Join us for the Monster Mash party on Friday Oct 25th!

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Now in its 12th year, The Monster Mash is Bonny Slope Elementary’s spookiest party.  Last years celebration was spine-chilling and this one will be even better! Get ready for another night of fun as you BOOgie down at the Glow in the Dark Dance Party, win a dessert at the Creepy-Crawly Cake Walk, and scream your heart out at the expanded Haunted House (zombies included).  

We will have Pizza Schmizza and Abuela Chona for purchase, available before the event at 5:30 in the cafeteria. Families are welcome to come in costume. Please no weapons or excessive blood/gore. 

Please consider volunteering for this amazing event.  We rely on the support of our community to pull this off.  Jobs will include dance chaperone, line control for cookie station, cake walk, haunted house etc., and entrance support.  

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Donations of candy and small baked goods are also needed.  Candy donations can be dropped off at the front office next week (look for the monster) and baked goods will be collected Thursday, 10/24, and Friday, 10/25.  All contributions are greatly appreciated!

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Once again, this Monster Mash is free of charge due to the incredible fundraising effort in 2018-19.  Questions can be directed to Ashish and Julie Gupta and Angie Bruxer (monstermash@bonnyslopebsco.org).

Interview with our new Vice Principal Jim Hiller

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Each school year brings new faces - and it's not just those adorable tiny Kindergarteners! It's staff too. This year Bonny Slope has been lucky enough to get a great veteran teacher and Vice Principal, in our very own Jim Hiller.

I was able to sit down with Mr. Hiller and find out a bit about him, and now I get to share that with you!!

Mr. Hiller comes to us as our new Vice Principal, but he was actually the V.P. for Hazeldale the past few years, including when they went through all of the construction and various school sites! He has also been an elementary school teacher, an intervention teacher, and a New Teacher Mentor. Wow! So much experience. When I asked if, he wasn't working around schools, what would he do instead? Mr. Hiller was quick to reply that he would probably be a lawyer or judge (I think those skills come in handy at schools too), or maybe film editing (I bet lots of BSCO clubs would love his help!) But, he says, he always knew that he was going to be a teacher. Even in first grade he knew! He was good at school and loved to "play" school. He said, "There was just something about it, I really liked students, and connecting with people...I just knew I was going to be a teacher." Well we sure are happy to decided to come here.

As we have seen Mr. Hiller at school events, or even just walking down the halls (because hopefully not too many people have been called to his office ;-) ) people are quick to recognize that Jim has a deep appreciation of all things Disney! Yes, he has been to Disneyland several times, and even Disneyworld. Even though he hasn't made it down for the new Star Wars land. He has gone before for when it is the holiday season. He recommends not going in between the end of December and New Years - - the park gets just too crowded.

Obviously everyone wants to know, which is his favorite Disney character, and he says the original mouse himself is his favorite. Mr. Hiller has lots of Disney paraphernalia in his office; everything from Legos to plushes, a Peter Pan cup, and books can be seen. He almost rivals Renee and her love of Snoopy!

When Mr. Hiller isn't busy helping out our beloved students, he could be hanging out at Cannon Beach, talking a stroll through Forest Park, enjoying his favorite breakfast cereal HoneyNut Cheerios (has he been hanging out with the BSCO Board too much??), playing with his new dog, or maybe building a new Disney themed Lego kit.

No matter what though, Mr. Hiller is a happy and welcomed addition to our amazing Bonny Slope Staff. Thanks so much for coming to join us over here. I'm sure you will join me in welcoming Mr. Hiller.

Parent Education Night Review

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On Tuesday night, at least forty parents gathered in the library to listen to the well-versed knowledge from Lynelle Benit. It was an insightful evening coordinated by our Parent Education team and funded by BSCO.

Instead of focusing solely on one specific area and delving deeply into that, Mrs. Benit instead focused on the broad topic of helping children to deal with their emotions and the impact it has on their brain development. Her main goal really was in giving parents tools on how to help them, and their children, to identify and separate, their emotions from the situation that was happening. For example, if a child hits another. First, acknowledge that both children are upset, and find out the reasons they are upset, identify them. Right or wrong everyone has feelings and for children they need to be recognized. THEN move to the actions.

She really was able to give parents, and I feel adults in general, many valuable nuggets of information.

  • Keep your emotions on the river between the banks of chaos and rigid. What can we do to make the person's river wider, by reducing the stress on either bank. By recognizing the emotions children are expressing, it allows a child to be able to then process it, separate the feelings from the action, and then move forward

  • The Wheel of Awareness (as seen in the drawing). Lynelle utilizes this with the majority of students that come to see her at the school she works at. It is a more in-depth and literal form of mindfulness. One example that was discussed was about 'getting shots'. The nervousness of getting a shot is a feeling, that feeling ISN'T you, it's a feeling, a temporary thing, an external sensation.

  • When we add logic to an emotional situation, we are able to diffuse the anxiety, and to see the situation more clearly. The example given with this is about how sometimes smoke detectors go off, even though there is no fire. It may make us nervous or anxious, but there isn't anything bad happening. She said children of all ages really respond well to this example.

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Near the end of the evening, Lynelle opened up the conversation to the people there with the questions they have. Each of the following were concerns a parent expressed, but were echoed by many there.

  • How to get kids to pay better attention in class. First, she said, "No one has a long attention span." Adults and children alike hop around in their thoughts every three-four minutes. What parents are wanting really, is to have children come back to the task being asked of them. It was discussed about using flag timers, or vibrating timers that are set for every few minutes. And to also incorporate movement (hello brain breaks!!!)

  • What do you do when you try to talk to your child, and they just refuse to discuss it. Mrs. Benit mentioned that this is again very common. Children (and adults) so often combine feelings of something to the actual thing that has happened. She says to keep telling them, "I care about you, I am honoring you by acknowledging that you are upset and don't want to talk about it; but I want to help 'carry that big backpack of worry' you have. So, we don't have to talk about what made you frustrated right now, but let's talk about the good things in your life, let's take away some of those frustrations you have, let's find a balance."

  • Kids who have no fear. A parent was concerned about how to help their child have a healthy sense of fear. Is it alright to yell? Lynelle mentioned that the frontal lobe area of the brain is the part that focuses on impulse control. The frontal lobe doesn't finish developing until 26 (sometimes 28) years of age. So a younger child doesn't always fully understand that playing with matches, running with scissors, cutting an apple with a sharp knife, or running across a street, is a bad thing. She said that this is the time to yell, to use "the big mama bear voice". And share with them, "feel how my heart is beating fast, hear how loud and scared my voice sounds, see how quickly I moved to stop you from doing that?" All of that helps to show the reality of the seriousness of the situation to the child, which also builds up their frontal lobe.

  • What to do with a child who so vividly imagines scary things happening that they are unable to go to bed. A parent was getting desperate, thinking that it would just be easier to stay with the child until they fell asleep each night. But the parental concern was, was this creating unhealthy dependence on the parent. Mrs. Benit mentioned that it is more unhealthy to be controlling over how a child feels and tell them how to react, because then that creates unhealthy relationships for them as they get older. (Meaning, when someone says "No you don't like chocolate, you like jelly beans. No, you shouldn't ride a bike, you should only skateboard.") She suggested talking through the scary thought with the child, how can you turn it into something funny or silly, how can we switch it around so you feel safe. "Where can you put the monster so it won't hurt you?" Again, validate their feelings, give them control and ownership over it. Then create a very predictable routine for going to bed, which can help eliminate extra stress or anxiety. Create a transitional blanket, shirt, stuffed animal that is a part of you (the adult) and give it to the child for comfort. If all else fails, go ahead and fall asleep with the child until that phased has passed. By showing your child that you care for them and are there for them, you are creating an example of a healthy loving relationship.



These were some of the mentioned resources families could utilize, and that Lynelle uses with her students.

  • Whole-brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • Yes Brain by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

  • The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

  • a YouTube video "Sitting Quietly Like a Frog" - to help work on focus and de-escalating

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In closing, she said that it is really important to recognize and validate the feelings that children have. Too often she has found that the older children/young adults who are quicker to be angry or easily fall into depression, tend to be the ones who didn't have their feelings acknowledged. Those people who, for various circumstances, bottled up their feelings, grow into adults who have a hard time expressing themselves. Which is why laying a solid foundation as children is so important.



Again, another big thank you for BSCO and our Parent Education team, for giving us to have these great events. I'm looking forward to see what we learn in January for our second Parent Education Night.




This Year’s Jog-a-thon was our Best Year Yet

The sun was shining and the kids showed up and gave it their all! This years Jog-a-thon was the best year yet. To date, this generous community has already fundraised over $68,000, with over 556 students donating in some capacity. This means a glow-in-the-dark dance party will be scheduled soon! Congrats to every student for reaching this goal!

The teachers are eagerly watching the school wide participation goal. They know when we reach 90% they’ll have to come through on their promise for a performance we won’t forget! We’re 85% now with one week to go, we can do this!

 

CLASSROOM PRIZES

There is still time to earn the in-class donut party! Individual classrooms are working toward their 85% participation goal. As of now, ten classes have earned their party with several classrooms very, very close.

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As a reminder, ANY AMOUNT DONATED COUNTS AS PARTICIPATION.

 

INDIVIDUAL PRIZES

  • $50 - Slap Bracelet

  • $150 - GollyOlogy Juggling OMSI show, 10/29 before school

  • $300 - Game truck & pizza party, 11/13 during lunch/recess

Top lappers for each grade will also earn a special prize!

Parents still have two ways to continue the momentum and join the cause.  

  1. Head to http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope and donate to your favorite little jogger.

  2. Return cash or check (made out to BSCO) to the school office by Tuesday, 10/15. Lost your Jog-a-thon envelope? Return in any envelope just be sure to include your students name & teacher.

Lastly, a HUGE thanks to all our parent & community volunteers! There is no way we could have done it without you. 

Still have questions: jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org

BSCO Fall 2019 Community Meeting Minutes and Video Replay

The first BSCO community meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, following the Principal Chat with a great turnout to both!  The BSCO meeting kicked off with a discussion by Steve Sparks from the BSD on the middle school boundary adjustment process, which will begin it’s advisory committee meetings this October.  We heard from our own Janet Maza and the new vice principal, Jim Hiller, as well as updates on technology purchases by 5th grade teacher Jennifer Klingner. 


The 2019-2020 BSCO Board members were introduced and provided updates and news about all the exciting things going on this fall.  For those not able to attend in person the meeting was available livestream via Youtube. If you missed both, a replay is available along with the slides from the presentation and meeting minutes. 

BSCO COMMUNITY MEETING MINUTES —

DATE:  September 24, 2019

LOCATION:  BSE Library

VIDEO REPLAY: https://youtu.be/VhxbGaTTc-4

SLIDES: 2019 Fall Community Meeting.pdf

ATTENDANCE:  Taylor Kash, Jeff Cook, Stephanie Wilson, Michelle Mulholland, Heather Vonk, Aaron Muhs, Carin Ruiz, Katie Kammer, Nima Patel, Nicole Hastings, Julie Mullavey, Shannon Bekins, Ajith Jain, Currie Reese, Ashley Bolick, Angie Bruxer, Mara da Silva, Bitsy Parks, Mandeep Bawa, Doug Bergman, Kim Lyon, Ge Li, Yeni Sindrawati, Andrea Steyskal, Kelly Kinzer, Ashish Gupta, Darren Faulk, Allison Mark Rotner, Lan Xu, Josh Rosch, Melissa Manos, Regina Noonan, Hannah Donohue, Marnellie Bishop, Scott Bishop, Yael Gideoni, Jenna Dornblaser, Jessica Canessa, Mindy Poorman, Jessica Osika, Laura Dunlap, Emily Shiraishi, Tracy Shiraishi, Miwon Jung, Jacob Whitehead, Frances Kang, Jim Hiller, Janet Maza, Lisa Teuber, Liz Bannas, Rebecca Sutton 

CALL TO ORDER:  7:05pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Approved 5/21/19 meeting minutes

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:  Steven Sparks, Executive Admin for Long Range Planning – 

Talking today about middle school boundary adjustment for new middle school, Timberland.  No plan has been prepared yet. They are still gathering data. Objectives: 1. Create attendance boundary for Timberland MS that provides a projected student population sufficient for comprehensive middle school.  2. Adjust the attendance boundary for Stoller. 3. Review and adjust the attendance boundaries of other middle schools. 4. IF warranted study and recommend minor adjustments to elementary and/or high school in the future.  Existing boundaries remain for elementary and high school.

Committee Meeting will take place every 2 – 3 weeks from now through March 2020.  They will be hosted at different middle school locations each time. Legacy students will also be considered.  They are currently recruiting members for the advisory committee. Applications are on the web page. Recommendations will be made to superintendent and then board will make decision in June.  Effective Fall 2021. No kick off map will be published. All info will be public on website. Goal to be very transparent. Want 2 members from each middle school. 8 middle schools = 16 total members.  

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:  Janet Maza – 

  • Introduced Jim Hiller new BSE VP.  

  • Kids did a great job the first few weeks.  School Safety Reminder. Please make sure you follow the rules and protocols.  Pull all the way forward when dropping off in morning…don’t get out of car. Have kids get out quickly.  No parking up front at pick up time in afternoon. Crossing Guards – please pay attention and ask your neighbors to also be mindful.  If you bring your dog make sure to bring a baggie…just in case.

  • Kindness matters.  Schoolwide focus – Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Giving kids words gives them power. Highlight students who demonstrate positive behaviors PBIS.  What you pay attention to grows. Focus on Kindness.

  • Lockout:  What went well?  Staff acted accordingly with info given.  Buses quickly diverted. Law Enforce responded to help students get to safety.  Students handled a scary situation with a huge amount of poise. Areas for improvement:  Timely Communication. How to alert families that do not know about lockout without having staff outside.  Timely comm. Keep in mind, during lockout the WA County Sheriff are in charge. They tell us what to communicate and when.  

  • Speak up 4 Student Success:  Listening sessions (see handout and online).

  • After School Clubs:  There are ADA requirements for after school programs.  Many are not meeting this, so that is why they have not set up yet.  As they are able to meet the ADA requirements they will start again.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS: 

PRESIDENT / TAYLOR KASH

  • Introduced the BSCO Board.  6 new members (Taylor Kash/President, Carin Ruiz/VP, Heather Vonk/Treasurer, Aaron Muhs/Secretary, Jeff Cook/Director Communications, Nima Patel/Member at Large) and 2 returning positions (Katie Kammer/Director of Committees and Stephanie Wilson & Michelle Mulholland/Director of Volunteers.)

  • Who is BSCO?  Every parent/guardian, teachers, staff at Bonny Slope.  We support education missional, enhance with enrichment activities.  Have fun. Focus on Communication, Manage Budget and fundraising events.  Volunteer committees oversight. Over 1,000 volunteers.

  • Budget:  Added Movie Night.  Food Pantry. Total $165,000 all is donated.  Teacher Grant funds increasing from $3k to $6k.  Educational Support increasing from $12k to $18k.  STEM in Residence increasing from $6k to $10k Library Grant $5k refresh.  Field Trip increasing from $3k to $5k.

  • Computer Science STEM:  Topics Covered - Coding and internet safety, Digital citizenship, Scratch Jr. for younger students, Scratch and code.org. for older students, Mobile tablet stands for teachers. Heathphones with microphones for upper grades Breakout EDU.  Jenn Klingner – purchased sets for classrooms. Stands for all teachers who requested.  

  • Cultural Enrichment Committee / Jog a thon:  Each class will represent a different country.  Supplying each teacher with their country’s info, flag, guest speaker from each country.  Also received items from cultural box.  

  • VP – Fundraising:  Jog-A-Thon $50k goal, Auction $45k goal, Pancake Feed $3.5k Box Tops $1k, Matching Funds $22k…Bridge the Gap if necessary.

  • JAT lots of prizes for kids and classes.  Currently at $27k Goal is 85% participation school wide.  School will have Dance a thon if we reach 85% participation. If school reaches 90% participation, teachers will put on a dance.

  • Maximize matching funds:  Many employers provide matching funds.  Check with your employer to see if they do too.  List of some employers that match: Columbia, FEI, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Nike, Symantec.  Intel and Nike also pay $10/hr for volunteering.

  • Box Tops are going digital.  You can still Clip them and send to school.  Amazon Smile is also available.

DIRECTOR OF COMMITTEES, KATIE KAMMER: 

  • There are committees for everything and everyone!  

  • Bobcat Trail Club, Geo Club, Volunteers needed.  

  • Art lit – teach a lesson on a particular artist and then do an art project with a class.  

  • Directory deadline approaching.  PDF version is free, Printed Version is $5.  

  • Walk to School day – Wed Oct 2nd.  

  • Parent Education Events – Topic: Positive Parenting Strategies, Tuesday 10/8/19 7pm-8:30pm.  

  • Author Visits – 2 of them this year.  10/18 and 11/26.  

  • Monster Mash – Volunteers needed, building haunted house, decorating, clean up.  Donations also needed: Items for cake walk, carved pumpkins, & Individually wrapped candy. Oct 25th 6-8pm FREE EVENT.  

  • Book Fair – Nov 4-7

  • Movie Night 12/6 6:30pm – 830pm

  • 5th Grade Activities – Pancake Breakfast Initial Meeting on Oct 11th @ 6:30pm Erin Hire’s House 

  • Community Outreach Committee – Parents and kids can volunteer throughout the community.  

  • Pantry Provisions Committee – new, they support the backpack program.  Pack food for kids for the weekends. Email Karen @ pantryprovisions@bonnyslopebsco.org

DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS, STEPHANIE WILSON & MICHELLE MULHOLLAND:

  • In order to Volunteer:  All must have background check, sign in and sign out in office, create profile in My Impact Page, choose interests.  BSCO events and classroom opportunities available. www.bonnyslopebsco.org/volunteering/

  • Class Coordinators are filled. Party Coordinators have many spots still needed.  Upcoming Needs Walk/Bike to School 10/2, Cultural Richness, JAT prep, Library.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, JEFF COOK:

  • BSCO Newsletter sent every other Friday.  BSCO website. www.bonnyslopebsco.org – subscribe by email or RSS Feed, calendar, Store, Contact Us.  

  • FaceBook Groups:

  • Instagram 

  • Combined BSE and BSCO calendar.  Starting November 1 BSE will be the only calendar.  

TREASURER, HEATHER VONK:  

  • 2018-19 Audit Completed.  

  • Carry Over Funds Reduction:  $39,000.

  • Technology Updates - $15,000

  • Library Grant - $5,000

  • Emergency Preparedness - $2,000

  • Capital Improvements - $7,000

  • Carnival 2020 - $4,500

  • Monster Mash 2019 - $3,000

  • Student Body Paper Fund - $2,500

NEW BUSINESS:  

  • None.

Q&A:  

  • None.

MEETING ADJOURNED:  8:25pm

Parent Education Night Preview

Does your child/adolescent struggle with learning, focusing attention, managing emotions?  Or exhibit behavior that stop them from being productive in school and get along with friends and family? Are you wanting a deeper understanding of your child’s brain emotional development, in order to give you to a plan of action that gives you confidence that your child will learn successfully, make friends, and enjoy themselves? 

