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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How to Naturally Improve Focus, Mood, and Health - for all ages


What a great topic to tackle for the last Parent Education Night of the school year.  Dr. Tanya Hudson, Naturopath, came in to give us pointers and ideas on how create a solid foundation of health for our children (and really for ourselves too).

With the on-going snow days, it was an small group of people who came, which really enabled everyone to get very specific details and ask lots of questions -- which is really what these educational evenings are for.

Dr. Hudson has been in naturopathic medicine for twelve years, and she brought a wealth of ideas and information with her.  Above everything else she discussed, I think all there would agree, that she really wanted us to take away two key points from that evening.  One, your body has three brains (I know, craziness) - our actual brain, our heart, and our gut!  And two, proper care of those three brains is the essential foundation of everything else in life.

Dr. Hudson gave many examples about how clients who reach out to her for mental health needs, anxiety, depression, ADHD - can most often find that the root of the problem stems from an improper diet.  She, like so many other professionals, also pointed out that screen time - although it can be "irresistible" - technology has a huge impact on mental health and brain development as well.  She made sure to note that the Prefrontal Cortex of the brain continues to develop until the age of 25.  Meaning, that if our children utilize screens too much and too often, it can adversely impact their brain function later on.  One idea that she implemented is that of "Minfulness".  Creating a small amount of time to just stop and take in all that is around you.  She said that she herself enjoys hiking and time outdoors to help achieve this.

The main area everyone there was the most fascinated by was the idea of your stomach, your Gut, as being the second brain of your body.  Until recently people didn't pay much attention to their stomach, unless you had an occasional stomachache.  But Dr. Hudson argues that the vitamins and minerals needed to have the rest of our body function properly, all stems from how our stomach is being treated.  She surprised everyone by telling us that, an order of small french fries (from any restaurant) creates inflammatory mediators in the body for FIFTY-SEVEN days!  And for the many people who have Chronic Inflammation, this impacts serotonin production, which in turn, directly impacts the stomach's ability to function properly.  It also impacts the Cortisol, which is a stress hormone; which is something hardly anyone is without -- stress that is.

Dr. Hudson had so much to share and teach us with our last parent education night.  It was a fascinating topic, and a great way to end the Parent Education Series.  Thanks to the Parent Ed Team and to BSCO for providing these learning events.

Join us for Parent Ed - Wednesday at 7pm


Join us for a BSCO parent education evening with Dr. Tanya Hudson, ND this Wednesday, March 6th from 7-8:30pm in the BSE Library!

Would you like to promote the physical and mental health of your child and learn ways to prevent issues with inattention, anxiety, and sadness? Dr. Tanya Hudson, naturopathic physician, will be discussing some of the possible causes for ADHD, depression, and anxiety in children, along with helpful testing methods which allow a more targeted treatment. She will share key nutrients and foods which have helped many of her patients optimize their health over her last 12 years in practice.


Dr. Tanya Hudson, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon and owner of Hudson Naturopathic Clinic. For 12 years, she has specialized in the natural treatment of ADHD, depression, and anxiety in all ages, while addressing a myriad of other conditions, such as hormone imbalances, weight gain, GI disturbances, and sleep disorders. She utilizes scientifically researched treatments to reduce symptoms and optimize health. By forging a partnership with her patients, she can identify food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and habits which can act as roadblocks to wellbeing . Dr. Hudson is also a mom of two boys, ages 10 and 13, and loves to hike in beautiful Oregon with her family.

The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation. Questions can be directed to parented@bonnyslopebsco.org.

How Technology Can Impact Our Children

On Wednesday, January 16th, about two dozen family members came to take part in BSCO’s free Parent Education series. Shawn Marshall of the Children’s Program provided insight into what technology can bring and do for our children.  Obviously technology is all around us and our kids, so it was great to hear a professional's insight on how to best utilize, incorporate, and understand technology. 


Mr. Marshall provided some statistics from various sources, one including the American Academy of Pediatrics, about how much time children use technology; and what that amount really should be.  (Here is a link to more details from the AAP - https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Children-and-Media-Tips.aspx )   He also spoke at great length about how technology, social media usages, and video games are having a direct impact of our teenagers and their level of happiness.

Mr. Marshall closed the evening with providing everyone a hand out about his recommendations for screen usage at home.  For those of you unable to attend, here are some of the highlights: 

  • Have clearly definite WRITTEN rules for your children's electronic usage.  He points out that it is essential to have it written out so that way it is clear for everyone to remember

  • Have set limits of the amount of screen time

  • Allow for set chunks of time each day without electronics ( he mentioned that waking up and at least an hour before bed are good ways to start).  And to also have 1-2 days a week with no devices at all

  • Keep electronics out of the children's rooms at night

  • Role model appropriate screen usage and aim for a balance.  Technology isn't necessarily a bad thing

  • DO NOT treat electrics as a reward and be careful with removing it as a punishment.  The less you make it look like a prize to be had, the better

  • Try doing the apps/games with your child, so you can better understand what it is that they are doing.  It also is a way to be involved and share in an activity

iPhones are such a new commodity that there isn't a lot of solid research yet on the pros and cons of long-term daily usage of technology on our children's brains.  Mr. Marshall also suggested utilizing Common Sense Media as a resource for parents and families; to better know the specific structure needed for each individual family.

Please join us Wednesday 1/16 for our 2nd Parent Ed night of the year


The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain

Wednesday, January 16th
7-8:30pm, BSE Library

As part of BSCO’s Parent Education series, Shawn Marshall will present The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain which was developed from the challenges that many of his teen clients and their families have experienced while navigating the intricacies of social media, cell phone usage and video games. His presentation focuses on educating parents and explores the potential negative impacts that electronic usage has on their  children and teens. He offers numerous recommendations to support parents, who like their kids, are dealing with the ever-changing electronic world. He provides up-to-date information and statistics on the impact that electronics have on the developing brain including sleep, academics, and physical health.

Shawn Marshall MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor that has over twenty years of experience working with children and families. He has worked in residential programs, community mental health, consulted with school districts and is currently at the Children's Program in Portland. He specializes in working with teens and has expertise in depression, anxiety, attention deficit, academic challenges, and oppositional behaviors. He has presented on a wide range of topics centered on teens and parenting.

The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation. Questions can be directed to parented@bonnyslopebsco.org.

Parent Education Recap, “How to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids”


On October 9th, BSE had their first Parent Education Night of the school year.  Even though Ann DeWitt has spoken at Bonny Slope before – her topic and conversations still ring true.   That night she discussed how to raise kinder, less entitled children.  Which, is just so perfect seeing how we have a 5th grade student who is working on collecting warm clothing for homeless people (we have until November 4th to make these donations).  And, our school is also doing its first ever Backpack Food Program (there is more on those details in another article).  So, it’s clear that families at BSE are always thinking on how to raise children that are more aware of the world around them and how, when making their contributions, it is done is a positive way.

The night was spent having open conversations, lots of dialoging between the thirty parents and Ann.  Some things that she touched on were:

  • What traits do you want to see in your child when they are 30 years old

  • How can we share our vision, our goals with our children? How do we actively get them involved?

  • What does it mean to be “Entitled”?  And, WHO is it a problem for, being entitled?

  • Is this generation more entitled than others?  What measures are we using to make that comparison?

There were a plethora of ideas and thoughts tossed about, from everyone.  These I felt really resonated with me:

  • Being entitled isn’t always a bad thing

  • By fostering a deep care and concern for the Environment, we can immediately work against this idea of being entitled

  • Children these days do not understand the concept of ‘hard work’.  Nothing they do on a daily basis is contributing to sustaining the family.

  • Work to look inward, see your intrinsic value to the world around you.  How are you contributing

  • How can you talk, so your children really hear you, truly listen

  • The goal is to prepare, not protect – I found this one to be key to my family goals

Obviously when discussing privilege and entitlement, the subject of jobs and chores always comes up.  And that, really, could be it’s own whole article.   Luckily, on Ms. DeWitt’s website she provides an entire list of age-appropriate chores.  https://www.dewittcounseling.com/teaching-responsibility.html  Check it out and see which your families already do, and which of them may be ones you want to start implementing.

Another resource Ann discussed was the book, “The Price of Privilege” by Madeline Levine.  https://www.powells.com/book/-9780060595845

Overall it was a very good evening.  And, I am sure it is safe to say, that everyone left there with new ideas.  I know I did.

Join Us for Parent Ed, Tuesday 10/9!

Join other BSE parents for the first BSCO Parent Education presentation this year, scheduled for Tuesday, 10/9.  Bonny Slope will be welcoming back local therapist, Ann DeWitt, and her presentation “How to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids” from 7-8:30pm in the BSE Library.

It is natural as parents that we need to give our children the best of everything, but raising kids in an affluent community can be a mixed blessing. Parents need to be especially intentional in order to raise children who are hardworking, grateful, and generous. Learn concrete things families can do to encourage sensible values.


Ann DeWitt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Lake Oswego, with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She has been teaching parenting classes for over 20 years and shares her in-the-trenches wisdom with humor and understanding. Find out more at http://dewittcounseling.com/

Please join us for this important and valuable evening.  The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation.  Questions can be directed to Jen Watson at parented@bonnyslopebsco.org.

Join Us for Final Parent Ed - Tuesday, March 6

Please join us for our last parent education offering for the 2017-18 school year.

Tuesday, 3/6/18
Executive Functioning and the Pre-middle School Transition w/ Dr. Allan Cordova


Executive Functioning (EF) refers to a set of brain-based "command and control" skills. They are critical for effective planning, time-management, attention, and impulse control. EF skills emerge and improve as children mature, but at times, students struggle with EF when it's most needed. In this presentation, we'll explore basic concepts related to EF, identify common barriers to implementing effective EF, and learn some strategies parents can use to support and reinforce students' increasing independence in utilizing EF skills. 

Allan Cordova received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Denver and completed his internship and postdoctoral work at the University of Washington. He has worked with youth and families in hospital, clinic and school settings. A native Oregonian, he joined Children's Program in 2002. He enjoys working with families and children of all ages. Areas of expertise include assessment and therapy with pre-teens and teens; couples therapy; and treatment of anxiety and depression.


BSCO Parent Education Evening Jan 10th - Connected Communication with Kids

BSCO Parent Education Evening with Leeza Carlone Steindorf 
Connected Communication with Kids

      Wednesday, January 10th
BSE Library

Would you like your kids to actually hear you when you speak? Do you want to understand what they really mean? How about staying cool when things heat up? Connected Communication with Kids - 3 Keys to Authentic Interaction will show you how!

Communication is the most important skill we have to succeed in relationships, in business, and in life. In families it is essential. Surprisingly, we do not learn it in school curriculum and, depending on our history, communicating can be a big challenge. Most of us communicate through trial-and-error and sheer determination. This evening will be entertaining and enlightening, sharing practical and highly effective tools of clear, authentic, and powerful communication for you and your kids. You will learn: 

  • What communication really is and how it works
  • Easy tools to make it work in any setting
  • How to detour, and dissolve, conflict
  • Applying creative and solution-based thinking

The results are less stress, deeper connection and more time for fun as a family!

Leeza Carlone Steindorf is an accredited international Parenting Coach and Trainer, the award-winning author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child - Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids, and a seasoned mom of two empowered kids.

Join us for BSCO's Parent Education Evening

Connected Communication with Leeza Carlone Steindorf
Wednesday, 1/10/18
BSE Library

Kids are radically uninhibited. That’s only one of the great things about them. They act out their feelings – the good, the bad and the ugly - anywhere and any time. As parents, teachers and care providers you are often faced with the fallout, - dealing with emotions, logistics, time factors and decision making, all while juggling day-to-day life.

 When it gets critical, wouldn’t it be nice to:

  • Slow down the pace?
  • Be able to calm emotions, clarify and hold the space to connect?
  • Eliminate overwhelm, lower the pressure and avoid your own burnout?

Clarity and connection can be created among the chaos. It is not only possible, but practical. This presentation will help you communicate and connect with your child, and others, with unprecedented ease allowing you to experience the love, joy and excellence you are capable of in your role in your child’s life.

Leeza Carlone Steindorf is an international communication and conflict management expert who delivers inspiring and impactful communication and relationship tools and strategies for educational, organizational and personal transformation. She is the award-winning author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child – Five Key to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids and the happy mother of two young adult children. Her work in multinational corporations, educational institutions and families across the globe motivates and cultivates connected relationships, personal transformation and core success at all levels.