Bonny Slope Elementary

September 8, 2022

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Dates To Remember

9/9 First Day for Kinder Students Last Name M-Z only

9/13 Back to School Night 6:00-7:30 PM (no PreK)

  • 6-6:30 PM Grades K/1st
  • 6:30-7 PM Grades 2nd/3rd
  • 7-7:30 PM Grades 4th/5th

9/19 First Day for Preschool students

9/19 Volunteer Orientation – Day Session 12:00–12:45 pm - Zoom

9/20 Volunteer Orientation – Evening Session 7:00-7:45 pm - Cafeteria

9/22 Hearing Screening K-2

9/23 School Spirit Day - Wear BSE gear or Black and Red

9/23 Aug/Sep Birthday Lunch

9/26 First day Bobcat Trail Club (Field)

9/28 Principal Chat 6:00 pm (Library)

9/28 *Fall BSCO Community Meeting 7:00pm (Library)

9/29 Picture Day

BSE Calendar

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Dear Bonny Slope Families,

What an amazing start to the school year we’ve had! Our classrooms are full of students learning, connecting and building community. You can see the amazing things happening in our school by following us on Instagram - bonnyslopebsd.

We are looking forward to welcoming families to our Back to School Night on Tuesday the 13th. This year we’ll use a hybrid format where the general session will be a video pushed out at the beginning of next week, and families will get to attend in person sessions with teachers. Please see the schedule below.

Our first school wide assembly in years will be on Friday, September 23rd. We’ll use this time to reconnect as a school, share our school spirit and reinforce our Kindness in the Classroom lessons. This will also be a School Spirit Day, so have students wear BSE gear or black and red to celebrate our school.

Finally, please carefully read our guidance for arrival and dismissal. We have a lot of people moving to and from our building, and ask for your support in doing so safely. Please share these guidelines with those who are dropping off or picking up your students. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!

With Joy,

Cary Meier



Back To School Night 2022

Thursday, September 13, 6:00-8:00

  • General Admin Session will be pushed out as a video

  • 6:00-6:25 - K & 1 Sessions with families

  • 6:30-6:55 - 2 & 3 Sessions with families

  • 7:00-7:25 - 4 & 5 Sessions with families

See our Activity Tables undercover


Counselor's Corner

Introducing our new school counselor Gillian Dyall

Gillian began her career with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and came to the US from the UK to do post-graduate work at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She worked in traumatic brain Injury rehabilitation and mental health settings before completing her School Counseling licensure at PSU in 2010. Her first undergraduate Psychology research project was with children expressing emotions through art in elementary education, so she is very happy that she found her way back to school counseling in an elementary school. What Gillian likes best about her job is building trust with students to be able to help them deal with the real issues in their lives that get in the way of school success. She and her husband are empty nesters with three young adult children who all went through Beaverton schools. She enjoys celtic music and traditions, travel, reading, hiking, and nature, especially forest and the beach.

Gillian Dyall M.S.
School Counselor


Arrival and Dismissal


Exterior doors open and supervision begins at 8:15 each day. From 8:15-8:25 Morning Mix activities will be available at the following locations:

  • Kindergarten - Gym
  • 1st grade - Undercover
  • 2nd grade - Undercover
  • 3rd grade - Gym
  • 4th grade - Library
  • 5th grade - Library

At 8:25, classroom doors will open, and students will move from their Morning Mix stations to classrooms.

Students may enter the building from the bus lane doors or the front doors, depending on how they arrive. Please say goodbye at the exterior doors. At 8:30 our exterior doors lock for the day. Students who arrive after that time will need to ring the office doorbell to be admitted and check in with the office staff before heading to class. Please make every effort to arrive by 8:25 each day so students have time to settle in before instruction begins at 8:30.

If you drop your student off by car, please pull all the way forward to the end of the building along the curb. Students should be independent to get out of the passenger side of the car (parents are to remain in the car). If your student can not get out safely on their own, you will need to plan to park and walk them to the building.

If you park to walk your student to the building, please park in the lower lot and use the crosswalk to cross the upper lot.

Thank you for following this plan so we can get all students to school safely and on time!


Teachers have been gathering go home plans for all students, so please ensure that your child's teacher knows which dismissal station to bring your child to. Changes to go home plans are accepted in emergency cases only. If you need to pick your student up early, please do so before 2:45.

Dismissal Options:

  • Walk/Ride bike home
  • Ride the school bus home: Teachers will deliver bus riders as they exit the building.
  • After school classes or Student Stop: Students will be released to their assigned location.
  • Parent pick up 3:05: Parents park in our parking lot and walk to the field on the east side of the building
  • Parent pick up by car curbside 3:20: Cars will be directed to enter our bus lane at the west side of our school after our buses have left. Students will line the sidewalk and enter the cars on the passenger side.
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Welcome back Bonny Slope! Past years have proven we have incredibly generous and involved volunteers. We cannot wait for another exciting year together supporting our children, teachers, and community. Read on for how to get involved. Your support is what makes our school so special!

Classroom & Party Coordinators: There will be many opportunities to volunteer this year, but first we need to establish each classroom's support system. Please reach out to Amanda and Whitney to volunteer as your child's classroom coordinator or party coordinator at (note: these are first come, first serve). We like to have these positions filled within the first two weeks of school. A quick summary of the roles if you're not familiar:

  • Classroom Coordinators are the link between the teacher and parent volunteers in a classroom. This person will be responsible for coordinating any volunteer needs the teacher has. It is a rewarding role and a great opportunity to really get to know your teacher and the class itself.
  • Party Coordinators work together as a grade-based team to plan each of the three classroom parties: winter, valentines, and end of year. Your classroom coordinator will help get as many volunteers as you need to help on the day of. This is a very fun role, and we have lots of ideas from years past to help you along if you'd like.

Signing Up To Be A Volunteer: Join us for one of two volunteer orientations coming up shortly. Refresh yourself on our volunteer protocols and learn about our new mIP volunteer sign-up process, replacing SignUp Genius. This process will ensure compliance with safety requirements to keep our children and school safe. Please remember: per the Beaverton School District, you will only be able to enter the building if you have an approved background check and Covid vaccine card or exemption uploaded in mIP.

  • Monday, September 19th 12noon - 12:45pm on Zoom (link to come closer to event)
  • Tuesday, September 20th 7:00 - 7:45pm in the BSE cafeteria

If you have not yet registered to volunteer, please fill out an online application so you can get your background check completed and Covid vaccine card or exemption uploaded.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: Our volunteer signups are moving from Sign-Up Genius to mIP this year to ensure we are in compliance with safety requirements to keep our children and school safe. These signup slots will only be visible to you if you have an approved background check and Covid vaccine card/exemption on file. Find training for how to sign up for volunteer slots through mIP here on the BSCO website.

  • Monster Mash: Many of our traditional events will make a comeback in some form or another this year. One of those continued, beloved traditions is Monster Mash, which is a Halloween celebration for our community held at the end of October. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please reach out to this year's lead: Angie Bruxer at
  • Bobcat Trail Club: The Bobcat Trail Club is a running/walking program designed to encourage fitness in a fun way. Kids run or walk laps on the school track and record the laps completed on Monday and Friday mornings before school. We need volunteers to track laps. The fun starts Monday, September 26th. Sign up to help here.
  • Picture Day: Please come help Picture Day run smoothly by getting kids lined up with their picture packet, making sure their hair is just right, and escorting kids to & from the classroom. This event occurs on Thursday, September 29th. Sign up here.

We look forward to hearing from you and working together as a volunteer community to make this year amazing!
Amanda Walker & Whitney Mattocks

BSCO Directors of Volunteers



Jog-A-Thon is moving back to the Fall!

SAVE THE DATE! We are celebrating our 15th annual Jog-A-Thon on Friday, October 7th on Bonny Slope’s outdoor track. This school-wide fundraising event promotes fun and fitness while raising vital funds for BSCO’s annual budget, used to support programs that directly enrich students’ education and experience here at Bonny Slope. Students solicit pledges/donations and then run, jog, or walk their way to the finish line.

This year, our Jog-A-Thon theme is centered around School Spirit as we are proud to be celebrating 15 years of milestones that have shaped our school’s success today! Our Bonny Slope community continues to prove that we are Stronger Together – GO BOBCATS!

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

We will be sending out more information about this event in the coming weeks via BSCO and BSE newsletters and social media, so stay tuned! If you are eager to show your school spirit by getting started, please visit to register and begin fundraising!


Safe Routes to School

Plan Your Trip

Back to school planning includes how your student will travel to school this fall. Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites you to explore your options for safe travel on our website:

  • Suggested walk and bike routes for each school
  • Safety tips for all modes of travel (walk, bike, bus, car)
  • Arrival/Departure maps for each school (how students who travel by foot, bus and car should arrive and leave school)

The safety of our students depends on you!

To learn more visit:

Bus Safety

Everyone can help keep kids safe around the school bus.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Motorists must stop up to 25 feet from the school bus when the stop arm is out, and the flashing red lights are on.
  2. It is illegal to pass a school bus within the roadway as it drops off or picks up passengers regardless of the direction of approach unless there is a barrier or unpaved median separating the directional lanes of traffic.
  3. Parents should supervise young children at the bus stop and review safe loading and unloading procedures.
  4. Students should stay three giant steps away from the road until the school bus stops and the doors are open.
  5. Students should always cross in front of the bus, stay five giant steps away, make eye contact with the bus driver and ALWAYS check for passing vehicles before entering the roadway.



Meal Service

This year an application is required to qualify for free or reduced priced meals.

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Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Cary Meier

Assistant Principal: Betty Skundrick

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Fax: 503.356.2045

Attendance: 503.356.2041

Attendance email: