Meet Allison Montelongo, Bonny Slope Elementary’s New Assistant Principal

Allison Montelongo, center, with Ms. Sidwell & Ms. Wardell

Allison Montelongo, center, with Ms. Sidwell & Ms. Wardell

Can you believe it’s been almost a month since school started? Neither can Ali Montelongo, our new assistant principal at Bonny Slope Elementary. “It’s been a busy, yet productive start to the school year,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my first few weeks at Bonny Slope. It’s been great meeting our Bobcats – I’ve particularly enjoyed how excited the students were to start the year. I’ve also been impressed with the strong sense of community we have here, and how welcoming everyone’s been!”

With over 15 years in education under her belt, Ali’s equipped to bring a wealth of great ideas to BSE. So far, she’s finding her days busy, but rewarding. She’s got her sights set on establishing relationships and programs that help our elementary school students learn how to make the right choices. And, she’s already making a positive impact by lending guidance to our next generation of leaders with the recently launched Bobcat Diplomats program.

The Bobcat Diplomats offer our fifth grade students an awesome opportunity to flex their developing leadership skills by getting involved in programs that help our school run well – things like supporting student drop-off / pick-up, organizing the lost and found, and assisting teachers. And this has just been in the first weeks of the program!  Ali shared that the Bobcat Diplomats can look forward to reading to Kinder Buddies, helping out with school beautification projects and assisting with the numerous evening events held at BSE. She would also like to work with the fifth graders to gain their insight into how they can Take Action in their school, as part of the PYP program.

Originally from Newberg (before it was a cool wine country ☺), Ali got her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), and her Master’s Degree from Pacific University. Additionally, she attended Portland State University and got her administrative license. On the weekends, she likes to spend time with friends and family. Ali loves playing cards, reading, going to Ducks games, enjoying the outdoors and relaxing with her two dogs, Lucille (Golden Retriever) and Diesel (Black Lab).

Welcome to BSE, Ali! We’re glad you’re here!

Spiritwear Now On Sale Through Oct 14

Show your spirit! Bonny Slope Elementary spirit wear is on sale now through October 14th. BSCO, in partnership with Infinity Impressions, has t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and more available. Clothing is available in both kid and adult sizes.

Ordering is easy!! Just go to www.infinityimpressions.com/store/bsessw  to shop the store and pay via cc or PayPal. This is your only opportunity to purchase your Spirit Wear this year and the store is only open for 2 weeks. Orders will be delivered to BSE by November 4th.

Don't wait! Buy your BSE spirit wear today!

Please contact Michelle Werth at spiritwear@bonnyslopebsco.org with any questions

BSCO Fall Community Meeting, 2016

Last evening in the school library, parents and teachers joined the BSCO Board in discussing the latest goings-on for the Bonny Slope Elementary (BSE) PTO.

A few highlights:

  • Principal Janet Maza reported that BSE hired eight new staff members and Vice Principal Ali Montelongo rolled out the new fifth grade leadership program.
  • Last year the Community and Board approved a new wall mounted projector for the gym. We are currently 59th on the District's installation wait list.
  • The BSCO Board will be reviewing and updating the BSCO by-laws and handbook this year. If you'd like to be involved with this review and tightening internal controls, please contact Hannah Donohue or Elia Freedman, who will be spear-heading this effort.
  • Jog-a-Thon is fast approaching! Get your PledgeStar accounts set up today! We are at 25% of students to reach our participation goals.
  • Buy your student directory before October 4th.
  • If you wish to walk in BSE or volunteer for anything this year, you need to have an mVP account. Sign up today. While you are at it, contact Jenna Dornblaser or DeDe Osborne if you'd like to volunteer as a party coordinator for your child's class.
  • BSCO has a full technology load for the 2016-17 school year. 4th and 5th grades each get Chromebooks, 3rd grade Macbooks, and K-2 iPads.
  • BSCO's Board completed an internal audit of its 2015-16 financials this summer and, as a reminder, BSCO will be spending down some of last year's carryover this year. Budgets are as expected this early and it looks like technology will be $11,000 under budget as well.

Click here to review the meeting minutes and slides. See you in January!

Jog-a-Thon Numbers Climb; 2016 Class Info Available

With just eight days left until our epic Bonny Slope Jog-a-Thon on Friday, 10/7, our fundraising numbers continue to mount.  As of Wednesday, 9/28, this generous community has already pledged $20,191, with 135 students donating in some capacity.  

The school participation goal is 516 students, roughly 80% of our student body.  Any donation, large or small, is considered participation. With 135 students already participating online, we are 26% towards our participation goal and hope to drive those numbers up in the next several days.

