Bonny Slope Elementary

January 23, 2020

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Dates To Remember

1/27 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

1/29 January Birthday Lunch Celebration

1/29 Principal Chat 6pm

1/29 *BSCO Winter Community Meeting 7:00pm

1/30 *Geography Club Check Day

1/31 Semester Report Cards


2/8 *Pancake Breakfast- 5th Grade Fundraiser 7:30-10:30am

2/14 *Valentine's Day Parties in Classrooms (1 hr)

2/17 NO SCHOOL - President's Day

2/18 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

*BSCO Sponsored event

See our online calendar for more information and updates throughout the year.

Bonny Slope Calendar

Volunteer Background Check



Dear Parents,

At our last assembly, the student body focused on being kind. There is much evidence of kindness being shared everywhere at Bonny Slope. As we walk down the hallways, we see students offering to help others carrying a big load or holding the hands of younger students as they navigate a busy hallway before school. We see students jump up to help clean a mess in the cafeteria, write kind notes to others, hold doors for staff and peers. When students need to learn how to be more kind, staff meet with students and have restorative and learning conversations. Bonny Slope is a great place to learn and we feel fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. The PYP attribute of caring is certainly a strength of our students at Bonny Slope!

Next Monday, we do not have school. Teachers will be working on report cards for the first semester. Below is a quote from a colleague written to explain how our report card grades may not be the same kind of grades many of us had when going to school:

Beaverton School District uses a proficiency scale model to score elementary students, which provides a number grade from 1 to 4. Typically, since proficiency is based on end-of-year targets, we see more 2 scores this first semester. That doesn’t mean that your child is significantly behind, but rather it is much too soon to determine mastery based on that end-of-year target. If there is a concern within one content area, your child’s teacher should inform you of that during your conference. As the year progresses and targets have been met, students should receive grades that reflect their end goal proficiency. Please be mindful that a 3 equals proficiency. Proficiency means that the child has successfully mastered the content standard according the Common Core State Standards rubrics. Many parents will anticipate a 4 as the end score, but a 4 is only provided if that students performs extraordinarily above and beyond the standard requirement; hence, 4 grades should not be confused with an end-of-year target grade of 3.

Next Wednesday, at 7:00PM in the library, the Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO) will host one of three community meetings. This is a great time to learn more about how the parent organization is enriching our students’ experiences at BSE as well as learn more about future school events. Before the meeting, parents have the opportunity to have a casual conversation with both Janet Maza and Jim Hiller during the Principal Chat. We hope you can make it to one or both of these events!


Janet Maza and Jim Hiller



"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama

At Bonny Slope, we strive to be our best-possible-self each and every day. Here is a fun list of Random Acts of Kindness so we can take make it the norm.

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Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home, schools, workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

· Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.

· Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

· Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use.

How to use hand sanitizer

· Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).

· Rub your hands together.

· Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Wash your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

*Before, during, and after preparing food

*Before eating food

*Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

*Before and after treating a cut or wound

*After using the toilet or after changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet

*After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing

*After handling pets, pet food or pet waste


Winter 2020 Community Meeting

Announcing: Second Community Meeting for 2019-20

The Winter Community Meeting of the Bonny Slope Community Organization (BSCO) is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm in the BSE Library, right after Janet Maza’s not-to-be-missed Principal Chat at 6pm.

EVERY SINGLE PARENT and guardian of a child at Bonny Slope Elementary is a voting member of BSCO. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

At this meeting there will be a key vote for additional funds for the 5th grade multi-day Science School experience, in response to increased costs. More information about this Science School Vote can be found here:

Science School Vote FAQ

The meeting will also include updates on recent happenings, including YTD budget numbers, teacher grant awards, and a review of the current BSCO survey.

The BSCO survey includes 7 primary questions (mostly multiple choice), takes less than 5 minutes and can be found here:

BSCO Winter 2020 Survey

Come and catch up on all current BSCO business:

  • Hear from our 4th and 5th grade students about the exciting Salmon Tank project, funded by your generous donations!

  • BSCO’s survey results - a first glance at the community suggestions and feedback.

  • Our 2019-20 financial health and new teacher grants

  • Upcoming events including Pancake Breakfast, Science Night

  • Our Annual Auction update!

