Bonny Slope Elementary
March 9, 2023
Dates To Remember
3/16 OHSU COVID testing drop off - by 9 AM
3/13-3/17 BSCO Pantry Food Drive
3/17 March Birthday Lunch
3/17 *Science Night 6:00-8:00pm (Cafeteria and Gym)
3/21 & 3/22 OMSI "Float Your Boat" in 1st grade classrooms
3/23 OHSU COVID testing drop off - by 9 AM
3/23 Geography Club Check Day
3/27-3/31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
4/4-4/7 5th grade classes to Science School
4/5 Principal Chat 6:00-7:00pm (zoom)
4/5 *BSCO Community Listening Session 7:00-8:00 pm (zoom)
4/6 OHSU COVID testing drop off - by 9 AM
4/12 Kindergarten Orientation - 5:30-7pm
4/13 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development/Work Day
4/14 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
4/20 OHSU COVID testing drop off - by 9 AM
4/21 Volunteer Appreciation Assembly 8:40-9:20 am
4/21 Volunteer Appreciation Coffee 9:15-10:15 am
4/21 April Birthday Lunch
4/22 *BSCO Auction-- BSCO Fundraising Event (offsite location)
You can also view up to date calendar information in Parent Square.
Dear Bonny Slope Families,
March has certainly started off like a lion - let’s hope for the lamb-like weather for Spring Break! Thanks to all of our families for your flexibility and patience as when we had no buses, no school and a delayed start time. We appreciate your partnership in keeping us safe and learning!
Registration is now open for next year's Kindergarteners! If you know a family with a child who will be five before September 1st, please share this flier with them. I’ll be hosting a zoom Q&A for incoming families on Friday, March 10 and we’ll have our in person orientation on April 12. We encourage early registration so we can get the right number of teachers and balance class sizes.
This month we are celebrating Music in our Schools and our assembly tomorrow will feature outstanding readers, three new flags added to our hall of flags (Egypt, Taiwan and Tanzania) and Irish Dancing. Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at Science Night on March 17th.
STUDENT SUCCESS CORNER
Our fourth unit concept in our Kindness in the Classroom curriculum is Integrity. Over the next few weeks our students will be learning more about what integrity is and ways to demonstrate it. Our kindergarten classes will focus on exploring strategies on how to make honest choices and persevere through difficult times. In first grade the focus of this unit is twofold – understanding the importance and value of honesty as it relates to kindness, and using honest methods to persevere during difficult situations. In second grade students will talk a bit about what a reputation is and how they can be people of good character and good reputation through the choices they make and actions they take. In third grade the focus is on making honest choices, every time as well as becoming a person of integrity – saying what you mean and meaning what you say! In addition, they will focus on persevering through difficult times. Our fourth graders will be learning about the value of acting and living with integrity. They will see real-life stories of integrity in action and get an opportunity to role-play stories about integrity and honesty. They will also learn about having a growth mindset and how to set SMART goals. Finally, our fifth graders will be learning about situations that will show them how to make honest choices, which sometimes requires perseverance - the sub-topic for this unit. As our students get older, they will be faced with more and more situations that ask them to compromise their integrity. This unit will help them build skills to remain honest and resilient in the face of these challenges.
As with other units, we hope to connect the concepts in this integrity unit back to kindness, which is integral throughout the series. ♥️
Neurodiversity Celebration Week March 13 – 19, 2023
Celebrating our unique strengths and differences
What is Neurodiversity?
The neurodiversity movement is a social justice movement based on the philosophy that different ways of thinking and behaving should be embraced and are natural variations of being human.
Approximately 15-20% of the population has a neurological difference. Neurodivergent people experience, interact with, and interpret the world in unique ways. That can sometimes create challenges. But it can also lead to creative problem-solving and new ideas – things that benefit everyone!
What would happen if the world viewed neurodevelopmental differences like ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities differently? If everyone noticed the strengths that can come from these differences first, instead of the challenges?
In this blog post, 12 business leaders give their verdict on the biggest strengths that come from thinking differently. Read here to find out what they are!
This week, we're challenging misconceptions around neurodivergence and celebrating the unique and wonderful learning styles our students bring to the classroom. Bonny Slope students may notice flyers around the building featuring famously influential and important contributors to our society who also happen to be neurodiverse! Information is also being provided to our staff members about neurological differences and ways to create an inclusive and optimal learning environment for our neurodiverse learners.
Arrival and Car Drop off Reminders
Please make sure children use the crosswalk when walking to school and also when walking home in the afternoon. We know the shortest distance may be to cross McDaniel at the end of the bus driveway, but it is not safe as there is no marked crosswalk there.
On occasion, cars that are waiting to turn into the driveway for car drop off are blocking our buses from turning left onto McDaniel in the morning. The bus driver must maintain a schedule so we ask that families please leave space on McDaniel so the driver can make that turn. We appreciate your help with this!
We appreciate parents who have been using ParentVUE to let us know about upcoming absences for your student. Please be aware that once attendance has been taken at school, you will not be able to enter attendance for that day (it will tell you it is denied). Please call the office at 503.356.2040 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about same day attendance updates.
Reading Principal Chat Resources
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2023-24 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!
We are excited to welcome all of our incoming Kindergartners and their families. We hope that our flyer link above answers many of your questions. Please pass this information on to neighbors that have a child that will be 5 years old by September 1st. and if not, please give our office a call or email: 503.356.2040 or email@example.com.
Kinder Q&A Zoom - Friday, March 10 from 10:00-11:00am
Join our admin team to learn more about our kindergarten program and how to enroll your child. Bring your questions! We'll record the session and add the link here, so check back if you are unable to attend.
Kinder Q&A Zoom
Friday, March 10, 10:00-11:00
Meeting ID: 851 3009 8014
Grab those safety goggles and breakers! Science Night is just around the corner but there is still time to register your project.
Join us on March 17th from 6-8PM at the school. This fun evening is full of hands-on science exploration and the chance to see the student science and engineering projects. Students can sign up as individuals or with a partner or group (mix grades are allowed) . Display boards are FREE and available in the school office.
Is there an entrance fee? No, its free admission! Students and families are all welcome. This event is sponsored by BSCO.
Can my student create and present a science project?
Yes, all Bonny Slope Kindergarteners through 5th graders can participate. Projects are done at home and brought to school to display at Science Night. Students can come by and set up their project on Thursday, March 15th from 5-6:30 PM. There will also be a chance to drop it off before school from 8:15-8:30 on Friday.
There are two type of projects your student can choose from:
- Science Experiment -or-
- Engineering Design
Visit the Science Night Google Folder. In the folder, there's two "How To" documents: one for creating a science experiment and one for creating an engineering project.
Okay, my student has decided on a project, what do we do next?
- First step: submit an entry form located in the Science Night Google Folder. Registration will be open through midnight Tuesday, March 14.
- Second step: get a display board. Boards will be provided free of charge to all interested students. Boards are available in the office (one per registration). We will also offer board pick-up in front of the school on Friday, March 10th immediately after scho.ol
- Third step: do the project at home, document the results and have fun!
- Fourth step: bring your project board to school on Thursday, March 16 from 5-6:30PM. More details will be sent to registered participants.
Project boards are displayed in the gym and students present their findings to designated volunteers. The volunteers provide positive written feedback and they ask simple questions:
- What is your project about?
- What did you learn?
- What was your favorite part about your project?
Kinder-1st Grade will be 640-7
Second and Third Grade is 7:10-7:30
Fourth and Fifth is 7:40-8
If your child is on a mixed grade team, we will place them in the younger participants' time slot.
All students submitting a project will receive a participation prize and certificate.
If my student doesn’t create a project, can they still attend the event?
Absolutely, yes, please! We want your student to become excited about science! There will be plenty of hands-on exploration ranging from the Bonny Slope Tech Lab and hosted experiments to a Van De Graff Generator and learning about tornados. They will also be supporting their classmates and may be inspired to create a project next year.
Science Night Google Drive and registration form
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Auction & Gala
10. A reason to change out of your athleisure and wear that dress or suit you’ve always been wanting to wear - let’s get snazzy!
9. Amazing items to bid on: our generous community has shown UP! We have over $40K worth of goods and services to choose from!
8. We love our kids but we all need a night OUT! A night out with friends without your wonderful children.
7. Tax write offs
6. Sign-up for amazing community parties for yourself or your family hosted by Bonny Slope families - the party continues long after the auction night.
5. Meet other parents- your community just expanded
4. A way to say thank you to our staff and support our awesome community.
3. Give a great experience to your children by signing up for a teacher & student experience.
2. FUN! Dinner, drinks, dancing, and reliving those glory days. Let’s party like it’s PROM!
1. You can support our kids- it’s all for our kids!
Purchase tickets today only through March 24th. For more details, check out the website.
The February Geo Club was cancelled due to the snow day. All students will be given a "free pass" on their level. If your child is still excited to share what they learned in February, they are also welcome to ask the checker in March or at the June make up day.
There are three additional months and maps this year. They can be found at: Geo Club Maps for Printing - Google Drive
Thursday, March 23--Europe Part 1
Thursday, April 27--Europe Part 2
Thursday, May 25--Australia & OceaniaThursday, June 1--Recheck Day
Volunteer Checker Sign ups on MyImpact-: MyImpactPage - Clubs & Committees - Geography Club - Check Day Volunteers (betterimpact.com)
5th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair
Please join us for the 5th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair hosted in person at the Beaverton School District Administrative Office!
Parents will have an opportunity to listen to three presentations from organizations that serve children with disabilities and their families. Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.
March 14, 2023 - Elementary 5:00-8:00pm
● Accessing Washington County Developmental Disability Services
● Helping Our Kids Stay Safe Online
● Mapping the Student Journey
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Cary Meier
Assistant Principal: Betty Skundrick
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229