Bobcat Blast

September 30, 2021

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Important Dates

  • 4th - Staff Appreciation Drop-Off *
  • 6th - International Walk + Roll to School Day*
  • 6th - Dinner Night Out at Panera *
  • 7th - TAG Parent Night, 6:00 pm Zoom link will be sent out in October
  • 8th - Staff Development Day, No School
  • 13-15 CogAT Screener for 3-5th grades *
  • 20th - Conferences on Zoom, There IS School this day
  • 21st - Conferences on Zoom, No School
  • 22nd - Teacher Work Day, No School
  • 25th - International Dwarfism Awareness Day, Wear Green

* See detailed information below

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October is Dwarfism Awareness Month

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Last Week To Order Bethany Spirit Wear

We work with a company and our school store is only open for a few weeks. Now is the time to purchase items that you want. It is closing on Sunday, October 3rd.

You will find shirts, sweatshirts, and masks in youth and adult sizes.

Click here for the school store: Bethany Store

International Walk + Roll to School Day

International Walk + Roll to School Day

On October 6th, 2021 join people from around the world as we celebrate International Walk + Roll to School Day. Walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus or carpool to school and be entered to win fun prizes. The grand prize winner will earn a new scooter with helmet! Walking and rolling to school is great for kids, our community and our planet. Here are the top five reasons:

  • 1. Fewer vehicles driving to school reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in our parking lots.
  • 2. More people walking and rolling builds school community and makes routes safer.
  • 3. Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and improves their physical and mental health.
  • 4. Kids have fun with friends and bond with families while walking and rolling together.
  • 5. Being outside builds independence and lifelong transportation skills.

Dinner Night Out at Panera

  • Wednesday, October 6th
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Panera Bread at 7202 NE Cornell Road

Panera will donate back 20% of sales from Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to Bethany Elementary School PTO!

You can participate in this fundraiser by:

  • Take out
  • Delivery
  • Pick up

Panera Bread will accept your order in several ways:

  • Phone Call
  • Restaurant Website
  • Storefront Walk-in

MORE INFORMATION: RSVP & all details here:

We hope you can join us in eating out for a good cause!

P.S. Please feel free to invite -- and share this event with -- your friends and family.

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Important TAG Information

October 7, 6:00 pm

October 13-15th. Re: CogAT Screener Test Dates
  • All Bethany 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. Please make plans to have your children here and on time for these three days.

This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October or November.

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Parent Nomination Forms For TAG Testing

Each year students are considered for Talented and Gifted students in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form below. Completing this form gives your child's school TAG committee more information about your child. Classroom teachers also collect observational data from students each fall and make recommendations for testing.

K-3 Parent Information Form

4-5 Parent Information Form

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Bus Students

Bethany has a small area of students who are eligible to ride the school bus. If your child does not have an assigned stop they are not able to ride the bus.

Due to COVID, friends are not able to ride home with friends before / after school. If you want your child to go to a friend's house and they ride the bus, you will need to take them.

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Volunteering at Bethany

Volunteers are a very important part of Bethany. The DIstrict is looking at limited volunteer opportunities in the building, we will keep you updated as we receive more information.

All volunteers need to have a background check completed by the District, in order to work around our students. This includes classroom volunteers, going on field trips, classroom pary planners, Jog-A-Thon help etc.

We would encourage you to click on the link below and do your volunteer background check now. If you wait until the District begins to allow volunteers into the building, there might be a wait of a few weeks before you are able to help.

IMPORTANT: On August 19, Governor Kate Brown announced that all volunteers must provide proof of vaccination or complete a medical or religious exemption to volunteer in any K-12 school.

  • New Volunteers: You'll be asked to upload your vaccination card or an exemption form.

  • Current Volunteers: log onto your account. Go to the "My Profile" tab on the upper right, click on "Additional Information" and then select "Beaverton School District." Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the COVID Vaccination section. From here, you can upload your vaccination card. If you need an exemption form, click on the "i" icon and download the form. After it's completed, it can be uploaded in this same area.
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********** PTO Updates **********

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Note from the BSPTO President

Dear Bethany Bobcat Families,

It was a joy to have so many families attend the first Bethany School PTO meeting on Tuesday night via zoom. Seeing that so many from our community of families that call Bethany home were there, coming together to support all of our children and our school staff and teachers, was very energizing.

I am so thankful that we have this opportunity to rebuild, re-energize, and re-engage family involvement in and for our school, our students, and our community as best we can, especially during this time which continues to be challenging and unpredictable. WE are definitely STRONGER TOGETHER! Go BOBCATS!

Please join us for our next meeting October 26 at 7 pm via zoom.


Jamie Speck

BSPTO President 2021-2022

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." MLK Jr

Staff Appreciation Sign Up

Happy fall and welcome back to in person learning! Our PTO would like to appreciate our teachers and staff by providing snacks and drinks for their use in the staff room. Donated items should be individually packaged and store bought, unfortunately we are not allowed to accept any homemade items.

If you would like to donate a food item for the staff please either sign up via clicking on the link below or by sending an email to (In the sign up you will see the list of wanted items.)

Due to COVID restrictions, donations will be collected outside of the school this Monday, October 4th between 7:30 am-8:30 am and 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. The staff appreciation coordinators Bintu and Benita will be located in the grassy area next to the first grade classrooms to collect any food donations. Thank you for your support and kind contributions!

If you would like to know what your teacher's preferences are for snacks, please email Benita and Bintu at

Stay In The Loop

Text @BSPTO21 to 81010 to stay up to date on all the latest news from the BSPTO!

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Lunch Time At Bethany

For COVID Safety reasons, we have students eating outside

Dry Conditions: We have three separate grass areas that we are using, with each class in a designated spot.

Wet / Windy Conditions: We will continue to eat outside, undercover. Below is a picture of our lunch time yesterday when it began to rain. We are able to have each class separated, and keep social distancing for eating.

Please make sure to send a coat with your child on cold days.

School Meals Menu

This year all students can eat breakfast and lunch for free! For more information about the Meal Service, please click here: 2021-2022 Meal Service

We offer a vegetarian option at every meal. Please click on the Menus below to find out what entree is vegetarian. You can discuss with your child which item to choose.

For those who bring lunch from home, milk can be purchased separately for 50 cents. You will need to have money in their account or bring money.

School Birthday Policy

We've had several inquiries about birthday celebrations at school. I wasn't able to find a written policy for Bethany and all schools have slightly different rules. In my 23 years in schools, I have seen a variety of policies and the impact on individual students and the class as a whole.

For a variety of reasons, including health, safety (COVID and allergies), disruption to instructional time, and hurt feelings, we will NOT be celebrating individual student birthdays at school. Teachers acknowledge students with birthdays in a variety of ways (class singing, a sticker, birthday pencil, special jobs, etc). We want every child to feel special on their birthday without having a potential negative impact on the rest of the class.

We know the requests to celebrate your child come from such a beautiful and loving place. ❤️One thing you might consider is donating a favorite book to the class library in honor of your child or having them bring a favorite book to be read aloud (arrange with the teacher first). Party invitations may not be distributed at school (even if they are for the whole class). Thank you for understanding.

P.S. We've ordered birthday ribbons so that we may celebrate each child in the office. We'll catch up with the September birthdays we've already missed! 😉

Ms. Rosenquist

Help Us Purchase School Supplies

Online Payment System

Here are the instructions to follow, once you are in the system:

  • Click on your student’s name
  • Click on school Items
  • Click on the correct grade
  • Click on school supplies

Kindergarten Fundraiser

The Bethany Kindergarten teachers want to create classrooms with spaces where students can take risks and make messes. We would like to create a “yes” environment, where students can learn that mistakes are an opportunity to try again. These spaces will be student centered, where the teacher becomes the facilitator, provides guidance and partners with children in their learning through play.

We encourage you to send this campaign out to your family and friends. The BEF New Project Match will match your contribution to this project dollar-for-dollar, up to $500.

Kindergarten Campaign

Friendly Reminder About Pets

It is beautiful weather and a great way to take your dog out for a walk. Please remember that we do have small children who are afraid of dogs, or are allergic. If you want to walk your dog, we encourage you to meet your students at the crosswalk or off of campus.

Keep Connected to What Is Happening

Bethany Calendars

Here are 3 ways to stay up to date on important Bethany information.

The Bobcat Blast is our weekly Newsletter. You will receive it in your email on Thursdays. Please be sure to read it weekly.

Following us on Facebook.

Bethany Facebook

We also keep our website up to date, so you can always check there for important information

Bethany Website

COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.