Bonny Slope Elementary

November 19, 2020

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Dates To Remember

11/23 Principal Chat 11am

11/25-27 NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday

12/15 Dec Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

12/17 Dec Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

12/18 Principal Chat 11am

12/21- 1/1 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break



Dear Bonny Slope Community,

In this season of being thankful, I want to make sure all of you know just how much we appreciate your support and grace during these unprecedented times. Many of you have reached out to your teachers describing the extraordinary teaching that is happening remotely. When their efforts are noticed, it makes a world of difference. So many teachers have shared how much those positive notes, calls, and emails have meant to them. Our challenge in this work is to strive to make authentic connections, and you have gone out of your way to do that for our hard-working teaching staff, so thank you.

Additionally, we want you to know that you, too, are doing an outstanding job supporting your children with their learning. For some of you, watching your children struggle as they work to reach their learning goals has been a challenge but also an opportunity to watch the miracle of learning. For others, sitting beside your children while trying to do your own work has been a feat of patience, multi-tasking and endurance. We see your struggle and think of you well beyond the end of the school day. As a community, we can do hard things together. If you find yourself in a position where you need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Counselor, Tiffany Rodgers (, our Assistant Principal Jim Hiller ( or myself at (

Another thank you goes to Tiffany Rodgers and BSCO Community Outreach for organizing our hugely successful Thanksgiving dinner donation. Because of the generosity of our Bonny Slope community, 21 families will have a nice turkey dinner next week. We aren’t surprised. Whenever we’ve needed support with supplies, food, or time, our community comes through multiple times over. So thank you, again.

I would like to introduce to you a staff member that you may or may not have had the opportunity to meet last year. Her name is Mary De La Cruz. Mary works in the front office when we have students in the building. She came to us from Hillsboro School District where she was a school counselor. This year, Mary is our point-person for contacting parents whose children are struggling to attend/engage in CDL. She has been a great support to many families while we have been learning remotely. We are fortunate to have such a talented staff member!

We hope you find some comfort in the upcoming break to relax, enjoy time with family, reconnecting, and recharging for the upcoming holiday season.

With endless gratitude,

Janet and Jim



The Benefits of Slumber - Why you need a good night’s sleep

A Healthy Message from your nurse, Wendy Costanzo, RN

A good night of sleep can make the world look and feel brighter. But with our busy lives – and our often busy minds – getting a full eight hours of peaceful rest is sometimes easier said than done.

We have so many demands on our time – jobs, school, family – not to mention finding some time to relax. To fit everything in, we often sacrifice sleep. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. It is vital to our well-being.

Of course, sleep helps you feel rested each day. But while you are sleeping, your brain and body do not just shut down. Your internal organs and brain are hard at work repairing and refreshing during the night.

When you are tired, you cannot function at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. Tired people are less productive than well rested people. Lack of sleep also influences your mood, which can affect how you interact with others. A sleep deficit over time can even put you at greater risk for developing depression, along with many other physical risks such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, just to mention a few.

Although personal needs may vary, on average, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Young children need at least 10 hours of sleep and teens need at least 9.

Try these tips to help you get restful sleep:

  • Let electronics rest – Many devices emit blue light which suppresses melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep). To promote restful sleep, avoid late nights on the laptop and put away gaming devices.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol – Instead, sip calming tea before bed if you must have something
  • Reduce stress – Stress affects sleep in a big way. Slow your racing mind. Practice deep breathing, meditation, read a good book, get some exercise, whatever means you have available to help cope with daily stressors.
  • Establish a bedtime routine – A bedtime routine helps to encourage your body to fall asleep and helps provide restful sleep. Simple things such as cuddling together with a book, establishing a regular bedtime, and sticking to it, can help families get the rest they need to face each day.

Have a wonderful day and restful slumber…..


Books for K, 1 & 2 Bobcats Continues

We are excited to continue to offer Books for Bobcats

Due to new Covid restrictions, our process is going to change to a more self-service format. On Wednesdays from 8am - 3pm in the front of the school you will find clearly labeled tubs by grade level with book bags that are labeled with student names. These bags will be alphabetized and easy to grab. Please deposit your old book bag in the tub labeled "Returned Bags". There is no need to mark anything down. Please note with the current restrictions, book bags will be prepared for those students who currently have a book bag out.

If you would like to start the Books for Bobcat program, please email to work out the details. We are thrilled to get books at your child's reading level into their hands.


Scholastic Bookfair - November 9th-22nd

Only a few days left to order from our Book Fair! The Fair will run through Sunday, November 22nd. All purchases will directly benefit our school. Get started here Book Fair Homepage


Cedar Mill and Bethany Library Information

Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries want to support you and your students. Our November Newsletter is full of resources. You can subscribe here.

November's newsletter includes:

  • Info for our "Parenting During the Pandemic" virtual event for parents
  • Rockstar Readers Book Club info for 3rd-5th graders
  • Topical and Leveled (IRLA) booklists


Device Protection Fee

If you elected device protection coverage during your online verification this fall you can pay your fee here:

If you are unsure if you have paid or have questions on how to pay please contact Renee Conduff at


Monster Mash Prize Winner Updates

Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt was an amazing success! Monster Mash Committee received 96 entries with a total of 800 raffle tickets. Winning raffle numbers were randomly drawn and students chose their top prizes from a list including gift cards to Piccolo Mondo or Powell's Book Bookstores, headphones with microphones, family board games such as "Throw Throw Burrito" and "Exploding Kittens" or bracelet making kits. We hope to make this a yearly tradition!

Monster Mash 2020 Creepy Writing Contest Winners

The Monster Mash Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Creepy Writing Contest. Seventy-nine scary endings were submitted from Bonny Slope students grade K-5. It was evident that all the students put a lot of effort into their stories. It was really, really hard to choose the winners. All students should be proud of their work and we wish that they keep writing! Winners each will receive a Halloween board game for their age level. Please visit to read each winning entry.


Yunhan Xiao

Aditya Krsna

First Grade:

Luke Brennan

Garrity Mattocks

Second Grade:

Wonseok Jung

Aadrito Sarkar

Third Grade:

Elle Downs

Elaine Lee

Fourth Grade

Ira Agarwal

Collins Stewart

Fifth Grade

Fayyad Ahmed

Jillynne Barnett

Monster Mash Committee


Learning Options Virtual Open Houses

Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program — Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA), Beaverton Academy of Science & Engineering (BASE), International School of Beaverton (ISB), Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science or one of the Career Technical Programs (CTE) at various high schools.

Please do some online research on the Learning Option Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.


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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

Attendance email: