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!


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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Calling all Green Thumbs! Fall Clean Up and Planting Day Sat 9/22

Calling all green thumbs and families interested in sustainability and eating homegrown, organic produce.

The Bonny Slope Garden serves as an edible classroom, where students can connect with the life cycle of plants and insects, observe the growth and abundance of vegetables, herbs and berries. 

This year, we are inviting classes to get growing in the fall garden. Right now, there are tons of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, kale and beans ready for harvest. Soon, we will plant fall and spring bearing crops like lettuce, spinach, leeks, onions, garlic and fava beans.

 With more than 20 4’ x 8’ plots and a large bed for corn, squash and melons, there are many ways to get involved!

  • Join us for occasional weekend planting and clean up days,

  • become the parent point person for your child’s class

  • assist with planning, planting and maintenance of the class bed or

  • adopt a bed for the summer.


Please email Christine ( or contact your child’s classroom coordinator to learn more.


Join us for our Fall Clean Up and Planting Day
Saturday, September 22 - 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Check out this cool video on our garden!


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


Garden Help Needed & Adopt-a-Bed

The school garden is abundant with growth of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans and various leaf crops (and, of course, weeds!). Seeds are sprouting and adventures are happening as classes and groups visit their plantings to observe the recent growth.

We are hopeful there will be harvests before school is done for the year and that a few plots will make it through the summer, producing a fall harvest for next year's students to enjoy.


There are still many boxes remaining to plant. If you are interested in planting with your child's class, please let me know. The following classes have planted (Kindergarten - all classes, Ms. Watz and Mr. Traller)

If your child is in another class, feel free to reach out to your teacher to let them know you're interested in helping them plant. You may want to suggest planting during brain break time and working with those students who are interested. Smaller groups can be more hands on and experiential.

I will be getting another round of plant starts (squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.) this FRIDAY, 5/25. If you are interested in planting a bed with a class, please let me know so I know how many plants to get.


In advance of the school carnival on 6/1, it would be great to get the garden looking fantastic for families to come and visit. There are many tasks that could use attention:

  • adding soaker hoses to planted beds
  • tressing up bean and pea supports,
  • weeding the long bed and other beds as needed

If you can make it up at any time during the week, please lend a hand. It is great to see the bountiful growth and it requires many to sustain that growth. I will be in the garden Friday evening 6-7:30 and Sunday morning 9ish - 11 if you want to join me. My son Will (2nd grade) will be on the playground and would love some company.



Plots are available to adopt over the summer and many of the class boxes still require a summer caretaker.

Garden beds have irrigation 30 minutes each morning. A once or twice a week harvest and keeping up with the weeding in and around your plot is all that's required for you to adopt a box. The weeding bit is very important as your weed problem will soon become your neighbor's weed problem :)

There are a number of beds that are already planted by classes and some that can be planted to your liking, including the large bed up near the shed. They will require a good weeding (some more than others) and some soil amendments (available by the shed)  but it goes quickly, especially with a group.

Let me know if you are interested in adopting a bed. Unclaimed beds will be solarized in mid-June to kill weeds and seeds for future planting.

Please let me know how you'd like to get involved with the garden and feel free to share with your garden-minded friends and neighbors!


Community Garden in Full Swing

The Bonny Slope Community Garden is in full swing this spring planting season. Several classes have come up to plant and observe and more are scheduled in the coming weeks. If you’d like to learn more about getting involved in the garden – and maybe even adopting a plot to care for over the summer - please e-mail Christine at to get the latest updates!


Fall Garden Clean Up Day - Saturday, Oct 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m


Please join us to prepare the garden beds for winter so they are ready for the spring planting season.  (Just spare Mr.T's Fall garden please (Appreciation bed)!)  All are welcome for part of all of the time. Please bring garden gloves if you have them and help beautify Bonny Slope!

Saturday, October 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. - at the Bonny Slope Garden

For questions please contact Christine at

Free Food Available This Summer from BSE's Community Garden

Our school's Community Garden needs your help this summer!  The students have planted the boxes and everything is starting to soak up this sunshine (and rain) and starting to grow.  

Soon we will be needing families to look after the garden boxes this summer!  These families are encouraged to keep the crops growing and welcomed to add new plants.  

The summer commitment is:

  • Check on your box every 1-2 weeks
  • Keep the box free of weeds and help weed the general area as needed
  • Enjoy the crops as they are ready to eat
  • Clean out the box at the end of the summer

Please contact Kelly Ward at if you are interested.  This has become a very popular garden, so don't wait.  The boxes will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. 

Community Garden Needs Volunteers

Do you have a green thumb....or brown?   Every winter/spring teachers are given an opportunity to have their kids spend some time learning about the garden. This can take many forms from planting vegetables or flowers to more in depth lessons if the parent volunteer and/or teacher is interested (we can spoon feed you ideas!).

We are looking for people who would be interested in helping do this for their child's classroom.  This is a great way for parents who don't have time to volunteer regularly to interact with their child's class just 1-2 times for less than an hour.  The kids love seeing what they plant mature and harvesting it when it's ready!

If you are interested please contact Brenda Swanson or Kelly Ward at