Bonny Slope Elementary
September 22, 2022
Dates To Remember
9/23 Aug/Sep Birthday Lunch
9/26 First day Bobcat Trail Club (Field)
9/28 Principal Chat 6:00 pm (Library)
9/28 *Fall BSCO Community Meeting 7:00pm (Library)
9/29 Picture Day
10/6 TAG (Talented & Gifted) Info Night for all families (zoom)
10/7 *Jog-A-Thon-- BSCO Fundraising Event (Field)
10/12 *International Walk + Bike to School Day
10/14 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development/Work Day
10/21 Principal Chat 11:30am-12:30pm - Zoom
10/28 October Birthday Lunch10/28 *Monster Mash! *BSCO FAMILY EVENT
You can also view up to date calendar information in Parent Square.
Dear Bonny Slope Families,
We are off to a great start! Thanks to all who joined us for Back to School Night - we appreciate partnering with you to help your children grow.
We’ll be celebrating our August/September birthdays during lunches on Friday. We honor our birthday students by inviting them to eat lunch with the principal during their birthday lunch. We ask that families refrain from other school birthday celebrations (food, balloons, etc), as these do interrupt the learning environment.
I enjoyed attending our Volunteer Orientations and learning about the amazing ways volunteers support our school. Thank you to those who have registered in the BSD volunteer system and have already started volunteering. Please take a moment to sign up if you want to volunteer this year if you think you will ever volunteer, as the background check can take up to two weeks to complete.
Finally, we continued practicing safety last week by learning how to be safe on the bus and drilling a building evacuation. In the coming weeks, we will also drill Securing the building and a Lockdown. Teachers will teach these procedures before we practice them. Below are the Safety Protocols we follow at school.
I look forward to seeing many of you next week at our Principal Chat and Fall BSCO meeting.
School is off to a great start but for many students there is an underlying level of anxiety about whether they are safe at school. They may remember what happened at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, in May, and as they become aware of other tragic events, it can create worries that prevent them from making the most of being at school. If your student is feeling anxious about safety at school, it's important that they can talk about it with you, and this article might be helpful for tips on how to talk with your child: https://www.dougy.org/resource-articles/talking-with-children-about-tragic-events
Do feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Gillian Dyall M.S.
Direct Line: 503 356 2047
Picture Day is Coming!
Dorian Studio will be at Bonny Slope on Thursday, September 29th. All students will be photographed (no purchase necessary).
You can complete ordering online at https://mydorian.com/ and search for Bonny Slope Elementary. Ordering can be completed now and for up to (4) days after picture day.
Some Helpful Hints to make picture day great:
- Wear simple clothing: Solid shirts or small patterns along with sleeves, photograph best. A simple collared shirt is a timeless classic
- Avoid logos and text on clothing. Graphics or wording may not photograph completely and may be partially cropped out of the picture.
See attached flier in English and Spanish for more information.
Inroduction to Kindness In the Classroom
This is a busy time for our children as they continue to learn many new skills at school.
One area of learning that requires specific skills is social-emotional learning. These important skills are often overlooked. This is the realm where children learn how to understand and manage their feelings, how to make friends and be a friend, and how to solve social problems. Learning takes place throughout the day—in the classroom, on the playground, and at home. Children learn by watching and listening to how teachers, family members, and friends interact with one another.
We will be using a curriculum called the Kindness in the Classroom® to help us think about, develop, and practice positive social skills. Research tells us that children who learn and use these skills are more likely to get along with others and do better in school.
To clarify, this is not a bully prevention program. Rather, it is a pro-social approach to teaching students the skills needed to better communicate and collaborate, advocate for themselves and actively call out positive behavior and actions when they see it happening.
The Kindness in the Classroom® program includes 6 kindness concepts focusing on responsibility, respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, and courage. The lessons give students the opportunity to be inspired, feel empowered, act on what they’ve learned, reflect and share with their peers.
Families play a crucial role in the success of the Kindness in the Classroom® curriculum. Several of the lessons have a ‘home extension’ piece where the students will share what they’re learning and may ask for your help in promoting what they are learning at home.
It’s going to be a great year! If you have any questions, I would love to connect with you.
Student Success Coach
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
On October 27 & 28, all 3rd grade students, and nominated 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.
Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitator.
5th grade families can nominate their student for the CogAT Screener by completing this link by October 17th.
En octubre, a todos los estudiantes de tercero, y quinto grado del Distrito Escolar de Beavertón se les administrará el Examen de Detección de Habilidades Cognitivas (CogAT). Esta prueba de 30 minutos mide las habilidades de razonamiento aprendidas de los estudiantes a través de analogías verbales / ilustradas, analogías numéricas y matrices de figuras.
Actualmente, el objetivo principal de administrar CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para TAG en el área de la capacidad intelectual. Se invitará a los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes del percentil 97 o superior en la evaluación CogAT a que tomen la prueba con la versión completa de CogAT que se usa para la identificación potencial de TAG. La versión completa de CogAT se entregará en octubre. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con (su Facilitador de TAG para la construcción).
5th las familias de grado pueden nominar a su estudiante para el CogAT Screener completando este link.
TAG Informational Night - October 6
TAG Informational Night
Please join us for a TAG (Talented and Gifted) Informational Session on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30pm via Zoom. Heidi Hanson, the TAG Facilitator for the Beaverton School District will be hosting this virtual session to speak about the TAG program, testing, and Summa. Zoom link is as follows:
We look forward to seeing you!
If you have questions, please reach out to Lindsey Williamson. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Rider Guests
Bus riders are once again allowed to bring a friend on the bus with them on occassion. Parents will need to provide a note in writing (email works as well) to the student's teacher or front office staff to give permission to ride a bus home with a friend. The office will approve the note before the student gets on the bus at the end of the day.
Please note that extra riders are not permitted on bus #158 and #123 due to their current capacity. Bus # 120 can only accept a few extra riders on any given day.
Bobcat Trail Club Starts Monday, September 26th
- It will happen from 8:00 - 8:25 on Mondays and Fridays
- Students must be dropped off at the front doors and will enter through the building.
- Backpacks will be dropped off in the hallway and runners will be directed outside to the trail from there.
- If students arrive by bus before 8:25, and want to run, they can also drop off backpacks and head outside.
We look forward to seeing our Bobcat Trail Club runners on Monday morning and every Monday and Friday after that!
Jog-A-Thon is off to a GREAT start! A school-wide leaderboard and classroom “thermometers” are up to track participation, and students are definitely taking notice. This year we have an AWESOME list of prizes for students who participate and for those who raise a certain amount of pledges/donations. Individual participation prizes are already being awarded at our weekly raffles. This Friday we are raffling off INCREDIBLE prizes including Timbers tickets, King Pins gift certificate and Shake Shack gift certificate! Get your student signed up today!
**NO donation is required for your student to be eligible for participation prizes -- just help them Sign up in Pledgestar or turn in their pledge envelope.**
If 80% of the TOTAL student body participates, students will get to see Mrs. Meier and Mrs. Skundrick get silly in a whipped cream birthday cake race in celebration of Bonny Slope’s 15th “birthday”. If participation reaches 90%, the teachers get in on the action and at 100%, Bobby will join!
Students earn an EXTRA recess if an ENTIRE grade level can get 80% of the students in their grade level to participate.
If 90% participation is achieved in a classroom, the class will celebrate with a birthday themed treat during school hours in celebration of Bonny Slope’s 15th “birthday”.
All students signed up through Pledgestar or who have turned in a pledge envelope, will be entered into a raffle to win a prize. Raffles have already started and will occur weekly through the end of the month.
⭐CONGRATULATIONS to our winners from last week:
Kinder: Novalie Chen & Kate Yuan
1st: Rowan Martinez & Victoria Chung
2nd: Leo Strauhull & Hallie Baldwin
3rd: Alexa Garza & Charlie Young
4th: Mia King & Science Breed
5th: Dylan Teuber & Henry Strauhull
⭐The next raffle is set for this Friday at the all-school assembly. We will be raffling off Timbers tickets, a Shake Shack gift certificate and a King Pins gift certificate.
Event Day Prizes
● Top “lapper”: Family dinner and a movie night
● Top “lapper” per grade level: Trophy or medal
● $50: Goodie bag filled with 3 surprise items
● $150: Breakfast with Bobby, Mrs. Meier, and Mrs. Skundrick before school
● $300+: Omsi science festival held on Saturday, November 5th
● Most Money Raised: Choose your adventure family night out at a local spot
We need YOU!
Volunteer opportunities are available for sign-up at myImpactPage.com. This includes a limited number of volunteer spots for each classroom on the day of Jog-A-Thon -- HURRY, these spots will go quick! All volunteer opportunities will ensure we have a fun and successful Jog-A-Thon. Please remember you must be registered to volunteer, which includes obtaining an approved background check and uploading your COVID-19 vaccine/exemption online. Learn about that on BSCO's website. For detailed instructions on how to sign up to volunteer click here.
Don’t forget to match!
This is an important part of BSCO’s fundraising efforts.
● Visit the “Matching Funds” section on our BSCO fundraising page: https://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/fundraising
● Search for your company to see if matching donations are made or check with your HR Department. Detailed guidelines are available for certain companies including Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Inc. and Intel Corporation on the BSCO fundraising page.
Become A Volunteer
We are changing our volunteer communication strategy to allow registered volunteers to learn about how they can support Bonny Slope in more detail on a weekly basis. Look out for our first edition of the Bobcat Volunteer Bulletin this coming Tuesday. Note: you will not receive this email if you are not a registered and approved volunteer through mIP.
We would love you to join us to support our children, teachers, and community. If you want to get involved, please fill out an online application to apply for a background check and upload your Covid vaccine card/exemption, as required by the Beaverton School District.
All volunteer opportunities can be found on mIP under the opportunities tab. Find documentation on the BSCO website to understand how to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
As always, if you have any questions about how to get involved, do not hesitate to reach out to Amanda Walker and Whitney Mattocks at email@example.com.
International Walk + Roll to School Day
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 www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes
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Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Cary Meier
Assistant Principal: Betty Skundrick
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229