Next Year's Auction Just Needs You!

The BSCO Board is excited to propose a new format for its Spring fundraiser, the Auction.  We are hoping to hold the Auction at Top Golf in Hillsboro for a more casual, fun, and active fundraising event.  The Auction will still involve your favorites, including raffles, adult/kid parties, student art, and the silent auction, but attendees will also get a chance to eat some tasty food, have a drink, and hit a few golf balls!  We're excited to try a new twist on one of the community's favorite traditions and an important annual fundraiser.


Many of the logistics and details are already underway thanks to BSCO's VP of Fundraising Ellen Rothery.  But we won't be able to get this event off the ground until we identify 1 or 2 volunteers to lead the Auction Committee.

The Auction Lead(s) will work closely with the helpful event staff at Top Golf.  Fundraising targets for 2018-19 were cut in half to allow for a more casual event without a live auction.  Sponsors and donations shouldn't be hard to secure given a strong history of donations and very organized procurement records about who to contact.  And the past leads and committee chairs will continue their support and help the new leads transition into the role.  We just need a leader to say yes!!

If this new format sounds interesting to you, please contact Ellen Rothery.  The sooner we secure a lead volunteer(s), the sooner we can reserve the space and dates and get this fun project underway.

Thank you Committee Leads!

We appreciate every volunteer at Bonny Slope, but we’d like to give a special 'thank you' to the following parents for their committee leadership this year.  BSCO Committee Leads make such an impact on our community, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.  Bravo and thank you!


After School Programs           

·        Shubhangi Kulkarni (Chincholkar)

Art Literacy     

·        Maureen Louie

·        Melissa Manos

·        Joshua Madrid

·        Currie Reese               

Artist In Residence     

·        Cori Anger


·        Lauren McCabe

Author Liason  

·        Jennifer Mikovsky

Back to School Picnic  

·        Cara Cook

·        Nadia Wald

Blog Writers   

·        Bridget F Clark

·        Leigh Havelick

·        Hannah Donohue

Bobcat Trail Club        

·        Angie Bruxer

·        Kelly Matsushima

Book Fair         

·        Melissa Gatchell

·        Cindi Otis

Box Tops         

·        Nicole Reynolds


·        Kirsten Forsberg

·        Reilley Keating

Community Garden    

·        Christine Hyatt

Community Outreach/Clothes Closet

·        Melissa Rice


·        Brenda Mayland

Earth Week     

·        Michelle Huss

·        Shannon Bekins

Fifth Grade Activities

·        Rachael Pettit

·        Sheri Bauer

Geography Club          

·        Mindy Poorman

·        Stacey Stefanelli


·        Sydney Keister

·        Cara Cook

Library Volunteers      

·        April Hill

Matching Funds          

·        Julie Gupta

Monster Mash

·        Barbara Simon-Evrenosoglu

·        Hannah Donohue

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)  

·        Chevy Pham

·        Aparna Srinivasan

·        Kai Chen

Pancake Breakfast      

·        Leigh Havelick

·        Megan O'Malley-Cook

Parent Education        

·        Megan O'Malley-Cook

Production Team        

·        Michelle Mulholland

Science Night  

·        Holly VanderPloeg

·        Kate Resch

·        Aparna Srinivasan

STEM in Residency     

·        Erin Hire


·        Ryan Puntney

Staff Appreciation      

·        Stefanie Ebenal

·        Sierra Lavelle

Technology Advisor     

·        Elia Freedman

Walk to School Day     

·        Shannon Bekins

·        Leslie Zagelow


·        Melissa Manos

·        Jessica Gaibler


2018 Carnival Celebrates BSE's 10th Birthday

This year’s BSE Carnival’s birthday bash was another massive success last Friday, with over 1400 attendees enjoying a glorious spring evening on the Slope.

 1400 Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun and Games

1400 Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun and Games

To celebrate Bonny Slope’s birthday, the DJ kicked off the cupcake distribution to the school-wide tune of "Happy Birthday." Mrs. Maza and Mrs. Montelongo helped volunteers pass out 1,000 cupcakes, all of which were devoured.



 Sam G. Won!

Sam G. Won!

The celebration included all the usual suspects– inflatables, food carts, games and prizes, a DJ, photo booth, and tattoo artist.  The lollipop tree was also hugely popular and the Snack Shack rocked its sales (as always), with otter pops coming in for the win as the most sold item. Sunset students were out in force to manage the games and prizes, allowing more parents to spend the evening with their children.

The annual 5th Grade Pie Eating Contest marked another milestone for our about-to-depart students.  Joe Santos expertly yielded the microphone as the event's Master of Ceremonies, keeping contestants and spectators informed of the rules (no hands!) and overall progress.   A solid set of semi-finalists and the ultimate champ, Sam G., took home DQ gift cards. Congrats to all the contestants and parent organizers!

 The Time-Honored Fifth Grade Pie Eating Contest

The Time-Honored Fifth Grade Pie Eating Contest

Huge thanks Carnival chairs, Kirsten Forsberg and Reilley Keating for taking on this annual BSE tradition.  They are grateful to previous Carnival chairs, Debbie Heron and Elizabeth Bingold, for doing such an amazing job transitioning this committee.

Thanks is also due to so many parents who stepped up and filled the volunteer needs, from decor and signage, passing out the cupcakes, manning the inflatables, as well as set-up and clean-up in the gym, most especially Erik & Nadia Wald, Mike & Molly Lampros, Debbie Herron & Ryan Josephson, Ryan Johnson, and the BSCO Board.

The 2018 Carnival was free to the Bonny Slope community due to the incredible fundraising effort of the last several years.

Read more about the last 10 years at Bonny Slope Elementary

Bonny Slope Excellence:  Ten Years in the Making

As we work toward building Bonny Slope Community Organization's future achievements, take a walk down memory lane to remember the last decade’s milestones that have shaped our school’s success today.


Bonny Slope was the 32nd elementary school built in the Beaverton School District.  Over 100 names were suggested through the public comment process included Tom Hartung School, Odus Bales Elementary, and McDaniel Elementary. Ultimately, the school board chose Bonny Slope based on its ties to the history and geographic region.  


An Inaugural Year (2008)

BSE opened its doors in 2008 with 449 students and was available for open enrollment (the process in which limited schools are open to enrollment to students outside of their boundaries).  Kim Haskins was BSE’s first principal, moving from her principal position at McKinley Elementary.

Haskins, Bonny Slope staff, and the motivated parents of the Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO) quickly began laying the groundwork for many enduring BSE traditions that have lasted all ten years, including the Jog-a-thon (then held in May), Bobcat Trail Club, Geography Club (began as Passport Club), Artist in Residence, Monster Mash (previously called Harvest Fest) and Carnival.

 2008-2009 Staff shown in the yearbook

2008-2009 Staff shown in the yearbook

Community Growth (2009-2011)

As Bonny Slope brushed off the dust from its inaugural year, the parent community rolled up its sleeve to continue expanding school programs.  Parents jumped in to build and organize BSE’s Community Garden, creating a mission statement and organizing logistics.

Additional events were added to the BSCO lineup, including Art Fair, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Care Club, the Earth Sustainability Team, and subsidizing Outdoor School.  BSCO also purchased $6000 worth of xylophones for Bonny Slope’s music program.

In 2010, Bonny Slope received IB authorization, at that time only one of three schools in Oregon with the Primary Years Programme and the only public school.  Since then, many more schools in Beaverton are now in some stage of IB authorization.

In the spring of 2012, BSCO organized its first silent auction, which was held during Carnival, and raised over $12,000 for new technology in the classroom.  That same spring, the Jog-a-thon team introduced an online donation platform-- doubling their previous totals.

 BSE Grounds in Spring 2014

BSE Grounds in Spring 2014

New Responsibilities & New Faces (2012-2014)

The 2012-13 school year held deep and impactful budget cuts throughout Beaverton School District.  BSE lost several classroom teachers and its librarian as the district reshuffled hundreds of teachers.  BSCO began to do even more heavy lifting when it came to school support by increasing its fiscal contributions of teacher grants, PYP support and most significantly, technology, in order to fill in the gaps.

2013-14 also saw BSCO reinvent itself in several ways.  BSCO leadership rolled out a brand-new website and joined Facebook.  The Parent Education series began, originally with speakers presenting at BSCO’s monthly meetings.

The first off-site BSCO Soiree & Auction, “Kentucky Derby,” was held in May 2014, which included classroom art, sign-up parties, silent and live auctions.  That spring also saw the community vote to approve the installation of a new playground cover.

The following year, 2014-15, was again a time of change at Bonny Slope, as we welcomed our new principal, Janet Maza.  BSCO leadership switched from monthly meetings to our current three-a-year, and the BSCO Listening Sessions were introduced in April.

Bigger Dreams Become Reality (2015- 2017)

 Playground Cover

Playground Cover

In the summer of 2015, the playground cover was finally installed, nearly 16 months after its funding approval.  This school year had the largest student body at Bonny Slope– 660 students, allowing BSE to be granted its first vice principal. 2015-16 also marked the last year of open enrollment at Bonny Slope.  

Even with the loss of open enrollment, the construction boom within our boundaries has quickly filled in the outgoing, open-enrolled students and our enrollment numbers have steadied since– hovering right around 640 students in the last three years.  

BSCO continued to build upon and improve its infrastructure, moving all files and communications to Google Drive in order to create one centralized location for all historical information.  BSCO introduced a new logo to better brand their activities and the BSCO instagram was introduced.

Fall of 2015 introduced another major change to BSCO’s fundraising.  Jog-a-thon, historically held every May, moved to October, with huge success and record-breaking totals every year since.  In spring of 2016, the community approved another major project– the installation of a new gym projector.

In the fall of 2016, BSCO leadership announced its intention to rewrite both the Board Handbook and Bylaws.  After months of revisions and feedback, these new bylaws were approved at the community meeting in May 2017, along with a STEM in Residence program and the latest BSCO project– replacing all classroom projectors.

 Principal Janet Maza hands out Cupcakes Celebrating BSE's 10th Anniversary at carnival

Principal Janet Maza hands out Cupcakes Celebrating BSE's 10th Anniversary at carnival

Celebrating Ourselves (2018)

With the success of 2018's "Cheers to 10 Years" Auction, BSCO looks forward to providing additional music support, replacing the music program’s aging instruments and equipment, as well as school-wide emergency supplies.  

As we look back on the many different programs and initiatives that have come and gone, one thing remains constant throughout the past ten years.  Everything BSCO has accomplished has been made possible through the enthusiasm, passion, and generosity of our parent and staff community. 

Thank you to every parent, volunteer, and community member that has contributed to our continued success.

 View of BSE Under Construction in JUly 2007

View of BSE Under Construction in JUly 2007

New Board Members and Budget Approved at Spring Community Meeting


On Tuesday, May 22nd, our community gathered for the last BSCO community meeting of the 2017-18 school year and voted on both the BSCO board and 2018-19 BSCO budget.  (Full Meeting Minutes Here)

Director of Committees, Holly VanderPloeg, and Director of Volunteers, Jenna Dornblaser are leaving the board, having completed the maximum of two years in their respective roles.  The community expressed gratitude to both of them for all of their valuable contributions and leadership.  

In their place will step Katie Kammer as Director of Committees and Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson as Directors of Volunteers.  

The proposed and voted-on 2018-19 budget highlights include a decrease in the Auction income in an attempt to simplify the fundraiser, increase to teacher fund to include allocation to the aides, new line items for Music to replace aging instruments and other performance lighting and audio improvements, for capital improvement and for emergency preparedness.

Other highlights from the meeting included grant updates, an update on an alternate Auction format, and updates on all the programs sponsored by or paid for by BSCO around the school.

The 2018-19 budget is coming into focus. The Auction netted over $55,000, exceeding expectations and without accounting for any matching dollars.  Expenses are slightly under forecast due partly to under-spending and partly to pending receipts for reimbursement.

Click here for the full meeting minutes

2017-18 Geography Club Ends Another Trip Around the World


We’ve been around the world once again in Geography Club!  The 2017-18 year was a success.  Students had the opportunity to learn up to 499 countries, capitals, states, monuments, land formations and waterways.  We even had 8 students learn them all!  The overall participation rate was 51% (up 9% from last year!), with 13% of the student body earning grade level achievement or higher.   The achievement levels are described below:

Grade Level Achievement: The student identified the countries up to the level that corresponds to their grade at each check day for the entire year.   (e.g. A first grader completed level 1, a third grader levels 1-3.)  

Level Five Achievement: The student identified countries and capitals in levels 1-5 regardless of their grade level at each check day for the entire year.

Challenge Level Achievement: The student completed one or more of the three challenge levels offered for the entire year.   (3rdGrade Challenge: Landmarks and Monuments, 4thGrade Challenge: States and Capitals, 5thGrade Challenge Land Formations and Water Ways.)

Congratulations and great work to the following students that earned grade level achievement or higher!!

Grade Level Achievement

  • Julia K. Kindergarten, Henely
  • Alyce B.  1st Grade, Johnson
  • Ivy K.  1st Grade, Johnson
  • Kinley M.  1st Grade, Johnson
  • Erica C.  1st Grade, Mcbride
  • Rylan D.  1st Grade, Mcbride
  • Tyler K.  1st Grade, Mcbride
  • Zackary M.  1st Grade, Parks
  • Kabir A.  1st Grade, Swardstrom
  • Emma B.  1st Grade, Swardstrom
  • Ellie D.  1st Grade, Swardstrom
  • Colton M.  1st Grade, Swardstrom
  • Ocean W.  1st Grade, Swardstrom
  • Trevor D.  2nd Grade, Acosta
  • Madeline P.  2nd Grade, Acosta
  • Noah I.  2nd Grade, Breton
  • Jasleen K.  2nd Grade, Breton
  • Janvi P.  2nd Grade, Breton
  • Wyatt W.  2nd Grade, Breton
  • Jillynne B.  2nd Grade, Hastings
  • Aubrey J.  2nd Grade, Maxwell
  • Melina L.  2nd Grade, Maxwell
  • Luke S.  2nd Grade, Maxwell
  • Molly D. 3rd Grade, Anderson
  • Hadley C.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Noah G.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Adah F.  3rd Grade, Hammond
  • Owen M.  3rd Grade, Hammond
  • Taylor M.  3rd Grade, Hammond
  • Annalisa K.  3rd Grade, Vanier
  • Annie K.  3rd Grade, Vanier
  • Isadora M.  3rd Grade, Vanier
  • Nolan P.  4th Grade, Watz
  • Omer Y.  4th Grade, Watz

Grade Level Achievement and One Challenge Level Achievement

  • Leighton S.  2nd Grade, Hastings
  • Gavin M.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Rohin G.  3rd Grade, Anderson
  • Penelope V.  3rd Grade, Hammond

Grade Level Achievement and Level 5 Achievement

  • Matthew G.  2nd Grade, Acosta
  • Ruchitha B.  2nd Grade, Hastings
  • Julia G.  2nd Grade, Hastings
  • Zoe L.  2nd Grade, Hastings
  • Ruby F.  3rd Grade, Anderson
  • Akshaya Y.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Joshua C.  3rd Grade, Hammond
  • Max D.  4th Grade, Taylor/Oordt
  • Henry M.  5th Grade, Vaughn

Grade Level Achievement, Level 5 Achievement and One Challenge Level Achievement

  • Kellen L.  3rd Grade, Anderson
  • Nam-Anh L.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Cora S.  3rd Grade, Halgren
  • Lily G.  4th Grade, Watz
  • Rishi K.  4th Grade, Watz
  • Julia C.  5th Grade, Basham
  • Jillian C.  5th Grade, Basham
  • Robert L.  5th Grade, Basham
  • Amy C.  5th Grade, Crannell
  • Zachary R.  5th Grade, Crannell
  • Demi S.  5th Grade, Crannell
  • Jameson C.  5th Grade, Vaughn
  • Starla R.  5th Grade, Vaughn
  • Reese V.  5th Grade, Vaughn

