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 2nd one Sep 28th with more information on JAT and other 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


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 (

Have Fun Teaching Art Literacy at BSE!


This year’s Art Lit Leadership team is ready to dive into another exciting year.  Art Literacy is an art education program sponsored by the Beaverton School District, funded by BSCO and run by parent volunteers. Every year, we teach six art lessons to each classroom. 

Each lesson focuses on a specific historical artist; we review his or her biography, look at examples of their art, and then lead a hands-on art project that is inspired by the featured artist.  This year’s artists include Faith Ringgold, Peter Carl Faberge, Jacques-Louis David, Joan Miro, Henri Rousseau & the culture of India

Parent volunteers can either attend a hands-on training and lead the lesson, or simply assist students with the project on the day of the lesson.  Either is a gratifying, fun-filled experience that allows parents to interact with their child’s classroom and requires no previous art experience. 

Interested in exploring art with your child?  Contact to be sure you are included in this year’s Art Lit database.   

Read below for more pertinent info on this valuable program here at Bonny Slope.


  • Attend six fun, hands-on training sessions to learn how to teach the lessons
  • Schedule six lessons with the Art Lit team and your student’s teacher
  • Coordinate classroom volunteers to assist with lesson production
  • Teach/help with six Art Lit lessons


  • Quality time with students, teachers and parents in your child’s classroom
  • Explore your own artistic side
  • Make new friends at all grade levels that believe Art is an important part of academic growth
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of enabling students to think creatively, problem solve and develop mental images.


  • Provides all 6 lesson plans and hands-on training
  • Manages the school Art Literature lesson schedule
  • Creates school bulletin boards to display student art
  • Stocks the Art Lit cart with all the supplies, lesson plans and tools for your success

Contact with questions or to enroll as a volunteer in this year’s Art Lit database.  


2017 Jog-a-thon Kicks Off “Running Around the World!”

Click here to volunteer:

Our 10th Annual Jog-A-Thon is off to a running start! This school-wide event promotes fun and fitness while raising funds for BSCO’s annual budget.  Students will solicit pledges/donations, then run, jog, or walk their way to the finish line on Friday, October 6th.  The money raised supports programs that directly enrich students' education and experience here at Bonny Slope. 

Our theme this year is “Running Around the World.” Each classroom will be assigned a country, will learn about that country in the classroom, and design their own flag to represent their classroom.  This will be a fun and educational experience for the children while running and raising money for their school. What do the kids wear? Every classroom will have a designated shirt color.

Colorful student materials should go home in every backpack on Friday, September 8, 2017.  Below you will find important information to get you started.


Students may start soliciting pledges today!  There are two methods to raise money.  Choose the most convenient method or feel free to utilize both.

1. Online Method:

Build a quick, simple, and secure online fundraising page through  *EASY ONLINE PLATFORM! After several easy steps, parents and students will be able to email, Facebook, and Twitter their page to friends and family.  Create pages early to be entered into weekly prize raffles.  

2. Envelope Method:  

Students solicit pledges and then collect them in the JAT envelope.  Each sponsor should write their name, pledge per lap, and maximum pledge on the attached envelope. 

If the sponsor would like a tax receipt, the student should fill out the receipt (donation amount and date) and give it to the sponsor immediately.  Tax receipt forms are found here.  Students may also collect flat donations in advance, but should keep the money and the pledge envelope until after the event.  Envelopes need to be turned in by Tuesday, October 17, 2017 to be eligible for prizes.


Maximizing your company’s matching funds is an important aspect of BSCO’s fundraising.  Please visit for a list of local gift matching programs. This is an incredible way double our goal!!


School Prize

If 80% of our student body participates AT ANY LEVEL, Bonny Slope earns a GLOW IN THE DARK DANCE PARTY with a live DJ!  ANY amount of donation is considered participation!

Class Prize:

Classrooms with 90% participation- Earn a Bingo party WITH DONUTS with Bobby the Bobcat.

Classrooms 80%- Earn Bingo party WITH POPCORN during school hours in the library.

Individual Prizes:

**Prize parties may be held either before school or during school hours.  Look for more JAT info soon as we finalize details/dates with our vendors.

$50+ Emoji key chains.

$150+ Reptile Man (plus key chains)

$300+ Bowling party at Sunset Lanes with pizza for lunch.  This trip will take place during school hours. We will need signed permission slips for this award trip.

Top "lappers" for each grade get a pair of Nike Elite socks.

Top girl and boy “lapper” will receive a prize!

Weekly raffles for all of those who sign up for Pledgestar!


Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Jog-A-Thon.  The sign-up is now live at: .  This is such a fun event to watch your child run/walk and help the event run smoothly.  *Please note:  A background check via the mVP system is required to volunteer/visit during school hours.

More Questions?

Sydney Keister and Cara Cook

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Visit and Book Order Opportunity: Nick Bruel, Author of Bad Kitty Books

On October 11, 2017, we are very excited to have author Nick Bruel visit with Bonny Slope students.  He is the New York Times Bestselling children’s author and illustrator, most notably of the Bad Kitty series.  He will be presenting in four presentations during the day.  His most recent books as well as the 2013 Children’s Book Choice Award winner are available to purchase at a discounted rate.

Hurry! Autographed Book Orders Due Soon

In order to guarantee an autographed copy of Mr. Bruel’s book please submit orders no later than 6 pm Sunday, September 24th, 2017.  Orders after 6pm September 24th and through 6pm October 8th will receive book plates signed by the author and placed in the books when they are received after his visit.  If you are interested in ordering one of these books, visit (Bonny Slope Elementary families only please).

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Miksovsky at

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Bad Kitty Takes the Test (Hardcover)

His most recent book is titled Bad Kitty Takes the Test.  It’s something everyone has to do at least once.  Kitty is no different.  In this new edition of the beloved, bestselling Bad Kitty series, Bad Kitty faces… a test!  Based on her previous bad behavior, the Society of Cat Aptitude has determined that Kitty is not only a bad kitty but a bad cat.  In order to redeem her feline status, Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat.  If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat.  With the help of Chatty Kitty, who is the instructor at Cat School, and Uncle Murray, who thinks he’s just there to renew his driver’s license, Kitty learns all about being a cat and a little about herself.

Age 7-10, 144 pages


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Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet (Paperback)

When Kitty is happy and healthy, everything is perfect.  She jumps around, eats everything in sight and has the energy to keep slobbering puppies in their place.  But when she’s sick, all she can do is lie in her bed.  Looks like it’s time for this sick kitty to go… to the vet.  When Kitty’s family finally manages to get their clawing, angry pet into the doctor’s office, it’s a wild adventure for Kitty who has to get the most dreaded thing of all… a shot.  Once administered, Kitty is cast into an ingenious dream within a dream sequence in which she has to make right by puppy or risk being shut out of PussyCat heaven forever.

Ages 7-10, 160 pages


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Bad Kitty Puppy’s Big Day (Paperback)

Bad Kitty’s in a bad mood… a very bad mood, and Puppy is not helping.  Enter Uncle Murray, who’s tasked with taking care of Puppy for the day, but that’s when the trouble begins.  When they go on a walk through the park, Uncle Murray almost gets himself arrested while Puppy ends up in the pound, where he meets some very peculiar new pals.

Ages 7-10, 176 pages



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Bad Kitty for President (Paperback)

Children’s Book Choice Award for 2013 (CBC - Children’s Book Council) – The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winners are selected by kids and teens of all ages.

Learning about elections has never been more fun!  It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Club!  Who will win the election?  The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street?  When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

Order here:

Tantrums and Meltdown Presentation Scheduled for 10/9

Join us for the first BSCO Parent Education evening, “Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Rage: Parenting Strategies for Calming the Storm” with Ally Burr-Harris, Ph.D., on Monday, 10/9 from 7-8:30pm in the BSE Library.


This is a workshop for parents of school-age children who are prone to emotional outbursts. Parenting strategies presented will include catching your child before the storm, calming your child if he/she has passed that “critical window,” and preventing future meltdowns from occurring. Strategies for parents to stay calm in the face of a child’s outburst will also be reviewed.

Ally Burr-Harris, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at Children's Program. She has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. Previously, she was the director of a child trauma program. She is the parent of three children ages 11, 16, and 21. Ally has expertise in the area of child trauma, adoption, and parent-child attachment. A common thread across all of her work with children and families is coaching both parents and children in emotional regulation skills. This was her primary motivation in developing this workshop for parents.

Please note that childcare is not available for this event.  The Parent Education series is supported via your Jog-a-thon donation.  Questions can be directed to Megan O’Malley-Cook (

Thursday, September 28 kicks off Geography Club for the 2017-18 School Year!

