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:

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 this exciting events scheduled for this fall. Check out the Auction website for the remaining opportunities.

Bubbly Brunch, Sunday, September 8

Last year’s Bubbly Brunch. DADS NOW INVITED!

Last year’s Bubbly Brunch. DADS NOW INVITED!

Toast to Bonny Slope’s exciting future! Join us for a casual brunch bash on Sunday, September 8th, complete with scrumptious brunch classics, champagne, Bloody Mary’s and excellent company. This event is uniquely geared towards parents of our youngest students. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with new and familiar faces as we head into the new school year. Cheers!

$35/person. Limited to parents with Kinder-2nd grade students enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year. Limited to 35 attendees.

Generously hosted by Tracie Young, Lisa Teuber, Allison Mark, Air Duke, and Emily Olsen

Family Dodgeball Party, Saturday, September 14th

Enjoy a family-friendly dodgeball game at the "Gatchel Compound" on Saturday, Sept 14th! Bring your whole family, competitive spirit and leave the rest to us. Refreshments provided!

$65/family. Limited to 16 families.

Generously hosted by Chuck & Melissa Gatchell, Kevin & Jennifer Watson, and Zach & Kristen Johnson

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

To All of Our Volunteers…We Thank You!!!

The 2018-2019 school year is quickly coming to a close…and WOW what a year it has been!!!  Our volunteers at Bonny Slope Elementary never cease to amaze us and we continue to be so grateful for all of you!  

You ALL give so generously of your time and talents, and most importantly you support our kids, the staff, and the school as a whole so that ultimately our kids can have fun, focus on what is important, and be well rounded in their education.  We speak for all of BSCO and the Bonny Slope Community when we say a big THANK YOU for ALL you do and give back to our school! (BSCO = Bonny Slope Community Organization, in case you’ve always wondered ;-))

Here are some fun and eye opening stats from our gracious volunteers this school year (as of June 6th, 2019):

  • Total # of Volunteer Hours thus far for the 2018-19 school year is nearly 7500 hours, and this is just the time spent by our volunteers at school during school hours!

    • Considering we have had 178 student days in 2018-2019 through June 6th, that’s over 42 hours of volunteers per day, which is equivalent to almost 6 full time staff members!  

  • Top 3 Activities in regards to Hours and # of Volunteers:

    • (1) Classroom Support - Majority of our volunteers spend their time in the classrooms, supporting our kids and teachers, with close to 2400 volunteer hours in the classroom and 281 volunteers giving their time to support our kids and teachers in the classroom!

    • (2) Art Literacy - Our second most volunteered activity is Art Literacy, with nearly 1400 volunteer hours and 193 volunteers helping out with this popular activity that all of our kids love and look forward to!  

    • (3) Jog-a-Thon - One of our top fundraisers, Jog-a-Thon brings so many volunteers together to plan this fun event and successfully ‘execute’ it for our kids! 

  • Of course, we have MANY other activities that could not have been successful without our volunteer support - 33 committees / activities if we’re counting!  These activities may require less time and less people to make all the magic happen, but they all have a large impact on our kids and community!!!  

Looking forward to a fun-packed, last week of school next week with Field Day, End of Year Classroom Parties, and 5th Grade Farewell Activities!  Thank you all for a great school year and enjoy your summer!

Your BSCO Directors of Volunteers, Stephanie and Michelle

Carnival is a Big Hit!

What a fun time to start the summer celebration by having a beautifully warm night for the BSCO Carnival this past Friday. Families from all grades came out to enjoy the THREE bounce houses and food carts.  As well as the biggest otter pop popsicles I have ever seen. There was a big line to use the “Little Photo Bus”; which was made even more special because you got to take your own strip of photos home. But perhaps the biggest highlight was the whipped cream pie eating contest with our beloved Fifth graders.  One of the first good bye events designated just for them. 

Thank you to our volunteers and especially Carnival leads Kirsten Forsberg and Reilley Keating for a great annual event.  It’s a fun family time for new and returning students. 

BSCO Board Meeting Snapshot & Treasurer’s Report: May 6, 2019


In an effort to maintain transparency between the BSCO Board and the BSE community, a monthly snapshot will be published of the various topics discussed at the Board's monthly meetings.  These are not official minutes or a detailed description, but rather a window into the discussion and voting results of the Board.