Grade Level Achievement, Level 5 Achievement and Two Challenge Level Achievement

  • Ahana N.  4th Grade, Taylor/Oordt

Grade Level Achievement, Level 5 Achievement and Three Challenge Level Achievement

  • Sahit J.  4th Grade, Taylor/Oordt
  • Izabella V.  4th Grade, Watz
  • Harper C.  5th Grade, Basham
  • Tejas P.  5th Grade, Basham
  • Aaralynn F.  5th Grade, Vaughn
  • Sakya J.  5th Grade, Vaughn
  • Jonah L.  5th Grade, Vaughn
  • Colton P.  5th Grade, Vaughn 

End of Year Raffle Winners

Students earn one raffle ticket each month for every level completed.   At the end of the year we draw one winner for each classroom.  Congratulations to our winners!!

1st Grade

  • Noah B. (Johnson)
  • Sophia B. (McBride)
  • Ainsley K. (Parks)
  • Ellie D. (Swardstrom)

2nd Grade

  • Mathew G. (Acosta)
  • Janvi P. (Breton)
  • Fayyad A. (Hastings)
  • Melina L. (Maxwell)

3rd Grade

  • Ruby F. (Anderson)
  • Nam-Anh L. (Halgren)
  • Adah F. (Hammond)
  • Tyler M. (Vanier)

4th Grade

  • Grace C. (Osika)
  • Serena J. (Scoones)
  • Ahana N. (Tayloordt)
  • Izzy V. (Watz)

5th Grade

  • Robert L. (Basham)
  • Zach R. (Crannell)
  • Aaron L. (Traller)
  • Annice H. (Vaughn)

Thank You Volunteers

Check day requires a team of people to pull it off.  A huge and heartfelt thank you to; Bonnie Bailey, Sharon Bertuleit, Shannon Bekins, Jessica Canessa,  Marah Cluff, Jamie Deurwaarder, Hannah Donohue,  Jenna Dornblaser,  Victoria Foord,  Maureen Louie, Megan McLaughlin,  Padma Jajam, Nima Patel,  Megan Pham, Andy Poorman,  Asha Purohit, Currie Reese, Wendy Russell,  Deb Smith, Rebecca Sutton-Kanyako, Barbara Ternus,  and Annie Wilen.

Cheers to another year of helping Bonny Slope Students learn a little more about the world!   

Mindy Poorman & Stacey Stefanelli
Geo Club Chairs

#KindnessMatters T-Shirts For Sale

Dear Bonny Slope Families,

Bonny Slope students and staff had been celebrating kindness all year! We have a positive action board where staff can celebrate students who they witness committing random acts of kindness. The staff recognize each other’s kind acts in our weekly bulletin and on a Staff Shout Out poster in the staff room. We have t-shirts that we wear every Wednesday to show our support for kindness and now you can too! Simply follow the directions and the link below to order yours today!


Please go to: to order T-shirts using any credit card. Once you have signed in please click on your student's name then under Shop choose School Items and Kindness Matters T Shirt.  We have Adult Unisex, Women’s and Youth Sizes for $8 each. T-shirts will be available for sale online thru August 1, 2018. Shirts will be available for pick up on August 23, 2018 during our Meet the Teacher Night / BSCO Back to School PicNic.

Please contact Renee Conduff ( or 503.356.2040) if you have any trouble with the online payment system or need ParentVue activation information.

Absolute Last Call For Yearbooks - This Tue @ 4pm!

Due to questions on how to order yearbooks, ordering has been extended until Tuesday, June 5th at 4pm.

Order online here:

Don’t miss out on the memories!  Full color yearbooks cost $15 and will be delivered to your child’s classroom during the last week of school.

