Final Jog-a-thon Notes

Dear Bonny Slope Community,

Our entire Jog-a-thon team has been excited to launch the new "Running Around the World" theme as a way to celebrate and include the many diverse families that make up our community.  Every flag chosen represented students at Bonny Slope whose families originated from that location. In fact, we have families from many more countries and regions than we have classrooms.

However, Hong Kong and Taiwan were misrepresented.  BSE has students specifically from Hong Kong and Taiwan and each have distinct flags.  However, Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China since 1997.  Taiwan, also called the Republic of China, uses the designated name "Chinese Taipei" to participate in sporting events such as the Olympics, while Hong Kong is identified as "Hong Kong, China."

We sincerely apologize for the confusion and hope that this can serve as an educational opportunity for our entire community.  We are excited to have these 24 distinct countries and regions represented on Friday at our Jog-a-thon.  Go Bobcats!

More Jog-a-thon details here

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Correction to Jog-a-thon Start Times

There is a slight correction to the Jog-a-thon start times:

Kindergarten - 12:30pm
1st Grade - 2:20pm
2nd Grade - 1:25pm
3rd Grade - 11:30am
4th Grade - 10:35am
5th Grade - 9:40am

Countries and Regions represented by Jog-a-thon...

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Every classroom is marching its way towards their celebration party. 80% participation earns popcorn & bingo. 90% means donuts & bingo!

As a reminder: ANY AMOUNT DONATED counts as participation.  As a community, we've just surpassed $16,000.

Join the movement at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope !

Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day

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Wednesday October 4, 2017 - International Walk to School Day - Come walk rain or shine!!!

Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day! This annual event, celebrated by thousands of schools internationally, promotes walking (or biking) for several reasons:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools - Increase community and school area traffic safety
  • Teach safe transportation skills to children
  • Increase awareness of Bonny Slope's walkability
  • This is a fun annual event and a great way to kick off an active year while engaging with neighbors and friends!!!

Route Information

Meet at one the following times and locations and leave 5 minutes later:

  • 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 (UPDATED) - 8:00am - NW Big Fir Cir & NW McDaniel Rd

Let’s Arrive about 8:15 am at Bonny Slope Track (or under covered playground for rain)
If you live too close to join a formal route, you are still welcome to join the fun at the track!  Students can pick a raffle ticket, stickers and an apple.  Bring water bottles w/you.

If you have questions, please email Shannon Bekins and Leslie Zagelow at walktoschool@bonnyslopebsco.org.

Important Safety Information for Walkers

Walk to School is NOT a drop-off event.  You must walk with your child, or make arrangements for a responsible adult to be in charge of them.  The only exception is older students who normally walk to school without supervision can do so.  Chaperones help lead the routes, but are not responsible for individual students.  

Be smart and alert. Avoid dangerous behaviors!

  • Don't cross any street unless your parents have given you permission to do so.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or approved trails. If you must walk on the street because there are no sidewalks, stay on the outside shoulder and face traffic.
  • Don't assume cars will stop for you. Make eye contact with the driver; don't just look at the car. If a driver is distracted, they may not be paying attention!
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look twice before crossing a road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots, near on-street parking spaces, and when sidewalks cross driveways.

Be safe and be seen. Make yourself visible to drivers!

  • Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be careful at crossings. Look before you step, corners demand more attention!

  • Cross streets only at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, even if it has a signal.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure that the driver sees you and will stop.
  • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on cell phones while walking, especially when crossing a street.
  • Follow the directions of the crossing guard when you arrive at school crosswalks!

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has been asked to provide crosswalk assistance for the East route at NW Harding & McDaniel Rd. Practice care at all street crossings and stay on sidewalks!!!

Jog-a-thon 2017 Offers New Classroom Participation Reward Parties

**October 3rd: UPDATED JOG-A-THON START TIMES**

With one week left before our major fall fundraiser, our incredible community has already pledged $10,771 towards the programs and events you’ve come to know and love. With 120 students already participating online, we are almost 20% towards our goal of 511 participating students (80% of student body). Any donation, large or small, is considered participation.  

New Classroom Prize Incentive

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For the first time, Jog-a-thon is offering classroom rewards based on participation.  Every single classroom that reaches 80% participation will receive a bingo party with popcorn.  For those classrooms taking it to the next level, achieving 90% classroom participation earns a bingo party with donuts and Bobby the Bobcat.  All classroom participation reward parties will be held during school hours.

“I’m so excited for this new option,” shares JAT co-lead, Cara Cook.  “It’s a fun way to encourage more students to give what they can.  It’s not about being the highest earning classroom, but rather gaining participants and involving everyone.”

Here’s a little chart of where each classroom stacks up this week.  Henely and Kang are well on their way, each with over 30% participation.   

Online Pages/Raffles

Parents still have time to create their child’s online fundraising page at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope.  Pledgestar allows parents and students to send requests to friends and family across the country with just a few simple steps.  

All students with an online page are automatically entered into weekly raffles which include great swag from Nike.

Parents may also put cash or check into the Jog-a-thon envelope and return to the school office.

Helpful Links

Bonny Slope Pledgestar Page (online giving)

Where The Money Goes (BSCO 2017-18 Budget Details)

Jog-a-thon Volunteer Sign-up (mVP profile required)

Class Colors, Countries/Regions & Run Times -- See below

Additional Jog-a-thon Information

Keep up the good work, BSE and we will see you on Friday October 6th for Running Around the World!

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Note: Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory, not its own country (Reference).

Fall Community Meeting Outlines Focus Areas for 2017-18

BSCO held their first quarterly Community Meeting this week. Over 25 community members joined your BSCO Board and our BSE administrators to hear all the latest updates.

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On top of all the wonderful programs BSCO supports, this year's focus areas are: Building Connections via Volunteering, Smarter Giving, Additional STEM Opportunities, and Cultural Enrichment.

Meeting minutes

Slides from the meeting

BSCO Community Meeting
Date:  9.26.2107
Location:  BSE Library

Attendance:  Ashish Gupta, Kaitlyn Watz, Jessica Osika, Ali Montelongo, Jenna Dornblaser, Kelly Kinzer, Josh Resch, Victoria Foord, Julie Gupta, Mindy Poorman, Erin Hire, Bitsy Parks, Jacob Whitehead, Katie Kammer, Shannon Bekins, Jennifer Lundman, Karen Rasor-Cohen, Elia Freedman, Holly VanderPloeg, Brenda Swanson, Ellen Rothery, Maureen Louie, Taylor Kash, Dick Roy, Cindy Madigan, Hannah Donohue

Call to Order At:  7:04pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Approved 5/23 meeting minutes

SPECIAL GUEST

Dick Roy, Beaverton Eco-Network
Invitation to Dessert Meetup, 10/3, 7pm (hosted by parent in BSD)
Opportunity for contributing to sustainable practices, leadership training, networking

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT, Janet Maza/Ali Montelongo

  • Community and staff have pulled off 2 early release days (to date) with no major snags/issues.  Time gained from the early release days has given teachers/staff time for professional development, grade level collaboration and more.  There is a weekly schedule to ensure time is getting dedicated across a number of areas and specific topics.
  • Look out for Posters hung around the school with feedback from last year's parent survey.  The poster identifies areas to continue, improvement opportunities and hopes/dreams for BSE
  • New this year is a student success coach, Dolisha, who is supporting staff with techniques for managing child emotional regulation.
  • The new ParentVue online registration did present some hurdles for first time users.  However, the online format replaced a lot of paperwork and enabled earlier collection of information.
  • Are we getting a pre-school at BSE?  Early intervention type of pre-school (targeting pre-BSE students) slated to start in January.
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BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

President, Ashish Gupta

  • Reviewed 4 focus areas for '17-18:  Building connections through Volunteering, additional STEM opportunities, Smarter Giving, and Cultural Enrichment.
  • The gym projector project is almost complete, but some expenses are crossing fiscal years. BSCO had originally budgeted $23k for the project. $21.4k was spent in 2016-17. The balance will be spent in 2017-18. A new category called 'Gym projector overflow' will be added to our special projects budget and will be used to purchase required accessories (eg,. new microphones).
  • BSCO will hold community meetings once per quarter. Next one is on Wed Jan 31.
  • Parents are invited to attend the BSCO Parent Education Evening: 'Tantrums, Meltdowns and Rage: Parenting Strategies for Calming the Storm' in the BSE library on Monday Oct 9 at 7pm.
  • The board recognized Hannah Donohue, BSCO's president from 2015-2017 for all her contributions to our community
    Updates on STEM/science enrichment:  Partnering with Saturday Academy to deliver 4 days of 1 hr coding session across 2nd-5th, beginning November.  This program leverages similar, well-received programs done at Jacob Wisner and Findley.  Working with Laurel Nakano to devise similar program for younger grades, K-1st.
  • BSCO budget funds multiple Parent Ed nights, offering talks by professionals on relevant topics.  First one, 10/9, 7pm:  Tantrums, Meltdowns & Rage.
  • Cultural enrichment: This year each Jog-a-thon class will represent a country or region.  Did you know there are BSE families represented by all of the Jog-a-thon flags and then some.

Vice President of Fundraising, Ellen Rothery

  • Excellent progress being made for upcoming 10/6 JAT event, Running around the World
  • Over 100 pledge pages set up to date.  Even those planning to collect pledge money via envelope are encouraged to set up Pledge page for easier reporting.
  • Don't forget about corp matching dollars.  Resources on BSCO site on how to obtain matching dollars from Columbia, Nike, Intel, etc
  • Auction fundraiser still on the table for April.  Soliciting interest for potential leads.  A willing team of help generally follows after leads are identified.
  • Suggestion to survey broader community on what they want out of auction?   Perhaps there is an opportunity to obtain broader participation

Director of Committees Report, Holly VanderPloeg

  • Bobcat Trail Club kicked off, occurring 8-8:25am, M/Th, Over 200 kids attended last Thursday.  Additional hands to help manage this large group of runners are always welcome.  Once the rain starts, additional volunteers become even more important because the runners move under cover.
  • Art Lit, first of 5 artists is Faith Ringgold.  Training starts 10/3, 7pm in BSE library, 10/4, 9am cafeteria
  • Walking routes mapped on BSCO site for 10/4 Walk-to-School
  • Excited for upcoming Author visit on 10/11, featuring author/illustrator of the Bad Kitty books, Nick Bruel.  Author signed books can be ordered at http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/store
  • 10/27 Monster Mash (completely free event)
  • Book fair:  10/30-11/2 (4 days)

Director of Volunteers, Jenna Dornblaser & DeDe Osborne

  • Classroom coordinators are completely filled, Still in need of party coordinators
  • Most sign up genius links for various volunteer sign-ups will be found within mVP page 

Director of Communications, Josh Resch

  • Newsletter published every other week (alternating with Paw Prints school newsletter)
  • Contains volunteer opportunities, events, Dates to remember
  • New this year, "new families to BSCO" button on BSCO website, where you will find quick steps for connecting with community
  • Also on BSCO site are instructions for subscribing to school calendar via mobile device

Technology Update, Elia Freedman

  • Technology budget supported many newly purchased Ipads, to replace outdated devices.
  • Expect there is still a need for ~10-15 iPads.  Plan to re-assess in October and tee up a community vote in January for any incremental budget need.
  • 2 projectors ordered to test out in 2 adjacent 5th grade classrooms (features significantly brighter projection, easy adjustments well to varying distances from screen and easy compatibility with student Chromebooks/iPads).  If the trial goes as expected, projectors for the rest of the classrooms will be ordered.

Treasurer's Report, Melissa Gatchell

  • Yearly audit completed over summer.  Thank you Doug Bergmann for assisting (as by-laws require non departing and non incoming board member to participate)

NEW BUSINESS/OTHER

  • Feedback on the ParentVue registration and some confusion over media opt out option.  Checkbox did not clearly delineate type of information (photos v. home address).  This format was standardized by BSD.  BSE offered directory opt in/opt out election separately.

Adjourned At:  8:21pm

 

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Staff Appreciation to STOCK THE PANTRY

BSCO’s Staff Appreciation committee is starting the teachers’ year off right by embarking on a “Stock the Pantry” initiative.  Co-leads, Stefanie Ebenal and Sierra Lavelle, have filled the shelves of our BSE teachers lounge with soup, snacks, bars, bread, La Croix (obviously), and other goodies to ensure that our teachers are powered up for their day.

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Throughout the year, this committee hosts various events, including themed-monthly luncheons, as well as the organizing the Staff Appreciation week in May.  Interested in joining the team?  Be sure and mark your interests in your mVP profile (My Profile –> Interests; then filter by BSE and mark the “Staff Appreciation” box).  Community members can also connect with Stef and Sierra directly at staffappreciation@bonnyslopebsco.org.  

The Staff Appreciation committee is funded through community food donations and your generous Jog-a-thon dollars.

Geo Club Thursday the 28th - Need a Few More Volunteers

This Thursday (the 28th) is the first Geography Club Check Day!!!

Don't forget to help your students study!  North and Central America is the first map of the year.  http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/geography-club/ 

We still need 5 more volunteers.  If you can help out, please consider signing up.  We need all volunteer slots filled to help the day run well.

Geo Club Sign-up

Thank you!!

geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

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Jog-A-Thon Update - September 25th!

The early numbers are in and this year’s Jog-a-thon is gaining speed.  As of Monday September 25th, $9,834 has been raised online, with 136 students participating thus far.  This is 27% towards the school-wide goal of 511 students participating at any donation level in order to earn another exciting all-school dance-a-thon with a live DJ.

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This year’s Jog-a-thon event is scheduled for Friday, October 6th.  Start your online pages can be created at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope.  Each student who creates an online fundraising page is automatically entered into a weekly raffle. 

NEW THIS YEAR!  For the first time, Jog-a-thon is offering prize parties based on classroom participation.  Every classroom who reaches 80% participation earns a popcorn and bingo party during school hours.  Every classroom who achieves 90% will enjoy donuts, bingo, and a visit from Bobby the Bobcat.  Just a reminder that ANY AMOUNT DONATED is considered participation.

The individual prize structure for pledges raised are:
$50—Emoji Key Chain
$150-- Reptile Man**
$300—Bowling and Pizza at Sunset Lanes

For additional information please go to http://bonnyslopebsco.org/fundraising. If you would like to volunteer go to our Jog-a-thon sign-up.

Thank you Bonny Slope families!

**UPDATED (10/2):  The first draft of this blog post inadvertently stated that Reptile Man was $100 prize.  The actual value is $150.

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: September 18, 2017

In an effort to boost transparency between the BSCO Board and the BSE community, a monthly snapshot will be published of the various topics discussed at the Board's monthly meetings.  These are not official minutes or a detailed description, but rather a window into the discussion and voting results of the Board

September Meeting-- 9/18/2017

This month's meeting was full, as the board continues to learn from one another and prepares for the first Community meeting on 9/26.  DeDe Osborne, one of our Volunteer Directors, was unable to attend.

Ashish Gupta, President, shared exciting plans underway for the budgeted Science enrichment and STEM in residence. Saturday Academy will deliver multiple coding sessions to 2nd-5th grade students, beginning in November.  This vendor is experienced in delivering similar well-received materials to other schools in the district.  Plans for K-1st are still being formulated.  A new school-wide subscription to Discovery science is also slated to roll out to support teachers in the area of science enrichment and inquiry.

The upcoming community meeting had planned to include a vote on incremental technology dollars for needed chromebook/ipad replacements, upgrades and a few miscellaneous projector-related expenses which come after close of last year's fiscal year.  Full itemized list was to be prepared for community vote on 9/26.  Also tee'd up is an update on the classroom projector project.  Because of insufficient notice, the incremental technology dollars will have to wait for the January community meeting.  Technology committee lead, Elia Freedman, has confirmed that this delay and the existing devices are manageable.  

Jog-a-thon, Running Around the World, is underway with pledgestar pages being created and nearly $5k already pledged and climbing daily.  Efforts and communications to encourage broad participation continue.  Josh Resch successfully published the first BSCO newsletter of the year and is on track for the second one Sep 28th with more information on JAT and other upcoming events and opportunities.

Melissa Gatchell, Treasurer, completed an annual audit with no findings to report.  Thanks a bunch to Doug Bergmann for his valuable role in the audit, as our by-laws require participation from a parent that is not on the incoming or outgoing board.  The full financials are available to review here.

Jenna Dornblaser reported 100% of the classroom coordinator roles are already filled.  There is some progress already on the party coordinators but more work to do in the coming weeks.  Kinder lunchroom support thus far has been solid, while the 1st grade group could use a few extra hands, particularly early in the school year.  Two volunteer orientation sessions are planned for this week.  Should these sessions be missed, volunteer badge photos can be obtained at any time in the office.  District policy requiring all volunteer signup genius pages to go through the mVP system has proven confusing and cumbersome.  Jenna and DeDe with the help of Communications Director, Josh, are doing their best to simplify volunteer signups as much as possible.

Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, was excited to share two new leads, Kirsten Forsberg and Reilley Keating, for this year's Carnival.  Many other committees are in the full swing of things - Bobcat Trail Club kicking off this Thursday and the first Geography Club check day will be the last Thursday of this month.  October is shaping up to be a fun and busy month with Walk to School day (10/4), Author visit (10/11), Monster Mash (10/27) and the Book Fair (last/short week in October). Art Literacy team will also kick off first volunteer training during the first week of October.

Announcing: Our Very First BSCO Community Meeting for 2017-18

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The Fall Community Meeting of the Bonny Slope Community Organization is scheduled for Tuesday, Sep 26 at 7pm in the BSE Library, right after Janet Maza’s not-to-be-missed Principal Chat.  This is the first community meeting of the school year.  EVERY SINGLE PARENT at Bonny Slope is a voting member of BSCO.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Meet your 2017-18 board members

President, Ashish Gupta
Vice President, Ellen Rothery
Secretary, Andrea Steyskal
Treasurer, Melissa Gatchell
Director of Committees, Holly VanderPloeg
Directors of Volunteer Support, Jenna Dornblaser and DeDe Osborne
Director of Communications, Josh Resch
Member-at-Large, Kelly Kinzer

Learn about BSCO’s focus areas for the year

  • Building Connections via Volunteering
  • Smarter Giving
  • Additional STEM opportunities

Catch up on all current BSCO business

  • Changes in Science Enrichment, progress on our new STEM in Residence program
  • Technology including devices in the classroom & those classroom projectors we keep talking about
  • Gym projector update. If you were at Back to School night, you saw first hand what worked (the image was awesome!). But the audio still needs work.
  • Call for Auction Committee Leads
  • Jog-a-thon status
  • And more..

Enjoy some treats while meeting new people

We look forward to seeing you.  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Ashish Gupta (president@bonnyslopebsco.org).