Bobcat Blast

February 3, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We have reached the end of our first semester. Teachers will be busy working on report cards tomorrow during the Grading Day.

For those of you who are new to the Beaverton School District, we use a proficiency grading system. Students are evaluated on their progress toward grade level standards. Rather than letter grades, you will see numbers 1, 2, 3, or 4 indicating your child's proficiency level toward end-of-the-year targets. Don't be alarmed if your child isn't yet proficient (3) in all standards. Some of the skills, in reading or math for example, may take an entire year to develop. Below are some suggestions about how to talk with your child(ren) about report cards. I've adapted this text from an article by Jeanne Sager.

How to Talk to Kids About Report Cards

1. Find Time to Talk One-on-One

Find a quiet time and place to sit down with your child to talk about their report card. Your child should have your undivided attention, without interruptions, and there should be time to have a relaxed discussion, rather than rushing the conversation. This signals that you are invested in their education.

This can be challenging when parents have more than one child to speak with. That said, it is even more important if kids tend to try and compare their own reports with their siblings.

2. Focus on Effort Over Grades

The amount of effort a child puts into their schoolwork is the aspect of learning that they have the most direct control over, and it’s important to acknowledge that — regardless of the actual grades.

You may want to share some information about the benefits of building a growth mindset in kids and that praising the process — rather than the outcome — motivates children to keep working.

This approach applies to both children who excel and those who struggle in the classroom. Kids who are overpraised for achievement may actually stop working as hard or feel frustrated when encountering hardship, while students to whom academics don’t come naturally can feel like learning is a chore if the feedback is focused on poor grades.

Families might look at the report card and ask “How do you think you did?” or “What went right this marking period?” This opens the child up to talk about their successes and to feel supported. Combined with comments from their teachers, talking about effort also helps you to understand your child’s attitude towards learning. Some kids will just say “I dunno” or “good,” let parents know it’s OK to push further. The goal is to have a real back-and-forth conversation.

3. Address Comparison

Kids often compare their grades to classmates or siblings. It’s natural behavior, but it's important to explain to your children that everyone is different, and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.

Avoid comparisons between one child’s report card and their siblings’ or classmates’ reports. Instead, start with the positive and keep the conversation focused on their child. [P.S. We never compare students' grades in the classroom]

There is one caveat here: If a child has improved from a past report, it’s important for parents to mention it. This is one type of report card comparison that is helpful! Parents and Guardians should praise improvements made and their areas of growth.

4. Talk About What They Love About School

End the conversation on a positive note. After all, kids should walk out of a report card talking with good feelings about school, even if their grades weren’t quite what their parents hoped. Ask questions about what your child loves about school, how they feel in their classroom, and if there is anything else you can do as a family to help.

I hope this is helpful information. Report cards will be made available on ParentVue. You will receive a ParentSquare notification when your report card is accessible. Parents should be able to view their child’s report card by noon February 11 at the latest.

Have a great 3-day weekend!



Reminder: No School Tomorrow

Important Dates


  • 10th - Garden Committee Meeting
  • 15th - Playground Improvement Committee meeting 7:00pm
  • 17th - Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 21st - Holiday, No School
  • 22nd - Staff Work 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


Statewide Assessment Opt-Out Form due Friday

If you are wanting to opt your child out of the Statewide Assessment, please read the instructions below:

Opt-Out Information for the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS)

In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. The state tests: challenge your child to think critically, go beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain their answers, act as a snapshot of your child’s progress, and help us identify schools that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards.

To opt-out of the Math or ELA assessment, please complete the form below. To best support school district planning, you are encouraged to submit this form to your child’s school by February 4, 2022 (for students in Grades 3-8). This form is only valid for the 2021-22 school year. Parents and adult students are required to submit an opt-out form annually should they wish to be exempted from statewide summative tests.

Opt Out Form


Dollar Wars was a success!

We raised $3,708.81 to go towards the Omni Spinner!

We just want to say thank you to all that participated! You all are amazing! The students had so much fun and so did the teachers. Our top 3 teachers to wear silly hats on Monday were Ms. GaRey, Ms. Sheehan and Ms. Peterson. Ms. Rosenquist went around to each classroom to take a test the students created and had a blast doing it. Dollar Wars brought so much community within the school and joy! We look forward to doing this again next year!

Please check out the pictures below and the video of Mrs. Peterson leading her class down the hall. (Her hat had an added feature).

Mrs. Peterson celebrate Dollar Wars win


Library Corner

Link and QR code for everything Library!!!!

New books, place holds, check past dues - it's all here.

The Destiny login button is in the upper-right corner. Click that and then the blue button that looks like the one below - (Do not use the one that says "Log in using your Follett account"). You may need to enter your student's ID and password - the one they use to get into their school computers if you are using something that has never been connected to the school system. Please note you can only place hold on books that say "out."

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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!


OHSU Weekly Testing

We will be sending the OHSU weekly tests home on Thursday this week because there is no school Friday. Please remember to test your student on Monday morning and return to school.

Please use the student labels so OHSU can test all specimens received. These labels have both the student's full name and date of birth to be processed by the OHSU lab.


Kindergarten Registration

2022-23 Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

For more Information, please click HERE

To Register online, please click HERE

Lost and Found

We have found a few important things at school.

  • Found at the crosswalk: A single airpod
  • Found at the crosswalk: A car key ring (has car information on tag)
  • Found on the playground: Possible wedding band

Please come to the office if these are your items.

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

Winter Staff Room Stock Up

Let's celebrate the end of the semester and appreciate the staff by providing them with snacks and drinks for their use in the staff room. They are always so excited and thankful for this support.

Donations will be collected on: Wednesday, February 9th between 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm. These items can be dropped off by the doors at the front of the school.

Please click on the link to sign up: Staff Room Stock Up


Bethany Garden Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 10th

Topic: Bethany Learning Garden Committee MTG

Time: Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
Passcode: GarDen2022
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Dinner Night Out at Bethany Public House

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Jog-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

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

Join us at the next BSPTO Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting Feb 17 @7pm!

More PTO Events

  • Playground Improvement Committee meeting Feb 15th 7pm - 8pm!

  • Adopt-A-Road Clean Up - Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 pm
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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!

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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.