The Colt Express

November 12, 2023

Principal's Message:

Greetings Colts Community,

It was another great week in Colt Country! On Monday, we started our Annual Food Drive and our families showed up with plenty of donations! Giving back and supporting our community is the Colt way! Thank you families for your kind and generous contributions!

On Tuesday, our students learned about the importance of water conservation with a school assembly titled, "Waterology!" It was an interactive assembly that our Colt Scholars enjoyed.

In other news, Mr. Stark and Mrs. Dale’s 5th grade classes had a great time on their second visit to the Bonsall Farm! If you want to see some happy students, take a look at some of the pictures on display in the Bonsall Farm section of the newsletter.

Lastly, on Friday, we honored our Bonsall West Staff who are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It coincided with College and/or Career Day and we had a couple of students come dressed in their future military uniforms and pose with two of our three Veterans. Take a look in our Staff Spotlight section as we acknowledge the sacrifices they made for our freedoms.

Jog-A-Thon update: We have currently raised $28,182 dollars. Our goal is $35,000. We have until November 15th to continue fundraising for our school! A HUGE thank you to parents, family and friends that have donated to support BWE and all of the programs and academic resources that these dollars cover for our kids. Go the to donate today.

Scroll down to our dates to remember section and be sure to mark your personal calendars. Our goal at Bonsall West is that of Dreaming Big and going from Great to the Greatest!

School Spirit is very important to us at Bonsall West and we celebrate the following each week:

Thursdays - College shirt day!

Fridays - Bonsall West spirit shirt day!

Early Release Day:

Early release days are on Friday this year.

  • TK/K at 1:05 PM

  • Grades 1st-6th at 1:15 PM

What to expect each regular full day:

  • TK/K School Day - 8:15 AM-2:35 PM

  • Grades 1st-6th School Day - 8:15 AM-2:45 PM

  • Front Gate Opens at 7:45 AM

  • Back Gate Opens at 7:55 AM

  • Running Club & Reading Room Begins at 7:55 AM

  • Drop Off & Pick Up Remains the Same


Mr. Dominic Camacho

Principal, Bonsall West Elementary School

For additional information on any of our announcements, please contact JoAnn Carruego.


Patriotic Assembly

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Veterans Mrs. JoAnn Carruego (USN) and Mrs. Dawn Milton (USMC) pose with future United States Armed Force students Rayan Huda and Kade Barrameda. Mr. Richard Rodriguez was unable to make it for the assembly but was there in spirit! Thank you Veterans for inspiring our students to reach for the stars!
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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • November 16th: PTA Association Meeting @ 5:30 pm via Zoom

  • November 17th: Student of the Month Awards @ 8:30 in the MPR

  • November 20th-24th: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Spotlight on Staff

November Birthdays!

2nd - Chipper Settle

6th - Ande Mata

10th - Michelle Brady Guzman

14th - Cha Murdock

16th - Joey Stark

23rd - Zoila Carruego

24th - Cecilia Rocha

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BWE Veterans - Thank you!

Mrs. JoAnn Carruego

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Mrs. JoAnn Carruego was in The United States Navy

YN3 (E-4)

Dates of Service: 11/23/1999 - 1/4/2004

When asked, she shared, “I enjoyed my time in the Navy and all the friends I made throughout my enlistment. My favorite memory took place at my second duty station in Port Hueneme, CA. I was with The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three. My dad; my hero who was currently active duty at the time as well, drove down from Camp Pendleton to pin my E4 crows on my uniform.”

Mrs. Dawn Milton

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Mrs. Milton was a Staff Sergeant when she retired (E-6).

Her MOS - 0241 Imagery Analysis Specialist

Dates of Service: May 88 - Jul 97

Her favorite military memory was being stationed in Hungary with a joint command. “We were on an old Soviet base in the middle of the winter. We were offered a break in Budapest if we ran in their annual 10K run. Our small group of Marines (about 5 of us) agreed to run and had a great time running in the rain, snow and finally sunshine. We had about three hours after the race to site see and be tourists in Budapest.”

Mr. Richard Rodriguez

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Mr. Richard Rodriguez was in The United States Marine Corps

E-3, Lance Corporal

Dates of Service: September 27, 1983 - September 26, 1984

His favorite memory was “Wearing my Marine Corp dress blue uniform.”

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Bonsall Farm

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Bonsall Farm Information on upcoming field trips.

Mrs. Dale

It was a great day on the BUSD farm on Wednesday. They will be bringing home a soil sample and LAB worksheet, but we are going to continue to observe it over the next week.

Click HERE for lots of pictures!

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Mr. Stark's Class

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Colts in Action!

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Champions in the community!

Congratulations Daniel and King (not pictured)! Colts representing!
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Rawhide Ranch Final Show

Folklorico with Carcamo!

Our students come before school to practice hard for upcoming performances! Doing whatever it takes to be the BEST!
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Ms. Sullivan's Class

We have been studying the different regions of California. Our students have been creating advertisements for the different regions for you to enjoy. CLICK HERE to see them on Flipgrid!

College and Career Day

We held our College and Career Day and want to thank Ms. Ande for putting all together! Thank you to our parents and community members who took the time to share about their careers. CLICK HERE for more photos!
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Waterology Assembly

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Weekly Colt Award Winners!

