Bobcat Blast

October 28, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

October has been a BUSY month! In addition to all of the differentiated instruction, engaging lessons, joyful discovery, and collaboration that has been happening each day in the classrooms, we have done the following things (by category): (No wonder we're all tired!) 🙂


Bus Evacuation Drill

Earthquake Drill, Fire Drill, and Lockdown Drill

Fall Safety Inspection with Risk Management

School Safety Committee Meeting (staff)


Hearing Screening K-2

COGat Testing (3rd grade and nominated 5th graders)

Individual Reading Level Assessment (all students)


Walk & Bike to School Day (Oct 5)

PTO Meeting (Oct 6)

Garden Work Party (Oct 8 & 9)

Playground Committee Meeting (Oct 10)

TAG Night (Oct 11)

Book Fair (Oct 15-21)

Read-a-thon (Oct 10-28)

Parent Awareness Night w/ Ms. Schimpke (Oct 19)

Principal Chat (Oct 26) See Slides Below

Haunted Hallway/Fall Carnival (TOMORROW)


Picture Day

Dwarfism Awareness Day

Friday Sing-along

Book Character Dress Up Day (tomorrow)


Thank you to all of the volunteers who have planned, prepared, facilitated, led, advertised, and/or engaged in one or more of these activities. It takes a village. We couldn't do it without you! ❤️

Tomorrow is Book Character Dress Up Day and Haunted Hallway/Fall Carnival that starts at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!


Calendar - Important Dates

  • 10/27 - 10/28 - Read-A-Thon
  • 28th - Character Dress Up Day
  • 28th - Haunted "Fun House" Hallway / Fall Carnival


  • 2nd - Fall Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00 There is School
  • 3rd - Fall Conferences, 12:00 - 8:00 There is No School
  • 4th - Teacher Work Day - No School
  • 9th - National Microtia Awareness Day
  • 9th - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm
  • 10th - Grading Day, No School
  • 11th - Holiday, No School
  • 14th - World Kindness Day
  • 23 - 25 - Holiday Break
  • 28th - Staff Development, No School

Tomorrow's Events

Book Character Dress Up Day Tomorrow

Character Dress-Up Day is tomorrow, Friday October 28th. Please remember that this day is for book-related costumes only. Please make sure your child's costume is school appropriate, no masks or weapons.


  • Tomorrow is also the last day to read and record minutes.

  • Please begin to total and collect any per-minute donations after Read-A-Thon closes tomorrow

  • All reading logs, manual pledge sheets, and physical money collected (not necessary if you fundraised using 99Pledges) are due Monday, November 7th.

Haunted Hallway / Fall Carnival

Calling all families! Join us for our annual Haunted Hallway on Friday, October 28th from 6:30-8:30pm.

6:30-8:30pm: Fall Carnival

6:30-7:30pm: Haunted Hallway is open

8:15pm: Raffle drawings (do not need to be present to win)

Trick or Treat

Smell My...Awesome 5th grade Families who are preparing an exciting evening of Halloween inspired games, prizes, and a spooky-fun Haunted Hallway!

Attendees will have the choice to enjoy the Halloween games in the gym and cafeteria, and if they are in the mood for a fun fright can wander the hallway to the Haunted Hallway.

This event is a fundraiser for the 5th grade families to raise funds for the 5th Grade End of Year Celebration marking the end of their Elementary adventures and the beginning of Middle School.

Suggested donation for the event is $5-$20 per family. Donations are not required, but can be given at the entrance to the Haunted Hallway, at the Raffle Basket table, and the Prizes Booth. Cash, Checks made out to BSPTO, and PayPal accepted.

There will also be raffle tickets available for purchasing a chance to win some great Raffle Baskets which include sweets, treats, get aways, family adventure gift certificates, date night packages, and more). Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Raffle Basket Booth in the gym. 1 ticket = 1 chance to win. Ticket prices are 1 ticket for $2 or 3 for $5. Cash, Checks made out to BSPTO, and PayPal accepted.

All donations are tax deductible.

Looking forward to a fun Friday night event!

Happening Next Week

Conferences: November 2 - 3

This is an important time to connect with your child's teacher and set goals together for the year. Conferences will be in person this year, but if you need to have a ZOOM conference instead, please let your child's teacher know and we are happy to accommodate. 🙂 We are hoping for 100% parent/guardian participation for conferences.

Teachers sent out Conference Links last week. If you have not signed up yet, please contact your teacher.

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, November 2nd: 4:00 - 8:00 pm (There IS School)

Thursday, November 3rd: 12:00 - 8:00 pm (There is NO School)

Friday, November 4th: Teacher Work Day (NO School)

Thursday / Friday - No School


National Microtia Awareness Day, November 9th

Hello, we are the Lichtenberger family and our daughter Lily, whom is a 1st grader this year, was born with microtia atresia of the right ear. Our goal as parents is to spread awareness and celebrate Lily’s differences. “We’re different and we’re the same”.

Lily was born with microtia atresia of the right ear (grade 3), which means that she is partially deaf . Lily does have a BAHA, a bone conductive hearing device, but has disliked wearing it since she was a baby and it is something that we do not enforce unless her safety is at risk.

Having microtia has its challenges. With Lily being partially deaf, she relies solely on her “big ear” to hear. We are always mindful of loud noises when it comes to her “big ear” to protect her hearing. Wearing sunglasses, masks, or headbands also brings its own challenges due to her little ear not able to support them, but we have taken every challenge in stride.

For more information on Lily and Microtia Atresia, please click Here

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Welcome Ms. Hussain to Bethany

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Library News from Ms. Hussain

The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Students in 3rd- 5th grades at Bethany Elementary are invited to form teams and participate in this program. The 16 books for the elementary level has been picked by OASL to introduce children to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.

OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

OBOB is a student driven activity supported by parent volunteers. The students need to create their own teams of 4 members from their own grade. They will compete first among their grade and then other grades to find the winning team to represent Bethany Elementary School at Regionals in Feb-March 2023. If they win at Regionals they go on to compete at the State level mid April 2023.

The books can be read by the student, read to the student by a family member or listened to audibly. Books will be made available through our school library, through Washington County Community library system( Cedar Mill and Bethany public libraries have many copies) and through our electronic library Sora. This is a fun way to introduce new genres and authors to your child!

I am introducing this program to the students in 3-5 grades during their library specials period. We are discussing the importance of trying new genres, learning new perspectives through reading and “ reading with a purpose”.

Form your teams, find a unique name for your team, start reading and look for more updates in the school newsletter about registering your team!

Ms. Hussain

This is the list of books for the elementary grade division for the year 2022-2023.

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
  • Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar
  • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
  • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte & Ann Xu
  • Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
  • Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summerby Gillian Goerz
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
  • Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat


School Directory

We are in the process of creating a Bethany Family Directory, that will be shared with the families at Bethany. If you would like to be included, please fill out this form:

Bethany Family Directory

If you do not fill out the form, your information will not be included.

Once it is ready, it will be sent out to those families who participated.

BSPTO News *****************

Wondering what fundraisers to expect this year, and where the money goes? Here's a quick summary!

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The Read-a-Thon is one of two primary fundraisers for the Bethany PTO's general budget. The other is the Jog-a-Thon, which typically happens in May. Each of these events encourages students to participate in a healthy activity while raising funds for the PTO and earning individual, class, and school prizes. The general budget primarily pays for classroom supplies and support, student enrichment, teacher appreciation, student scholarship funds, community events, and more. The detailed 2022-23 PTO budget is available on our website.

You'll also see a few fundraisers throughout the year that are designed to support specific initiatives. As mentioned above, the Haunted Hallway on Oct 28 is put on by 5th grade families and raises money for the end-of-year 5th grade party. The Scholastic Book Fair raises money for the school library. The Playground Improvement Committee is selling Bobcat Bling and facilitating a Dollar Wars competition later this year to raise money for new playground equipment.

In previous years, we have promoted a number of "Dinner Nights Out" - specific evenings where local restaurants would donate a portion of the proceeds to the BSPTO. At the end of last year, we reflected that the dinner nights made up a large portion of our communication, but provided a very small amount of our actual funding (4.3%). This year, we would like to focus our communication and efforts on two primary fundraisers to make things simpler for families.

Questions? Feedback? We'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to Skyler Weaver at
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Come Help Co-Chair the Green Team!

Would you like to help continue creating a place of learning for our children that includes a focus on our environment and saving our planet? Come help keep Bethany a "Green School" and co-host / create various green projects each month; recycling drives, planting trees, Adopt-A-Road, book giveaways and so much more

Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!

With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!

Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.

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District News

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5th Grade Parents Information

Middle School Learning Options Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting Monday, October 17. Current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID.

Information About BSD Learning Options and Application Process

Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses. Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed

See In Person Open Houses Dates Below

5th Grade - Weekly News

The 5th grade teachers have created a matching grant fundraiser. Your support can help our students connect to the world around them through individual subscriptions to The Week Junior. By introducing a steady flow of current events into our classroom, our kids will be better informed and better prepared for the bigger conversations we hope to have around rights, responsibility and community.

If you would like to donate towards our project please click on this link:

Bethany Fifth Grade

*The BEF New Project Match will match the first $500 in contributions to this project.

Little Ears are Listening

We LOVE having volunteers back in the building and so many families on campus after school and at events. It has come to my attention that a few people may need some reminders about KID-APPROPRIATE language while on school grounds...and hopefully anytime children are around. (I don't know who...and I don't want to know).

Just may not always be listening...but they HEAR everything!

School Absences

Thank you for calling the absence line when your student is going to be absent. To make it easier for the office, please include your student's ID number when leaving a message. If you don't know it, ask your child for their Library number.

School Birthday Policy

We've had several inquiries about birthday celebrations at school. I wasn't able to find a written policy for Bethany and all schools have slightly different rules. In my 24 years in schools, I have seen a variety of policies and the impact on individual students and the class as a whole.

For a variety of reasons, including health, safety (COVID and allergies), disruption to instructional time, and hurt feelings, we will NOT be celebrating individual student birthdays at school. Teachers acknowledge students with birthdays in a variety of ways (class singing, a sticker, birthday pencil, special jobs, etc). We want every child to feel special on their birthday without having a potential negative impact on the rest of the class.

We know the requests to celebrate your child come from such a beautiful and loving place. ❤️ One thing you might consider is donating a favorite book to the class library in honor of your child or having them bring a favorite book to be read aloud (arrange with the teacher first). Party invitations may not be distributed at school (even if they are for the whole class). Thank you for understanding.

We are working with the PTO to publish a school directory. If you would like to be included please fill out this link: Bethany Family Directory

Will You Be gone for an Extended time?

Parents/Guardians: Please note if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (10 days or more), you must fill out a Notice of Pre-Arranged Absence form, which you can pick up in the office. This form must be turned into the office at least ONE WEEK before the date the absence begins. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Bethany Social Media

We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to:

Return Chromebooks and iPads

We are missing Chromebooks and iPads and chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad and charger or BSD Chromebook and charger at home to use for Temporary Learning or FLEX online, please make sure you return them to school. Even if your student received the devices from another school such as FLEX, please bring the devices to Bethany.

Our IT department thanks you!

School Supplies for 2022-2023

We want to say Thank you to the families who have paid for school supplies.

If you haven't yet paid, please feel free to send in cash or a check to the school office. We will also be collecting money by check, cash, or card at the Back To School Night.

You can follow the instructions below to pay online.

Step by Step Instructions for Online Payment System.

Local Levy

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023. More information on the Levy

Video Explaining the Levy Renewal

Video Explaining the Levy Renewal (Spanish)