Bobcat Blast

February 23, 2023

Update - 5:30 pm The District has made the call. Due to weather, All schools will be closed on Friday.

Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

I hope you were all able to make the best of this snow day; a gift of time when nature forces us to slow down, take a break, perhaps catch up on some chores, and blankets everything in a quiet beauty. The status of school tomorrow has not yet been determined as I write this. Stay tuned and a message will be sent out from the district via ParentSquare. (I had several students ask me if I was going to let them have a snow day. I explained that it wasn't MY decision and that someone at the district level makes that decision for all of the schools based on what is safe for travel of our students and staff. I'll admit it's pretty sweet that they think I am in charge of EVERYTHING! ).

Depending on what happens tomorrow we will make plans to reschedule many of the things students were looking forward to: the Ice Cream Social for students who participated in OBOB, our monthly assembly and sing-a-long on Friday, Family Game Night, and more. Don't worry....we'll get it all figured out. 🙂

Lastly, please take a few minutes to answer the Dual Language Survey. It likely won't impact your child's immediate educational experience anytime soon, but the district is seeking a wide range of community, staff, and student feedback. Participation in the survey district-wide is LOW and they are delineating the data by school. I always appreciate when our Bethany community voices are represented and engaged in conversations/feedback that help drive decisions as a system. THANK YOU for taking the time to provide your input.

Stay warm, safe, and dry.

With cold hands and warm heart,

Ms. Rosenquist

Dual Language Survey

The district’s Multilingual Department has been conducting a multi-year evaluation of dual language programs in the district. Dual language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. Currently, our district has Spanish-English dual language programs at two elementary schools, one K-8 school, two middle schools and three high schools.

In order to make good decisions, we’re asking you to fill out a survey, so that we can:

  • Assess which school communities have the greatest interest in dual language education.
  • Gauge which language those school communities would want to add.
  • Identify which grade levels have the greatest interest in dual language education.
  • Understand the implications that the addition of a dual language option would have on bus transportation.

The dual language survey can be found on our Engage BSD website. To access the survey, you’ll need to register on the page. It takes less than a minute, and you’ll only need to do this once. Detailed instructions on the registration process can be found HERE. You’ll then have access to all future engagement projects.

When you fill out the survey, you’ll be asked to include your name, student ID number and school. We need this information to gauge interest in particular school communities and evaluate the transportation implications for your student. If you have more than one child in Pre-K through 4th grade, please complete one survey for each child.

Please complete your survey by Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m.


Calendar - Important Dates


  • 27 - 5th Grade Fly-Up to Five Oaks


  • 1 - 5th Grade Family Night with 5 Oaks, Virtual
  • 9 - PTO Meeting
  • 27 - 31 - Spring Break

Game Night below will be Rescheduled. Watch future newsletters for updates.

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OBOB Update - We have a Winner!

The final battle for Oregon Battle of the Books competition at Bethany Elementary was held last Friday, and the winning team was The Chicken Wings from 4th grade.

Congratulations to Shawn Cooper, Bairon Lai, Weston Flagg and Daniel Chapler! They will represent BES at the Region 1A Regional tournament on March 18th @ Mountain View Middle School with 23 other winning school teams from Washington county and the coast.
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Library Notes

Celebrate International Mother Language Day (February 21)

Bethany Elementary has a rich diversity of students, staff, and families that make up our community. We believe our diversity is one of our greatest gifts and assets. There are 28 different native languages spoken among the student body with Japanese being the most prevalent language after English. In addition to our linguistic diversity, we celebrate the identity and individuality of every child. Our school song says it best; We’re all a family under one sky.” Equity and inclusion are key pillars in our vision and mission.

International Mother Language Day is an annual observance sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization) to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This year the focus will be on the theme ‘multilingual education - a necessity to transform education’.

Ask your child what they learned from the library bulletin board display about the different languages spoken by their friends at Bethany Elementary School.


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Thank You

Your Support Helped Provide Journals for Thriving Third-Graders!

Hello! We received a grant to purchase "Big Life" journals for all third graders at Bethany Elementary. We have started using them as part of our Social-Emotional instruction—we use them about once a week, using lesson plans provided by the journal company that we as teachers adapt and supplement. I've attached some photos of my students using them!

Thank you!

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This project was made possible thanks to Bethany Elementary's "Thriving Third Graders" project on the BEF's crowdfunding platform. Our BSPTO was a major contributor.

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities for interested volunteers, the pending Variety Show and the Jog-A-Thon later this spring. ! Please sign up to volunteer online. Email Anjana at if you have any questions.

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.

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We appreciate all of the hours that our volunteers are working at school. It is so encouraging to see parents and grandparents reading with students, helping with math, working in the Library, working in the Cafeteria, teaching art lessons and much more.

We are needing to keep better track of the hours for some of our reporting. We are now asking volunteers to sign into the computer or use the app on their phone to sign in. We will not be using the sign-in book to track most volunteer hours.

You had to set up an account with a username and password when you did your background check. This is the information that you will use to sign in to the school computer. If you have forgotten your information, please come a few minutes early and the office can help you find your Username and help change your password.

If you want to sign in on your phone, you will need to download the My Impact app found in your App store.

If you have not done the background check and would like to begin volunteering, please click on the link below to get started.

Volunteer Application

Too Sick for School reminder

Please read the District guidelines for sending students to school.
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Reporting An Absence

Please remember to include the office in any communications regarding your child's absences. You may leave a message on the attendance line at 503-356-2035 or email Mrs. McLeod at

The most important information to include in these communications is:

  1. Child's name
  2. ID number (their library number)
  3. Teacher
  4. Date of absence
  5. Reason for absence

Bethany Social Media

We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to:


Five Oaks will be hosting a virtual parent/family event on Wednesday, March 1, 6:30-7:30. We intentionally planned all of our 5th grade Fly-Up visits to happen prior to the evening event so parents will have the course request information that will be sent home with your students on February 27th.