BSCO Community Meeting Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm

BSCO’s Spring Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm in the BSE Library. We hope the community can join us in person for the vote. For those who cannot attend in person, the meeting will be broadcast live on YouTube. Note: You must be attending in person to vote and interact.

YouTube Livestream: https://youtu.be/EeZ0gWLKJhE

At the Community Meeting we will be voting on the 2019-2020 BSCO Board candidates as well as the 2019-2020 Budget. For more information on these votes, see these articles:

April 2019 Principal Chat: Cedar Park Secrets... REVEALED

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Our April Principal Chat featured special guest, Cedar Park principal, Dr. Shannon Anderson, who came to spill the tea about middle school, Cedar Park, and what’s in store for our sweet fifth grade cherubs next year.  Dr. Anderson has been taking her show on the road to the various feeder elementary schools to better engage with upcoming parents.

So.  Middle school. Having a child move onto middle school is like reliving the first day of kindergarten. All the same fears apply-- Do they know where the bathroom is?  Will bullies be mean to them? How will they get to the right bus?

Sadly, those fears are exponentially amplified because clearly public middle schools are cesspools of hormones, online bullying, and toxic friendships.  I mean… amiright??

To keep this conversation moving, let’s switch to a quick and dirty FAQ to answer everyone’s burning questions and give some factual answers.

How big is Cedar Park?  Like 6000 kids, right?

Cedar Park hovers around just over 1000 students. There are seven feeder elementary schools– Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill, Terra Linda, William Walker, West TV, Ridgewood, and a portion of Raleigh Park.  Bonny Slope is the largest feeder school, with nearly 200 more total students than any other school that feeds into CPMS. Next year’s numbers have similar projections for CPMS.

How does CPMS roll out the welcome wagon?  

Cedar Park will host a “Wolf Day” in mid to late August, prior to school starting.  Students and parents will get schedules, have pictures taken, and have an opportunity to purchase prepackaged school supplies, PE shirts, etc, which makes back to school sooooo much easier. Seventh and eighth graders will be issued chromebooks, but sixth graders won’t get theirs until the third or fourth week of school.  

CPMS also holds a new student welcome event, usually the week before school starts.  WEB leaders (eighth grade leadership program) will be on hand to give student tours. Now that your precious hooligan has their schedule, they can quite literally walk their schedule and find the bathroom.

What should student expect the first week of school?

The first day of school will be sixth graders only. They better enjoy the back of the bus because they won’t be sitting that far back for awhile. The sixth graders are divided into small groups and the WEB leaders lead them through various ice breakers and whatnot (middle school awkwardness at its finest).  They walk their schedule & basically get the lay of the land before Day 2, which is with the entire school.

Just FYI: Sixth graders share lockers and those won’t be assigned them until later in September, so DO NOT send your baby to school on the first day with that new pink locker chandelier.

Are there ways for incoming students to check out CPMS this spring?

Absolutely.  The more a student walks our halls, the easier it is for them to picture themselves here. That actually goes for parents, too!

Here are some events this May/June that can help your family transition to Cedar Park:

  • Cedar Park PTC (Parent Teacher Club) Community Meeting:  Monday, May 20 @ 7pm. This is the final meeting of the year and board members will have a small presentation and Q & A session just for incoming parents (CPMS Library).

  • CPMS Band Concert: Thursday, May 30.  Grades 6 & 7 will perform at 6pm. Grade 8 and the Jazz Band will perform at 7 pm (Cedar Park Gym).

  • AVID Family Night: Tuesday, June 4. New students are invited to see what AVID is all about (CPMS Library).

  • Coffee & Tea with the Principal:  Thursday, June 6 @ 8:30am.  Join Dr. Anderson, the CPMS counselors, and a handful of 6th grade teachers for an interactive presentation and Q & A session, all geared towards incoming families (CPMS Library).

  • Cedar Park Onstage Presents “Getting to Know… Footloose”  June 6 (7pm) and June 7 (2pm & 7pm).  See our drama department perform their last musical of the year!  (Cedar Park Cafeteria).

Next year’s dates are suddenly a bit in the air (as the district revamps its calendar due to teacher contract negotiations).  Look for more upcoming dates soon.

How does this team thing work?  I really need my kid on the smart team (so they can get into a good college).

Each grade is divided into three teams.  A student’s core classes– humanities, math, & science–are all contained within one team, creating a community within a community.  These teams are chosen by… a computer. Yup, that’s it. Truly, it’s just random chance.

Will my sweet cherub be in any proximity to those terrifying man-childs called eighth graders?  They all look 18.

Well, your sixth grader will be on the bus with eighth graders.  However, once at school, the sixth grade has their own hallway that’s home to most of their core classrooms and their lockers. Also, all the grades have separate bell schedules, so they will not cross paths with older students while switching classes.  However, their advisory group is mixed ages, so there will be seventh and eighth graders there.

Advisory. Riiiight…. tell me again, now… that’s like their homeroom?

Yes, you could say that.  Advisory meets for 25 minutes once a week.  They will have the SAME ADVISORY for all three years at Cedar Park, which gives kids a chance to build a years-long relationship with a faculty member.  All teachers, admins, and counselors have advisory groups, which keeps the groups as small as possible.

But what do they DO in advisory, you ask?  Eh, a variety of things. Announcements, service projects, targeted group discussions… each week has a specific topic or activity.

So, what’s the deal with AVID? Is it a class?  Is it a binder? Is it a study hall?

Okay, so first let’s chat AVID.  First and foremost, AVID is a collection of teaching strategies that all Cedar Park teachers are trained to implement in their classrooms.  BSD has a very nice little recap here. In a nutshell, AVID in the classroom promotes collaborative, subject-specific learning groups, the inquiry method, and using writing as a learning tool (just google it). Examples include the Socratic seminar and teaching how to take standardized notes. These strategies should be seen across ALL classrooms at CPMS.

That gigantic AVID binder that you’ve heard your neighbors complain about?  That’s an organizational tool to help students maintain notes and school work IN ONE PLACE. There’s an ENTIRE AVID SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY to that THREE INCH binder (which could easily be confused with a small briefcase or a booster seat).  As new sixth grade parents, you will most likely be shocked at its size and baffled by the table of contents system. Just roll with it, buy lots of tape, and get the zippered binder, if possible.

The AVID elective is a specific program that is meant to target students who would be the first in their families to attend college. This AVID class is an extra support system for those students to thrive and excel on their way to college admission.  Students must apply and be accepted into this program.

The AVID program is popular throughout the area school districts, including Portland, Hillsboro, Tigard-Tualatin, and North Clackamas.

What does a typical sixth grade schedule look like?  Will my baby be confused?

Understanding the nuances of a middle school calendar is insanely tedious. Making it even MORE complicated are the looming budget cuts. So! In the spirit of brevity, here are sixth grade class schedules, broken down into a very nice bullet point list.  

  • Cedar Park students have a daily block schedule of their three core classes – humanities, math, and science.  Depending on the day, core classes run anywhere from 64 minutes to 86 minutes.

  • A student has a total of four elective periods (two each day, alternating days). Cedar Park is waiting to learn more about the looming budget cuts (which could affect our MYP program & the requirement of Spanish as an elective). However, possible electives include band, choir, drama, and various enrichment classes like STEM Expo and Media Lab (which are pass/fail).

  • If a child is referred to intervention services, AVID, or ESL services, those classes take the place of one of the free electives.

So!  Still with us?  In a typical day, a CPMS student will have three core classes and two electives (with the electives being half the duration of one core class).  Here’s the current CPMS schedule.

What math do sixth graders take?

Awesome question.  The majority of sixth graders begin in Math 6-7 (also known as Accelerated 6).  That means they will work through all the sixth grade targets and as many seventh grade targets as they can in the school year.  A smaller group may begin in Math 6-7-8, which is ALL the middle school math targets through eighth grade.

Can I just tell you to put my child in the highest math possible? I’m sure she can handle it.

Nope!  All students are invited to take a math placement test if they’d like to be considered for Math 6-7-8.  That info has already been sent to fifth grade families. Students can also be reevaluated after 6th grade.

I’d like to stalk my child’s homework assignments online.  What are my options?

Well, you actually have two options to circle the cyber parenting helicopter– Parentvue and Canvas.

First, is Parentvue, which allows you to view your child’s grades and report cards.  This is where you fill out the student enrollment forms as well.

Canvas is BSD’s online learning management system, used by many (but not all) Cedar Park teachers.  

Parentvue will give you grades and general overview.  Canvas will show you the nitty gritty details– every single assignment, teacher comments, due dates, etc.  

You can check out all this useful info, links to set-up, instructions, etc. at the Cedar Park PTC website.

What is the cell phone policy at Cedar Park?

So glad you asked. Cedar Park revamped its cell phone policy last January and it’s made a HUGE difference in the vibe of our school day.  Cell phones are off and away ALL DAY, including during class time, passing time, and lunch. The staff at Cedar Park says the new policy is lovely.  Read up on it here.

Can I still volunteer and stalk my child in person?

Absolutely, though middle school volunteering has a totally different look and feel than elementary.  Say goodbye to the cutesy little cutouts and gluing together 30 student-made calendars. There are simply not as many opportunities within the classroom. Some familiar options remain– Art Lit (three projects per year), production (done through the office and not individual teachers), Media Center (checking out books), book fair, OBOB, and staff appreciation to name a few.  Individual teachers usually need speakers, chaperones, or occasionally someone to help with small groups.

There will also be a few brand-new options to your volunteering repertoire-- the student store (before school), the PACK store (during lunch), and student socials (twice a year and sooooo entertaining to watch).

If you are looking to volunteer at CPMS next year, you will need to email update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us in order to move your profile from BSE to Cedar Park Middle School. Parents are not automatically moved into the Cedar Park volunteer database.  Because frankly, that would be just too easy, wouldn’t it? (eye roll)

You can also check out the Cedar Park PTC’s website to learn more details.

So we REALLY tried to get into an option school, but now we’re stuck at Cedar Park.  Please make me feel better.

Oh, honey.  Going through the option school process is as stressful as college admissions, no? The open house circuit, the application itself, the second consideration – it’s all just one big roller coaster of anxiety, anticipation, and often, disappointment. We see you, we hear you, we know you.  If you are looking for some silver linings about joining Cedar Park, we have a couple.

First, while yes, CPMS is larger than your option schools, that also means that CPMS has more resources.  Larger schools can offer more electives, more intervention, and more options for teachers and friends. Also, while Cedar Park might feel like some OTHER PLACE that is wholly foreign and unfamiliar to you, it’s actually comprised of a LOT of familiar faces.  Cedar Park is the community we live in. Faces and families you’ve seen at preschool, milltown soccer, cub scout jamborees, cedar mill baseball…the list goes on. We’re all still here, ready to tackle middle school together.

This all sounds well and good, but who can I talk to when my sweetie is struggling?

Well, if the student is struggling with one specific subject, contact the teacher.  If they are barely managing in multiple classes and/or with friend groups, contact the sixth grade counselor.  

Other Juicy Cedar Park tidbits:

  • Cedar Park feeds into both Beaverton and Sunset high schools.  It is common, and not a problem, for students to wear spirit wear from both schools.

  • CPMS has 19 busses that service the school so the bus lines are one big chaotic crush of bodies.  CPMS staff walk around with a cookie sheet attached to a yard stick with magnetic numbers that announce the order of the arriving busses. Seriously.  You read that right– cookie sheet on a stick. However, as nuts as that sounds, it actually works. Daily. The kids manage. Few actually miss their bus.

You’re bound to have more questions.  Any more can be directed to shannon_anderson@beaverton.k12.or.us.

And that’s a wrap! Join us for the next Principal Chat on Tuesday, 5/21 at 6pm.



The Garden is Sprouting!

Hello Bonny Slope Gardeners - 

With all this gorgeous weather, the Bonny Slope school garden is sprouting forth with lettuce, kale, garlic - and even edamame!  New spring starts are emerging and lots of students have been visiting to see what's new and to plant and explore. 

A BIG thanks to Ms. Watz class of 4th Grade helpers who regularly volunteer to water, weed, plant and prepare new beds for planting during their Brain Break.

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VOLUNTEER IN THE GARDEN

We are just about to begin planting summer crops. This is where YOU come in! 

With 20 small beds, the Bonny Slope community garden is an awesome place to cultivate and share your love of growing things and the satisfaction of harvesting and enjoying your own fresh produce. Between May 20 and 31, the garden needs parent volunteers to assist with planting class beds.

Volunteering in the garden is a fun activity and can be accomplished in about an hour of your time (including set-up, planting with the kids, watering and clean up).  Each plot will receive 3 or 4 plants (think: tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash) and seeds - thanks BSCO! - as well as cultivation tips to plan and plant a garden with your child's class. You are welcome to supplement with additional plants and seeds you bring, too. If you are interested in volunteering in the garden, please let me know the grade/teacher of your child/ren and I will help coordinate plot assignment and plants. 

One thing that has worked really well is planning to plant during "Brain Break" time. You will get a smaller group of highly interested students, allowing everyone to be more hands on and experiential.

Thanks for reading and your gardening enthusiasm!

Christine
garden@bonnyslopebsco.org

2018-19 Yearbooks Now On Sale Through May 28th

Don’t miss out on the memories! 2018-2019 Bonny Slope Yearbooks are now on sale. The deadline to order is Tuesday, May 28th! Full color yearbooks cost $15 and will be delivered to your child’s classroom during the last week of school.

5th grade families please note that BSCO does not provide yearbooks for all 5th grade students.  If your 5th grader would like a yearbook, you will need to purchase one.

Order online here: http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/store/yearbook

For questions contact yearbook@bonnyslopebsco.org.

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.  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4fada622a2ff2-geography

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

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’s 2019 Auction – Results are In!

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This year’s “Swing into Spring” auction event at Top Golf was an evening to remember. NET fundraising results for this year’s event are already over $30k – and that’s BEFORE adding the accompanying matching funds, meaning that this year’s event continues BSCO’s legacy of strong and purposeful support of the teachers, classrooms, and students of Bonny Slope.

Parents, teachers, staff and community members descended upon Top Golf on April 14 to participate in this annual fundraising event.  The Auction is BSCO’s second major fundraiser of the year, following last fall’s Jog-a-thon. Proceeds will fund the balance of BSCO’s annual budget, as well as provide support for BSCO’s STEM programs.

If you were unable to attend, but are still interested in participating, there are opportunities still available. Select parties and gift certificates are available for purchase and an 11x14 print of the fifth grade mosaic is available to buy online.  

Head over to the auction website (https://bonnyslopebsco.ejoinme.org/Tickets) to look through the options.  All the money you spend goes to BSCO!

A huge thanks to our amazing organizing committee for their tireless work, to the many parents who assisted with the classroom art, and to those who donated items to the auction packages.

And a very special round of applause to our Auction Sponsors:

Noyes Development Company
Cedar Mill Chiropractic
McDuffee Property Group
Doug Bergmann-John L. Scott Real Estate
Cook Security Group
Providence
Justin Marostica – Tendercare Dental
Sunset Science Park Credit Union
Beaverton Toyota
Cushman & Wakefield
Northwest Women’s Clinic
World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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. http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/carnival

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!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BAAA62BA6F49-bonny  

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.

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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.  

INCOME

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.

CHANGES

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.

CARRY-OVER REDUCTION

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 (president@bonnyslopebsco.org).   

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:

CALL/EMAIL!

Ginny Hansmann, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, (ginny_hansmann@beaverton.k12.or.us)  and Jared Cordon, Administrator, (jared_cordon@beaverton.k12.or.us). Both can be reached at (503)356-4431. Let them know what the PYP/MYP programs mean to your families and your children.

ATTEND!

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.

EMAIL!

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.