Start studying your September map with your students at home!!  You should have received an informational letter and the September map in your student’s Friday folder last week. 

Map packets for the entire year are currently available in the office and will be there through the end of this month.  You can also print maps out at home using the following link:

The same maps are used each year! Please save maps and reuse if possible!!

We need volunteers for check days!!  Check out the Geo Club sign-up link on mVP for available time slots.  It’s a great day and a great opportunity to work directly with students across 1st-5th grades.

2017-18 Geography Club Check Day Schedule

  • Thursday, September 28-- North & Central America
  • Thursday, October 26-- Asia & Middle East Part 1
  • Thursday, November 30-- Asia & the Middle East Part 2
  • Thursday, December 14-- South America
  • Thursday, January 25-- Africa Part 1
  • Thursday, February 22—Africa Part 2
  • Thursday, March 22—Europe Part 1
  • Thursday, April 26—Europe Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24—Australia & Oceania
  • Thursday, May 31—Recheck Day

If you miss a month you can recheck on this day or any of the above regular check days.


If you have questions please contact:

BSE Embraces Warm Welcome to School Year

Bonny Slope families propelled themselves into a new school year last week, as 638 students returned to BSE’s classrooms last week.  Over 140 new students joined BSE this fall, along with seven new staff, including kindergarten teacher, Frances Kang, and first grade teacher, Jessica McBride.


Several BSCO events helped transition families into the school community.  This past summer, BSCO hosted a series of Playground Playdates every Monday in August.  The turnout was even better than organizers anticipated, with an average of 75 attendees each session, well above the number from 2016. 

Ashish Gupta, BSCO President, shared, “I was thrilled with the attendance at this year’s playdates-- we ran out of name tags every week!  It was great to meet so many new families and watch the kids play and make friends.”


The Back to School picnic was also a huge success, with glorious weather welcoming families to meet their teachers and drop off supplies.  The Franz food truck was on hand to give out free grilled cheese to students, and several community organizations had booths set up to help communicate to families.  As always, BSCO was on hand to pass out popsicles and pump the community for this year’s Jog-a-thon. 

The first day of school is notoriously crazy, but at least 70 parents (new record!) managed to make it to BSCO’s annual Welcome Coffee to enjoy some coffee, pastries, and much-needed re-connection with other parents after a long summer. 

According to principal, Janet Maza, the first week of school has been a success.  She comments, “Students arrived at school excited to see their friends, meet their teachers and ready to learn. This week we experienced our first ‘smoke’ days which kept us inside and unable to have a healthy recess until Thursday.  This didn't dampen the spirits of our students  too much but they were certainly happy when outdoor recess returned on Thursday.  The week ended with an assembly and a hello from our mascot Bobby the Bobcat.  It was a great week!”

The staff themselves are geared up and ready for another awesome year.  Fourth grade teacher Aliyah Taylor shares, “What a whirlwind it is to come back to school! Bonny Slope is really buzzing with energy as we roll into the fall as a team. We had an exceptional time coming together during Inservice Week, and it truly seems there's a new fire under our feet and an even stronger sense of unity as we work to kick off the 2017-2018 school year.”

This evening’s (Thursday 9/14) Back to School curriculum event (see calendar) will also prove beneficial for parents and teachers to connect.  The beginning session starts at 6pm in the cafeteria and moves to classrooms around 6:50pm.  Two sessions are held back-to-back so parents can attend more than one classroom presentation.

Bobcat Trail Club Starts Thursday Sept. 21st

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Calling all runners! Bobcat Trail Club is a free, before school running club that is open to all students. We meet from 8:00-8:25 am every Monday and Thursday on the Bonny Slope Track. Join us for fun, fitness and great prizes.  The first meet is Thursday, September 21.

Questions or if you can help volunteer contact:

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BSE Volunteers! Join us for Orientation 9/19 or 9/20

Come hang out with us and learn the ins and outs of being a Bonny Slope volunteer.  Get your picture taken for your badge as well.  You only need to come to one of these sessions.  

  • Tuesday, September 19th – 8:30-9:15am in the cafeteria.
  • Wednesday, September 20th – 6-6:45pm in the library.

Check out opportunities here and make sure to complete the background check, if you haven't already.

If you're new to Bonny Slope this year or you haven't volunteered before, look at our handy dandy New Family Checklist.