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…

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


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.)


Science Night Details!

Please take look at your child's Friday Folder, because in it contains an invitation and information booklet for Science Night!  

Science Night is an annual family-friendly BSCO event held at Bonny Slope Elementary.  This fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and science projects includes:

  1. A Maker Space – DIY area for students to create, invent and learn
  2. Presentations and Demonstrations – A showcase of local science organizations/vendors using science in the real world
  3. Student Science Experiments and Engineering Designs

This year’s Science Night will take place Friday, March 16 from 6:00 – 8:00pm free of charge!  This event is brought to you by your generous BSCO donations. 

Please note - Students do not need to have a science project in order to attend Science Night.  Everyone is welcome!

However, all Bonny Slope Kindergarten – 5th Graders are invited to participate in creating and presenting a science project at Science Night.  Please don’t think your Kindy/1st Grader is too young, their projects are such crowd pleasers! Science projects are done at home and the display boards are brought to school for Science Night.  There are two type of projects your student can choose from:

  1. Science Experiment
  2. Engineering Design

If your student is interested in doing a project, please visit the Science Night BSCO site for How To documents, project ideas, and pictures of past projects.

Once your student has decided on a project, please submit an entry form at

If you have any questions about Science Night, please let us know!

Tickets on sale NOW for Bonny Slope’s Annual Pancake Breakfast!

Tickets on sale NOW for Bonny Slope’s Annual Pancake Breakfast!

The tradition continues for our 5th grade class to host this fun family event! Students will sell tickets, host, cook, serve, and entertain the community to raise money for Mazamas Mountain Science School.

Saturday, January 20th
School Cafeteria

$5/person or $20/family (max 6 people) in advance
$6/person or $22/family at the door on the day of the event

Buy Your Tickets Today! 

●     Online until January 18th at

●     5th graders have tickets available for purchase now! So find your favorite 5th grade student and hit them up!

●     To volunteer (ONLY 5th graders and their parents/care providers) visit: 

Join Us and Support Our Mazamas Mountain School Fundraising Efforts!

BSCO Special Session Approves Science School Experience


Meeting Minutes
Slides of the meeting can be found here.

BSCO Special Session
Date: 11/27/17
Location:  BSE Conference Room

Attendance:  Ashish Gupta, Andrea Steyskal, Ellen Rothery, Currie Reese, Maureen Louie, Hannah Donohue, Jenna Dornblaser, Emily Holmes, Ali Montelongo, Janet Maza, Julie Gupta, Tami Kim, Hyeseon Jo, Holly Vanderploeg, Christopher Basham

Call to Order:  2:32pm

New Business

Mazamas Mountain 5th Grade Science School Experience ($2500 allocation)


This year, the 5th grade classes are looking at attending a Science School Experience called Mazamas Mountain School near Government Camp.  It is run through Multnomah ESD and is a two-night science experience.  Two classes will go up at a time, with each trip taking place in February 2018.

Because BSCO’s next community meeting isn’t scheduled until late January, the special session and vote was necessary in order to secure our reservation with Mazamas and begin the necessary paperwork through BSD.

Janet Maza, principal, described the various steps needed in order for this trip to become a reality.  The first step is to approve funding.  If BSCO approves the allocation, then the necessary paperwork is submitted to BSD’s Risk Management. This trip is not a “done deal” yet, but today’s vote is a necessary step in the process.

Ashish Gupta, President, stepped through the various reasons for today’s special session.  First, the differences in cost from using the budget of last year's off site school and the proposed Science School were presented.  Various items make Mazamas more expensive, including BSD’s requirement that a BSD nurse be included in the trips.  The cost of the experience and transportation are also slightly more expensive than last year’s School.  

With the Board’s conservative estimates, an additional $2470 may be needed to fund this endeavor, depending on the number of students attending and the income from Pancake Breakfast.  Because of BSCO’s solid savings and the successful fundraising so far this year, the Board believes that this allocation is reasonable and prudent.

Parents asked several questions, including the inclement weather policy.  Bonny Slope will be billed after the experience, so if weather cancels the trip, no payment is due.  The students will be taking regular school busses to the camp.  The family contribution has been capped at $70/student, though there will be some sort of scholarship or sliding scale available, allowing parents to cover a portion of other students who need financial aid.  The camp itself has loaner snow pants and coats for those students unable to bring their own.

The motion was brought to a vote and passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned:  3:03pm

STEM in Residency program kicks-off!

On Monday, November 20, four Bonny Slope classrooms will kick off our inaugural STEM in Residence program!  This year's program will focus on coding and will take place during the Technology and Library Specials time.  Students in grades 2-5 will rotate through 1-hr session each week for 4 weeks, running right up until winter break. 


To deliver this program we have partnered with Saturday Academy who has taught similar 'in Residence' programs at nearby schools.  Not to be left out, our Kindy and 1st grade students will also participate in their own version of STEM in Residence taught by staffer Laurel Nakano.  As reading skills aren't as developed, they will complete a different curriculum but nonetheless also be educated about and learn coding.

Our 4-week residence program coincides with Computer Science Week, Dec 4-10, and as a school we will acknowledge the connection during that week's assembly.  And great news!...we were able to create and deliver this program for about $4,800, which is 60% of what was budgeted!  Thank you parents for your generosity to support BSCO programs like this!!

Principal Chat & Special Session Community Meeting, Nov 27th 2-3pm

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Bonny Slope Community Organization invites you to a principal chat, community meeting and vote scheduled for Monday, Nov 27 at 2pm in the BSE Main Office. Chat with our principal Janet Maza about BSE’s plans to send fifth grade students to Mazamas Mountain Science School for three days and two nights in Feb 2018. EVERY SINGLE PARENT at Bonny Slope is a voting member of BSCO.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.


  • 2-2:30pm - Principal Chat
  • 2:30-3pm - Learn about 5th grade Science School, vote on $2500 in additional funds required

Science School FAQ

Question: What is Mazamas Mountain Science School?
Answer: With Outdoor School moving to sixth grade, BSE administration and 5th grade teachers have found a new outdoor science experience. It is designed specifically for fifth graders, and aims to enhance their science inquiry skills while teaching about mountain ecosystems. Learn more here:

Question: Ok, this sounds exciting! When can my kiddo attend?
Answer: All current fifth grade students at Bonny Slope will attend in Feb 2018. If successful, we hope this becomes an annual fifth grade tradition.

Question: But don’t we already have $9600 earmarked for “Outdoor School,” plus the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and student contribution?
Answer: Yes! However, Outdoor School has historically been subsidized with a metro grant that’s no longer applicable. Even with a $70 student contribution, we’re still short ~$21/student, which is why we need a community vote to approve an additional $2500. Our current savings allows for this expenditure.

Question: Why do we need a special session?
Answer: Our next scheduled community meeting is on Jan 31, 2018 which doesn’t provide us with enough advance notice for science school that begins on Feb 13. BSCO’s bylaws require a community vote for any new expense over $1,000 - hence the special session on Nov 27th.

Question: I’m in. What can I do?
Answer: Attend the special session community meeting on Nov 27 at 2pm at the main office and vote!

We look forward to seeing you.  Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Ashish Gupta (

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Science Fair Showcases Student Scientists

This year’s Science Fair took place on Friday, April 7 with more than 90 budding scientists and engineers pre-registered to present projects at the 9th annual event. Mother Nature taunted with her ability to turn off the power with a strong gust of wind, but by the time 6 o'clock rolled around she had all but disappeared!   

Our scientists gathered in the gym ready to chat with volunteers about their ideas and methods of investigation.  Meanwhile in the hallways, families roamed through several hand-on exhibits, including a variety of technology exhibits from Beaverton School District's Future Ready team.   

While some students checked out their robots and paper-circuits, there was a collection of meteorites from PSU's Cascadia Research Lab that everyone was able to hold and examine with magnets. Geologist Dick Pugh informed inquisitive minds on how these specimens survived their fall to earth.   

Also in the hallway was a pair of beekeepers from Bee Thinking that brought a beekeeper outfit complete with hats and gloves to try on.   They had a honeycomb to touch and (yum!) sticks of honey to pass out.   Back in the gym, students were able to design and engineer paper-cup flying machines with the help of a giant box fan.    

“Students and families really enjoyed this year's fair,” said Science Fair Lead Lianne Yarvis.  “I’d like to give a special shout-out to our volunteers from Sunset High and Cedar Park who came out to supplement our parent volunteers.  They did reviews at every grade level and were essential in ensuring that students received two reviews.”

The Bonny Slope Science Fair is funded through your generous BSCO donation.