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.

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


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 ( 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


Continuing Auction Opportunities!

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Our “Cheers to 10 Years” Soiree and Auction last Saturday night was a night to remember– even before the fire alarm! THANK YOU to every guest, volunteer, sponsor, and donor who helped make our fifth annual event an incredible celebration.

Even with the big night behind us, there are STILL opportunities available to join the fun and support our students.  Check them out below and purchase yours at



Several sign-up parties still have room! Keep connecting with other parents through the ever-popular parties. Take a leap, convince a friend, and participate in these fun events.



  • May 5: Taste of Derby ($40/attendee)  This Run for the Roses is not to be missed! Don’t miss out on two signature Derby cocktails, Southern food specialities, and delicious dessert as you cheer on your favorite thoroughbred. 20 spaces left!

  • May 20: Blizzard Wines Tasting and Food Pairing Experience ($45/attendee) Take an afternoon to relax and savor delicious wines paired perfectly with bites to eat, all while enjoying scenic views from the Estate Room at Blizzard Wines. 4 left!

  • June 3: Mediterranean Brunch ($30/attendee) Indulge yourself in a healthy and delicious Mediterranean Brunch in style and comfort! 2 left!

  • June 9: Margarita Mammas ($35/attendee) Kick off the summer with a delightful evening of refreshing margaritas, tasty bites, and the company of the lovely ladies of BSE. 3 left!

  • August 18: Summer Sommelier ($60/attendee) The evening will begin with a French wine tasting, consisting of hand-picked vintages of France.  The lucky guests will then move onto a delicious four-course dinner, each course served with a distinct wine pairing. 2 left!

  • September 9: Bubbly Brunch ($35/attendee)  Champagne and brunch for moms of 2018-19 kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders.  Complete with champagne, scrumptious brunch classics and excellent company, this unique event is geared towards parents of our youngest students. 14 left!

  • September 15: Drinks, Cocks & Nibbles ($40/attendee) Join us once again for a night out filled with fabulous food, drink, and BADMINTON. 6 left!

  • September 21: Mom's Night Out– Sip, Savor & Shop ($40/attendee)  Function and the adjoining Foundation boutique on NW 23rd are opening their doors for an evening of sipping, savoring, and shopping for a cause, exclusively for BSE moms.  This experience can’t be missed! 27 left!

  • October 6: Burn to Brunch ($40/attendee)  Combine the intensity of interval training with the tranquility of a relaxing brunch in this unique fall event! 2 left!

  • FLOCK YOU, Bonny Slope ($45/attendee) Sign-up to “flock” your friends’ front yard for a 24 hour period.  You choose the date and the designated yard for any fun and frivolous occasion. 6 slots left!



  • June 8:  Sherlock Holmes Escape Room ($20/attendee)  This family party is offered to fourth and fifth  graders PLUS their parents to solve the puzzle -- you’ll have 30 minutes to escape the room, so time is ticking! 9 left!

  • June 16: Bonny Slope Family World Cup ($65/family) Join other Bonny Slope families on BSE's field for some friendly, invigorating, and (more than likely) exhausting soccer competition. Move on to a neighborhood home for a well-deserved after-party! 4 left!

Click here for more info and to purchase admission.



Every year a beautiful composite photo of a famous Portland scene is created using photos of our 5th graders. Created with our own spunky 5th graders’ faces, this mosaic of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland Marquee is a classic, sophisticated image of the spirit of our beautiful city. Take home an 11 x 17 print as a keepsake of your student's time at BSE.

Click here to purchase your art print(s).



  • Kindergarten Ice Cream Social: Thursday, 5/3 from 3- 4:30pm

  • First Grade Field Day Fun: Tuesday, 5/1 from 3- 4:30pm

  • Second Grade Art Party:  Thursday, 5/3 from 3- 4:30pm

  • Third Grade Board Game Mayhem: Friday, 5/11 from 3- 4:30pm

  • Fourth Grade STRIKE!:  Thursday, 5/3 from 4-5:30pm at Sunset Lanes

Click here to purchase a teacher experience.



