Bonny Slope Elementary

January 7, 2021

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Dates To Remember

1/4 Staff and students back from Winter Break

1/18 NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/26 Jan Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

1/26 Principal Chat 6pm

1/26 BSCO Winter Community Meeting 7:00pm

1/28 Jan Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

Each Wednesday

Books for Bobcats K/1/2 7:30 am - 4:00 pm at the front of the school

BSE Library Book Bus 1:30pm-4pm find route information here



Dear Bonny Slope Community,

We didn’t think our first message coming back from winter break would be one like this. For many of us, the events of yesterday were shocking and heartbreaking to watch unfolding before us on the news. Perhaps some of your students watched with you, or perhaps you kept the news from your students.

The events may have stirred up some deep feelings in you and your family. Feelings like anger, confusion, sadness, and concern were some of the feelings our colleagues were sharing with us.

We felt it important to offer a space to our staff, for us to be as “together” as we could, virtually, to share, to commiserate, and to be together to process. As challenging as these times can be, we can use them to come together, to support each other, and to share together. It was encouraging to see staff come by before their incredibly busy teaching days. Sure, some tears were shed, and hopefully, we were able to offer some reassurance that we will make it together.

Teachers know the same message is critically important for your students. Knowing that some of our students may struggle with school today, our staff was sharing resources with everyone to support your students: protocols, a guide for conducting a morning meeting after a challenging event, questions to ask. Using these resources, teachers met with their students at the start of the day, allowed them to process their feelings and answer questions. Our constant message to them was that no matter what was happening, our students were safe and in our care.

We also felt it important to continue with our day, as we know students depend on predictable structure during the school day. Thanks to our teachers for maintaining the consistency of their days while being responsible to the emotional needs of their students, all virtually. We are constantly amazed at the work our staff can do for your kids.

As a parent, there are some things that you can do, and probably already have done, to support your students. If they ask about it, you can explain what happened in language that they will understand. If they share their feelings about what they hear, validate all of their feelings. If you have the news on at home, please make sure what you are watching is age-appropriate, and that you watch it together. Ask them what they think about what they are seeing. Share your own beliefs and have a conversation about them. Most importantly, watch your students for any signs of anxiety or stress. Any changes to normal eating or sleeping patterns could be a sign of unresolved tension.

We also know that many of you have questions with the governor’s changed stance on reopening schools. Expect to receive some communication from the district soon about this.

In the meantime, we keep you all in our thoughts. As challenging as these events can be to watch, we also know that it is time to come together and support one another. We are so happy to be together with all of you.

Jim Hiller and Janet Maza



Dear Bobcat Parents/Guardians,

Throughout the year, people around the world celebrate the beginning of a New Year at different times and in a variety of ways. In my family, we celebrate on Jan. 1st. One of my family traditions is to show gratitude for all of the good things that have happened the prior year and talk about something we are looking forward to in the upcoming year. This year I thought it would be super hard to find many “good” things because it was 2020 after all. Surprisingly, we managed to discover many great experiences that have come from this difficult time, but also talked about how much we have been missing the social aspect of it all. We miss our connections with family; friends; and colleagues. I would imagine that many of you and your family members are feeling that loss of social interaction as well.

Now it is more important than ever that we maintain connections. Over the next two weeks I am going to begin a school-wide pen pal program as well as offer grade level lunch bunch/friendship groups to anyone who is interested.

Bobcat Pen Pals

Objective: To provide students the opportunity to connect with other students who attend Bonny Slope.

Process: Complete a google form in order to sign your student up to send/receive letters back and forth with a Bobcat Buddy. Once you fill out the form, you will receive a Pen Pal Supply Pack with everything your student will need to write and send letters to their Buddy!

Requirements: Send at least 1 letter per month and follow the Honor Code that include the 4 B’s. Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Kind.

The act of letter writing has tremendous benefits for both the writer and the recipient through an exposure to writing and connections with others.

Program runs between Jan. 11th- Jun. 18th

Grade Level Virtual Lunch Bunch

Students will have the opportunity to socialize with grade level alike peers. Play games and socialize with others while eating lunch. Students do not have to sign up to be involved, but will be given a link to join the lunch bunch on a certain day of the week. (Links are included)


4th Grade 11:00a.m.-11:30a.m

Meeting ID: 842 5069 2657

Passcode: 414369

5th Grade 11:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Meeting ID: 871 7934 5077

Passcode: 734537


3rd Grade 11:00a.m.-11:30a.m.

Meeting ID: 863 9342 3964

Passcode: 580108

1st Grade 11:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Meeting ID: 810 9367 5404

Passcode: 441588


2nd Grade 11:00a.m.-11:30a.m.

Meeting ID: 851 7049 9233

Passcode: 028217

Kinder 11:30a.m.-12:00p.m

Meeting ID: 857 1983 4366

Passcode: 857452

I look forward to spending time with your children at lunch as well as sending out packets for the pen pal program.

Tiffany Rodgers - Counselor



Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Second Grade Bobcats!

If you have not taken advantage of this amazing opportunity, now is the time! Every Wednesday from 7:30 am - 4 pm we will have our Contactless Books for Bobcats pickup. If you are new to this, this is an opportunity that takes place every Wednesday for all K, 1, and 2 students to check out a book bag filled with books at the student's SPECIFIC READING LEVEL! We have a book bag prepared and ready for EVERY K, 1, 2 child.

In the front of the school there will be clearly labeled tubs organized by teacher and then filled with labeled book bags for all students. Please deposit your old book bag (if you have one previously checked out) in the "Returned Bags" containers. There is no need to mark anything down. Enjoy reading!

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Williamson at



Why Reading is Good for your Health

A message from Wendy Costanzo, RN

As any avid book reader can tell you, immersing yourself in a great gook can make your brain come alive. It sounds romantic, but science is now proving this to be true.

When we read, not only are we improving memory and empathy, but research has shown that reading makes us feel better and more positive too. Science has shown that reading has some amazing health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting stress and reducing the chances of Alzheimer’s later in life.

Reading strengthens your brain. When you read a story or a book you have to remember a lot of things. The plot, the characters, etc. Therefore, your brain’s short-term memory and recall capabilities improve. The brain is like a muscle, reading helps exercise this muscle and helps improve brain power.

Reading improves your health. Researchers have demonstrated that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%! Creating a bedtime ritual of reading a book before bed signals your brain it is time to wind down and go to sleep. However, this only applies to real books as screens like e-readers and tablets can actually keep you awake longer and actually hurt your sleep.

A children’s book exposes a child to 50% more words than watching a television show. Reading at home actually helps boost school performance. Exposure to books also increases a child’s vocabulary, can help raise self-esteem and helps build good communication skills.

It’s never too late to begin to take advantage of the many physical and psychological benefits awaiting you in the pages of a good book. Unplug and enjoy!

Free Covid Testing

A great resource for families who are interested in testing or need to be tested. Plus, there are additional resources available. It's free, no ID required but folks do need to pre-register, the link is provided on the attached pdf or click here:


Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Library News

Greetings and warm wishes for 2021!

Here is the January K-5 Newsletter from Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries. We have links to new and notable books for all ages (a great way to browse our bookshelves right now!), Oregon Battle of the Books resources, information about our grades 3-5 "Rockstar Readers" book club and more!

We are happy to help your students find the books and other resources that will support them this winter and beyond!

Rebecca Martin

Youth Librarian

Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries


Clothes for Kids

Clothes for Kids - formally known as the Clothes Closet- is OPEN. It may take some time to get used to, but the new name reflects who we serve, that the program is much larger than a closet and the important role of the community as both volunteers and donors.

Appointments are available now!

The button to schedule an online appointment is under the Families tab on the District's website.

To see open appointment slots, first select either Large Family (4 or more students) or Small Family (1 - 3 students). Open appointments for a date selected will be on the right side of the screen. Click on a time that works then complete a short form to book the appointment. While online is best, you can also call 503-356-4322. (1 for English and 2 for Spanish.)


Safe Routes to School - 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest

Happy New Year! We are excited to host our 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest during the month of January. Last year we had over 1000 entries and this year the Grand Prize is a new bike from WashCo Bikes!

BSD students in grades K-5 are encouraged to enter the 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Places We Love to Walk + Roll.” The deadline to enter is January 29. The grand prize is a new bicycle from WashCo Bikes. Visit for contest details.

Resolve to Be More Active!

January is the perfect time to build new healthy habits. Try to incorporate a walk or bike ride into your daily routine. The CDC recommends children get 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Leah Biado-Luis
Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Follow us @BeavertonSafeRoutes

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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: