Thursday, January 25th is the Next Geography Club Check Day

Study up, Africa Part 1 is the January map and it's a tough one!!

Maps can be printed at home using the following link:

Sign-up genius for volunteering: 

Remaining Geography Club Check Days

  • Thursday, January 25-- Africa Part 1
  • Thursday, February 22—Africa Part 2
  • Thursday, March 22—Europe Part 1
  • Thursday, April 26—Europe Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24—Australia & Oceania
  • Thursday, May 31—Recheck Day
  • If you missed a month you can recheck on May 31st or any of the above regular check days.

Congratulations to our December Raffle Winners!!  

Students earn a raffle ticket every time they complete a level.  Raffle Drawings are held three times per year.  These hard working geo club students walked away with a $5 gift card to Powell's Books!!

1st Grade

  • Emma B. (Swardstrom)
  • Zack M. (Parks)

2nd Grade

  • Alec P. (Breton)
  • Leighton S. (Hastings)

3rd Grade

  • Danielle H. (Anderson)
  • Akshaya Y. (Hammond)

4th Grade

  • Henry B. (Osika)
  • Rishi K. (Watz)

5th Grade

  • Katelyn F. (Vaughn)
  • Kaydence F. (Crannell)


If you have questions or are interested in the varied volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Student Directories Available in the Office

A reminder that we still have some extra printed copies of the Student Directory for sale in the office.  Pick one up today for only $6!

As always, the electronic version is available for FREE on the BSCO website.  The password was distributed by classroom teachers in early November.  If you need the password, please contact your student’s teacher as the office is not able to distribute that information.

Questions?  Contact


Science Night Details!

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

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. A Maker Space – DIY area 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 16 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!

However, 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 entry form at

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

OBOB Needs Moderators!

BSE's Oregon Battle of the Books needs volunteers for success!  OBOB is in need of two moderators per day who will commit to being at the school between 10:40AM-12:20PM.  Each moderator will moderate one 4th grade battle that begins at 10:50AM and the 5th grade battle at 11:50AM.  Parents can volunteer by emailing


Staff Appreciation Update

We showered our BSE staff with Thanksgiving pies in November and holiday cookies in December.  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make these two events a huge success!  Looking forward in the new year, we’ll focus on the “Stock the Pantry” program in January as they dig deep into educating our children.  Stay tuned for a fun February staff appreciation where we’ll shower staff with LOVE.


“Cheers to 10 Years” Needs A Community Effort

You don't have to wait for auction night to help. The Auction committee is currently looking for the following;

Title Sponsor

We are still seeking that one special sponsor, maybe a local business or company who values a community like BSE and will support our auction. Packages range from $2500 to $5000.


Do you know someone who might want to emcee the night and guide us through the evening?

Party Hosts

Parent-hosted sign-up parties and experiences are one of the most successful elements of this fundraiser. Have an idea for a party or do you know someone who might want to host?

Gift Donations

We are actively procuring items large and small for our auction. Do you have a vacation home you might want to gift? Perhaps a wine tasting outing? Sports tickets? A gift certificate to the spa or the health club is a great item of interest.

We appreciate all the hard work YOU have done over the years so mark your calendars for April 21st and come and say Cheers To 10 Years!  

Email us at:  

Visit the auction website to learn more

Like us on Facebook

Celebrate Yourselves at the 2018 BSCO Auction

The fifth Annual BSCO Auction committee is proud to present this year’s celebration of YOU and everyone is invited. Yes, you read that right. We are celebrating YOU. We are honoring the teachers, the volunteers, and the community that has made Bonny Slope Elementary special for the past ten years.  

Since 2008, the BSCO community has created programs that focus on supplementing academic achievements and extending arts & cultural enrichment in the classroom, while also creating community involvement that positively impact each of our students’ experiences.  

If this is your first year at BSE and you are just learning about these programs, or if this your last year as your student is graduating, plan on attending and celebrating YOURSELVES!

This year’s auction will be held on Saturday, April 21st at the Tiffany Center in downtown Portland. The auction is an adult-only night for the BSE community to gather and connect while honoring the school that brought us together.

Cheers, now take a round of applause.

Over the next few weeks we will be working to put together a night that you won't forget. Stay tuned for more information.

BSCO Parent Education Evening Jan 10th - Connected Communication with Kids

BSCO Parent Education Evening with Leeza Carlone Steindorf 
Connected Communication with Kids

      Wednesday, January 10th
BSE Library

Would you like your kids to actually hear you when you speak? Do you want to understand what they really mean? How about staying cool when things heat up? Connected Communication with Kids - 3 Keys to Authentic Interaction will show you how!

Communication is the most important skill we have to succeed in relationships, in business, and in life. In families it is essential. Surprisingly, we do not learn it in school curriculum and, depending on our history, communicating can be a big challenge. Most of us communicate through trial-and-error and sheer determination. This evening will be entertaining and enlightening, sharing practical and highly effective tools of clear, authentic, and powerful communication for you and your kids. You will learn: 

  • What communication really is and how it works
  • Easy tools to make it work in any setting
  • How to detour, and dissolve, conflict
  • Applying creative and solution-based thinking

The results are less stress, deeper connection and more time for fun as a family!

Leeza Carlone Steindorf is an accredited international Parenting Coach and Trainer, the award-winning author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child - Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids, and a seasoned mom of two empowered kids.

December 2017 Principal Chat

Our last Principal Chat of 2017 might have been a small & cozy affair, but the energy was dripping from the walls.  First pertinent and vital topic– is a timberwolf an actual animal?  Discuss.

Preschool Prep

The long-anticipated Bonny Slope preschool is ACTUALLY HAPPENING, America.  Here’s the super-short-10-fun-facts version:

  1. Opens February 2018 and will operate Mon/Tues/Thurs/Friday
  2. Tuition is on a sliding scale, up to $300/month
  3. Will have two sessions (AM & afternoon) and will serve four-year olds
  4. Will use the former resource room on the first floor (old art room)
  5. Is a partnership with NW Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) and students with IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) will be offered automatic slots
  6. The other ten slots are for non-IFSP students from our attendance boundaries
  7. The teacher (hired last week) and an IA (instructional assistant) are funded by BSD, while NWRESD funds a second IA, meaning three adults will supervise 15 students, with the focus being on socio-emotional growth
  8. Current BSE students may come in and read with the preschoolers and the preschool class will attend assemblies
  9. BSD’s Superintendent eventually wants a preschool in every elementary school
  10. Bonny Slope will be a pilot for non-title one schools with a blended classroom

Here are more answers to other burning questions you may have regarding BSE’s preschool.

Why go to all this trouble?

Short version:  Incoming kinder students with lagging socio-emotional growth cannot access kindergarten academics and they start the year significantly behind their preschooled peers.  Barriers to preschools include the high cost in this area, waiting lists, and the false idea that full-day kinder will allow their child to “catch up.”  

Will they get their own playground?

Nope, no funding right now.  The preschoolers will play on the current playground, though eventually they hope to put in a more preschool-focused playground near the bus loop.

Where ART thou?

BSD giveth… and BSD taketh away.  Bonny Slope was lucky and privileged to have an art specialist for the past two years.  Sadly, the tedious circus act of enrollment, classrooms, and contractual obligations meant that Ms. G has moved on to Stoller.  While it lasted, we were the ONLY elementary school to have art as a special.  And while the kids miss it, it won’t be coming back anytime soon.

So what’s an artistic child to do?  Well, thanks to BSCO funding and some incredible volunteers, Bonny Slope enjoys a very strong Art Lit program and Artist in Residence program (which is coming in Spring 2018).  Teachers are also trained in Arts for Learning to incorporate art into reading, writing, and math.  And thankfully, art is still offered as an elective in middle school and high school.

TAG! You’re it!

So…. what actually happens when you qualify for TAG in elementary school? Well, first they test the test. Research shows that the results are most accurate when students are tested every two years rather than every year.  Then, students remain with their peers, but teachers provide opportunities so that students can access material into higher level thinking.  Translation:  TAG students are generally grouped or given differentiated instruction within their classroom.

Winter Break Blues

Terrified of all the whining, complaining and PLEADING for the iPad that will inevitably occur over the break?  Here are a few Janet-and-Ali suggestions to help break up the monotony.

  • Find a series at the library and see how many they can read
  • Blog – either in journal or online (with parent supervision) about a favorite topic (similar to an idea board), either typing or using a voice translator
  • Set up an email and have a pen pal with family members only
  • Vlog – video log on important topic
  • Brain Boosts
  • Invest in earplugs  (kidding, kidding)

Other Juicy Topics

  • Another lice resurgence at BSE.  Every. Single. Winter.
  • BSCO’s first ever Coder in Residence has been fantastic, with great reviews from students and teachers.  Thank you Erin Hire for all your work!
  • Teachers can’t accept more than $50 from a single source in a calendar year, less they be risk being reprimanded by Oregon’s Teachers Standards and Practices Commision.  Just a reminder that gifts are not required, cards and thank yous are always enjoyed, and the BSE staff feels appreciated and supported all year.
  • The 2018-19 starts BEFORE Labor Day.  So buckle up and plan your vacay accordingly.

And that’s a wrap!  Join us for the next EVENING Principal Chat at 6pm on Wednesday, 1/31/18.