The Colt Express

Weekly update from Bonsall West May 19, 2023

Principal's Message: Dream Big Bonsall West and ride with pride!

Hello Bonsall West parents!

Our students continue to astound us with their growth on the District i-ready assessments.Our students made phenomenal growth! One student made 967% of typical growth in one year! We had our first ever student leadership day on Tuesday. This fun event was completely child planned and child led under the supervision of Miss Andy, our school counselor. There was a celebrity game show theme that our entire student body participated in. The energy level was electric! Our 6th graders performed an Egyptian history themed play on Wednesday. It was so much fun! The 3rd grade went on a field trip on Thursday. Also, this week, our top competitors competing in the District Tomlinson games. Our students were amazing competitors and showed amazing character. They cheered not just their classmates and school mates on, but the students from the other schools! We swept 5 of the races, meaning we came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! We also have numerous events where students placed 1st/2nd. We are proud of all of our students for competing!

We have our Mellano Farm event on Friday, 5/19 from 5-8 p.m. This is a free event.

Calling all parent volunteers! We will have a thank you volunteer breakfast on Thursday, June 8th at 9:00 a.m. Please see the attached flyer and rsvp to JoAnn Carruego in the school office if you plan to join us. We truly appreciate all of our parent volunteers!

The spring survey is here! The survey window will be open from May 15-June 2nd:

Family Survey communication

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

This year, your school partnered with Panorama Education to survey staff/families/students at your school about your experiences and perceptions 3x per year. Your participation is completely confidential and anonymous, which means that no one at your school will ever see your individual responses. We (Panorama Education) are managing this process to ensure security.

The results of this survey will help administrators better understand your perceptions of your school. Survey data will be used by your administrators to identify strengths and areas for growth.

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the survey. To complete your survey, please click the following link and enter the access code below for your child's school: The survey window will be open from May 15-June 2nd, 2023

Family survey

Bonsall West Bonsall West Family Survey: 8336351860

If you have trouble accessing the online survey, please contact us at

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.

If you have trouble accessing the online survey, please contact us at

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.


Tina Calabrese

Our front office doors are locked during the school day for student safety. Please make sure to send your child with all the items they will need during the day to decrease the amount of foot traffic in the front office. In addition, if your child will be leaving early during the school day for an appointment, please email your child's teacher and call ahead to the office so your child will be ready for you when you arrive. Thank you!

Shout out to our most recent staff members selected for our staff led Gung Ho awards!

Jessica Dale: Beaver: The beaver award was given to Mrs. Dale for all her hard work making the yearbook amazing! She has dedicated countless hours completing, proofing, and working with the yearbook students to make the BW yearbook program successful.

Annie Carney: Squirrel: The squirrel award was given to Mrs. Carney for helping her students develop lifelong values of responsibility and respect!

Ms. Sullivan, Ms. Van Wormer and Mrs. Wise: Pig. The pig award was given to the 3rd grade team for their amazing hard work with the Living Museum. It was great as always. We know all the hard work that went into making it a success, especially with the challenge of the internet being down the week before!

Erica Eckel: Goose: The award of the goose was given to Ms. Erica Eckel for always being kind, positive and patient with the students she interacts with!

Bonsall West School Mission Statement

At Bonsall West, everyone is inspired to do their best, be respectful, work hard, think of others and dream big!

Bonsall West Vision:

At Bonsall West, we will focus on the future by setting goals and collaborating to create a leader culture that respectfully serves the community.

Reminder: our early release day is now Friday. Please remember to pick up your child at 1:05 for grades TK/K and 1:15 for students in grade 1-6th. Please also remind your child to bring a refillable water bottle daily. We have RO systems for fresh drinking water at school. If your child would like to get a hot lunch, please remind them to raise their hand in class.

Every Thursday is college shirt day and every Friday is Bonsall West spirit shirt days!

For additional information, please contact JoAnn Carruego

BWE Classified Employee of the year!

Laura Marks, our media tech

Laura has worked as our library/media tech for the past two years.

Laura has been an exceptional library tech. She is very organized, punctual, and great with out students and runs a beautiful library. She manages all our chromebooks and books with ease. We can always count on her to make sure the library is running smoothly. She has excellent communication with our staff, students , and parents and makes sure they have what they need.

We truly appreciate all her hard work and dedication to our site.

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Student shout outs

Shout out to Karson Mount for being selected principal stamp of approval for increasing the words per minute he reads from 14 at the beginning of the year to 108 words in a minute! This is phenomenal!

Shout out to Kaeden Whitely for being selected principal stamp of approval for growing 214% of growth in I-Ready Reading!

Students selected for principal stamp of approval receive a dance party, a principal stamp of approval card, a special phone call home and a prize from the prize box!

Shout out to the 6th grade class for rocking their I-Ready ELA test! Our students made an average of 267% progress for the year! Our highest students made 925% progress!!!

Shout out to all of our student leaders who created the amazing leadership day/week!

Shout out to all 6th grade students for your performance in the 6th grade play!

Shout out to Neda Ahad, Mley Mota Luis, Angela Lin, Benjamin Kim, Luke Wong, Benjamin Wong, Adam Nedjar and Alissandro Olozagaste for reclassifying out of ELD support! Our second language learners have met/exceeded all requirements and have worked hard to achieve this accomplishment!

Shout out to all of our Tomlinson games participants! Our students were given a shout out from all the other schools that our students/staff and parents were the most spirited!

We had 5 sweeps( all BW students up on the podium for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)! We also had numerous races where our students finished in 1st /2nd! Congratulations!

Staff Shout outs

Shout out to Mr. Guzman and Mrs. Milton for your hard work putting on the 6th grade play!

Shout out to Miss Andy for your hard work on the leadership day!

Shout out to Mr. Guzman for your hard work with your students and helping them to increase their I-Ready reading scores by 267% overall!

Shout out to Mr. Stark and Mr. Guzman for all your hard work with the Tomlinson games!

Shout out to Miss JoAnn for all your hard work with Rawhide Ranch!

Shout out to Miss Yadira and Caroline Carcamo for all your hard work helping to support our ELD students!


Habit 7

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

Balance feels better. This habit focuses on taking time for yourself and caring for yourself because it gives you the ability to do everything else. The principles are renewal, continuous improvement and balance. Daily, achieve the daily private victory, overcome obstacles and focus on tge body, mind, heart and spirit.

At Bonsall West Elementary School we are focusing on the Leader in Me to build lifelong leadership skills. We want our students to focus on the 7 habits: 1. feel empowered to be proactive and be in charge of themselves,2. set goals and begin with the end in mind,3. focus on work first then play with put first things first, 4. have an abundance mindset and think win win, 5. listen to our peers and seek first to understand , then be understood, collaboratively and synergize and 7. have school work/life balance and sharpen the saw. We have attached a couple of resource that explains the paradigm shifts that we focus on as well as the habits we focus on.


Upcoming events:

May 19th: 5-8 p.m.: Mellano Farm event

May 24th: Magician

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Homework strategies/supports for military families:

This webinar helps military parents with multiple children navigate the different homework assignments and requirements that each child must accomplish. Parents learn practical tips and strategies, including how to motivate their children. Register here:

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Upcoming Dates

May 19th: Mellano Farm event 5-8 p.m.

May 22: 6th grade camp

May 24-26: 5th grade Rawhide Ranch field trip

June 8th: Volunteer breakfast

June 9th: Last day of school, minimum day dismissal @12:45