Bonny Slope Elementary
October 8, 2020
Dates To Remember
10/9 1st grade supply pick up - 8am-3pm
10/9 2nd grade supply pick up - 8am-3pm
10/9 Library Books to Go 2:30-4pm
10/9 NO SCHOOL- Staff Development Day
10/15 Library Books to Go 2:30-4pm
10/16 Library Books to Go 2:30-4pm
10/22 Library Books to Go 2:30-4pm
10/23 BSCO Monster Mash in the Bonny Slope Neighborhood
10/27 Oct Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2
10/29 Oct Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5
10/30 Principal Chat 11am
PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Bonny Slope Community,
We know we started our last Paw Prints with a thank you, and we’d like to start this one the same way. We truly want to thank all of you for going the extra mile in providing your students to make their schooling experience as authentic as possible. All of our teachers are seeing the work you are putting into making sure your students are online, turning in their work, and participating in class discussions. We recognize what a heavy lift this is for your family, and appreciate everything you are doing.
We enjoyed our last Principal Chat and being able to see many of you at the BSCO (Bonny Slope Community Organization) meeting that followed. One drawback to our Comprehensive Distance Learning plan is the lack of connection we get to have with our community. Seeing the faces of the students during our classroom visits and birthday lunches, and of all of you at our chats, make that connection real, even if only for an evening.
We’d like to draw your attention to some important information below, hopefully answering some questions you may have. Information included involves TAG testing. SUMMA testing, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week, important BSCO information about directories and fundraising opportunities, and other news items.
We want to highlight our new “Library to Go” program. On Thursday and Friday afternoons, 2:30-4:00 you can come to school to pick up a book bundle, or pick up books that you’ve put on hold. Every day, we will have a bin outside school for book returns, 8:00-3:30. We will also be offering a mobile book bus starting next week. Our routes are still being determined, so look out for that information. More information, including how to request books, is below!
One item we would like to bring to your attention is to remember that during school time, your students are unmuted while participating in class. Ambient sounds from your house may be drifting into the classes unintentionally. Please monitor your conversations, television shows, cleaning equipment like vacuums, and any other sounds that might disrupt the learning for our students.
Again, thank you for all that you are doing to support your students. We know that this isn’t forever, and we are so looking forward to opening our doors to your students once again. In the meantime, thanks for being part of our team, supporting each other, and working with us.
Working with you for our kids,
Janet Maza and Jim Hiller
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.
Please complete and return the attached Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.
The CogAT Screener will not be administered to all 3rd & 5th grade students this year.
All 5th grade students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at their neighborhood school in late October/early November. Scores from the full version of the CogAT can be used for both TAG/Summa.
A school TAG committee will determine which K-3 students take the CogAT, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS: Reading and/or Math)
A school TAG committee will determine which K-5 students take the ITBS, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
Middle & High Schools
A school TAG committee will determine which 6th-12th grade students will take the ITBS, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at their neighborhood school in late October/early November.
All 5th grade TAG students will be invited to take the ITBS Reading and Math tests in late November at their neighborhood school.
All 6th & 7th grade TAG students will be invited to take the ITBS Reading and Math tests after January 11, 2021.
CogAT and ITBS scores are used for TAG identification in all grades.
For current 5th-7th graders, CogAT and ITBS scores administered after July 1, 2019 can be used for Summa eligibility. Test scores must be administered within a school system.
TAG Services will work with other BSD departments to provide testing access for all indicated students.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week - 10/12-10/16
BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. Last school year, BSD staff completed 138 suicide screenings and/or interventions for elementary-aged students. Unfortunately, we suspect the number of students struggling with a mental health crisis was much higher.
As part of our effort to support student wellness, students at Bonny Slope will be receiving Social Emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and navigating their feelings. Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources.
We wanted to highlight a few resources for parents of elementary-aged children that can be found on our website. Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.
The Parent Support Network of Beaverton
The Parent Support Network™ of Beaverton**** is a free and confidential program designed to provide parents who are concerned about the mental health of their children, teens, and young adults with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer recommended resources in the community.
The Parent Support Network™ was developed by The Youth Mental Health Project™ and grew out of the recognition that, when it comes to the mental health of their children, parents feel isolated, have a difficult time finding and accessing proper resources, and need help to meet these challenges. Ultimately, supporting our youth means supporting their parents.
The Parent Support Network™ of Beaverton holds monthly, parent support meetings run by volunteer, trained Facilitators who are parents with experience raising a child who has struggled with his or her mental health. The program is based on the following model:
Meetings are confidential and free for parents and caregivers;
Meetings are open to any parent or caregiver who is concerned about their kids
(under the age of 25) who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, or other
emotional, behavioral or mental health problems;
A child does NOT need to have a diagnosis for a parent to benefit from meetings;
Meetings are organized and led by a trained Facilitator who is a parent or caregiver
with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition;
While the dialogue among parents is facilitated, the content is driven by the needs
of the parents in attendance;
Parents work together to share experiences and resources.
Due to the pandemic, all of our meetings are currently being held virtually, but we will return to in-person meetings as soon it is safe and appropriate. You can learn more about The Parent Support Network™ and direct parents to our meeting schedule on our website.
****This resource is not connected to the Beaverton School District
Why We All Should Get A Flu Shot This Year
Let me begin by acknowledging shots are no one’s favorite thing to do. As your nurse, however I feel it’s important to let you know why it’s especially important now to get your flu shot.
As the annual flu season approaches, health experts are urging everyone, 6 months and older, to get a flu shot this year. The worry is that with the onset of flu season we could see peaks of flu and COVID-19 cases at the same time. Unlike COVID-19, however, the flu virus is a familiar foe, and a safe and effective vaccine is available every year.
The time to get vaccinated is early in the flu season. It is best to get your flu shot in late September or early October in order to ensure you have time – usually two weeks – to develop an immune response before there is widespread transmission of flu. A flu shot in this time frame helps provide protection throughout the entire flu season.
Even if the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent you from contracting the flu, it may make the illness less serious if you should be infected.
Let’s all help protect each other, especially now. Remember, the more people who are vaccinated, the fewer overall cases. Oh yes, and did I mention, let’s all wash our hands and cover our coughs and sneezes.
READING SPECIALIST'S CORNER
Books for Bobcats
Attention all kindergarten and 1st grade families! Starting on Wednesday, October 14th we will be offering an opportunity for your child to check out a book bag filled with books at his/her specific reading level. Research shows that reading at 98 percent or higher accuracy is essential for reading acceleration. Anything less slows the rate of improvement, and anything below 90 percent accuracy doesn't improve reading ability at all (Richard Allington).
Getting books in the hands of your child at his/her reading level and in paperback format is important to us. Your child will be able to check out a bag of books on Wednesday and bring it back the following week in exchange for a new set of books. All bags will be quarantined before redistributing. Simply show up during one of the windows of time on Wednesday, tell us your child’s name and we’ll hand you a bag of books. If you’re unable to pick up, we welcome neighbors to pick up for you. All we need is the child’s name and we’ll get you a bag of books. We hope you’ll take advantage of this exciting opportunity! If you have any questions, please email me at: email@example.com
Who: All kindergarten and first grade students (we’re hoping to open this to other grade levels soon)
What: Walk up and we’ll provide you with a leveled book bag for your child
When: Starting Wednesday, October 14 and taking place every Wednesday. Currently there are two windows of times to pickup: 7:30 - 8:30am and 2:30 - 3:30pm
Where: at Bonny Slope in the front of the school
Why: Reading is fun and it’s important to have books tailored to your child’s reading level so confidence can be built
Library to Go
- Click on
and select "Find Books" to virtually browse and place holds on available books in our library.
- Or click on Borrow Ebooks to instantly check out our electronic book selections.
- Use BSD ChromeBook or iPad for instant login. Students can also access the catalog on any device with their student ID number and password. For more information on how to place holds, check out this video .
CURBSIDE BOOK BUNDLES:
Keep books in the hands of our students during remote learning. Twice a week we’ll host curbside pickup + book returns. Students can either request a book they’ve placed a hold on or receive a book bundle. A book bundle is a prearranged selection of books that students can grab, check out, and go.
Please note: books that are not picked up during the same week a hold was placed will go back into circulation. Students are limited to ONE hold per account.
STUDENT ID numbers are required at pickup!
- Thursdays: 2:30-4:00 pm
- Fridays: 2:30-4:00 pm
RETURNING LIBRARY BOOKS
BSE will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Book Bus Schedule:
1:00 pm Origin Bonny Slope Elementary (30 minutes)
1:32 pm STOP NW MCDANIEL RD & NW 119TH PL/BIG FIR CIRCLE (30 minutes)
2:04 pm STOP NW WAKER DR & NW 126TH (30 minutes)
2:38 pm STOP COMMONS AT TIMBER CREEK N DRWY (30 minutes)
3:22 pm STOP NW SUPREME CT & NW APPELLATE WAY (30 minutes)
Book Bus students will receive a book bundle or a book that they've placed on hold. Please note, there's a limited quantity of bundles. If you've placed a hold and would like to pick it up at a bus stop, please e-mail Ms. Mentesana.
Monster Mash Begins week of 10/19.
Begins week of 10/19. Full schedule details coming soon.
This Year the Mash is Going Outdoors!
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Take-home Tasty Treats and Activity Kit
Self Serve Photo Booth
K-5 Creepy Writing Contest
Staff Pumpkin Carving Contest with “Ultimate Pumpkin Carver” bragging rights.
Raffle prizes will be awarded for participation.
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Please consider donating your time/resources to make this event a success.
Scavenger Hunt with raffle prizes: Looking for homes with ANY amount of decoration. Do you have floating white owls, a blow up dinosaur, or a comical tombstone? One interesting Halloween themed object will help add homes to our scavenger hunt. The more homes, the more fun for the students. You do not need to be present at your home, and no need to hand out candy. General street locations will be listed on the scavenger map. If your neighbors’ yard is already in the Halloween spirit, consider asking if they would like to be on the map.
Treat stations: Help monitor the neighborhood treat tables and distribute crafts/candy bags in a safe and socially distanced way. Sign up genius to follow.
Candy Donation: Starting next week on 10/12, we will have a candy donation box outside of the school entry. Please use the sign up genius to donate individually wrapped candy for our treat stations. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49A8AD2DA4FA7-monster2
To be included on the map, or other questions for the Monster Mash, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a BSCO supported event and will be following the Oregon Health Authority guidance for gatherings. Masks will be required at all times for all those 5 and older. Please use proper social distancing.
Student Directory – Get Your Changes in Today
It’s that time again!
Each year BSCO publishes a Student Directory to assist in connecting families and students, organizing (virtual) playdates, birthday celebrations, etc. It includes child and parent names, street address, email, and phone numbers. If you wish to have changes made to your entry, please follow instructions here. Please submit changes no later than Monday Oct 12th.
The directory will be available online for free downloading as a PDF in late October. To order a spiral-bound printed copy for $5, please submit an online order here no later than Oct 12th.
BSCO Fundraising Opportunities
DISTRICT NEWS 9/30/20
Dear BSD Community,
At last night’s School Board meeting, administrators announced plans to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the end of first semester (February 8) for grades 4-12. We continue to consider extending CDL through February 8 for grades Pre K-3.
We’ve been watching the county and state COVID-19 metrics closely. While the Beaverton School District is located in Washington County, we’re linked with Multnomah County because more than 10% of our employees live in that neighboring county. To be able to start hybrid learning (part in-school/part CDL) for grades 4-12, the following metrics would have to be met:
- 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
- Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
- Test positivity of 5% or less statewide over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
Given the trajectory of the health metrics, we don’t believe that we’ll realistically meet those numbers by November 16, the end of the first quarter. We have previously communicated that we’d be making the decision to continue in CDL on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
Grades Pre K-3
As established by Governor Kate Brown, the criteria for starting hybrid learning with Pre K-3 students is different:
- 30 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
- Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
- COVID-19 is not actively spreading in the school community
Again, current health metrics aren’t trending in a positive direction. However, we’ll wait until October 19 to make a final decision for the quarter.
Know that if we were to see a drastic change in metrics or the Oregon Department of Education/Oregon Health Authority changed the guidance, we could alter our decision. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so that your family can make plans accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support.
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Janet Maza
Assistant Principal: Jim HIller
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229