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 committees@bonnyslopebsco.org 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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Pancake Breakfast Hits the Spot!

Bonny Slope Elementary’s fifth grade class hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast this past Saturday. Over 600 people ate pancakes, sausages, and oranges, and washed it all down with juice and coffee. The fifth grade raised more than $5,500 to help with this year’s science school, to be held February 28th and March 1st.


Our fifth graders, parent volunteers and Bonny Slope staff did a great job selling tickets, hosting, cooking, and serving. Thank you to everyone who helped!

A special thank you to Jenny Johnson, Walmart, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, and Bale’s Thriftway, and Costco for all of their generous support!  

Take a look at some pictures…

Parents, Students Needed To Hold Pancake Breakfast Feb 2

The ticket pre-sales are wrapping up for this year’s major fifth grade fundraiser, Pancake Breakfast, which will be held in just one week, February 2, 2019. Tickets are still available for any Bonny Slope parents, students, or community members online or at the door!

Now our attention turns to filling in the staff to host this event. We need you, fifth grade parents and students. There are lots of slots that need to be filled if we are going to have this event next week!

  • We have no parent kitchen staff at all for the 9-11 slot, and are still missing some for the 7-9 slot as well.

  • We need students to provide customer support and act as runners to the kitchen.

  • We are missing students for ticket tables.

  • We need griddles! Hey, we are only borrowing them. We’ll give them back. We promise.

  • We need parents willing to stay for a short while afterward and help clean up.

The bottom line: these roles are critical to pulling off a successful event, raising money to send your child to Science School and host other fifth grade activities.

As of this writing, there are 38 parent volunteers for 65 slots, and 96 student volunteers for 121 slots. Parents, we especially need you! If your child needs to be there anyway, hang around, cook some pancakes, and have some fun! 😀

Sign up for a slot today!


Pancake Breakfast Tickets Now On Sale

Our annual Pancake Breakfast is approaching fast. We would like to invite you all to come enjoy the good food. Make sure to be there:


This week fifth graders were sent home with tickets to sell. You can purchase your tickets from your local, neighborhood fifth grader or online! Seating & serving will be done by our fifth graders as well.

It is a great deal when you buy early, don’t miss out:

  • $5 per PERSON or $20 per FAMILY (max 6 people) when tickets are bought in advance

  • $7 per PERSON or $25 per FAMILY at the door on the day of the event on Feb 2nd

Remember, it goes to a great cause: fifth grade activities! Pancake Breakfast helps pay for a two-day science school field trip to study ecology and learn to build like the beavers do.

Finally, fifth graders and parents: please sign up for your time slot now to get the best choice! It is expected that all fifth graders and their parents will participate:


Save the Date! Pancake Breakfast February 2nd

Mouth watering pancakes. Juicy sausages. Tangy oranges. And a cup ‘a juice or coffee to wash it down. Mmmm… good.

Not only is the food good, but it goes to a good cause: fifth grade activities! For those not there yet, fifth grade at Bonny Slope is a special time, a transition year as our little ones get ready to go to middle school. Pancake Breakfast helps pay for many of those activities, including a two-day science school field trip to study ecology and learn to build like the beavers do.

The best part of Pancake Breakfast is the kids do the work (with a little help from parents). They will sell the tickets, seat you, and serve the food.


So mark your calendars!


Tickets will go on sale in January so look for a fifth grader knocking on your door! Tickets will be:

$5/person or $20/family (max 6 people) in advance
$7/person or $25/family at the door on the day of the event

And for our fifth graders and their parents, get an early jump on the time slot and job you’d like. Sign up today:


5th Grade Volunteerism in Action

Have you been to school this past week?  And have you seen those boxes sitting under the stairs, wondering "what the heck are those?"  Those boxes are our students putting their thoughts and goals to help others into ACTION!

The 5th grade Bobcat Diplomats are working on four different collection drives.  All throughout the month of November, they will be collecting new goods for: 

Janus Youth:
Collecting new and gently used warm clothing for homeless youth

Meow Village: 
(Feral cat rescue shelter) Collecting all kinds of items for cats

NW Children's Outreach:
Collecting new and gently used coats for foster children

Oregon Humane Society:
Collecting all kinds of items for dogs

What an amazing array of ways to provide support to those who are in need!  We all say it, and these kids sure do show it, but it is wonderful to see their thoughtfulness and desire to help others reach such a wide audience.  Why not take the time to do a little shopping with your children, and bring in your goods together?  It would make for a wonderful teaching moment, and really bring the meaning of this Thanksgiving holiday season, home.

Fifth Grade Event Planning Meeting - Thursday 10/11 6:30pm


The first planning session for 5th grade events - both Activities and its components and Pancake Breakfast - will be Thursday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30pm at Erin Hire’s house. (Please email contact@bonnyslopebsco.org if you need Erin’s address.)

