Bonny Slope Elementary

December 9, 2021

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Dates To Remember

12/16 Principal Chat 11:30am-12:30 pm via Zoom

12/17 *Winter Parties in Classrooms (1 hr)

12/20- 12/31 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


1/3 Staff and students back from Winter Break

1/17 NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Bonny Slope Families,

This will be our last Paw Prints for this school year. And what a start we’ve had! It’s hard to believe Winter Break is just a few days away. We are endlessly appreciative of your support, your hard work with your students, and all of the kind notes, emails, grace and positivity you’ve shown to us this year.

From time to time, small changes in our protocols or requirements suddenly make all of the difference in our days. Friday, we were informed that masks outside are now optional. Our students at recess, or at arrival and dismissal, may now remove their masks if they wish. What an amazing difference it is to see each student’s whole face! That first day, one of our staff members reported the sea of smiles as students removed their masks for the first time outside. Personally, we’ve gotten so used to seeing masked faces that sometimes it takes a second to recognize a student after seeing their whole face. Still, it’s a sign that we are moving forward with our transition back to school “as it was”.

Thanks to all this holiday season, and we hope you have a restful Winter Break. See everyone in January!

Jim Hiller and Janet Maza



BSE Pantry Holiday Wish List

The BSE Pantry would like to provide gifts to the families in our community who need a little cheer during this holiday season. Please select one or more of the gifts listed below to donate and return the gift unwrapped to the BSE front office by December 13th.

Thank you for your generosity!!

If you have any questions, please email Katie Kammer:

BSE Pantry Holiday Sign Up



The Benefits of Slumber

Why you need a good night’s sleep

A Healthy Message from your nurse, Wendy Costanzo, RN

A good night of sleep can make the world look and feel brighter. But with our busy lives– and our often busy minds – getting a full eight hours of peaceful rest is sometimes easier said than done.

We have so many demands on our time – jobs, school, family – not to mention finding some time to relax. To fit everything in, we often sacrifice sleep. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. It is vital to our well-being.

Of course, sleep helps you feel rested each day. But while you are sleeping, your brain and body do not just shut down. Your internal organs and brain are hard at work repairing and refreshing during the night.

When you are tired, you cannot function at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. Tired people are less productive than well rested people. Lack of sleep also influences your mood, which can affect how you interact with others. A sleep deficit over time can even put you at greater risk for developing depression, along with many other physical risks such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, just to mention a few.

Although personal needs may vary, on average, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Young children need at least 10 hours of sleep and teens need at least 9.

To improve your sleep habits, it may help to:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. For children, have a set bedtime and a bedtime routine. Don't use the child's bedroom for timeouts or punishment.

  • Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends. Limit the difference to no more than about an hour. Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your body clock's sleep–wake rhythm.

  • Use the hour before bed for quiet time. Avoid strenuous exercise and bright artificial light, such as from a TV or computer screen. The light may signal the brain that it's time to be awake.

  • Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. (Having a light snack is okay.) Also, avoid alcoholic drinks before bed.

  • Avoid nicotine (for example, cigarettes) and caffeine (including caffeinated soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate). Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants, and both substances can interfere with sleep. The effects of caffeine can last as long as 8 hours. So, a cup of coffee in the late afternoon can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night.

  • Spend time outside every day (when possible) and be physically active.

  • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark (a dim night light is fine, if needed).

  • Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed.



We wish you a Happy New Year

Telia and Hannelie


Don't Let Your Guard Down!

Our crossing guards work hard every day to help our children get to and from school safely. Whether on school property or in the community, if you see a crossing guard, please do what they are asking you to do. It takes all of us to keep the roads safe for everyone. Please be especially mindful in school zones, at intersections and crosswalks (marked and unmarked), near bike lanes and in neighborhoods. Thank you!

Leah Biado-Luis
Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Follow us @BeavertonSafeRoutes

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December - Safe Walk to School

Winter Walk and Bike Preparation

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside all

season! Time spent being active outside can

boost mood and mental health and keep kids

focused and learning better. With some simple

preparation, your children can still be active and

stay safe and warm during our winter months.

● Wear a raincoat or poncho and/or carry

an umbrella.

● Carry a plastic bag if you need to store

wet gear.

● Wear gloves and waterproof shoes. Carry

(or store) extra shoes and socks to change


● Find an under-cover area to park your

bike if possible. If not, bring a plastic bag to cover the seat.

● Wear reflective gear and/or bright colors and use a light on your bicycle.

● Only walk or bike in the rain if you are comfortable, as roads are slick, and visibility may be reduced.


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: