BSE Read Across America Week

Next week is National Read Across America Week.  Bonny Slope is Celebrating reading all week!  

There will be a book swap in the library Monday - Friday before school (8-8:30am). We are asking students to bring their gently used, already read books from home to exchange for another book. Students can bring them this Friday or any day next week to the Library.  Students can then exchange for a book new to them from the designated book swap area.

3/2 All School Read In and PJ Day.  Classrooms will be spending a large part of the day on Thursday just reading for pleasure in celebration of Dr. Suess' Birthday!!!  A reward for the incredible response to the underwear drive is an all school PJ day.  Wear your pajamas on Thursday and be ready to hunker down with a good book!

3/3 Dress Like a Book Character Day.  Friday Staff and Students will dress like a favorite character from a book.  We can’t wait to see the creative characters roaming the halls!  There will also be an assembly featuring a surprise guest reader!!

Kids Had S'more Fun with Books at Annual Book Fair

Happy campers filled the library last week to take part in the Winter Scholastic Book Fair – S’more Fun with Books.  With every purchase directly benefiting our school, we were able to raise $7,865 (55 percent of the total $14,300 sold in books and extras).  The school will use the funds to buy books for the library, as well as needed items such as headphones and classroom equipment.

The event was very well attended and that meant some of the very popular books had to continually be restocked.  Making Bombs for Hitler quickly became a must-have book for many of the 4th and 5th graders, along with Bailey's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel, Dog Man, The Bad Guys, and Pig the Pug

In addition to the traditional book fair, BSE hosted and “All for Books” event from Jan. 30 – Feb. 10 to benefit the Beaverton Clothes Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides clothes, books, and other items to vulnerable children in our community. Each classroom was given an empty jar and kids were encouraged to bring in spare change to fill the jar.  The money collected was used to buy Book Fair books, which were donated to the nonprofit.  As the two classrooms to collect the most change, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Hammond’s classes were given $100 to spend on books for their classroom.

“The book fair is really a win-win-win for the students, our school, and the community,” said Melissa Gatchell, event co-lead.  “The school raised money to stock the library, our kids purchased some new and exciting books, and the change drive allowed us to give back to the community on behalf of the Bonny Slope students.  It was a well-received and fun week for sure.”

Auction Tickets on Sale Next Week!

Tickets to this year's Bobcat Soiree and Auction go on sale, next Friday March 3rd. his year's event will once again take place at the Tiffany Ballroom in downtown Portland. The theme is Vegas, Baby! and our fundraiser will include a cocktail hour with casino tables (play money), wine wall, prize wheel and more, a sit-down dinner and live auction, and an after party with a DJ and dancing. 


  • Early Bird tickets pricing March 3rd through March 12th - $60 per ticket.
  • Standard pricing March 13 through April 19 - $70 per ticket.
  • Tickets will also be available at the door - $80 per ticket. 

Please see this year's website for details and to pre-purchase Golden Tickets, Host a Teacher and kids sign-up parties:

Our parents, teachers and staff are excited to celebrate another fun event while supporting our kids!

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot: February 20, 2017

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.

February Meeting-- 2/20/2017

The BSCO Board gathered to celebrate President’s Day with a lively meeting.  Elia Freedman was unable to attend.

Hannah Donohue, President, reported that the projector project continues to drag on.  BSE is waiting for a second required quote on opening up a wall panel to investigate what lies behind.  This step is necessary in order to continue the installation of the projector.  The last timeline had either spring break or July slated for installation.  With the continued delays, July is looking more likely.

Any additional income earned via the Auction will be used to purchase new projectors in the classrooms.  Many of the original projectors are failing throughout the building.  Jacob Whitehead and parent, Ashish Gupta, are working with an AV specialist to compile several quotes on various AV options for the classrooms.

Board applications for 2017-18 are now available online.  Five positions will be open, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Communications.  

In collaboration with Janet Maza, the Board approved the purchase of 700 foil blankets for a grand total of $352.58.  These items will be kept on site indefinitely in case of an extreme emergency.

25 additional iPad covers were purchased from the tech budget for the iPad minis currently with Laurel Nakano, BSE’s Technology specialist.  Cedar Mill News reached out and suggested BSCO send over any announcements and/or volunteer needs that might appeal to seniors and community members-- specifically the recent call-out for volunteers to read to kindergarteners.  The bylaw draft is online and is still open for review.

Director of Committees, Holly Vanderploeg, shared that Book Fair was a success, earning over $14,000.  Artist in Residence has confirmed its artist-- Shuhe Hawkins.  Students will be making paper mache animal masks.  OBOB is down to just eight teams and Parent Ed has an upcoming presentation in March, as well as a Social Media presentation to the fifth grade in April.  Bobcat Trail is loving their new, more professional sign.  Science Enrichment is partnering with our PYP coordinator and Tonia Anderson in order to better bulk up student hands-on experience.  The fifth grade send-off committee has had their first planning meeting and appear to be moving well.  Science Fair sign-ups are now live and the event itself will feature the Future Bus, bee-keepers and other new science vendors.  The Author Visit has been rescheduled for March with a new author.  Books will be purchased online only.  Holly is continuing to solicit the community to see if anyone is interested in leading any Earth Day activities.  

Ava Palmquist, VP for Fundraising, reports that the Auction team is still seeking party hosts and live auction donations.  Tickets go on sale in two weeks.

BSCO’s treasurer’s report holds no surprises.   All items appear on track.  Next month’s meeting will begin the Board’s 2017-18 budget drafting.


The Board approved an additional $475 to Parent Education.  This year the Parent Ed series included four speakers instead of three and two speakers have raised their fees.  This will be taken from the Committee Discretionary line item.

The Board approved $450 to be spent on two new signage items.  The first will be some sort of banner or placeholder for the front fence, reserving prime fence real estate for BSCO and school banners.  The second will be a new a-frame sandwich board, and two accompanying dry-erase sides that can be used for any generic, BSCO/school announcements throughout the year.

Mark Lawrence, Author Visit and Book Pre-Order Opportunity

On March 23, 2017, Bonny Slope is welcoming author Mike Lawrence to speak with the students. He's a respected author/illustrator and will be presenting in three smaller assemblies. We are very excited to welcome him to our school. Powell’s bookstore is helping make this happen for our community. They are offering his newest book, pre-ordered before the assembly, at a discounted rate.

His newest book is Star Scouts. In Star Scouts, an Indian-American girl named Avani moves to a new town and joins the local 'Flower Scouts' troop -- but finds that the girls want to talk about clothes and boys all the time and not have adventures. Luckily, she's accidentally collected as a specimen by the the intergalactic troop of Star Scouts and ends up joining them instead. Star Scouts is for kids age 8-12, and fans of light-hearted science fiction and adventure. Our protagonist is a Hindi-speaker with a love of rodeo and a chip on her shoulder. Girls who feel like outsiders will relate to this unique character. Mike Lawrence is the award-winning illustrator of Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek (with Elizabeth Rusch) and the novel The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (by Melissa Kell).

If you are interested in pre-ordering this book, we have created an online order form for your convenience. Orders must be placed no later than March 8th.

So What's this Vegas Auction About?

As we get closer to auction tickets going on sale, this year’s theme may have you wondering how to dress for a Vegas theme at a school auction? This theme was chosen specifically because of its broad appeal and the opportunity it provides for parents to put their own spin on attire. If you are looking for some ways to dress up with Veg in mind, here are some suggestions.

Dress up! Much like going to dinner and a show in Las Vegas, this year’s auction is a great reason to get into some fancy duds and enjoy a dressy night out, sans kids. 

Did someone say sparkle? If you're feeling fun, dress up like Elvis or someone from one of Vegas's extravagant shows. Every shiny, glittery outfit possible will fit in with this year’s theme, and no feather head-dress can be too over-the-top. 

Movie theme! Popular movies like Ocean’s 11 and The Hangover also provide a bevy of memorable characters - pick your favorite, get some friends in on the action and swagger in ready to get attention. Creativity is welcomed and is often what makes our BSCO auctions so hilarious and memorable.

And remember, unlike the real Las Vegas, what happens at the Bobcat Soiree and Auction gets posted on Facebook, so keep it classy and appropriate! 

If you have any questions, please contact the auction at

We're looking forward to another fun, laugh-filled and memorable night with our Bonny Slope Community, building bonds and raising funds to support our kids.

Science Fair Sign-ups Now Available

Science Fair is coming up!   Mark your calendars for Friday April 7th.  All students are invited to do a project (science or engineering), create a tri-fold board, and display in-person at the Fair.   

** The first 40 students to submit their online entry forms will be entered into a drawing for an Ozobot 2.0 Robot **

Pizza will be for sale in the cafeteria to solve your dinner crisis, and we'll have a few outside organizations on-hand with some cool stuff to further inspire our student scientists! 

More details, How-Tos, and the online SignUp Button may be found at

Next Geography Club Check Day is Feb 22

The Next Geography Club Check Day is Wednesday, February 22.  The February Map is Africa Part 2.  

The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:

Wed, March 22-- Europe Part 1
Wed, April 26-- Europe Part 2
Wed, May 24-- Australia & Oceania
Wed, May 31-- Recheck Day (If you missed a month or two use this re-check day or any of the check days listed above to make up what you missed.)

Maps can be printed at home at:

Be sure to print the “annual schedule” for your study list for the entire year.  Print the “study map” and the “blank map” for each month as needed.

Please note that we use the same maps each year.  Save your maps!

Please consider volunteering for geography club check day.  Sign up genius link:

Send any questions to geo club chairs, Mindy Poorman and Stacey Stefanelli at 

"Raising Daughters" Presentation Scheduled for March 8

The final presentation of BSCO’s Parent Education Series, “Raising Daughters” with Kim Demarchi, is scheduled for  Wednesday, March 8 from 7-8:30pm in the BSE library.

Join other parents for an informative and interactive evening as we learn and explore topics and strategies to support healthy, confident daughters. We'll discuss the many physical, emotional, and intellectual developmental changes facing girls today and the impact these forces have on our daughters. Go home with strategies for how to maintain connection and respect, especially as they enter middle school and beyond.

Kim DeMarchi, M.Ed., Certified Parent Educator and Certified Family Coach, has been an educator for almost three decades. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families in their Redirecting Children‘s Behavior program.

Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops and classes, coaching families and publishing parenting articles. Kim is a regular guest on KATU's AM Northwest parenting segment and is an active blogger for Knowledge Universe's KinderCare online community. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her parenting podcasts, available soon on her website. Kim just made her fourth trip to Asia to share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s overall parenting message strives to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with loved ones.

BSCO’s Parent Ed series is funded entirely through your generous BSCO donation.  If you have ideas for speakers/presentations for next year, please contact Megan at

Help Our Students Learn to Read

Our kindergarten students are in need of some additional assistance with reading in the morning.  Don't have a kinder? Don't worry, we'll provide them :)

Reading time takes place daily from 8:30-9:00am.  You'll support individual students by reading to/with them and working on sight words and letter sounds.  Everything will be ready to go and it requires little more than showing up.

If you are interested, simply sign in at the front office computer and make your way to the kindergarten classrooms.  A folder will be there with all the (simple) directions you'll need.  They thank you.  We thank you.