PYP/Science Enrichment allocation is over $14k - which isn’t being spent fully.  Ashish to consult with Jen Oordt on what is needed for 2018-19.

Other ideas

  • Kinders need headsets.  Suitable size, comfort and microphone feature are key requirements.  Henley has not had success with those procured through scholastic. Kinder team purchased 6 per class and could use more.

  • Old Ipad minis will be going away due to inability to upgrade security software that makes them obsolete.  Kinders would benefit from larger screen size (for larger print books, etc). 2nd grade team could benefit from more Ipads (1 device per student).

  • Possible support to Spanish specials teacher via subscriptions

  • Building/aesthetics improvement - black out blinds for library/classroom doors (replacing black felt).  Board will determine the cost to replace.

Top Ten BSCO-Funded Opportunities

Just one week left to purchase admission to our “Cheers to 10 Years” event on Saturday, 4/21.  Ticket sales close Thursday, 4/19, so don’t be shut out of this fun-filled adults-only evening.  Check out the Auction website to see detailed info regarding tickets, raffles, live auction packages, student art, teacher experiences, and parent-hosted parties.

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This year’s theme celebrates the massive hard work of our Bonny Slope parents, both past and present.  Together we have built a thriving school community through BSCO’s creative programs, family events, and extensive teacher support.


In the spirit of our first decade, HERE'S A LOOK AT TEN THINGS that your BSCO donation provides to our students, all organized and staffed by BSE volunteers.


BSCO provides an incredible amount of teacher support, which includes $450 per classroom teacher & specialist to bulk up their classroom with books and materials.  Examples include books for the classroom library, storage items such as bins and shelves, any needed office supplies, flashcards & games, & decorative posters. In addition to classroom support, BSCO's Staff Appreciation committee oversees the potluck meals, "Stock the Pantry," and Staff Appreciation week efforts for our entire Bonny Slope staff.


 kindergarteners enjoy their classroom light table, purchased through bsco's teacher grant program in 2015.

kindergarteners enjoy their classroom light table, purchased through bsco's teacher grant program in 2015.

Another option for teachers is BSCO's Teacher Grant Program, including many of our mature grant traditions, such as the THPRD Nature Mobile for kindergarten, the sweet little chicks for first grade, and fifth grade’s Newbery Book Club.  Other previous grants include a classroom aquaponics system, kindergarten light tables, stream table kits, HOKKI stools, and mathracks.


BSCO provides science enrichment and PYP support supplies for every classroom. These classroom PYP materials are directly related to the Units of Inquiry. Items purchased in the past include ant farms, microscopes, flashlights, magnets, classroom books, and owl pellets.  BSCO also provides $500 per grade per year for grade-level field trips.


In recent years, BSCO has helped with facility improvements, most notably the playground sun shade, the wall-mounted projector in the gym, and this year's replacement of all classroom projectors.

 The wall-mounted gym projector was funded by BSCO in 2016.

The wall-mounted gym projector was funded by BSCO in 2016.


All art enrichment is funded through BSCO, including Art Lit supplies for every student for six Art Lit projects annually, as well as an annual Artist in Residence project or installation.  Examples of past AIR projects can be found throughout the school, including the tile mosaic at the front entrance, the photography in the library, and the cyanotype U.S. map.

 The world map in the hallway was created through 2015's Artist in residence program.

The world map in the hallway was created through 2015's Artist in residence program.


 Students enjoy the recent Science Night.

Students enjoy the recent Science Night.

Science events such as STEM in Residence and Science Night, are offered to every single student at BSE.  This year's Science Night had over 400 in attendance with 135 student scientists.




Family events, including the August Playground Playdates, the Back to School Picnic, Monster Mash, and Carnival, were all offered with free admission thanks to your past generous BSCO donations.  2017's Carnival had over 1500 BSE community members in attendance (a new record), while last fall's Monster Mash cast its spell on over 670 Bonny Slope children.


Three Parent Education evenings, each with an expert presentation on relevant parenting topics, are funded courtesy of BSCO. Past presenters have covered technology and the youth brain, anxiety, anger, entitlement, connected communication, and executive function in the pre-teen brain.


BSCO provides all materials for year-long Student Enrichment programs, such as Geo Club, OBOB, & Bobcat Trail Club.  Over 400 of BSE students participate in Bobcat Trail, running over 6000 miles total in this school year alone. Geo Club had over 1/3 of the student population participate last year and BSE's Obob team won the state title in 2017.