Fifth grade, the final year at Bonny Slope, is a special year for our oldest students.  Several programs and events are designed to help commemorate and celebrate the achievements of the departing class, including: PYP Exhibition, Pancake Breakfast, Science School, Fifth Grade Send-off Party and Slide Show, Pie Eating Contest, and Field Games with Parents.

For more information see https://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/fifth-grade/

2017-18 Pancake Breakfast served up by 5th Graders

2017-18 Pancake Breakfast served up by 5th Graders

Upcoming Fifth Grade Activities

As the year winds down we wanted to highlight a few of the upcoming Fifth Grade Activities that will be taking place.

Fifth Grade Gift & Class Photo

The Fifth Grade Class of 2018 has donated a gift to Bonny Slope Elementary.  Each fifth grade classroom chose quotes that were meaningful to them and then the entire fifth grade voted to select their favorite.  The winning quote is permanently displayed in the fifth grade stairwell along with their class photo.  We hope that all students, faculty, parents and visitors to Bonny Slope Elementary will be inspired by their choice.


Pie Eating Contest

The ever popular Pie Eating Contest for fifth graders will take place during Carnival, Friday, June 1st.  Make sure you register for Carnival if you plan to attend.   

Fifth Grade Send-off Party

The Fifth Grade Party is Monday, June 18th from 12:00pm - 2:15pm and the fifth grade slideshow is from 2:15pm - 3:00pm (don't forget to send in your photos - slideshow@bonnyslopebsco.org).  We will get a sign-up genius out shortly for parents who would like to help with setup, party activities, and cleanup.

Fifth Grade/Staff Send-off Breakfast

Tuesday, June 19th 7:45am in the library.  Fifth grade students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Fifth Grade Field Games with Parents

Tuesday, June 19th, stay tuned for the time.


Finally, all BSE families, don't forget to order your full color yearbook by June 1st! http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/store/yearbook

Get Those Photos Submitted for the 5th Grade Slide Show!!


Attention 5th grade parents --  we're getting close to deadline for creating the 5th grade slideshow.   If you've not already done so, plus submit photos for your Kiddo.   Each has a spot in the slideshow, don't let it be blank!!

Submit up to 4 photos of your student during various ages from K-5.   These can be any type of photo (with family, professional, candids, you name it).   

email to slideshow@bonnyslopebsco.org 
drag & drop on the web at slideshow.wetransfer.com

We’re also looking for Bonus Photos — these do not count toward your 4 photo max !!    Older things from past Field Trips, general classroom group photos, Jog A Thons, Read Across America Day, 2nd Grade Market, with the bus driver, their teachers, or other staff.   

Questions?   slideshow@bonnyslopebsco.org


BSE 5th Graders Ascend to Mazama Lodge for Science in the Snow


Hopefully, the memories of the fantastic time you had at this year’s 5th Grade Pancake Breakfast are just as hot and fresh as the sausages served! Our BSE 5th graders THANK YOU again for your participation, as they were recently able to enjoy some science in the snow at Mazama Lodge as part of this year’s outdoor science adventure.


The weather didn’t freeze out the kids’ enthusiasm (and only held up buses...temporarily) as they learned about …

  • Ice glaciers + forts (and the insulation they provide) + snow volcanoes
  • The physics of sleds… or as the exercise became known - HOW CAN I GET THIS SLED TO GO FASTER?
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Building snow caves and tunnels similar to the animals who live in cold climates
  • Snowshoes and what makes them work

We did an informal poll of some of the 5th graders, and here are the experiences they valued most:

  • Playing in the snow
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Campfire sing-a-longs
  • Working on projects with kids they hadn’t before
  • Experiments

A lot of prep goes in to getting the campers winter weather ready. Some of the best tips we collected from parents of this year’s crew include:

  1. Layer up. It’s cold in the cabins at night. Heed the warnings on the paperwork!
  2. If you’re short on packing space, it might be helpful to keep these things in mind:
    • Layers are important, but based on this year, it seems the kids won’t change the middle layer as often as you might hope.
    • Boots and slippers seemed to be sufficient footwear-wise.
    • Wear boots on the bus
    • Pack sleeping bags, blankets and pillows in one of the trash bags you’re bringing. This saves space in bags, and keeps bedding clean.
    • Showering didn’t seem to be a widely-offered option, so you may not need a towel, etc.
  3. Bring a snack and reusable water bottle on the bus. It’s a good ride, and some kids may benefit from having something to hold them over before lunch at the lodge.

On behalf of all 5th grade parents around the ‘Slope, we’d like to send a special shout to the parent chaperones. We owe you some Advil!

Finally, with the official outdoor school experience becoming a district-wide offering for all Beaverton School District sixth graders this year, we extend our appreciation to the BSE fifth grade teachers for sourcing an alternative option for our Bobcats, and to BSCO for their continued support of this much-loved tradition. It was snow much fun for all involved. (Oh yes we just did that.)