BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: December 3, 2018 and January 7, 2019


In an effort to maintain transparency between the BSCO Board and the BSE community, a monthly snapshot will be published of the various topics discussed at the Board's monthly meetings.  These are not official minutes or a detailed description, but rather a window into the discussion and voting results of the Board.

December and January Meetings-- 12/3/2018 and 1/7/2019

On Monday, January 7th, the board gathered for their first meeting since winter break and to prepare for the 2nd of 3 community meetings on Wednesday, January 30th.  Treasurer, Melissa Gatchell was unable to attend. Prior to winter break, the board met on Monday, December 3rd. Principal, Janet Maza, and Assistant Principal, Ali Montelongo, joined as guests.

After budgeting to boost BSE's Emergency Preparedness using carry over funds, the board made meaningful progress researching and selecting water storage drums and working with Steve Sparks on where the barrels should be located on school grounds.  5 55-gallon barrels were purchased and delivered, along with water treatment and siphon kits. As suggested by Steve, the board agreed to also purchase a locked storage shed, which will contain the 5 barrels once filled. The board discussed ongoing work needed in coming years to build out BSE's emergency preparedness.  Assuming a recommended gallon per day per person, it is clear that the 5 barrels are just a start to equipping BSE for a natural disaster or emergency situation.

Ashish shared gratitude from 1st grade teacher, Bitsy Parks, who has utilized teacher funds to go mobile in her classroom.  Mrs. Parks' new mobile desk and ipad stand enables her to teach and support her students even more effectively by being able to easily move her instructional tools throughout the classroom and from student to student.  Other community dollars at work include another year of coding classes provided to our students in November-December by Saturday Academy. Technology Specialist, Andrea Sangston, has been able to begin outfitting a makers space for BSE.  And, for fun, all classrooms were treated to winter parties, led by classroom party coordinators and supported by many volunteers.

Outside of sustaining the many enriching school programs, the upcoming auction fundraiser prompted a brainstorm of school projects which would require 2019-20 budget.  Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, reminded the board that a paddle raise for a big ticket item or project is not planned, because this year's budget is already short to balancing by nearly $60k.  Amongst the ideas discussed by the board included international mindedness or country books titles for the library, gymnasium speaker/audio improvement, ongoing maker space buildout, cellular phone coverage improvement inside the building and emergency preparedness.  In December, both Janet Maza and Ali Montelongo were present to hear the ideas and participate in the brainstorm. With winter break now behind us, the auction committee and those interested in contributing will kick off meetings on Wednesday, January 9th. Amongst a variety of different ways to get involved, there are opportunities to lead grade-level student art and adult/teacher party coordination.  This year's auction will be held at Top Golf on Sunday, April 14th at 5pm. Mark your calendars for this adults-only, informal community event.

At the January board meeting, Josh Resch, Director of Communications, shared a detailed map of the registered carrier cell towers within a 1-2 mile radius of BSE.  There is currently one located 0.8 miles from BSE and no others within a 2 mile radius. The residential zoning, in which BSE is located, means strict requirements for unobtrusive tower structures and challenges for the carriers to enable better coverage in the area.  Josh presented bidirectional amplifier options which could boost the signal within the building. In addition to the funding needed for these amplifiers, install is a long lead item, as it would require a FIP approved by BSD. Tested by board members, wifi calling is an effective alternative for those with phones which have the capability.  A blog post is in the works to share instructions and tips for community members who visit the school often.

Katie Kammer, Director of Committees, reported on the accomplishments and progress of a number of committees in full swing, inclusive of OBOB, Pancake Breakfast and Science Night.  The Science Night materials were distributed via Friday folders on January 11th. Every student is invited to share his/her experiment or engineering design and a number of STEM vendors are expected to provide the entire community an evening of science inquiry and fun.  This year’s Science Night is Friday, March 15th, 6-8pm. As in previous years, the 5th graders will host a pancake breakfast at BSE on Saturday, February 2nd. This fundraiser supports 5th grade activities, inclusive of a Science School which this year will be run by Trackers Earth over 2 consecutive days.  5th graders have tickets for sale now and are excited to greet, seat and serve their guests in a few weeks. The Community Outreach team continues to make a difference for the BSE community and more broadly, partnering with local non for profit organizations. In December, backpacks containing non-perishable foods generously donated by our community benefited our own BSE families in need.  

In December, Treasurer, Melissa Gatchell, reviewed the budget, YTD spending and current/projected reserves.  Benevity, which is the corporate matching program for monetary donations and volunteer hours, continues to deliver a meaningful amount of money for BSCO.  The community is invited to view the current financials here.

Calling Sponsors for Bonny Slope’s 2019 Auction!

Parents, do you own or work for a local business?  Do you love Bonny Slope and all the great programs BSCO provides?  Are you aware of the 20+ enrichment programs that are solely funded by the Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO) which impact your student on a daily basis?  Do you want tickets to the fun that is the 2019 Bonny Slope Auction? If you answered yes, then we should talk!


Sponsoring the auction can be done through a variety of TAX DEDUCTIBLE commitment levels.  For more information on all of the options, check out this link or contact

Note: Auction information can be found on the Fundraising Page.

Pancake Breakfast Tickets Now On Sale

Our annual Pancake Breakfast is approaching fast. We would like to invite you all to come enjoy the good food. Make sure to be there:


This week fifth graders were sent home with tickets to sell. You can purchase your tickets from your local, neighborhood fifth grader or online! Seating & serving will be done by our fifth graders as well.

It is a great deal when you buy early, don’t miss out:

  • $5 per PERSON or $20 per FAMILY (max 6 people) when tickets are bought in advance

  • $7 per PERSON or $25 per FAMILY at the door on the day of the event on Feb 2nd

Remember, it goes to a great cause: fifth grade activities! Pancake Breakfast helps pay for a two-day science school field trip to study ecology and learn to build like the beavers do.

Finally, fifth graders and parents: please sign up for your time slot now to get the best choice! It is expected that all fifth graders and their parents will participate:

Science Night Returns March 15

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Please take look at your child's Friday Folder, because in it contains an invitation and information booklet for Bonny Slope's Science Night on Friday, March 15th!  

Science Night is an annual family-friendly BSCO event held at Bonny Slope Elementary.  This fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and science projects includes:

  1. Maker Spaces – DIY areas for students to create, invent and learn

  2. Presentations and Demonstrations – A showcase of local science organizations/vendors using science in the real world

  3.  Student Science Experiments and Engineering Designs

This year’s Science Night will take place Friday, March 15 from 6:00 – 8:00pm free of charge!  This event is brought to you by your generous BSCO donations. 

Please note - Students do not need to have a science project in order to attend Science Night.  Everyone is welcome!

But all Bonny Slope Kindergarten – 5th Graders are invited to participate in creating and presenting a science project at Science Night.  Please don’t think your Kindy/1st Grader is too young, their projects are such crowd pleasers! Science projects are done at home and the display boards are brought to school for Science Night.  There are two type of projects your student can choose from:

  1. Science Experiment

  2. Engineering Design

If your student is interested in doing a project, please visit the Science Night BSCO site for How To documents, project ideas, and pictures of past projects.

Once your student has decided on a project, please submit an online entry form located on the BSCO website at

If you have any questions about Science Night, please let us know!

OBOB Update January 2019

Students have been working hard with their teams to read books, practice questions and prepare for the OBOB battles to begin. The last tactic session will be held during recess on Tuesday, January 15th. During tactic sessions students have completed team challenges to increase their OBOB knowledge, learn teamwork skills and earn raffle tickets for the prize giveaway to be held at the school championship OBOB final in February.

A big thank you to students and parents for completing all the needed paperwork, forming teams and getting OBOB off to a smooth start this year.

Some reminder for students:

  • Continue to read and practice as much as you can

  • Work with you team to decide on your spokesperson and practice for the battles

  • If you need questions, look for copies in the school library on the OBOB shelf.  You may also find them online

  • Have fun with your team and enjoy the reading and competition!

The general OBOB schedule has been set and team battles will be released after the final tactic session.  Students may check the OBOB bulletin board or the OBOB website for a listing of upcoming battles.

Parents, we will need your help starting January 22nd for pool play battles.  Volunteers are needed for moderators, timekeepers and scorekeepers. You do not need prior OBOB experience and we will teach you what to do!  There will be 2 battles each day per grade level between 10:50 and 12:10 each day through February 1st. We will be sending sign-ups shortly!

BSE Food Pantry Needs Your Help

Happy New Year BSE Families!


I hope you had a wonderful, restful break. I am reaching out for your help. Our food pantry has become quite depleted and we are in urgent need of more food. I have reached out to our community partners, but if you could either send in food with your students next week, it would be much appreciated. Please contact Ali Montelongo with any questions. Thank you in advance!!!

Please join us Wednesday 1/16 for our 2nd Parent Ed night of the year


The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain

Wednesday, January 16th
7-8:30pm, BSE Library

As part of BSCO’s Parent Education series, Shawn Marshall will present The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain which was developed from the challenges that many of his teen clients and their families have experienced while navigating the intricacies of social media, cell phone usage and video games. His presentation focuses on educating parents and explores the potential negative impacts that electronic usage has on their  children and teens. He offers numerous recommendations to support parents, who like their kids, are dealing with the ever-changing electronic world. He provides up-to-date information and statistics on the impact that electronics have on the developing brain including sleep, academics, and physical health.

Shawn Marshall MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor that has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He has worked in residential programs, community mental health, consulted with school districts and is currently at the Children's Program in Portland. He specializes in working with teens and has expertise in depression, anxiety, attention deficit, academic challenges, and oppositional behaviors. He has presented on a wide range of topics centered on teens and parenting.

The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation. Questions can be directed to

We need YOUR feedback on BSCO!

With the 2018-19 school year just about half over, your BSCO board members are looking for YOUR candid feedback on how we are doing and what you’d changes you might like to see. Please take our anonymous survey today!

The survey will be open through Sunday, January 20th. Results will be presented at our winter Community Meeting on January 30th.

Thank you!

—Ashish, Ellen, Katie, Michelle, Stephanie, Andrea, Melissa, Josh, and Kelly

Auction Planning Meeting - Wed, Jan 9th @ 6:30pm

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Happy New Year!!  Are you interested in helping out with this year's auction?  We need you!!  Please join our initial planning meeting January 9th at 6:30 pm at Erin's Wine Cellar (525 NW Saltzman).  

Opportunities to help:  Procurement/Sponsorship, Event Planning & Marketing, Student Art, and Adult/Family/Teacher Sign Up Parties.

Please don't hesitate to bring your friends or to share this.  Interested in helping but can't make the meeting?  Please reach out to us at

This year's auction is April 14th from 5 pm-8 pm at Top Golf in Hillsboro.