Bonny Slope Elementary

September 23, 2021

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Dates To Remember

9/24 Vision Screening (K-5)

9/28 Picture Day

9/28 Principal Chat 6pm on Zoom

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


10/6 Parent TAG information night Via Zoom 6pm

10/7 International Walk + Bike to School Day

10/8 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development/Work Day

10/20 Conferences 4pm-8pm

10/21 Conferences 8am-8pm -NO Students




Bonny Slope Community,

Well, we are off and running! One thing that Janet and I were talking about recently is the magic that is happening within the school building, even with these protocols we are following. Since we only have students crossing our doorways every day, allow us to give you a “written glimpse” into what we are seeing.

  • We have music class happening in our amphitheater so that students can sing. Mrs. Bourquien transports instruments outside and students sit socially distanced with masks. It’s quite beautiful to hear music emanating from our playground, even with recess happening around them.
  • Students are taking our social distancing requirements to heart. If you walk down the hallways, you’ll notice students walking to specials or lunch with one arm out. Our younger students are especially skilled at this!
  • Speaking of our hallways, artwork is back up again, and we see students making self-portraits in a variety of ways. During our CDL time, we found ourselves missing the joy of seeing artwork hanging up outside of classrooms.
  • Speaking of our classrooms, our hard working teachers are bringing some great care and connection activities for their students to reconnect to our building, our school, and our community. They are also establishing the regular routines on top of the safety protocols. Our teachers and staff are the epitome of “bringing back the magic” as we are so grateful for them.
  • Parents have been so responsive to the tweaking of our dismissal procedures. Moving parent pick up to the field has alleviated a lot of congestion in front of the school (and many parents have thanked us for providing more space!). We appreciate your flexibility with this.
  • Students are playing in their recess zones and respecting the need to keep within their classes. It’s so good to see our students enjoying our fabulous playground.
  • Finally, every day, we see such joy coming into the building every morning. Students eagerly line up at the door, and are greeting us with big, unseen smiles behind their masks! We cannot say strongly enough how wonderful it feels to have our students back in our building.

We know that writing out what is happening in our building is not the same as seeing it for yourselves. But we wanted to a share a little bit of the joy of our days. Many of these things are only happening because of the work you’ve done at home, emphasizing the need for our safety protocols, and making sure your students are ready each day. So, thank you for your support as we navigate these new times in school, your flexibility, and the positive notes/emails to our staff.

We have had many questions around student health. We have put together a list of most asked questions.

Top 5 Questions asked by Parents about Covid at BSE:

What are the primary symptoms of Covid-19?

Fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. If your child has any of these symptoms, you will need to keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and has a negative Covid test (a picture of the negative test needs to be sent to the office before the student returns). If testing does not occur, the student will be excluded from school for 10 days and is fever-free for 24 hours.

What do I do if my child has only a cough?

If your child has a cough, you will need to keep your child home until the cough is gone for 24 hours and has a negative Covid test (a picture of the negative test needs to be sent to the office before the student returns).. If testing does not occur, the student will be excluded from school for 10 days and is fever-free for 24 hours.

What do I do if my child says he doesn’t feel well?

The primary symptoms of Covid-19 include fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and/or loss of taste or smell. If your child has any one of these symptoms, you will need to keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and has a negative Covid test (a picture of the negative test needs to be sent to the office before the student returns). If testing does not occur, the student will be excluded from school for 10 days and is fever-free for 24 hours.

What if I get a call that my child has been exposed to a positive case and must quarantine?

Your child will need to quarantine for 10 days without testing. A child cannot test out of quarantine. The teacher will send homework that they usually send home with students that are sick, a device will be checked out to your student, and you will have access to the District Quarantine Website for lessons.

Jim Hiller and Janet Maza



Our students are doing a great job wearing masks. Wearing them all day they sometimes become soiled/wet. Please send an extra mask in your student's backpack each day so they have a backup mask.

thank you!



Dear Bonny Slope Parents/Guardians,

I think more than ever we need to spread some grace far and wide. That includes offering grace to ourselves. This pandemic is hard. We are all feeling some levels of anxiety, stress and maybe even anger. Our Bonny Slope community is beginning to navigate ongoing schedule adjustments, protocols and social norms. We will continue to adjust and adapt along the way.

We are lucky to have a Behavioral Health and Wellness Team to offer support. This includes a school counselor (Tiffany Rodgers), student success coach (Lindsey Williamson), academic coach (Jennifer Oordt), psychologist (Jennifer Holloway) and school based social worker (Alicia Phelps). We work closely together to determine any needs or services that would help children be most successful in the classroom. We will share more information about this team and it’s members in the weeks to come. In the meantime, Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Rodgers have created a Family Needs Assessment to determine how we can best support your child(ren) and your family. We have resources available and would like to help remove barriers and stressors as best we can. We deeply care about our Bobcats and want to do our part to help them and their families during this difficult time. We will get through this one day at a time.


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Hello Bonny Slope Families,

We are loving getting to know your children, creating connections, and building community. We're so lucky to have such an amazing group of students and families at BSE! By having a school - parent partnership and working together, we can build your child's social, emotional, and academic skills far more than either group working alone. Together we can contribute in unique ways to make the partnership fruitful.

I'd like to share some "small things" that as parents you might consider doing. When done on a regular basis with your child, these actions can make a big difference in your child's well-being and social and emotional learning.

These suggestions are not an exhaustive list, nor are they meant to be implemented all at once. In some cases, they may sound simple but take some advance thought and planning to put into action. Do what works for you, but you might consider beginning with a single item and add others as you gain comfort and confidence with using these strategies.

1. Focus on strengths. When your child brings home an assignment/test, talk first about what he or she did well. Then talk about what can be improved. Praise specific strengths. Don’t just criticize things that were done wrong.

2. Follow up with consequences for misbehavior. Sometimes parents say things in anger that don’t curb the behavior in the long run. You might say, “Because of what you did, no television for a month.” Both you and your child know that after one or two days the TV will go back on. Decide on consequences that are fair, and then carry them out.

3. Ask children how they feel. When you ask your child about his or her feelings, the message is that feelings matter and you care.

4. Find ways to stay calm when angry. It’s normal to get angry or irritated sometimes. Learn to recognize “trigger situations” and do something about them before you lose control. Try taking deep breaths for a few moments. Consider having a “quiet area” where people can go when they are upset. Or you can just stop talking and leave the room for a while. Sit down as a family and talk about what everyone can do to stay calm.

5. Avoid humiliating or mocking your child. This can make children feel bad about themselves. It can lead to a lack of self-confidence and, in turn, problems with schoolwork, illness, and trouble getting along with friends. Unfair criticism and sarcasm also hurts the bond of trust between children and parents. Be mindful of how you speak to your children. Give them the room to make mistakes as they learn new skills.

6. Be willing to apologize. Parents need to be able to apologize to their children if what they said was not what they meant. Calmly explain what you really wanted to say. By doing this you’re being a good role model. You’re showing how important it is to apologize after hurting someone. You’re teaching that it’s possible to work through problems with respect for the other person.

7. Give children choices and respect their wishes. When children have a chance to make choices, they learn how to solve problems. If you make all their choices for them, they’ll never learn this key skill. Giving children ways to express preferences and make decisions shows that their ideas and feelings matter.

8. Ask questions that help children solve problems on their own. When parents hear their child has a problem, it’s tempting to step in and take over. But this can harm a child’s ability to find solutions on his or her own. A helpful approach is to ask good questions. Examples include, “What do you think you can do in this situation?” and “If you choose a particular solution, what will be the consequences of that choice?”

9. Read books and stories together. Reading stories aloud is a way to share something enjoyable and learn together about other people. For example, stories can be a way to explore how people deal with common issues like making or losing friends or handling conflicts. Ask your child’s teacher or a librarian to recommend stories on themes that interest you and your children.

10. Encourage sharing and helping. There are many ways to do this. Together you and your child can prepare food in a homeless shelter or go on a fund-raising walk-a-thon. You can help out elderly neighbors or needy families. This teaches children that what they do can make a difference in the lives of others.

Above information from:

Schools, Families, and Social Emotional Learning

Linda Frederick, et al

Thank you for sharing your children with us! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, I'd love to hear from you.

Lindsey Williamson, Student Success Coach


Health Room Clothes Needed

We are in need of small boys and girls pants/shorts. If your child has outgrown things that you would be willing to donate, we would appreciate it! You can bring it by the office during school hours.

Thank you!


Lost and Found

We have started collecting many lost and found items. The lost and found bins will be rolled out each Friday in the Parent Pick Up area for parents to sort thru from 3-3:30pm.

Please label EVERYTHING your student brings to school. We will sort thru the lost and found weekly to look for items with names and return it to the student's classroom.



Bonny Slope Elementary

You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting

and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Los padres pueden ordenar fotos en línea en buscando el nombre de su escuela. Su pedido en línea se puede realizar antes y hasta cuatro (4) días después del día de la foto.

DESPUÉS DE QUE EXPIRE EL PERÍODO DE GRACIA DE 4 DÍAS: Un código de acceso personalizado le será enviado a su hogar con sus pedidos. Estas órdenes incluyen una tarifa de $7 de envío.



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

International Walk + Roll To School Day

Come walk or bike rain or shine!!!

Wednesday, October 6th is Walk + Roll to School Day! This annual event, celebrated by thousands of schools internationally, promotes walking (or biking) for several reasons:

  • Increase physical activity: 10 minutes of active walking!
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools, and increase community and school area traffic safety
  • Teach healthy and safe transportation skills to children
  • Increase awareness of Bonny Slope's walkability
  • Meet those great neighbors, make (new) friends and start walking + biking together more!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities as route leaders for this event!



In October, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. Bonny Slope's testing window is still being determined and will be communicated from your child's teacher once it is determined. 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. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitators, Tiffany Rodgers and Lindsey Williamson.

We will have a Parent Night led by Heidi Hanson, district TAG Coordinator, on October 6th at 6pm via zoom. We will have more information soon.

En octubre, a todos los estudiantes de tercero, cuarto y quinto grado del Distrito Escolar de Beavertón se les administrará el Examen de Detección de Habilidades Cognitivas (CogAT). Esta prueba de 30 minutos mide las habilidades de razonamiento aprendidas de los estudiantes a través de analogías verbales / ilustradas, analogías numéricas y matrices de figuras.

Actualmente, el objetivo principal de administrar CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para TAG en el área de la capacidad intelectual. Se invitará a los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes del percentil 97 o superior en la evaluación CogAT a que tomen la prueba con la versión completa de CogAT que se usa para la identificación potencial de TAG. La versión completa de CogAT se entregará en octubre. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con (su Facilitador de TAG para la construcción).


Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Janet Maza

Assistant Principal: Jim HIller

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Fax: 503.356.2045

Attendance: 503.356.2041

Attendance email: