Book Fair Runs Through Thursday This Week

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Please note that the book fair is open Monday through Thursday this year, so plan accordingly!

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Wednesday Family Night

We will host our Family Night on Wednesday, November 1st for the entire family to purchase books and enjoy a sweet treat.

Wednesday is also an early release day, so kids and families will have the entire afternoon, until 7:30pm, to come by and buy some great new books.

No time to attend the book fair or you need a little more information? Not to worry, we have an online Book Fair set up just for Bonny Slope Elementary. 
Visit – http://www.scholastic.com/bf/bonnyslopeelementaryschool - to buy books, get more information about the fair and access the volunteer link.

We need your time and energy to make this Book Fair a success! To volunteer, sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa4a828a46-bonny1.

Jog-a-thon Support Amazes Again!

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The incredible Bonny Slope community has again responded to the Jog-a-thon effort, with gross totals surpassing $56,000!  Once again, BSE students will enjoy an all-school dance party with DJ Zeek, scheduled for Tuesday, 11/21.  Huge thanks is due to every one of our BSCO donors who contributed to the success of this fundraiser.

Classroom Participation Rewards

Additionally, nine classrooms earned a participation prize party.  These fun incentives were not based on money earned, but rather the number of students who participated. These dates are TBD, but will take place during school hours.

Classrooms who achieved 80% participation & earned a popcorn bingo party:

  • Halgren (3rd)
  • Hammond (3rd)
  • Parks (1st)
  • Vanier (3rd)

Classrooms who achieved 90% participation & earned a donut bingo party with Bobby the Bobcat:

  • Dell (Kinder)
  • Hastings (2nd)
  • Henely (Kinder)
  • Kang (Kinder)
  • McBride (1st) **ACHIEVED 100% PARTICIPATION!!

Additional Incentives Scheduled

Students who fundraised over $150 have earned an opportunity to see Reptile Man, scheduled for Monday, 11/13 at 7:40am.

Students who fundraised over $300 will enjoy pizza and bowling at Sunset Lanes on Friday, 11/17 from 10:30am-1:30pm. Chaperones will be needed for this fun adventure.  If interested, please email Cara & Sydney (jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org).

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Cultural Richness Committee Takes Off

Last week, Bonny Slope’s Cultural Richness committee met and had poignant conversations regarding their hopes, dreams and goals for our children with regard toward cultural awareness, classroom practices and experiences, and BSCO events.  

During our collaborative time together, many great ideas were captured, and will now be shared with our administrative team and staff.  Many of the committee’s ideas can easily be implemented now, but many others will take extensive collaborative planning and execution on the part of our parent population.  

Moving forward you will hopefully see a variety of various cultural ideas come to fruition that promote and celebrate all of our cultural heritages. These are incredibly exciting times for our kids to establish a profound sense of who they are, both individually and culturally.  

If you would like become a more active participant in this, please feel free to email susan_acosta@beaverton.k12.or.us.  We look forward to growing our membership and supporting our children to become as open-minded and appreciative of diversity as possible.   

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👻🎃 Monster Mash Haunts BSE this Friday 🎃👻

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Join us this Friday for the 10th annual Monster Mash from 6-8pm.  We have an exciting evening planned, including our infamous Haunted House, a glow-in-the-dark Dance Party, the always popular Cakewalk, and the brand-new Treat Trail.

Please keep in mind:

  • This is not a drop-off event. 
  • The playground and swing area is off limits due to lack of visibility. 
  • No masks, blood, or weapons.
  • Pizza Schimizza will be available in the cafeteria starting at 6pm.  CASH ONLY.

Additionally, help is needed to make this evening a success.

Questions can be directed to the Monster Mash co-chairs, Barbara Simon & Hannah Donohue (monstermash@bonnyslopebsco.org).

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: October 16, 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

October Meeting-- 10/16/2017

The board met again in October with a number of topics discussed.  DeDe Osborne, one of Volunteer Directors, was unable to attend.

Ashish Gupta, President, reported all expenses related to the gymnasium projector (approved in last year's budgets) are now paid.  In celebration of this community funded project, plans are underway to host a family movie night at BSE on 12/1.  Family friendly, G-rated title TBD.  Ashish was also excited to share the arrival of the 2 new classroom projectors which will be set up and tried before roll out to all classrooms.

Informal feedback from this year's Jog-a-thon, Running Around the World, is very positive.  The international theme showcased the rich diversity that makes up BSE and students had an opportunity to gain some fun facts on their classroom's country/region.  The fundraising results are also impressive with envelopes still being collected and counted.  Final push happening this week to give all classrooms a shot at hitting classroom participation prizes and encourage participation at any amount.  Despite no leads identified, the auction fundraiser for this school year is not off the table even if it becomes an online event only.  The board continues to gather information from prior chairs, hold dates/venues and discuss other ideas on what this year's event could look like.  We are preparing a community survey to be rolled out soon.

Melissa Gatchell, Treasurer, has been instrumental in getting dollars/checks deposited from the the JAT fundraiser, as well as keeping our financial reporting up to date.  The full financials are available to review here.

Per Jenna Dornblaser, Director of Volunteers, BSE has reached an impressive 1,000+ volunteers in mVP.  Given such a large and valuable community, Jenna planned a larger number of sign-in systems in the office for JAT to ensure smooth and fast volunteer check-in and she plans to do the same for other busy volunteer days.  Unfortunately, the turn around time on background checks, which is handled by BSD in partnership with local law enforcement, is outside of our control and has occasionally trended longer than a few weeks.  Therefore, it is recommended to plan in advance if any member of the community hasn't already had a background check and wants to attend an event or help in the school at any time.  Recruiting party coordinators for all classrooms and scheduling the related training is a focus in the coming weeks.

The school calendar has been busy.  Holly VanderPloeg, Director of Committees, recognized numerous leads and volunteers on a variety of events/committee kickoffs which took place over the last few weeks.  October will close with Monster Mash (10/27), Book Fair (last/short week in October) and OBOB committee kick off.  The community garden is also getting some renewed attention after new sprinkler lines were installed last spring and classrooms are showing interest in contributing to its upkeep.    

Fall Book Fair is just around the corner!

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Dear Bonny Slope Families:

Our 2017 Fall Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner and we need your help to make this a great one!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.  Please note that the book fair is open Monday through Thursday this year, so plan accordingly! 

Book Fair Hours: 

    Monday, October 30th        8am – 4pm
    Tuesday, October 31st        8am – 4pm
    Wednesday, November 1st     8am – 7:30pm (FAMILY NIGHT)
    Thursday, November 2nd        8am – 3pm

We will host our Family Night on Wednesday, November 1st for the entire family to purchase books and enjoy a sweet treat.  Wednesday is also an early release day, so kids and families will have the entire afternoon, until 7:30pm, to come by and buy some great new books.  

No time to attend the book fair or you need a little more information?  Not to worry, we have an online Book Fair set up just for Bonny Slope Elementary.  
Visit – http://www.scholastic.com/bf/bonnyslopeelementaryschool - to buy books, get more information about the fair and access the volunteer link.

We need your time and energy to make this Book Fair a success!  To volunteer, sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa4a828a46-bonny1.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our library and classrooms throughout the school. 

Sincerely, 
Melissa Gatchell and Cindi Otis
Book Fair Co-Chairs

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Geo Club Check Day is Next Week (Thur 10/26)

Thursday, October 26th is the next Geography Club Check Day.

Don't forget to study those maps with your students.  The October map is Asia and Middle East part 1.

Maps can be found at:
http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/geography-club/    

If you are interested in volunteering, check out our sign-up genius here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C4FADA622A2FF2-201718     

Thank you!!  

Questions? geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

Jog-a-thon Envelopes Due Tomorrow, Tue 10/17

A friendly reminder that Jog-a-thon envelopes are due at school on Tuesday, October 17th.

  • Finish those donations--perhaps if you were waiting to donate based on number of laps run.  Donations by credit/debit card are made online at http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope
  • All cash and check (made out to BSCO) donations that were not made online go into the Jog-a-thon envelope and get returned to the school office.  Lost your Jog-a-thon envelope?  Return in any envelope and include the pledge sheet.
  • If your employer offers matching contributions, submit the amount to them to have it matched.  More info here.

As a reminder, ANY AMOUNT DONATED COUNTS AS PARTICIPATION.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Bonny Slope community.

2017 Jog-a-thon Sprints to the Finish Line

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The 10th annual Jog-A-Thon enjoyed a beautiful race day last Friday, as students ran their little hearts out around the track to represent their classroom’s country/region.  To date, this generous community has already fundraised over $40,000, with over 350 students donating in some capacity. Once again, an all-school dance party is on the line as the school works toward the participation goal of 511 students, roughly 80 percent of BSE’s student body.  

Individual classrooms are also working toward their own participation rewards.  All classrooms who achieve 80% participation (donation at any level) earn a bingo party with popcorn.  As of yesterday, both Kang’s and Henely’s classrooms have earned that reward, with several classrooms very, very close.

For those classrooms able to achieve 90% participation, that bingo party includes donuts and Bobby the Bobcat.  

One very valuable member of the Bonny Slope community is our new mascot, Bobby the Bobcat.  Bobby was all over the field–-running, hopping, dancing, and at one point, swimming as the kids trotted by.  Bobby was beyond excited for his first Jog-a-thon experience, sharing, “As a JAT rookie, I can honestly say that I have some training to do before the next year if I have any hope of keeping pace with those kids!  Man, they can RUN!  Their hind legs hit the pavement and they ran their paws off.”

More than 82 parent and community volunteers donated their time on the day of the event.  This ensured the Jog-A-Thon ran smoothly, kids had a fabulous time and, above all, were safe through the corners. Bobby adds, “It was a great event-–there’s nothing I like more than cheering on my BSE Bobcats–-especially when they’re supporting an awesome cause like BSCO!”

Parents still have two ways to continue the momentum and join the cause.  

  1. Head to http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope and donate to your favorite little jogger.

  2. Return cash or check (made out to BSCO) to the school office by Tuesday, 10/17.  Lost your Jog-a-thon envelope?  Return in any envelope and include the pledge sheet.

As a reminder, ANY AMOUNT DONATED COUNTS AS PARTICIPATION.

 

Current Participation Numbers:

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Acosta 14/27 (52%)
Anderson  12/28 (43%)
Basham  11/29 (38%)
Breton 16/27 (59%)
Crannell 13/29 (45%)
Dell  17/24 (71%)  **THREE MORE STUDENTS FOR BINGO PARTY!
Halgren  18/28 (64%)
Hammond  13/27 (48%)
Hastings  14/28 (50%)
Henely  20/24 (83%)  **TWO MORE STUDENTS FOR DONUT PARTY!
Johnson   12/25 (48%)
Kang  19/23 (83%) **TWO MORE STUDENTS FOR DONUT PARTY!
Maxwell  18/28 (64%)
McBride   16/24 (67%) **FOUR MORE STUDENTS FOR BINGO PARTY!
Osika   14/27 (52%)
Parks   18/24 (75%) **TWO MORE STUDENTS FOR BINGO PARTY!
Scoones  11/27 (41%)
Swardstrom  13/24 (54%)
Tanner  15/24 (63%)
Taylor/Oordt  15/27 (56%)
Traller 12/30 (40%)
Vanier  16/28 (57%)
Vaughn 13/30 (43%)
Watz 10/26 (38%)

Individual prizes:

  • $50+ Emoji Keychain

  • $150+ Reptile Man (plus keychain).  Scheduled for Monday, 11/13 before school from 7:40–8:20am.

  • $300+ Bowling and Pizza Party at Sunset Lanes (Plus keychain and Reptile Man).  Scheduled on Friday 11/17, from 10:30am– 1:30pm.

Classroom Participation Rewards (to be held during school):

  • 80%  Bingo Party with Popcorn

  • 90%  Bingo Party with donuts and Bobby the Bobcat

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Author and Illustrator Nick Bruel Visits Bonny Slope

NY Times bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bruel visited Bonny Slope on October 11, 2017.  Best known for his Bad Kitty series, Nick has published over 20 books, with his newest title coming out in January 2018. 

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He had four delightful presentations geared towards the grade levels he spoke to.  In the Kindergarten/1st grade presentation he read the original Bad Kitty picture book as well as a book he wrote with his Father titled “Otto and Bob.”  In the 2nd-4th grade sessions he read a chapter from one of his Bad Kitty chapter books.  In each of these three presentations he led an interactive activity with the kids where the group created their own unique short story through questions Nick asked them.  He taught the kids that the secret to writing stores is “Always ask yourself questions.” 

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Nick also showed how he draws Bad Kitty and then focused on her eyes, explaining that you could change her emotions through her eyes.  The 5th grade session was a cartoon symposium as he explained that they had probably outgrown reading his Bad Kitty series.  He came up with ideas by randomly finding an entry in a yellow pages book and showed how a cartoon could be created in less than two minutes.  The 5th graders drew their own cartoon with their first subject being a dentist, next subject an animal and then combining the two.  The kids seemed to thoroughly enjoy Nick Bruel’s captivating presentations!

Autographed books will be delivered to classrooms next Monday.  

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