Bonny Slope Elementary
December 10, 2020
PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Dear Bonny Slope Community,
A week from now, your children will soon have a much deserved Winter Break. For some, the opportunity to not log into Zoom will be refreshing. For others, the thought of keeping these amazing minds busy for two weeks might seem daunting. Reading books, dancing to music, playing games, coloring in coloring books, learning origami, and even taking bubble baths are a few suggestions made by our students when asked what they want to do with their time. If there is one thing that my family has learned during the pandemic, it is that our lives can slow down and we are still okay. Giving your children opportunities to entertain themselves, find new interests or to simply curl up with a good book might be just what they need as they take a break from CDL.
Additionally, if you would like to have your child participate in a virtual holiday party, the Sunset High School Students have included in this Paw Prints a flyer inviting our students to a virtual party. (Please see the link for this flyer below)
For families struggling with food scarcity, please note the deadline to sign up for food through the Beaverton School District is Friday, December 11th by 9:00 PM. (Please see information below.)
A great resource for finding support during these difficult times can be found by dialing 211. The 211 center's referral specialists receive requests from callers and will access databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies. They can match the callers' needs to available resources, and link or refer them directly to an agency or organization that can help.
As we close out this year, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how proud we are of our community. This has been a difficult year and yet we continue to persevere. The struggles have been many and yet we continue to make progress in making it through these tough times together. Wishing each of you a safe and happy winter break,
Janet and Jim
How Do We Find Joy Again?
7 Ways to Find Joy in Everyday Life
(Even When Life Feels Awful)
A Healthy Note from your nurse, Wendy Costanzo, RN
Close your eyes and picture it for a moment: pure joy. It could be simply sitting in the sun on a warm day or it could be just the opposite: Finally, a moment of peace and quiet after a chaotic week. Joy can seem fleeting – rare, even, but there are ways to get closer to joy on a daily basis. Finding joy can result in feeling of inner peace and contentment.
Numerous studies suggest happiness and joy can predict a lower heart rate and lower blood pressure, as well as help boost your immune system. Additionally, people who report having more positive emotions also have fewer illnesses, and fewer aches and pains.
Below are 7 expert – science- backed ways to add more joy to your life, starting now.
1) Look for Meaning – The pandemic has been tough but trying to find something meaningful about it. Understanding what quarantine has taught us can help make the harder days more worthwhile.
2) Straighten out your Spiral – When we are upset we have a tendency to think about everything else going wrong in our lives and ‘spin out’. Reflect on what you are grateful for. “It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us joyful”.
3) Make Room for Passion – If your day is full of responsibilities, consider how you can carve out even 15 minutes for an activity you are passionate about. Find joy in even the little moments.
4) Be Present – If you can, learn to exist in the now, then you help free yourself from the stressors connected to the past or the future. Live for today and find joy wherever it exists.
5) Reconnect with Nature – Getting outside is crucial to finding joy. Outdoor activity helps decrease stress and anxiety and can even boost your mood.
6) Make Opportunities for Laughter – Laughter brings joy, helps reduce stress and a good, deep belly laugh may actually help boost your immune system. Find something funny each day and don’t be afraid to LOL!
7) Seek out Positive People – When we are around happy people we tend to feel happier ourselves. It is easy to get caught in a negative loop but positive people get more done and enjoy their lives more than gloomy people.
Last, take care of yourselves, we will get through this. I encourage each of us to look for the joy in our lives every day. When we ‘emerge’ we will be stronger and more resilient than ever.
A huge thank you for your generosity during our Thanksgiving Meal Food Drive. As always, this community showed up in a huge way! We were overwhelmed by your kindness and over 20 families in our school had a memorable Thanksgiving Meal with all the traditional fixings. Well done Bobcats!!
Over the last five years, our school has also run a Holiday Gift Card Drive for struggling families during Winter Break. Due to Governor Brown's state orders and social distancing requirements, we are asking families to simply donate funds. BSE staff will then use these funds to purchase specific gift cards to stores that will support each family best. These donations will allow us to offer individualized and unique support to each family in our community.
To donate, please log in to your BSD online payment account:
https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/business-services/online-payment-system. You will find the item after clicking on your student's name then School Items and Winter Family Support. If you need any assistance with your online account, please contact Renee at: renee_conduff@beaverton.K12.or.us. For all other questions questions please contact Mrs. Rodgers at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All donations need to be received by December 16th to ensure ample time to distribute to families before our winter break.
Winter Break Meals
Nutrition Services is pleased to be able to provide meals to children ages 1-18 during the Winter Break.
- To receive meals for the Winter Break, the form in the link above must be filled out and submitted no later than 9:00 PM on December 11th. The information is needed ahead of time to order enough supplies for requested meals.
- Please be certain to fill in the number of children ages 1 to 18, who will be receiving meals.
- Meal boxes will consist of five breakfast and five lunch meals.
- Meal pick up will be on Tuesday, December 22nd, and Tuesday, December 29th, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
Los Servicios de Nutricion se complace en poder proporcionar alimentos gratuitos a ninos de 1 a 18 años durante las vacaciones de invierno.
- Para recibir comidas para las vacaciones de invierno, el formulario de inscripcion debe enviarse a mas tardar a las 9:00 PM del 11 de diciembre. Para tener suficientes suministros para las comidas se requiere preinscripcion.
Winter Break Meals - Beaverton School District
- Asegúrese de ingresar el número de niños, de 1 a 18 años, que recibirán los alimentos
- Las cajas de comida constan de cinco desayunos y cinco almuerzos
- Los alimentos estaran disponibles el martes 22 de diciembre y el martes 29 de diciembre de 11:00 AM a 12:00 PM.
Clothes Closet is OPEN
While other programs are scaling back, the Clothes Closet is open, and appointments are available now!
The button to schedule an online appointment is under the Families tab on the District's website.
Families can call 503-356-4322 (however, online is preferable) To see open appointment slots, select either Large Family (4 or more students) or Small Family (1 - 3 students). Open appointments for the date selected will be on the right side of the screen. Click on a time that works for you and then complete a short form to book the appointment.
Safe Routes to School - Snowflake Hunt!
Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!
This month Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites your school community to go on a Snowflake Hunt! To participate make a snowflake and place it in a window facing the street and then go for a walk and count how many snowflakes you find. We hope this provides your family with a fun activity and a little encouragement to get outside for a walk or roll. Use the link below for a snowflake making tutorial and make sure your trip is counted in the following ways:
1. Send an email to email@example.com with the number of snowflakes you found. BSD students (or parents) please include how many students participated and what school they are from.
2. BSD elementary students can also log their miles on their Marathon Kids account. If you need information on how to set up a Marathon Kids account, contact your PE teacher.
Thank you for your participation!
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Follow us @BeavertonSafeRoutes
Device Protection Fee
If you elected device protection coverage during your online verification this fall you can pay your fee here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/business-services/online-payment-system
If you are unsure if you have paid or have questions on how to pay please contact Renee Conduff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Janet Maza
Assistant Principal: Jim HIller
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229