Bobcat Blast

December 9, 2021

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Principal Message

Dear Families,

My heart is full of gratitude for the ongoing support of Bethany families. Yesterday our staff room was FULL of beautiful decorations and treats that made our staff feel nurtured and appreciated. Thank you to all who contributed to that effort!

I've been spending a lot of time in classrooms over the past few weeks doing formal observations. This is an opportunity for me to see all of the wonderful things happening in your children's classrooms and to provide teachers with meaningful feedback to positively impact instructional practices. I am incredibly privileged to see what is happening school wide so that I can share the excellent strategies, resources, and ideas across grade levels. Our school staff are working hard to mitigate the impacts that the pandemic has had on academic progress and social skills.

The Read-a-thon was not only a great fundraiser, but it was an awesome way for students to continue developing their reading skills and time in text. Let's keep the momentum going by signing your child up for the Cedar Mill Library Reading Challenge to support the Oregon Food Bank. (see below).

Lastly, a special THANK YOU to the volunteers who organized and supported the READ-A-THON: Karen Dow, Heather Worsham, Jamie Speck, Heidi Grossaint, Beth Pacyk, and Katie Luckeroth. ​Your time and dedication makes an important difference. ❤️

Have a safe and restful weekend.


Important Dates


  • 9th - Garden Club Meeting, 7:00 Zoom
  • 10th - 5th Grade Option School Applications Due
  • 20-31 Schools Closed


  • 3rd - School Resumes
  • 11th - PTO Meeting, 7:00 zoom
  • 17th - Holiday - Schools Closed


Attention 5th Grade Parents - Option School Applications Due tomorrow by 4:00

Option School/Program Application Process

Do you want more information on each Option School: BSD Learning Options

Applications must be received online or in the Learning Options office no later than Friday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. Visit the Learning Options webpage for more information.


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Library Corner

Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.

Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!


Cedar Mill Library Reading Challenge

Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!

Participate THREE ways:

  • Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
  • Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
  • Log online using Beanstack at


Support for Bethany Families in Need

We want to thank the families who have signed up and delivered gift cards to the office. There are a few more spots if you are interested in helping this year.

Holiday Gift Cards

Sign up before Friday, December 10th and purchase a gift card. By Monday, December 13, deliver the purchased gift card to the school office. The school counselor and social worker will deliver the gift cards to families who will most benefit from these kind gifts of support.




From the BSPTO Staff Appreciation

We want to thank all of the parents who signed up to help stock the staff room last week. We were able to collect snacks and drinks that will keep them stocked for a little while.

We are now looking to provide special desserts / drinks for them next week. Please click on the link below to sign up.

Dessert / Drinks Sign-up


After-School Activities

BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use.

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Volunteers Needed!

Variety Show: We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in producing the Student Variety Show. With COVID still making gathering in large groups complicated , we would like to produce a Variety Show Compilation Video to share with families. Students submit an entry describing their show piece, limit of 20-30 pieces each 2 minutes or less. 5th graders submit entries to be announcers. After school a practice can be held on the school stage and video recording taken of each piece before being compiled and presented via an online video platform to families on a specified date (March/April). Students can also be involved in writing up the Variety Show Program.(Other ideas or expertise for presenting this show to the community are welcome)

Jog-A-Thon: We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to organize the May Jog-a-Thon Fundraiser. Working with Mr. Stoller, come up with a plan for how the jog-a-thon would run, how sponsorships will be taken (99Pledges?/ old school paper forms), prizes/rewards.

Art Literacy (aka Art Lit): No art experience needed, training provided! We are looking for volunteers to teach pre-planned lessons about an artist and their art form during school hours. . Then they lead the students in an art activity relating and inspired by the artist. For more info:

Garden Club - TONIGHT

The Garden Club has received a grant from the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District to rebuild our garden.

If you are interested in helping design, plan, and rebuild our garden please email and plan to attend our 1st zoom meeting to discuss the garden next Thursday, December 9 at 7 pm email for zoom link details

Shop & Earn Money for Bethany PTO

Did you know that you can donate to the Bethany School PTO, while you are doing your weekly shopping? Please click on the links below for more information on their donation programs.

Fred Meyer



Rite Aid


Green Team

Cans / Bottles For Kids

We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.

Cans For Kids Info

Stay in the Loop!

Text @BSPTO21 to 81010 to stay up to date on all the latest news from the BSPTO!

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COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.