Bobcat Blast

January 19, 2023

Dollar Wars Ends Tomorrow

We're almost to our goal!! We've raised an amazing $2,624 so far—thank you to everyone who has contributed!

Tomorrow, Friday, Jan 20, is your last chance to help us reach our goal of $3,000. The final count will happen at 1PM tomorrow!

If we reach our school-wide goal of $3,000, all the students will enjoy a day of music at lunch and recess! And more importantly, we will have the funds to purchase a new Crest Climber for the playground.

Our current top four teachers are: Schmitt, Sheehan, Courogen, and Kelley. Remember, the top four teachers or staff at the end of the Dollar War will have to wear a silly hat at school!

So much can still change in the final hours of this fundraiser—bring in your change to help your favorite teacher reach the top. Don't forget, pennies and bills add points while silver coins subtract points, so use those coins wisely!

Good luck, Bobcats!


Calendar - Important Dates

  • Jan 6-20 - Dollar Wars


  • 3 - No School, Grading Day
  • 9 - PTO Meeting
  • 20 - No School, Holiday
  • 21 - Staff Development Day
  • 24 - PTO Family Game Night, 6:00 pm

OBOB Update

OBOB battles between teams registered in our school will begin next week on January 25th. All teams will battle twice, and the top 8 teams with the highest cumulative scores will advance to the elimination round. The battle schedule is posted on the library bulletin board and communicated to the parents via email.

We had a slideshow and mock battle for all teams to observe on January 19th.

I want to thank our dedicated library volunteers who have signed up to help run the battles. I am looking forward to energized battles full of fun and friendly competition.

I hope all the teams enjoyed reading the book selection, have fun during the battles and display good sportsmanship.

Good luck to all the teams!

Azmy Hussain


Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer at school?

Art Lit is always in need of more volunteers. Can you hand out papers and use scissors? You do not need to be artistic to help. The lessons and art projects are already prepared. It is so much fun to watch the kids get excited about doing an art project and to see their creative abilities shine. If you are comfortable presenting the lesson to the class, there is a training each month we do an art lit lesson. If you are not comfortable with that, you can just show up the day of the lesson and help out. The kids love it when the art lit cart shows up in their classroom.

Contact Julie at or Danielle at if you are interested in helping.


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PTO Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined the PTO meeting last Thursday! We had some lively discussion about our options for running our primary annual fundraiser, the spring Jog-a-Thon, and reviewed the survey results. If you weren't able to attend the meeting, but would like to read the survey results, they're on our website at As always, the meeting minutes are available on our site as well.

We hope to see you next month on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm on Zoom.

The Variety Show Needs You!

Does your child have an act or talent they would like to share? Are you interested in working with a team to make the Variety Show happen?

If you have any ideas for this year’s Variety Show, or you are interested in volunteering, please join our Zoom meeting January 23rd at 7:00pm.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Dow:

Topic: BSPTO Variety Show Meeting
Time: Jan 23, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 863 8805 9034
Passcode: YeJ1C7

Jog-A-Thon Volunteers Needed

We only have two volunteers so far for our most important fundraiser of the year, the annual Jog-a-Thon—we need your help! If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please contact Skyler at and we will put your skills to use to support this key event.

Thank you!

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.

Please see the flyer below for Student Immunization Clinic opportunities.

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

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Too Sick for School reminder

Please read the District guidelines for sending students to school.
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Overdue Library Books

We need your help! We have a LOT of overdue and missing library books from last year (and this year too). Ms. Hussain will be sending out overdue notices with the list of titles that your child(ren) have checked out.

PLEASE look around your homes, cars, Grandma's house, or anywhere a book may be hiding! 🙂 The books that have been marked as "lost" have fines attached. If this is a hardship for your family, please reach out to Ms. Hussain or Mr. Parker and we can work with you.

We would much rather have the BOOKS than the money to replace them. Let's see how many we can return before Winter Break! Thank you!!

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

Community Opportunities

Public Library Events

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Technology Open Lab
Winter Session: Tuesdays January 24, February 14, February 28, March 14
1-3pm | Cedar Mill Library

Need help getting started with e-books, adding an app to your smartphone or updating your email contacts? Volunteers will be available at Open Lab to answer questions. Bring your own computer, tablet, cellphone or e-reader with you to get assistance or use one of our laptops to practice.

Drop-in sessions, no registration is required, but there is limited space each session.


Walk and Roll Contest

4th Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest

Safe Routes to School invites all Beaverton Elementary School Classes, Kindergarten through 5th grade, to participate in our January Art Contest. Each elementary school teacher has been sent the instructions for students to create a Safe Routes to School piece of art that displays safe walking or rolling to school. A winner will be chosen for each grade, K-5th across the district. Each winner will receive a prize bag with items to help safely travel to school. A grand prize winner will also receive a new scooter and helmet. All submissions are due by January 31st. Ask your teacher for more details.

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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: