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.