Momentum is Building for this Year’s Jog-A-Thon!

With just three weeks to go this year’s Jog-a-thon, on October 4th, promises to be our best year yet! Below you will find all the info you need about schedules, prizes and how to volunteer.

Please View the PDF for your student’s classroom race time, country, and class color. In the coming weeks, each class will learn more about their assigned country thanks to the Cultural Enrichment team. 

We need your participation to make this the most successful Jog-A-Thon yet, so if you’d like to volunteer, please sign up here.


To get started, create an account on Pledgestar/BonnySlope. Each student who creates an online fundraising page is automatically entered into the weekly raffle. We will be raffling off some great prizes during your students lunch period on each Friday leading up to the event.  


Reminder: ANY AMOUNT DONATED is considered participation.


For additional information & for details about matching funds please go to

Questions? Please contact Regina Noonan, Christa Meyer and Lauren DeHaan at

Thank you Bonny Slope families!

Announcing: Our very first community meeting for 2019-20

The Fall Community Meeting of the Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO) is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7pm in the BSE Library, right after Janet Maza’s not-to-be-missed Principal Chat at 6pm.  This is the first community meeting of the school year. EVERY SINGLE PARENT and guardian of a child at Bonny Slope Elementary is a voting member of BSCO.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Meet your 2019-20 board members

  • President, Taylor Kash

  • Vice President, Carin Ruiz

  • Secretary, Aaron Muhs

  • Treasurer, Heather Vonk

  • Director of Committees, Katie Kammer

  • Directors of Volunteers, Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson

  • Director of Communications, Jeff Cook

  • Member at Large, Nima Patel

Catch up on all current BSCO business

  • Our 2019-20 budget plans including changes to spending categories and new special projects

  • New parent resources: Calendar, Email Subscription & BSCO on Social Media-- Facebook & Instagram

  • Maximizing Matching Funds!

  • Upcoming events including Monster Mash, Geo Club, Walk to School, Jog-a-thon, others

  • Open volunteer opportunities

  • And more..

Enjoy some treats and meet new people

We look forward to seeing you!  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Taylor Kash (

2019 Jog-A-Thon Kicks Off “Running Around the World!”

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Our 12th Annual Jog-A-Thon is quickly approaching! 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 4th. The money raised supports programs that directly enrich our students' education and experience here at Bonny Slope.

This year’s theme will be “Running Around the World”, and will once again celebrate the diversity of our Bobcat Student Body. Each classroom has been assigned a country or region to research and study its unique culture. The Cultural Enrichment Committee is planning some fun and educational experiences for all grades. Every classroom will have a designated shirt color to wear during the event which will correlate with a color on their assigned country flag.

The parent information booklet went home in each student’s backpack last week. In it you will find information on Pledgestar, FAQ, prize list, and classroom country list for each teacher.  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:

Create a quick, simple, and secure online fundraising page through  After a few easy steps, parents and students will be able to email and upload their fundraising page to social media to share with friends and family.  We encourage you to create pages early so your student can be entered into the weekly raffle. 

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. 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 15th, 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 company matching programs. This is an incredible way to double our goal!!


School Prizes:

If 85% of our student body participates AT ANY LEVEL, Bonny Slope earns a GLOW IN THE DARK DANCE PARTY!  ANY amount of donation is considered participation!

If 90% of the student body participates AT ANY LEVEL there will be an ALL TEACHER PERFORMANCE you won’t want to miss.

Classroom Prize:

Classrooms with 85% Participation will earn a donut party (during school hours)

Individual Prizes:

$50+ Slap Bracelet

$150+ Golly-Ology Juggling OMSI show- Tuesday 10/29, before school begins

$300+ Game truck and Pizza party- Wednesday 11/13, during lunch/recess

Top "lappers" for each grade will get a special prize.

Weekly raffles for students who sign up with Pledgestar!


The Jog-A-Thon is a fun and exciting event for the students, teachers and for our volunteers! Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Jog-A-Thon.  Sign up to help at:

*Please note:  A background check via the mIP system is required to volunteer/visit during school hours.

More Questions?

Please contact Regina Noonan, Christa Meyer, or Lauren DeHaan.


Back to School Picnic/Meet the Teacher Event this Thursday, 8/29

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Welcome back, Bonny Slope!

All families are invited to the Back to School Picnic this Thursday, August 29th!  Come enjoy meeting other Bonny Slope families and catch up with old friends as we kick off the school year.  Information about what our parent group, Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO), has planned will be available.  

Festivities begin at 4:30pm with a Meet the Teacher event, where you can drop off school supplies and explore your child’s classroom (till 6:00pm).  5th grade students will be on hand for student-led school tours.  

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Stay for the BSCO Back to School Picnic from 5pm - 7pm on the field.  Bring your own blankets or chairs and your own picnic dinner.  Enjoy treats provided by BSCO for all our new and returning families.

There will also be food vendors onsite offering yummy dinner options for purchase, using cash or cards.

