Bobcat Blast

November 9, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

It was another special day of honoring one of our Bethany Students for Microtia Awareness Day. There was a sea of baby blue throughout the school! We even had a classmate send a picture from the airport this morning with him dressed in baby blue in support of Lilly. I got to have my picture taken with her too! Thank you all for creating such a loving and supportive Bethany community.❤️

I hope to see you tonight at the PTO Meeting!

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Calendar - Important Dates

  • 9th - National Microtia Awareness Day, Wear Baby Blue
  • 9th - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 10th - Grading Day, No School
  • 11th - Holiday, No School
  • 14th - World Kindness Day
  • 16th - Ruby Bridges Walk, 7:30am @ Circle Park
  • 23 - 25 - Holiday Break
  • 28th - Staff Development, No School
  • 30th - Picture Retakes


Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, November 16th, Bethany will be participating in the Ruby Bridges Walk for Justice, along with many other schools in the District. All students will be learning about Ruby Bridges in an age-appropriate way next week before the event.

I hope all families can join us at CIRCLE PARK before school.

At 7:30 am we will walk to school together in honor of Ruby's bravery for justice and change.

Please see the map below for the route

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World Kindness Day

Monday, November 14th is WORLD KINDNESS DAY! In honor of this day, wear any clothing with signs or symbols of love and kindness. If your child doesn't have anything like this, don't worry! We have stickers with kindness quotes for them to wear. ❤️ Click below for more information.

Thank You Roadside Clean-up Crew

A Special Thank You to Elizabeth Staly, Lincoln Staly, (Our only student participant), Jamie Speck, community member Miriam, Mr. Parker, and Ms. Rosenquist for braving the rain to clean up along 174th Avenue last Friday!

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.

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.

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


OBOB News from Ms. Hussain

Does your child love reading? Do they love trivia? Well, here is a fun team building competition for grades 3-5 that combines reading and trivia - Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)!

They can read a list of books put together by Oregon Association of School Libraries for grades 3-5 division and “battle “against other teams from our school using trivia questions about the books.

Please click on this link for more information. Bethany OBOB Information
Here is a link to register your student: OBOB Registration (It can also be found in the OBOB information link above)

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
  • Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar
  • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
  • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte & Ann Xu
  • Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
  • Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summerby Gillian Goerz
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
  • Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

******* BSPTO News *******

PTO Meeting Tonight @7pm

PTO Meeting Tonight @7pm

Join us this evening on Zoom for our November meeting!

Tonight we'll be voting on two RFFs (Requests for Funds) from our teachers - Big Life Journals for the third graders and a subscription to The Week Junior magazine for the fifth graders. Come have a say in how our discretionary funds are spent!

We'll also hear from Leah Biado-Luis from Safe Routes to School.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
Passcode: Bobcats22

If you'd like to review last month's minutes, they are available here. We'll begin our meeting with a quick vote to approve October's minutes, so please note any corrections or discrepancies you might have.

Garden Work Party - Nov 12

Come this weekend and help finish our learning garden! We need volunteers this Saturday, Nov 12, 9am - 3pm to finish assembling and installing our new garden beds. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped already - we're excited to see this project come together!

PTO Parent / Teacher Survey

We need your input! Please take our quick, 4-question survey and help shape PTO spending priorities at Bethany. These are your donations and your students - you deserve a voice in how the funds are spent.

We'd love to hear from every parent and teacher. One in every 50 respondents will win a $25 gift card!

Click here to take the survey now.

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. All orders placed in November are guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 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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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: