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.