May Meeting-- 5/6/2018

During the May meeting, the board prepared for the final community meeting of the school year, which includes a vote of both the 2019-20 BSCO budget and the BSCO board slate.   2019-20 slated candidate for President, Taylor Kash, was also in attendance.

President, Ashish Gupta, reviewed the preliminary dates to remember for the upcoming school year.  New for the coming year are 2 dates tagged for family events in order to expand on the success of the family movie nights held in the school gymnasium.  The board firmed plans to repeat August playdates, on Mondays, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26. These informal events provide young incoming students an opportunity to get acquainted with a new school and give new family members an opportunity to connect and ask questions.  Before this year comes to a close, the board approved another teacher grant, which will support purchase of the new OBOB titles for the 4th grade classroom libraries. For the 2nd grade teacher grant request for headsets, the board will look at allocating the remaining technology budget towards headsets.  

Ellen Rothery, VP of Fundraising, shared impressive results from this year's auction event.  While miscellaneous expenses and payments are still being tallied, the net fundraising result is taking shape and exceeding $30k, which well exceeds the $25k budgeted.  This amount does not include matching contributions from various corporations. Given the success of both JAT and auction, the board agreed with the proposal to cancel this year's "Bridge the Gap".  Looking ahead to next year's BSCO fundraising, an auction with both silent and live auction elements is planned. This format is reflected in the 2019-20 budget, which shows a net fundraising goal of $45k and larger $30k budgeted expense.  While a chairperson is still needed, Ellen confirmed the active 5-year contract in place with Greater Giving and the tagged event date of Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Director of Committees, Katie Kammer, reported on the progress with filling open committee lead positions.  Opportunities exist for OBOB, Monster Mash and Carnival chairs. Because of the need to kick off planning, identifying leads for Monster Mash is particularly critical.  Planning is progressing well for the school carnival on May 31st.

Stephanie Wilson and Michelle Mulholland, Directors of Volunteers, are preparing for the final classroom parties of the year.  Weather permitting, moving the parties outdoors is a popular tradition. After priority is given to the 5th grade events, the various outdoor spaces are made available to other grades/classes.  Volunteers are welcome and appreciated at these end of the year events. Similar to last year, the BSE community is invited to provide field day volunteer support at our neighbor school, Barnes Elementary.  This year's event is Friday, Jun 14th, and 2 2-hr shifts are available.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Josh Resch, Director of Communications, five emergency water storage barrels are now secured, filled and treated to keep for the next 4 years.  The remaining 5 barrels are also on site. Instructions for cycling the stored water will be integrated into the board member handbook. Josh also shared his plans to enable Livestream for the final community meeting of the year on May 21st.  

The community is invited to view the current financials here.

Staff Appreciation Last Hurrah!

This is our last HURRAH for the school year, and we're here to cheer on our Bonny Slope team -- the teachers & staff that rock!

We will be providing a "Team Party" lunch for our BSE staff on Tuesday, June 11th.  Let's be real, a team party isn't a team party without pizza.  Think oranges & rice krispie treats too.  Our BSCO funds will cover the cost of the pizza, but we'd love some help filling out the table with some summery sides.  Please consider signing up for an easy slot.  Items need to be at school by 10am on 6/11, and please label your dishes if you'd like them returned.

Team Bonny Slope signup


We appreciate your generosity and team spirit!  Gooooooooo Bonny Slope!

BSCO Staff Appreciation,

Used Marker Recycling - Let's end our school year with a BIG Recycling Push

It’s been another busy school year and we’ll soon be clearing out classrooms and cubbies and even our home supplies.

How many markers do you think we’ll be throwing in the trash this year?  Too many, right?

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help everyone understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment through the Crayola ColorCycle and our BSE Community can have a role in this too.

Since 2013, instead of filling our landfills, Crayola ColorCycle has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the USA and Canada, and using the most advanced technologies available has been able to create wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles, as well as generate electricity.


Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, NOT just Crayola markers.  That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! 

As we approach the end of the school year, look out for the marker recycling bins under the main stairwell and in classrooms and bring your dried-up and worn out markers from home too.

Thank you BSE Families 

The Outreach Committee