In addition to the monthly awards, we have some amazing scholars who are being recognized by staff for being safe, respectful, responsible and doing their personal best each day. If they are caught exhibiting these traits they are given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize! Wow, just for doing the right thing all the time! Those tickets remain in the spinner for the entire month and each Friday the winners are acknowledged at our Patriot Ceremony.
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Drop off/pick up Procedures

Drive thru or park and pick up for all grades will take place at the front side gate near the TK/K playground. You may park or line up while remaining in your car to wait for your child(ren) to be dismissed from school. No student pick up at the main gate. Only students with a walker ID Tag will be allowed to exit the main gate. If you are wanting to pick up at the back gate they must follow the walker requirements.

Walker Requirements:

· Must be in 1st - 6th grade, TK/K can if they are accompanied with older sibling/s.

· A “Walker” permission slip is sent home with children the first week of school each year and must be filled out yearly.

· All registered walkers are required to have a bracelet keychain, distributed by BWE.

· Registered walkers with their bracelet keychain can exit the main gate in front of the school or the back gate.

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Nutrition Services

Please visit our CNS website which contains forms and information for parents to request special diets.

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* Menu subject to change *

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Hello Bonsall West Friends and Families!

Thank you so very much for all of your support this year’s Jog-a-Thon! We are so grateful for your contributions, your volunteer time, and your treat and water donations.

We are happy to report that we have raised $28,182! We are off to a good start, but we aren’t quite yet to our fundraising goal for this year of $35,000. All the money raised goes right back to the school, the students, and teachers, and helps pay for field trips, programs and apps for the classroom, teacher grants, assemblies, Chrome books, school and community events, and much more!

If you have not set up an account on our Pledgestar site, you still can! Please visit to set up your family account and begin fundraising.

The first round of prizes were delivered on Friday. We have the second round of prizes coming next week, and it’s not to late to start earning prizes! Fundraising will continue until November 15.

Please join us for our PTA General Association Meeting on Thursday, November 16th via Zoom at 5:30 pm. See flier below.

Thank you so much for all your ongoing support. We have a wonderful school because of you.

Many thanks,

Bonsall West PTA

**Check out the Parent Resource Guide for any questions you may have about school, bell schedules, pick up/drop off and more!

We cannot do the work we do without you, the parents and guardians. You are an important piece in your child’s academic success and your child’s first teacher. Now, more than ever, we need to work as community partners to support each and every child. One way to continue with support is by joining the PTA on Totem: We have been very fortunate to have a strong relationship with our PTA and receive significant financial support for our students.
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Volunteer Information

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We encourage parents, guardians, and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with students. Volunteer assistance in schools strengthens the schools' relationships with the community.

If you wish to volunteer please read through the Volunteer Handbook as it defines the procedures to protect the safety of students and adults as well as conform with laws related to tuberculosis testing and criminal record checks as required by law. The forms needed in order to be a volunteer are in the handbook. Please complete the forms and turn them in to your student’s school site office manager for processing. You will also need to obtain a LiveScan request for fingerprinting, please contact the Human Resources Administrative Assistant by

e-mail at or by phone: 760-631-5200 x1013


BUSD Bilingual Community Liaison, Leonor Rodriguez

The November Newsletter

Contact information: or (760)631-5200 Ext: 1000

Go to our PTA Corner for the Parent Resource Guide for additional resources.

BUSD Love on your back program

3597 Kellington Ct., Oceanside, Ca. 92056 760 224-1098


501c3 Nonprofit Charity #83-1210023 (website)

COVID Test Kits

Bonsall Unified School District has supplied two COVID test kits per student for our site. If you would like you, the parent or guardian, may pick them up at Bonsall West Elementary. These COVID tests are provided to you as a courtesy. Testing is not required by our district.

Although we are excited to have your child attend school every day, when your child is sick, we do ask you to keep him or her at home. Specifically, if your child has tested positive for COVID, he or she should remain at home for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms or positive COVID test (if asymptomatic). Your child may return on Day 6, unless he or she remains sick. Masking upon return to school is not required by the District.

We wish you great health as we know the cold and flu season approaches, and encourage you to place special attention to taking practical steps to boost your student’s immune system by providing nutritious food, proper amounts of sleep, and good doses of exercise.

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Community Partners

Thank you to Home Depot for keeping our students cool and donating 2 huge fans for our lunch court! It takes a Village to raise our kids and you are a big part of our Village!

The Leader in Me

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At Bonsall West Elementary School we are focusing on the Leader in Me to build lifelong leadership skills.

We want our students to focus on the 7 habits:

1. Feel empowered to be proactive and be in charge of themselves.

2. Set goals and begin with the end in mind,

3. Focus on work first then play with put first things first.

4. Have an abundance mindset and think win-win.

5. Listen to our peers and seek first to understand, then be understood.

6. Work collaboratively and synergize.

7. Have school work/life balance and sharpen the saw.

We have a couple of resources that explains the paradigm shifts and habits that we focus on and will get them to you soon.

All students will attend a BWE expectations assembly this week. We will review schoolwide expectations/rules and answer any questions.

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BWE Mission Statement

At Bonsall West, everyone is inspired to do their best, be respectful, work hard, think of others and dream big!

BWE Vision

At Bonsall West, we will focus on the future by setting goals and collaborating to create a culture of leaders that respectfully serve the community.