Calling Volunteers to Help a Neighbor School!

Good morning Bonny Slope volunteers!

Following is a message from one of our 5th grade teachers, Mr. Vaughn.  Please consider this unique volunteer opportunity -- it'll make you feel good to lend a hand!


June 8th: Are you willing to volunteer for one short shift at one of our neighbor schools to help them have a successful event? If so, read on!

Dear Parents,

Every year our 5th-grade students take on projects to study and battle the social injustices we see around us every day; it's inspiring to watch them take on causes they are passionate about.


One cause that comes up every year is the idea of school equality; our students know that they are very lucky to have a school like Bonny Slope, and that many of their neighbors don't have all of the benefits we do. What to do about it, though, has always escaped us. It's a very complex situation. But this year, some students who transferred from neighboring schools mentioned that at their old schools, one thing they didn't have a lot of was ... parent volunteers.

Light bulb!

We checked with our neighbor school, Barnes Elementary, and they confirmed it: their parent population doesn't have as much flexibility to volunteer as ours, which puts a lot of the burden for their field day/Jog-A-Thon back onto the teachers, and restricts what they can do.

After talking to several parents around here and to our volunteer leaders, it seems there is a will to help ... that's where you come in.

If we can get one parent volunteer per class to help out at Barnes Elementary on June 8th, it will make a huge difference to their staff and students. I know they're not our students ... but they're still part of our community. And what could be more Bonny Slope than taking care of our community?

Thanks for considering! If you're available to help on June 8th, please e-mail Jenna Dornblaser with your availability at

Mr. Vaughn
5th Grade
Bonny Slope Elementary

Once again, Bonny Slope-- Bridge the Gap is CANCELLED!


Yes, that’s right. Like last year, this incredible community has answered the call and provided the necessary funding for our 2017-18 budget.  And that’s all we asked for-- enough to provide the excellent programming and events you’ve come to expect, listed in our annual budget. Our final fundraiser, Bridge the Gap, won’t be necessary this school year and it’s all because of generous parents like you.

Last October, Jog-a-thon demolished its goal, netting over $50,000.  Last month’s Auction pulled in around $60,000 in profits, bringing our 2017-18 fundraising total above the amount needed to fulfill this year’s budget.

BSCO’s VP for Fundraising, Ellen Rothery, commented, “Our community consistently steps up to ensure that every single student at Bonny Slope benefits from the programs and activities BSCO offers!”

Your BSCO Board intends for the additional funds gained this year to be put toward replacing aging musical equipment and instruments.  Additionally, these funds will again provide free Monster Mash and Carnival admittance, and a Student Body Paper Fund, where BSCO will purchase the reams of paper formerly listed on school supply lists, eliminating this cost for parents.

As to be discussed at the Community Meeting on May 22nd, these endeavors will ensure that every dollar donated in 2017-18 is spent in a timely and prudent manner, positively impacting every single student and family.

Will Bridge the Gap be back next year?  Well, that’s a question to be answered next spring.  However, instead of hounding you for money and sending out desperate pleas now, we get to enjoy this glorious spring sunshine and celebrate, because the job is already done.  

Bravo, BSE.  As always, you continue to amaze.

2018 Auction Teacher Experiences a Success!

 Third grade students enjoyed a board-game themed experience in the library.

Third grade students enjoyed a board-game themed experience in the library.

The 2018 Auction Teacher Experiences were another rousing success.  122 students participated (up from 108 last year), with BSCO grossing an incredible $3050 from these parties alone.  Every dollar is put back into the classrooms and students of BSE.

Kindergarteners returned for their annual ice cream social, while the first grade enjoyed a Field Day on the BSE field with Mr. Whitehead and their teachers.  Once again, Ms. Acosta hosted an art party in her classroom along with the second grade team.  The third grade returned to a former party theme-- board games in the library.  And finally, Sunset Lanes again generously donated a bowling party to the BSE fourth grade.

 Second grade students & teachers had a great time creating art in Ms. Acosta's room.

Second grade students & teachers had a great time creating art in Ms. Acosta's room.

None of this would be possible without the participation and support of our Bonny Slope teachers.  Huge thanks to all the teaching teams who generously donated their time and took part in these fun after-school activities, as well as to all the BSCO families that participated.

A special thank you is due to Phil Jackson of Sunset Lanes for their donation of the fourth grade bowling party, as well as to BSE teacher, Aliyah Taylor, for her work as Auction's teacher experience liaison.

 Fourth grade students pose with teachers at Sunset Lanes during their bowling party.

Fourth grade students pose with teachers at Sunset Lanes during their bowling party.

