Bonny Slope Elementary

November 5, 2020

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Dates To Remember

11/9-11/22 Scholastic Book Fair - online

11/10 Nov Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

11/11 NO SCHOOL - Holiday/Veterans' Day

11/12 Nov Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

11/13 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

11/23 Principal Chat 11am

11/25-27 NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday



Dear Bonny Slope Community,

First of all, we want to express our appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during on-line learning. We are aware of the challenges that this presents for parents and students. While this is not what we would hope for, we appreciate how all are making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability and parents are giving so much. It is a remarkable time in so many ways!

One of the many aspects of our work that we love is being in classrooms and watching children learn. We want our students to engage in thoughtful, rigorous work, hold them to high expectations and provide just enough support so that they can complete tasks independently.

There is a sweet spot between offering too much and not enough help or support. As educators, we know that when we step in to support at the first sign of struggle for a child, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently, we limit their learning.

In order for students to truly become independent learners, they need to believe in themselves and their ability to persist through the challenges they encounter.

We certainly do not want children to get the point where they feel frustrated and give up. What can you do? We made this chart to share some suggestions:

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Here are two short videos that talk about “Productive Struggle”. Designed for teachers, we feel like the explain the concept well. Plus, they are 1 and 2 minutes long!

Good video: Exploring Productive Struggle or Productive Struggle

We are so proud of teachers and students and all they have accomplished this fall. We have all been engaged in our own “productive struggle”. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or tips for how we can help you support your child at home.

During our Principal Chat parents requested an opportunity to share their feedback about the hybrid model with someone at the BSD Central Office with decision making power. The person overseeing the hybrid instructional model is Brian Sica. He can be contacted by email at

Just remember, every day that goes by means we are one day closer to returning all together in our Bonny Slope building. We cannot wait for that day.

In gratitude for all you do,

Janet Maza and Jim Hiller



TAG Testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, CDL, the BSD TAG testing process will look different this year. Teachers will spend this Fall/Winter collecting evidence on how students respond to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. School TAG facilitators will collect nominations from teachers and parents this Fall/Winter and along with collected evidence, decisions will be made on which students will be selected to test in person after March, 2021.

  • CogAT

    • The CogAT Screener will not be administered to all 3rd & 5th grade students this year.

    • Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at designated test sites on December 2 or December 9. Scores can be used for both TAG/Summa. Invitations for testing will be emailed from the District mid November.

    • A school TAG committee will determine which K-3 students take the CogAT, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after March, 2021.

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS: Reading and/or Math) - TBD

    • A committee will convene to look at achievement testing during CDL and recommendations will be made for the testing process.


  • Summa Testing and Eligibility

    • Scores from the 3rd grade CogAT Full Version will be used for Summa eligibility. This is a change from last year.

    • Scores from 4th grade ITBS Reading and Math tests will be used for Summa eligibility.

    • Students will be notified in early November of their eligibility. Students who are eligible do not require further testing.

    • All Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at a designated test site on December 2 or December 9. Invitations to all 5th graders will be emailed from the District in mid November.

    • The process for reading and math achievement is currently under review. Updates will be posted once decisions have been made.

  • Summa and Learning Options

    • There will be no Summa applications this year. Eligible students will be notified and asked to electronically confirm or decline a Summa position during January 27-February 3, 2021.

    • Students may apply for one Learning Option in addition to being eligible for Summa.

    • Students who are selected through the Options Lottery or from Second Consideration AND are eligible for Summa will need to make a choice by February 3, 2021.

For all the latest updates please visit our Beaverton School District site:

Talented and Gifted/Testing/Summa



The Importance of Exercise during CDL

A healthy message from your nurse, Wendy Costanzo, RN

We all know that regular exercise is essential for everyone under normal circumstances. However here are a few reasons why exercise is especially important during CDL. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children ages 6 to 17 engage in at least an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day; preschoolers 5 and younger should aim for at least three hours of active play over the course of the day. With pent-up energy and emotions running high and with routines in flux, making physical activity a part of your family’s routine can help diffuse tension, lift spirits, and reestablish a sense of normalcy.

Scheduling time for movement can help anchor your child’s day but be flexible and open to spontaneity. “The more playful and lighthearted the approach from us as adults, the better for young people,” says noted yoga instructor Alissa Kepas, who often works with kids.

Did you know…

Exercise boosts the immune system: Research shows that regular exercise has immune boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.

Exercise may prevent weight gain: Exercise can help you burn extra calories caused by dietary changes and can help offset the result of being too sedentary.

Exercise reduces stress and anxiety: Exercise is a proven mood booster and can help reduce stress levels and build emotional resilience.

Exercise improves sleep: There is evidence that suggests regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality – getting a good night’s sleep has also been found to boost your immune system. ZZZzzz

Here are a few suggestions to get you and your family moving.

Exercise with family. Walks, bike rides, living room dance or yoga parties, backyard soccer games, any movement counts!

Get outdoors when possible. You will be surprised how quickly even a few brisk walks around the block can add up to a full workout. Plus, you will be able to see the fall colors and enjoy just being outside, even for a brief period.

Try free (or free during a trial period) kids and family online exercise classes. There are many to choose from including:, mommy and the Each offers a variety of fun and active videos for the entire family.

The bottom line: Although it may take some effort to create and stick with a new family fitness routine, regular physical activity can help you optimize your health and well-being during CDL.


Subsidy for Childcare

Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.

The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses:

If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the district Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).

If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early


Thanksgiving Meals for Bonny Slope Families

Bonny Slope is fortunate to have a food pantry to support families in our community. In previous years our pantry provided food for families on a weekly basis. We have to rethink how we can offer our support in a time of COVID.

This holiday season we will be hosting two initiatives. The first is to provide Thanksgiving Meals to over 20 families in our Bonny Slope Community.

This link will allow you to sign up for various food items you’re likely already heading to the store to purchase. In this way we can come together to make it a memorable Thanksgiving for all of us.

Our Bonny Slope community is always ready to show up and answer the call. We know this year will be no different. We aren’t together in person but we are all Bobcats!

The holiday cheer will continue through the end of the year, details to follow. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for Thanksgiving meal food drive.

Please reach out with questions & thanks,

Regina Noonan & Annie Wilen

Team Pantry


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Scholastic Bookfair - November 9th-22nd

Only a few days left until our Book Fair! The Fair will run from November 9th - November 22nd, and all purchases will directly benefit our school. Get started here Book Fair Homepage


November Safety Tip - Safe Routes to School

November 1st Brings Daylight Savings and Important Tips for Traveling Safely This Fall

On Sunday, Nov. 1st, we lost an hour and it will be darker earlier. With shorter days this time of year, all road users should be extra alert to see each other. Here are some suggestions to help everyone stay safe on the road:

Wear bright reflective clothing when walking or rolling.

Don’t assume people driving will see you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles.

Be alert! Keep eyes and ears open, especially while crossing the street.

Cyclists should make sure to have lights and wear helmets – it is the law, and it helps people see you and keep you safe.

Driving or biking? Use extra caution and slow down in the dark and rain. Always be alert for people on foot or bike at intersections, crosswalks (marked and unmarked), bike lanes and in school zones. Do not text and drive – it’s against the law, carries steep fines and is unsafe for all road users.


Library to Go

Library Books to Go is up running. Please visit our website for all the details.

RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm at the front of the school.

BOOK BUS Tuesday Schedule:

2:04-2:34 pm NW WAKER DR & NW 126TH

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.


School Report Card

Our 2019-20 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2019-20 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

The 2019-20 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19.

At Bonny Slope Elementary WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan here: BSE School Learning Plan. During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.

If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!

Janet Maza, Principal

Nuestro perfil del año escolar 2019-20 está publicado en la página web de nuestra escuela y lo puede encontrar al hacer clic en About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card (Sobre Nosotros, Perfiles Escolares, Boleta de Calificaciones de Oregón). También hay un enlace en esta página a los perfiles de las escuelas para otros años y otras escuelas. El perfil del distrito del año escolar 2019-20 está publicado en: la página web de boleta de calificaciones del distrito.

El reporte de desempeño de las escuelas y distritos escolares de todo el estado empezaron cuando la legislatura de Oregon en 1999 aprobó una ley que requiere que todas las escuelas públicas y del distrito reciban un reporte del Departamento de Educación de Oregon acerca de cómo les va en general. La Ley Cada Estudiante Triunfa (ESSA por sus siglas en inglés), firmada por el Presidente Obama el 10 de diciembre de 2015, reemplaza la Ley Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás (NCLB por sus siglas en inglés) y otorga a los estados mayor flexibilidad. ESSA anima a las escuelas y educadores a innovar y crear sistemas que atiendan a las necesidades locales. Como parte de este trabajo, el Departamento de Educación de Oregón rediseñó las boletas de calificaciones de la escuela y el distrito para involucrar e informar a las familias sobre el enfoque de la escuela al aprendizaje, las ofertas académicas y extracurriculares, y el desempeño de los estudiantes. Las boletas de calificaciones también sirven como una herramienta importante para la planificación de mejoras continuas por parte de los políticos locales y estatales, en conjunto con las comunidades a las que sirven.

Los perfiles de las escuelas y los distritos para el período 2019-20 no incluyen datos de evaluaciones a nivel estatal, datos sobre el tamaño de las clases o datos de asistencia como resultado de los necesarios cierres de escuelas a nivel estatal y la implementación de la Educación a Distancia para Todos. Los perfiles presentan todos los datos disponibles no afectados por la respuesta del estado a COVID-19.

TODOS NOSOTROS en Bonny Slope Elementary nos comprometemos a usar esta información para acoplarnos a los planes de mejoramiento y a los programas académicos de la escuela para satisfacer, de esta manera, las necesidades de cada estudiante. Usted encontrará nuestro plan de mejoramiento escolar en curso: BSE School Learning Plan. Durante este año, yo me comunicaré frecuentemente con usted acerca de los programas y aprovechamiento estudiantil de nuestra escuela para fomentar el aprendizaje y el éxito.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de nuestro reporte de desempeño o desea obtener una copia impresa, por favor póngase en contacto conmigo. Usted también puede darnos sus sugerencias para mejorar. ¡Por favor compártalas! ¡Muchas Gracias!

Janet Maza, Principal


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Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Janet Maza

Assistant Principal: Jim HIller

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Attendance: 503.356.2041

Attendance email: