AUCTION SIGN UP PARTY PREVIEW - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

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Bonny Slope is all set to celebrate at our Spring Fundraiser on Sunday, 4/14 from 5pm to 8pm at Top Golf in Hillsboro.  Don’t wait and forget, buy your AUCTION TICKETS today! (available online through Thursday, April 11th).

One of the most anticipated items of the auction is the sign-up parties and this year does not disappoint! With a selection of 13 different experiences including returning popular favorites as well as some fresh opportunities. We can’t wait to see you on the list!  Each party is hosted by incredibly generous Bonny Slope parents. These events are a terrific way to support our students and the BSCO programs they fund while also having fun and connecting with the greater BSE community.

So pick your favorites, grab your friends, and mark your calendars. It’s time to have some fun! Check out the sign up party page for more information:

  • Barre3 2Bubbles, May 5th:  This is an experience for all fitness levels. Be introduced to barre3 in a fun and positive setting, surrounded by other Bonny Slope parents. Once finished, celebrate yourself and the collective experience with a bubbly bar and delicious appetizer spread.

  • Around the World Food & Drinks, May 11th:  No need to fly anywhere!  Spend the evening sampling delicious food, drinks and desserts from around the world featuring the authentic cuisines of Mexico, Japan, Greece and India.

  • Blizzard Wines Tasting and Food Pairing Experience, May 12th: Take an afternoon to relax and savor delicious wines paired perfectly with bites to eat, all while enjoying scenic views from the Estate Room at Blizzard Wines.

  • Mediterranean Brunch, May 19th: Indulge yourself in a healthy and delicious Mediterranean Brunch in style.  Enjoy a variety of cheeses, olives, freshly baked puff pastry, dried figs and apricots and fresh pomegranates!

  • Mom's Wine Night, June 7th: Cheers to Summer! Join us for a Mom's Night Out on 117th Place. Enjoy wine and nibbles, and of course good company.

  • Family Backyard Movie Night , Aug. 24th: Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars as we bring summer to a close! Bring your whole family, a blanket or chairs to sit on, and leave the rest to us.

  • Bubbly Brunch, Sept. 8th:  Toast to Bonny Slopes exciting future! Moms and/or Dads of current kindergartners and first graders are invited to attend a casual brunch bash.

  • Family Dodgeball Party, Sept. 14th: Enjoy a family-friendly dodgeball game at the "Gatchell Compound"! Bring your whole family, competitive spirit and leave the rest to us.

  • Caribbean Island Style Dinner Party, Sept. 21st: Indulge yourself in the tastes of the Caribbean and the soothing sounds of ocean!

  • Margarita Mamas, September 27th: Kick off the end of summer with a delightful evening of refreshing margaritas, tasty bites, and the company of the lovely ladies of BSE.

  • Drinks, Cocks & Nibbles, Sept. 28th:  Don't miss another smashing time of BADMINTON competition and smackdown. Leave your kids at home, but bring your A game.

  • Burn to Brunch, Oct. 5th: Have fun, challenge your body, and feel the burn with other Bonny Slope parents. Then reward yourself with a catered brunch and mimosa as you unwind in an afterburn glow.

  • Mixology 301, Nov. 2nd: Mix, muddle, and shake a variety of unforgettable cocktails with expert guidance from a local Portland bartender and fellow BSE parent!

Sign-ups open the night of the auction and spots are limited. Get there on time to make sure you nab your spot!  Check out all the SIGN UP PARTIES details and grab your ticket to the auction so you can get your name on the party list!

* Any spots remaining after the Auction will be available for purchase online starting on Tuesday, 4/16.

Also coming back this year are some of the biggest and best auction items including the Portland Trail Blazers Honorary Captain, Disneyland 2 and 4-day park hopper passes, 3-Night stay at Collins Lake Resort, Vista Balloon Ride for 2, 4-Nights in Sunriver, Student Art and many more!

Questions: auction@bonnyslopebsco.org

BSCO Listening Sessions - Join Us April 3rd

Mark your calendars for right after break ...please join us for one of our Listening Sessions on April 3rd. All BSE parents are invited to join a productive and friendly conversation as the current Board sits back and gathers input from other parents. 

These small group sessions are an excellent opportunity for community members to share their ideas, vent their concerns, and ask us any questions! 

There are two sessions available-- 8:30am or 7pm. Questions can be directed to Ashish Gupta (president@bonnyslopebsco.org).

