Last Geography Club Check Days for the 2018-19 School Year are Here

It’s happened again, another year has flown by here at BSE!  We have two check days left, both in May.  

  • Thursday, May 23—Australia & Oceania

  • Thursday, May 30—Recheck Day

May 30th is a special check day to make-up any missed maps or challenges.  To earn a prize and be recognized at the end of year assembly, students must complete at least his/her grade level for the entire year.  

 Please use the sign-up genius link below to sign your student up for the special re-check day if needed.

Don’t know if you student needs to make-up anything?  Send us an email and we will let you know.

Congratulations to the April Geo Club Raffle Winners!!  

Students earn one raffle ticket each month for every level completed.   Geo club currently has three raffle drawings per year.  Raffle winners receive a $5 gift card to Powell’s Books.   The next drawing will be in June and announced at the end of year assembly.  


1st Grade
Cole C. (Swardstrom)
Justin C. (Swardstrom) 
Christopher K. (Swardstrom) 
Addie W. (Johnson) 

2nd Grade
Duncan C. (Acosta)
Yian L. (Hastings)
Aryana S. (Acosta)
Meryem Y. (Breton)

3rd Grade
Tyler C. (McSwain)
Harrison O. (McSwain)
Elias P. (Hammond)
Wyatt W. (Halgren)

4th Grade
Samuel C. (Watz)
Nam-Anh L. (Osika)
Cora S. (Osika)
Penny V. (Taylor/Oordt)

5th Grade
Grace C. (Vaughn)
Max D. (Basham)
Leila G. (Basham)
Carol W. (Traller)

Geography Club Webpage

Bonny Slope Carnival - May 31st, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Bonny Slope Carnival 2019! Join us Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a family-friendly evening at Bonny Slope Elementary. Carnival is free to all Bonny Slope Elementary students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, music, activities and a photo bus! Food trucks will also be there – Koi Fusion (Korean fusion,) Maiale di Volo (wood fired pizzas) and Franz Bakery (grilled cheese sandwiches.)

Sign up today for your free tickets.

And please consider signing up for a short 30-minute volunteer spot.  Volunteers are critical to helping the evening run smoothly and for all to have fun!  

Board 2019-20 Slate Announcement

Please join us at our Spring Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 21 to participate in the election of our 2019-20 slate.

  • President, Taylor Kash

  • Vice President, Carin Ruiz

  • Secretary, Aaron Muhs

  • Treasurer, Heather Vonk

  • Director of Committees, Katie Kammer

  • Directors of Volunteer Support, Michelle Mulholland and Stephanie Wilson

  • Director of Communications, Jeff Cook

  • Member-at-Large, Nima Patel

In addition to voting on next year’s Board, we will also be approving next year’s budget.  All parents at BSE are voting members of BSCO.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, 5/21, at 7pm in the BSE Library.


Introducing BSCO’s 2019-20 Budget

BSCO’s Spring Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm in the BSE Library. Included in the meeting agenda will be the approval of the 2019-20 budget, shown [here], with detailed descriptions for each category [here]. This final draft is being presented for community review prior to the meeting.  

Next year’s budget includes changes in both income and committee expenses. All adjustments from last year’s budget are noted in blue in the far right side column.  


You will notice our expenses for the upcoming year match our income. A couple of items that impact these numbers:

  1. We anticipate moving back to a full live Auction format for next year, which will result in higher income.

  2. We’ve significantly increased our expectation from matching funds to reflect a continued focus by our parents to maximize their contributions and having their employers match when possible.

  3. We allocate our budget into many individual categories. Under spending in each category and generous fundraising add up over time. This additional funding ends up in our reserves, which we intentionally spend down via ‘Carry Over Funds Reduction’.

Overall, we do not anticipate these changes negatively impacting BSCO’s cash flow. This approach will allow us to actively manage our savings while still maintaining a reasonable and prudent reserve total for 2020-21.  It also ensures that current donations are spent on current students.


Significant changes to the budget include:

  • Educational Support (increased from $12,000 to $18,000): This category was called PYP & Science Enrichment. This is overseen by an assigned staff member at BSE who works with teachers at every grade. Increased to allow the teachers to adopt additional learning tools within the classrooms as part of their effort to incorporate technology into their curriculum (robotics, coding/programming, circuitry etc).

  • STEM in Residence (increased from $6,000 to $10,000): We continue to build and equip our makerspace at Bonny Slope to include a variety of devices. The wish list includes Lego Wedo, Cubetto, Makey Makey, Sphero, Bloxels, Osmo, Dash & Dots, Lego wall etc. Also included is instruction time to teach grades 3-5 how to code (we contracted Saturday Academy last year).

  • Teacher Grants (increased from $3,000 to $6,000):  BSCO’s grant program is designed to encourage & facilitate new approaches to curriculum objectives. Increased to reflect the increase in grant requests BSCO now receives.

  • Mature Grants (increased from $2,300 to $3,600): If a teacher grant is approved for two consecutive years, a successful program may be considered a Mature Grant budget item. Mature Grants do not need to be re-approved annually. We’re adding OBOB books for 4th grade and Reader’s Notebooks for 5th grade.

  • Field Trip (increased from $3,000 to $5,000): increased to reflect higher transportation costs. Each grade aims to take at least 1 field trip per year.

  • Science School (decreased from $10,800 to $8,500): Reflects reduced costs since this is no longer an overnight activity.

  • Student Body Fund/Food Pantry (increased from $4,000 to a combined total of $4,500): added a Food Pantry category to help fund backpacks being sent home with a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable.

  • Family Fridays/Movie Nights (increased from $250 to $750): To celebrate the gym projector made possible by BSCO, we started holding an annual movie night. There’s a desire to hold this popular event more often. Check the Dates to Remember calendar for when these are scheduled.

  • Visiting Author (increased from $3,000 to $3,500): This program pays for published children’s authors that present to our students. Increasing this budget allows BSCO to continue providing well-known authors and purchase signed copies of books for each classroom.

  • Walk to School (increased from $0 to $500): Funding will pay for a healthy snack (last year we provided apples and pears) for each student, and entertainment.


The budget includes the intentional spend-down of a portion of BSCO reserves.  The carry-over funds reduction includes seven items, totaling $39,000:

  • Library Grant ($5,000). This line item will help refresh the titles in our library that’s now 11 years old, including expanding our collection of books that focus on international mindedness.

  • Free Monster Mash admission- October 2019 ($3,000). Same as last year.

  • Free Carnival admission- June 2020 (reduced from $5,000 to $4,500). Reflects actual costs incurred.

  • Technology ($15,000). Funds the purchase of Chromebooks (to replace the ones that are broken), Headphones, iPad stands, technology items within the classrooms etc.. This will supplement the annual Technology budget line item.

  • Emergency Preparedness ($2,000). This line item funds the purchase of classroom and school safety equipment, including supplies for classroom emergency buckets, first aid kits etc. Reduced by $1,000 since we’ve already purchased a shed that holds ten 55-gallon water barrels in 2018-19.

  • Capital Improvements ($7,000) Funds a new fence for our pre-school that would provide the children their own space, and general updates around the school. Increased by $4,000 due to the cost of the fence.

  • Student Body Paper Fund ($2,500).  BSCO provides two reams of paper per student, eliminating this item from the school supply lists. Reducing by $500, based on 2018-19 actual paper costs.

These items were chosen in collaboration between your BSCO Board and BSE’s Administration & Staff.

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NOTE: We won’t know the extent of the anticipated BSD budget cuts until after we’ve approved this budget. Consequently we may have to re-allocate spending next school year.

In addition to approving next year’s budget, we will also vote in next year’s Board.   As a reminder, all parents at BSE are voting members of BSCO. Please attend!

Any questions or concerns regarding this budget can be directed to Ashish Gupta (   

Please join us for this final community meeting on Tuesday, May 21st in the BSE Library at 7pm.  

Advocate NOW to Keep PYP at Bonny Slope

5/9 UPDATE: Updated Budget Meeting dates and locations

Dear Bonny Slope Community,

As many of you know, Beaverton School District is facing a crisis in school funding this upcoming year.   As the district has worked to balance the budget, they have proposed the elimination of PYP and MYP programs.  As this program is at the heart of our educational model and school culture, we need your help now!

For more information on the repercussions, visit this Cedar Park PTC blog post.

Your action is needed to advocate for PYP at Bonny Slope and MYP Cedar Park. Here’s how:


Ginny Hansmann, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, (  and Jared Cordon, Administrator, ( Both can be reached at (503)356-4431. Let them know what the PYP/MYP programs mean to your families and your children.


There are three opportunities left to speak up about the proposed budget.  Attend a school board budget meeting and speak up:

  1. Monday, April 22nd at 6:30pm — Merlo Station High School

  2. NEW DATE: Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm — Venue changed to Southridge High School

  3. Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30pm — Beaverton High School

Double check the Beaverton School District Website for any last minute changes.


Please take a few minutes of your time to send an email to your legislators and urge them to adequately fund public education.  

  • Tell your story!  Please tell your legislators what your dream is for public education and for your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids, etc.  We’ve all seen the impact of reductions but we need to focus on what we want as we look to grow public education in Oregon. Keep your email simple and focus on key messages:

    1. Fund education adequately! Support the proposal from the Joint Committee for Student Success (HOUSE BILL 3427) to create a $2 billion investment in our kids.

    2. Talk about your dream of what our education system should be, and can be when we make true investments.

    3. Your belief that your kids’ success, or Oregon’s success, requires quality schools and that the status quo is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    4. Give an example of the situation in your neighborhood school.

    5. Talk about the need for smaller classes, increased learning time, and/or greater supports for kids.

    6. Ask them to show the leadership you elected them for and to solve this problem and fund schools.

Thank you for your support in continuing the IB tradition.

Support the Cedar Mill News!

The Cedar Mill News has been a big supporter of BSCO and Bonny Slope Elementary events, always devoting space to our events at no charge, including the Pancake Breakfast. They provide a valuable source of local news in our community with updates on new developments, trails, activities and so much more.

Perhaps you have tried to read the news on your phone and noticed it doesn’t format well? In an effort to keep the news free for all, the Cedar Mill News is raising money to modernize its website. If you find their service valuable, consider donating to their “GoFundMe” campaign to raise $4500 to hire a team of experts to design and implement a new website.

It’s Carnival Time‼

Join us on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a family-friendly evening at Bonny Slope Elementary. Carnival is free to all Bonny Slope students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, activities and music. Plus, this year we will have a photo bus‼ There will be food trucks too – Koi Fusion, wood-oven pizza from Mailed di Volo and grilled cheese sandwiches from the Franz Truck for purchase!

Please sign up today for free tickets.

And please consider signing up for a short 30-minute volunteer spot.  Volunteers are critical to helping the evening run smoothly and for all to have fun!

Reminder: This is not a drop-off event.

Visit and Book Order Opportunity: Lija Fisher, Due 5/31

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 we are excited to welcome author Lija Fisher to Bonny Slope. Lija was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BFA in Performance Studies and has performed in regional theatres across New York, Florida, Alaska and Colorado. In 2017 she was a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Lija has lived in London, LA and NYC but now calls Colorado home. The Cryptid Catcher is her first novel.  

The Cryptid Catcher is the first book in a monstrously fun middle-grade duology by Lija Fisher about a boy who inherits a job hunting legendary creatures.

After Clivo Wren's archaeologist father dies mysteriously, the newly orphaned thirteen-year-old finds out the truth: his dad was no archaeologist. He was actually a cryptid catcher, known for finding elusive beasts like t he bloodsucking chupacabra. His goal: discover the one extraordinary cryptid whose blood grants immortality--before the knowledge falls into the wrong hands. The mission remains unfinished, and now there's only one person who can take the renowned cryptid catcher's place: Clivo. He may not know the first thing about monster hunting, but he's willing to give it a try--because anything beats staying home with his salsa-crazy aunt and her neurotic cats.

Hurry! The first 20 books ordered will be autographed; subsequent books will have an autographed name plate.

Orders are due May 31, 2019. If you are interested in ordering a books, visit (Bonny Slope Elementary families only please).

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Miksovsky at

Submit Your Photos for Yearbook by April 28th!

Can you believe we're coming up on the end of the year?  

Bonny Slope Elementary School has had so many great programs and events this year! Our BSCO yearbook team is working to showcase these in our annual yearbook and would love YOUR help. 

Please email any photos that you would like to share from our school events to by Sunday April 28th.


The Next Geography Club Check Day is Thursday, April 25

Just a friendly reminder that Geo Club Check day is coming.  April 25th is Europe part 2.  If your student wants to make up any missed months or levels, now is the time! Make-ups can happen during any regular check day.  We will have one last re-check day on May 30th.  Students will earn prizes and receive recognition at the end of the year assembly for completing the number of levels that match their grade level.  Send us an email if you need to check in on your student’s progress.

Remaining Check Days:

Thursday, April 25—Europe Part 2

Thursday, May 23—Australia & Oceania

Thursday, May 30—Recheck Day


Please see our FAQ page or email

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