Bonny Slope Elementary
June 3, 2020
Dates To Remember
6/4 Field Day Virtual Event (Optional)
6/4 BSCO Spring Community Meeting
6/9 5th Grade Pie Eating Contest on Zoom
6/10 5th Grade Slide show on Zoom
6/10 Staff Parade - starting at 10 am (about 1 1/2 hours)
6/11 End of Year Assembly – video pushout
6/11 5th grade/staff Zoom Clapout 3:05pm
6/16 Report Cards available thru ParentVue starting today
PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Dear Bonny Slope Community,
I have grappled with what to say these final days of our school year. It seems like a lifetime ago that our staff felt sadness about not seeing our students for two weeks as they left school for an extended spring break because of the virus. It did not cross our minds that this would be a final in-person goodbye. It has been such an honor for us to be given the chance to teach your children. Our hearts ache knowing that remote learning is not how students should have to learn.
Personally, I am extra saddened that I do not get to say goodbye in person to the students moving to other schools, especially those I met in the early years as a new principal. Getting the chance to see our fifth graders grow academically, socially, and become globally-minded has been such an honor. A huge thank you to the Fifth Grade Send-Off Committee for making sure our fifth graders know that they are celebrated, appreciated, and will be missed.
At the end of this letter, there is a list of events that are happening next week as our final week of the 2019/2020 school year. Our staff really wanted to see everyone one last time and are planning to have another staff parade on June 10th at 10:00 AM. Also, this Thursday, we are hosting a virtual Field Day for everyone as well as an end-of-the-year assembly featuring 5th grade talent on the last day of school, June 11th. Classroom teachers will send out the links for these events.
In addition to the overwhelming feeling of not being able to say goodbye to our students, the turmoil in our world continues to remind us of the important work we still need to do to fight racism. Our commitment to halt practices that marginalize students, to rid education of systemic racism and discrimination, and to teach our students to become globally-minded students is at the forefront of our thoughts. Our staff will reflect on our practices, take an active role in educating ourselves, make a conscious effort to speak up, and take action in our efforts to support our struggling world. Efforts to support anti-racism will be visible in our classrooms, our hallways, and our community events. Hopefully, each of you have read Superintendent Grotting’s letter sent on Friday. Particularly, the following quote resonates our stance:
It is time to not only disrupt the vulnerability of being a person of color but to eradicate it completely. It is time for a call to action. Our students, families, and staff of color need to know they will be supported, loved, and we will address acts of racism, acts of violence, and other hurtful actions that are designed to discriminate and deny them the opportunities that everyone should enjoy.
If there is anything we could do better or differently in our fight to promote equity, and to support our community, we want to hear from you.
We hope you are able to attend the final BSCO community meeting Thursday night. We are very thankful for the leadership of the BSCO Board during these difficult times. As a staff, we felt supported and appreciate how difficult it is to lead when apart. The BSCO Board has not skipped a beat in making sure our students’ Bonny Slope experience is the best it can be. Thank you to all of the volunteers that have gone well beyond the call of duty to support our school. We appreciate you SO much!
I know the desire to have our students together one last time is huge. Additionally, I have been informed of some classes wanting to gather together to end the school year. Please know that this is not supported by our District or school. We are not to gather students together on or off-campus and still enforce social distancing for the safety of our children.
The following events are happening next week virtually to end our 2019/2020 school year:
Thursday, June 4th
Virtual Field Day for everyone
Monday, June 8th
Special delivery to 5th-grade students
Tuesday, June 9th
Virtual 5th grade Pie Eating Contest
Wednesday, June 10th
Staff Parade – Please see the maps below. This time we will begin at Timber Creek Apartments and then move to the rest of the neighborhoods
5th-grade Zoom slide show for 5th-grade families
Thursday, June 11th
Virtual Talent Show Assembly for everyone
5th grade clap out Zoom with staff and 5th graders
Wishing you a great week!
Janet Maza and Jim Hiller
Attention 5th Grade Families
What 5th Graders Should Know About Middle School
How are you feeling about starting 6th grade at a middle school in a couple of months? Nervous? Excited? A bit of both? It’s normal to have a lot of mixed feelings about this big change that lies ahead for you. But let’s try to reduce some of your nervous feelings by learning some helpful tips about middle school.
3-ring binder and other supplies - Did you know that most middle school websites list all the supplies you’ll need for 6th grade? (Other schools like BASE and ACMA list supplies on their websites too.) Be prepared by having the supplies you’ll need. If your family needs help buying your school supplies, let Mrs. Rodgers know and she will help you out. Your binder needs to be large enough to hold a lot of materials. Make sure the binder you get has at least a 3-inch spine.
Contents of the binder - All of your handouts, class notes, written assignments, spiral notebooks, your planner, and divider pages to separate the materials for each class. Many supply pouches can also be stored inside a 3-ring notebook. You can keep pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers, ear buds, etc. in the pouch so you’ll have them handy.
Planner - Each middle school provides students with a planner to help you keep track of your assignments and manage your time. It will be spiral bound with holes so it will fit nicely at the front of your binder. Here is an example of what a planner page might look like:
Locker - At many middle schools you will likely have to share a full-size locker with a locker partner. This means you’ll be sharing a limited amount of space with another person and you’ll need to make agreements together about how to use the space. Many lockers have a shelf at about eye level where one person can put their books and binder (when not in use). The bottom of the locker is a good place for the other person to store their books and binder. There is a hook on each side where you can hang your backpack and a coat. There is NOT room for many extra items. Valuable items that you don’t carry on your body should be left at home for safe keeping.
Opening a combination lock video. Here are written instructions if you learn best from reading and reviewing:
1. Clear the lock by turning the dial several times to the RIGHT (CLOCKWISE)!
2. Keep turning the dial to the RIGHT and stop at your first number.
3. Turn the dial to the LEFT (COUNTER CLOCKWISE) and PASS your second number once, stopping on it the second time around.
4. Turn the dial to the RIGHT (CLOCKWISE) and stop on the last number.
NOTE: If you accidentally pass a number or turn the dial the wrong direction, you MUST start the process from the BEGINNING!
Here’s one way to practice: https://www.hoodamath.com/games/combinationlock.html
If you’d like to buy your own lock for practice, I found them on Amazon for under $5.
Remember: Your middle school teachers, counselors, and older student leaders will be available to help you adjust to the 6th grade routine. It is expected that you might have trouble opening your locker or finding your way around a new building and with a new schedule. Be patient with yourself. But also set yourself up for success by arriving to middle school as prepared as possible!
Please let me know if you have any questions about getting ready for middle school!
:-) Mrs. Rodgers
Yearbooks On Sale Thru Thursday 6/4
This has sure been a year to remember. The 2019-2020 Bonny Slope Yearbooks are now on sale. The deadline to order has been extended to THURSDAY, JUNE 4th. Full color yearbooks cost $15 and are a wonderful way for your child to remember their year at Bonny Slope Elementary. You can purchase your yearbook on the Josten's website and it will be mailed to the school for distribution in early summer.
Attention 5th Grade families- You will not need to place an order for fifth graders as they will be receiving one as a gift from the 5th Grade Committee. If you have a younger sibling, please just order theirs.
Don’t miss out on the memories! Order online today: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A02183765
BSCO Spring Community Meeting - 6/4 at 7pm
The 2020 BSCO Spring Community Meeting will be held online this Thursday, June 4th at 7pm - via Zoom. This is the final community meeting of the school year.
Reminder: you need to register in advance to participate. Use the following link:
After registering, you will receive the Zoom meeting invite via email.
The meeting will include the (1) election of our 2020-21 BSCO Board and (2) approval of the 2020-21 BSCO Budget.
You must join in the meeting using the Zoom regististration link provided to participate in the vote. The complete meeting agenda is available here.
The following 2020-2021 BSCO Board slate will be presented for election at this meeting.
- President, Taylor Kash
- Vice President, Carin Ruiz
- Secretary, Aaron Muhs
- Treasurer, Heather Vonk
- Director of Committees, Kari Nordquist
- Directors of Volunteer Support, Meghan McLaughlin and Air Duke
- Director of Communications, Jeff Cook
- Member-at-Large, Nima Patel
Each BSCO board position is up for election annually, with a two year maximum tenure per role.
Next school year the Director of Committees & Directors of Volunteer Support will have new community members filling those roles.
The 2020 Winter Community Meeting minutes are available on the BSCO website and will be approved at this upcoming meeting.
*Remember* EVERY SINGLE PARENT or guardian, teacher or staff at Bonny Slope Elementary is a voting member of BSCO. All are invited and encouraged to participate in this final community meeting and vote.
We look forward to “seeing” you via Zoom on Thursday, June 4th!
Questions can be directed to Taylor Kash at email@example.com.
The latest BSCO news can always be found at www.bonnyslopebsco.org.
You can also stay connected with BSCO on social media at:
Staff Parade - Wednesday 6/10 starting at 10am
We are excited to hold our second staff parade on Wednesday, June 10th starting at 10:00 am.
Staff will depart the school parking lot at 10 am and drive to the Timber Creek Apartments to start the parade. We will then travel back up NW 119th Ave. and pass the school to follow the path thru the neighborhood shown on the map below. We expect the entire parade to take about 1 1/2 hours to cover the entire route. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Library - Summer Reading
The summer reading program at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries will happen this year! It has been re-imagined to fit this new world. Summer Reading runs June 1- August 31. No registration is required. Simply read or listen to any books. Reading records may be downloaded from our website : library.cedarmill.org/summer-reading
Kids are invited to use the reading record provided or create their own. Families can also find a scavenger hunt, daily activities for motivating kids to read, and a schedule of online programs.
We have created this video in hopes of getting kids excited about joining the summer reading fun https://youtu.be/qM10nQiiUfI
We'll have storytimes and performers online through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CedarMillLibraries/
A schedule may be found on the website listed above.
As we currently do not have a safe way of distributing summer reading finisher prize books and other prizes they will not be available this year.
We have created videos of our Youth Librarians reading stories that appeal to older kids at the request of teachers. They may be found here Ihttps://www.youtube.com/user/CedarMillLibrary/playlists The Read Aloud Playlist contains this content.
Tech Issues? Contact:
Need a chromebook or power cord replacement?
Make an appointment through Student Helpdesk.
Mandy Wood ~ Tech Support Specialist
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Janet Maza
Assistant Principal: Jim HIller
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229