#weareallbsco #joinus

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BRILLIANT! That sums up Bonny Slope's 11th Annual Science Night!  

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On Friday, March 15th, over 700 of our community's brightest scientific minds congregated at Bonny Slope Elementary for a fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and student projects. 

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Throughout the hallways, cafeteria, and outside, families interacted with local scientists from 9 separate organizations.  Children molded brains with OHSU, studied the moon through Rose City Astronomer's telescope, designed and crafted Bonneville Power transmission towers, and showed their parents how to use Osmos and Ozobots at the Bonny Slope Elementary Technology tables.  Everyone also got to select crystals and fossils from the Rice Rock Museum and take home a catapult from Saturday Academy. 

Meanwhile, 125 student scientists gathered in the gym, prepared to present their Engineering Designs and Science Experiments, while proudly wearing their 'Bobcat Science Earbud Lanyards'.  Thanks to an army of volunteers, each student had the opportunity to talk to 2 reviewers, where they received positive written and verbal feedback on their projects.  The reviewers were so impressed with the student's public speaking skills and creativity!

A tremendous thank you for your generous donations to BSCO, which provided this free educational event to our community.  And a special thank you to the following:

Pizza Schmizza, Bonneville Power Administration, Bonny Slope Technology Lab, First Lego League, First Tech Challenge, OHSU Think First, Rice Museum Of Rocks And Minerals, Rose City Astronomers, Saturday Academy, Tualatin Valley Water District, Parent Volunteers, Bonny Slope Alumni Volunteers, Bonny Slope Elementary Staff, and the BSCO Science Night Leads (Brenda Mayland and Holly VanderPloeg).

How to Naturally Improve Focus, Mood, and Health - for all ages

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What a great topic to tackle for the last Parent Education Night of the school year.  Dr. Tanya Hudson, Naturopath, came in to give us pointers and ideas on how create a solid foundation of health for our children (and really for ourselves too).

With the on-going snow days, it was an small group of people who came, which really enabled everyone to get very specific details and ask lots of questions -- which is really what these educational evenings are for.

Dr. Hudson has been in naturopathic medicine for twelve years, and she brought a wealth of ideas and information with her.  Above everything else she discussed, I think all there would agree, that she really wanted us to take away two key points from that evening.  One, your body has three brains (I know, craziness) - our actual brain, our heart, and our gut!  And two, proper care of those three brains is the essential foundation of everything else in life.

Dr. Hudson gave many examples about how clients who reach out to her for mental health needs, anxiety, depression, ADHD - can most often find that the root of the problem stems from an improper diet.  She, like so many other professionals, also pointed out that screen time - although it can be "irresistible" - technology has a huge impact on mental health and brain development as well.  She made sure to note that the Prefrontal Cortex of the brain continues to develop until the age of 25.  Meaning, that if our children utilize screens too much and too often, it can adversely impact their brain function later on.  One idea that she implemented is that of "Minfulness".  Creating a small amount of time to just stop and take in all that is around you.  She said that she herself enjoys hiking and time outdoors to help achieve this.

The main area everyone there was the most fascinated by was the idea of your stomach, your Gut, as being the second brain of your body.  Until recently people didn't pay much attention to their stomach, unless you had an occasional stomachache.  But Dr. Hudson argues that the vitamins and minerals needed to have the rest of our body function properly, all stems from how our stomach is being treated.  She surprised everyone by telling us that, an order of small french fries (from any restaurant) creates inflammatory mediators in the body for FIFTY-SEVEN days!  And for the many people who have Chronic Inflammation, this impacts serotonin production, which in turn, directly impacts the stomach's ability to function properly.  It also impacts the Cortisol, which is a stress hormone; which is something hardly anyone is without -- stress that is.

Dr. Hudson had so much to share and teach us with our last parent education night.  It was a fascinating topic, and a great way to end the Parent Education Series.  Thanks to the Parent Ed Team and to BSCO for providing these learning events.

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: March 4, 2019

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In an effort to maintain 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.

March Meeting-- 3/4/2019

Cruising into spring and the final months of the school year, the board has begun to prepare for the 2019-20 school year.  This includes discussing changes to the budget, identifying committee lead needs and preparing for board leadership transitions.  Both principal, Janet Maza, and assistant principal, Ali Montelongo, were present and offered feedback on the BSCO budget and gave some insight on the BSD budget challenges, likely to translate to some changes in the 2019-20 school year.  They were excited to share the outstanding final report BSE received from the IB committee. After a thorough assessment of PYP at BSE, including dialogue with community members, students and staff, the IB team applauded BSE's implementation of the International Baccalaureate elementary years education.  No "matters" were identified.

Initial discussions and inputs have started on the 2019-20 BSCO budget which will eventually go up for community vote during the final BSCO community meeting on May 21st.  President, Ashish Gupta, had the opportunity to collect input from teachers/staff members in a mid-year check-in last month. Community listening sessions planned for 4/3. The budget size for 5th grade science school will likely be scaled back, given the new non-overnight format.  The first group enjoyed their experience, attending an off-site 2-day program led by Trackers. Entirely outdoors, the 5th graders studied and witnessed beaver habitats and behaviors, as well as worked in teams to design, build and test their own structures. The board discussed funding options, including STEM related projects, technology refresh needs, library updates and emergency preparedness expansion.  The board also discussed increase to the budget for teacher grants, which often fund supplies and student enrichment which directly touch our students.

Director of Committees, Katie Kammer, shared various committee lead openings.  There are a number of opportunities for those in the community looking to contribute in a very meaningful way, including OBOB, Bobcat Trail club, Carnival and 5th grade Activities/Pancake Breakfast.  In addition to the committee lead opportunities, candidates for several board positions are needed. There are 6 members transitioning, including President, VP of Fundraising, Member at Large, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of Communications.  In order to prepare for the ballot vote at the May 21st community meeting, online applications need to be submitted by 4/5. All board members may be contacted directly regarding any questions from interested candidates.

Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, shared the excellent progress being made in preparation for this year's auction on April 14th.  The auction site is live. Community members can purchase tickets and grade level student/teacher experiences, as well as make donations.  The wine tasting and donation event is Friday, March 8th, at Erin's Wine Cellar.

And believe it or not, the time is near for planning end of the year classroom parties.  Directors of Volunteers, Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson, will begin space planning for grade level parties.  As in years past, many grades opt for outdoor parties, using the various grassy fields and covered areas on school grounds.  

The Next Geography Club Check Day is Thursday, March 21

Study those maps with your kiddos!  Europe part 1 is coming up on March 21st.   

Fifth Grade Update: Mr. Traller and Mr. Basham’s class missed the February check day due to the Trackers Outdoor School.  We had a make-up check day the following week, but it wasn’t well communicated. (Sorry about that!)  On top of that, due to snow, Mr. Vaughn’s and Ms. Klingner’s class will miss the March check day for their turn at Trackers. Long story short, a missed check day due to 5th grade science school will not count against prizes/awards at the end of the year.  It’s a freebie!  If your child still wants to make up the missed day, they may do so on either of the two remaining check days or on the recheck day on May 30th.  

 Remaining Check Days:

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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Join the Auction! In-person or Virtually!

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Tickets to the 2019 Bonny Slope Auction are on sale now.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support the enrichment programs and community events that make Bonny Slope such a special place for our students.

Even if you can’t attend the auction event there are MANY ways for you to show your support for the BSCO programs and our school. Visit our auction website to learn more about this fundraiser and help to make an impact on BSE’s success:

  • AUCTION NIGHT EVENT TICKETS: Admission tickets on sale NOW until Thursday, April 11th. Enjoy dinner, drinks, contests, raffles, and a silent auction featuring great packages and student art.  Secure your spot in one, two, or all of our popular adult/family parties hosted by our amazing BSE families. Join the fun and make memories for years to come.

  • PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY RAFFLE: A limited number of these must-have tickets are sold for $50 each and a winner will be drawn the night of the event (need not be present to win).

  • 50-50 RAFFLE: Try your luck in our fifty-fifty raffle.  The winning ticket holder will win 50% of the total money taken in by this raffle.  Cost is $25 per ticket (need not be present to win).

  • TEACHER EXPERIENCES:  Grab a stop for your student in one of the hugely popular grade-level parties hosted by our wonderful teachers! These are a great opportunity for students to spend time with classmates and teachers in a fun atmosphere outside of school hours.  No need to attend the auction to be mom and/or dad of the year!

  • HOST A TEACHER: Pick up an admission or two for our awesome staff members!

  • WINE WALL: Help to build our Wall of Wine and join us for a tasting at Erin’s Wine Cellar this Friday, March 8th from 6pm-8pm.

