Girls on the Run Registration is Open

Girls on the Run is a program for girls in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades that boosts self esteem, confidence, leadership, and health and fitness through the physical activity of running.   For spring 2019, Girls on the Run is offered at Findley Elementary School and the French American International School.

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Registration is now live!  Sign up your girl at one of the following locations so she can experience an afterschool program like no other! Girls on the Run teams meet twice per week to have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity, and learn important life skills. The season starts the week of March 4th and ends with a noncompetitive 5k event. Register your girl by visiting our website, here!

Findley Elementary School: T/TH 4:00PM-5:30PM

French American International School: T/TH 3:30PM-5:00PM

Questions? Visit our website or email Kara Barlow, Program Coordinator at

Submit your Science Project entry by Sunday, 2/24!

Science Night is only 3 weekends away and we need your Science Projects!  All entries received by Sunday, 2/24 will be included in grade level raffles for Fiber Optic Lights.  Do not delay!  Visit for more information and to submit an entry form.


You can also purchase a science tri-fold board for $3 online and have your student pick it up in the office.  Please log on here:  Choose your student's name then school items and clubs to purchase.  You may alternately send $3 (exact change) in with your student to purchase in the office.

Questions?  Please contact the BSCO Science Night Team

Translations Needed for Mother Language Day

As a celebration of Mother Language Day (February 21st), the Cultural Richness committee is working on translating the signs around the school in several languages.

So far we have translations in Chinese, Bengali, Arabic, German, Dutch, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Gujarati.

If you would like to contribute translating another language, please send an email to with the translation of the words and sentences below.


Thank you,
Mara da Silva
Cultural Richness Committee

Assistant Principal
Small Group
Conference Room
Volunteer Work Room
Work Room
Staff Room
English Language Development
PE (Physical Education)
Girls Restroom
Book Storage
Custodial 1A
Lost and Found
Bus Entrance

The Roving Desk and How Your Funds Revolutionize Teaching

As Bonny Slope prepares for their annual auction, it is natural for families to wonder what has been done with the monies gathered from previous years.  Our family movie nights are due to the amazing projector in the gymnasium, instruments for students’ music classes, iPads and headphones also for the students.  And, now, we have two teachers who have “roving desks”.  Both Mrs. Parks in First grade and Mrs. Tanner in Kindergarten, have been able to ditch their name sitting table desks for ones that allow for more flexible – both figuratively and literally – when it comes to doing lessons and teaching their students.


Mrs. Melinda Tanner was the first teacher to get the fancy set up.  She likes being on the forefront of technology, utilizing it for the possibilities it can give her; and she knows that sitting isn’t as healthy for her as it is to stand.  Thus, her desire to create a working desk station that is cord free, wifi compatible (thanks to the Apple TV donation, also from BSCO), and standing only. In 2018, Mrs. Tanner went to BSCO with her “wish list item” and was quickly given the new set up.

Mrs. Bitsy Parks took notice of Mrs. Tanner’s new desk, and realized she wanted one too.  She liked that the new desk would allow her to give her a better dynamic to move around the room.  And, as a petite woman, it also worked better for her height.  It also eliminated the need for an actual desk.  As she said, “Having the permanent desk in the corner was like a barricade between you and the students.  Now I have more freedom and flexibility.”

Both teachers repeatedly mentioned the freedom and flexibility that has come with their new “roving desks.”  Instead of having to have a desk in one spot, they can go wherever.  All of the cords and plugs are gone, so they don’t have to worry about blocking their students’ views when utilizing the in-class projectors or Internet.  Everything is connected to the desk, which includes: an iPad, with a camera and projector, Apple TV, and then wifi built in.  There is also freedom of movement.  The teachers both noted, they have been given more space, “more real estate” in their classroom and when a teacher is using every possible inch, even going vertical, taking away a bulky desk is a game changer.  They also have reduced their need for “stuff” which is important to both Mrs. Parks and Mrs. Tanner, and Bonny Slope Elementary.  The desire to reduce your carbon footprint is something all students and staff work towards, and these computers allow them to do this as well.

As Mrs. Tanner put it, having this new set up is just like a “delicious day”, it just tastes better now.  Delicious indeed.


Bobcat Explorers Never Stop Exploring

By now you must have seen our Beautiful Bobcat Explorers Wall, next to the volunteer room. We received many great pictures and stories after the summer, but we want to continue receiving them.

Exploring the worlds various cultures, either from your hometown by visiting cultural festivals or by traveling the world, enriches us. With this project and wall, we want to share the fun experience of expanding your horizon. We want to awake and enthuse the Bobcat Explorer in all of us.

Think about the photo opportunity when visiting a monument or location, eating exotic food at a local food cart, or enjoying a folklore performance.  You might be discovering something or somewhere new, or a place with great historical importance. Think about a fun fact too, like how food is prepared or how people greet each other in a different manner. Of course you can be in the photograph, but don’t have to be.

Download the Bobcat Explorer Card For Your Photo here

Send your photograph to Add your name, the place where you took the photograph, together with your fun fact or what you have seen or learnt.  During this school year we continuously will share them on our Explorer Wall.

The Cultural Enrichment Bobcat Explorers team
Mara, Barbara & Marieke

BSCO Board Seeks New Officers for 2019-20, Applications due Apr 5

Greetings amazing BSE community.  The BSCO Board is looking to fill several leadership positions for the 2019-20 BSCO Board, as officers roll off their term.

While every position is up for re-election, the confirmed openings are as follows:

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Director of Communications

  • Member at Large

While board members are encouraged to serve two years in a position, all positions are elected on an annual basis.  As restricted in our bylaws, no member can serve more than two consecutive years in a position. Given the large number of board members transitioning out of their role this year, the board is considering having a current board member stay one additional year in a different role in order to equal out the number of transitions each year.  The chart below outlines the responsibilities of each role.

If you are interested in the long-term vision and general attitude, atmosphere and culture of our parent organization, serving on BSCO’s board allows for an incredible amount of input.  Specifically, serving on the board allows you to:

  • Approve/deny all teacher grants

  • Approve/deny budget requests under $1,000

  • Direct input into writing BSCO’s annual budget

  • Direct input into special projects that exceed the annual budget

  • Direct input into scheduling BSCO’s Dates to Remember

  • Contribution to the overall goals of the Board – such as this year’s goals of building the volunteer pipeline, smarter giving and increased STEM oriented programs

The time commitment varies between positions, but the minimum requirements are:

  • Monthly Board meetings (averaging about 2 hrs each)

  • Three community meetings

  • Setting-up/picking-up at one Parent Education night per year

  • Participation in at least one August playdate or Back to School Night to meet new and returning families

All positions can be done by a working parent.  The bulk of all the positions (aside from the meetings) takes place online or via email.  Additionally, several of the current members rolling off this Board will still be parents at BSE next year, allowing for an ease of transition where new members can have veteran support to answer questions.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the online BSCO Board Application Form no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.  The 2019-20 ballot slate will be voted on during the final community meeting on Tuesday, May 21.  If you have any questions, please email Ashish Gupta, BSCO President, or this year’s nominating committee lead, Andrea Steyskal or any of the current board members.



  • Preside at all BSCO community meetings and at all BSCO Board meetings.  The president shall be an informal member of all committees.
  • Prepare and distribute the agenda for BSCO community meetings
  • Act as a liaison between BSCO and the Principal of BSE, with at least one private meeting annually.  The President serves as the representative for BSCO to the Administration of BSE.
  • Ensure representation of BSCO at all regular meetings of the District parent group officers’ meetings.
  • Monitor BSCO funds with the Treasurer to ensure appropriate transactions


  • Perform duties of the President in his/her absence
  • Act as a liaison between the fundraising committee leads and the Board
  • Ensure proper acknowledgements to all sponsors


  • Keep accurate record of official business transacted at each Board meeting and community meetings
  • Have on-hand at each meeting a copy of the Bylaws, minutes of previous meetings and a list of the committees and their chairs
  • Post the recorded meeting minutes for each community meeting within 2 weeks of the meeting date
  • File the annual report with the Oregon Secretary of State.  Renew yearly insurance coverage.
  • Oversee the election and ensure that each election is conducted in a fair manner.  Create the ballot used by BSCO to vote for officers


  • Receive all monies of BSCO, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approved budget
  • Present a financial statement at every Board and community meeting
  • Responsible for ensuring the filing of annual reports to the Internal Revenue Service
  • Maintain financial and audit records


  • Responsible for the BSCO website, updating current information and managing, soliciting and publishing content including blog posts
  • Administer email accounts assigned to BSCO Board members and Committee Leads
  • Serve as administrator of all official BSCO social media
  • Act as liaison with the BSE administration and front office for all community communication needs


  • Serve in a supportive role to the duties of the President and Board of Directors
  • Organize and/or provide support for any Board projects that further the mission of BSCO, based on the needs of the current year.  Examples include, but are not limited to community surveys, facility improvement projects and additional community outreach.
  • Remains vacant until all the other Director offices are filled.

Online applications can be found at:

DUE APRIL 5, 2019

Time to submit Science Project Entry Forms!

Once your student has decided on their Science Project for Science Night, please make sure you submit an entry form at  This ensures space is reserved for the display board and that the student’s project information is listed in the program.

You can also purchase a science display board for $3 online and have your student pick it up in the office.  To pay online, please log on here, choose your student's name then school items and clubs to purchase.  You may alternately send $3 (exact change) in with your student to purchase in the office.   

Questions? Please contact 

OBOB Teams Advance to Single Elimination Tournament

Over the past two weeks, twenty-two 4th and 5th grade Bonny Slope OBOB teams have participated in some very fun and exciting pool play.  After twenty-four hard fought battles with 192 questions asked by 19 amazing parent volunteers and countless Rice Krispie Treats and Fruit by the Foot treats consumed, we are happy to announce the results of the 2019 OBOB Pool Play!

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Now the top eight teams in each grade with the highest total scores from pool play have advanced to the single elimination OBOB tournament. The tournament begins Tuesday, February 5th and the winning teams will move on to the next round February, 12th. To view the schedule, visit the BSCO OBOB website.

A few reminders for parents and students about the OBOB tournament:

  1. The bracket is developed based on scores earned by the teams in pool play.

  2. This is a single elimination tournament, only winning teams from each battle will advance to the next round.

  3. Tie-breakers will be used in the event of a tie to determine the winning team.

  4. Teams are still allowed to challenge any question their team was asked first and was determined to be incorrect by the moderator.  Teams have 2 minutes to find their answer in the book.

  5. We need parents to be volunteers for these battles. Sign up here

  6. Parents may not moderate their own child's battle.

  7. If parents wish to watch a battle, you must have completed the volunteer screening through the district.  We also remind parents that students are excited and working for the opportunity to represent Bonny Slope at the OBOB regionals.  It is their time to shine!! Therefore, it is very important that any spectators refrain from acting in any way that may distract or interfere with the outcome of a battle. Any spectator interference may results in a team's disqualification from the tournament.

The OBOB battle is heating up.  We remember the goal of OBOB is to encourage students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. We appreciate all of the time and hard work the teams have put in to OBOB this year and appreciate your continued support of their efforts.

We are so proud of all the students!  Their time, teamwork and dedication shone through these past two weeks.  Our parent volunteers were very impressed with the student’s teamwork, knowledge and sportsmanship in the battles.

Announcing: Our Winter Term Community Meeting


The Winter Community Meeting of the Bonny Slope Community Organization is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7pm in the BSE Library, right after Janet Maza’s Principal Chat at 6pm. EVERY SINGLE PARENT at Bonny Slope is a voting member of BSCO.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.

For the first time ever, this event will be available to view LIVE on your computer or phone via Facebook Live.  (You must have a Facebook account to view). Login on Jan 30th at 7pm:

Catch up on all current BSCO business

  • Learn how to talk your kiddos about the safety drills at school

  • Hear from our teachers on their classroom innovations, funded by your generous donations!

  • BSCO’s survey results - you spoke, we’re listening.

  • Our 2018-19 financial health, new teacher grants and some good news from Matching Funds committee

  • Maker Space progress

  • Upcoming events including Pancake Breakfast, Science Night

  • Our Annual Auction!

  • Our plans to store water at BSE for emergency preparedness

  • 2018-19 Board Applications - we’re hiring! President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Communications, Member-at-Large are all available.

  • Open volunteer opportunities

  • And more..

Enjoy some treats and meet new people

We look forward to seeing you.  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Ashish Gupta (

The latest BSCO news can always be found at

How Technology Can Impact Our Children

On Wednesday, January 16th, about two dozen family members came to take part in BSCO’s free Parent Education series. Shawn Marshall of the Children’s Program provided insight into what technology can bring and do for our children.  Obviously technology is all around us and our kids, so it was great to hear a professional's insight on how to best utilize, incorporate, and understand technology. 


Mr. Marshall provided some statistics from various sources, one including the American Academy of Pediatrics, about how much time children use technology; and what that amount really should be.  (Here is a link to more details from the AAP - )   He also spoke at great length about how technology, social media usages, and video games are having a direct impact of our teenagers and their level of happiness.

Mr. Marshall closed the evening with providing everyone a hand out about his recommendations for screen usage at home.  For those of you unable to attend, here are some of the highlights: 

  • Have clearly definite WRITTEN rules for your children's electronic usage.  He points out that it is essential to have it written out so that way it is clear for everyone to remember

  • Have set limits of the amount of screen time

  • Allow for set chunks of time each day without electronics ( he mentioned that waking up and at least an hour before bed are good ways to start).  And to also have 1-2 days a week with no devices at all

  • Keep electronics out of the children's rooms at night

  • Role model appropriate screen usage and aim for a balance.  Technology isn't necessarily a bad thing

  • DO NOT treat electrics as a reward and be careful with removing it as a punishment.  The less you make it look like a prize to be had, the better

  • Try doing the apps/games with your child, so you can better understand what it is that they are doing.  It also is a way to be involved and share in an activity

iPhones are such a new commodity that there isn't a lot of solid research yet on the pros and cons of long-term daily usage of technology on our children's brains.  Mr. Marshall also suggested utilizing Common Sense Media as a resource for parents and families; to better know the specific structure needed for each individual family.