Bonsall Bear News

Week of 9/27-10/1

Principal's Message

Dear BES families,

Please check out the "Reminders" section below for important information. There are some new items for your to review.

This week, I had conversations with some families regarding how we, as a staff, share information with students regarding Covid-19 when students are sick or have to quarantine. I have found that the discussion of Covid-19 is a sensitive one and something that I personally feel is best discussed within the family unit. While some families are comfortable having open and serious discussions, others are not. I completely respect each family's specific decision and therefore am leaving what is shared and discussed surrounding Covid-19 in the hands of the student's family. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.

In this edition of the BBN, you will find information on:

  • Academics
  • PTA board and membership
  • Bell schedule and district calendar (linked here)
  • Bonsall Bear Recognition
  • Health & Safety - including the newest Covid-19 Decision Tree
  • Counseling Corner
  • Child Nutrition Services information
  • Upcoming events

For additional information, please contact our office manager, Pamela Lopez.


Allison Fortney

IMPORTANT!!! Alternative Income Form

Please fill out and submit via email to Pam Lopez or drop off the Alternative Income Form at the office. This form is EXTREMELY important as it supports the funding of our school and district. We have only received forms from about one quarter of the student population. Please have this submitted by the end of the week.

If you need a copy, please come to the office for one. We appreciate your support in order to properly fund our schools!

PTA & Community Happenings - Meet your 2021-2022 PTA Board!

Please enter the link or click on the QR code below to be a member of our PTA for the 2021-2022 school year. This amazing group of dedicated BES parents works hard to support the success of our students and teachers at BES.

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Make up pictures

If your student still needs their picture taken, you can contact the company directly to schedule a time to do so.

Gerardy Photography

200 W. Second Ave.

Escondido, Ca, 92025

760-747-2263 x1 03


Please make note of the following:


*Please be sure to call in your student's absences each day with the reason for the absence.

*Please DO NOT park in the red loading/unloading zone that is designated for our students who ride the bus.

*You MUST have an ID in order for the office to release your student to you or whomever is picking them up. That person must also be on Aeries as an emergency contact. I know that this has not been past practice, but safety is at the forefront of our school community. We have a new office staff that is not familiar with every face associated to each student. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

*Please note, you may not take videos or pictures of any child that is not yours. This includes video taping your child on the kindergarten playground before school. Please be mindful and respectful of other people's children.

*The kindergarten gate closes at 7:55 a.m. If you arrive to the kinder gate after that time, you are required to drop your child off at the front of the school and they will enter through the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Every Thursday is early release day. The kindergarten students will be released at 12:50 and grades 1-5 will be released at 1:00.

We have a no animal policy on campus. As cute as they are, please do not walk your dog on campus to drop off or pick up your child. This protects the students, the staff and you.

Students can not be checked out during the 30 minute window prior to the end of the school day. That means that students must be checked out by 2:00 p.m. on a typical school day and 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Love on Your Back

We have an amazing program in our district! Started by Carol Wood, Love on Your Back provides food and necessities to 100 students in our district. Please read the article below and go to the website provided to support the efforts of LOYB!

LOYB article

To donate - please go to

Support the students of BES through donating to the Bonsall Elementary Foundation

Each year, the Bonsall Elementary Foundation supports the students of BUSD in a variety of ways. Everything from purchasing books for the library to supporting technology needs. Please see the flyer below and donate to BEF in order to support the students of Bonsall Elementary.
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Bonsall Elementary Needs YOU!

We are looking for two noon duties to support our students at lunch time. The hours are 10:30-1:30 daily. Please visit our website to apply.

Health & Safety

Keeping our students and staff safe is a priority in Bonsall Unified. The beginning of the year will include:

New Covid 19 Decision Tree

If your student is sent home due to illness or close contact, they must be cleared through the office prior to being allowed back on campus. All students must be accompanied by an adult their first day back on campus. They will receive a pass clearing them to return to school.

We take student and staff health and safety very seriously. Please see the information below regarding safety protocol.

If you have questions regarding whether or not to send your child to school, please call the front office or email Brittany Wanzer, our health technician, for guidance.

  • Full time In-person instruction for all students
  • Mask wearing required indoors for all staff and students
  • Optional Mask wearing outdoors (before school, recess, lunch, after school)
  • No minimum physical distancing in classrooms
  • No cohort restrictions
  • Resume school activities and field trips
  • Use targeted quarantine practices to keep students in school
  • Make available a robust COVID-19 testing program as an additional safety layer

CDPH guidelines - English

CDPH guidelines - Spanish

Counseling Corner

Each week, Ms. Madrigal will share ideas to support you and your students at home. Please click below for this week's edition of the Counseling Corner.

Counseling Corner

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Child Nutritional Services Information

This year, every child at Bonsall Elementary qualifies for a free breakfast and a free lunch each day. Please take time to read the following letter from our CNS coordinator, Kursten Orr. For further questions or information, please visit: