Bobcat Blast

October 6, 2022

Principal's Message

October is here! We've got a lot of events and engagement opportunities this month including the upcoming Read-a-thon, Garden Work Party this weekend, Playground Improvement & PTO Meetings, Haunted Hallway, Book Character Dress Up Day, Picture Day, Dwarfism Awareness Day (not in this order). Please read the information below for dates and details. There are a lot of ways to be involved and we LOVE having volunteers back in the building and participating in community activities.

Families, we need your help reinforcing these important school rules:

I asked teachers to remind students that PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES are not allowed during school hours. (*I was very unpopular with a group of 5th graders on Tuesday when I announced this). If your child has a cell phone, tablet, or laptop, please remind them to keep it put away during school hours (this includes in the gym before school). Smart Watches are tricky....I'm ok with students using them as a watch, but they should not be texting or calling from them during the day. We need all communication to go through the office so that we can make sure adults know what's going on and can support as needed.

Along those lines, we've seen a lot of toys, Pokémon cards, and stuffed animals coming to school. Small fidgets for individual use as "tools" are ok, but toys should remain at home. If you need help explaining why to your children, here are a few of our reasons:

  • Toys and electronics can get lost or broken at school.
  • When students trade Pokémon cards, there are often regrets and kids wanting cards back, resulting in hurt feelings.
  • Personal toys and electronics are often the source of distraction and arguments at school.
  • School staff cannot properly supervise personal electronics at school.

I hope these talking points are helpful. THANK YOU for your support and partnership.



Calendar - Important Dates

  • 6th - PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • 8th - Garden Work Party
  • 9th - Garden Work Party
  • 11th - TAG Parent Night, 6:00, Zoom
  • 12th - International Walk & Roll to School Say
  • 14th - No School, Staff Development
  • 10/17 - 10/21 Book Fair
  • 10/10 - 10/28 Read-A-Thon
  • 18th - All District Earthquake Drill
  • 19th - Hearing Screening, K-2nd grade
  • 19th - Parent Awareness Night, more information below
  • 21st - Bethany Lock Drill in afternoon
  • 25th - International Dwarfism Awareness Day
  • 26th - Principal Chat
  • 26th - Picture Day
  • 28th - Character Dress Up Day
  • 28th - Haunted "Fun House" Hallway / Fall Carnival


This Coming Week - Please check out the list below.

TONIGHT - BSPTO Meeting, 7:00 pm

Did you know? As a Bethany parent, guardian, or teacher, you're automatically a member of the PTO. Join us this Thursday, Oct 6 at 7pm on Zoom to hear from our ​principal, Toni Rosenquist, and this month's special ​guest, our BSD School Board Rep Karen Pérez.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
Passcode: Bobcats22

Read last month's meeting minutes here to catch up.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Garden Work Party

Your help is needed!! The Garden Party has only THREE volunteers so far. Many hands make light work! Come down to the school this weekend, Oct 8 & 9, to help assemble our new garden beds and get everything prepped for a new year of green learning.

Please sign up to lend your time or tools using this Google form. Thank you for your support!

MONDAY - Bethany's Annual Read-A-Thon Begins

Be on the lookout for your student to bring home information and pledge packets Monday!

Online & Manual Fundraising

This year we are thrilled to once again offer online fundraising via 99Pledges! The online platform makes it easy to reach out and connect with friends and family across your community. Students can set up their individual pledge page in 3 easy steps!

  1. Go to the Bethany Elementary 99Pledges Read-A-Thon webpage.

  2. Click on “Add Participant” at the bottom of the page and provide the requested information to create an individual student pledge page, join your class & even add a photo!

  3. Share the link to your profile page via email, Facebook, text or other electronic method of choice!

It is that easy!

While the use of 99Pledges for fundraising is highly encouraged, students will have the option of also collecting pledges manually as done in the past. Pledge packets & instructions will be sent home with your student on Monday.

Whether using 99Pledges or the manual pledge sheets, remember that sometimes a personal request from your child, in person or over the phone, goes a long way!

All pledges must be input online or returned to the office by the cutoff date of Monday November 7, 2022 to be counted toward school rewards and prizes.

***Manual pledges will not appear in the 99Pledges fundraising progress reports for the student, their class, or the school. All pledges, both handwritten and online, received by the cutoff date of November 7 will be counted and included with the fundraising totals that will be announced and used to determine prizes.***

Corporate Match

Did you know that your company may match your donation? Corporate match is the easy way for donors to double their gift! Corporate match funds ARE counted towards your student's fundraising total. (Just be sure to include a receipt with their name for all matched donations.) Click on the following link to learn more:

Bethany School PTO Webpage Corporate Match

TUESDAY - TAG Parent Information Night

Tag Parent Night

Tuesday, October 11

6:00 - 7:00

"Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services. Bethany will be hosting a virtual TAG information meeting for Bethany families on Tuesday, October 11 from 6pm-7pm.

TAG Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 991 6275 8023

Passcode: bobcat

If your child is in 5th grade and you think they might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete this TAG Google Form that is available below. It must be completed by Friday, October 14th. TAG Google Form

More information will be provided at the information meeting on October 11.

WEDNESDAY - Walk & Roll To School

On October 12th, 2022, join people from around the world as we celebrate International Walk + Roll to School Day. Walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus or carpool to school and be entered to win fun prizes.

The grand prize winner will earn a new scooter with a helmet! Walking and rolling to school is great for kids, our community and our planet. Here are the top five reasons:

  • 1. Fewer vehicles driving to school reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in our parking lots.
  • 2. More people walking and rolling builds school community and makes routes safer.
  • 3. Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and improves their physical and mental health.
  • 4. Kids have fun with friends and bond with families while walking and rolling together.
  • 5. Being outside builds independence and lifelong transportation skills.

For more information visit

FRIDAY - No School, Staff Development

Just a Reminder! There will not be school on Friday, October 14


Bethany Social Media

The School District has asked each school to have more of a presence on Social Media. Bethany now has an Instagram account, along with our Facebook account. Click on the links below and follow us on both pages to see what is happening during the day.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to:

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5th Grade - Weekly News

The 5th grade teachers have created a matching grant fundraiser. Your support can help our students connect to the world around them through individual subscriptions to The Week Junior. By introducing a steady flow of current events into our classroom, our kids will be better informed and better prepared for the bigger conversations we hope to have around rights, responsibility and community.

If you would like to donate towards our project please click on this link:

Bethany Fifth Grade

*The BEF New Project Match will match the first $500 in contributions to this project.

Message from Melissa Regan, Technology

Hello Parents, Guardians, and other Grown Up Friends!

New school years mean new fads, new friends, and new opportunities. They can, for some, also mean new backpacks, new clothes, new toys, and other fun ways for students to express themselves and their interests. I would, however, ask you to consider:

What do you know about the franchises these items are promoting?

Over the past two years, we have seen an uptick in merchandise from— and have heard quite a bit of student chatter about— properties like “Bendy and the Ink Machine,” “Poppy’s Playtime,” “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” “Piggy,” “Rainbow Friends,” “Squid Games,” and “Stranger Things.” These franchises (amongst many others) are designed for older audiences, but are often marketed in such a way that they seem appropriate for children. Names (such as “Huggy Wuggy”) and character designs (like the Mickey Mouse-esque Bendy) are intentionally deceptive, as a popular motif in horror right now is the subversion of expectation promised by cute art.

If you are unfamiliar with the above properties (or any of the other games or shows with which your child is engaging), please do take the time to familiarize yourself with the website Common Sense Media. Specifically, its age-based review database. Simply type in the name of a franchise (say, “Bendy and the Ink Machine”) and you will be able to see its rating (12+) as well as read reviews from parents and children alike.

Of course, this system isn’t perfect. Many websites, like YouTube, can host material of various ratings. “Rainbow Friends” and “Piggy” are horror games/experiences that were created on and are playable through Roblox. Many people use Minecraft to make (or remake) horror content. If you’ll pardon the pun, it can be a nightmare to keep ahead of this stuff, sometimes.

But that is why communicating with your children about the media they consume is so incredibly important. You may even decide, as a family, that certain material is acceptable. For example, you might look at the cartoonish deaths of “Among Us,” conclude that they are no worse than what one would see in an episode of Loony Tunes, and give your child permission to play that game. You know your child best.

However, every person— and every family— has different boundaries, and these need to be respected, especially in a public environment like school. And if “Among Us” is rated 10+, well, it isn’t super appropriate to talk about at Bethany, since it isn’t suitable for everyone.

We encourage you to discuss that there are different rules, expectations, and permissible behaviors at home vs. school. We thank you for your support!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!


Melissa Regan
Technology Instructional Assistant

Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!

With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!

Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.

Parent Awareness Night Virtual Event

Family Awareness Night: Bethany & Rock Creek Families!

Wednesday, October 19; 7pm-8pm

For who? All families from Bethany and Rock Creek Elementary Schools are invited

What is it? An optional virtual learning night for families! We will be discussing how you can have difficult conversations with your students, and how to best support your student with big feelings. The meeting will be recorded and shared on my YouTube page after the event if you cannot make it!

Where? Virtual on Zoom:,

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 548 882 4239

Passcode: 453095

After School Opportunities

Flyers listed here are from internal, community-based, nonprofit and for-profit organizations

Play Fit Fun: Mondays, 2:35 - 4:00

Cub Scouts: Thursday evenings

Return Chromebooks and iPads

We are missing Chromebooks and iPads and chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad and charger or BSD Chromebook and charger at home to use for Temporary Learning or FLEX online, please make sure you return them to school. Even if your student received the devices from another school such as FLEX, please bring the devices to Bethany.

Our IT department thanks you!
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School Supplies for 2022-2023

We want to say Thank you to the families who have paid for school supplies.

If you haven't yet paid, please feel free to send in cash or a check to the school office. We will also be collecting money by check, cash, or card at the Back To School Night.

You can follow the instructions below to pay online.

Step by Step Instructions for Online Payment System.

2022-2023 Meal Benefits

EVERY family needs to apply if they want Meal Benefits for 2022-2023.

  • The free meal program has ended. Income guidelines have risen significantly.

For example, a family of four can have a total household income of up to $83,249 and qualify for meal benefits!

  1. Meal benefits application can be done online on our app SCHOOL CAFE, an account will need to be set up.
  2. Make sure to apply during summer since applications from last year are expiring at the end of June.

Please consider applying if you feel your family may qualify. It is confidential, school staff have no way of knowing which students have benefits and which do not. We highly recommend families applying.

Local Levy

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023.