On Tuesday, October 8th, at 7pm in the Library, BSCO presents it’s first Parent Education Night of the year. And we will have Lynelle Benit there. Lynelle has spent 25 years of working as a School Psychologist. It allows her to focus evaluations to quickly reach a plan of action to address the area of concern. Her focus is understanding the student and providing useful strategies and instruction so their experience of tomorrow is better than today. 

Lynelle will cover a lot of information, such as: the power of play and non-verbal communication, ways to be aware of the signs of anxiety and depression.  She will also talk about disciplining by focusing on what you want to teach rather than reacting to behavior.

So join us for this BSCO sponsored event on Tuesday, October 8th!

Book Drive Begins October 7, Volunteer for Book Cleaning Event

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Books, books and more books!

Shelves bending under the weight of all those books your kids have read?

Not sure what to do with them?

Then we have the perfect solution.  Donate them to our Bonny Slope Book Drive.

The Bonny Slope Outreach Committee is supporting the Childrens' Book Bank in NE Portland this fall with a used book drive.  The Book Bank offers a range of age-appropriate, culturally diverse books to children in lower income neighborhoods, supporting early literacy, bringing children the joy of reading and igniting curiosity and learning.

Bring us all your gently used books (Grade K - 12).  No ex-library, ex-school, torn or damaged books please.  

Look out for the collection bin under the stairwell at school beginning October 7th. 

AND then sign up to join us on Wednesday 16th October from 9.30am - 12.30am for cleaning, sorting and packing all our donations.

Questions? outreach@bonnyslopebsco.org

Parent Input Needed for Student Success Act

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The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Beaverton could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts will be required to apply for funds. Districts must demonstrate engagement of the community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. The needs assessment includes the District’s existing Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and an expanded public engagement process with multiple and diverse stakeholders.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time

  2. Addressing student health and safety needs

  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size

  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

Phase I community engagement will seek input on what is working and what improvements are needed.

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion. Take our BSD Needs Assessment Survey!

Additionally, there is a Community Conversations scheduled around the district. Join the conversation surrounding what is and isn’t working in our schools!

More info can be found on the BSD website.

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Staff Appreciation Oktoberfeast, Wednesday, 10/9

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Staff Appreciation Oktoberfeast, 10/9

The BSCO Staff Appreciation committee is welcoming the fall season by stocking the staff lounge pantry with seasonally themed snacks -- an Oktoberfeast (see what we did there?)!

The goal is to give the staff pantry a bountiful boost-- fall produce, bulk size bags, seasonal boxed soups, fun fall snacks... you get the idea. This is less of a buffet lunch and more of pantry upgrade to get them through October.

So! Check out October's sign-up to see where you can contribute.

Please deliver your donations to the front office by 9am on Wednesday, 10/9.

Please remember:

  • Our staff lounge is now UPSTAIRS. Our former location (by the first floor production room) is now a first grade classroom.

  • Non-perishables can be dropped off at the front desk, to the left of Wendy as you enter the office.

  • Items that need to be refrigerated can be taken to the fridges in the upstairs staff lounge. Alternatively, if you see me or Jenna in the office that morning, we are happy to grab it ourselves.

  • Please label your dishes if you want them back.

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THANK YOU to the generous parents that have already brought in coffee & sparkling water. If you haven't yet, please consider donating either one for a Thursday this fall. These dedicated professionals need fuel to teach our babies all day.


**Please take these items to the Volunteer Workroom downstairs (under the stairs) and clearly mark them as "Staff Appreciation."

November Conferences

Conferences are later this year, scheduled for Wed, 11/6 & Thursday, 11/7. This team is super excited about our theme (Pinterest at its best!), so be on the lookout for a signup later in October.

One More Time

Oktoberfeast Sign-up for Wed, 10/9

Fall Coffee/Sparkling Water Sign-up

Questions or would like to join our email list? Jenna & Hannah (staffappreciation@bonnyslopebsco.org)