Bonny Slope Elementary

January 9, 2020

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Dates To Remember

1/15 *BSCO Parent Education, BSE Library

1/20 NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/27 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

1/29 January Birthday Lunch Celebration

1/29 Principal Chat 6pm

1/29 *BSCO Winter Community Meeting 7:00pm

1/30 *Geography Club Check Day

1/31 Semester Report Cards


2/8 *Pancake Breakfast- 5th Grade Fundraiser 7:30-10:30am

2/14 *Valentine's Day Parties in Classrooms (1 hr)

2/17 NO SCHOOL - President's Day

2/18 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

*BSCO Sponsored event

See our online calendar for more information and updates throughout the year.

Bonny Slope Calendar

Volunteer Background Check



A new movie called “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” features TV legend Mr. Rogers helping a magazine reporter deal with some complicated feelings. The movie celebrates one of Mr. Roger’s core beliefs: helping children process feelings. In watching the movie, we thought a lot about the Social Emotional Learning work we’ve been doing in our school, especially the second competency of SEL: Self-Management and the Regulation of Emotions.

In a previous Paw Prints, we talked about self-awareness and the importance of being able to identify and name your feelings. The next step is to figure out what to do with that feeling. In our schools, we are seeing students that get angry, upset, or frustrated combined with an inability of what to do with that emotion.

After a conflict at recess or an incident in the classroom, our conversations with students center on the idea that feeling upset or angry is not a bad thing, it’s what people do with that emotion that is the problem. Having students select an appropriate response to a strong emotion is a skill that can be taught.

One strategy we teach students is to pause before doing an action. Even a two or three second pause before acting can make all of the difference in the world. The pause can be some simple words like STOP, THINK, ACT. With the word STOP, we teach students to take several deep breaths, which allows oxygen to flood the brain, and gives them time to calm and settle before THINKING of a response that won’t get them in trouble. Then they can act appropriately.

Going back to Mr. Rogers, he sings a song in the movie that is relevant and reflective of issues in today’s schools. He sings a song called “What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel?”. Mr. Rogers didn’t believe in just brushing off anger, he wanted kids to learn healthy ways to process it. It’s a key skill we hope our students have as they progress through our school.

And by the way, here is a video of Mr. Rogers singing the song:

Jim Hiller and Janet Maza



The Importance of Sleep for Kids

Why is a good night’s rest important for kids?

Did you know sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise?

Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine and an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.

The Academy of Pediatrics recommends the amount of sleep kids need, based on age:

Kids aged 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours per night

Kids aged 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours per night

Teens aged 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours per night

Tips for families to help kids get the recommended amount of sleep:

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is important. The routine should ideally start at the same time every night. As soon as the sun goes down, start to “wind down” the household.

*Dim the lights

*Stop use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bed

*Limit caffeine

*Take a warm bath

*Do a quiet family activity such as reading a short book

*If your child wakes up during the night, walk them back to their room with as little commotion as possible

*Set a wake-up time and be consistent

What should parents do if none of this works?

If your child is having daytime sleepiness or behavior difficulties in school that you think might be linked to lack of sleep, you should definitely visit your pediatrician. It is not recommended giving your child any “sleep medications” without first consulting your doctor as many of these medications are not safe for kids.

Wendy Costanzo, BSN, RN




Social Emotional Learning Workshop

Cedar Park is hosting a Social Emotional Learning Parent Workshop, and you are invited. Please click the link for more information and to RSVP.

Social Emotional Learning Workshop


Electronic Report Cards

Report Cards are Going Paperless

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that by January 2020.

There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.

Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.


Inclement Weather Information

As the weather turns colder and the threat of snow becomes greater we wanted to make sure you have the latest inclement weather information from the district.

When school closures and delayed openings affect the entire School District, they are announced, beginning at 5:30 am on television and radio stations. This information may also be obtained from the Beaverton School District website. Changes for Bonny Slope may also be sent via SchoolMessenger. If you do not hear the news report anything about Beaverton School District, then schools are open. There may be times when Beaverton schools close early due to inclement weather. When weather is threatening and you suspect a closure, please obtain your information as listed above. Please do not call Bonny Slope directly. We will not call parents; but will follow the emergency dismissal plan you gave us at the beginning of the school year. Please make sure you and your child know your emergency plan. On a delayed opening schedule, school will open two hours late and busses will be on snow routes. For Bonny Slope, “snow routes” means NO BUS SERVICE. This means our doors open to students at 10:15 am and school begins at 10:30 am. Parents are responsible for all student pickup and drop off on snow route days.

Please see attachments for more information.


BSE Pancake Breakfast, "Flapjacks & Flannel," Scheduled for Saturday, 2/8

Find your buffalo check, flannel pajamas & lumberjack accessories to make Saturday, February 8, a morning to remember! This year's Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, 2/8 from 7:30-10:30am, with special guest, Timber Joey, from 8:30-10am.

Ticket sales begin Friday, 1/10. Families can purchase from any fifth grader or online at

$5 per PERSON or $20 per FAMILY (max 6 people) when tickets are bought in advance

$7 per PERSON or $25 per FAMILY at the door on the day of the event on Feb 8th.

Pancake Breakfast is organized each year by BSE's fifth grade families. This annual event helps support the fifth grade two-day science school field trip.

Questions can be directed to

INTERNET SAFETY - BSCO Parent Education NIght

Wednesday, January 15th
7-8:30pm, BSE Library

As part of BSCO’s Parent Education series, we will have a presentation exploring internet safety and our kids led by:

Doreen Rivera, Community Outreach Specialist for Washington County Sheriff's Office, Bethany Precinct Coordinator Safe Kids

She also invited our school Resource Officer Jacob McNeilly to share his perspective on what he is seeing in schools.

The topics that Doreen will be covering on internet safety are:

- Exposure to inappropriate material

- Cyber bullying

- Theft of personal information

- Sexual predators

- Risky APPS

The Parent Education programs are a no-cost adults only series, made possible through BSCO’s annual budget and your generous Jog-a-Thon donation. Questions can be directed to


BSCO Science Night

Please take a look at your child's Friday Folder this week, because it contains an invitation and information booklet for Bonny Slope's Science Night on Friday, March 13th!

Science Night is an annual family-friendly BSCO event held at Bonny Slope Elementary. This fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and science projects includes:

1. Maker Spaces – DIY areas for students to create, invent and learn

2. Presentations and Demonstrations – A showcase of local science organizations/vendors using science in the real world

3. Student Science Experiments and Engineering Designs

This year’s Science Night will take place Friday, March 13 from 6:00 – 8:00pm free of charge! This event is brought to you by your generous BSCO donations.

Please note - Students do not need to have a science project in order to attend Science Night. Everyone is welcome! But all Bonny Slope Kindergarten – 5th Graders are invited to participate in creating and presenting a science project at Science Night. Please don’t think your Kindy/1st Grader is too young, their projects are such crowd pleasers! Science projects are done at home and the display boards are brought to school for Science Night. There are two types of projects your student can choose from:

1. Science Experiment

2. Engineering Design

If your student is interested in doing a project, please visit the Science Night BSCO site for How To documents, project ideas, and pictures of past projects.

Once your student has decided on a project, please submit an online entry form located on the BSCO website at The school will provide all participating students with a display board (one per entry). It will be sent home with your student(s) after they are registered.

If you have any questions about Science Night, please let us know!


Still time to order your #KindnessMatters t-shirts! Extended deadline to end of January.

Bonny Slope students and staff continue to celebrate kindness all year round! There is a positive action board where staff can celebrate students who they witness committing random acts of kindness. The staff recognize each other’s kind acts in the weekly bulletin and on a Staff Shout Out poster in the staff room.

Buy a t-shirt for yourself, friends, and family to show your support of the kindness program at Bonny Slope:


T-shirts will be available for sale online thru January 31, 2020. Shirts will be available for pick up around mid-February at Team Uniforms, 12965 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229, 503-574-3177.


Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Janet Maza

Assistant Principal: Jim HIller

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Attendance: 503.356.2041