  • 2020-21 Board Openings! Searching for next year’s Director of Committees & Directors of Volunteers

  • Open volunteer opportunities

Enjoy some treats and meet new people

We look forward to seeing you! Questions regarding any of these items can be directed to Taylor Kash (

As a reminder, BSCO holds just three community meetings a year. Our Spring Community Meeting will be held May 20th

The latest BSCO news can always be found at


Flapjacks & FLANNEL

The BSE Pancake Breakfast is coming up fast on Saturday, 2/8 from 7:30-10:30am. Bonny Slope parents can now sponsor a BSE Staff Member’s tickets & allow our incredible BSE team to attend for free. Head to to support our staff's pancake habit!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Families can purchase from any fifth grader or online at

$5 per PERSON or $20 per FAMILY (max 6 people) when tickets are bought in advance

$7 per PERSON or $25 per FAMILY at the door on Saturday, Feb 8th.

This year’s Pancake Breakfast will include a visit from Timber Joey from 8:30-10am, plus a custom coffee cart from 7:30-9:30am ($4/per drink, cash only). ***All attendees are encouraged to channel the flannel and wear their favorite flannel pajamas & attire!

Pancake Breakfast is organized each year by BSE's fifth grade families. This annual event helps support the fifth grade two-day science school field trip.

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Cook Security Group, Cable Huston LLP, Cushman & Wakefield, Jan McDuffee, McDuffee Property Group, Premiere Property Group LLC, Evergreen Family Dentistry & Orthodontics

Questions can be directed to


BSCO Science Night

Science Night - Friday March 13 6-8pm!

Science Night is an annual family-friendly BSCO event held at Bonny Slope Elementary. This fun filled evening of hands-on science exploration and science projects includes:

1. Presentations and Demonstrations – A showcase of local science organizations/vendors using science in the real world

2. Student Science Experiments and Engineering Designs

Science night is brought to you by your generous BSCO donations and is free of charge! Pizza Schmizza will on hand with pizza and drinks for sale to fuel your science fun.

Please note - Students do not need to have a science project in order to attend Science Night. Everyone is welcome!

But all Bonny Slope Kindergarten – 5th Graders are invited to participate in creating and presenting a science project at Science Night. Please don’t think your Kindy/1st Grader is too young, their projects are always crowd pleasers!

Visit the Science Night BSCO site for How To documents, project ideas, and pictures of past projects.

Once your student has decided on a project, submit an online entry form located on the BSCO website at The school will provide all participating students with a display board - to be sent home with your student(s) after they are registered.

If you have any questions about Science Night, please let us know!


Still time to order your #KindnessMatters t-shirts! Extended deadline to end of January.

Bonny Slope students and staff continue to celebrate kindness all year round! There is a positive action board where staff can celebrate students who they witness committing random acts of kindness. The staff recognize each other’s kind acts in the weekly bulletin and on a Staff Shout Out poster in the staff room.

Buy a t-shirt for yourself, friends, and family to show your support of the kindness program at Bonny Slope:


T-shirts will be available for sale online thru January 31, 2020. Shirts will be available for pick up around mid-February at Team Uniforms, 12965 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229, 503-574-3177.


Common Middle School Experience: Family Listening & Learning Sessions

Please join us to learn more about the Beaverton School District’s efforts to create a common experience at all of our comprehensive middle schools. This effort includes middle school course offerings and schedules that are standardized across the District.

The Family Listening & Learning Sessions will be held at every middle school on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sesiones informativas para familias de estudiantes en escuelas secundarias

Únase a nosotros para obtener más información sobre los esfuerzos del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton para crear la misma experiencia educativa en todas nuestras escuelas secundarias. Este esfuerzo incluye el poder ofrecer cursos y horarios estandarizados en todo el Distrito.

Las sesiones informativas se llevarán a cabo en cada escuela secundaria el jueves, 6 de febrero de 2020 de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m.

¡Esperamos verlos allí!


Register to attend the Community-Wide Conversation Around Race

In our ongoing efforts to ensure equitable access, inclusion, and opportunity for our students, families, and staff, the Beaverton School District is engaging in the first of, hopefully, many community conversations around race. As a valued member of our community we would like to cordially invite you to attend and participate!

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m., we will be welcoming students, families, staff, and community members from throughout Beaverton and the surrounding region to join us at Southridge High School. The afternoon will include the elevation of student and adult voices from our schools and community partners in two breakout sessions focused on specific topics within the conversation around race. In between those two sessions, we will be listening to students engaging in conversation about the importance of developing and empowering our racial literacy. Please consider joining us for the event, and please share the opportunity with others!

You can learn more about the schedule, the various breakout sessions being offered, and register to attend the event by going to our website.

Southridge High School is located at: 9625 SW 125th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97008

For questions or assistance please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.


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