 BSE welcomed visiting author, Nick Bruel, last fall.

BSE welcomed visiting author, Nick Bruel, last fall.


Fun-filled school day events, such as Visiting Author, Cultural Enrichment assemblies, and Field Day are all brought to you by BSCO.  This year's Indian Culture events was a joint effort between the Cultural committee and Art Lit committee, both powered by BSCO dollars and by BSE volunteers.



BSCO’s budget details can be found online.  Any questions regarding the depth and scope of BSCO’s programs and events can be directed to Ashish Gupta (



Local Option Levy - Tuesday, May 15th Election


The Beaverton School Board is proposing a 5-year Local Option Levy renewal that will appear on the May 15, 2018 ballot.  It has the same tax rate as the existing levy which is expiring. If passed, the levy would allow Beaverton schools to retain 300 teaching positions, and maintain class sizes.


At Bonny Slope, three classroom teachers and support staff will be lost if the Levy does not pass.  If you have any questions about BSE impacts please contact Janet Maza or Ali Montelongo.


If you are a registered voter, watch for ballots to start arriving in the mail starting April 25, 2018. (If you are not registered, you can register here by April 24.)

For additional Levy information please see the following links from Beaverton School District:

Frequently Asked Questions

FIRST LOOK: "Cheers to 10 Years" Live Auction

Just TEN DAYS until we open the doors to our “Cheers to 10 Years” celebration on Saturday, 4/21.  Dig out your favorite cocktail attire and book the babysitter because we can’t wait to honor the teachers, the volunteers, and the community that has made Bonny Slope Elementary so special for the past ten years.  


The adults-only excitement will begin with a must-see silent auction and cocktail hour.  Over 60 silent auction items will be available, including photography sessions, professional and collegiate sports tickets, boutique jewelry, spa and shopping experiences, and various hotel stays.  Rounding out the tables will be local excursions such as the Lumberyard, Sky High, and Pump It Up, children’s toys such as American Girl and Boo- the Cutest Dog on Earth, and many valuable gift baskets donated by Bonny Slope community members.


Aside from the silent auction, there will be a wide range of exciting items to peruse and purchase, including the Wine & Spirit Wall, the Dine & Dash Board, the teacher experiences and parent-hosted party sign-ups.  


The always popular 50-50 Raffle only gets larger as more tickets are purchased. Another option is this year's Golden Ticket, where the winner immediately chooses one live auction package to take home.  Both the 50-50 and Golden Raffle tickets are now available online.


Guests will then be seated to enjoy their full dinner, complete with an inaugural dessert dash. The biggest event of the night will be the live auction, emceed by our own BSE parent, Ava Palmquist, where lucky bidders will take home some beautiful student-made art as well as a diverse collection of vacation rentals and experiences.


Check out the 2018 Auction website for all the details and available items surrounding this year’s event. Ticket sales close on Thursday, 4/19.


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Take a moment to take a first look at the 2018 Live Auction lineup & have your paddle prepared.


Drink of DECADEnce

Each year we start off the bidding with alcohol reminiscent of the theme we are celebrating. This year is no different with our sophisticated and celebratory St. Germain and Champagne cocktail. We will provide you with enough glasses to share with your friends should you choose. Pop, fizz, clink and cheers to 10 years!

Generously donated by Cedar Mill Liquor


Mount Hood Escape

Three night stay in a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in Collins Lake Resort, located in Government Camp.  Two queen beds and one bunk bed. Fully stocked kitchen, fireplace, private balcony with BBQ and picnic table.  Community clubhouse with a year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. Walking distance to restaurants and shopping.  Activities in the area include skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing. Collins Lake Resort is just across the highway from Mt. Hood Skibowl and a short drive to Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows.

Enjoy the outdoors in stylish new outerwear for the whole family! Columbia Sportswear has generously donated 4 jackets to the lucky winner of this vacation.

After exploring for the day, stop into Charlie's Mountain View, well known as the place to unwind after a day on the hill. Refuel with burgers made to order using a $25 gift certificate.

***Excludes all holidays. Expires May 1, 2019.  Dates subject to availability.

Generously donated by Doug and Jamie Deurwaarder, Columbia Sportswear, and Charlie's Mountain View


 Last year's Principal for the Day, Lu R.

