Bobcat Blast

September 29, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

It was wonderful to see those of you who were able to attend the Principal Chat last night. I know everyone is busy, so if you missed it and want to see what we talked about, HERE is the link to my slides. Other topics came up in the chat and discussion, but you can at least see the highlights.

A wonderful question was asked, "How can we best support the teachers and Bethany Staff?" The simplest response I can share is to give them grace and treat them with kindness....even when you're upset...maybe even ESPECIALLY when you're upset. Remember they are human. They love your kids. They want the best for each and every one of them. That doesn't mean you can't ask questions, have concerns, or let them know when something doesn't go well. We want to work in partnership with families to provide the best educational experience possible (academically, socially, and emotionally).

All that being said, I know that most Bethany families recognize the tremendous efforts and dedication of our staff. I've read and received some of the most amazing messages of my career since working here. Appreciation goes such a long way with people. One of my jobs as a leader is to make it clear what I expect (of myself, of our staff, students, and the community). Let us use our voices to uplift one another, to collaborate, and to BE the school community our children deserve.

With love and gratitude,



Calendar - Important Dates


  • 30th - Movie Night, 6:30 pm


  • 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
  • 10/15 - 10/21 Book Fair
  • 10/17 - 10/28 Read-A-Thon
  • 19th - Hearing Screening, K-2nd grade
  • 19th - Parent Awareness Night, more information below
  • 26th - Picture Day
  • 28th - Character Dress Up Day
  • 28th - Principal Chat on Zoom


Tomorrow - Family Movie Night, 6:30 pm

Join us for a family movie night, featuring Encanto!

We're excited to have our first movie night in several years - we hope you can join us!

Kids are welcome to wear PJs and bring along pillows and/or blankets - gym mats will be set out on the floor. Adults, please feel free to bring camp chairs for your own comfort! Folding chairs will be available. Please note, this is not a drop off event - all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission and snacks are free, provided by the PTO! (Snacks include drink boxes, popcorn, and fruit snacks)
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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.

Walk & Roll To School Date Change

The first Wednesday of October is designated Walk & Roll to School Day. As Yom Kippur is October 5th this year, the official Walk & Roll to School Day has been changed to Oct. 12.

Please make a note to change the school calendar that we sent out in August. If you need a copy of the school calendar, please click HERE

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We need your help to restore our Learning Garden! Please fill out this quick form if you can lend tools or volunteer time.

We need:

  • Volunteers to prepare the area and assemble the new garden beds
  • Wheelbarrows, shovels, and weeding tools to borrow
  • Snacks and drinks!

Do you know someone who would take our debris (old sod, wood) for free or at a discounted rate?

Thank you for your support!


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. The zoom link will be sent closer to the event.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office here:

Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion. More information will be provided at the information meeting on October 11. If you decide to complete the Parent Information Form, please return it to your child’s teacher."

Parent Awareness Night Virtual Event

On October 19, 2022, Our school Social Worker, Michelle Schimpke, (who we share with Rock Creek) will be hosting a virtual Parent Awareness night from 7pm-8pm (Zoom link information will be sent out closer to the event).

The first topic will be: How to have difficult conversations with your child and how to help them handle BIG emotions. Please come with your questions!

Cannot make it, but are bummed about it?! No worries! Michelle will record the training and will provide the YouTube link following the event. Please message or email Michelle Schimpke with any questions or concerns. We look forward to “seeing” you all then!

A Message from the School Nurse

It's been so great to see all of the students back after summer break. I wanted to share the newest Too Sick For School guidelines with you all. Please click on the link below or the picture.

If you have any questions about whether or not to send your student, please reach out. I am happy to answer any questions and help guide you!

Too Sick for School Guidelines

Lindsey Henning

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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.