Bobcat Blast

February 17, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I invite you to join me in tonight's Principal Chat at 6:00pm on Zoom. The link to the meeting is in your email and also below in the Calendar section. I am available to answer questions, connect, and check in. :)



Calendar - Important Dates


  • 17th - Principal Chat, 6:00pm
  • 17th - Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 17th - Variety Show Forms Due
  • 21st - Holiday, No School
  • 22nd - Staff Development Day, No School
  • 23rd - Adopt-A-Road Clean Up, 3:30pm


  • 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 21-25 Spring Break
  • 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 pm


Reminder: No School on Monday and Tuesday next week


Variety Show - Forms due TODAY

It’s time to prepare those dancing shoes, singing voices, musical instruments, gymnastics, comedy routines and other hidden talents. Bring them to the Bethany Elementary virtual stage and share your special performance with the school!

Bethany's got talent!

Bobcat's Got Talent Video

If your child is interested in participating in our virtual variety show, please complete this form by TODAY - February 17th.

If your 5th grader would like to be an announcer at the show, please complete this form:

The show will be available to stream on April 22-23.

Kindergarten and 2022/23 School Year Registration

You are now able to register students for the 2022-23 school year.

If your student is currently attending Bethany, you do not need to enroll them, they will automatically roll up to the next grade.

For more Information, about Kindergarten please click HERE

To Register online, please click HERE


Crosswalk at Parking Lot Entrance

We are needing to make changes at our Crosswalk. We are asking all families who walk down the west side of 174th, to follow the map below. It will take you down a few blocks on Ashland Drive, where there is a pathway onto the school grounds. In looking at the second map, there may also be another way that leads you to the cul-de-sac, depending on where you live.

There are three main reasons that we are asking you to not cross the drive way.
  1. Safety - It is very dangerous with two lanes of cars leaving the parking lot and one lane coming in.
  2. Staffing - We do not have the staffing to cover both crossings.
  3. Traffic Flow - It impedes traffic flow in and out of the parking lot when we need to stop cars.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this situation.
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OHSU Covid Testing - New Information

We will send home the test kids tomorrow, please return them on Wednesday. We do not have school on Monday and Tuesday, so OHSU will come by on Wednesday and pick them up.

Friendly reminder: If you want your child to stop or resume taking the OHSU weekly test, we need your request in writing. Please feel free to email AnnMarie at


OBOB Competition

Last call for students wanting to participate in OBOB - please send your student's name, their team members, their team name, the parent in charge of the team, and parent's willingness to help run battles to me by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 22nd.

Battles are for 3rd-5th graders only and students should have read the majority of the books by now - they have been on display in the library and OBOB has been discussed since the end of last school year.

This is probably the most helpful link to help you with your decision.

Please note, we can not do this if we do not get some parent volunteers and many students have put countless hours into reading these books. Thank you. You can email me at:

Children's books in a foreign language

Reminder and thank you!

We have already received a beautiful collection of books written in Japanese. We are hoping to have relevant books for ALL of our students, so any books that you may have in your native language that are in good shape, and you are no longer using, would be a welcome addition to our World Language section of the library. Thank you in advance.

Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.

Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!


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********** PTO Updates **********

Jog-A-Thon Zoom Meeting

Join us TONIGHT for the BSPTO Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 432 247 6781

Passcode: bobcat

Near Term: Team Members!

Awards & Recognition – Help define award structure, select awesome award & recognition items based on lap totals & fundraising levels. Submit for budget approval, oversee procurement & monitoring of quantities based on fundraising results. Help with award distribution & recognition activities.

Sponsor Outreach – Help define the sponsor outreach plan. Engage with potential corporate sponsors in support of donations.

General Support – Provide general support based on your availability across Jog-A-Thon teams leading up to an including the day of the Jog-A-Thon.

Over the Horizon: Event Volunteers

Jog-a-thon Event Day!!!

Event Setup, Record Laps, High Energy Jogger Support & Cleanup

Please contact Jog-A-Thon Chair-Mike Glasser at or Volunteer Coordinator-Kellie Slee at


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More PTO Events

  • Playground Improvement Committee meeting Feb 15th 7pm - 8pm!
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Stay in the Loop!

Text @BSPTO21 to 81010 to stay up to date on all the latest news from the BSPTO!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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After-School Activities

BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use.

School Meals Menu

Cans / Bottles For Kids

We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.

Cans For Kids Info

Green Team Shoe Drive

Got old sneakers? Don’t throw them away! Bring them to school and the Green Team will recycle them. Collection starts January 3rd and goes through the end of the school year.

Shop & Earn Money for Bethany PTO

Did you know that you can donate to the Bethany School PTO, while you are doing your weekly shopping? Please click on the links below for more information on their donation programs.

Fred Meyer



Rite Aid

Volunteering at Bethany

COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.