This Year’s Jog-a-thon was a Huge Success Despite the Downpours!

The 11th annual Jog-A-Thon went off without a hitch despite the less than ideal weather. Our students didn’t let the rain slow them down as they ran their little hearts out around the track representing their classroom’s country.  To date, this generous community has already fundraised over $48,000, with over 400 students donating in some capacity. Once again, an all-school glow in the dark dance party is on the line as the school works toward the participation goal of 526 students, roughly 80 percent of BSE’s student body.  

The purple hair dye is on standby and Mrs. Maza & Ms. Montelongo are eagerly awaiting students to reach their goal of 90% all school participation. We can do this!

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CLASSROOM PRIZES

There is still time to earn the in-class donut party! Individual classrooms are working toward their 85% participation goal. As of now, Dell’s, Kang’s and Henely’s classrooms have earned that reward, with several classrooms very, very close.

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As a reminder, ANY AMOUNT DONATED COUNTS AS PARTICIPATION.

INDIVIDUAL PRIZES

$50 - Mini Animal Squishy

$150 - GollyOlogy Juggling OMSI show (before school)

$300 - Game truck & pizza party (TBD)

Top lappers for each grade will also earn a special prize!

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Parents still have two ways to continue the momentum and join the cause.  

  1. Head to http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope and donate to your favorite little jogger.

  2. Return cash or check (made out to BSCO) to the school office by Tuesday, 10/16.  Lost your Jog-a-thon envelope?  Return in any envelope just be sure to include your students name & teacher.

Lastly, a HUGE thanks to all our parent & community volunteers! There is no way we could have done it without you.

Still have questions: jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org

Jog-a-thon is here! Live updates...

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It’s Jog-a-thon day, and Bonny Slope children are running, walking, and jogging their laps to raise money for all the great programs BSCO has in store this year. It’s always a fun time too, even with the rainy forecast!

Head on over to BSCO’s Facebook page to see live updates from the event!

You can still get those donations in online at https://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope/ and by turning in your envelopes.  The last day to have your donations count towards prizes is Tuesday, October 16th.

For more information, visit http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/home/2018/9/18/jog-a-thon.

4 Days Until Jog-a-Thon!

Jog-a-Thon participation counts have been updated!  With just 4 days to go until our BIG event on 10/5, it's clear our Bonny Slope classrooms are working hard for their Donut Parties! If your student’s class is falling short, it's not too late!  Any donation, large or small, is considered participation! You still have time to create your child’s online fundraising page at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope or turn in your JAT envelope. For more details go to http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/home/2018/9/18/jog-a-thon.  Let's do this Bonny Slope!!

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Jog-A-Thon Gaining Speed

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This year’s Jog-a-thon event is scheduled for Friday, October 5th. The early numbers are IN and we are gaining speed!

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View our handy chart for class/grade race times, countries, and class colors. In the coming weeks each class will learn more about their country thanks to our awesome Cultural Enrichment team.

We need you to make this happen! If you’d like to volunteer, you can sign up here.

START YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE TODAY

You can create your page now at pledgestar/Bonny Slope. Each student who creates an online fundraising page is automatically entered into a raffle for a prize. These raffles happen during lunch for each grade giving everyone a solid chance to win!

Updated Tax Receipt Form

The blue parent guide inadvertently included tax receipts from last year. If your sponsors would like a paper tax receipt, you can download and print out the correct version here: 2018 Tax Receipt Form.

ALL SCHOOL PRIZES

Reminder: ANY AMOUNT DONATED is considered participation.

If 80% of student body participate Bonny Slope earns a school-wide Live DJ Glow in the Dark Dance-a-Thon

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If 90% of student body participate Mrs. Maza & Ms. Montelongo will dye their hair purple!

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CLASSROOM PRIZES

Donut Party - Each class that reaches 85% participation earns a donut party during school hours. Track your class’s progress by watching the thermometer for your classroom and be sure to look at the poster outside the front office to see how every classroom is doing.

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INDIVIDUAL PRIZES

$50 - Mini Animal Squishy
$150 - GollyOlogy Juggling OMSI show (before school)
$300 - Game truck & pizza party (during lunch/recess)

Top lappers for each grade will also earn a special prize!

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For additional information & for details about matching funds please go to http://bonnyslopebsco.org/fundraising.

More Questions? Reach Angie Bruxer, Hayley Drimmel, Christa Meyer and Regina Noonan at jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org.

Thank you Bonny Slope families!

2018 Jog-a-thon Kicks Off “Running Around the World!”

Our 11th Annual Jog-A-Thon is off to a running start! This school-wide event promotes fun and fitness while raising funds for BSCO’s annual budget. Students will solicit pledges/donations, then run, jog, or walk their way to the finish line on Friday, October 5th. The money raised supports programs that directly enrich students' education and experience here at Bonny Slope.

With the success of last year’s Jog-A-Thon, we will keep with the theme “Running Around the World.” Each classroom will be assigned a country or region and will learn about that country or region in the classroom. The Cultural Richness committee is planning some fun and educational experiences for all grades. Every classroom will have a designated shirt color.

The Parent information booklet (blue) went home last Friday in each student’s backpack. In it you will find information on Pledgestar, FAQ, prize list, and classroom country list for each teacher.  Below you will find important information to get you started.

FUNDRAISING

Students may start soliciting pledges today!  There are two methods to raise money. Choose the most convenient method or feel free to utilize both.

1. Online Method:

Build a quick, simple, and secure online fundraising page through http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope.  *EASY ONLINE PLATFORM! After several easy steps, parents and students will be able to email, Facebook, and Twitter their page to friends and family.  Create pages early to be entered into a weekly prize raffle.  (Note: If all your pledges happen to be online, bringing in the envelope is optional.)

2. Envelope Method:  

Students solicit pledges and then collect them in the JAT envelope. Each sponsor should write their name, pledge per lap, and maximum pledge on the attached envelope.

If the sponsor would like a tax receipt, the student should fill out the receipt (donation amount and date) and give it to the sponsor immediately. 2018 Tax receipt forms are found here. (Our apologies, the receipts in the blue packet have the wrong date on them.) Students may also collect flat donations in advance, but should keep the money and the pledge envelope until after the event.  Envelopes need to be turned in by Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to be eligible for prizes.

Envelope: collect pledges and then, after Jog-a-Thon, return to collect donations.

Electronic versions of these documents: 2018 Pledge Form2018 Tax Receipt Form

  • Many companies provide Matching Funds for donations to BSCO. Please see below for details.
  • More Questions? Angie Bruxer,Hayley Drimmel, Christa Meyer, and Regina Noonan at jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org.

MATCHING FUNDS

Maximizing your company’s matching funds is an important aspect of BSCO’s fundraising.  Please visit http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/fundraising for a list of local gift matching programs. This is an incredible way double our goal!!

PRIZES

School Prize:

  • If 85% of our student body participates AT ANY LEVEL, Bonny Slope earns a GLOW IN THE DARK DANCE PARTY with a live DJ!  ANY amount of donation is considered participation!
  • If 90% of the student body participates AT ANY LEVEL 90% participation- Mrs. Maza and Mrs. Montelongo will dye their hair PURPLE!!!

Classroom Prize:

  • Classrooms 85% participation: All class donut party (during school hours)

Individual Prizes:

  • $50+ Mini Animal Squishy
  • $150+ Golly-Ology Juggling OMSI show-  Tuesday 10/23 from 7:20-8:20 am.
  • $300+  Game truck and Pizza party- TBD, during lunch/recess
  • Top "lappers" for each grade get a special prize.
  • Weekly raffles for all of those who sign up for Pledgestar!

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Jog-A-Thon. This is such a fun event to watch your child run/walk and help the event run smoothly. Look for an upcoming sign up to arrive in the next few weeks. *Please note:  A background check via the mVP system is required to volunteer/visit during school hours.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for the background check to process.

More Questions?

Contact Angie Bruxer, Hayley Drimmel, Regina Noonan, and Christa Meyer at jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org

Website: http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/fundraising/

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Auction Opportunities Continue this Fall

Tickets to two Auction sign-up events are still available this fall. Hosted by some incredibly generous Bonny Slope parents, these evening events are an awesome way to support our students and programs, while having fun and connecting with fellow parents.  All proceeds go directly to the programs, events, and classrooms of Bonny Slope Elementary.

BUBBLY BRUNCH -   Sunday, September 9th

12 TICKETS AVAILABLE as of Aug 20th

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Toast to Bonny Slope's exciting future! Moms of 2018-19 kindergarteners, first graders & second graders are invited to attend a casual brunch bash on Sunday, September 9.  Complete with champagne, scrumptious brunch classics and excellent company, this unique event is geared towards parents of our youngest students. Take advantage of this opportunity to sip France's finest while connecting with familiar faces.  Cheers!

$35/person. Limited to moms of students currently in Kinder-2nd grades. Limited to 35 attendees. Generously hosted by Kirsten Forsberg, Katie Godt, Reilley Keating, Tracy Siegel, and Tracie Young.

 

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: Sip, Savor and Shop with BSE Ladies-   Friday, September 21st

26 TICKETS AVAILABLE as of Aug 20th

NEW FORMAT THIS YEAR! Spend an evening toasting to the kids’ return to school with bottomless pours of wine, catered appetizers and desserts. Located in the heart of vibrant 23rd street, Function and the adjoining Foundation PDX boutique are opening their doors, exclusively for BSE moms, on Friday, September 21. Treat yourself to a night OUT of sipping, savoring, and shopping for a cause. After all, it’s for the kids!

$40/person.  Limited to 40 attendees.  Generously hosted by Julie Dibble, Lisa Teuber, Heather Vonk, and Tracie Young.  Space generously donated by Function PDX and Foundation PDX.


Tickets can be found on the 2018 Auction website.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Cheers, BSE! 2018 Auction Astounds Again

Pop, fizz, clink, Bonny Slope!

This year’s “Cheers to 10 Years” celebration was a night for the ages. Net fundraising estimates for this year’s event are hovering around $58,000– and that’s BEFORE adding the accompanying matching funds, meaning that this year’s event continues BSCO’s legacy of strong and purposeful support of the teachers, classrooms, and students of BSE. Cheers to you, indeed!

  Bonny Slope teachers and staff celebrated in style

Bonny Slope teachers and staff celebrated in style

Over 220 parents, teachers, staff and community members descended upon the Tiffany Center on April 21 to participate in this popular fifth annual event, which celebrated the volunteers and vision of the first ten years of Bonny Slope Elementary. Highlights included the dessert dash, the teachers’ singing performance, a video montage that took us back across the past decade, and of course, that fire alarm.  

  Huge thanks to the Auction leadership team-- Ellen Rothery, Lauren McCabe, Lisa Teuber, and Cori Anger

Huge thanks to the Auction leadership team-- Ellen Rothery, Lauren McCabe, Lisa Teuber, and Cori Anger

Auction chair, Lauren McCabe, is thankful for the combined effort of so many, including the help of new families, sharing,  “Our goal for the auction this year was to celebrate our amazing school and refocus on the primary purpose of having an auction- raising funds for BSCO’s many programs. We had a record number of volunteers helping in ways big and small, many of whom were new to the school and had never attended an auction before!”

McCabe enjoyed the experience along the way. “The leadership team of this year’s auction was a delight to work with and I am so thankful that these ladies, who were strangers to me in October, are now my friends,” she adds. “Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, party hosts, and guests who supported our efforts and had a little fun at the same time! I look forward to attending the Auction and Soiree in the future to enjoy the community bonding and support the programs that make our school so special!”

The annual Soiree and Auction is BSCO’s second major fundraiser of the year, following last fall’s Jog-a-thon.  Proceeds will fund the balance of BSCO’s annual budget, as well as provide support for BSCO’s latest schoolwide improvement project– boosting our music program’s aging instruments and equipment, such as risers, xylophones, percussion and ethnic instruments, and sound and recording equipment.

If you were unable to attend, but are still interested in participating, there are still opportunities available. Select parties are still available for purchase, including the Blizzard Wine tasting experience, a Mediterranean brunch, a family soccer World Cup, and an exclusive shopping event on NW 23rd.  An 11x17 poster of the fifth grade selfie mosaic is also available for purchase.

Head over to the auction website (https://bonnyslopebsco.ejoinme.org/2018tickets) to look through the exciting options still available.

Huge thanks to our amazing organizing committee, most especially McCabe, Ellen Rothery, Cori Anger, and Lisa Teuber for their tireless work.  A shout-out is again due to Ava Palmquist for her role as emcee and to the many parents who assisted with the classroom art and to those who donated items to the auction packages.

And a very special round of applause to our Bobcat Soiree and Auction Sponsors:

Maximize Your Auction Donation with Matching Funds

Free money, Bonny Slope!

You may be able to DOUBLE your Auction donation if you or your spouse work for one of the great companies in our community that have Matching Funds programs, including Intel, Columbia, and Nike. That means more funds for all the things we love about Bonny Slope - student enrichment, teacher support and community events. All it takes is a few extra minutes of your time.

Each company has different processes and websites for submitting donations, and in some cases, you may be able to make the donation directly through your company’s website. To make it as simple as possible, we’ve posted step-by-step instructions for our biggest Matching Funds supporters - Intel, Columbia & Nike.

Not sure if your company matches non-profit donations?  Head to our our website and “search” your company.

If you have questions on Matching Funds or information on your employer’s program that we can add to our site, please contact matching@bonnyslopebsco.org.