Bobcat Blast

May 19, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families~

There are so many things to celebrate right now! In no particular order, I'd like to share some of the things that have filled my heart with joy, hope, and gratitude in recent weeks:

  • The BSD School Bond passed! THANK YOU VOTERS! This bond will provide much needed facility improvement projects that will directly impact every site and every child. BSD Bond Website

  • Our Jog-a-Thon was a tremendous success! Thank you to committee chair, Mike Glasser, all committee members, volunteers, and spectators for making this an exciting and memorable event for students, staff, and families. The Super Mario Theme was a big hit. I loved watching kids jump up to spin the "coin bricks" in one of the arches on the track (especially the Kindergarteners!). Pledge counting is currently underway. We will be having an Award Assembly for students on June 3rd to acknowledge the efforts of all students and our top runners and fundraisers. Some of the tangible prizes will be delivered that day and other rewards will occur at a later date. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

  • We had a record number of students "Walk or Roll" to school yesterday (209...even in the rain!) Thank you to Elizabeth Staly for heading up the event and the volunteers who also helped distribute reflective shoelaces and raffle tickets. Way to go Bobcats!

A couple weeks ago, our STEAM Teacher, Melissa Regan, shared some valuable information about digital citizenship and what students are learning in their technology class. Next week I will be building on that information and sharing some additional resources and suggested guidance for families regarding internet safety. It's a tricky new world for parents to navigate with the access and exposure children have. Between now and next week, ask yourself these questions. I'll provide you with some resources to help next week! 🙂

  • Do I know how much time my child spends online?
  • Do I know what sites are visited, who they are talking to, what content they are seeking/or exposed to?
  • Have I had conversations with my child(ren) about expectations and limits?
  • Have I talked to my child what to do if they encounter inappropriate content or feel uncomfortable with friends or others?
  • Has my child's internet usage affected their sleep, mental health, motivation, confidence, anxiety levels, or had other negative affects?

We are here to join you in partnership to keep our Bethany children safe and supported.

When you're done reflecting on some of these scary questions, take some time to count your blessings and all the simple joys we have for which to be grateful. All of you are on my list! Have a great weekend.

Ms. Toni Rosenquist

Calendar - Important Dates


  • 26th - Early Release Day, School ends at 12:35
  • 30th - Holiday, No School


  • 1 - 8 School Book Fair
  • 7th - PTO Meeting
  • 16th - Field Day
  • 17th - 5th Grade Celebration
  • 20th - Holiday, No School
  • 21st - Last Day of School, School ends at 12:35


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Thank you to our Bethany families, volunteers, and staff for making this year's Jog-a-Thon such a success! It was great to see the community come together for the first Jog-a-Thon since 2019. The kids had a blast, and we have already raised more than $27,000 online to support our students, teachers, and community. THANK YOU!

Pledge packets and all online donations are due TOMORROW, Friday, May 20! Don't forget to return your students' pledge packets and wrap up your online fundraising by this Friday to be counted towards awards and recognition. Even an empty, returned envelope will help your students' class reach its participation goal!

Whose class will win the pizza party or the radical recess? Will the whole school reach its goal of $35,000 to earn llamas and pajamas?? All of the prizes and awards will be announced in the student assembly planned for Friday, June 3rd.


Walk & Roll Day Recap

Thank you to all of our families who participated Wednesday in our Walk and Roll Day

We handed out pencils, shoe strings and stickers to 209 students, which is over half of our school. GREAT JOB.

All students who participated were given tickets and we had a drawing for 8 donated prizes.


Note From Mr. Stoller

Field Day - June 16th

I'm super happy to invite you to volunteer on June 16th. Parent helpers are a huge part of the field day experience for our children. We have positions available in the morning and afternoon. The following times are available:

Grades K-2

Morning shift (8:00am - 10:30am)

5 positions

Grades 3-5

Afternoon shift (12:20pm-2:30pm)

30 positions

How do I sign-up to Volunteer: Log into your Better Impact account and sign up for the Field Day opportunities. Just search under Bethany Elementary by the Field date of June 16, 2022, and you will see the time slots.

Student Placement Form for 2022-2023

Parents can provide valuable information regarding their child’s class placement and are encouraged to give us input. When forming classes, teachers carefully consider a number of factors to create balanced classes: academic levels, learning styles, special needs, program eligibilities, and compatibility with other students.

If you would like to give us information about your child, please print and fill out the form below. You can also pick up a form in the school office. You will need to bring it in or email it to the office. We are not able to honor individual teacher requests.

Due Date: Monday June 6th at 4:00 pm.

Student Placement Form


Introduction to Art Literacy

You've been wondering what this Art Literacy program is that you have heard the PTO talk about, but don't really know what it is? Come join us WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st 6:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria for an introduction to Art Literacy through the presentation of the artist and author Emily Carr and make an art project inspired by her art works.

All materials are provided. All children are welcome to attend, but children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Please RSVP if you would like to attend so that we have enough supplies for everyone.

Art Lit Night RSVP


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********** PTO Updates **********

Message from the BSPTO President

BSPTO Updates - Year-End Meeting, Budget Vote, Officer Elections & Survey Results

The last PTO meeting of the school year is JUNE 7 at 7 PM. At this meeting we will hold OFFICER ELECTIONS and vote on the 2022-2023 OPERATING BUDGET.

Meeting Zoom Link Here

Meeting ID: 341 749 4608

Passcode: Bobcats22


Thank you to everyone who gave feedback through the survey we sent out at the end of April. The overall message from both parents and school staff was that Student Enrichment and Teacher Support (which really supports our students) are the top priorities. This information was taken into account when drafting the Proposed Budget, and we all agree that our students and staff are our top priorities. If you are interested in more details about the survey results, please email

Thank you so much for all of your support! I hope to see you at our final meeting on June 7.


Jamie Speck
BSPTO President

PTO 2022/2023 Budget

Proposed Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget - Please Review & Provide Comments!

The BSPTO would like everyone to have an opportunity to review the proposed budget, ask questions and provide feedback before a final vote is taken at the June 7th PTO meeting.

Please take a moment to review the Budget Presentation and the Budget Detail (linked below) to see how the Budget Committee has proposed allocating PTO funds in support of teachers, students and the Bethany Elementary community. Your opinion matters!

Proposed FY 22/23 Budget Presentation & Overview

Proposed FY 22/23 Budget Detail

Please send any questions, concerns and suggestions to the Treasurer, Anastasia Glasser, at by May 31st.*

*Anastasia will use the utmost discretion in voicing any questions, concerns and suggestions that are brought to her attention.*


Bethany Spirit Wear Store

All Shorts Just $19.99!
Every style and size of shorts are marked down $5 now through May, 29th. This includes mesh shorts and ladies running shorts.

Pink Hoodies & Tees Are Popular

We now have pink hoodies available in youth and adult for all schools!

Spirit Wear Store Link:


Green Team Sneaker Recycling

Recycle your old/new/slightly worn sneakers and earn money for Bethany. Look for the bin outside the front doors and drop your unwanted sneakers in it.

Stay in the Loop!

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

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

* * * * * * Reminders & Repeats * * * * * *

Important Message From The Steam Lab

As we near the end of our “official” Digital Citizenship lessons in STEAM, I wanted to take a moment to remind families that— while the Internet is a wonderful, powerful tool— like all tools, we need to be careful how we use it. A hammer adds a lot of convenience to a DIY project, but there’s always the possibility of whacking your own thumb!

As our students spend more time online, it becomes increasingly likely that they will run into material that isn’t meant for them. Filters aren’t a failsafe. Even “green” (or “safe”) websites might show questionable ads; feature facts or ideas intended for an older audience; or link to outside sources that weren’t designed with an elementary schooler in mind. (And goodness knows we all have at least one story of an innocent google search gone awry!) When these discoveries inevitably happen, please try to view them as teachable moments. Talk with your child about how to recognize content that isn’t for them, and discuss the importance of curating a safe, healthy internet experience.

With every passing year, the internet becomes more intwined with our daily lives. It is already an integral part of education— that won’t be changing anytime soon! Learning how to independently navigate the web in a safe way will do wonders for your child’s sense of personal responsibility, as well as serve to save them from much potential danger, fear, and anxiety in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And as always, make good choices out there!


Melissa Regan

Anxiety Presentation for Parents

Hi Families!

If you are interested in learning more about anxiety, please watch the anxiety training I, Michelle Schimpke (School Social Worker), recorded on YouTube. If you would like to reference my slides, those can be found here.

If you have any questions, concerns, need consultation, or want to learn more, you can message on ParentSquare or email me at I am here for each and every one of you! Thank you for being my community!

Anxiety Recording

Michelle Schimpke

Dog Clean-up

We are having an increase in dog droppings on the playground and grassy areas. We would appreciate your help in reminding anyone that might be here during non-school hours for baseball or other activities to clean up after their dogs. Thank you!

OHSU Test Kits

Just a Reminder: Our OHSU pick-up is around 9:00 on Mondays. If students turn them in after 9:30, we have to throw them away. If your student stays home on a Monday and you have a test kit, please feel free to bring it in and drop it off in the office.

Kindergarten and 2022/23 School Year Registration

You are now able to register students for the 2022-23 school year.

If your student is currently attending Bethany, you do not need to enroll them, they will automatically roll up to the next grade.

For more Information, about Kindergarten please click HERE

To Register online, please click HERE


School Meals Menu

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

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

Volunteering at Bethany