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. 

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.

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!  

It’s Carnival Time‼

Join us on 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 students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, activities and music. Plus, this year we will have a photo bus‼ There will be food trucks too – Koi Fusion, wood-oven pizza from Mailed di Volo and grilled cheese sandwiches from the Franz Truck for purchase!

Please sign up today for free tickets.

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!

Reminder: This is not a drop-off event.

Want to get involved? Consider becoming a Committee Lead in 2019/2020!

Updated May 18, 2019

Even though the "C" in BSCO stands for Community, it could also easily stand for Committee because without the efforts of our Committee Leads and Committee volunteers, BSCO would not be able to provide the amazing variety of enriching activities that our students have come to love and the resources on which our school has come to rely.

Please consider volunteering your time by becoming a Committee Lead.  It's a great way to meet other parents, get more involved with the school, and share a skill or talent.

Don't be intimidated by the commitment.  Time commitments vary!  We can find a way for you to get involved in a way that works best for your interests and bandwidth. 

Don't want to go it alone? Get a few of your BBFFs (Best BonnySlope Forever Friends) together and tag team the job. The more the merrier!!

The positions that are open for 2019/2020 include: 

  • Auction - Chair this Annual Spring Fundraiser

  • Carnival - Be part of the team that plans the annual Bonny Slope Carnival in the spring!

  • Community Garden - Assemble a team of green thumbs to help the students learn about how to tend to the organic garden on the Bonny Slope campus.

  • Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) - Coordinate the reading program for 4th & 5th graders.

Co-Leads Needed - this means there is already a lead, but they need a wing-man or woman!

  • Science Night - Encourage student projects and coordinate vendors to excite our kiddos about science.

  • Yearbook- Preserve these amazing memories forever in our annual yearbook celebrating each school year.

Please contact BSCO's Director of Committees, Katie Kammer, at if you have any questions about a particular position or are interested in leading one of these amazing opportunities.

For more information on each committee please see the BSCO Volunteer Handbook.

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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


2018 Carnival Celebrates BSE's 10th Birthday

This year’s BSE Carnival’s birthday bash was another massive success last Friday, with over 1400 attendees enjoying a glorious spring evening on the Slope.

1400 Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun and Games

1400 Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun and Games

To celebrate Bonny Slope’s birthday, the DJ kicked off the cupcake distribution to the school-wide tune of "Happy Birthday." Mrs. Maza and Mrs. Montelongo helped volunteers pass out 1,000 cupcakes, all of which were devoured.



Sam G. Won!

Sam G. Won!

The celebration included all the usual suspects– inflatables, food carts, games and prizes, a DJ, photo booth, and tattoo artist.  The lollipop tree was also hugely popular and the Snack Shack rocked its sales (as always), with otter pops coming in for the win as the most sold item. Sunset students were out in force to manage the games and prizes, allowing more parents to spend the evening with their children.

The annual 5th Grade Pie Eating Contest marked another milestone for our about-to-depart students.  Joe Santos expertly yielded the microphone as the event's Master of Ceremonies, keeping contestants and spectators informed of the rules (no hands!) and overall progress.   A solid set of semi-finalists and the ultimate champ, Sam G., took home DQ gift cards. Congrats to all the contestants and parent organizers!

The Time-Honored Fifth Grade Pie Eating Contest

The Time-Honored Fifth Grade Pie Eating Contest

Huge thanks Carnival chairs, Kirsten Forsberg and Reilley Keating for taking on this annual BSE tradition.  They are grateful to previous Carnival chairs, Debbie Heron and Elizabeth Bingold, for doing such an amazing job transitioning this committee.

Thanks is also due to so many parents who stepped up and filled the volunteer needs, from decor and signage, passing out the cupcakes, manning the inflatables, as well as set-up and clean-up in the gym, most especially Erik & Nadia Wald, Mike & Molly Lampros, Debbie Herron & Ryan Josephson, Ryan Johnson, and the BSCO Board.

The 2018 Carnival was free to the Bonny Slope community due to the incredible fundraising effort of the last several years.

Read more about the last 10 years at Bonny Slope Elementary

Carnival is back!

Join us to celebrate Bonny Slope Elementary’s 10th birthday on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Carnival is free to all Bonny Slope students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, activities and music. Stay for the food trucks -- Koi and wood-oven pizza from Maiale di Volo. And, this year we’ll also have a birthday treat to celebrate 10 years of Bonny Slope Elementary!

Please sign up today for your free tickets.

And please consider signing up for a short 30-minute volunteer shift.

2017 Carnival a Record-Breaking Success

Much fun was had by all last Friday night, with a record-breaking 1500 children and adults attending this year’s Bonny Slope Carnival.  The event was offered free to BSE families for the second year in a row, thanks in part to this community’s tremendous fundraising effort.  With comfortable temperatures and clear skies, the outdoor experience offered a variety of crowd-pleasing games, food, and entertainment.
“The vibe of this event truly represents the spirit and community of Bonny Slope Elementary,” said Elizabeth Binghold, Carnival Co-Lead.  “As many adults attend this event as children, so it was important for us to recognize and be inclusive of that.  We worked to offer activities (and food) for people of all ages.”
This year’s Carnival held all the usual traditions that BSE families have grown to love-- including carnival games, a live dj, inflatables on the lawn, and the fifth grade pie-eating contest.  New additions included a new inflatable obstacle course, inflatable skee ball, wandering superhero characters, and Koi Fusion's and Maiale di Volo's food carts. According to Binghold, the committee decided to spend less money on prizes and more on the actual experience for the kids.  Prizes were still handed out (with kids digging the mini beach balls), but less of a focus.
Another exciting aspect was the introduction of Bonny Slope’s new mascot, Bobby the Bobcat.  “Watching the little faces light up when I entered the gym was about the cutest thing around,” said Bobby.  “Pretty sure I took pictures with about 50 kids.”
In addition, for the second year in a row, BSE fifth graders showcased their PYP Exhibition projects through their “Action Alley,” which strengthened the sense of community with students and teachers participating together.  Each group had set up some sort of interactive booth to serve as an educational experience and garner support for their various causes, which included some serious topics such as refugees, science funding, education equality, children’s healthcare and animal rights.
Fifth grade teacher, Nathan Traller commented, “It was pure ‘teaching fuel’ to see our fifth graders so energized and owning their learning. It's a little more work to teach this way, but SO worth it. All week was ‘MR.T WE NEED TO...!’ and no ‘Do we have to?’ Thank you BSCO for welcoming Action Alley to the Carnival!”
Sunset High School students, along with parent volunteers, helped make the event a huge success.  “The SHS students are so fantastic,” said Binghold.  “Their help and participation at the event allowed more parents to hang out with their kids.  And we are very appreciative of the parents who volunteered as well.  For several, this was their third year; they work together like a well-oiled machine.”
Thanks to all who attended and volunteered to make this year’s event extraordinary, most especially co-chairs Elizabeth Binghold and Debbie Herron, and their incredible Carnival team.

For Kids to Have Carnival Fun, Parents Must Volunteer

Hey, we all get it. Carnival is such an awesome family event that everyone wants to spend the entire time with their kids. Games, prizes, bouncy things, food carts, fifth graders making fools of themselves eating pie... fun for the whole family!

But in order for the bouncy fun to be available, parents need to volunteer. Otherwise the kids will have to get their kicks elsewhere. And we all know how much fun the bouncy houses are.

We only need nine, count 'em nine, volunteers. That's it! And each shift is just a half hour. The easiest half hour of volunteering you'll ever do. Just make sure the little rug rats aren't killing each other. That's it!

So come on, Bonny Slope parents, just a quick half hour to make all your kids dreams come true. Sign up here.

Sign Up for Free Carnival Tickets Now


Carnival is back! On June 2 from 5:30 to 8pm, Carnival is free to all Bonny Slope students and their families. Come for the inflatables, games, activities and music. Stay for the food trucks-- both koi and wood-oven pizza this year!

Please sign up today for your free tickets.

And please consider signing up for a short 30-minute volunteer shift.