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: May 7, 2018

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.

May Meeting-- 5/7/2018

The May meeting was rescheduled to earlier in the month in order for the board to prepare for the final community meeting of the school year on 5/22, which includes a vote of both the 2018-19 BSCO budget and the BSCO board slate.  New slated candidates for Directors of Volunteers and Director of Committees were also in attendance.

President, Ashish Gupta, shared his learnings after presenting and connecting with the BSE staff in late April.  This meeting helped drive some movement on a variety of teacher grant proposals which hadn't yet been submitted. The $3k which was budgeted will now be allocated to a number of meaningful proposals, including headphones for both the kinder and 3rd grade teams, OBOB books and cricket sets for PE, all of which were approved by the board.  Even after approving several, there remains budget for additional requests that may still come in.

Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, announced impressive results from this year's auction event.  While miscellaneous expenses and payments are still being tallied, the net fundraising result is taking shape and nearing $60k.  This amount does not include matching contributions from various corporations. Efforts and communications to ensure eligible auction attendees take advantage of their companies' matching programs were discussed.  Given the success of both JAT and auction, the board agreed with the proposal to cancel this year's "Bridge the Gap". While a chair still needs to be identified for next year, Ellen shared some exciting and creative ideas for what a simplified 2019 auction event could look like.  A simplified event translates into a reduced fundraising income, but would still bring the community together in a fun and significant way and reduce the annual burden on the event planning team. Despite the anticipated change to income, the 2018-19 cash flow is managed by intentionally spending down some of the reserves.  

Director of Committees, Holly VanderPloeg, reported on the progress with filling open committee lead positions.  Because of the need to kick off planning, identifying leads for Monster Mash is particularly critical. Once leads are identified, help from a broader group of community members should not be hard to come by for this popular and favorite fall event.  Planning is progressing well for the school carnival in June. This year's event features a celebration of BSE's 10 year "birthday".

Jenna Dornblaser, Director of Volunteers, is preparing for the final classroom parties of the year.  Holding the parties outdoors is a popular tradition, weather permitting. After priority is given to the 5th grade events, the various outdoor spaces are made available to other grades/classes.  Volunteers are welcome and appreciated at these end of the year events.

After BSE's kindergarten round-up event, there is real data on anticipated growth of our community.  Josh Resch, Director of Communications, reported 50 new requests for the BSCO newsletter since the round-up in April.  The board solidified its plans for 3 August playdates on 8/6, 8/13 and 8/20 from 4:30-6pm. These informal events provide young incoming students an opportunity to get acquainted with a new school and give new family members an opportunity to connect and ask questions.

The community is invited to view the current financials here.


Carnival is back!

Join us to celebrate Bonny Slope Elementary’s 10th birthday on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Carnival is free to all Bonny Slope students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, activities and music. Stay for the food trucks -- Koi and wood-oven pizza from Maiale di Volo. And, this year we’ll also have a birthday treat to celebrate 10 years of Bonny Slope Elementary!

Please sign up today for your free tickets.

And please consider signing up for a short 30-minute volunteer shift.

The LAST Geography Club Check Days for 2017-2018 are near!!  

Remaining Geography Club Check Days
Thursday, May 24—Australia & Oceania
Thursday, May 31—Recheck Day


Recheck Day is Thursday, May 31st
If your student wants to make up a map from earlier in the year, please sign up here.  Be sure to note the student’s name, teacher, and month that need to be re-checked.

Remember February was a freebie!  It was a snow day and it does not need to be made up. It will not count for or against the end of year awards.

Maps can be printed at home using the following link:

Sign-up genius for volunteering: 


Get Those Photos Submitted for the 5th Grade Slide Show!!


Attention 5th grade parents --  we're getting close to deadline for creating the 5th grade slideshow.   If you've not already done so, plus submit photos for your Kiddo.   Each has a spot in the slideshow, don't let it be blank!!

Submit up to 4 photos of your student during various ages from K-5.   These can be any type of photo (with family, professional, candids, you name it).   

email to 
drag & drop on the web at

We’re also looking for Bonus Photos — these do not count toward your 4 photo max !!    Older things from past Field Trips, general classroom group photos, Jog A Thons, Read Across America Day, 2nd Grade Market, with the bus driver, their teachers, or other staff.   



Introducing BSCO’s 2018-19 Budget

BSCO’s Spring Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd. Included in the meeting agenda will be the approval of the 2018-19 budget, shown [here], with detailed descriptions for each category [here]. This final draft is being presented for community review prior to the meeting.  

