Bobcat Blast

September 23, 2021

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Important Dates

September

28th - PTO Meeting, zoom 7:00pm *

29th - Principal Chat, 5:00 pm


October

6th - International Walk + Roll to School Day*

6th - Dinner Night Out at Panera *

7th - TAG Parent Night, 6:00 pm Zoom link will be sent out in October

20th - Conferences on Zoom, There IS School this day

21st - Conferences on Zoom, No School

22nd - Teacher Work Day, No School


* See detailed information below

School Birthday Policy

We've had several inquiries about birthday celebrations at school. I wasn't able to find a written policy for Bethany and all schools have slightly different rules. In my 23 years in schools, I have seen a variety of policies and the impact on individual students and the class as a whole.


For a variety of reasons, including health, safety (COVID and allergies), disruption to instructional time, and hurt feelings, we will NOT be celebrating individual student birthdays at school. Teachers acknowledge students with birthdays in a variety of ways (class singing, a sticker, birthday pencil, special jobs, etc). We want every child to feel special on their birthday without having a potential negative impact on the rest of the class.


We know the requests to celebrate your child come from such a beautiful and loving place. ❤️One thing you might consider is donating a favorite book to the class library in honor of your child or having them bring a favorite book to be read aloud (arrange with the teacher first). Party invitations may not be distributed at school (even if they are for the whole class). Thank you for understanding.


P.S. We've ordered birthday ribbons so that we may celebrate each child in the office. We'll catch up with the September birthdays we've already missed! 😉


Ms. Rosenquist

Kindergarten Fundraiser

The Bethany Kindergarten teachers want to create classrooms with spaces where students can take risks and make messes. We would like to create a “yes” environment, where students can learn that mistakes are an opportunity to try again. These spaces will be student centered, where the teacher becomes the facilitator, provides guidance and partners with children in their learning through play.


We encourage you to send this campaign out to your family and friends. The BEF New Project Match will match your contribution to this project dollar-for-dollar, up to $500.


Kindergarten Campaign

Bethany Spirit Wear

We have had families asking about the Bethany masks and sweatshirts that staff and students are wearing. We are opening up our School Store for a few weeks, all orders will need to be in by October 3rd. You will find shirts, sweatshirts, and masks in youth and adult sizes.


Click here for the school store: Bethany Store

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Lunch Time At Bethany

For COVID Safety reasons, we have students eating outside


Dry Conditions: We have three separate grass areas that we are using, with each class in a designated spot.


Wet / Windy Conditions: We will continue to eat outside, undercover. Below is a picture of our lunch time yesterday when it began to rain. We are able to have each class separated, and keep social distancing for eating.


Please make sure to send a coat with your child on cold days.

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Lunch Mats

Currently we are using gym mats, buckets and a few vinyl mats to help keep students off of the ground. We have ordered supplies to make vinyl mats for all of our students.


We are so thankful for the parents who have been cutting vinyl, as they received big billboard rolls and have cut them up into squares. (See the pictures below). This has not been an easy task, so please accept our sincere thanks for all you have done.

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Volunteering at Bethany

Volunteers are a very important part of Bethany. The DIstrict is looking at limited volunteer opportunities in the building, we will keep you updated as we receive more information.


All volunteers need to have a background check completed by the District, in order to work around our students. This includes classroom volunteers, going on field trips, classroom pary planners, Jog-A-Thon help etc.


We would encourage you to click on the link below and do your volunteer background check now. If you wait until the District begins to allow volunteers into the building, there might be a wait of a few weeks before you are able to help.


https://bethany.beaverton.k12.or.us/connect/volunteer


IMPORTANT: On August 19, Governor Kate Brown announced that all volunteers must provide proof of vaccination or complete a medical or religious exemption to volunteer in any K-12 school.


  • New Volunteers: You'll be asked to upload your vaccination card or an exemption form.


  • Current Volunteers: log onto your myimpactpage.com account. Go to the "My Profile" tab on the upper right, click on "Additional Information" and then select "Beaverton School District." Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the COVID Vaccination section. From here, you can upload your vaccination card. If you need an exemption form, click on the "i" icon and download the form. After it's completed, it can be uploaded in this same area.

Online Verification

Please complete your student's Online Verification as soon as possible.


Only 68% of BSD families have completed this annual process, far fewer than in past years.

In ParentVUE, click on the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment tab in the top right corner to start the verification process. (Those who have a mailing address outside of the District, such as interdistrict transfers, won’t be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from their schools.)


If you haven’t activated your ParentVUE account or if you’re having difficulty logging in, please contact your school. If you’ve forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.

International Walk + Roll to School Day

International Walk + Roll to School Day

On October 6th, 2021 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 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.

Staff Appreciation

The BSPTO Staff Appreciation is in the process of collecting all of the Bethany staff's favorite things. If you would like to know what your teacher's preferences are, please email Benita and Bintu at staff.appreciation@bspto.org.

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

1st PTO Meeting Of The Year

Don't miss our first meeting next Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 pm. The zoom link for the meeting is in the email.

Dinner Night Out at Panera

  • Wednesday, October 6th
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Panera Bread at 7202 NE Cornell Road


Panera will donate back 20% of sales from Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to Bethany Elementary School PTO!


You can participate in this fundraiser by:

  • Take out
  • Delivery
  • Pick up

Panera Bread will accept your order in several ways:

  • Phone Call
  • Restaurant Website
  • Storefront Walk-in


MORE INFORMATION: RSVP & all details here: https://grouprai.se/f199958


We hope you can join us in eating out for a good cause!


P.S. Please feel free to invite -- and share this event with -- your friends and family.

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

School Meals Menu

This year all students can eat breakfast and lunch for free! For more information about the Meal Service, please click here: 2021-2022 Meal Service


We offer a vegetarian option at every meal. Please click on the Menus below to find out what entree is vegetarian. You can discuss with your child which item to choose.


For those who bring lunch from home, milk can be purchased separately for 50 cents. You will need to have money in their account or bring money.



Help Us Purchase School Supplies

Online Payment System

Here are the instructions to follow, once you are in the system:

  • Click on your student’s name
  • Click on school Items
  • Click on the correct grade
  • Click on school supplies

Friendly Reminder About Pets

It is beautiful weather and a great way to take your dog out for a walk. Please remember that we do have small children who are afraid of dogs, or are allergic. If you want to walk your dog, we encourage you to meet your students at the crosswalk or off of campus.
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Keep Connected to What Is Happening

Bethany Calendars







Here are 3 ways to stay up to date on important Bethany information.


The Bobcat Blast is our weekly Newsletter. You will receive it in your email on Thursdays. Please be sure to read it weekly.


Following us on Facebook.

Bethany Facebook


We also keep our website up to date, so you can always check there for important information

Bethany Website

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.