Bobcat Blast

May 12, 2022

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Jog A Thon - R U Ready?

Tomorrow is the Jog-A-Thon

Check out the short video above on how to prepare for the Jog-A-Thon!

Parents, please remember to have your student dress in comfortable clothes and running shoes for the day of the Jog-A-Thon. Your child will be running, walking, and jogging around the track for 20 minutes so be sure to pack their water bottles to stay hydrated! Keep an eye on the weather. You may want to send a jacket or change of clothes if it is rainy, or apply sunscreen if sunny. Please try to send your student wearing a t-shirt in their class color. The run start times and shirt colors for each grade are listed below.


Thank you very much to the 60+ parents who have volunteered for this event! Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of your volunteering window to allow time to sign up at the check-in tent and receive instructions!

Visitors attending the Event

We hope you, your friends, and family will come cheer on your kids as they participate this Friday! Spectators will sign in at the check-in tent and watch from a designated area, with no background check or vaccine status required to attend. Children are welcome to attend, although they are not permitted on the playground during school hours. Children will be on the track 10 minutes prior to their start time so be sure to arrive early to account for check-in time. Please see the chart above for class start times!


As a reminder, the fundraiser is typically the biggest PTO fundraiser of the year. Your donations will go directly to funding important items like the teacher supplies budget, teacher and staff appreciation events, and student enrichment programs.

Great work so far - our online donations have reached over 40% of our school goal! The 99Pledges platform is a great way for extended family and friends to support your student. It's not too late to set up your page if you haven't already!

If you prefer the traditional envelope with checks or cash, that's great! Just return the pledge envelope with your students next week - envelopes are due May 20. Fundraising can continue up to the deadline as long as the donation is received by May 20. The class with the highest participation wins a special prize, so be sure to create your student's 99Pledges page or send back the envelope to help win!

Thank you again for your generous support in making Bethany a wonderful school for teachers, staff, students and families.

Jog-A-Thon Start Times / Shirt Colors

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Calendar - Important Dates


  • 13th - Bobcat BLAST Jog-A-Thon
  • 18th - Walk & Roll to School Day
  • 26th - Early Release Day, School ends at 12:35
  • 30th - Holiday, No School


  • 7th - PTO Meeting
  • 16th - Field Day
  • 17th - 5th Grade Celebration
  • 20th - Holiday, No School
  • 21st - Last Day of School, School ends at 12:35


Walk & Roll Day Next Wednesday

Plan now to join us on May 18th for the official Walk & Roll Day! We will be handing out prizes and having a raffle for anyone who participates.

We handed out pencils and stickers to 168 students who walked / biked / or took the bus to school last week. We are hoping for more students to participate next week. The weather forecast right now shows no rain until later in the morning.

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Lost and Found

We are collecting quite a lot of coats, water bottles, books, and miscellaneous items. Please stop by after school to look through the Lost and Found if your child is missing anything. Thank you!

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

Message from the BSPTO President

BSPTO Updates - Year-End Meeting, Budget Vote, Officer Elections & Survey Results

The last PTO meeting of the school year is JUNE 7 at 7 PM. At this meeting we will hold OFFICER ELECTIONS and vote on the 2022-2023 OPERATING BUDGET.

Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday night’s PTO meeting. We went over a LOT of information. I appreciate all the discussion and the detailed explanation the Treasurer, Anastasia Glasser, gave in presenting the Proposed Operating Budget for 2022-2023 (next year’s budget).

Proposed Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget - Please Review!

The attendees at Tuesday’s PTO meeting voted to post both the meeting minutes and the Proposed FY 22/23 Budget on the website and in the Bobcat Blast. The BSPTO would like everyone to have an opportunity to review the proposed budget, ask questions and provide feedback before a final vote is taken at the June 7th PTO meeting.

Please send any questions, concerns and suggestions to the Treasurer, Anastasia Glasser, at by May 31st.

Proposed FY 22/23 Budget Presentation & Overview

Proposed FY 22/23 Budget Detail



Thank you to everyone who gave feedback through the survey we sent out at the end of April. The overall message from both parents and school staff was that Student Enrichment and Teacher Support (which really supports our students) are the top priorities. This information was taken into account when drafting the Proposed Budget, and we all agree that our students and staff are our top priorities. If you are interested in more details about the survey results, please email

Thank you so much for all of your support! I hope to see you at our final meeting on June 7.

Meeting Zoom Link Here

Meeting ID: 341 749 4608

Passcode: Bobcats22


Jamie Speck
BSPTO President


Bethany Spirit Wear Store

Bethany Pink Hoodies have arrived in both youth and adult sizes. Show your school spirit with some fun Bethany gear!


Green Team Sneaker Recycling

Recycle your old/new/slightly worn sneakers and earn money for Bethany. Look for the bin outside the front doors and drop your unwanted sneakers in it.

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

* * * * * * Reminders & Repeats * * * * * *

Important Message From The Steam Lab

As we near the end of our “official” Digital Citizenship lessons in STEAM, I wanted to take a moment to remind families that— while the Internet is a wonderful, powerful tool— like all tools, we need to be careful how we use it. A hammer adds a lot of convenience to a DIY project, but there’s always the possibility of whacking your own thumb!

As our students spend more time online, it becomes increasingly likely that they will run into material that isn’t meant for them. Filters aren’t a failsafe. Even “green” (or “safe”) websites might show questionable ads; feature facts or ideas intended for an older audience; or link to outside sources that weren’t designed with an elementary schooler in mind. (And goodness knows we all have at least one story of an innocent google search gone awry!) When these discoveries inevitably happen, please try to view them as teachable moments. Talk with your child about how to recognize content that isn’t for them, and discuss the importance of curating a safe, healthy internet experience.

With every passing year, the internet becomes more intwined with our daily lives. It is already an integral part of education— that won’t be changing anytime soon! Learning how to independently navigate the web in a safe way will do wonders for your child’s sense of personal responsibility, as well as serve to save them from much potential danger, fear, and anxiety in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And as always, make good choices out there!


Melissa Regan

Anxiety Presentation for Parents

Hi Families!

If you are interested in learning more about anxiety, please watch the anxiety training I, Michelle Schimpke (School Social Worker), recorded on YouTube. If you would like to reference my slides, those can be found here.

If you have any questions, concerns, need consultation, or want to learn more, you can message on ParentSquare or email me at I am here for each and every one of you! Thank you for being my community!

Anxiety Recording

Michelle Schimpke

Dog Clean-up

We are having an increase in dog droppings on the playground and grassy areas. We would appreciate your help in reminding anyone that might be here during non-school hours for baseball or other activities to clean up after their dogs. Thank you!

OHSU Test Kits

Just a Reminder: Our OHSU pick-up is around 9:00 on Mondays. If students turn them in after 9:30, we have to throw them away. If your student stays home on a Monday and you have a test kit, please feel free to bring it in and drop it off in the office.

Kindergarten and 2022/23 School Year Registration

You are now able to register students for the 2022-23 school year.

If your student is currently attending Bethany, you do not need to enroll them, they will automatically roll up to the next grade.

For more Information, about Kindergarten please click HERE

To Register online, please click HERE

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

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