👻🎃 Monster Mash Haunts BSE this Friday 🎃👻

The 11th Annual Monster Mash is set to spook again this Friday, 10/19, from 6-8pm.  This fall tradition is jam-packed with awesome activities for our Bonny Slope families, including a Glow-in the Dark DJ Dance Party, the mysterious Haunted House, Selfie Photo Booth, Cookie Decorating, the always popular Cake Walk and more!

As of noon Tuesday we still have 33 volunteer spots and need your help. Parents, grandparents, friends, and older siblings make great helpers at this fun event!

Monster Mash Volunteer Sign-up

There is still time to donate a small store bought cake or baked treat for the Cake Walk!

Monster Mash Cake Walk Donations Needed

Families are encouraged to come in costume, but please leave the truly scary items at home.  No blood, masks, or weapons will be allowed.  Pizza and Drinks will be available for purchase in the cafeteria.  

Once again, this Monster Mash is free of charge due to the incredible fundraising effort in 2017-18.  Questions can be directed to Monster Mash chairs Jennifer Farias, Nima Patel, and Kailey Oswald at monstermash@bonnyslopebsco.org.

The Next Geography Club Check Day is Thursday, October 18

 

Geo Club Check Day is coming a little sooner than usual due to October conferences.   Study up with your kiddos.   The basic idea is to complete the number of levels equal to your child’s grade level, but it’s not required.  Even one level for any grade is great.  It’s all in fun and the idea is to give kids exposure to maps.   Encourage your kids to give it a try. 

 

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Remaining Check Days:

  • Thursday, October 18-- Asia & Middle East Part 1

  • Thursday, November 29-- Asia & the Middle East Part 2

  • Thursday, December 20-- South America

  • Thursday, January 31-- Africa Part 1

  • Thursday, February 28—Africa Part 2

  • Thursday, March 21—Europe Part 1

  • Thursday, April 25—Europe Part 2

  • Thursday, May 23—Australia & Oceania

  • Thursday, May 30—Recheck Day

Questions?

Please see our FAQ page or email geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

 

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Fifth Grade Event Planning Meeting - Thursday 10/11 6:30pm

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The first planning session for 5th grade events - both Activities and its components and Pancake Breakfast - will be Thursday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30pm at Erin Hire’s house. (Please email contact@bonnyslopebsco.org if you need Erin’s address.)

Fifth grade, the final year at Bonny Slope, is a special year for our oldest students.  Several programs and events are designed to help commemorate and celebrate the achievements of the departing class, including: PYP Exhibition, Pancake Breakfast, Science School, Fifth Grade Send-off Party and Slide Show, Pie Eating Contest, and Field Games with Parents.

For more information see https://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/fifth-grade/

 2017-18 Pancake Breakfast served up by 5th Graders

2017-18 Pancake Breakfast served up by 5th Graders

September 2018 Principal Chat REVEALED

We had 15 parents attend last month’s Principal Chat.  Full stop, America. That, sadly, is a NEW RECORD. We are packin’ ‘em in tonight, baby!

Our inaugural chats each September always include Janet briefing us on the rules.

Have questions about school and district policies, decisions, and upcoming news?  Welcome. Take a seat.

Personal attacks about students and teachers?  Nope. Not happening. Don’t be coming up in here thinking this is some personal gripe session.  Set up a private meeting with Janet and Ali if you need to share personal concerns.

Now that we have put the principles into principal chat, let’s get started.

Snow Day Dilemas

Oh, honey. Starting out with the hard-hitting questions– our very lovely BSD Inclement Weather Policy.  Where to even begin to explain this complicated nightmare for our new and novice families?

(sigh)

Alright, let’s give it a go.

Snow day delays/closures are an all-or-nothing kind of thing.  If ANY PART of Beaverton is considered too unsafe to go to school, then the entire district is affected.  We don’t have days where SOME of Beaverton is cancelled. Bonny Slope has the highest elevation of all elementary schools, so if it’s icy/snowy here, but beautiful down off Scholls Ferry, it doesn’t matter. Everybody gets the same result. So just keep that in mind next time you hear people complaining.  It might be fine in our neck of the woods, but if Cooper Mountain is icy, it’s called for the whole district.

When weather is dicey, BSD has three choices:

  1. Cancel school

  2. Have a two hour delayed start (with or without snow routes)

  3. Have regular start, but put buses on snow routes

How do you know which one they’ve chosen?  We’ll get to that soon.

But first, let’s explain snow routes. Bus snow routes avoid areas dangerous in the snow and ice, like steep hills, elevation etc.  Makes sense, right? Totally. Except…

EVERY bus route for Bonny Slope is considered unsuitable in the snow, meaning NO BUSES SERVE BSE when Beaverton designates snow routes.  NONE.

Just let that sink in.

We still have school, but the roads to BSE are considered too dangerous for bus transportation, and yet we’re all expected to drive our kids to school on those same roads.

Yes, my friends.  And THAT is why snow routes stink at BSE– because they don’t exist.

We are not the only school in this predicament.  Nancy Ryles and Sato Elementary are in the same boat, but man that doesn’t make us feel any better when the crush of cars descend on McDaniel and our parking lot.  Prepare to be patient when you are dropping off or picking up on a day with no bus service. Better yet, add all your neighbors as designated pickups, so your ‘hood can carpool.

Now… how are you going to know which option BSD has chosen?  Oh baby. School messenger reminders are going to hit you all at once-- texts, phone calls, emails.  To both parents, often at 5am. Forget “watching the news” or “looking online.”  Please. BSD WILL NOTIFY YOU 10,000 DIFFERENT WAYS.

So!  Things to know when Beaverton School District announces that buses are on snow routes.

  • If the weather report looks dangerous, then each family has to decide if they go to school

  • BSD will not provide transportation home when buses are on snow routes, even if those same buses took the kids to school in the morning (and snow routes were called later in the day)

  • BSD will tell parents by 1pm if there’s been a change of bus service

You know what we need here?  A flow chart. You’re welcome.

  Click on the image to download a PDF of it

Click on the image to download a PDF of it

Now watch us not get snow this year.

Know the Drill

Oh boy. We went from snow days to school security.  These new faces came to play. Let’s add in lice and our trifecta of elementary nightmare-mongering will be complete.

Humor aside, school security is serious business.  

It might just be easier to list the various safety aspects of Beaverton School District and Bonny Slope:

  • Every elementary is assigned a Safety Resource Officer, who is a Washington County sheriff. Bonny Slope’s SRO, Holly Greener, has several elementaries on her watch and assists BSE administrators with creating and implementing safety strategies.

  • Bonny Slope is the site for the county’s Active Shooter Training each summer.  Let me tell ya, it is TERRIFYING to see those training pictures, but how lucky are we that our school is the VERY LOCATION our sheriffs, police, and emergency responders train.

  • Our new entry forces visitors to go through the office.  Us old timers can remember the easy, breezy days of bypassing the office entirely and heading straight into the hallways.  No more, Bonny Slope. Our doorbell system makes sure that all visitors must be manually allowed in.

  • All of our classroom doors are locked.  Ever notice those pool noodle things attached to the doors?  Yeah-- they keep the doors open for access, but the doors themselves lock automatically.  In case of an emergency, adults can pull those noodle things off and close the door, locking it.  While these things are difficult and scary to think about, the facts support that no child in a school shooting has been shot through a locked door.

  • There are many more safety procedures and features of our buildings that are not public knowledge.  Because advertising all your safety measures online would LEAVE THOSE MEASURES WORTHLESS.  Duh.

Now, there are a lot of different battle plans that the school has to prepare. For all the newbies out there, here’s a rundown of all the different drills that your students will practice at school:

  • FIRE DRILLS: All students walk out silently to the school track and turn their backs to the school (safety against exploding glass).

  • EARTHQUAKE DRILLS: Students get under the desks, pull chairs in, and put one hand on head, one hand on chair.

  • LOCKOUT DRILLS (danger is on or near premises): Usually, this means police activity in the area.  Blinds and doors are closed but instruction continues.

  • LOCKDOWN DRILLS (danger is INSIDE the school): All classroom doors locked, blinds closed, black felt in place, students are hidden and quiet.  

These drills will be a part of your child’s life.  Teachers of younger students often sugarcoat the danger by “pretending to hide from a tiger” or such.  While it’s the teacher’s job to keep the students safe, it is your job, as parents, to share whatever message and details you feel is appropriate.

If parents find themselves in the building during these drills, they must participate and cannot ignore the alarm in order to finish their production projects (as lovely as that seems) or try and leave the building.  You must do what the children do.

Health Room Hardens Up

After that heavy, somewhat depressing topic, let’s switch over to something easier to imagine-- scraped knees and bumped heads.  Let’s chat the scope of our health room!

Bonny Slope does not have a full-time nurse.  Our nurse rotates to several schools and mainly manages medication and health plans.  The brunt of students’ care comes from our unacknowledged front office staff, who are on hand to take a temperature, put on a band-aid, and offer ice.  Anything more than that will warrant a call to parents.

