Thursday, February 22nd is the Next Geography Club Check Day

Study up, Africa Part 2 is the next map.  Maps can be printed at home using the following link:

Sign-up genius for volunteering: 

Remaining Geography Club Check Days

  • 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 missed a month you can recheck on May 31st or any of the above regular check days.


Principal Chat January 2018

It was a whirlwind of riveting topics at last week’s evening Principal Chat.  Because time is precious and we’ve all got kids to feed, here’s a recap you can skim in two minutes.  We’ll even time ya.

  • Fourth grade’s lunch hour social experiment got mixed reviews from the students.  Our little cherubs had to pick a number as they walked in to sit at a table with random kids in hopes that it would prompt a bit more outreach and build some social skills and new friends. However, most of the kids thought it was a brutal form of arcane punishment for being too loud. It was only for one week, but something of this sort might make its way back to the BSE cafeteria every now and then for all the grades. Oh, the torture!

  • Fifth grade's No Homework Policy is a misconception. Although expectations are somewhat different for each classroom, homework is a requirement in 5th grade. Most teachers require a minimum of reading 30 minutes per night as well as finishing any classwork that was not completed during the day. Many also require writing about reading and Dreambox work.  Occasionally, you should see the old school type of math worksheet come home as well to support what is being done in the classroom.

  • Is Dreambox optional?  Can we just let them keep playing? Oh Dreambox-- where all your math dreams come true.  Online, that is.  Some parents would prefer a hard copy homework handout, but honestly, it’s the teacher prerogative.  And is your little hooligan surpassing all his math grade level dreams and wanting to climb that dreambox ladder?  Consensus here is to keep him challenged and let him go as far as he wants.

  • How is it possible that people are still parking in the “No Parking” areas of the parking lot at pick-up?  Seriously, folks.  It’s February.  Have we not figured this out yet?  (cue eye roll) Just a heads up-- BSE is taking names and Washington County is on the case, so YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.  

  • Oh hey, turns out your kids need to be IN school to do well AT school.  Beaverton School District is cracking down on their chronic absentee rate. When it comes to reporting absences, there is no difference between excused versus unexcused. Bonny Slope has a pretty large number of students who are characterized as “chronically absent,” so let’s do better, shall we?  Two major indicators of high school grad rates are socio-economic status and chronic absenteeism. And big brother BSD is watching...

  • The new preschool is a part of BSE, but not quite FULLY BSE.  Preschool students will have breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, attend assemblies, and use the playground and community events such as parent education and Carnival.  However, they won’t have all BSCO programs (like Art Lit, Bobcat Trail) or specials.  Each class only has 2.5 hours of instruction per day, so it’s all about hitting those preschool standards with a heavy focus on social emotional growth.

  • We’re not the only preschool circus in town.  This past fall, two other schools in Beaverton School District (Aloha-Huber & Vose) opened preschools. Eventually, our superintendent would like them at every elementary.

  • Our IB higher-ups will be checking us out next fall so we need to get our IB ducks IN A ROW.  Start drinking the kool-aid, people!  We’re still in the middle of a self-study, so if you’d like to participate in taking a crazy short survey, or even being the hero and sitting on a discussion panel next fall, then connect with Jennifer Oordt, our PYP Coordinator (

And that’s a wrap!  Join us for February’s Principal Chat on Friday, 2/23 at 2pm.

The PYP Leadership Committee Needs to Hear From You!


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Leadership Committee needs to hear from you!  Our International Baccalaureate (IB) Standards Self Study brought up some issues we are discussing as a staff. We would love some community members to have the opportunity to weigh in. Your voice can be heard two ways:

1) Participating in this survey

2) Joining a focus group that will meet twice this spring and one time next October during our IB consultation visit. If you are interested, please contact the PYP Coordinator, Jennifer Oordt


Volunteers Needed for Artist In Residence!

Volunteer to assist our students and learn the art of the collage yourself.  Our Artist In Residence program begins on 2/20 and runs through 3/23. Each classroom will spend two sessions with local Artist Sarah Ferguson to learn the techniques of painted paper and collaging.  It's fun and easy to volunteer and a great way to work with our students as they learn about art. This year we are tying the theme of the art to a PYP learning practice so the experience comes full circle within the students curriculum.

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Our artist is looking for 2 - 3 volunteers per each classroom session to help with getting the students to and from the artists workshop and to move through the lesson. For more information and to sign up to help visit:

For the complete BSCO 2017-2018 Artist in Residence program overview and volunteer information visit the following: 

Link to AIR overview

Link to AIR schedule with CURRENT volunteer needs

Question or Ideas:

We Need Your Help Collecting Photos for the 5th Grade Slide Show!

Attention 5th grade parents -- we're looking for your photos!  Every year during your student's final week at Bonny Slope, they view a video retrospective of their elementary school years.   We need your help to make it a memory. 


Submit up to 4 photos of your student during various ages from K-5.   These can be any type of photo (with family, professional, candids, you name it).    Don’t delay!  It’s better to do it now, than be in a rush at the end of the year.   First 10 people/families to submit their photos qualify for their name listed in the end credits!!!   (plus, we’ll even let you change them if you find something different later on)

How, you ask?   

email to 
drag & drop on the web at **

We’re also looking for Bonus Photos — these do not count toward your 4 photo max !!    Older things from past Field Trips, general classroom group photos, Jog A Thons, Read Across America Day, 2nd Grade Market, with the bus driver, their teachers, or other staff.   There’s also a category for “Things That Aren’t There Anymore” (ex: snow in the parking lot, Mrs. Bishop)


** note: web submissions aren’t compatible with Android or smaller iOS devices.

Auction Items Needed

The Auction procurement team is working overtime to find fun, interesting, and valuable items to populate this year’s silent auction. The success of Bonny Slope's auction depends on your generous donations of items, trips and experiences, to be bid on at the event. Your donations are tax deductible and will be packaged for sale in the evening's silent or live auction.

Do you have season tickets to any local sports teams? If there is a game that you are unable to attend, consider donating those tickets!

Do you have extra SHARC passes? We can bundle them with a vacation home to create an amazing family vacation.

Do you have a small business? Consider donating a small gift basket of your products or a gift certificate for services to introduce your business to our school community.

Please take a look through this list to see if you have a connection that can help Bonny Slope.



  • Sports Tickets
  • Team Memorabilia
  • Home Décor
  • Wine: Bottle ~$25
  • Gift Certificates
  • Jewelry and Fashion
  • Local Celebrity Shadowing


  • Salon and Beauty
  • Fitness
  • Home Maintenance
  • Photography
  • Chef and Catering


  • Airline Miles
  • Hotel Points
  • Car Rental
  • Concert Tickets
  • Personal Vacation Homes
  • Anything you can think of!

The Bobcat Soiree team is looking for people to donate personally or from businesses you frequent. You may approach them yourself with our attached forms, or our procurement committee can make contact on behalf of BSCO. To inquire about Donations, please contact Lauren (


Ask companies with whom you do business — or your own business — to become an event Sponsor. Many levels of sponsorship are available, most of which are accompanied by perks for the event itself. To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Lauren (

Auction Tickets on Sale February 22

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Mark your calendars, Bonny Slope! The Bobcat Soiree and Auction is excited to announce that online ticket sales will begin on Thursday, February 22nd. Admission, golden raffle tickets, teacher experiences, and sponsor-a-teacher opportunities will all be available for purchase through the auction website.

Ticket pricing is as follows:
   Early Bird: $50 (Feb 22nd - April 2nd)
   Regular: $65 (April 3rd - April 19th)

Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

This year's auction takes place on Saturday, April 21st and will be held once again at the beautiful Tiffany Center. In addition to silent and live auctions, the evening will include a seated buffet dinner, a champagne toast, and for the first time, a highly entertaining dessert dash.  

Get ready to celebrate ten years of Bonny Slope excellence, and support our students while having a great time with your Bonny Slope friends and neighbors. Look for your personal invitation in February 23’s Friday Folders.

If you have questions regarding the depth and scope of BSCO’s annual budget and programs, please check out our 2017-18 budget or contact Ashish Gupta, BSCO President (

BSCO Community Meeting Minutes - Jan 2018


BSCO Community Meeting
Date:  1.31.2018
Location:  BSE Library

ATTENDANCE:  Ashish Gupta, Kaitlyn Watz, Jessica Osika, Ali Montelongo, Jenna Dornblaser, Kelly Kinzer, Josh Resch, Rehana Malik, Jacob Whitehead, Frances Kang, Jennifer Oordt, Bitsy Parks, Mara da Silva, Julie Gupta, Heather Vonk, Doug Bergmann, Elise Cronkrite, Ellen Rothery, Rebecca Sutton-Kanyako, Holly VanderPloeg, Elia Freedman, Andrea Steyskal, Karen Rasor-Cohen, Colleen Ellingson, Sara Peters, Hannah Donohue, Lauren McCabe, Maureen Louie

CALL TO ORDER:  7:02pm

Approved 9/26/17 meeting minutes

Meeting Presentation: Click here


  • Preschool starts Monday, 2/5.  Only 3-5 openings remain.

  • All staff has been trained on new initiative, "Culture of Care".  Specific focus areas, including growth mindset and zones of emotional regulation, were described.  The zones of regulation provide common school-wide language for regulating emotions and supporting students with getting back to a calmer state of mind.

  • Beginning with '17-'18 school year, the district moved to semester grading --> 2 report cards per year.  With 2 conferences and 2 report cards, there are 4 formal opportunities for parent communication.  Additionally, students should come home each Friday with assessment of what needs improving.  Student progress reported on the report card continues to be assessed against end of year goals and standards.  This methodology is consistent across BSD but can be confusing for parents.  New to the report card is an indication of student absences.  

  • Jennifer Oordt, PYP coordinator, requested feedback from the community stakeholders on PYP, as she prepares BSE for annual IB report.  The IB PYP is designed to develop internationally minded students who are able to demonstrate the 10 attributes of a learner profile.  More information on PYP in the community slides.  Survey was distributed via IPADs on hand at the meeting.  In addition to the survey, Jennifer is looking for any community members who can commit to 2 focus groups this spring and an interview with IB in the fall.  Contact Jennifer directly.

President’s Report, Ashish Gupta

  • Ashish shared mid-year progress to 2017-18 focus areas of 1) Building Connections through Volunteering, 2) Smarter Giving and 3) Growing STEM opportunities.

    • BSE reached its 1000th registered volunteer in MVP.  There is evidence of new parents, leading and contributing in numerous committees and events.  The auction, which is the largest annual fundraiser, has a new chair and committee.  Community member, Lauren McCabe, has graciously taken on this leadership role.

    • Corporate matching dollars is already at $8.5k vs. goal of $6.5k.  Volunteer hours (over 600 hours) have been matched as well, amounting to $6k

    • STEM in residence, science school for 5th graders, science night (inclusive event with vendors/demos)

  • Teacher grants and funds report

    • Summary of mature grants was shared (e.g. 5th grade Newbery books, ~$1k)

    • Teacher funds - $6k out of allocated $14k is claimed

    • BSCO funds also being used for projects around the school (e.g, newly painted paw prints on sidewalk in front of school, newly painted four square lines on playground)

  • Mazama’s Science School - Many thanks to the outstanding pancake breakfast chairs/committee/volunteers/attendees? Over $5k raised (gross).

  • Parent Ed Night:  3rd one for the year is Mar 6th in BSE Library, 7-8:30pm

    • Dr. Allan Cordova, “Executive Functioning and the Pre-middle school transition”

  • 2018-19 Board Applications

    • Directors of Volunteers and Director of Committees are open roles for the 2018-19 school year.

    • Those interested should look out for applications, due sometime in April

  • Auction Fundraising/Budget

    • Many of the instruments, which aids the BSE music program, are reaching 10+ years.  Instrument replacement costs are under consideration for raised auction dollars.