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Abuela Chona, a Bonny Slope family-owned business, will be offering empanadas with beef, chicken, spinach, and ham & cheese. They will also have famous alfajore cookies with dulce de leche available.

Cafe de Crepe will be crafting sweet and savory crepes for the crowd!

Additionally, the Franz truck will be serving mini grilled cheese sandwiches to kids for FREE (limited quantities available).  

Questions? Contact Taylor (

Back to School Packet Now Online

Your BSCO Back to School information packet is electronic this year — again!  Check it out...

BSCO 2019-20 Back to School Packet

The following information is included:

Addendum: New parent info sheet including school day logistics, lunch and snacks, and more

In addition, please update your volunteer profile.  Volunteers make the difference!

  • New volunteers need to fill out an online application. This process can take a couple weeks to get approved so we recommend doing this as soon as possible so you don't miss out on any upcoming opportunities.

  • Each year please update your interests on

  • See our volunteer page for all the info!

2019 Auction Sign-Up Parties Still Available this Fall

Several 2019 Auction Sign-up parties still have room for attendance this fall. Take a peek at these exciting events! Auction parties provide a fun, social atmosphere, as well as financial support to the BSCO programs and events we know and love. Check out the Auction website for the remaining opportunities.

Last year’s Bubbly Brunch.

Last year’s Bubbly Brunch.

Caribbean Island Style Dinner Party, Saturday, Sept. 21st

Indulge yourself in the taste of the Caribbean at the home of Matt and Schonell Ban on Sept 21st. Enjoy Jerk Chicken, Seasoned Tilapia, Caribbean Coleslaw, Veggies, Seasoned Rice, Johnnie Cake, Rum Punch and Island music. Includes beverages.

$50/person. Limited to 20 attendees.

Generously hosted by Matt & Schonell Ban, Ashish & Julie Gupta, Erick & Agi Widman, Justin & Brenda Mayland

Drinks, Cocks & Nibbles, Saturday, Sept. 28th

The title no longer surprises you but no doubt you heard about the racket this party made for the last FIVE years! Join us once again on September 28th for a night out filled with fabulous apps, drinks, and BADMINTON. Don't miss another smashing time of competition and smackdown. Leave your kids at home, but bring your A game.

$40/person. Limited to 30 attendees.

Generously hosted by Jennifer & Kevin Watson, Ryan & Denise Puntney, Chuck & Melissa Gatchell, and Nathan & Kelly Ward

Burn to Brunch, Saturday, Oct. 5th

As the leaves change to red, so will your face as you combine the intensity of interval training with the tranquility of a relaxing brunch in this unique fall event on October 5th. First, push yourself to new heights with a high-energy bootcamp workout class with certified personal trainer Wade Davis. Have fun, challenge your body, and feel the burn with other Bonny Slope parents. Then reward yourself with a catered brunch and mimosa as you unwind in an afterburn glow.

$40/person. Limited to 12 attendees.

Generously hosted by Leigh Havelick and Lauren McCabe

Mixology 301, Saturday, Nov. 2nd

This popular party is back for a third round of mixed drinks. Mix, muddle, and shake a variety of unforgettable cocktails with expert guidance from a local Portland bartender. Prepare yourself for an evening packed with savory snacks and light appetizers, as well as all the ingredients you need to learn the tricks of the trade. Take a risk beyond your usual well drink and learn real bartending skills with fresh, fun recipes, just in time for the holidays. Neat or dirty, join us November 2nd.

$45/person. Limited to 35 attendees

Generously hosted by Ashish & Julie Gupta, Tony & Carin Ruiz, Josh & Angie Bruxer, Rachana Dinkar & Pradip Ramani

Attendance can be purchased on the 2019 Auction website.

BSCO Announces August Events for Incoming Families

BSCO is organizing several welcome events for our new kindergarten and transferring families this August. These are a great way to meet new people and start your Bonny Slope adventure off right. Join us!

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August Playground Playdates: Aug. 12 & Aug. 19, 4:30-6pm

All new kindergarten and transferring families are invited to join us for some fun on the Bonny Slope Elementary playground on Monday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 19, from 4:30-6pm.

This totally casual, drop-in event is an awesome opportunity for your kids to get a sneak peak of our BSE playground. Pop in and meet other incoming families, have your questions answered and enjoy the final few weeks of summer!

This BSCO tradition is a great way to get a jump start on the school year & ease some of those first day jitters. Meet on the playground, back behind the main building. See you there!

Questions? Michelle & Stephanie (

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New Parent Social: Aug. 26, 5-7pm

Got questions? We’ve got answers! New BSE parents are invited to attend an adults-only meet & greet on Monday, August 26 from 5-7pm at Cedar Mill Bales Thriftway. Wine by the glass and non alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Come find out what to expect as a new Bobcat family!

Help us get a headcount! RSVP HERE.

Questions? Katie (

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Meet the Teacher Event, Thursday, Aug. 29, 4:30-6pm

  • Back to School Picnic, Thursday, Aug. 29, 5-7pm

  • First Day of School for Grades 1-5, Sept. 3, 8:30am

  • Welcome Coffee, Tuesday, Sept.3, 8:30am

  • First Day of School for Kinders (Last Name A-K), Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:30am

  • First Day of School for Kinders (Last Name L-Z), Friday, Sept. 6, 8:30am

Bonny Slope’s full calendar can be accessed HERE.

Geography Club 2018-19 Winners Announced

Another year is in the books for Geography club.   A total of 499 different countries, states, capitals, provinces, territories, landmarks, waterways, and land features make up the entire year of geography club. This year we had two students learn and test on ALL 499!  Congratulations to Sahit J. and Gavin M. on a job well done.  In total we had 65 award winners this year.  We couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s hard work.  See the complete list below of this year’s award winners.  Prizes will be delivered to classrooms this week and the winners will be announced in the assembly held on the last day of school.  Congratulations!!



2018-2019 Geo Club Award Winners

Grade Level Achievement

Aarman P. Grade 1

Addie W. Grade 1

Annika A. Grade 1

Arshi P. Grade 1

Audrey B. Grade 1

Carly L. Grade 1

Claire K. Grade 1

Eleanor H. Grade 1

Hazel C. Grade 1

Josephine P. Grade 1

Julia K. Grade 1

Justin C. Grade 1

Keya C. Grade 1

Micah L. Grade 1

Noah S. Grade 1

Owen D. Grade 1

Sana D. Grade 1

Vera R. Grade 1

Aryana S. Grade 2

Colton M. Grade 2

Cora K. Grade 2

Dylan M. Grade 2

Emma B. Grade 2

Iveagh K. Grade 2

Katelyn C. Grade 2

Kinley M. Grade 2

Meryem Y. Grade 2

Ocean W. Grade 2

Sofia Z. Grade 2

Zackary M. Grade 2

Aashir P. Grade 3

Janvi P. Grade 3

Jayna P. Grade 3

Luke S. Grade 3

Melina L. Grade 3

Wyatt W. Grade 3

Adah F. Grade 4

Annalisa K. Grade 4

Molly D. Grade 4

Owen M. Grade 4

Taylor M. Grade 4

Grade Level Achievement and 1 Challenge Level Achievement

Jillynne B. Grade 3

Leighton S. Grade 3

Trevor D. Grade 3

Hadley C. Grade 4

Penelope V. Grade 4

Rohin G. Grade 4

Level 5 Achievement

Erica C. Grade 2

Jessica D. Grade 5

Leila G. Grade 5

Omer Y. Grade 5

Level 5 Achievement and 1 Challenge Level Achievement

Duncan C. Grade 2

Julia G. Grade 3

Karim F. Grade 3

Matthew G. Grade 3

Cora S. Grade 4

Kellen L. Grade 4

Nam-Anh L. Grade 4

Ruby F. Grade 4

Lily G. Grade 5

Max D. Grade 5

Level 5 Achievement and 2 Challenge Level Achievement

Akshaya Y. Grade 4

Tyler M. Grade 4

Geo Club ALL STAR: Level 5 Achievement and 3 Challenge Level Achievement

Gavin M. Grade 4

Sahit J. Grade 5

Thank you to our volunteer team.  We couldn’t do it without you;

Mahwish Aqeel, Bonnie Bailey, Shannon Bekins, Sharon Bertuleit, Jessica Canessa, Marah Clugg, Emilia Cutrer, Jenna Dornblaser, Victoria Foord, Padma Jajam, Jihyun Kim, Tiffany Lee, Laura Lorenz, Kelly Matsushima, Megan McLaughlin, Howard Nakanishi, Nima Patel, Liliana Pavon, Megan Pham, Andy Poorman, Asha Purohit, Currie Reese, Debbie Smith, Barb Ternus, Annie Willen, and Srilatha Yerram.

Opportunities & Housekeeping for All Volunteers!


We still have open Committee Lead positions for the 2019-2020 school year, so if you are interested, please check out the most up-to-date open 2019-20 Committee Lead positions when you first log into my under the ‘News’ section.  As of today, the following are still open:

  • Auction - Chair this Annual Spring Fundraiser

  • Artist in Residence - Research and schedule the visiting artist and managing community grants

  • Monster Mash - Help plan this yearly Halloween favorite

Please contact Katie ( if you are interested in learning more about these awesome opportunities. 


  • Returning to Bonny Slope for the 2019-2020 school year?  

    • Update your child(ren)s information for the new year (grade, teacher, etc.), your General Interests, and choose which classrooms and committee(s) you would like to help with.

    • Returning volunteers need not repeat the background check unless notified otherwise.  

  • If you will no longer be volunteering at Bonny Slope next year, please send an email to to add or remove schools, or to archive your profile from the system.  BSCO is not able to remove your profile from the school’s email list.  

Thank you!
Your BSCO Directors of Volunteers, Stephanie and Michelle