Top individual participants are:

  1. Leah F.
  2. Kate H., Brady L., Maddie L. (three-way tie)
  3. Aashir P.

The top donating class is also a dead heat -- both Mr. Traller’s and Ms. Bergerson-Allen’s sections are tied at $1165 each.

 

Online Pages/Raffles

 

Parents still have time to create their child’s online fundraising page at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope.  Pledgestar allows parents and students to send requests to friends and family across the country with just a few simple steps.

All students with an online page are automatically entered into weekly raffles, with last week’s winners taking home Lazersport gift cards.  This week’s prizes include Adidas duffle bags.

 

Volunteering/Class Colors

 

There are still spots available to volunteer at this darling event.  Please check out the Jog-a-Thon sign-up genius and add your name.  Please note that all Jog-a-Thon volunteers and visitors must have completed the District background check.

Class running times and class colors have been finalized and can be found here.  Please take a look to ensure your student wears the correct color, as this makes lap-counting logistics much easier and adds to the spirit of the event.  Crazy hair and wigs are encouraged as our students come together to truly let their “hair run wild!”

 

What Jog-a-thon Dollars Provide

 

BSCO’s annual budget funds an incredible amount of student enrichment and teacher support, in ways that are often taken for granted among our parent community.  Please check out these informative links if you have any questions about what your precious Jog-a-Thon dollars provide.  Every dollar does matter and touches every student, every classroom, every day.

BSCO Operating Budget

2016-17 Budget Details

Where Does the Money Go?

Keep up the good work, BSE and we will see you on the track next week!  Let’s DO THIS!

 

Come Walk With Us: International Walk To School Day is Oct 5

Wednesday, October 5th is Walk to School Day! This annual event, celebrated by thousands of schools internationally, promotes walking (or biking) for several reasons:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools - Increase community and school area traffic safety
  • Teach safe transportation skills to children
  • Increase awareness of how walkable a community is

This is a fun annual event and a great way to kick off an active year while engaging with neighbors and friends!!!

Route Information

Meet at 7:45-7:50am and leave for BSE at 7:55am at this location for each of these routes

  • West Route (map) - NW Bauer Woods, Lorraine & Woodrose, Route lead Cheryl Wardell
  • North Route (map) - NW West Rd & NW Talon Terrace, Route lead Brenda Mayland
  • Northeast Route (map) - Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd, Route lead Jenny Pompilio
  • East Route (map) - NW Harding & NW Robinia, Route lead Barbara Simons-Evrenosoglu
  • Vintage Neighborhood- NW Appellate Way & Supreme Ct, Route lead Michelle Huss

Meet at 8-8:08am and leave for BSE at 8:10am at this location for this route

  • South Route (map) - NW Coleman & NW 119th, Route lead Amy and/or Mikkel Nieto

Let’s Arrive at 8:15 am at Bonny Slope Track (or under covered playground for rain)
If you live too close to join a formal route, you are still welcome to join the fun at the track!  Students can pick a raffle ticket, stickers and an apple.  Bring water bottles w/you.

Let’s Raffle!  We will announce raffle winners at 8:25 am, so stay out on the track to see if you win so you can claim your prize!

Walk to school day needs volunteers to set up tables (~8am), direct kids through the line and onto the track or playground (8:15-8:30am), then cleanup afterwards (8:30-8:45am).

Please sign up to volunteer at Sign-Up Genius. If you have questions, please email Shannon Bekins or Leslie Zagelow.

 
Important Safety Information for Walkers

Walk to School is NOT a drop-off event.  You must walk with your child, or make arrangements for a responsible adult to be in charge of them.  The only exception is older students who normally walk to school without supervision can do so.  Chaperones help lead the routes, but are not responsible for individual students.  

Be smart and alert. Avoid dangerous behaviors!

  • Don't cross any street unless your parents have given you permission to do so.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or approved trails. If you must walk on the street because there are no sidewalks, stay on the outside shoulder and face traffic.
  • Don't assume cars will stop for you. Make eye contact with the driver; don't just look at the car. If a driver is distracted, they may not be paying attention!
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look twice before crossing a road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots, near on-street parking spaces, and when sidewalks cross driveways.

Be safe and be seen. Make yourself visible to drivers!

  • Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be careful at crossings. Look before you step, corners demand more attention!

  • Cross streets only at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, even if it has a signal.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure that the driver sees you and will stop.
  • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on cell phones while walking, especially when crossing a street.
  • Follow the directions of the crossing guard when you arrive at school crosswalks!

