Bonny Slope Elementary

March 4, 2021

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Dates To Remember

3/15 March Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2

3/16 March Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5

3/22-3/26 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

New Dorian School Photo Date: 4/21/21 More information to come!

Each Wednesday

Books for Bobcats K/1/2 7:30 am - 4:00 pm at the front of the school

BSE Library Book Bus 1:30pm-4pm find route information here



Dear Parents,

One of the joys of being a grandmother is spending quality time with my 4-year-old granddaughter. She is incredibly active, which means on the weekends, long walks in our neighborhood together are a necessity. We have a set route because of some favorite houses she likes to call “Princess Houses”, naming the princess that lives inside. On one walk after our recent wind and ice storms, our normal route became inaccessible because of a large amount of downed tree limbs in the area. It initially threw us for a loop. So, we diverted our route, despite the loud and cranky protests of a certain four-year-old. A setback became a win as we identified three new princess houses because of the change.

We know that the recent switch in our CDL model from full day to half day also threw people for a loop. Many of you who selected CDL initially did it because you wanted a full day of instruction, or a continuation of the model that has worked in your homes to date. We acknowledge how difficult changing that model was for some of you.

The motivation for this change involved a crucial element in elementary school success: the student-teacher relationship. In our principal chats, and in feedback the district received, there was a wave of concern from parents about having their students switch teachers with only two months left in our school year. After receiving the Hybrid/CDL data, it became clear with a near 50/50 spilt that it was possible for most teachers to keep their students if the teachers could teach both Hybrid and CDL. So, in order to preserve the relationship, that change was made.

Our teachers and staff found out about this change an hour before our community did last Friday. It took the weekend for all of us to process the information, and start to make the mental switch of teaching their class in two sessions. One thing was immediately clear to us, the gift of keeping their students that they’ve grown to love and cherish until the end of the year.

As we stated in our Monday note, because of this change, we will be giving families the opportunity to change their choice when possible. Given the social distancing requirements, we have to manage class sizes based on classroom capacity. If there is space, we will honor the requests for change. Many of you have already kindly requested a change through me or the main office, and we are recording your requests. You will be informed of the change, if we are able to grant it, by March 12th.

At the school level, we are now gearing up for this new reality. Be on the lookout for videos from the district and the school with information for our change in April.

Like the story with my granddaughter, circumstances forced us to take a new path. We ended up finding some new benefits we didn’t anticipate, and now our walk is better. While the initial change may be difficult at first, ultimately the benefits derived from the change make it worth

it. We are moving closer and closer to return school to how all of us envision it: hallways teeming with students and their work on the walls, classrooms filled with inquirers and learners, parents returning to volunteer in our building making all of that magic happen and the bustling hive of activity we all know and love.

Until then, thank you for the positive notes we received, the support you endlessly provide for us, and the patience as we work together to finish this year strong.

Janet Maza and Jim Hiller

Principal and Assistant Principal


Requesting to switch to hybrid from CDL

As stated in the BSD email last Friday, parents may request a change in their child’s instructional model now that the CDL model looks different from originally planned. Please contact Jim Hiller or Janet Maza by email if you would like to make a request. If you have made a request and have not received a confirmation email, please resubmit your request to Janet Maza or Jim Hiller.

Janet Maza:

Jim Hiller:

A student is guaranteed a spot in CDL if they want to change from hybrid to CDL. We will grant parent requests when possible if a student wants to change from CDL to hybrid.

Parents' requests for a change in instructional model must be made by Tuesday, March 9th. On Friday, March 12th, we will confirm your choices in Parent Vue.


Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Do you know a family with a Future Kindergartener?

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open! Watch this helpful video to learn why it's important to register early and how to start the process.


¡Las inscripciones de Kindergarten para el año escolar 2021-2022 están abiertas ahora! Vea este video informativo de como iniciar el proceso y la importancia de matricularse temprano.



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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

Attendance email: