Reminder: Everyone Who Steps Foot In Bonny Slope Must Be Background Checked This Year

As we head into another awesome year at Bonny Slope, BSCO is sending out a gentle and firm reminder to our entire community regarding Beaverton School District's new volunteer system.

ALL VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS MUST BE BACKGROUND CHECKED.

No longer will you be allowed to simply sign in as a Visitor and go on your merry way.  There is only ONE OPTION when you enter the school during school hours-- that you be background checked through our mVP system. No exceptions.  

Even if you just want to have lunch with your child.

Even if it’s the only time you’ll suffer through a class party.

Even if you’re just watching little Johnny’s two minute presentation.

Even if it’s Grandma Eunice’s only trip to Portland and she just wants to read a book to the class.

Sensing a theme?  EVERYONE needs a background check. No one will be allowed access to the building during school hours without having completed a background check through the mVP system. 

So… save everyone the hassle and awkward moments and simply get yourself cleared.  Then fill out the mVP application for your husband, your father, the nanny, and anyone else who could POSSIBLY need to be in the school during school hours. Just in case.  It can take several days to clear, so do it now and be prepared.

Background checks are also required to volunteer at an evening event. Simply attending an evening event does not require a background check.

Is the new system annoying?  A little.  After all, remembering ANOTHER username and password never gets any easier.  

But is the safety of our kids, staff and facilities worth it?  Absolutely.  Fill out your mVP application today.

A parent?  Start here.

A grandparent, aunt, nanny or community member?  (Basically-- anyone not a parent)  Begin here.

Jog-a-Thon Planning Begins Aug 23rd

Attention all volunteers! Jog-a-Thon planning is in full force. If you want to be part of the action in helping with one of Bonny Slope's major fundraisers, now is your chance!

The Jog-a-Thon team will meet at Eleete Real Estate office (9200 SW Barnes Rd) on August 23rd at 4pm. If you can't make it and still want to help, please email Christy Bishop and Jenny Johnson.

No Walk to School Day, Bobcat Trail Club, Talent Show Without Volunteers

The start of the school year is right around the corner and we are still in desperate need of volunteers to lead the following committees for the 2016-17 school year. Without individuals or teams to run these committees, these events and activities won't be available to students: 

  • Earth Sustainability – this team coordinates the Bike/Walk to School Day, leads the 4th/5th Grade Green Team, and organizes events and activities during Earth Week
  • Bobcat Trail Club – this team leads the running/walking program designed to encourage fitness. Kids run/walk laps on the school track before school and during recess and volunteers record laps completed. Rewards are given after designated milestones are reached.
  • Talent Show – this is a new event tentatively set for early February and replaces the Bonny Slope Got Talent show that was previously held at the end of the school year. 

If any of the events or activities within the committee interests you, please consider helping out.  As a Committee Lead you can mold the program to your liking (do less or more than the year before).  Please contact the BSCO Director of Committees, Holly VanderPloeg, if you are interested.

Meet Your Teacher and Back to School Picnic Scheduled for Sept. 1

Welcome back, Bonny Slope!

Please join us to meet and greet your new teacher on Sept 1 from 4:30-6pm and stay for a picnic afterwards from 5-7pm.  BSCO is providing popsicles for all our new and returning families.  School supplies can be dropped off when you are greeting your new teacher. Please contact bts@bonnyslopebsco.org with questions or comments.

Announcing August Playground Playdates

NEW THIS SUMMER!  All new kindergarten and transferring families are invited to join us on the Bonny Slope Elementary playground every Monday in August from 4-5:30pm.  Pop in and meet other families, have your questions answered and enjoy the final few weeks of summer.

The Bonny Slope Community Organization is exploring this new tradition as we strive to build new friendships and a stronger community.  So mark your calendars!  4-5:30pm.  A totally casual, drop-in event.  Meet on the playground, back behind the main building.

August 1
August 8
August 15
August 22
August 29

Questions?  Contact BSCO's Directors of Volunteers
Jenna Dornblaser & DeDe Osborne

2016-17 School Supplies Now Available Online

Bonny Slope has partnered with Schoolhouse Supplies to provide an easy and convenient school supply option that saves parents time while helping local teachers and schools who struggle to fill their classrooms with necessary materials.
            
Follow these easy steps to place your student’s school supply order online: 
1. Visit: www.SchoolhouseSupplies.org/ONLINE
2. Enter the Bonny Slope Order Code: BON000 (three zeros)
3. Find your beautiful new supplies waiting for you on the first day of school
            
Your supplies are matched to teacher lists and delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school.

A portion of your purchase will go to support the Free Store for Teachers at Schoolhouse Supplies. Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers in need.  
            
All orders submitted prior to July 14th will receive $5 off.  The absolute last day to order is August 2, 2016.

A full list of the 2016-17 school supply list can be found here.    

Carnival Draws Big Numbers

More than 1300 students, family, and community members attended the Bonny Slope Carnival last Friday.  The event, sponsored by BSCO, featured food trucks, games, snacks, bouncy houses, and the annual Fifth Grade Pie Eating Contest.  Fun was had by all, with a plethora of opportunities to entertain children of all ages.

While the turnout was record-breaking, event organizers, Debbie Herron and Elizabeth Binghold, worked to streamline the registration process which resulted in shorter lines and more fun-time for parents and children.  “This year we also included a third bounce-house that was more friendly for our smaller guests and their younger siblings as a means to ensure that everyone, including the youngest among us, felt welcome,” said Binghold.

A new addition to this year’s event was the Fifth Grade “Action Alley,” where current fifth graders set up booths and handed out fliers to promote and educate the community on various social issues.  This community action was the final step towards their PYP Exhibition Night and students were grateful for the exposure and opportunity to share their research and action plans.

In previous years, the Carnival was a revenue-neutral event, meaning the amount spent hosting the event was covered by tickets and concession sales.  This was the first time the event was offered free to the community.  

“This was a conscious decision by BSCO’s Board, which felt the community deserved a tangible return on the awe-inspiring fundraising efforts this year,” stated BSCO President, Hannah Donohue.  “This community continues to amaze with its level of volunteer and fiscal support.  Ultimately, we opted not to charge admission because the additional revenue was unnecessary,” Donohue added.

However, the size and scale of a larger, free event can be logistically challenging.  As attendance amps up, it proves difficult to solicit enough volunteer support.   While parent volunteers assisted with the coordination and execution of Carnival, 75 percent of volunteers that night were from Sunset High School.  This was necessary to help close the gap in the shortage of parent volunteers.   Next year’s 2016-17 budget, which was approved last month, includes free admission to Carnival 2017 and next year’s committee will continue to work toward solving these staffing issues.  

“One of the great things about volunteering for the Carnival is that parents who typically can not volunteer because of work commitments or other responsibilities during the day can volunteer after work hours, with all shifts happening right along your child,” said Binghold.

Asked what was most rewarding about organizing the event, Herron responded, “The smiles, laughs, and children exclaiming they ‘love everything and never want Carnival to end.’  My hope is that kids look forward to Carnival with this excitement and anticipation every year. “

Thanks to all who attended and volunteered to make this year’s event such a wonderful success!

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot: June 6 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.

June Meeting 6/6/2016

Board members celebrated a successful year at their final Board meeting of the school year. No Board Meeting was held in May due to the Spring Community Meeting and lack of Board business. 

Incoming Board members Jenna Dornblaser, (2016-17 Director of Volunteers) and Holly VanderPloeg (2016-17 Director of Committees) were able to join the meeting, while Matt Hire, Christy Bishop (outgoing Director of Committees) and DeDe Osborne (2016-17 Director of Volunteers) were unable to attend.

Discussion included the 2016-17 Dates to Remember calendar which is currently being scheduled and the few committee lead positions that remain open.  Ava Palmquist, VP for Fundraising, debriefed the Board on Auction’s take-away and vision for next year, including a new venue.  Ava also announced the new JAT leadership, Christy Bishop and Jenny Johnson.

Elia Freedman, Secretary and Tech Advisor, summarized the recent technology purchases for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Because Janet has asked for the new technology to be ready and waiting for our teachers in September, next year’s major tech purchase has already been made and the devices have already arrived at BSE.  Historically, tech purchases were not made until the fall of each school year.  Beaverton School District is now requiring a three-year warranty for each Chromebook, which added approximately $30/device and over $900 to the order.

Brian Rothery, Treasurer, presented his treasurer’s report. Teachers were given a June 3rd deadline to submit receipts, which resulted in a flurry of checks that have not been reconciled yet.  A July audit is planned.  

Teacher Grant Application Review

Earlier in the year, BSCO funded two light tables, a magna tile set and geometric shapes for a Light Inquiry teacher grant for the Kindergarten team.  The two tables were shared by the four classrooms.  Ms. Henely, Kindergarten teacher, requested two more light tables.  With funds still available in the Teacher Grant line item, the Board approved (via email last month) the purchase of two more light tables, magna tiles and geometric shapes for the kindergarten classrooms.  The grant total was $1,346.73.

As a review, the Teacher Grant line item has already funded the following grants this school year:

  • Light Table Inquiry: $1100 (Kindergarten team)  *taken from Technology Budget last September
  • Calm Down Kits: $134.87 (Counseling team)
  • Aquaponics System: $159.99 (Tonia Anderson, ELL)
  • Stream Table Kits: $303.20 (Fourth Grade team)
  • Our Mindset Book Set: $452.44 (Third Grade team)
  • **Zoo Transportation: $360 (Second grade team) *taken from Field Trip Transportation & PYP Support
  • **Mask Migration Project: $292.20 (Katie Gillard, Art + Fourth Grade Team) *taken from AIR budget
  • Bugz Musical: $500 (Marcia Moores, Music)
  • Carnival of the Animals: $225 (Marcia Moores, Music)