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has been asked to provide crosswalk assistance for the East route at NW Harding & McDaniel Rd. Practice care at any street crossing and stay on sidewalks!!!

Science Ambassador After School Program for 5th Graders

Science Ambassadors, now beginning its 11th year, is a mentorship program that pairs Beaverton area 5th graders with high school student mentors. 5th graders meet at the Primate Center twice a month (on Wednesday afternoons) throughout the school year to learn important science concepts through interactive (fun!) hands-on activities.

This year, Science Ambassador “mentees” will learn about cells, genetics, DNA, the immune system, germs, the brain, neuroscience, healthy lifestyles, diet, exercise, and biomedical research -- all under the direction of a high school mentor!

Learn more about the program and view application materials here or contact Diana Gordon
at 503-690-5201 or gordondi@ohsu.edu.

Geography Club Check Day this Wednesday, Sep 28

Just a quick reminder the first check day is Wednesday, the 28th. If you've forgotten, it's okay. Level 1 is easy! Just study that with your kids. Remember this is supposed to be fun.  

Maps can be found at:
http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/geography-club/    

We still need a few more volunteers!  Please consider helping out.  It's really a great time getting to work with so many different students.  The time goes so fast!!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4FADA622A2FF2-201617

Thank you!!  
Questions? geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: September 19, 2016

In an effort to boost 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.

September Meeting-- 9/19/2016
This month’s meeting was short and sweet as the Board prepares for the Community meeting on 9/27.  Matt Hire, Member at Large, and Ava Palmquist, VP of Fundraising, were unable to attend.  

Hannah Donohue, President, received an update from Jacob Whitehead regarding the wall-mounted projector (funded in this year’s budget). While it has moved up on the lengthy list of District Facility Improvement Plans (FIPs), it still has not received a project manager, even though the exact same vendor and work has already been done at other Beaverton schools.  The FIP List district-wide is reported to be over 120 projects long.  Hannah hopes to have a more specific report from BSD officials for Tuesday’s meeting.

After much consideration, the Board has decided to begin the process of revising BSCO’s bylaws and Board Handbook and will communicate this intent at the Community meeting.  It will be a year-long process, with hopefully a draft by January’s Community Meeting and a final vote in May.  The current bylaws and Handbook are outdated and grant an uncomfortable amount of power to the Board.  The overall goal is to tighten up the internal controls and lay out reasonable and more specific restrictions on fiscal expenditures.

Jog-a-thon is rolling, with over $9,000k pledged (this number has increased since the time of this meeting).  The push continues to promote participation.  Elia Freedman, Secretary, shared that our BSCO newsletter went out on 9/16 after a minor IT issue with Renee’s computer.   

Brian Rothery, Treasurer, gave his treasurer’s report.  BSCO’s fiscal year begins July 1, and this report details any check that went out after that deadline (and includes several reimbursements from events that took place last school year). Outdoor School will be considerably less this year, as the fifth grade will only be gone two nights and the new camp is much closer (saving on gas).  The parent contribution has been reduced to $40 (down from $70 last year) to compensate for this change.  The percentage of parent contribution to total student cost remains the same. Financials are available to review here.

The new mVP system, mandated by BSD this year to all schools, has proven tricky, with many parents confused as to how to update preferences.  Jenna Dornblaser and DeDe Osborne, Directors of Volunteers, will do their best to alleviate confusion at the Volunteer Orientations.  Nearly 700 people have been background checked through the new system.  All classrooms have class coordinators, but only five have a party coordinator.

Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, shared that the first BSCO Lead Meeting was a success, with a great showing of leads and both Janet Maza and Ali Montelongo sitting in.  The volunteer room and storage continue to be an issue, as that room continues to be a dumping ground.  We were able to find volunteers to take on the Walk to School Day, but are still searching for someone to take on the rest of BEST’s activities.

There were no fiscal requests or teacher grants to review at this meeting.

Fall Community Meeting This Tuesday, Sep 27th

The Fall Community Meeting of the Bonny Slope Community Organization is scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 7pm in the BSE Library.  All members of our community are invited and encouraged to attend.  Please come and hear Board updates, gain a school snapshot from our Principal, Janet Maza, and meet our new Vice Principal, Allison Montelongo.  Click here for the tentative meeting agenda.

As a reminder, every single parent is a voting member of the Bonny Slope Community Organization.  BSCO only holds three community meetings a year and our Winter Community Meeting is not scheduled until January.

Enjoy some popcorn, meet new people, and be brought up to speed on all BSCO business.  We look forward to meeting and working with you.

The latest BSCO news can always be found at www.bonnyslopebsco.org.

See you Tuesday!