Next year’s budget includes changes in both income and committee expense. All adjustments from last year’s budget are noted in blue in the far right side column.  


You will notice our expenses for the upcoming year exceed our income. There are a couple of items that impact these numbers:

  1. We anticipate a simplified Auction format for next year, which will likely result in lower income
  2. We are intentionally spending down our reserves

However, we do not anticipate these negatively impacting BSCO’s cash flow. This approach will allow us to actively manage our savings while still maintaining a reasonable and prudent reserve total for 2019-20.  It also ensures that current donations are spent on current students.


Significant changes to the budget include:

  • Committee Board Discretionary (increased from $1,600 to $3,000).  This is used for unexpected funds during the year or one time committee needs, as well as one-time improvements to the committee’s supplies
  • PYP & Science Enrichment (reduced from $14,500 to $12,000): Combined PYP Support ($7,000), PYP Training ($2,000) and Science Enrichment ($7,500) into a single category. This is overseen by BSE’s PYP coordinator in collaboration with the teachers. Combining the allocation simplifies the paperwork while maintaining the intention. Reduction reflects the amount that historically has been spent.
  • Teacher Fund (increased from $14,500 to $16,000): Each classroom teacher is eligible for up to $450/year for tangible items to support their classroom. Next year we are expanding the program to include more specialists who are currently self funding these purchases, such as our counselor, psychologist and special ed staff
  • Science School (increased from $9,600 to $10,800): Reflects increased costs to send 5th graders to a science school experience. Includes tuition, transportation and an on-site nurse. Note: This may not be an overnight experience due to Beaverton School District’s newly-changed policies. The confirmation and any details of this trip is still tentative.
  • Coder in Residence (decreased from $8,000 to $6,000): We kicked off this program in 2017-18 and contracted Saturday Academy to teach in the classrooms. We plan to continue the program, and the reduction reflects actual costs incurred.
  • Visiting Author (increased from $2,000 to $3,000): This popular program pays for published children’s authors that present to our students. Increasing this budget allows BSCO to continue providing well-known authors.
  • Student Body Fund (increased from $3,000 to $4,000): This line item is Janet’s discretionary fund for projects and endeavors that impact our student body, such as assembly speakers, intervention supplies, and personal supplies for students in need.


The budget includes the intentional spend-down of a portion of BSCO reserves.  The carry-over funds reduction includes seven items, totaling $52,000:

  • Free Monster Mash admission- October 2018 ($3,000). Same as last year.
  • Free Carnival admission- June 2019 (reduced from $5,500 to $5,000). We temporarily increased this in 2017-18 by $500 to purchase cupcakes to celebrate BSE’s 10th anniversary.
  • Technology ($15,000). Funds the purchase of replacement iPads (that are no longer supported by Apple), iPad covers, charging carts and Apple Pencils (for the teachers). This will supplement the annual Technology budget line item.
  • Emergency Preparedness ($3,000). This line item funds the purchase of classroom and school safety equipment, including supplies for classroom emergency buckets, first aid kits and drinking water barrels.
  • Capital Improvements ($3,000) Funds the purchase of additional storage cabinets in the volunteer room and replacement of aging safety blinds in the classroom.
  • Student Body Paper Fund ($3,000).  BSCO provides two reams of paper per student, eliminating this item from the school supply lists. Reducing by $500, based on 2017-18 actual paper costs.
  • Music Grant ($20,000). This line item will fund the replacement of the music program’s aging instruments and equipment, such as risers, xylophones, percussion and ethnic instruments, and sound and recording equipment.

These items were chosen in collaboration between your BSCO Board and BSE’s Administration & Staff.

In addition to approving next year’s budget, we will also vote in next year’s Board.  As a reminder, all parents at BSE are voting members of BSCO.

Any questions or concerns regarding this budget can be directed to Ashish Gupta (   

Please join us for this final community meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd in the BSE Library at 7pm.  


2017-18 Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Don’t miss out on the memories!

2017-2018 Bonny Slope Yearbooks are now on sale. The deadline to order is Friday, June 1st.

This is the first time this year that yearbooks are on sale. Orders were not taken last fall. Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject line, "Bonny Slope Community Organization: New Order Confirmed."

Full color yearbooks cost $15 and will be delivered to your child’s classroom during the last week of school. Click here to order your copy today!


Community Garden in Full Swing

The Bonny Slope Community Garden is in full swing this spring planting season. Several classes have come up to plant and observe and more are scheduled in the coming weeks. If you’d like to learn more about getting involved in the garden – and maybe even adopting a plot to care for over the summer - please e-mail Christine at to get the latest updates!