October 2018 Principal Chat.... REVEALED

October’s Principal Chat was a cozy affair with all the usual suspects.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

Early Release Police

We are in year two of the glorious Early Release Wednesdays.  Wondering what teachers are REALLY doing every Wednesday afternoon?  Well, Janet’s here to give us a glimpse of what really happens when all the minions have left the building.  

First, let’s talk schedules.  Each Wednesday’s focus is designated by the District.

  • 1st Wednesday– Admin-Directed, meaning Janet & Ali facilitate and manage this Wednesday training for the staff.  These first Wednesdays this school year have included the state-mandated curriculum for Erin’s Law, which requires all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.

  • 2nd Wednesday– Team Collaboration, meaning grade level teams meet to go over specific curriculum, projects, students, methods, or anything else that better creates a cohesive team and grade.

  • 3rd WednesdayProfessional Development by the District.  These trainings are held throughout different schools and teachers can sign up for whichever ones they need.

  • 4th WednesdayIndividual Team Collaboration

  • 5th Wednesday (the Blue Moon)– Teachers are on their own to decide.

Different teams focus on the specific needs of their grade.  Some examples this year have been strengthening parent relationships through goal setting, strategies to promote math fluency, and the “three act tasks,” where teachers record student methods to better learn the child’s brain method.

Informative FAQ regarding Early Release

Rocked Reauthorization

The IB bigwigs came to town and LOVED what they were seeing at Bonny Slope.  Every five years, IB schools are reauthorized, meaning IB central comes out to verify that the school is applying the IB methods correctly.  The high level of inquiry instruction found at BSE was impressive and we walked away with some minor feedback and lots of kudos.

Other Juicy Tidbits

  • Bonny Slope’s recent community outreach initiative, the Backpack Project, has been a huge success.  Tons of canned food came in over conferences and the school’s food pantry is already full, ready to be sent home via backpack to families that need a boost.

  • No Outdoor School for BSE fifth graders this year, per BSD’s new no overnight rule for elementary students.  The school is looking into doing Science School (like last year), but it would just be a day trip.

  • Our state & districts funding woes are not over IN THE SLIGHTEST, folks. Beaverton SD is again facing some serious decisions for next year, as every district in the state will again be facing a budget shortfall.


And that’s a wrap, America! Join us on Friday, 11/16 at 2pm for our next exciting adventure with Janet and Ali.

Geography Club Check Day is Thursday, November 29

Kids bored over Thanksgiving? Why not study Geo Club! This month we hit Part 2 of Asia & the Middle East. Kids can attend any of the check days and study for as few or as many levels as they would like.

Visit the Geo Club website for maps and more info.

Remaining Check Days:

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  • Thursday, November 29-- Asia & the Middle East Part 2

  • Thursday, December 20-- South America

  • Thursday, January 31-- Africa Part 1

  • Thursday, February 28—Africa Part 2

  • 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

 

5th Grade Volunteerism in Action

Have you been to school this past week?  And have you seen those boxes sitting under the stairs, wondering "what the heck are those?"  Those boxes are our students putting their thoughts and goals to help others into ACTION!

The 5th grade Bobcat Diplomats are working on four different collection drives.  All throughout the month of November, they will be collecting new goods for: 

Janus Youth:
Collecting new and gently used warm clothing for homeless youth

Meow Village: 
(Feral cat rescue shelter) Collecting all kinds of items for cats

NW Children's Outreach:
Collecting new and gently used coats for foster children

Oregon Humane Society:
Collecting all kinds of items for dogs

What an amazing array of ways to provide support to those who are in need!  We all say it, and these kids sure do show it, but it is wonderful to see their thoughtfulness and desire to help others reach such a wide audience.  Why not take the time to do a little shopping with your children, and bring in your goods together?  It would make for a wonderful teaching moment, and really bring the meaning of this Thanksgiving holiday season, home.

Oregon Battle of the Books Begins

It’s here... Bonny Slope’s Oregon Battle of the Books!!!  OBOB kicked off on Wednesday, November 7th for 4th and 5th graders. You will soon receive emails from teachers and Friday folders with more information.

This fun reading incentive program is completely optional for fourth and fifth graders. Students will participate on their own time and will commit to their team by reading at least five books from the OBOB list.

Students who want to participate must complete the Parent Permission form before November 26th, 2018.  When registering include your child’s team name in the registration form or leave blank if they have not made a team and still wish to participate. If you need a paper copy please have your student request one from their teacher.

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For more information please visit the BSCO OBOB website for the list of books, online registration, FAQ and OBOB rules.

We are also looking for volunteers to help make OBOB a more meaningful experience for the students. We need assistance with the tactic session starting in December and OBOB battles beginning in January. Contact obob@bonnyslopebsco.org if you wish to volunteer.

Questions can be directed to obob@bonnyslopebsco.org.

OBOB is sponsored by the Bonny Slope Community Organization and is organized by parent volunteers.

Movie Night Friday, November 30th!

Yes it is definitely getting dark earlier now (hello, it's dark before dinner even!)  But, with those early evenings comes special events that don't work as easily when the sunshine is calling us at 9pm... and it's.... (drum roll...) FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!

Through hard work and donations made to BSCO, Bonny Slope Elementary got a huge movie screen sized projector in the gym.  And BSCO wanted to share it with everyone by having a fun family-friendly movie night on the very last day of November.  

On Friday, November 30th, with doors opening at 6:30 and the movie starting at 7pm, families can come (adult supervision is required) to watch a film in their pjs and with blankets and pillows too!  Since we don't want to give away all the details - can you guess which movie we will be watching?  It's a sequel, set in London, England, with a bear who PADS along in his blue rain coat and red hat.... guess it yet?

Well if you haven't guessed, but are excited to find out, OR, you already know and want to share in the delight, come watch it with all of us on November 30th. It will be a fun night to be sure.

Movie Night is open to Bonny Slope Elementary families.

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November Staff Appreciation Event Brings Friendsgiving to BSE Staff

On Friday, 11/16, BSCO’s Staff Appreciation Committee will be providing a Friendsgiving spread of assorted Thanksgiving sides for the 60+ BSE staff members. 

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Yes, forget the turkey.  It's the SIDES that make magic happen on Thanksgiving.

Here is the sign-up to contribute to this smorgasbord of deliciousness on Friday, 11/16.

Some things to consider:

  • Please note what you are bringing so we can avoid duplicates. And please take a moment to look through what others are bringing.

  • Items need to be at the school by 10am.  Dropping off before that time?  Please put in staff lounge and mark the items as Staff Appreciation.

  • Don't be afraid to bring in your favorite specialties, even if they aren't necessarily Thanksgiving sides.  Let's get creative!

  • Working parent?  Grab a cold side from any deli counter (Safeway, MOC, New Seasons all have many cold thanksgiving sides that would be a delicious addition).  These could be cheese and cracker spread, antipasto platter, delicata squash salad, wild rice pilaf, farro salad with squash and feta... you get the picture.

  • Kitchen catch on fire and you can't bring in your items?  Text Hannah (971.221.5561) to let us know. We'll happily pick it up at your house! We are nothing, if not full service.

Questions can be sent to Jenna & Hannah (staffappreciation@bonnyslopebsco.org).

Cultural Richness Committee Meeting, November 5th

Join us Monday November 5th from 7-8pm at Ms Acosta's 2nd grade classroom (room 111, towards the end of the hallway on the first floor)!

Learn about what we have been doing this year, and learn about what we are planning to do in the coming months.

We have many opportunities for all to get involved.

ALL are welcome. We would love to hear from everyone.

Please visit our current website to know more about all the exciting things we are doing and planning: http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/cultural/

We hope to see you there!

Any questions, please email us at cultural@bonnyslopebsco.org

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Book Fair Coming Up, Volunteers Needed

The 2018 Scholastic Book Fair is looking for volunteers to help students select and purchase books next Monday through Thursday—many time slots are only 20 minutes. Find a time you might already be at school for pick up or drop off! Also there is room for setup help this Friday.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa4a828a46-bonny2

55% of Book Fair sales come back to our school to purchase books and other supplies for our library and classrooms.

Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. 

Book Fair Dates/Hours:

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Monday, November 5th                      8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, November 6th                     8:00 am – 7:00 pm   (FAMILY NIGHT)
Wednesday, November 7th               8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Thursday, November 8th                   8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our family night is on a TUESDAY this year, due to the early release schedule.  Bring the entire family to browse books and enjoy a sweet treat.    If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.  Online sales count toward our book fair totals. 

If you are sending money to school with your child, please make sure they have a good way to keep it secure – a labeled plastic bag or envelope works just fine.   

We need your time and energy to make this Book Fair a success!  To volunteer, sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FA4A828A46-bonny2 

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

Student Directory is now available

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The electronic version of the Student Directory is now available! You should have received an email from your student’s teacher(s) that contains a URL and password to be used to download this year’s directory. If you did not receive it or if you’ve misplaced the information, please contact your student’s teacher; the office staff does not have this information.

If you pre-ordered a printed & bound copy, they should make their way home to you by the end of next week.

Questions? Contact directory@bonnyslopebsco.org

Jog-A-Thon 2018 Is A Runaway Success!

In an amazing effort, the Bonny Slope Community has come together to raise over $65,000 to help enrich the school experience for all students. This student led fundraiser was achieved with 567 students participating.  A huge THANK YOU is in order to all parents, volunteers, donors, and sponsors who helped us surpass our goal. We have successfully earned the All School Glow-In- The-Dark Dance Party and are looking forward to seeing what shade of purple Mrs. Maza and Ms. Montelongo will be rocking!

Classroom Participation Rewards

A record number of 20 classrooms reached the 85% participation goal and will receive an in-class donut party.  A special shout out to Mrs. Dell, Henely, Swardstrom, and Taylor/Oordt’s classes for reaching an astounding 100% participation!

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Individual Prizes Scheduled

$50 prize:   429 students will receive a mini squishy. These will be distributed individually during student conferences.  

$150 prize:  205 students have earned an opportunity to attend the OMSI Golly-ology juggling show, scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:30am-8:15am in the gymnasium. An email has gone out for those who reached this goal.  

$300 prize: 62 students will enjoy an on-site Game Truck and pizza party. An email will follow for those who reached this goal.

Thanks again for an amazing event!  

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