Bobcat Blast

January 6, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

Our first week of school back from the break is almost complete! Despite the challenges of rising COVID cases in the community, and so much rain (!), it has been absolutely wonderful being back together at school. When we stay focused on our purpose, on all the things that we CAN do, and the things for which we have to be grateful, everything feels possible.

Thank you for partnering with us to create a supportive and loving community. We also appreciate the excitement and participation in our "Dollar Wars" Fundraiser. The most exciting part is that EVERYONE wins when we raise enough money to install the Omni Spinner on our playground (hopefully this spring!).

Stay healthy,



Important Dates

  • 3rd - School Resumes
  • 6th - Muslim Family & Student Advisory Group, 6:00 pm
  • 11th - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 11th - Panda Express Dinner Out
  • 17th - Holiday - Schools Closed
  • 19th - Principal Chat, 5:30pm


  • 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 4th - Grading Day, No School
  • 21st - Holiday, No School
  • 22nd - Staff Work Day, No School


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Dollar War Update:

We are off to an amazing start to Dollar Wars. It is so awesome to see all the students getting excited and the teachers joining in on the fun. We couldn't believe how much money we raised on our first day! Amount: $407.32

The money will be counted on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The point totals will be posted on the bulletin board across from the containers.

Keep it coming and we will have teachers in silly hats and Ms. Rosenquist preparing to take a test in your class.

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New Labels for Covid Testing Kits

OHSU covid test kits will be going home with your student on Friday. Please remember to administer the test on Monday, January 10th and return it to school.

Please use the label with the BARCODE when returning your student's test kit on Monday mornings. The addition of barcodes allows OHSU's lab to work more efficiently, and to allow for results to be sent out more quickly.


Save The Date: Virtual Event on January 26,2022

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Resolve To Be More Active

Welcome back to school! January is a perfect time to try walking or biking to school -- for your health, your community and the planet! 1 mile of walking each way to school equals 2/3 of the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. Get your steps in while decreasing the traffic and air pollution around your school and neighborhood.

• Join in the fun, find Bethany's Safe Route to School Map: Elementary School Maps,

• When you're out and about, keep your EYES and EARS OPEN, phones down and heads up. Know what’s going on around you. Have fun with your active commute!

• Need more tips and inspiration? Follow the Beaverton Safe Routes to School Facebook page.

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

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PTO Meeting

Join us at the next PTO meeting on January 11 at 7pm via Zoom.

Dinner Night Out

SAVE THE DATE – Panda Express has lunch or dinner all ready for you! On Tuesday, January 11th, Panda Express in Tanasbourne is donating a % of your purchase to Bethany Elementary School PTO. Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal out for a good cause!

Green Team Shoe Drive

Got old sneakers? Don’t throw them away! Bring them to school and the Green Team will recycle them. Collection starts January 3rd and goes through the end of the school year.

Volunteers Needed!

Variety Show: We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in producing the Student Variety Show. With COVID still making gathering in large groups complicated , we would like to produce a Variety Show Compilation Video to share with families. Students submit an entry describing their show piece, limit of 20-30 pieces each 2 minutes or less. 5th graders submit entries to be announcers. After school a practice can be held on the school stage and video recording taken of each piece before being compiled and presented via an online video platform to families on a specified date (March/April). Students can also be involved in writing up the Variety Show Program.(Other ideas or expertise for presenting this show to the community are welcome)

Jog-A-Thon: We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to organize the May Jog-a-Thon Fundraiser. Working with Mr. Stoller, come up with a plan for how the jog-a-thon would run, how sponsorships will be taken (99Pledges?/ old school paper forms), prizes/rewards.

Art Literacy (aka Art Lit): No art experience needed, training provided! We are looking for volunteers to teach pre-planned lessons about an artist and their art form during school hours. . Then they lead the students in an art activity relating and inspired by the artist. For more info:

Green Team: Recycle Holiday Lights!

Now - 1/18/22

Bring in your old Holiday Lights and our Green Team will recycle them!

The bin is outside the Front Lobby Door.

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

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

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

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Library Corner

Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.

Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!


Cedar Mill Library Reading Challenge

Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!

Participate THREE ways:

  • Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
  • Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
  • Log online using Beanstack at


After-School Activities

BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use.

School Meals Menu

Volunteering at Bethany

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.