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.

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. 

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,

Last Call for Yearbooks! Orders Extended Until Thursday

Bonny Slope Yearbook sales have been extended to Thursday night, May 30th. Don’t miss this fun keepsake of the 2018-19 school year!

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:

For questions contact


Cultural Richness End of Year Meeting June 6th


Please join us to thank volunteers, hear feedback from our first year and brainstorm next year's activities. With both Spanish and PYP funding at Bonny Slope being impacted by the Beaverton School District budget cuts, now more than ever we need your help to ensure this committee can increase cultural awareness and inclusion in the school community. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there--Thursday June 6th at 6:30 in library.

Questions? Please email

5th Grade Girl Scouts Taking Action

Bonny Slope 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 10479 is completing their Bronze Award service project by supporting the Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) with a donation drive.  @ASDA trains puppies to become service dogs to help individuals on the autism spectrum. 

Our goal is to fill the bin!  Please consider donating by June 5 in the donation box under the main stairs:

  • Dog collars of any color or pattern, size M or L

  • Gentle leaders, black or tan only, size M

  • Gift Cards to Costco, PetSmart, PetCo or Mudbay which helps with food & supplies

  • Dog Bones, (Made in America), rawhides, 

  • Toy, Chuck-it ( ball toy) or Kong (chew toy)

  • Dog treats that are 95% meat or are freeze dried meats, brands like 

Thank you we appreciate the generosity of our community and were happy to share @ASDA with several classes today!

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:

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


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 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

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.



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!


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:

For questions contact