The Colt Express

September 17, 2023

Principal's Message:

Greetings Colts Community,

It was another great week in Colt Country! On Monday we honored our First Responders at our 9/11 Memorial Assembly! Once again we are forever grateful for all the sacrifices you make each day to keep us all safe.

This Tuesday is our School Picture Day so get the haircuts and outfits ready! Also, our Scholastic Book Fair will be starting on Tuesday, September 19th and going through September 22nd! The Book Fair will be open Daily 2:45 - 4:00 PM in our MPR. Please check in the front office.

On Friday, we hope to see you at our first Lunch on the Lawn! Bring your lunch, a blanket or chair and enjoy lunch with your scholar. We will have a check in table at the main gate.

Please note the grade level lunch times:

TK/K - 11:35-12:15

1st & 2nd - 11:55-12:35

3rd - 6th - 12:35-1:15

Also, our 4th graders from Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Van Wormer's classes had a great time at the Bonsall Farm! Take a look at some of the pictures on display in our Colts in Action section of the newsletter.

Scroll on down to our PTA Corner for information on our upcoming Association Meeting.

Our PTA Membership Drive and Classroom Contest is on the go through October 1st! The top three classrooms with the most affiliated PTA members will win a class party. Will it be your child's classroom?

1st Place - Pizza Party

2nd Place - Popsicle Party

3rd Place - Popcorn Party

Register or renew your membership now to support our school and help your child's class win!

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.


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • September 19th: Picture Day

  • September 26th: Make-up Picture Day

  • September 19 - 22: Scholastic Book Fair

  • September 22nd: Lunch on the lawn LINK. Please come join your child for lunch at school. This is a fun time for parents and students.

  • September 29th: "Be Proactive" Awards in the MPR at 8:30 am

  • September 30th: BUSD Golf Tournament

  • October 9th: Assembly - Theatre of Peace: Act Like You Matter!
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Thank you First Responders - 9/11 Memorial

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Spotlight on Staff

Thank you to our amazing staff for taking the time to Honor and Memorialize our Local Heroes!

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Colts in Action!

Caught Being Responsible

Our staff has been catching our Colt students being safe, respectful, responsible and doing their personal best! We put their tickets into a weekly raffle and if they are selected they win a prize for being a great citizen!
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Bonsall Farm

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Mrs. Brady Guzman and Mrs. Van Wormer's 4th Grade Classes

5th Grade - Mrs. Dale

We had a busy day yesterday working in groups. We are focusing on volume in math and physical properties in science class.

Bonsall Farm Information on upcoming field trips.
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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

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* Menu subject to change *

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Welcome to our first 2023-2024 Bonsall West PTA General Association Meeting, Thursday, Sept 21st at 5:30pm!

We hope hosting the meeting via ZOOM makes it easier for you to attend.

Please login with your first and last name so we can confirm your voting eligibility. Voting eligibility requires PTA membership for at least 30 days. If you recently signed up (less than 30 days), we are still grateful for your attendance. At every meeting we require a minimum number of attendees to conduct business (approve budgets, vote, etc).

Topic: PTA General Association Meeting
Time: Sep 21, 2023 05:30 PM
Please contact Liz Dale for the Zoom Link information if you did not receive an invitation.

Please see attached agenda items and the minutes from our last meeting on 5/13/23. You should receive further documents for review next week.

Thank you so much for your support!

Liz Dale

Bonsall West PTA Secretary

5/13/2023 Minutes

9/21/2023 Agenda

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Welcome Back to BWE! 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.

September 21st: PTA General Association Meeting

September 22nd: Lunch on the lawn. Please come join your child for lunch at school. This is a fun time for parents and students.

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


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

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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.

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.

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