Bobcat Blast

November 17, 2022

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, November 16th, Bethany participated in the Ruby Bridges Walk for Justice, along with many other schools in the District. Thank you to the families who were able to join us. Please see the video below.


Calendar - Important Dates

  • 23 - 25 - Holiday Break
  • 28th - Staff Development, No School
  • 30th - Picture Retakes


  • 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 6th - Coffee Chat with Superintendent Balderas at Bethany, 4-5:00pm

Watch for More Information in the next few weeks

  • 19-31 - Winter Break

Read-A-Thon Update

Thank you to all Bobcats for making the 2022 Read-A-Thon such a success! Together we raised over $22,000 for our school and read over 132,000 minutes! WOW!

We hope you all had as much fun as we did! Prizes were distributed Monday to all students and a special congratulations to the kindle raffle winners and top readers/earners:

  • Kindle: Lily L.
  • Kindle: Emerson C.
  • Kindle: August S.
  • Kindle: Anya D.
  • Top Fundraiser - Barnes & Noble gift card: Anderson S.
  • Top Minutes Read - Barnes & Noble gift card: Ava W.
  • Top Minutes Read by Teacher - Barnes & Noble gift card: Mrs. Peterson

Reporting An Absence

Please remember to include the office in any communications regarding your child's absences. You may leave a message on the attendance line at 503-356-2035 or email Mrs. McLeod at

The most important information to include in these communications is:

  1. Child's name
  2. ID number (their library number)
  3. Teacher
  4. Date of absence
  5. Reason for absence

OBOB News from Ms. Hussain

The registration window for Oregon Battle of the books has been extended until November 30.

Here is a link to register your student: OBOB Registration (It can also be found in the OBOB information link below)

Please click on this link for more information, including a list of the OBOB books..

Bethany OBOB Information

Parking Lot Reminders

As the weather turns cold and rainy, we want to remind you of a few important things:

  • Please drive slowly when dropping off and picking up students. We are having cars drive fast out of the parking lot. Please be watching for young children who may enter the road.

  • We encourage all parents to go through the Pick-up line. We are working on making sure there are two lines, both lines will turn for K-2nd grades. This helps keep traffic off of 174th.

  • If you do park to pick up your child, we ask that you stay and wait for traffic behind you to clear. We are having cars that are trying to back up and leave, while cars are still coming in.


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November Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week's PTO meeting! Attendees approved two teacher RFFs, providing funding for Big Life Journals for third grade students and subscriptions to the newsmagazine The Week Junior for our fifth graders. Thank you to Ms. Gettling and Mr. Stewart for bringing these proposals to the PTO!

If you're interested in catching up on previous meetings, you can always access the minutes on our website.

PTO Parent and Teacher Survey

You may have seen this QR code around school - we are aiming for 100% participation! As a little extra incentive, 1 in every 50 entries will win a $25 gift card! The reason for the survey is simple - we need your input to help guide PTO spending on school projects. We realize not everyone can attend PTO meetings, so we'd like to hear your voice today!

Please use the QR Code or click below on the link to take the survey.

Take the quick, 4-minute PTO Parent and Teacher survey now.

Learning Garden Update

We are so excited to see the new Learning Garden taking shape. Kudos to Aaron Guffey, Randell and Colin Pelak, and Melissa Lasiw for all of their hard work! There will be opportunities to join us for (hopefully) our final Garden Work Party of the year to assemble the last garden bed, install it, and finish cleaning up the old garden area. Details to come soon!

We are so excited for the spring, when we can plant and grow some wonderful vegetables, fruits, and herbs. What would you like to see growing in the garden? Send ideas to:

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Bethany Spiritwear Holiday Sale

Looking for some gifts that share your school spirit? The Bethany Spiritwear holiday sale is on now - 20% off everything and free shipping over $75! There are new items in the store for Bethany moms, dads, and grandparents. 10% of every sale goes to the Bethany PTO!

Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!

With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!

Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.

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Immunization Exclusion Day

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please note that Immunization Exclusion Day is FEBRUARY 15, 2023. Your child's immunizations must be up to date by this day. According to Oregon state law, no student will be allowed to attend school if immunizations have not been completed. All absences will be considered unexcused.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AnnMarie McLeod at

Hand Sanitizer Donations

During the last few years the District was providing hand sanitizer for schools. That plan has now stopped and we need to provide our own bottles.

We could use your help. If you are willing to donate a bottle or two (foam preferred), you can bring it to the office.

Thank you for your help.

State Report Cards

Each Fall, the Oregon Department of Education produces school and district report cards. Here is the 2021-22 Bethany Report:

Bethany School Report

Beaverton School District Report

School Directory

We are in the process of creating a Bethany Family Directory, that will be shared with the families at Bethany. If you would like to be included, please fill out this form:

Bethany Family Directory

If you do not fill out the form, your information will not be included.

Once it is ready, it will be sent out to those families who participated.

5th Grade - Middle School Learning Options Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting Monday, October 17. Current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID.

Information About BSD Learning Options and Application Process

Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses. Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed

See In Person Open Houses Dates Below

Will You Be gone for an Extended time?

Parents/Guardians: Please note if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (10 days or more), you must fill out a Notice of Pre-Arranged Absence form, which you can pick up in the office. This form must be turned into the office at least ONE WEEK before the date the absence begins. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Bethany Social Media

We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to: