Thank you Committee Leads!

We appreciate every volunteer at Bonny Slope, but we’d like to give a special 'thank you' to the following parents for their committee leadership this year.  BSCO Committee Leads make such an impact on our community, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.  Bravo and thank you!


After School Programs           

·        Shubhangi Kulkarni (Chincholkar)

Art Literacy     

·        Maureen Louie

·        Melissa Manos

·        Joshua Madrid

·        Currie Reese               

Artist In Residence     

·        Cori Anger


·        Lauren McCabe

Author Liason  

·        Jennifer Mikovsky

Back to School Picnic  

·        Cara Cook

·        Nadia Wald

Blog Writers   

·        Bridget F Clark

·        Leigh Havelick

·        Hannah Donohue

Bobcat Trail Club        

·        Angie Bruxer

·        Kelly Matsushima

Book Fair         

·        Melissa Gatchell

·        Cindi Otis

Box Tops         

·        Nicole Reynolds


·        Kirsten Forsberg

·        Reilley Keating

Community Garden    

·        Christine Hyatt

Community Outreach/Clothes Closet

·        Melissa Rice


·        Brenda Mayland

Earth Week     

·        Michelle Huss

·        Shannon Bekins

Fifth Grade Activities

·        Rachael Pettit

·        Sheri Bauer

Geography Club          

·        Mindy Poorman

·        Stacey Stefanelli


·        Sydney Keister

·        Cara Cook

Library Volunteers      

·        April Hill

Matching Funds          

·        Julie Gupta

Monster Mash

·        Barbara Simon-Evrenosoglu

·        Hannah Donohue

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)  

·        Chevy Pham

·        Aparna Srinivasan

·        Kai Chen

Pancake Breakfast      

·        Leigh Havelick

·        Megan O'Malley-Cook

Parent Education        

·        Megan O'Malley-Cook

Production Team        

·        Michelle Mulholland

Science Night  

·        Holly VanderPloeg

·        Kate Resch

·        Aparna Srinivasan

STEM in Residency     

·        Erin Hire


·        Ryan Puntney

Staff Appreciation      

·        Stefanie Ebenal

·        Sierra Lavelle

Technology Advisor     

·        Elia Freedman

Walk to School Day     

·        Shannon Bekins

·        Leslie Zagelow


·        Melissa Manos

·        Jessica Gaibler


Request for Earth Day Committee Lead

If you are passionate about the environment and want to make an impact in our community, please consider volunteering to plan an Earth Day activity at our school.  We are looking for Committee Lead(s) to work with the Bonny Slope Elementary administrators to put together something big or small (your choice) on or around April 22nd!

For more information, please contact Holly VanderPloeg, BSCO Director of Committees at

Come Walk With Us: International Walk To School Day is Oct 5

Wednesday, October 5th is Walk to School Day! This annual event, celebrated by thousands of schools internationally, promotes walking (or biking) for several reasons:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools - Increase community and school area traffic safety
  • Teach safe transportation skills to children
  • Increase awareness of how walkable a community is

This is a fun annual event and a great way to kick off an active year while engaging with neighbors and friends!!!

Route Information

Meet at 7:45-7:50am and leave for BSE at 7:55am at this location for each of these routes

  • West Route (map) - NW Bauer Woods, Lorraine & Woodrose, Route lead Cheryl Wardell
  • North Route (map) - NW West Rd & NW Talon Terrace, Route lead Brenda Mayland
  • Northeast Route (map) - Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd, Route lead Jenny Pompilio
  • East Route (map) - NW Harding & NW Robinia, Route lead Barbara Simons-Evrenosoglu
  • Vintage Neighborhood- NW Appellate Way & Supreme Ct, Route lead Michelle Huss

Meet at 8-8:08am and leave for BSE at 8:10am at this location for this route

  • South Route (map) - NW Coleman & NW 119th, Route lead Amy and/or Mikkel Nieto

Let’s Arrive at 8:15 am at Bonny Slope Track (or under covered playground for rain)
If you live too close to join a formal route, you are still welcome to join the fun at the track!  Students can pick a raffle ticket, stickers and an apple.  Bring water bottles w/you.

Let’s Raffle!  We will announce raffle winners at 8:25 am, so stay out on the track to see if you win so you can claim your prize!

Walk to school day needs volunteers to set up tables (~8am), direct kids through the line and onto the track or playground (8:15-8:30am), then cleanup afterwards (8:30-8:45am).

Please sign up to volunteer at Sign-Up Genius. If you have questions, please email Shannon Bekins or Leslie Zagelow.

Important Safety Information for Walkers

Walk to School is NOT a drop-off event.  You must walk with your child, or make arrangements for a responsible adult to be in charge of them.  The only exception is older students who normally walk to school without supervision can do so.  Chaperones help lead the routes, but are not responsible for individual students.  

Be smart and alert. Avoid dangerous behaviors!

  • Don't cross any street unless your parents have given you permission to do so.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or approved trails. If you must walk on the street because there are no sidewalks, stay on the outside shoulder and face traffic.
  • Don't assume cars will stop for you. Make eye contact with the driver; don't just look at the car. If a driver is distracted, they may not be paying attention!
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look twice before crossing a road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots, near on-street parking spaces, and when sidewalks cross driveways.

Be safe and be seen. Make yourself visible to drivers!

  • Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be careful at crossings. Look before you step, corners demand more attention!

  • Cross streets only at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, even if it has a signal.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure that the driver sees you and will stop.
  • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on cell phones while walking, especially when crossing a street.
  • Follow the directions of the crossing guard when you arrive at school crosswalks!

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has been asked to provide crosswalk assistance for the East route at NW Harding & McDaniel Rd. Practice care at any street crossing and stay on sidewalks!!!

BEST Successfully Supports Earth Week With TerraCycle Program

BEST’s TerraCycle collection during Earth Week was successful!  Boxes were placed strategically in the halls and cafeterias during Earth Week.  Students placed foil bar wrappers and drink pouches into them so that they could be sent to TerraCycle for upcyling into cool things.

The cafeteria bin and 5th grade boxes were the fullest, so the school as a whole did great for this inaugural event.  Thanks to our green team students, especially Anvitha M for making this event happen and to Brady B for helping sort them for shipping (which was a messy task)!  The TerraCycle Collection could become a recurrent Earth Week event if BEST has the right lead to make it happen next year!  Please contact if you’re interested. 

Special Recycle Program Comes to Bonny Slope During Earth Week

Earth Week is April 18-22. To celebrate and make our planet a little better, BEST is rolling out a special recycling program in conjunction with Terracycle, a company that recycles things we normally think of as "trash."

Look for the specially marked boxes near your classroom and in the cafeteria to recycle:

  • ANY foil lined energy, granola and protein bar wrappers. No need to clean!
  • ANY aluminum and plastic drink pouches. No need to remove straws or clean!

These can be upcycled into cool stuff like bags, dresses and more. The Green Team will collect the boxes after Earth Week and the grade with the most wrappers and drink pouches recycled will be recognized in May.

Contact Jenny Pompilio if you have questions.

BEST Green Team Ramps Up Garden, Kitchen Recycling Programs

The BSE Green Team Students are actively working to make Bonny Slope a better place.  They advocated for kitchen composting and according to Sue Shade, BSD resource conservation director, Bonny Slope’s program is up and running!

The Green Team met with Sue last month to conduct our Oregon Green School application Waste Audit.  The team will give students tips on how to reduce classroom waste based on those results at the April 1 Assembly.

Then on March 11 the team met in the Community Garden to clear half the pumpkin patch of weeds and get it ready for planting in April.  They are planting rows to donate the produce to the Oregon Food Bank.  They were cheerful despite the rainy weather and did a great job.  They even gathered worms for the salad bar compost pail (a project of 5th grade students).  Frannie, the Lincoln High sophomore working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, even stopped by to release the Mason Bees into the upper garden-stop by to check it out and read the helpful information she posted.

Jenny Pompilio, BEST Green Team Student parent lead, said, “I was dreading working in the garden on such a wet & dreary day, but the Green Team Students never complained.  They had a blast and were very hard workers.  Some other students and siblings even helped. The pumpkin patch is looking prepped for them to plant seeds and starts on April 8 for the Oregon Food Bank.  They’re calling it a 'Grow Drive.'  It’s really a pleasure to work with these motivated students!” 

BEST Student Green Team Taking Action!

The Green Team learns about bees.

The Green Team learns about bees.

BEST (the Bonny Slope Earth Sustainability Team) has an active student Green Team this year comprised of 6 fourth graders and 1 fifth grader. Green Team students meet to discuss topics that impact our school, community and world.

Over the last few months they have enthusiastically advocated for cafeteria composting. One fourth grade student and her Lego Robotics team even presented to the Beaverton City Council and met with Sue Shade our BSDE resource conservation specialist. Sue and Justin Gast, the program educator with the Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Program, attended the Green Team’s last meeting in January.

The Green Team agreed to move forward with making Bonny Slope Elementary the FIRST elementary school in the District to institute kitchen composting.  This is a pilot program and would not include cafeteria food waste yet. Sue and Justin will meet and train the kitchen staff and lead custodian so that the composting can begin soon. Although BSE does donate some food to Fork It Over, a program that delivers food to local pantries, this only captures a small percentage of unserved food.  The composting program will help keep food waste out of landfills.

“I’m very impressed with this group of Green Team students,” said Jenny Pompilio, BEST lead and Green Team facilitator. “They asked really intelligent and hard questions of the District and the County.  Without their advocacy BSE wouldn’t be the first elementary school to pilot kitchen composting. This is a really exciting first step!  I am proud of our students-they are putting into action what they learn every day at Bonny Slope.”

There are other projects the Green Team students are working on too.  One is having a local high school student install a mason bee house in our school garden.  Frannie, a local sophomore working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, came to our last meeting to talk to us about mason bees, which are tiny native pollinators, don’t sting, and are low maintenance.  She will provide the materials and there will be an educational poster installed next to the house so all students can learn about the mason bees when they visit the garden.

Lastly, our Green Team students voted to have a “Grow Drive” this year instead of a food drive. They will research plants and pick some to grow in the school garden. The produce will then be donated to the Oregon Food Bank this spring.

Jenn Pompilio commented that “This is a great way for the students to learn how to grow food, while helping our community by donating the produce.  Any 4th or 5th grade student who wants to help is welcome, just contact me!”

The Green Team meets once a month on a Friday after school.