Bonsall Bear News

March 27 - March 31

Principal's Message

Hello Bonsall Bear Families,

This Thursday, March 30th, we will celebrate and honor our military families at the Purple Star ceremony at Bonsall West Elementary School. An invitation was sent last week to all families. If you have any questions, please call the front office.

Last week, we congratulated Lauren Kennington, 3rd grade teacher, as our Bonsall Elementary School site Teacher of the Year. This past week, we honored her as our district teacher of the year! We are so lucky to have Mrs. Kennington as a teacher at BES!! Mrs. Kennington will represent BUSD at the county level later this spring.

Please note - This Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st are minimum days. School is out at 12:45.

Due to impending rain this week, the Paper Picnic is canceled. Please be on the lookout for a new date after spring break.

Please see information in this newsletter regarding the LCAP survey.

Love on Your Back is holding their spring food drive. Please see the flyer with the QR code below to support our BUSD families in need.

CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) testing is coming up for our 3rd-5th grade students. Please see the letter regarding CAASPP testing in this edition of the BBN. Your child's teacher will be sending out a schedule specific to their class in the near future.


Allison Fortney

Mrs. Lauren Kennington - Bonsall Unified School District's Teacher of the Year!

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CAASPP testing information

CAASPP testing will begin after spring break. You will receive specific information from your child's teacher regarding dates and times for testing. Please read the following letters for more information.

CAASPP - English

CAASPP - Spanish

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Safety update regarding emergency contacts

Our staff has recently been working through practicing a reunification drill, which we will involve the students in this spring. In case of emergency, our staff is prepared to ensure that you are reunited with your students as quickly and safely as possible. Part of this process includes having updated emergency contacts. It is important that you have multiple emergency contacts on your list and that the phone numbers are updated. Furthermore, please consider utilizing neighbors and/or friends as emergency contacts. This will help ensure that if you are unable to get to your child(ren) in a timely manner, the school has permission to release them to someone on your emergency list. Per district policy, the school will never release a student to someone who is not listed on your emergency contact list. You can update your emergency contact information in the Aeries portal.

Community Liaison Update

Please click on the following LINK for an update from Leonor Rodriguez, our BUSD Community Liaison.

LCAP Survey Information


Thank you for your support of our district. BUSD continuously engages parents, students, employees, and the community to monitor the progress of our goals to improve student achievement and district services.

The BUSD Board of Education and District Leadership are committed to ensuring our resources are used to meet all students' needs. Our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) addresses the district's vision for student learning, outlines actions and annual goals, and demonstrates how its budget supports those goals.

As an involved stakeholder, you are invited to share your input and suggestions to evaluate our offerings and inform decision-making for our 2023-2024 LCAP.

Please click here to take the 2023-2024 LCAP Survey.

Gracias por su apoyo a nuestro distrito. BUSD involucra continuamente a los padres, estudiantes, empleados y la comunidad para monitorear el progreso de nuestras metas para mejorar el rendimiento estudiantil y los servicios del distrito.

La Junta de Educación y el Liderazgo del Distrito de BUSD están comprometidos a garantizar que nuestros recursos se utilicen para satisfacer las necesidades de todos los estudiantes. Nuestro Plan de Responsabilidad y Control Local (LCAP) aborda la visión del distrito para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, describe las acciones y las metas anuales y demuestra cómo su presupuesto apoya esas metas.

Se le invita a compartir sus comentarios y sugerencias para ayudar a evaluar nuestras ofertas e informar la toma de decisiones para nuestro LCAP 2023-2024.

Spanish 2023-2024 LCAP Survey

The BES Library Lowdown

Ms. DuPont's Annual Book Swap was a HUGE success! It was so fun to see the excitement on the kiddos faces and hear statements such as, "I get to take this book home with me!" A huge thank you to Ms. DuPont for all of the hard work she puts in to ensure that this is a fun event for the BES kids! Below is a message from Ms. DuPont:

Thank you to all the families who donated their gently used books for the Book Swap! Without your donations Book Swap could not happen (nor would it be as amazing and fun). Every one of Bonsall Elementary's Students was able to come away with up to 10 books!

The four winning classes for the collection contest are as follows (in no particular order)....





These four classes will participate in Storybook Mini Golf in May AND receive $50 for their classroom.

Now enjoy these photos of happy book loving students!

Minimum day 3/30 and 3/31

Thursday, March 30th, 8:15am to Friday, March 31st, 12:45pm

31555 Old River Road

Bonsall, CA

Thursday, 3/30 and Friday, 3/31 are minimum days. Please pick your students up at 12:45 p.m.