Last year's Principal for the Day, Lu R.

Rule the School as Principal for a Day

Ever wonder exactly what goes on in Mrs. Maza's day? Here is your child's chance to swivel in the big chair and rule the school as Principal for a Day! Your child will greet their fellow students, assist Mrs. Maza with meetings, have lunch with Mrs. Maza, and help with end of day announcements and dismissal. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

***This activity will take place before the end of the current school year.

Generously donated by Mrs. Maza


PE Teacher for a Half Day

Lace up those running shoes and grab your whistle to help Mr. Whitehead "Run the Fun" for half the day! As gym teacher for the half day, your child will be able to help choose the activities for each class, help run the activities, and participate in each of the selected activities.

***This activity will take place before the end of the current school year.

Generously donated by Mr. Whitehead


Honorary Team Captain of the Portland Trail Blazers

This once in a lifetime opportunity allows your child (aged 6-14) the opportunity to come onto the court at a pre-season game of your choice during the pre-game festivities. While on the floor, your child will meet some of the Trailblazer players while they warm up and participate in the center court pre-game captains meeting with the referees and captains from both teams.

This honorary captain package not only includes the Honorary Captain experience, but also:

  • Four game tickets to the Trail Blazer preseason game of your choice

  • Parking pass for free parking that night

  • Visit from Blaze at your seats during the game

This is truly an experience your son or daughter will never forget!!

Generously donated by the Portland Trail Blazers



Four Night Stay 7 Big Leaf Sunriver

Enjoy a 4-night stay at 7 Big Leaf in Sunriver. Home is 2300+ sq ft with 3BD/3BA and sleeps 8+. This getaway is well appointed with fireplace, new hardwoods, kitchen and main bath, hot tub, BBQ, adult/kid bikes, and foosball. Cleaning fee included, as well as exclusive access to Sunriver Resort amenities. Don't forget to visit the SHARC with four one time use passes. Check it out at: 7BigLeafLane.

***Valid September 4, 2018 - June 1, 2019, subject to availability. November 22-26, 2018 and December 22, 2018 - January 3, 2019 excluded.

Generously donated by Brian and Stephanie Wilson


Sunriver - 7 Meadow House

Enjoy a 4 day/3 night stay. This two bedroom, two bath (plus bunk room) condo in the inner circle of the Meadow House condominiums is conveniently located within walking distance to the village, the SHARC, and the Sunriver Lodge.

At 1800+ square feet with a private backyard meadow, this condo features A/C to help on those hot summer days as well as a private hot tub for those cold winter nights! There is a king in the master, queen and twin bunk bed in the second bedroom and a “reading room” where two more can sleep. Recently remodeled kitchen and baths add to the chic rustic lodge feel of this lovely condo. Well behaved pets welcome.

Included in this package is complimentary high speed internet access, a one time cleaning fee, four one time passes to the SHARC and entrance to The Cove, a private resort pool available only to Sunriver Resort guests.

***Not available Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019. SHARC passes expire 1/20/19. If reservation made for after 12/20/19, please contact Melissa Manos. Rental expires 4/21/19

Generously donated by Scott and Melissa Manos



Dreams do come true with these 4 One-Day Park Hopper tickets where you will enjoy the magic of Disneyland and the thrills and entertainment of Disney's California Adventure Park  These tickets are valid during normal operating hours.

***The Disney Theme park tickets can only be used at the Park designated on the tickets, have no cash value, cannot be upgraded, nor can they be applied towards a package to meet eligibility requirements.  The Disney theme park tickets are subject to block-out dates. They may not be used for admission from December 25-31 of any year, through their expiration date.  Please note that these tickets will expire two years from the date issued and cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, used or expired.

Generously donated by Disneyland Community Relations


Team USA Olympic Medal Stand Jacket

Who can forget Chloe Kim's radiant smile from atop the podium after winning the Women's Halfpipe competition in Pyeongchang? Maybe curling is more your style and you watched with awe as the US Men's Curling team took home gold. This is your chance to look like an Olympian without the lifetime devotion to perfection in a winter sport.

Nike has generously donated one of their Medal Stand Jackets, the winner will choose the size that works best for them. This jacket consists of an outer white Goretex shell and an inner blue puffer jacket. This will be a sure attention grabber for one lucky winner!

Generously donated by Nike, Inc.


Spend a moment to look through all the exciting options on our 2018 “Cheers to 10 Years” Auction website.





Help Wanted - 2018/2019 BSCO Committee Leads


The goal of BSCO is to enhance the educational experience of Bonny Slope students by coordinating volunteer efforts, community events, educational enhancements and fundraising.  In order to continue these amazing opportunities in the 2018/2019 school year, we need parents to volunteer their time and talents to be BSCO Committee Leads.  We Need You!

Below is a list of openings for next year:

  • After School Programs Liaison
  • Artist in Residency Lead
  • Auction Leads
  • Blog Writers
  • Community Outreach/Clothes Closet Lead
  • Jog-A-Thon Leads
  • Monster Mash Leads
  • OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) Co-Lead
  • Science Night Co-Lead
  • Walk to School Day Leads
  • Yearbook Lead

Please contact BSCO's Director of Committees, Holly VanderPloeg, at if you are interested in leading one of these amazing opportunities.

For more information on each committee please see the BSCO Volunteer Handbook.

BRILLIANT! That Sums Up Bonny Slope's 10th Annual Science Night!

On Friday, March 16th over 400 of our community's brightest scientific minds congregated at Bonny Slope Elementary for a fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and student projects. 


Throughout the hallways, cafeteria, and outside families interacted with local scientists from eight separate organizations.  Children patiently waited in line to ride Catlin Gabel's interactive robots over and over again, marveled at the Beaverton School District's Future Bus, and became junior forensic scientists while taking and studying fingerprints.  Everyone also got to create and bring home creatures from the Pet Science & Education table and assemble a LED circuit with the BSD Innovation Strategists.


Meanwhile 135 student scientists gathered in the gym, prepared to present their Engineering Designs and Science Experiments, while proudly wearing their 'light bulb lanyards'.  Thanks to an army of volunteers, each student had the opportunity to talk to two reviewers, where they received positive written and verbal feedback on their projects.  The reviewers were so impressed with the student's public speaking skills and the quality of their work!


Andrea Watson, from Tualatin Valley Water District also provided the following feedback, "The event was very well organized and the interaction between your young scientists and their parents/guardians was very educational.  Keep up the great work in promoting inquiry and the scientific method! It was very rewarding to ask the students (who did experiments) what they learned."


A tremendous thank you for your generous donations to BSCO, which provided this free educational event to our community.  And a special thank you to the following:


Beaverton School District Future Bus, Catlin Gabel Robotics Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens, Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute, BSE First Lego League Mini Team, Mountain Wave Search & Rescue, Pet Science & Education, Saturday Academy, Tualatin Valley Water District, Parent Volunteers, Bonny Slope Alumni Volunteers, Bonny Slope Elementary Staff, and the BSCO Science Night Committee (Aparna Srinivasan, Kate Resch, Holly VanderPloeg, and Lianne Yarvis)

2018 Auction Art Projects Amaze Again

Our countdown to Auction night is underway and the annual tradition of beautiful student-made art continues. Swing by the school to view these beautiful student-made art pieces in person, now displayed in the front alcove below the stairs.

These 11 art packages were led from concept to completion by many motivated parents and made by all of our amazing children. All of these pieces will be available for live bidding at our “Cheers to 10 Years” Auction, scheduled for Saturday, 4/21.

Check out these items as well as more detailed info on tickets, live auction packages, teacher experiences, sign-up parties and raffles at our 2018 Auction website.



  Abstract Flora  A

Abstract Flora A

  Abstract Flora  B

Abstract Flora B

 Abstract Flora    Coordinated by Erika Lee Sears

100 Kindergarteners each had the opportunity to make their mark on this piece. Using acrylic paint and rotating through each classrooms, students were able to simultaneously collaborate together giving the piece depth and layers from each contribution.

Drying between classes, the painting was able to change and morph with the use of color from the students painting strokes. The piece is 3 foot by 3 foot birch gallery edged wood panels. The panels are locally made in Portland, Oregon. Painting is varnished and professionally wired.

Each piece to be sold separately.


First Grade

  Connecting Community  Piece A – MCBRIDE & SWARDSTROM  

Connecting Community Piece A – MCBRIDE & SWARDSTROM  

  Connecting CommunitY  Series B – JOHNSON & PARKS (1 of 2)  

Connecting CommunitY Series B – JOHNSON & PARKS (1 of 2)  

  Connecting Community  Piece B – JOHNSON & PARKS (2 of 2)

Connecting Community Piece B – JOHNSON & PARKS (2 of 2)

Connecting our Community    Coordinated by Jessica Castillo & Nathan Babian

Do you love where you live? Our kids do! Students drew with Sharpies on canvas and made representations of their homes which were then connected by fun and quirky streets. Any of these finished canvases would be a fun, captivating addition to an office or home that loves to celebrate our community.

Piece A (Swardstrom & McBride)  One piece,  measuring 60”w x 36”h.

Piece B (Johnson & Parks) Two piece series, each measuring 36”w x 24”h each.  


Second Grade

  I Will Be a Tree That You Come Home To   ACOSTA & HASTINGS 

I Will Be a Tree That You Come Home To  ACOSTA & HASTINGS 

I Will Be a Tree That You Come Home To   Coordinated by Melissa Manos

Acosta & Hastings’ second grade classes were given inspirational photos of birds and nests to create their own birds and/or nest to add to this final compiled piece.  

Using watercolor pencils, these tiny works of art came to life when water was added to the final illustration. We hope our little birds always come home to the tree we have created for them! Finished piece is 35”w x 43“h.



  Chasing Rainbows   BRETON & MAXWELL (1 of 2)

Chasing Rainbows BRETON & MAXWELL (1 of 2)

  Rainbow Showers   BRETON AND MAXWELL (2 of 2)

Rainbow Showers  BRETON AND MAXWELL (2 of 2)

Rainbow Showers & Chasing Rainbows   Coordinated by Melissa Manos

A composition filled with color and movement, these two pieces could be displayed together or easily stand on their own.  The second graders in Breton & Maxwell’s class were asked to create their own umbrella design keeping in mind pattern, color, and balance.

Using watercolor pencils as their medium, each umbrella illustration brightened with the addition of water.  Just like the owners of these umbrellas, will you walk home with these beautiful pieces? Each piece is 17”w x 26“h. Sold as a set.


Third Grade

  Make a Splash   HAMMOND & HALGREN

Make a Splash  HAMMOND & HALGREN

Make a Splash    Coordinated by Julie Gupta

Remember when your little ones would stomp through puddles in their cute little rain boots? They may be big kids now, and probably won’t wear bumblebee galoshes, but they can still make a splash!

Using oil pastels, each student from Hammond’s & Halgren’s classes colored several wooden shapes. The shapes were arranged to create two colorful splashes. Both pieces are 16”x20” and are matted and finished in coordinating white frames. Artist names featured on the back.  Sold as a set.


  Whirling Wonders    ANDERSON & VANIER  

Whirling Wonders   ANDERSON & VANIER  

Whirling Wonders     Coordinated by Julie Gupta

You don’t always need paint, markers or crayons to make art. Sometimes everyday objects can be used to create something extraordinary. Each student in Anderson’s and Vanier’s class used strips of recycled magazines and colored printer paper to create individual spirals. The spirals were mounted on 27”w x 25”h dark stained wood to create a unique piece that is sure to be the centerpiece of your home.  


Fourth Grade

  City of Roses  Piece A

City of Roses Piece A

  City of Roses  PIece B

City of Roses PIece B

City of Roses    coordinated by Melissa Gatchell

Using metal templates, each fourth grade student created their very own Portland rose.  The students brought the individual roses to life using vibrant watercolor paints in class-coordinated colors.  The combined piece features a collage of these beautiful roses. The piece is 24”w by 36”h.  

Each piece sold separately.


Fifth Grade

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 Mosaic details up close

Mosaic details up close

Portraits of Portland     Coordinated by Melissa Manos

The fifth grade tradition continues.  Created with our own spunky fifth graders’ faces, this year's mosaic of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland Marquee is a classic, sophisticated image of the spirit of our beautiful city. Now inked into history, the BSE 2017-18 fifth graders faces will be treasured forever in this masterpiece.  Size: 28”w x 52”h.

Tickets for our "Cheers to 10 Years" event are available through Thursday, April 19th.  

 2018 Auction art now on display at BSE

2018 Auction art now on display at BSE

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"Cheers to 10 Years" Sign-up Party Preview

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Bonny Slope is all set to celebrate themselves and all the hard work of the past ten years at this year’s “Cheers to 10 Years” Soiree and Auction, scheduled for Saturday, 4/21.


This year’s sign-up party selection boasts 16 different experiences, with returning popular favorites, as well as some fresh opportunities.  Hosted by some incredibly generous Bonny Slope parents, these events are an awesome way to support our students and programs, while having fun and connecting with fellow parents.  


Spots are limited and sign-ups open the night of the auction. Get there on time to make sure you nab your spot!  

Any spots remaining after the Auction will be available for purchase online starting on Tuesday, 4/24. See below for all the party details.

TASTE OF DERBY -  Saturday, May 5th

This Run for the Roses is not to be missed! A throwback to our original Soiree theme, this exhilarating afternoon in the Eleete Lounge will be jam-packed with horse-racing, games, and the high-brow excitement of the Kentucky Derby. Don’t miss out on two signature Derby cocktails, Southern food specialities, and delicious dessert as you cheer on your favorite thoroughbred. Find that fancy hat, break out the seersucker, and dress your best on May 5th for an afternoon you won’t soon forget.  **All participants are urged to drink responsibility and Uber back and forth from the Eleete Lounge.


$40/person.  Limited to 40 attendees.  Generously hosted by Cori Anger, Kelli Henry, Jenny Johnson, Sydney Keister,  Amy Nieto, and Nicki Rolling.  Space generously donated by Eleete Real Estate.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER -  Saturday, May 12th

The generous Bonny Slope neighbors of 117th are back for the third annual Progressive Dinner.  Scheduled for May 12th, this sensational evening will have guests making their way to four different homes. Each stop will be serving a distinct course and liquid refreshment with a unique Oregon spin as the hosts highlight local food and drink. Tag along with your friends as you sample delicious offerings and enjoy each other’s company.  Also included is the not-to-be-missed signature take-home gift.


$50/person.  Limited to 24 attendees. Generously hosted by Marisa & Kevin Coari, Jenny Johnson, Laura & Richard Lorenz, and Camellia & Dean Osterink.


Take an afternoon to relax and savor delicious wines paired perfectly with bites to eat, all while enjoying scenic views from the Estate Room at Blizzard Wines. On Sunday, May 20th this noon-time tasting will be hosted by Bonny Slope mom and winemaker, Dana Blizzard, and will include six premium wines, each with a delicious food pairing and fun vintage and vineyard information. Escape the madness of May as you learn, taste, and enjoy these premium Northwest wines surrounded by excellent company.


$45/person.  Limited to 12 attendees. Generously hosted by Dana and Nick Blizzard.


Indulge yourself in a healthy and delicious Mediterranean Brunch in style and in the comfort of a Bonny Slope family home on Sunday, June 3rd. Enjoy a variety of cheeses, olives, freshly baked puff pastry, dried figs and apricots and fresh pomegranates. Finish with a cup of espresso or Turkish coffee to top it off!  


$30/person. Limited to 10 attendees. Generously hosted by Ozlem and Aaron Coday.


FAMILY FRIENDLY!  Feel like putting your detective skills to the test?  Dust off your magnifying glass, and come join this Sherlock Holmes themed escape room at the home of one of our awesome Bonny Slopers.  This family party is offered to fourth and fifth graders PLUS their parents to solve the puzzle -- you’ll have 30 minutes to escape the room, so time is ticking!  Desserts and refreshments will be offered after.


$20/person.  Limited to 12 attendees.  Generously hosted by Jennifer Farias and Traci Johansen.

MARGARITA MAMAS -   Saturday, June 9th

On the rocks with salt, please!  Kick off the summer with a delightful evening of refreshing margaritas, tasty bites, and the company of the lovely ladies of BSE. Join us June 9th to celebrate the end of another school year!


$35/person.  Limited to 35 attendees. Generously hosted by Elma Lunak, Sydney Keister, Melissa Manos, and Stephanie Wilson.


FAMILY FRIENDLY!  No need to fly to Russia to enjoy World Cup action–the soccer celebration is right here on the Slope!  Find your favorite soccer jersey, stretch those aching hamstrings, and mentally prepare for some memorable moments on the pitch.  First, guests will join other Bonny Slope families on BSE's field for some friendly and (more than likely) exhausting soccer competition. Just when you've been thoroughly reminded of your age, move on to a neighborhood home for a well-deserved afterparty of stadium food, drinks, snacks, and laughs as you relive the day's highlight reel.  Talk with your feet, play with your heart, and join the game on Saturday, June 16th.


$65/family.  Limited to 10 families. Generously donated by Melissa & Mike Berg, Barbara Simon-Evrenosoglu & Burak Evrenosoglu, Julie & Ashish Gupta, and Kelly & Ryan Matsushima.

SUMMER SOMMELIER -   Saturday, August 18th

Bonsoir, mes amis!  This August 18th, experience and compare the French wine country with Jenny and Chris Deeb, Bonny Slope parents and long-time wine connoisseurs. The evening will begin with a French wine tasting, consisting of hand-picked vintages representing the world-renowned and unmistakable regions of France.  The lucky guests will then move onto a delicious four-course dinner, each course served with a distinct wine pairing. Escape the summer stress and explore French wine from the effortless ease of a Bonny Slope home.


$60/person.  Limited to 14 attendees.  Generously hosted by Jenny and Chris Deeb.

BACKYARD FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT -   Saturday, August 25th

FAMILY FRIENDLY! Enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars on August 25th! Bring your whole family, a blanket or chairs to sit on, and leave the rest to us.  Food and bevys provided as we say goodbye to summer.


$65/family.  Limited to 10 families. Generously hosted by Karen Rasor-Cohen & Aaron Cohen, Colleen & Mark Ellingson, and Amy & Mikkel Nieto.

BUBBLY BRUNCH -   Sunday, September 9th

Toast to Bonny Slope's exciting future! Moms of current kindergarteners and first graders are invited to attend a casual brunch bash on Sunday, September 9.  Complete with champagne, scrumptious brunch classics and excellent company, this unique event is geared towards parents of our youngest students. Take advantage of this opportunity to sip France's finest while connecting with familiar faces.  Cheers!


$35/person. Limited to moms of students currently in Kinder-1st grades. Limited to 35 attendees. Generously hosted by Kirsten Forsberg, Katie Godt, Reilley Keating, Tracy Siegel, and Tracie Young.

DRINKS, COCKS & NIBBLES -  Saturday, September 15th

The title no longer surprises you but no doubt you heard about the racket this party made for the last FOUR years!  Join us once again on September 15th, for a night out filled with fabulous food, drink, and BADMINTON. Don't miss another smashing time of competition and smackdown.  Leave your kids at home, but bring your A game.


$40/person.  Limited to 30 attendees.  Generously hosted by Luiza & Alan Jagentenfl, Ava & Brett Palmquist, Ellen & Brian Rothery, and Jennifer & Kevin Watson.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: Sip, Savor and Shop with BSE Ladies -   Friday, September 21st

Spend an evening toasting to the kids’ return to school with bottomless pours of wine, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and desserts. Located in the heart of vibrant 23rd street, Function and the adjoining Foundation PDX boutique are opening their doors for an evening of sipping, savoring, and shopping for a cause, exclusively for BSE moms on the night of Friday, September 21. Join us for a moms’ night OUT and treat yourself. After all, it’s for the kids!


$40/person.  Limited to 40 attendees.  Generously hosted by Julie Dibble, Lisa Teuber, Heather Vonk, and Tracie Young.  Space generously donated by Function PDX and Foundation PDX.


Let's celebrate Back To School and the end of summer with a Garden Tea Party!  Classic standards for adults will be served, along with creative, kid-friendly bites for the children.  Enjoy delicious edible creations, the glorious Oregon sun, and even better company in this relaxing, carefree event.  Pinkies up!    


$25/person.  Generously hosted by Jessica Canessa, Katie Godt, Megan McLaughlin and Sara Peters.

BURN TO BRUNCH -   Saturday, October 6th

As the leaves change to red, so will your face as you combine the intensity of interval training with the tranquility of a relaxing brunch in this unique fall event on October 6th. First, push yourself to new heights with a high-energy bootcamp workout class with certified personal trainer Wade Davis.  Have fun, challenge your body, and feel the burn with other Bonny Slope moms. Then reward yourself with a catered brunch and mimosa as you unwind in an afterburn glow.


$40/person.  Limited to 12 attendees. Generously hosted by Leigh Havelick & Lauren McCabe. 

MIXOLOGY 201 -   Saturday, November 3rd

This popular party is back for a second round of mixed drinks. Mix, muddle, and shake a variety of unforgettable cocktails with expert guidance from a local Portland bartender.  Prepare yourself for an evening packed with savory snacks and light appetizers, as well as all the ingredients you need to learn the tricks of the trade. Take a risk beyond your usual well drink and learn real bartending skills with fresh, fun recipes, just in time for the holidays.  Neat or dirty, join us November 3rd.


$40/person. Limited to 22 attendees. Generously hosted by Jessica & Alex Canessa, Hannah & John Donohue, Jenna & Don Dornblaser, Jessica & Dave Gaibler, and Kelly & Jeff Kinzer.

FLOCK YOU, Bonny Slope!    Dates TBD

We have confirmed reports that flocks of pink flamingos will soon be landing on the lawns of unsuspecting Bonny Slope area friends and families. Sign up to "flock" your friends with a yard full of pink, plastic flamingos. It’s fun and frivolous for any flocking occasion, such as birthdays, graduations, retirement, etc. You will be contacted after the Auction to give us your choice of date and "targeted lawn." Don’t worry– the flamingos always migrate after 24 hours. Dates between 5/15/18-3/15/19.


$45/per yard.  Limited to 12 participants.  Generously hosted by Hannah Donohue, Jenna Dornblaser, and Kelly Kinzer.

BSCO Board Seeks Three New Officers for 2018-19


Greetings amazing BSE community.  The BSCO Board is looking for three officers to fill leadership positions for the 2018-19 BSCO Board, as existing officers roll off their term.


While every position is up for re-election, the two confirmed openings are as follows:

  • Directors of Volunteers (usually led by two individuals)
  • Director of Committees

While board members are encouraged to serve two years in a position, all positions are elected on an annual basis.  As restricted in our bylaws, no member can serve more than two consecutive years in a position. The chart below outlines the responsibilities of each role.


If you are interested in the long-term vision and general attitude, atmosphere and culture of our parent organization, serving on BSCO’s board allows for an incredible amount of input.  Specifically, serving on the board allows you to:

  • Approve/deny all teacher grants
  • Approve/deny budget requests under $1,000
  • Direct input into writing BSCO’s annual budget
  • Direct input into special projects that exceed the annual budget
  • Direct input into scheduling BSCO’s Dates to Remember
  • Contribution to the overall goals of the Board – such as this year’s goals of building the volunteer pipeline, smarter giving and increased STEM oriented programs

The time commitment varies between positions, but the minimum requirements are:

  • Monthly Board meetings (averaging about 2 hrs each)
  • Three community meetings
  • Setting-up/picking-up at one Parent Education night per year
  • Participation in at least one August playdate or Back to School Night to meet new and returning families

All positions can be done by a working parent.  The bulk of all the positions (aside from the meetings) take place online or via email.  Additionally, both current members rolling off this Board will still be parents at BSE next year, allowing for an ease of transition where new members can have veteran support to answer questions.


If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the online BSCO Board Application Form no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.  The 2018-19 ballot slate will be voted on during the final community meeting on Tuesday, May 22.  If you have any questions, please email Ashish Gupta, BSCO President, or this year’s nominating committee lead, Doug Bergmann.



  • Oversee and support all classroom and school-wide support efforts
  • Be the liaison between school staff and school volunteers, in order to maintain well-coordinated school volunteer program
  • Organize and Conduct at least one Volunteer Orientation for incoming parents
  • Recruit, coordinate and fill volunteer positions including at least one classroom coordinator and party coordinator for each classroom
  • Oversee management and use of volunteer management software within BSE
  • Attend District Volunteer Coordinator meetings and follow District guidelines
  • Ensure Volunteer Handbook is updated annually as needed


  • Oversee and support all Committee event efforts
  • Maintain a list of committees and their general responsibilities
  • Act as liaison between all Committee Leads, not including fundraising leads and the Board
  • Report on activities and upcoming committee needs at all community meetings
  • Ensure proper acknowledgement for all Committee Leads throughout the year
  • Recruit, coordinate and fill Committee Lead positions and facilitate transition from previous to new leads

Online applications can be found at:

DUE APRIL 20, 2018