5th grade families please note that BSCO does not provide yearbooks for all 5th grade students.  If your 5th grader would like a yearbook, you will need to purchase one.

Questions?  Please contact

Order online here:

May 22, 2018 Community Meeting Minutes


BSCO Community Meeting
Date:  5.22.2018
Location:  BSE Library

ATTENDANCE:  Ashish Gupta, Jenna Dornblaser, Kelly Kinzer, Josh Resch, Melissa Gatchell, Ellen Rothery, Josh Resch, Julie Gupta, Jessica Canessa, Sara Peters, Brian Rea, Mara Da Silva, Nathan Traller, Holly VanderPloeg, Bitsy Parks, Hannah Donahue, Elia Friedman, Jacob Whitehead, Jessica Osika, Kaitlyn Watz, Janet Maza, Jennifer Oordt

CALL TO ORDER:  7:04pm


Approved 1/31/18 meeting minutes


  • Several great programs over the last few months - OBOB, Science night, Art Literacy.  The community has consistently offered its support in so many ways. As one 5th grade exhibition team studies social injustice in schools, the community has responded to a call to action from this project team and shown a willingness to share one of BSE's most valuable assets (its sizable community of volunteers) with a neighboring BSD school.  Every hour of volunteerism will help this school pull off a jog-a-thon/field day event on June 8th.
  • Staff Development - Staff has a unique opportunity to watch math instruction recently
  • Staff expressed gratitude for the all the special attention during Staff Appreciation - gorgeous flowers in the staff room, nutritious meal, relaxing couch/essential oils was well appreciated.  Huge Thank you from the staff!

Vice President of Fundraising Report, Ellen Rothery

  • Bridge to gap is CANCELLED - amazing results from JAT and Auction make the 3rd fundraiser unnecessary.
  • Auction recap
    • Auction result is estimated at $55k+ net.  Amount does not include matching $ and income still pending some adult party sign-ups.  Open spots to select parties are still available - see auction site for more info.
    • For those donors at one of the many eligible companies can request matching contributions from their employer (any donation amount above market value are eligible)
    • Teacher parties were successful and fun!
    • Auction lead/committee help needed.  Board recognizes an annual live auction is not sustainable.  Change to format is expected and projected income for 2018-19 was lowered.  Top Golf event is a venue option being explored. This format could still support silent packages, art, adult/teacher parties - all of which bring in meaningful fundraising $.

Directors of Volunteers Report, Jenna Dornblaser

  • June 8 JAT/field day at Barnes Elem is an opportunity to give meaningful time/heart beyond BSE.  Those willing to commit 1 hr of volunteer time can contact Jenna.
  • BSE Field day, June 15th.  Help is needed and appreciated for this event, which is always a favorite with our students.  End of Year class parties over the last 3 days of school.
  • Thank you to 2017-18 party coordinators/classroom coordinators and all the volunteers!

Director of Committees Report, Holly VanderPloeg

  • A LOT is scheduled for last month of the school year
    • Carnival on 6/1 (celebrating the 10yr anniversary-->CUPCAKES), Adults required for bouncy houses (30 minutes)
    • 5th grade activities
    • Yearbooks available for $15 (delivered by last day of school)
    • Community garden committee is offering opportunities for families use irrigated beds over summer.  Contact Christine Hyatt
  • Ongoing
    • Art Lit - last artist
    • Bobcat trail - last day is 6/11.  Breakfast party on 6/14
    • Geo club - last check date 5/24 and recheck on 5/31
  • Thank you to all committees (over 50 committee leads) for a great year!
  • There remain a few committee lead gaps for 2018-19.  Specifically, Monster Mash, Auction, Yearbook. Given the timing of this event, finding leads for Monster Mash is very critical.  

Treasurer’s Report,  Melissa Gatchell

  • Reviewed Year to date numbers
  • Reviewed proposed 2018-19 budget (for community vote)
    • Most notable change is auction income (projecting 25k net, given new format without live)
    • Increase to committee discretionary
    • PYP, science enrichment, PYP training combined under one line item
    • Teacher fund increased to include allocation to aids
    • Science night, Author visits increased
    • Music fund added for replacement of aging instruments, performance lighting/audio
    • Capital improvement budget item added

President’s Report, Ashish Gupta

  • Thank you for Holly and Jenna for their countless hours, energy and contributions to community over the last 2 years.  Staff joined in recognizing their contributions.
  • Introduction of 2018-19 Board Slate and Motion to Vote (by secret ballot)
    • President, Ashish Gupta
    • Vice President, Ellen Rothery
    • Secretary, Andrea Steyskal
    • Treasurer, Melissa Gatchell
    • Director of Committees, Katie Kammer
    • Directors of Volunteers, Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson
    • Director of Communications, Josh Resch
    • Member at Large, Kelly Kinzer
  • Learnings from the listening sessions helped facilitate a number of recent teacher grant requests and approvals
    • Includes headphones (for kinder and 3rd), OBOB books (4th) and Cricket Sets (PE)
  • Technology
    • Installed projectors/apple tv allows for more mobility within the classroom.  Students can project from their IPads, and teachers can project as he/she moves throughout classroom.  With 2018-19 technology budget, the aged IPads are being replaced and each teacher will receive an Apple pencil which can mark up any image from a student ipad
  • 2017-18 Focus Areas Progress shared
  • STEM/Future idea
    • Ashish shared Maker space idea as well as photos of actual maker spaces implemented at 3 BSD elementary schools.  Spaces are equipped with supplies, computers and resources for students to create, model and build in an unstructured setting.  The implementations at neighboring schools were done on limited budget. The 2018-19 Science Enrichment budget would well afford a Maker Space at BSE.
  • Upcoming
    • August playdates scheduled for 3 Mondays in August, 8/6, 8/13 (4:30-6pm) and 8/20 (5-7pm).  Goal is to welcome new families, allow new students to get acquainted and provide an informal setting for questions/info before the school year begins.


Vote: 2018-19 Board slate, approved 21-0
Vote: 2018-19 Budget, approved 21-0


May 2018 Principal Chat... REVEALED

The sun is out and summer is oh so close.  Here’s a quick wrap-up of our very last principal chat of the year.

New Year Gettin’ Here

The infamous BSD demographer has predicted that Bonny Slope will have a whopping 16 more students next school year.  Combined with the overwhelming passage of the Beaverton levy, next year’s classroom lineup is shaping up. Here’s a first look at what to expect in 2018-19:

  • Retaining our vice principal!  Ali is back, baby!
  • Four teachers at every grade
  • 24-28 students per class
  • Positions to be posted include a special ed teacher (while Mrs. Harris is on leave)
  • First day of school to be Monday, 8/27

The only classroom changes known at this point are Jennifer Klingner, from Hiteon Elementary, who will be replacing Leslie Cranell in fifth grade, and Jeff Steindorf (from Five Oaks Middle School) will be joining BSE as our part-time PE teacher.

Other Juicy Tidbits:

  • Still room next fall in our Bonny Slope preschool!  Various marketing ideas were thrown out as BSE struggles to get the word out to preschoolers living within our boundary.
  • Surprised by next year’s school calendar?  We vote on three calendars at once, so this time ACTUALLY LOOK before you vote this fall on the next three year cycle.
  • The shrubs along the sidewalk on McDaniel are getting a bit out of control.  Time to call the county!
  • After all that hubbub, early Wednesday release is actually working! Teachers are getting more professional development and more importantly, consistent time to pow-wow with their teaching teams to chat about students and methodology.
  • Fifth grade teacher, Robert Vaughn, and one of his fifth grade exhibition groups have connected Bonny Slope with Barnes Elementary, who are in need of some volunteers for their Jog-a-thon on June 8.  Side note:  Email Jenna ( if you are interested.

And that’s a wrap for the year!  Thank you to Janet and Ali for these monthly raucous gatherings that rival any book club.  Your candor and communication are always appreciated. See you next fall!