    • As the school reaches its 10yr mark, other budget ideas are under review, such as A/V or TV in gym, playground equipment, emergency preparedness

  • Classroom Projector Update

    • Elia (and Jacob Whitehead) invested valuable time throughout the fall to fine tune the projector setup in Basham/Trailer classrooms.  Apple TVs were also hooked up to allow wireless projection from student ipads.  With the results of the trial set up looking good, orders for 19 projectors and 26 Apple TVs were submitted so that installation in all of the classrooms can proceed.  Includes PYP and music rooms.  Expected to spend 19k v. 25k budget, thanks to some well negotiated pricing.

  • Next community meeting, Tue, May 22

Vice President of Fundraising Report, Ellen Rothery

  • Pancake Breakfast - raised over 5k, thank you Megan and Leigh.  Zero procurement costs!

  • Bobcat Soiree & Auction - Tickets go on sale 2/22.  The committee outlined multiple ways to contribute including leads on businesses who would like to be a sponsor or donate, donations of vacation homes or tickets and party hosting.  Mar 3 - deadline for sponsorship;  Mar 15 - deadline for donations;  Apr 1 - deadline for party hosting.  Committee has also tried to recognize the valuable community feedback (78 survey responses) and take proactive steps to adjust this year's event.

    • 2018 auction is a celebration of 10 years (simpler event with no costume-driven theme)

    • Trying to hold ticket price to $50

    • Continuing to provide beer/wine.  Adding vegetarian entrée option.

    • Extending silent auction time, reducing length of live auction

Director of Committees Report, Holly VanderPloeg

  • Upcoming:  

    • Artist in Residence  - Sarah Ferguson from Young Audiences to will lead hands-on instruction of paper and paint collage techniques.  5th graders are creating piece for permanent installation in the school entrance.

    • OBOB - 24 4th/5th grade teams currently participating in "battles".  BSE championship battle scheduled for 2/12.

    • Science Night, Friday, 3/16 6-8pm - Opportunity for all students to share their experiments and engineering designs as well as an opportunity for entire community to see presentations and demonstrations of several local scientists and organizations.  A makerspace has also been arranged.

  • Ongoing:  Bobcat Trail Club, Geo Club, Art Lit, Community Garden, Staff Appreciation

Directors of Volunteers Report, Jenna Dornblaser & DeDe Osborne

  • Thank you to Classroom Coordinators for ongoing support of all classroom volunteer needs

  • Winter class parties in Dec were a success.  2nd of 3 rounds of parties is Valentine’s Day celebrations on Wed, Feb 14th.

  • If you have personal items left in the volunteer room, please do pick up items in order to help keep the room clean and avoid lost items.

Director of Communications, Josh Resch  (

  • Josh shared the multiple channels of BSCO news/information.  Bi-weekly newsletters, Website/Calendar, Facebook, Instagram

Treasurer’s Report,  Melissa Gatchell (Ashish covering)

  • Spending to date is in line with 17-18 forecast.  Specifics can be found in the community slides as well as treasurers report.


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Girls on the Run coming to Bonny Slope!

Exciting news! Girls on the Run of Portland Metro is coming to Bonny Slope for this spring! 

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program for girls in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades that boosts self esteem, confidence, leadership, and health and fitness through the physical activity of running.  The BSE 'team' can accommodate 8 to 15 girls with 3 coaches and several practice helpers.

GOTR is held for twice a week for 13 weeks from March 5 - May 19.  Practices are planned for Monday and Fridays from 3:15- 4:45 pm at Bonny Slope Elementary, using both covered areas and the outdoor track.

Volunteers!  GOTR is seeking another coach to join Debbie Herron and Katherine Rule that can commit to being at the practices and also looking for 1-2 practice helpers, as well as running buddies.  

Registration is open for the Spring season!  Sign up here:  --> Scroll down to Girls on the Run Grades 3-5


Donate to Doernbecher Drive through February 19th

Donate to Doernbecher Drive is a drive to collect Art supplies and Toys for kids at Doernbecher. Doernbecher is a children's hospital that treats kids from all over the Northwest. These items will help make sick kids happy while they are in the hospital.


All items MUST be new or unused. The bins will be under the stairs, near the music room.

The drive will go on from February 1st to February 19th.

Please donate NOW to put a smile on sick kids at Doernbecher!