Spring Break

Monday, April 3rd, 8:15am to Monday, April 10th, 2:45pm

31555 Old River Road

Bonsall, CA

Mark your calendars for this year's Spring Break. Please note that Monday, 4/10, is a non-student day. School resumes on Tuesday, 4/11.

Monthly Nutrition Menu

Please see the information below from our Child Nutrition Services regarding the nutrition menu.

Starting in January CNS will no longer be distributing a monthly breakfast and lunch menu. Frequent menu changes caused by supply chain disruptions is resulting in too many printed menu inaccuracies. There is a monthly menu published online that is more up to date, but not always perfect due to last minute changes. The link is This menu can be printed, as well. Click the printer icon on the right hand side of the screen.

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Donate to the Bonsall Education Foundation that supports BES teachers and students!

The Bonsall Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization to help fund schools in the Bonsall Unified School District. Our mission includes the following:

* Support Our Students Program (SOS)
* After-School Enrichment Opportunities
* Bonsall Sprouts Garden Program
* Giving Tree Award
* Dale Costa Memorial Scholarship
* BHS College & Career Scholarship
* Student Internship Program with BHS
* Restoration of the historic Bonsall Schoolhouse

BEF works closely with BUSD administrators, teachers, students, parents and other community organizations to provide students with opportunities to enrich their school experience.
They are always looking for new members to apply their expertise and heart for the benefit of our school communities!

Go to to see the meeting dates for the year.


  • In order to check your child out from the office, whether it be for an appointment or because they are ill, you must have your ID with you. That could be a driver's license, a military ID, or any other identification that proves you, or someone on the emergency contact/release list, matches up with what our Aeries student information system has on file. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
  • I love my dogs just as much as you do. However, we have a NO ANIMAL policy on the BES campus. This includes in front of the campus during drop off and pick up of students. This is to ensure the safety of everyone, including your pet, while on our campus. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Gates will open at 7:55 a.m. this year. The time change supports the 15 minute adjustment to the start of the school day as well as promoting equity across the district. Please do not drop students off prior to 7:55 as there will not be any supervision.
  • For the 2022-2023 school year, California will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. Our cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:55 a.m. Please see below for our November menu.

Important safety information

We all need reminders from time to time! These friendly reminders are to ensure the safety of our students, staff and family/friends picking up and dropping off kiddos in the BES parking lot. Please read carefully, be safe and choose kindness as you navigate the parking lots at BES.

  • You may not park in the red zone in the parking lots that are not part of our typical pick up and drop off patterns. You will be asked to move your car if you are parked, waiting to pick up your students.
  • The right lane is for drop off, the left lane is for passing. You may not use the left passing lane to cut over to the right drop off lane. Please be patient and wait in line with the rest of the cars waiting to drop off students.
  • Students can not get in cars unless they are in the designated pick up area which is past the second crosswalk. This is for safety as well as to keep the traffic flow moving.
  • Please follow the directionality of the parking lot arrows. We have had quite a few near miss accidents. That traffic plan was created to purposefully ensure safety and an efficient traffic flow.
  • School starts at 8:15. We offer a 5 minute grace period for students. However if you are continuously struggling to get to school on time, adjust your families schedule to ensure that your student arrives on time and ready to start their day on a positive note.
  • Lastly, please always be kind to one another and our staff. We appreciate your cooperation and support!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Erickson

Mrs. Erickson's Counseling Corner

Welcome back to the Counseling Corner with Mrs. Erickson! This week I wanted to focus on the importance of students seeing themselves as leaders/role models this week. Every student has the ability and power to inspire, encourage and motivate others to be successful. Often students forget to think of themselves as role models, and they resort to thinking only of celebrities, professional athletes, and adults in their life who can inspire one another. It is important to remind our kids that they truly have the ability to inspire others, and start making change, even at their age. Below I have attached a video of an inspiring 9 year old boy presenting a Ted Talk explaining the amazing things kids do, and how important it is for students to recognize their ability to be role models to other students and adults!

Kids Can Be Role Models | Jack Bonneau | TEDxBoulder

If you have any questions or have suggestions for topics in the future, feel free to email me at

Important Contacts - Our Office Team

We are here to serve you! Please make note of these important contacts that greet you via phone or smile each time you have an interaction with our office team.

Office Manager, Tisha Tokarz - 760-631-5205 ext. 1100

Attendace/Registration, Sandra Esparza - 760-631-5205 ext. 1101

Health Tech, Brittany Wanzer - 760-631-5205 ext. 1102

Get your Bonsall Elementary Yearbook!

Please see the flyers below and purchase your yearbook early!
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Click below to join the Bonsall PTA!

Coca Cola Gives Campaign

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