We are looking forward to a night of fun, laughs, and memories!  Join us!

Questions? auction@bonnyslopebsco.org

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Staff Appreciation Hosts Pi Day Event on 3/14

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With a nod to 3/14, let's celebrate by serving pie to our favorite Bonny Slope staff members! 

Bakers rejoice!  This is your day to roll out your grandma's famous pie dough and whip up a favorite pie. 

Shoppers rejoice!  The bakery section in your grocery store has plenty of options to choose from.  We won't judge.  Truly. 

Sign up HERE to provide a delicious pie pick-me-up to our incredible staff.

Please deliver your goodies by 9am on Thursday, March 14th to the staff lounge.

February 2019 Principal Chat... REVEALED: The Budget Bleeding Continues

Thought last month’s budget doomsday chat was no fun?  Here’s round two!

BSD Budget = Brink of Armageddon

Since our last principal chat, the projected shortfall for 2019-20 has ballooned to $35 million.  So no, parents, you are not allowed to stick your head in the sand for this one. ALL SCHOOLS will feel the pain next year.  The only question is-- how bad will it hurt?

Let’s take a look at some specifics and possible outcomes so we can all prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario:

Ballooning Deficit

Why is this shortfall getting bigger? Well, the state legislature work sessions and Beaverton School District calendars don’t quite line up.  The state won’t have their budget finalized until the summer, while Beaverton School District needs its budget completed by April.

So…. that means BSD is making its best guess on what the state contribution will be and they are erroring on this side of total epic chaos.

Class Size Increase

Bonny Slope already has some of the highest average classrooms in the district, but those could climb higher. The district has predicted 20 more students at BSE next year, but the true test will be how those numbers will be applied to each grade.

Parents should prepare themselves for the real possibility that our grades may go over 30 students per classroom. We’ve lived through that before and while not optimal, our teachers, staff, and parents have always battened down the hatches and made it work. Because that’s what educational heroes do.

However, class numbers will not be available until after contract negotiations are finalized and the state releases their budget. So… could be late summer before the picture clears.

Lose of Vice Principals

Yes, all elementary schools may lose their vice principals next year.  While a total and complete shame, Janet has previously handled being the lone administrator at Bonny Slope.

Loss of PYP

Yes, all PYP programs may get the ax.  That would eliminate both the PYP coordinator (.5 employee) and the Spanish teacher (1.0 employee), plus the additional PYP trainings needed for our teachers. Janet and all the other PYP principals have pleaded their case to the budget committee, but time will tell how the chips fall.

Is all lost? Well, not necessarily.  Other schools across the country have managed to make it work, even through these types of cuts, but it will be different and most likely, difficult, to retain our IB certification.

BSD’s STEAM programs (like Bethany Elementary) and expeditionary learning programs (like Springville) are also on the chopping block.

Change in Calendar

Nothing is off limits-- change of start date and/or end date, loss of conferences, loss of early release… We just don’t know and we won’t know for awhile.

Other Juicy Tidbits:

  • The new middle school boundaries are still up in the air.  No one, not even Janet, knows how those will shake out.

  • International Home Language Day was a huge success thanks to Jen Oordt, our PYP coordinator, and the team of dedicated parents from our Cultural Awareness Committee.  Various items and rooms are labeled throughout the building in 12 languages so check it out! International speakers and community members visited the classrooms to make it a truly inspired day.

  • March 2 is Dr. Seuss Read Across America and of course, our former secretary, Laurie Bishop, will be back to speed read Green Eggs & Ham.  And this time, it’ll be read in Spanish as well.  Side note: this already happened and while Ms. Bishop didn’t break her record, it was still a hoot.

  • Staff Appreciation boosted morale with their February smoothie deliveries.  Jamba!

And that’s a wrap!  See on you Friday, 3/22 at 2pm for the next exciting Principal Chat.  



Science Night: Celebrating Student Discoveries 🔬🧪 Project Reviewers Needed

Science Night is back!  Mark your calendars!  Join us at BSE Friday 3/15 from 6-8pm for a fun filled evening of wonder and wisdom!  We are celebrating BSE student discoveries in science and engineering, and bringing inspirational Scientists from our community to share more about the real world impact they have on our lives.  Students do not need to have a science project in order to attend Science Night.  Everyone is welcome!

#sciencerocks #bsesciencenight19

Volunteers are needed to make this evening a success !  PLEASE sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B49A8AA2CA6FC1-review3