The Colt Express

Weekly update from Bonsall West November 18, 2022

Principal's Message: Dream Big Bonsall West and ride with pride!

Hello parents!

This week was a wonderful one fillled with Thanksgiving projects such as camoflauge turkeys, Thanksgiving parade floats and our Jogathon. We also had a fantastic water assembly on Tuesday. Our students learned to conserve water in a fun format. Thank you for the Water Authority! We hope you will enjoy next week off with your children for Thanksgiving. We will miss your children.

Thank you to all who have been supporting our Jogathon fundraising efforts! It is not too late to register and raise much needed funds for our school.

Our next STREAM lab will be a sewing lab( see attached flyer). We are in need of sewers/sewing machines. This is a valuable opportunity for our students. Thank you in advance for your support!

Our music teacher, Mrs. Pellkofer is excited to be the music educator for grades Tk through 4th at Bonsall West. She wanted to share out about our upcoming holiday performances. We have two performances in December in the multipurpose room on campus. Our first performance, Wednesday, December 7 at 8:45 in the morning is for all Bonsall West students. Our second concert for families and friends is the afternoon of Thursday, December 8 at 1:45. I hope that you are able to make time in your very busy holiday schedules to join us for this first concert. The students look forward to singing, dancing and drumming for you.

On Saturday, December 3rd, our 4-6th grade students will have the opportunity to perform and walk in the Fallbrook Christmas parade. Please fill out a permission slip if your child is able to attend.

Our PTA winter festival is coming soon! On Friday, December 9th, from 4-5, all grade levels will be performing in the MPR. Afterwards, from 5-7, there will be crafts, cocoa and cookie decorating. Lastly, we will end the evening with snow! Hope you can come to this fun, free event.

The week of 11/28-12/2 Will be college/career week. Please see letter from Miss Andy, our counselor:

For a strong finish to the month, we're going to be having a spirit week after break!
There will also be events going on all week to finish College/Career month with a bang!

Throughout the week, there is going to be a door decorating contest with a college and career theme! Winning class gets a bonus recess and doors will be graded on Friday!

Monday, 11/28 from 10-10:30am: Make a plan day! The school counselors from Sullivan MS and Bonsall High School are coming to campus! They will be bringing some students to talk with our upper grade students in the MPR about what middle and high school are like, and answer some questions about what life is like in middle and high school!

This is an event for upper grade students(grades 4-6)

Lower grades will be able to decorate a pennant flag during lunch

Tuesday 11/29: Dream big! Students wear blue/white or cloud/sky themed clothing to represent their dreams for the future

Wednesday 11/30: Career Day! Students can dress up as what they want to be at school. We will also be having parents in the MPR presenting their careers and the journey it took to get there. Upper grades can come in from 10:00-10:30 and lower grades can come in from 10:30-11.

Thursday 12/1: College day! Please encourage your students to wear a college themed shirt for our A-G Scavenger hunt! Can you find all the letters of A-G around the school? If you can, write down what subject each letter represents and how many years you need for it! Any student who finds all of the letters will get a prize!

Friday 12/2: Ride with pride! Students wear rodeo hats/accessories/clothes or school spirit shirts/colors! Show us your Bonsall best!

November 30th we will be having Career day! Parents, if you're interested in volunteering to share your careers and adventures getting there with our student, please check with the office for more information

Bonsall West School Mission Statement

At Bonsall West, everyone is inspired to do their best, be respectful, work hard, think of others and dream big!

Bonsall West Vision:

At Bonsall West, we will focus on the future by setting goals and collaborating to create a leader culture that respectfully serves the community.

Reminder: our early release day is now Friday. Please remember to pick up your child at 1:05 for grades TK/K and 1:15 for students in grade 1-6th. Please also remind your child to bring a refillable water bottle daily. We have RO systems for fresh drinking water at school. If your child would like to get a hot lunch, please remind them to raise their hand in class.

Every Thursday is college shirt day and every Friday is Bonsall West spirit shirt days!

For additional information, please contact JoAnn Carruego

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Student shout outs

Shout out to Teddy Dale for being sent up to the office for Principal stamp of approval for filling up his book log! He got a prize from the prize box, a special phone call home, and a stamp of approval card.

Shout out to Grace Meng for being a superstar reading racer reader!

Shout out to Morgan Mathieson and Alissandro Olizagaste for your hard work in music class! You played your recorder beautifully!

Shout out to Rosalie Towle, Freddie Murphy, Emi Reza, and Dahlia Nedjar for your excellent bat writing!

Shout out to Rache Sun and Emmet Serafine, and Thys Smith for your excellent writing about spiders!

Shout out to Elena Perez, Sofia Jarvis, Emma Lopez, Leonardo, and Juliett Schaffer for your community worker writing!

Shout out to Joseph Quichocho for your science knowledge about a volcano!

Staff Shout outs

Shout out to Mrs. Hokanson and Mrs. Mauk for leading all the first graders in music!

Shout out to Ms. Mata( Miss Ande) for your lesson on habit #3 in a first grade class!

Shout out to Mrs. Grygera for your lesson on Fibonacci sequence!

Shout out to Mrs. Milton for the beautiful bird art work using tertiary colors!

Shout out to Mrs. Sullivan for taking your students on a fun virtual field trip to the Macy' day parade!

Shout out to Mrs. Hendrickson for the scarecrow painting on the walls!

Shout out to Michelle Brady Guzman for reviewing vocabulary thoroughly and sharing positive feedback!

Shout out to Mrs. Wise for the great STREAM lesson you brought to your class with Mrs. Coyne!

Shout out to Mrs. Grygera for sharing the brainstorming opportunity for cause/effect. The students were following along respectfully!

Shout out to Mr. Stark for the time you take to review the poem in your class!

Shout out to Mrs. Pellkofer for the amazing progress your 3rd graders have made on playing the recorders! You have provided amazing scaffolding support!

Shout out to Mrs. Quinones for the beautiful arts attack projects that are on the walls!


Our November focus is Habit 3: Put first things first. In simpler terms, we work hard first and play harder, later! During this month's lesson, students will be learning about setting priorities and staying true to them-- even if something smaller looks more appealing at the time.

November is also College and Career readiness month!

Our end in mind is to help our students and families understand more about exploring our own talents/interests, what careers are out there and how school can help us achieve our career goals-- whether or not those dreams require a college education.

We will also be learning about A-G classes and 3&7 year plans that can help us with putting first things first when it comes to thinking about our future goals.

To learn more about college and career readiness, check out this link:

If you have any questions about college/career day(scheduled for November 30th), the habits or if you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to email Ms. Ande, the school counselor at!

At Bonsall West Elementary School we are focusing on the Leader in Me to build lifelong leadership skills. We want our students to focus on the 7 habits: 1. feel empowered to be proactive and be in charge of themselves,2. set goals and begin with the end in mind,3. focus on work first then play with put first things first, 4. have an abundance mindset and think win win, 5. listen to our peers and seek first to understand , then be understood, collaboratively and synergize and 7. have school work/life balance and sharpen the saw. We have attached a couple of resource that explains the paradigm shifts that we focus on as well as the habits we focus on.


Winter festival is around the corner! It will be on 12/9 from 4-7 p.m. This free event will be a wonderful evening filled with music, activities and snow!

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Upcoming Events

November 21-25th: Thanksgiving Vacation

December 3rd: Fallbrook Christmas Parade

December 7th/8th: Music performances in MPR

December 9th: Winter festival: 4-5 p.m. performances in MPR, 5-7: crafts, cocoa and cookie decorating!