Bonny Slope Elementary

October 22, 2020

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Dates To Remember

10/23 BSCO Monster Mash in the Bonny Slope Neighborhood

10/27 Oct Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

10/29 Oct Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

10/30 Principal Chat 11am

11/9-11/22 Scholastic Book Fair - online

11/11 NO SCHOOL - Holiday/Veterans' Day

11/13 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

11/17 Nov Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

11/19 Nov Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

11/20 Principal Chat 11am



Happy autumn all!

October brings with it so many wonderful memories, the real start of autumn, trees starting to turn into their beautiful colors, colder temperatures, and the infamous Monster Mash! There is a famous saying that resonates this time of year: “Autumn is the season that reminds us how beautiful it is to let things go.” For it is in that letting go, and traveling through our winter months, that we are rewarded with a beautiful, glorious spring. We are so looking forward to the next few months, hoping that with the start of spring, our students may return to us, in person, and we can engage in schooling in person.

In the meantime, we have a load of thanks to BSCO for hosting our incredible “Monster Mash 2020” this year. At first it almost seemed impossible to pull off any event during these times, but our group has pulled through and re-imagined our event this year. We’ve heard rumors from our community that our students are very excited about the event!

Here is the schedule of events, in case you didn’t know:

Starts Wednesday 10/21

  • Vote for your favorite in our First Ever Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Go to, access code 7908461. Code will be activated on 10/21 for voting.
  • Creepy Writing Contest: Scare up a spooky ending to our haunted story starter. Prizes for two winners in each grade. Entry and rules here. Entries due by 10/31.
  • Photo Booth: Capture your first truly bewitching family photo. Located at the entrance to the school. Open Wed and Thurs from 8:30-4:30pm, and Friday 8:30 -8:00pm.

Friday, 10/23

  • Spooky Scavenger Hunt - Over 40 houses have items for this challenging search. Scavenger items and map will be shared on 10/22. Entries due 10/31
  • 5:30-7:30 Take-home Tasty Treats and Activity Kit Stations - Individually wrapped treats will be provided with a special craft to take home and enjoy.
  • NEW! Dance party mobile DJ - Bring your frighteningly good dance moves, as the DJ drives to various treat station locations within our neighborhoods.

Station 1 - NW Old Quarry- DJ arrives 5:30

Station 2 - NW South Drive - (Bluffs) DJ arrives 6:00

Station 3 - NW Robinia Ln - DJ arrives 6:30

Station 4 - NW 115th/Blackfield Ln- DJ arrives 7:00

More details on all the events are included in the attachment to the newsletter.

This is a BSCO supported event and will be following the Oregon Health Authority guidance for gatherings. Masks will be required at all times for all those 5 and older. Please use proper social distancing.

We are happy to see so many students and families accessing our “library” outside our school on Thursday and Fridays from 2:30-4:00. It gives us a chance, however brief, to connect with the children whom we miss on a daily basis. Although we cannot see it thru their masks, we imagine the warm smiles as they select the books chosen by Miss Mentesana.

We also wanted to send a note of thanks for all of you who have reached out to our teachers during this time, with a note of encouragement and positivity. It really means a lot to them to hear this, as many of them are working long hours to provide as rich of an experience that CDL will allow. Occasionally, notes get sent through our emails about the amazing work of the teachers, and it warms us also.

With that, we’ll close. We hope you enjoy our beautiful fall weather, and some spooky happenings at the Monster Mash, and know that with each passing day, we are one day closer to welcoming all of you back into our building to be together, in person, again.

Janet Maza and Jim Hiller



Full Day Option Programs for 2021-2022

Full Day Option Programs - Application Window Is Now Open

2021-22 application period opens Monday, October 19, 2020

Deadline to apply -- Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM

For more information please visit:

Full Day Options Programs 2021-2022

Summa Testing Update

Below are the latest details that have been updated regarding testing for SUMMA. You can find all current TAG/SUMMA information on the district website:

Talented and Gifted

  • Instead of testing at each school, the decision has been made to test at 7 different schools. Students from anywhere in the district can go to any location to test.
  • We hope to offer 2 different dates for testing, but we are still awaiting approval from the state.
  • 5th graders will be sent invitations as soon as approval is granted



Let's Take Care of our Eyes During CDL

Eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as staring at a computer screen or other digital devices. Eye strain can be annoying. But it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes or take steps to reduce eye discomfort. In some cases, signs and symptoms of eye strain can indicate an underlying eye condition that may need treatment. Here are some ways to help prevent eye strain:

  • Encourage students (staff and parents also) to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Keep screens at least an arm’s length away from eyes.
  • Discourage using screens in a dark room.
  • Consider printing assignments, if possible.
  • Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep.
  • Children should have regular vision screenings.
  • Look for signs of vision issues.

Signs and symptoms of eye strain or possible vision Issues:

  • Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking; watery or dry eyes
  • Short attention span; difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye or squinting when looking at the screen
  • Holding reading materials or computer screen close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Blurred or double vision
  • An eye turning in or out

Extended use of computers and other digital devices is one of the most common causes of eye strain. The American Optometric association calls this condition computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. People who look at screens two hours or more a day are at greatest risk of this condition. In some cases an underlying eye problem, such as eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision can cause or worsen eye strain.

Information about vision screening:

  • In a traditional school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary school student in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
  • The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
  • Please contact your school nurse if you need help accessing vision screening services

Web Resources for accessing vision care:

Wendy Costanzo, RN


Family Connect Funds

Families across the District continue to have challenges helping their students fully engage with Comprehensive Distant Learning. This lack of connection is especially critical for the students at each of our 34 elementary schools. We will use funds to mobilize our Behavioral Health and Wellness Teams to connect with over 400 families. The identified families will have a combination of targeted follow-ups and trainings as well as supplies and tools to ensure children are effectively and regularly engaging in remote learning. The teams can provide this support for about $50 per family, or you can choose to support all the schools with a donation of $34!

Help students at every elementary school in the Beaverton School District.

Family Connect Funds - Beaverton Education Foundation

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Library to Go

Library Books to Go is up running. Please visit our website for all the details.


BSE will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.


Book Bus Tuesday Schedule:

1:00 pm Origin Bonny Slope Elementary (30 minutes)
1:32 pm STOP NW MCDANIEL RD & NW 119TH PL/BIG FIR CIRCLE (30 minutes)
2:04 pm STOP NW WAKER DR & NW 126TH (30 minutes)
3:22 pm STOP NW SUPREME CT & NW APPELLATE WAY (30 minutes)

Book Bus students will receive a book bundle or a book that they've placed on hold. Please note, there's a limited quantity of bundles. If you've placed a hold and would like to pick it up at a bus stop, please e-mail Ms. Mentesana.


Cedar Mill and Bethany Library News

Our Local Librarys have many activities to share in this October newsletter

October's issue features:

What's Available Now- Browse what is currently available on our shelves!

Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!

Distance Learning Resources in English and Spanish

Topical and Leveled (IRLA) booklists (Fall topics, Voting/Elections, Diwali and more!)

Read Alouds- Librarians reading picture books aloud on themes such as friendship, narrative

nonfiction, community helpers, and more!


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Scholastic Online Book Fair - 11/9-11/22

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:

  • Bonny Slope’s own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)

Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:

Fair Dates: November 9th
– November 22nd


We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!


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Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Janet Maza

Assistant Principal: Jim HIller

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Attendance: 503.356.2041

Attendance email: