Matthew Holm, Author Visit and Book Pre-Order Opportunity!

On November 26th, 2019 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, Matthew Holm, will be visiting Bonny Slope.  He is the co-creator (with his sister, Jennifer) of two critically acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish, and more recently the Sunny Side Up series.  He also co-wrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel Marvin and the Moths with Jonathan Follett.  Matthew currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. 

Autographed books are available for pre-order on the Bonny Slope BSCO website through November 17, 2019.  If you are interested in ordering one of these books, please visit:

Lights, Camera, Middle School!  (Hardcover) $11.85


It’s a new kind of book for Babymouse! Fans of Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and James Patterson’s Middle School books, this is going to be epic. . . .
For Babymouse, middle school is like a monster movie. You can never be sure who’s a friend and who’s an enemy, and the halls are filled with mean-girl zombies. Instead of brains, the zombies hunger for stuff—the perfect wedge sandals or the right shade of sparkly lip gloss—and they expect everyone to be just like them.
But Babymouse doesn’t want to fit in—she wants to stand out! So she joins the film club to write and direct a sweeping cinematic epic. Will making the film of her dreams turn into a nightmare?
Thanks to Babymouse, middle school gets schooled in this hilarious new series from bestselling authors Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.

Sunny Side Up 03 Sunny Rolls the Dice (Paperback) $11.02


From the award-winning duo of Jennifer and Matthew Holm comes the third book in the bestselling Sunny series, Sunny Rolls the Dice -- full of heart, laughs, and adventure!

Too cool for school . . . or the least groovy girl in the grade?

Sunny's just made it to middle school . . . and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you're swordfighting and spider-slaying, it's hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it's your turn to roll the 20-sided die.

Trying hard to be cool can make you feel really uncool . . . and it's much more fun to just have fun. Sunny's going to find her groove and her own kind of groovy, with plenty of laughs along the way.

Squish 8 Pod vs Pod (Paperback) $6.08


From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it’s green . . . it’s blobby . . .  it’s gross . . . it’s SQUISH(!), a comic-book-loving amoeba whose adventures are perfect for fans of Captain Underpants.
Uh-oh! Squish’s friend Pod just hasn’t been himself lately. One minute he’s happy-dancing; the next he’s sobbing in his soup. What’s going on? (Hint: “mitosis” is the process that splits single-celled organisms. That’s right, splits.) It is truly pod vs. pod—and may the best pod, umm, win?

 Squish 7 Deadly Disease of Doom (Paperback) $6.08


Ahhh-CHOO! From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it’s Squish’s most contagiously fun adventure yet!
Uh-oh! A deadly disease is spreading through Small Pond! People are dropping like flies! And YIKES—it looks like Squish is patient #1. Will this epic epidemic be the end of everyone’s favorite amoeba? (And if it is, who will he leave his comic collection to?!) Find out the answers in the seventh hilarious Squish graphic novel: Deadly Disease of Doom

Sunny Side Up 01 (Paperback) $11.02


Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer.  At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is  the home of Disney World, after all.  But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park.  It’s full of . . . old people.  Really old people.
Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around.  She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors.  But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place?  The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . . 

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Miksovsky at

WHO exactly are the directors of the Bonny Slope Community Organization?

Have you ever wondered WHO exactly are the directors of the Bonny Slope Community Organization?  What are they like, how did they get involved in such big positions?  And really, what kind of cereal do they eat? 

In the next few issues of our bi-weekly newsletter, you are going to get to know that, and a few other interesting tidbits of the new board.

Taylor kash, President

Taylor kash, President

Carin Ruiz, Vice President

Carin Ruiz, Vice President

katie kammer, director of committees

katie kammer, director of committees

Michelle Mulholland & Stephanie Wilson  Volunteer Coordinators

Michelle Mulholland & Stephanie Wilson

Volunteer Coordinators

Aaron Muhs, secretary

Aaron Muhs, secretary

jeffrey cook, director of communications

jeffrey cook, director of communications

Heather Vonk, TREASURER

Heather Vonk, TREASURER

Nima Patel, Member-at-Large

Nima Patel, Member-at-Large

How long have you been a parent at BSE?  How many kiddos will go through Bonny Slope? 

Taylor (BSCO president): This is my third year with a child at BSE, and I will have 5 more years to go!  Two kids, both girls three years apart.

Katie (Dir. Of Committees): This is my third year at BSE. I have one daughter here now (Claire, 2nd grade), and a younger daughter (Diane) who will be in Kindergarten next year.

Aaron (Secretary): 11 years and counting!  In total we will have three kids go through Bonny Slope

Nima (Member at Large): Four years with two kids

Jeff (Dir. Of Communications): Four years, two kids — one in Kinder and the other in Third

Stephanie (1/2 of the dynamic duo for Dir. Of Volunteers):  This is my 7th/final year.  Brooke finished 6 years LY and Jack is on his 6th this year.  

Michelle (2/2 of the duo of Dir. Of Volunteers):  This is our 5th year at BSE My 2 boys are in 3rd and 5th grade here at BSE; these elementary years are going too fast!  

 Carin (Dir. Of Finances): This is my third year here, for our two kids.


What is your favorite family movie?

Taylor: We're still stuck in anything Disney, but I'm a fan of the Lego movies (esp. Batman).

Jeff: Peter Rabbit — it makes the kids laugh uncontrollably every time

Stephanie: A Christmas Story

Katie:  Home Alone.  Every December, we watch the movie and I even have holiday decorations that are Home Alone themed.  It is sad how much of that movie I can quote by heart.

Aaron: Despicable Me!

Nima: Home Alone and Despicable Me

Carin:  Moana


What is the most unusual aspect to your Board position?

Taylor: I'm just getting started, probably ask me at the end of the year and I'll have something interesting.  Right now I'd say the BSCO president email gets a LOT of solicitations and some creative phishing attempts.

Jeff: Just how many ‘types’ of communications there are!

Stephanie: Worrying about having enough volunteers for events, but that’s when you start asking your friends! :)  Michelle: Ditto Steph!

Aaron: I actually don’t get to talk too much, since I am so busy typing up the notes.

Carin: All the spam email that comes to the BSCO email account. 

Come back in two weeks, for the next installment of 'Getting to know our BSCO Board'

Geography Club October Check Day is on Halloween!

Geography Club October Check Day is on Halloween!

Don’t be frightened by the challenging map for October.  Yes, it’s a tough one, but the kiddos can do it.  Break out that map tonight and see if they can learn at least one level!  We love to see as many students participate as possible.


Check Day Schedule

11:30 AM       5th Grade

11:50 AM       2nd Grade

12:10 PM       1st Grade 

12:30 PM       4th Grade

12:50 PM       3rd Grade


Upcoming Check Days

Thursday, October 31-- Asia & Middle East Part 1

Thursday, November 21-- Asia & the Middle East Part 2

Thursday, December 19-- South America

Thursday, January 30-- Africa Part 1

Thursday, February 27—Africa Part 2

Thursday, March 19—Europe Part 1

Thursday, April 23—Europe Part 2

Thursday, May 21—Australia & Oceania

Thursday, May 28—Recheck Day


Volunteers Sign Up Here:


Get Maps Here:


Send Questions Here:

Arctic Adventure Scholastic Book Fair coming Nov 4-7

Our Arctic Adventure Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner!  We will have SNOW many engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Book Fair Hours:

Monday, November 4th: 8AM – 3PM

Tuesday, November 5th: 8AM – 3PM

Wednesday, November 6th: 8AM – 8PM (Family Night, Open During Conferences)

Thursday, November 7th: 10AM – 2PM (No School, Open During Conferences)

Students are able to purchase books before school, during their library specials time and at lunchtime recess.  On Wednesday night we will host a Family Night, so bring the entire family by the book fair to purchase books and enjoy a sweet treat.  

Two additional shopping options! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free.  Visit the link below to set up your free online account and students can shop the book fair without the stress of bringing cash to school.  If you’re unable to attend the Fair in person, please try our online shopping. 

Book Fair eWallet

Volunteer!  We need your time and energy to make this Book Fair a success! To volunteer, sign up at:

We hope to see you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 


Melissa Gatchell, Cindi Otis and Leigh Havelick

Book Fair Co-Chairs

Sign-up to Contribute to the Staff Appreciation BSE Bistro this 11/6

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Bonjour, BSE!

Bonny Slope conferences are coming up fast & it’s time to organize our next event for our hard-working staff.

Le Bonny Slope Bistro, Wed, 11/6

Think the snacks you'd take wine-tasting, the delicious things you'd find at Dundee's Red Hills Market, the options you'd find at Elephant's Deli... are you with us?

Our sign-up genius includes items for both Wed's artisan sandwich spread & Thursday's bistro brunch.

Artisan Sandwich Spread

This is no lame office sandwich bar. We are talking top-shelf speciality ingredients that elevate to the next level! Our BSCO budget will cover the artisan meats & salad sides for 11/6's early dinner. You can sign-up to bring sliced cheese, jars of jam, fresh tomatoes or letttuce, & other easy sandwich accompianants.

Panini presses will also be on hand for the staff to create custom paninis.

Bistro Brunch

We are moving away from the fall favorites and straight to the cafes of Paris. We are looking for croissants, pastries, fresh fruit, and the usual breakfast fair. We've also included some grab & go snacks that our staff specifically ask for-- items they can sneak in quickly during their sporadic breaks.

Please deliver your donations to the front office by noon on Wednesday, 11/6.

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.

French Decor Needed

We are specifically looking for a couple large chalkboards, fake candles that turn on and off, and any bistro -like signage. Let us know if you have anything we can borrow.

Monthly Morale Winners

Every month we draw a staff winner to receive a drink of their choice one morning. Currently September's winner, Mr. Whitehead, and October's winner, Ms. Acosta, are breaking the internet.

One More Time

Bonny Slope Bistro Sign-up for Wed, 11/6

Questions? Hannah & Jenna (

September 2019 Principal Chat... REVEALED

Hey, hey Bonny Slope!  Another year of riveting news, brought to you by Janet & Jim. But before the real dirt can be revealed, our inaugural chats each September always include Janet briefing us on the rules of these monthly get-togethers.

Have questions about school and district policies, decisions, and upcoming news?  Welcome. Take a seat.

Personal attacks about students and teachers?  Nope. Not happening. Don’t be coming up in here thinking this is some personal gripe session.  Set up a private meeting with Janet and Jim if you need to share personal concerns.

So. Now that we have put the principles into principal chat, let’s get started.

Student Success Act Survey: Who Let the Dogs Out?

After all that budget cut gloom & doom of last winter & spring, our state legislature came through big time with the Student Success Act. This bill will inject $34 million+ into Beaverton School District in the 2020-21 school year, so…yeah,  it’s kind of a big deal.

 BSD is already beginning the process of using these funds.  Feel free to read more about the required process here:

Beaverton Already at Work to Prep for Student Success Act (Beaverton Valley Times)

Big Education Investment Comes with Accountability Demands for Superintendents (Oregon School Boards Assoc.)

Basically, this money won’t be handed out just willy nilly to districts.  They will need to apply for it, similar to a grant process. But before that can happen, “Districts must demonstrate engagement of the community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds,” which is a fancy way of saying that BSD is required to ask parents how they think BSD can improve.

Hence… the Student Success Act survey.

Janet and Jim listened to feedback on the following questions:

1.What is going well in BSD?

Parents’ response: (crickets)

Kidding, kidding.  Some parents tossed around a few pros.  But the REAL bulk of the conversation centered around the question:

2. What would you like to see improved?

Oh, boy.  Let’s just say, our assembly didn’t hold back. Here’s a short list of responses:

  • Spanish back in PYP

  • Improving mental health services, as childhood anxiety and classroom outbursts continue to rise.  Teaching teachers to handle mental health issues.

  • Sustainability efforts in the schools

  • Librarian in schools

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Change how attachments are sent via email (Turns out BSD has to use a specific program to allow docs to be translated, read by visually impaired, & fulfill ADA requirements)

  • Equity training for staff. (Side note:  BSD has a brand-new equity coordinator who is bringing culturally responsive teaching practices to BSD staff)

  • Art as a special

  • More time for PE, perhaps district supported activities before/after school

  • Improve our Safety Resource Officer ratio, currently around 15 schools to one officer 

To learn more about this process and to share your feedback online, head to BSD’s Student Success Act page.

Lockout Lowdown

Bonny Slope’s dramatic lockout/lockdown/whatever-that-was was NOT a great omen to start our year.  Janet & Jim had recently been to a BSD/Washington County debrief. Bonny Slope staff were praised for following protocol, ushering kids in as quickly and calmly as possible, and continuing on with a rather stressful morning.

Parents were also praised for spreading the word, ensuring walkers were safe, and following staff instructions.

Communication, however, could have been better.  Hmmmm ... ya think?

Questions to be answered include:

  • Why did it take so long for an initial message to be sent to Bonny Slope parents? Even when the info was on the BSD website? Even when this took place during morning drop-off as a crush of cars approached the school? 

  • If school staff is pulled inside during a lockdown (during morning drop-off), who will manage the crosswalks and students walking alone to school?

  • How can middle school parents be informed that the neighborhood is not safe for middle schoolers to be walking to their bus stops?

Was it terrifying? Absolutely.  But thankfully, no one was hurt, all children were accounted for, and our law enforcement and school district can take away some much-needed feedback about how to proceed when these events happen at inopportune times.

And, just because we can, here is the information sent out in LAST September’s Principal Chat recap.  Because sadly, this isn’t going away for us or our children.  

Know the Drill (published in 2018)

I know!  Let’s list the various safety aspects of Beaverton School District and Bonny Slope:

  • Every elementary is assigned a Safety Resource Officer, who is a Washington County sheriff. Bonny Slope’s SRO, Holly Greener, has several elementaries on her watch and assists BSE administrators with creating and implementing safety strategies.

  • Bonny Slope has been the site for the county’s Active Shooter Training each summer.  Let me tell ya, it is TERRIFYING to see those training pictures, but how lucky are we that our school is the VERY LOCATION our sheriffs, police, and emergency responders train.

  • Our new entry forces visitors to go through the office.  Us old timers can remember the easy, breezy days of bypassing the office entirely and heading straight into the hallways.  No more, Bonny Slope. Our doorbell system makes sure that all visitors must be manually allowed in.

  • All of our classroom doors are locked. This year the District has placed new locks on doors so that they can be easily locked from inside as well as easily identified as locked or unlocked.  

  • There are many more safety procedures and features of our buildings that are not public knowledge.  Because advertising all your safety measures online would LEAVE THOSE MEASURES WORTHLESS.  Duh.

Now, there are a lot of different battle plans that the school has to prepare. For all the newbies out there, here’s a rundown of all the different drills (plus hand dandy video) that your students will practice at school:

  • FIRE DRILLS: All students walk out silently to the school track and turn their backs to the school (security against exploding glass)

  • EARTHQUAKE DRILLS: Students get under the desks, pull chairs in, and put one hand on head, one hand on a chair.

  • LOCKOUT DRILLS (danger is on or near premises): Usually, this means police activity in the area.  Blinds and doors are closed but instruction continues.

  • LOCKDOWN DRILLS (danger is INSIDE the school): All classroom doors locked, blinds closed, black felt in place, students are hidden and quiet.  

These drills will be a part of your child’s life.  Teachers of younger students often sugarcoat the danger by “pretending to hide from a tiger” or such.  While it’s the teacher’s job to keep the students safe, it is your job, as parents, to share whatever message and details you feel is appropriate.

If parents find themselves in the building during these drills, they must participate and cannot ignore the alarm in order to finish their production projects (as lovely as that seems) or try and leave the building.  You must do what the children do.

Spanish: The Drama Continues

You know, even WITHOUT a Spanish special this year, the angst lives on. Love it or hate it, Spanish is a point of contention LITERALLY every year.  No joke. Every. Single. Year.

The beef this year?  Well, we no longer have a Spanish special, thanks to the reduced PYP funding for elementary schools.  Side note: We no longer have a dedicated PYP coordinator either.  That’s now a stipend position being filled by a classroom teacher.

Now, the greater IB organization gods are allowing Beaverton schools to have a grace year as we bumble through these awkward budget cuts (before the Student Success Act kicks in).  BSE is thinking of some creative ways to incorporate Spanish, including possibly skyping with native Spanish speakers during their Technology special.  

This, however, led to a greater discussion/complaint session about how the Spanish program at BSE does not teach our kids how to speak Spanish. And then my brain exploded with a significant and powerful case of deja vu. The Spanish Unrest makes its annual principal chat appearance.

Bonny Slope, because this is SUCH a constant, consistent, and contentious part of our curriculum, here’s a requote from September 2015’s Principal Chat discussing this issue.  Yes, we chatted about this four years ago and have every year since. Every. Year. Since, America. Clearly, message not received.

Spanish Objectives…. Lost in Translation (published in 2015)

It’s so hard to be misunderstood.  And apparently, the objectives and goals of our Spanish program have some parents scratching their heads.  It turns out that in an IB school such as ours, the goal is EXPOSURE to a single language, not an academic study.  Students will be learning key words of the language in an attempt to gain cultural experience, awareness and international mindfulness.  

Say, WHAT?!  You mean we don’t have to be irritated if our 5th grader isn’t fluent?  Turns out students will begin a more academic & structured program once they enter middle school.  Until then, our Spanish program will continue to highlight and showcase not just the Spanish language, but the culture as a whole in our pursuit of IB excellence.

One awesome parent made a great suggestion. What if we called this special “Spanish Culture” instead of just Spanish, in order to realign parent expectations and turn off this broken record?  Praise be, Janet, that might just work. Next year.

Other Juicy Tidbits:

  • Students have technology & computer science specials this year. Sara Breton is now teaching the new computer science special with a focus on coding, digital citizenship, and programming.

  • With 24 attendees, this was our biggest chat yet! Unreal!

And that’s a wrap!  We will see you at October’s Principal Chat on Friday, 10/18 at 2pm.

Monster Mash Haunts BSE on Friday Oct 25th, Volunteers Needed


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.

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!

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 (

Interview with our new Vice Principal Jim Hiller


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


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.


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


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!



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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  • $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 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. 

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