Now-- what if your sweet cherub decides that they rather like those squishy plastic “beds” and suddenly “have a headache” every other day or so?  Haha! The district is onto them. This year, BSD staff must record how many minutes a child is in the health room (and missing learning time). This will help monitor if a pattern is developing.  So sayonara to the books, extra pillows, and sweet comforts in there-- you gotta get back to class, cupcake!

Now is the Summer of Our Discontent

That calendar survey BSD sent out that allows us to vote for the next two school years?  Neither option has us starting after Labor Day.  

LET ME REPEAT– neither option has us starting after Labor Day, meaning this year’s August start date was not a random anomaly.  At this point, we WILL be starting the last week of August in 2019 so mark your calendars accordingly. You have until 10/14 to fill out your preference for the two options.

Other Juicy Tidbits:

  • The District is cracking down on school attendance.  The new state report card will show attendance rates of every subgroup. Missing more than two days a month is considered chronic absenteeism-- even if it IS for that fun vacation or long weekend at the coast.  Studies show that elementary attendance predicts high school graduation so it’s a big push throughout Oregon & BSD. Look for our Attendance Olympics on the front hallway wall!

  • Our class sizes are SO CLOSE to getting more teachers…. but not close enough. Even though all of our classrooms are anywhere from 27-30 students, we haven’t crossed that golden threshold for more sections. Staffing decisions are made by central office, so while Janet and Ali can plead and beg, it’s just not their call.

  • Students aren’t evaluated for TAG services until third grade. It doesn’t matter that much anyway in elementary school.  Students are almost always taught at their rate and level.

And that’s a wrap!  We will see you at our next Principal Chat on Friday, 10/19 at 2pm.

Monster Mash Spooks Again on Friday, 10/19

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The 11th Annual Monster Mash is set to spook again on Friday, 10/19, from 6-8pm.  This fall tradition is jam-packed with awesome activities for our Bonny Slope families, including a Glow-in the Dark Dance Party, the mysterious Haunted House, the fun Monster Mash Treat Trail, and the always popular Cake Walk.  

Families are encouraged to come in costume, but please leave the truly scary items at home. No blood, masks, or weapons will be allowed. Pizza Schmizza will again be on-hand for pizza and beverage purchases, beginning at 5:30pm in the cafeteria, cash only please.

This fun-filled evening would not be possible without the time and talents of our greater parent community.  Volunteers are needed to work various jobs including decorations, line control, and the registration desk.

We really need your help!—>Monster Mash Volunteer Sign-up

Donations of candy and small baked goods are also needed.  Candy donations can be dropped off at the front office next week (look for the monster) and baked goods will be collected Thursday, 10/18, and Friday, 10/19.  All contributions are greatly appreciated!

Monster Mash Donations Needed

Once again, this Monster Mash is free of charge due to the incredible fundraising effort in 2017-18.  Questions can be directed to Jennifer Farias, Nima Patel and Kailey Oswald, Monster Mash chairs (monstermash@bonnyslopebsco.org).

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Walk to School Details, Wednesday, October 10th

Happy kids, happy teachers!

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Bonny Slope and BSCO join the international Walk to School day initiative, this year on Wednesday, October 10th. Walking to school provides children with another way to get the healthy exercise they need. Morning exercise has been found to help increase focus during school.

Since Bonny Slope was founded in 2008, there has been progress made on routes to school with sidewalks, paved pathways, and widened shoulders added. More work is still needed, but here we will explore the existing walkable routes.

We still need some leaders to guide the troops. This is a nice beginning of the year event and often parents can squeeze it in before heading to work.

Click here to volunteer to walk a route!

How does it work? 

There are six different starting locations that you can meet at. K-2nd grade children should walk with an adult (either you or someone you arranged for them), and 3rd-5th graders are allowed to join by themselves at your discretion. At each location a few leaders will guide the walk which starts around 7:50.  The walk takes 15-20 minutes. Once they get to school, they head to the field area and have a warm welcome with some nice treats. Choose a starting point close to your house. No need to sign up, just show up, rain or shine! If you live close to school, but not near a route, you can come to school as normal or try to get in line, somewhere along the six routes. 

Trader Joe & New Seasons were very kind to provide apples for our walkers as well as BSCO President, Ashish Gupta, who plucked apples to make sure we have plenty. The national and local Walk & Roll organizations provided the stickers and pencils. A big thanks to them all!

Walking Routes

  • East Route - 7:50am - NW Harding Ct & NW Robinia Ln
  • North Route - 7:50am - NW Talon Terrace & NW Blackhawk Dr
  • Northeast Route - 7:50am - Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd
  • South Route - 7:50am - NW Coleman Dr & NW 119th Ave
  • Vintage Neighborhood - 7:50am - NW Appellate Way & NW Supreme Ct
  • West Route - 8:00am - NW Big Fir Cir & NW McDaniel Rd

See the interactive map on our webpage.

Walk & Roll

All children who come by bike or bus are also considered to be part of this event! (Note: Biking is not guided by our volunteers.) Riding the bus helps to reduce the car congestion around school. All “rolling” kids—bus riders and bikers—are also welcome to head over to the field area and get a treat!

Park & Walk

If you have to drive your children there are still options. You may drive to the starting area of a walking route, for example Bonny Slope Park, and let your kids join the walk. If you don't need to accompany your children (3rd-5th graders) you can leave once they are with the group. This will help lower the traffic around school between 8:00 and 8:30. If you can’t make a walking route please take extra care when driving with all the walking and biking activity. Weather permitting, children who got rides may be able to walk around the track and get their treat as well.

Let's celebrate and encourage

If you live near a route, please help put a smile on our children's faces by raising your flag and putting up encouraging decorations or chalk drawings. Please be careful when backing up from your drive way and inform your neighbors to do the same. 

Last but not least, walking to school is a great habit which is safer when children walk together. This event is definitely fun and engaging, so let’s work to find buddies that our children can keep walking with for this school year and beyond!

More information and questions
Sign up as volunteer for this one!

Cheers, to healthy habits!
Marieke Pepers
Committee lead, Walk to school 2018.

October's Dine & Dash Event for Staff Appreciation

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It's time again to start mobilizing the forces.  Fall conferences are coming up and after consulting the experts (the teachers themselves!) we've discovered that the unpredictable nature of conference schedules means teachers need flexible food.

In that vein, we've put together a "Dine & Dash" event this month.  This is an excellent opportunity for working or time-strapped parents– no cooking required.  And if you have a Costco membership, all the better!

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Here's where you come in.  We've put together an incredible sign-up genius with a ton to choose from from sweetbreads/muffins to snacks, Keurig pods, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and a ton of individual snacks for our teachers to literally grab and go.

Things to know:

  • We'd like all items to the school by Wed, 10/24 @ 4pm.  YES, THE DAY BEFORE.  This includes the muffins/sweetbreads.  Our teachers' first conferences start at 8am that Thursday, so we'll need to have this set up for them by 7:15am.  It'd be awesome to have it all there and ready to roll.  For non-perishable, they can be dropped off Tuesday.

  • Please deliver non-perishables to the volunteer room on the first floor at the bottom of the stairs.

  • Refridgerated items can be squeezed into the staff fridges.  Room will be tight that Wed (all the teachers' lunches will be there), but I know we can make this work.

  • Please accurately indicate how many of each item you'll be bringing.  If the sign-up says string cheese, pack of 10, and you plan on buying from Costco, go ahead and mark three spots. Just do your best-- it'll all work out  :)

We so appreciate all who donate.  Take a moment to see how you can make this an awesome experience for our teachers.

Dine and Dash Buffet Sign-Up

Questions? Hannah & Jenna (staffappreciation@bonnyslopebsco.org)

Last Call for Student Directory Orders & Change Requests!

Please submit any student directory change requests and place any orders by Friday October 5th! 

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Click here to submit an order for a printed copy (a PDF version of the directory will be available at no charge).

Click here to submit a change request.

Feel free to email directory@bonnyslopebsco.org with any questions.

 

 

 

 

Monster Mash Needs Your Help

We need YOU! Monster Mash is coming up fast and we cannot pull off this exciting and fun filled event without the help of MANY volunteers like you!!  Parents, Grandparents, Friends, and Older Siblings all make great volunteers. Ex-Bonny Slope Students are a great help too. Please sign up today!! Monster Mash is on Friday, October 19th from 6-8pm.

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Join Us for Parent Ed, Tuesday 10/9!

Join other BSE parents for the first BSCO Parent Education presentation this year, scheduled for Tuesday, 10/9.  Bonny Slope will be welcoming back local therapist, Ann DeWitt, and her presentation “How to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids” from 7-8:30pm in the BSE Library.

It is natural as parents that we need to give our children the best of everything, but raising kids in an affluent community can be a mixed blessing. Parents need to be especially intentional in order to raise children who are hardworking, grateful, and generous. Learn concrete things families can do to encourage sensible values.

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Ann DeWitt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Lake Oswego, with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She has been teaching parenting classes for over 20 years and shares her in-the-trenches wisdom with humor and understanding. Find out more at http://dewittcounseling.com/

Please join us for this important and valuable evening.  The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation.  Questions can be directed to Jen Watson at parented@bonnyslopebsco.org.