If you made an auction purchase, your employer may offer a matching donation to meet yours! If you were at the auction and are affiliated with NIKE, INTEL, or COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR, we kindly ask that you submit for a matching donation. This will literally DOUBLE your contribution to our students!

If you have questions or have already submitted for reimbursement, please contact Lauren McCabe at with a short note of FYI. Companies submit matching funds in lump sums, and BSCO appreciates the ability to match contributions to parent donations.

THANK YOU, Bonny Slope,  for all you have done to support BSE’s students, staff, programs, and activities this year and beyond. It takes a village, and you are it!


Top Ten BSCO-Funded Opportunities

Just one week left to purchase admission to our “Cheers to 10 Years” event on Saturday, 4/21.  Ticket sales close Thursday, 4/19, so don’t be shut out of this fun-filled adults-only evening.  Check out the Auction website to see detailed info regarding tickets, raffles, live auction packages, student art, teacher experiences, and parent-hosted parties.

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This year’s theme celebrates the massive hard work of our Bonny Slope parents, both past and present.  Together we have built a thriving school community through BSCO’s creative programs, family events, and extensive teacher support.


In the spirit of our first decade, HERE'S A LOOK AT TEN THINGS that your BSCO donation provides to our students, all organized and staffed by BSE volunteers.


BSCO provides an incredible amount of teacher support, which includes $450 per classroom teacher & specialist to bulk up their classroom with books and materials.  Examples include books for the classroom library, storage items such as bins and shelves, any needed office supplies, flashcards & games, & decorative posters. In addition to classroom support, BSCO's Staff Appreciation committee oversees the potluck meals, "Stock the Pantry," and Staff Appreciation week efforts for our entire Bonny Slope staff.


 kindergarteners enjoy their classroom light table, purchased through bsco's teacher grant program in 2015.

kindergarteners enjoy their classroom light table, purchased through bsco's teacher grant program in 2015.

Another option for teachers is BSCO's Teacher Grant Program, including many of our mature grant traditions, such as the THPRD Nature Mobile for kindergarten, the sweet little chicks for first grade, and fifth grade’s Newbery Book Club.  Other previous grants include a classroom aquaponics system, kindergarten light tables, stream table kits, HOKKI stools, and mathracks.


BSCO provides science enrichment and PYP support supplies for every classroom. These classroom PYP materials are directly related to the Units of Inquiry. Items purchased in the past include ant farms, microscopes, flashlights, magnets, classroom books, and owl pellets.  BSCO also provides $500 per grade per year for grade-level field trips.


In recent years, BSCO has helped with facility improvements, most notably the playground sun shade, the wall-mounted projector in the gym, and this year's replacement of all classroom projectors.

 The wall-mounted gym projector was funded by BSCO in 2016.

The wall-mounted gym projector was funded by BSCO in 2016.


All art enrichment is funded through BSCO, including Art Lit supplies for every student for six Art Lit projects annually, as well as an annual Artist in Residence project or installation.  Examples of past AIR projects can be found throughout the school, including the tile mosaic at the front entrance, the photography in the library, and the cyanotype U.S. map.

 The world map in the hallway was created through 2015's Artist in residence program.

The world map in the hallway was created through 2015's Artist in residence program.


 Students enjoy the recent Science Night.

Students enjoy the recent Science Night.

Science events such as STEM in Residence and Science Night, are offered to every single student at BSE.  This year's Science Night had over 400 in attendance with 135 student scientists.




Family events, including the August Playground Playdates, the Back to School Picnic, Monster Mash, and Carnival, were all offered with free admission thanks to your past generous BSCO donations.  2017's Carnival had over 1500 BSE community members in attendance (a new record), while last fall's Monster Mash cast its spell on over 670 Bonny Slope children.


Three Parent Education evenings, each with an expert presentation on relevant parenting topics, are funded courtesy of BSCO. Past presenters have covered technology and the youth brain, anxiety, anger, entitlement, connected communication, and executive function in the pre-teen brain.


BSCO provides all materials for year-long Student Enrichment programs, such as Geo Club, OBOB, & Bobcat Trail Club.  Over 400 of BSE students participate in Bobcat Trail, running over 6000 miles total in this school year alone. Geo Club had over 1/3 of the student population participate last year and BSE's Obob team won the state title in 2017.

 BSE welcomed visiting author, Nick Bruel, last fall.

BSE welcomed visiting author, Nick Bruel, last fall.


Fun-filled school day events, such as Visiting Author, Cultural Enrichment assemblies, and Field Day are all brought to you by BSCO.  This year's Indian Culture events was a joint effort between the Cultural committee and Art Lit committee, both powered by BSCO dollars and by BSE volunteers.



BSCO’s budget details can be found online.  Any questions regarding the depth and scope of BSCO’s programs and events can be directed to Ashish Gupta (



Auction Early Bird Ticket Pricing Ending!

You know how hard it is to throw a party without the number of guests attending. That is how we feel. The auction committee is hard at work finalizing all the details to this year's Cheers To Ten Years Celebration. If you have committed to a table or are just getting started please purchase your tickets TODAY to secure your early bird pricing:  $50 for single ticket and $100 for couples.

Visit the auction website to purchase tickets NOW:

While you are purchasing your tickets don't forget to check out the other fun ways ways you can support BSE teachers, BSCO Programs and our students!

  • Golden Ticket. Only 47 left as of this writing! Opportunity to win your choice of ANY of the Live Action packages. 
  • 50/50 Raffle. The winnings are up to $360 and growing every day! That is a chance to win $180 on a $20 ticket. 
  • Teacher Experiences. Each grade level is hosting an event outside of school hours.
    • Kindergarten Ice Cream Social. Only 21 left!  May 3rd right after school to 4:30 at BSE
    • 1st Grade Field Day Only 29 left!  May 1st right after school to 4:30 at BSE
    • 2nd Grade Art Party with Ms. Acosta Only 19 left! May 3rd right after school to 4:30 at BSE
    • 3rd Grade Board Game Mayhem Only 24 left! May 11th right after school until 4:30 at BSE
    • 4th Grade STRIKE! Only 32 left! May 3rd At Sunset Lanes from 4 - 5:30pm. Transportation not provided. 
  • The NEW PORTLANDIA DINE & DASHYour donation of $25 gift cards to locally-owned, Portland-area establishments will create an Auction opportunity that's sure to be a hit.  All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to

Even if you can't make the auction nights events there are plenty of ways for you to support our school. Check out Many Methods blog post  or simply donate directly to the auction event at the bottom of the ticket purchase page here

We want to hear from you so let us know if you have an questions or ideas!

Many Methods to Join the Auction Effort

Tickets to the “Cheers to Ten Years” Bobcat Soiree are now available online.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support the programs and events that make Bonny Slope a special place to be.

There are MANY METHODS online to join the celebration and make an impact on BSE’s success:  

  • HOST A TEACHER: Pick up an admission or two for our awesome staff members!

  • GOLDEN TICKET: A limited number of these sweet tickets are sold for $100 each and a winner (drawn the night of the event) is able to choose any live auction package to keep. Yes, you read that right.  ANY LIVE AUCTION PACKAGE OF THEIR CHOICE. You do NOT need to be present to win, so take a chance at scoring an awesome deal for only $100! (Proxy notifications must be made by 4/19-- see website for more details). Live auction packages are continuously being added to the website, so keep an eye out for your favorite!

  • 50-50 RAFFLE: Try your luck in our fifty-fifty raffle.  The winning ticket holder will win 50% of the total money taken in by this raffle.  The winnings could grow to $2,000! Cost is $20 per ticket and you need not be present to win.

  • TEACHER EXPERIENCES: Sign your kids up for their hugely popular grade-level parties, hosted by teachers! These are an awesome opportunity for students to spend time with classmates and teachers in a fun atmosphere outside of school hours.  No need to attend the Bobcat Soiree to be mom and/or dad of the year!

  • TICKETS: Admission tickets also continue to be on sale, through Thursday, April 19. It's not too late to join the fun and make memories for years to come.  Grab the $50 price before April 2nd!

Many in our community want to further the fundraising effort, but don’t have a Sunriver rental or Blazer tickets to donate.  Here are two opportunities to contribute to Auction’s success.


Help us fill the wine wall by donating a bottle of wine (retail value $25+).  All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to


For the first time, the Soiree & Auction will include a "Portlandia Dine & Dash."  Your donation of $25 gift cards to locally-owned, Portland-area establishments will create an Auction opportunity that's sure to be a hit.  All donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to


Sign up HERE to further the Auction effort by donating to our wine and Dine and Dash walls.


We are looking forward to a night of fun, laughs, and memories, as we continue to build and improve Bonny Slope Elementary.  Together.

Auction Teacher Experiences Available Online

The 2018 Auction Teacher Experiences are now available for purchase online.  These are an awesome opportunity for students to spend time with classmates and teachers in a fun atmosphere outside of school hours.  

How does it work?
Bonny Slope kinder through fourth grade teachers have graciously donated their time to host these grade-specific events.  Admission is $25 per student and can be purchased online (along with your Auction admission!).  All events take place after school.  Kinder through third grade will take place at BSE, while the fourth grade event will take place at Sunset Lanes.

Parents do not need to attend the auction in order to purchase admission to a teacher experience.

What’s the lineup this year?


Ice Cream Social
You scream...I scream...we all scream for ice cream! Along with their teachers, kindergarteners will get to build ice cream sundaes and maybe play a game or two! Thursday, May 3th right after school until 4:30pm at BSE.


Field Day Fun
Bonny Slope 1st graders are invited to join Mr. Whitehead and the first grade teachers in an action packed afternoon as they run, play, and have fun together through multiple games, activities and a snack on the BSE Field!  Tuesday, May 1st right after school until 4:30pm.


Art Party with Ms. Acosta
Once again, 2nd Graders get to spend the afternoon participating in an art class and project in Ms. Acosta’s classroom. Thursday, May 3rd, right after school until 4:30pm. Limited to 25 students.


Board Game Mayhem
Let the games begin!  All 3rd graders are welcome to join the third grade teachers in the library for an afternoon of skill, strategy, and FUN!  An assortment of board and card games will be available for students to learn, play and enjoy with their classmates.  Friday, May 11th, right after school until 4:30pm.


4th Graders will once again knock down some pins at Sunset Lanes with their fun and favorite teachers! Thursday, May 3rd, from 4pm to 5:30pm. Transportation not provided.

Purchase your Auction tickets and teacher experiences at the same time at Questions regarding the teacher experiences can be directed to Hannah Donohue (

"Cheers to 10 Years" Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for this spring’s community-building fundraiser, the BSCO Soiree and Auction.  Once again, this exciting event will take place at the Tiffany Center Ballroom in downtown Portland on Saturday, April 21st.  

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This year’s evening, titled “Cheers to 10 Years,” will celebrate the impressive community effort and achievements of Bonny Slope’s first decade. Admission, golden raffle tickets, teacher experiences, and sponsor-a-teacher opportunities are all available for purchase through the auction website.

Admission includes dinner, drinks, and an adults-only evening socializing with your friends and neighbors.  In addition to an extended cocktail hour with a silent auction, the night will include a live auction with classroom art and impressive packages, a champagne toast, and for the first time, a highly anticipated dessert dash.  

Ticket pricing is as follows:

Early Bird: $50 (Feb 22nd - April 2nd)
Regular: $65 (April 3rd - April 19th)

Buy tickets here!

Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

Please also take a moment to look through the teacher experience offerings.  Kindergarten through fourth grade teachers are generously donating their time to entertain and hang out with students after school in a fun, casual and themed event.  These items are available for presale online and are $25/student.

If you have questions regarding the depth and scope of BSCO’s annual budget and programs, please check out our 2017-18 budget or contact Ashish Gupta, BSCO President (