The Colt Express

Weekly update from Bonsall West May 26, 2023

Principal's Message: Dream Big Bonsall West and ride with pride!

Hello Bonsall West parents!

This has been another fun week!

Our 5th graders shared their state reports, our 6th graders went off to Camp Cuyamaca and we had our whole school musical performance thanks to Mrs. Pellkofer , our music teacher on Wednesday and Thursday! Our 5th graders went to Rawhide Ranch this week for three days. Our 4th graders performed in their play and did an outstanding job! Our first graders had a fantastic picnic lunch with their students!

Summer intervention and classes:

BUSD is offering a variety of summer learning, enrichment programs, and intersessional days June 12th-30th at school sites. Flyers will be coming out this weekend with more details but families may sign up for summer learning, enrichment courses, and intersessional days with the Boys and Girls Club. Some BUSD families have already been contacted about participating in the summer learning courses with BUSD teachers and they will be automatically registered through 6Crickets. Students who register for intersessional days at BES may also attend enrichment classes at BES in the morning, regardless of what school they attend. Please check your email and PeachJar flyers for more details coming shortly.

All of these programs will begin registration Monday, May 29th, through the 6Crickets portal: BUSD & 6Crickets Portal . Don't wait, registration will fill up fast!

Reminder: The Panorama District survey window is open until June 2nd.

Please take a moment to complete the survey.

Additionally, the PTA has a short survey for parents to complete.

We will be conducting our MRA survey for our school based on our implementation of the Leader in Me: our 7 healthy habits for our students. Please take a moment to complete the MRA survey as well: Parent survey link:

Calling all parent volunteers! We will have a thank you volunteer breakfast on Thursday, June 8th at 9:00 a.m. Please see the attached flyer and rsvp to JoAnn Carruego in the school office if you plan to join us. We truly appreciate all of our parent volunteers!

The spring survey is here! The survey window will be open from May 15-June 2nd:

Family Survey communication

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

This year, your school partnered with Panorama Education to survey staff/families/students at your school about your experiences and perceptions 3x per year. Your participation is completely confidential and anonymous, which means that no one at your school will ever see your individual responses. We (Panorama Education) are managing this process to ensure security.

The results of this survey will help administrators better understand your perceptions of your school. Survey data will be used by your administrators to identify strengths and areas for growth.

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the survey. To complete your survey, please click the following link and enter the access code below for your child's school: The survey window will be open from May 15-June 2nd, 2023

Family survey

Bonsall West Bonsall West Family Survey: 8336351860

If you have trouble accessing the online survey, please contact us at

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.

If you have trouble accessing the online survey, please contact us at

Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.


Tina Calabrese

Our front office doors are locked during the school day for student safety. Please make sure to send your child with all the items they will need during the day to decrease the amount of foot traffic in the front office. In addition, if your child will be leaving early during the school day for an appointment, please email your child's teacher and call ahead to the office so your child will be ready for you when you arrive. Thank you!

Shout out to our most recent staff members selected for our staff led Gung Ho awards!

Jessica Dale: Beaver: The beaver award was given to Mrs. Dale for all her hard work making the yearbook amazing! She has dedicated countless hours completing, proofing, and working with the yearbook students to make the BW yearbook program successful.

Annie Carney: Squirrel: The squirrel award was given to Mrs. Carney for helping her students develop lifelong values of responsibility and respect!

Ms. Sullivan, Ms. Van Wormer and Mrs. Wise: Pig. The pig award was given to the 3rd grade team for their amazing hard work with the Living Museum. It was great as always. We know all the hard work that went into making it a success, especially with the challenge of the internet being down the week before!

Erica Eckel: Goose: The award of the goose was given to Ms. Erica Eckel for always being kind, positive and patient with the students she interacts with!

Bonsall West School Mission Statement

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

Bonsall West Vision:

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

Reminder: our early release day is now Friday. Please remember to pick up your child at 1:05 for grades TK/K and 1:15 for students in grade 1-6th. Please also remind your child to bring a refillable water bottle daily. We have RO systems for fresh drinking water at school. If your child would like to get a hot lunch, please remind them to raise their hand in class.

Every Thursday is college shirt day and every Friday is Bonsall West spirit shirt days!

For additional information, please contact JoAnn Carruego

BWE Classified Employee of the year!

Laura Marks, our media tech

Laura has worked as our library/media tech for the past two years.

Laura has been an exceptional library tech. She is very organized, punctual, and great with out students and runs a beautiful library. She manages all our chromebooks and books with ease. We can always count on her to make sure the library is running smoothly. She has excellent communication with our staff, students , and parents and makes sure they have what they need.

We truly appreciate all her hard work and dedication to our site.

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Student shout outs

Shout out to Grayson Witte, Estrellita Morales, Arjun Saxena, Melanie Jimenez, Lillian Sawtelle, Alianna Hauff, and Mikaelie Grabau for earning principal stamp of approval for meeting your typical growth goal for ELA i-Ready! We are so proud of you!

Shout out to Connor Hyatt, Domenico Rossi, Finn Hall, Abby Scroggins, and Alex Matijevic for earning principal stamp of approval for reaching your stretch goal for ELA i-Ready! We are so proud of you!

Shout out to Nora Shinwari for being selected principal stamp of approval for meeting 265% of growth on I-Ready and having amazing behavior!!

Shout out to Willy Gomez for being selected principal stamp of approval for meeting 207% of growth on i-Ready!

Shout out to Taylor Rosa for being selected principal stamp of approval for meeting214 % of growth on i-Ready!

Shout out to Christen Silva Amador for being selected principal stamp of approval for meeting 206% of growth on i-Ready!

Shout out to Alayna de la Rosa for being selected principal stamp of approval for meeting

231 % of growth on i-Ready!

Students selected for principal stamp of approval receive a dance party, a principal stamp of approval card, a special phone call home and a prize from the prize box!

Shout out to all students for your amazing performance on the music show!

Shout out to 5th grade for your hard work on your state fair reports!

Shout out to 4th grade for your hard work on your play!

Staff Shout outs

Shout out to Mrs. Dale and Mr. Stark for chaperoning the Rawhide Ranch overnight field trip for 3 days!

Shout out to Mr. Guzman and Mrs. Milton for chaperoning the Camp Cuyamaca 6th grade field trip overnight for a whole week!

Shout out to Mrs. Pellkofer for your hard work on the music show!

Shout out to Mrs. Brady Guzman and Mrs. Grygera for your hard work on the play!


Habit 7

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

Balance feels better. This habit focuses on taking time for yourself and caring for yourself because it gives you the ability to do everything else. The principles are renewal, continuous improvement and balance. Daily, achieve the daily private victory, overcome obstacles and focus on tge body, mind, heart and spirit.

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, collaboratively and synergize and 7. have school work/life balance and sharpen the saw. We have attached a couple of resource that explains the paradigm shifts that we focus on as well as the habits we focus on.


Upcoming events:

Volunteer breakfast June 8th @9:00 a.m. Please rsvp to JoAnn Carruego in the BW office!

Please click on the latest edition of the District community newsletter:

In need of food assistance? Please open the flyer below to apply for Love on your back to receive a backpack full of good food for your family.

Homework strategies/supports for military families:

This webinar helps military parents with multiple children navigate the different homework assignments and requirements that each child must accomplish. Parents learn practical tips and strategies, including how to motivate their children. Register here:

BUSD Love on your back program

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Upcoming Dates

June 7th: Kindergarten promotion

June 8th: Volunteer breakfast

June 9th: Last day of school, minimum day dismissal @12:45; 6th grade promotion @8:30 a.m.