Bobcat Blast

February 10, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Bethany Families,

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed donations for snacks and drinks for the staff. A special shout out to Bintu and Benita for setting up such a beautiful display. I wish you could see and hear everyone's much gratitude and appreciation. This is emblematic of the culture of support and kindness that is Bethany.

I want to make sure everyone has seen the information regarding the EARLY RELEASE DAYS that were added to the district/school calendar for the rest of the year. School will end 2-hours early, at 12:35 pm, on the following days:

  • Tuesday, February 15th
  • Thursday, March 10th
  • Tuesday, April 19th
  • Thursday, May 26th
  • Tuesday, June 21st

All students will still receive specials and lunch on the early release days in a modified condensed schedule.

I love this quote from Nelson Mandela that I would like to share in honor of Black History Month. I am inspired everyday by the love and compassion that I see in your children. They give me hope for unity, acceptance, and celebration of our differences in the future.

With Love,


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Important Dates


  • 10th - Garden Committee Meeting, 7:00pm, zoom link in PTO Updates
  • 15th - Playground Improvement Committee meeting 7:00pm
  • 17th - Principal Chat, 6:00pm
  • 17th - Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 17th - Variety Show Forms Due
  • 21st - Holiday, No School
  • 22nd - Staff Development Day, No School
  • 23rd - Adopt-A-Road Clean Up, 3:30pm


  • 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 21-25 Spring Break
  • 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 pm


OHSU Covid Testing

Friendly reminder: If you want your child to stop or resume taking the OHSU weekly test, we need your request in writing. Please feel free to email AnnMarie at


Kindergarten Registration

2022-23 Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

For more Information, please click HERE

To Register online, please click HERE


OBOB Competition

OBOB dates were released this week for 3rd - 5th grades and they didn't give us much time!

  • Battles must be completed by March 11th
  • Regionals will be held April 4th - 29th

We really need a parent coordinator to make this happen - competitions will be on Zoom.


Library Books: Looking for good quality, used (or new!) children's books in a foreign language that you would be willing to donate. I would really like to improve our world language options.

Thank you all for your support.

Library Corner

Link and QR code for everything Library!!!!

New books, place holds, check past dues - it's all here.

The Destiny login button is in the upper-right corner. Click that and then the blue button that looks like the one below - (Do not use the one that says "Log in using your Follett account"). You may need to enter your student's ID and password - the one they use to get into their school computers if you are using something that has never been connected to the school system. Please note you can only place hold on books that say "out."

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Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.

Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!


We Love Our Counseling Team

********** PTO Updates **********

Bethany Garden Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 10th

Topic: Bethany Learning Garden Committee MTG

Time: Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
Passcode: GarDen2022
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Variety Show

It’s time to prepare those dancing shoes, singing voices, musical instruments, gymnastics, comedy routines and other hidden talents. Bring them to the Bethany Elementary virtual stage and share your special performance with the school!

Bethany's got talent!

Bobcat's Got Talent Video

If your child is interested in participating in our virtual variety show, please complete this form by February 17th.

If your 5th grader would like to be an announcer at the show, please complete this form:

The show will be available to stream on April 22-23.


Jog-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

Near Term: Team Members!

Awards & Recognition – Help define award structure, select awesome award & recognition items based on lap totals & fundraising levels. Submit for budget approval, oversee procurement & monitoring of quantities based on fundraising results. Help with award distribution & recognition activities.

Sponsor Outreach – Help define the sponsor outreach plan. Engage with potential corporate sponsors in support of donations.

General Support – Provide general support based on your availability across Jog-A-Thon teams leading up to an including the day of the Jog-A-Thon.

Over the Horizon: Event Volunteers

Jog-a-thon Event Day!!!

Event Setup, Record Laps, High Energy Jogger Support & Cleanup

Please contact Jog-A-Thon Chair-Mike Glasser at or Volunteer Coordinator-Kellie Slee at

Join us at the next BSPTO Jog-A-Thon Committee Zoom Meeting Feb 17 @7pm!


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More PTO Events

  • Playground Improvement Committee meeting Feb 15th 7pm - 8pm!
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Stay in the Loop!

Text @BSPTO21 to 81010 to stay up to date on all the latest news from the BSPTO!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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After-School Activities

BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use.

School Meals Menu

Cans / Bottles For Kids

We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.

Cans For Kids Info

Green Team Shoe Drive

Got old sneakers? Don’t throw them away! Bring them to school and the Green Team will recycle them. Collection starts January 3rd and goes through the end of the school year.

Shop & Earn Money for Bethany PTO

Did you know that you can donate to the Bethany School PTO, while you are doing your weekly shopping? Please click on the links below for more information on their donation programs.

Fred Meyer



Rite Aid

Volunteering at Bethany

COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.