Bonny Slope Elementary
September 9, 2021
Dates To Remember
9/13 First Day for Kindergarten students Last Name M-Z only
9/14 Principal Chat via zoom 6-7pm
9/14 Back to School Night via zoom 7-8 pm
9/20 First Day for Preschool students
9/22 9-9:45am Volunteer Orientation via Zoom
9/23 6-6:45pm Volunteer Orientation via Zoom
9/24 Vision Screening (K-5) TBD
9/27 Aug/Sep Birthday Lunch Celebration-Postponed
9/28 Picture Day
9/28 Picture Day
9/28 Principal Chat 6pm on Zoom
9/28 *Fall BSCO Community Meeting 7:00pm
10/7 International Walk + Bike to School Day
10/8 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development/Work Day
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PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Bonny Slope Friends and Families,
We had such a great first day for our students on Wednesday. We had opportunities to walk down the hallways, classrooms were filled with students once again, enjoying our care and connection activities. Students were "picnicking" on the grassy field area and engaging in recess in their zones. Finally, with our students back in the building, our Bonny Slope is starting to feel more like the place we all know and love. We wanted to send a thanks to everyone for sending their students with bags and towels, and another appreciation for those families who brought in extra for the few students who didn't have one.
At the start of this school year, we are operating under many new health protocols designed to keep our students healthy and safe as much as possible. Students are required to wear their masks inside the school at all times. In the classroom, each student has an assigned spot we are asking them to stay in, to minimize contact with students not in their immediate vicinity. You can help us out by continuing to remind your students about the need for these unique health protocols and encouraging them to follow them at all times in the school. As they get continuously updated through the school year, we will keep you informed on the changes.
This is a friendly reminder to parents to say a quick goodbye to your child and not linger on campus. We are experiencing crowding along our bus loop, specifically, near the Kindergarten/first-grade door. We want to avoid our students needing to walk around a group of parents as they go to their assigned door. Additionally, please remember that the doors do not open until 8:20 AM. Only students getting a breakfast will enter through the front door to get to the cafeteria at 8:15 AM. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!
While trying to adhere to the many Covid protocols, we are working to make our dismissal process as smooth as possible. We know, from past experience, that even during times without Covid, the first couple of weeks can be trying. Buses may arrive late, students may not understand where they are supposed to go, or forget their going home plans etc. Additionally, we have about one hundred and fifty more parents picking up their children in person than we have had in the past. With all of this, we are asking that parents review the information we have shared in the past about dismissal so that dismissal may go as smoothly as possible. Below are the ways in which we have shared our plans with the community. To accommodate for the different ways our BSE community receive information, we have included dismissal information in a video, in a newsletter and in our Family handbook. All three can be found here: video, School Handbook, Paw Prints last week.
We have had many parents ask what they can do to support our staff as we walk students to their dismissal spots. If you have an older student that is able to walk easily to a meeting place in a nearby neighborhood for you to meet them, you might consider trying this to avoid the crowds in front of the school. If your child can ride the bus, this might also be a good alternative. The less crowding we have with adults and children, the safer the environment is for everyone. As always, if you decide to change the going home plans for your child, please email your teacher at least 24 hours in advance. Thank you for all of your support, we certainly could not do this without you!
Again, thanks to everyone for their patience, understanding, and support you've given all of us during this exciting transition time. We look forward to a promising year together!
Janet Maza and Jim Hiller
STUDENT SUCCESS CORNER
Hello Bonny Slope Families,
My name is Lindsey Williamson and I am excited to be BSE’s full time Student Success Coach. My role is to work with teachers, students and families to support social emotional learning (SEL). SEL engages the entire school community in creating caring, motivating, and equitable learning environments that promote social, emotional and academic growth.
SEL skills are ones that can be learned and mastered, every bit as much as language or mathematics or reading can be.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization that focuses on the use of SEL as an essential part of education, speaks about five basic sets of skills, or competencies, that can be systematically cultivated both at home and at school.
„ -Self-Awareness: Identifying one’s thoughts, feelings, and strengths, and recognizing how they influence one’s choices and actions.
„ -Social Awareness: Identifying and understanding the thoughts and feelings of others, respecting their rights, and appreciating diversity.
„ -Self-Management: Establishing and working toward short- and long-term goals, and handling emotions so that they facilitate rather than interfere with the task at hand.
„ -Responsible Decision Making: Generating, implementing, and evaluating positive and informed solutions to problems, and assuming responsibility for personal decisions and behaviors.
„ -Relationship Skills: Communication, listening, and negotiation skills to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding connections with individuals and groups
I am looking forward to working with our amazing staff, students and parents/guardians to help support the development of these skills. Throughout the year I will be updating you with related content around the topic of SEL and educating the whole child. Your questions and feedback are encouraged along the way. Thank you for your support!
Lindsey Williamson, Student Success Coach
We are pleased to welcome you to the Bonny Slope Cafeteria!
Our cafeteria staff, Telia Rusin and Hannelie Protheroe, have the honor of serving and assisting your children every day. We view the cafeteria as an extension of the classroom where children are encouraged to be independent and self-advocates.
A full breakfast includes one entrée, at least ½ cup of fruit or juice or your choice of milk (nonfat or 1%). Students do not have to take all the items but must at least take ½ of fruit (fruits or juice along with milk). There are a variety of entrée choices, such as, whole grain breakfast breads, benefit bars, cereals, and a revolving menu item. Milk or juice is $.50 each, if sold separately.
Lunch includes one entrée from the menu, choice of milk, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from our salad bar. Milk is $.50 each, if purchased separately.
Grown in Oregon
Kids love eating apples! On our salad bar we strive to provide fresh fruit and/or vegetables from local farms as often as we can. We provide a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that children may not have had the opportunity to try before. Every week we provide fresh local apples grown in Oregon and delivered to our kitchens.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL LUNCH
School lunches are required to meet certain criteria to be approved by USDA. While we must offer specific food items every day, we must also meet the needs of our customers, the students. Over the past years the likes and dislikes of students have changed. For example, most students do not eat casseroles. Students like pizza, some will eat pizza 4-5 times per week. The pizza we serve as part of the regular school lunch are developed by food companies to have less fat, yet still maintain the taste that students are used to. Students also like chicken products: nuggets, fingers, popcorn, and strips, but not chicken “on the bone”. Since our products are cooked in oven’s, we have never had any deep fat fryers. Therefore, foods that are typically high in fat in restaurants will be lower in fat at school.
We believe that no matter how nutritionally balanced a meal is, it will do no good to the students if they won’t eat. For that reason, we try to balance customer (student) requests and federal requirements. We also offer choices every day, from kindergarten on up to 12th grade. While this may seem like a lot for younger students, we believe the best way to learn how to make good choices is to be allowed to make choices at an early age. Each day students have a choice from 2-6 entrees (depending on the grade), two vegetable choices, fresh fruits, and a choice of 1% white milk or non-fat chocolate milk(only served at lunch).
When to Stay Home from School with COVID-19 Symptoms
A healthy message from your nurse,
Wendy Costanzo, RN
“Mom, I don’t feel good.”
When this is how kids start their day, it can throw a kink into the morning routine—not to mention sending parents into a panic. How serious are those sniffles? Is that cough contagious? Is this stomachache a ploy to play hooky, or should your little one stay home and get some rest?
Here’s how to know when it’s time to keep your kid home from school.
The best way to prevent the spread of a COVID-19 infection is to avoid exposure to others, especially if your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Keep your child home if he/she shows the following symptoms:
Fever of 100.4 or higher
Shortness of breath from continued coughing
New loss of taste or smell
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
Behavior that is not normal for your child
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, he/she needs to remain at home and isolated until at least 10 days from the first date of the child’s symptoms, three days of being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and 24 hours without symptoms.
Let’s all work together to make this school year as amazing and safe, as possible. PLEASE do not send your children to school when they are unwell. We are all counting on each other to do our part to help keep each other healthy. If your child is not well, keep them home. The same goes for staff, when you are sick, stay home – your health and well-being are more important than a perfect attendance record.
Medications at School
Home is the best place for your child to receive medication. If possible, spacing of medication dosages should be arranged to allow for home administration. We realize some students have health conditions that necessitate medication being given during the school day. The Beaverton School District follows State guidelines for medication administration. Listed below is information about the Medication Policy. Please review the guidelines to help insure the school has the proper information to administer the medication safely and appropriately. Please use the medication form attached if you need to bring medication to school.
· Must be in original container
· Medication must be trans-ported to and from school by the parent/guardian
· Necessary paperwork is completed by the parent/guardian (forms in the office)
· Adequate amount of medication is provided by the parent/guardian
· All changes in instructions must be in writing and can not be accepted verbally· Prescription medications: Label must have child’s name, name of medication, route of administration, dose amount to be given at school, frequency/time of administration, and physician’s name
PICTURE DAY IS COMING! 9/28/21
Bonny Slope Elementary
You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting https://www.dorianstudio.com/
and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.
After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.
Los padres pueden ordenar fotos en línea en https://www.dorianstudio.com/ buscando el nombre de su escuela. Su pedido en línea se puede realizar antes y hasta cuatro (4) días después del día de la foto.
DESPUÉS DE QUE EXPIRE EL PERÍODO DE GRACIA DE 4 DÍAS: Un código de acceso personalizado le será enviado a su hogar con sus pedidos. Estas órdenes incluyen una tarifa de $7 de envío.
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Janet Maza
Assistant Principal: Jim HIller
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229