Our Amazing Technology Coding Program

All the time we as the parents and families of Bonny Slope students are saying how lucky our children are to go to this incredible school. And they are, we are. But this isn't an article about that, oh no, this time it is about how incredibly generous our BSCO is and the amazing technology opportunities it is providing for those lucky kiddos of ours.

Bonny Slope's Technology program is alive and well this school year, thanks in part to BSCO's generous grant program. With a little introduction from our BSCO President, I met Andrea (or Andi), our new Technology teacher.  She was warm and welcoming and excited to show me what equipment our children are utilizing from grants given directly to the Technology department.  New this year, students are using Ozobots, OSMO, and Dot & Dash. 

Each of these three programs starts with the fundamentals of coding. Students, from kinder to fifth grade will be introduced to at least three different types of coding, including  Bloxly and Scratch.  It is Andi's goal to allow each student to watch, build, and create code; and then see it come to life. Furthermore, she wants to give students hands-on projects, with direct applications to what they are learning and doing in the classroom. 

This is most easily done with the robots Dot & Dash.  While I was observing a First grade class, I saw several small groups follow the coding directions she had posted and once the student's correctly implemented those, them their robot began to move.  The other small group was working with OSMO.  This is another hands-on set of programs more focused on games, and basic school skills. These programs are on the tablets, but only can be correctly performed with the tangibles the students are using. On a side note, OSMO can be purchased for home use too. 

You could easily see the students' enthusiasm in Technology class, and Andi's own passion came shining through. When I asked her what she would like to be able to expand upon, she mentioned Bloxels and Lego Education materials. She wants to integrate those, with the new materials she already has, to be able to provide more support to classroom teachers. To be able to reinforce what students are doing in the classroom, whilst making the technology aspect the foundation. Well Andi, I think BSCO can get right on that! ️

BSCO Community Outreach Volunteer Morning at the Children's Book Bank

Looking for an opportunity to give back this holiday season!  Looking for a great way to spend time with your child over the holiday break?  Join us for a morning of book cleaning and repairing at the Children's Book Bank 

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WHAT:   Volunteer Book Cleaning at The Children's Book Bank

WHERE:   1915 NE 7th Avenue, Portland 97212 (Just two blocks north of NE Broadway)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 5th 9:30-11:00 AM

Let's come together to help prepare donated books for kids by cleaning covers, erasing scribbles and taping torn pages.  This is such a great opportunity to have fun as a community and  make a big impact on kids in need and have fun with their team!  Sign up here!

Jingle Bell Run 8am December 20th

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Join us for our annual winter fun run on Thursday, December 20th.  Starts at 8:00 am on the track (normal Bobcat Trail Club time) for all current and new runners. 

We will have winter themed music and candy canes for all the participants.  Parents are welcome with current background check via the mVP system.

Questions?  Email at trailclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

It’s time to RESTOCK the pantry!

In advance of the holidays, we are hoping to restock the pantry to keep the Bonny Slope Backpack Food Program up and running!

Specific items needed are:

  • Canned fruit

  • Tuna/Chicken

  • Cream of mushroom soup

  • Canned vegetables

  • Breakfast items (oatmeal, Nutri grain bars, cereal)

  • Rice

  • Pasta/Pasta Sauce

  • Beans

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Donations can be dropped off outside of the office in the large bins! Thank you for your support!

The Bonny Slope Backpack Food Program is a joint initiative between the Community Outreach Team and Bonny Slope Admin/Staff.

The Community Outreach Team members are:

Karen Rasor-Cohen, Victoria Foord, Sara Peters, Barbara Simon-Evrenosoglu, Currie Reese, and Tracy Siegel. The Outreach Team and VP Ali Montelongo and Counselor Tiffany Sidwell are working together on several joint initiatives including the Backpack Food program, and partnering with the Sunshine Pantry. Focus is to help our direct and local communities through monthly donation drives and volunteer opportunities.

Keep an eye out for the Outreach Team FB Page where you can keep up to date on all ways you can help our local community! If you want to do a drive or fundraiser let us know, we can help!

outreach@bonnyslopebsco.org

Oregon Battle of the Books Update

Please make sure your 4th or 5th grade students are registered if they wish to participate in the OBOB battles this January. No new registrations will be taken after December 3rd. You may register online here:  Online registration link

OBOB tactic sessions start Tuesday, December 4th during recess. Students are encouraged to participate in all of the four sessions with their team members. During these sessions students will learn strategies, team building and what to expect during the OBOB battles.

OBOB pool play battles will be held during recess beginning in January, information will be posted on the OBOB bulletin board outside the library and on the OBOB website early next week.

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Take Action! Family Support for the Holidays

In the Bonny Slope community, we like to take action and show we care! We will be supporting Bonny Slope families by collecting and distributing gift cards to assist them over the holidays. If you would like to contribute, please bring gift cards to the office by Friday, December 21st. Below is a list of gift cards that we feel would be especially helpful. Of course, any cards will be appreciated.

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  • Fred Meyer

  • Winco

  • Other Grocery Stores

  • Target

  • Walmart

  • Gas Stations

  • Trimet Passes

  • Ross

  • Dollar Tree

  • Powell’s Books

  • Barnes and Noble

In addition, we will be collecting clothing, toys, art supplies etc. to be able to put together Christmas gift baskets for these families as well.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity during this holiday season.

The Bonny Slope Staff

Let’s Spoil BSE Staff with Cookies!

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December's Staff Appreciation event is a twist on an old tradition.  We are asking generous Bonny Slope parents to bring in two dozen of their favorite winter/holiday treats to share with the staff on Thursday, 12/13. 

We are encouraging an international theme, so don't be afraid to bring in a cultural or personal favorite from your family's history. Let's get a wide range of treats!

Also this year, we will be setting up these delectables in a magnificent cookie buffet.  This will allow our staff members to make their own choices (based on their own tastes and dietary restrictions).

Things to Know:

  • Please bring in two dozen treats by 9am on 12/13.

  • Either homemade or store bought is perfectly perfect so do what's easiest!

  • Please note on the sign-up what you will be bringing (if possible).

  • Please include a note card stating the type of cookie and any dietary restrictions (nuts, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc).

SIGN UP HERE.

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

Student Directories Available for $6 in the Office

Printed & bound copies of the directory were delivered to teachers in early November and should have come home to you by now.  If you were expecting one and didn’t receive it, please let us know.

If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order a printed directory, there is a limited quantity of extras available in the office for $6.

As a reminder, there is an electronic version available for FREE on the BSCO website.  The password should have been distributed by classroom teachers a few weeks back - If you need the password, please contact your student’s teacher as the office is not able to distribute that information.

Questions?  Contact directory@bonnyslopebsco.org

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Geography Club Check Day is Thursday, November 29

Kids bored over Thanksgiving? Why not study Geo Club! This month we hit Part 2 of Asia & the Middle East. Kids can attend any of the check days and study for as few or as many levels as they would like.

Visit the Geo Club website for maps and more info.

Remaining Check Days:

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  • 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