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Weekly update from Bonsall West March 17, 2023

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

Hello Bonsall West parents!

This has been a great, but rainy week! Our students do such an incredible job of supporting each other. It is truly heartwarming to see our upper grade students support our younger students when on the playground in the morning for running club. Our Variety show on Friday was so much fun! We had a record number of performances. We truly have outstanding students!

A huge congratulations to our 2022-2023 teacher of the year, Mrs. Mansell! We are so fortunate to have her on staff! She is incredible!

Next week, we will have our Round up! Yee -haw! It is back! There will be inflatables, game booths, food trucks, a petting zoo, pony rides, and music from Cowboy Jack. Please purchase your wristbands in advance. Information is on the attached flyer.

This coming Thursday, March 23rd will be an early dismissal day.Students will dismiss at 12:45 in grades 1-6th and 12:35 for grades TK/K. On March 30th, students will dismiss at 12:45 for spring conferences.\

Spring break is just around the corner. Spring break will be from April 3-10th. School will resume on April 11th.

Our students in grades 5th/6th have a tremendous opportunity to take a field trip to Sullivan Middle School in April. The students will learn about electives and take a tour of the campus. Parents, please sign the permission slip that went home.

Students in grades 3-6th, all staff and parents will have an opportunity to complete the California Healthy Kids survey after spring break. A permission slip will be coming home for the student survey. We will take the survey the week of April 11-14th.

Please see the LCAP survey information link below to provide valuable feedback for our District action plan.

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!

Great news! Our school was one of 63 schools selected statewide for the Purple Star Award for our work supporting military connected students. The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the California Purple Star Program. The Purple Star Program is a way to publicly recognize and designate schools that are the most committed and best equipped to meet the unique needs of military-connected students and their families. Our school/district will celebrate this award with a ceremony on 3/30 from 6-7 p.m. at Bonsall West. Please see attached flyer and rsvp. We are in need of student singers for this event. If your child is available to sing, 'God Bless the USA' by Lee Greenwood that evening, please let your child's teacher of the school office know.

We will have an online book fair event through Scholastic. Please see the flyer below.

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

Sergio Guzman: Beaver for his hard work on the Variety show and always supporting our students extra curricular activities and having music weekly at our Friday assemblies!

JoAnn Carruego: Squirrel: She makes sure this school is operational and always running in tip top shape. JoAnn works so hard for all of us!

Megan Mattioda: Pig: Her commitment to her students and for supporting Phoebe Mauk when she wanted to do an observation!

Shawna Reed: Goose: Shawna runs our after school daycare program with a smile on her face and is always supporting our students!

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

BWES Teacher of the year: Mrs. Mansell!

Teacher of the year Mrs. Mansell

It is with great pride that we announce Mrs. Mansell as the BWES teacher of the year!

Mrs. Mansell has served as a primary grade teacher at BW for the past 9 years. She displays kindness, creativity, patience, and has a solid , deep understanding of teaching. She continuously has provided her students with an amazing classroom climate and environment that is full of respect, is safe, and has high academic/behavior standards. Mrs. Mansell is the epitome of a professional. She works hard, often times working long hours past the school day to ensure her students have access to the very best instruction. She is a miracle worker with students who struggle with behaviors. She is a team player who has a warm heart. She is well respected by her students, the staff and the Bonsall West community. She volunteers regularly and loves to help her fellow colleagues. Mrs. Mansell, we are so very proud to announce you as the 2022-2023 BWES teacher of the year!!

District news

LCAP survey


Thank you for your support of our district. BUSD continuously engages parents, students, employees, and the community to monitor the progress of our goals to improve student achievement and district services.

The BUSD Board of Education and District Leadership are committed to ensuring our resources are used to meet all students' needs. Our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) addresses the district's vision for student learning, outlines actions and annual goals, and demonstrates how its budget supports those goals.

As an involved stakeholder, you are invited to share your input and suggestions to evaluate our offerings and inform decision-making for our 2023-2024 LCAP.

Please click here to take the 2023-2024 LCAP Survey.

Gracias por su apoyo a nuestro distrito. BUSD involucra continuamente a los padres, estudiantes, empleados y la comunidad para monitorear el progreso de nuestras metas para mejorar el rendimiento estudiantil y los servicios del distrito.

La Junta de Educación y el Liderazgo del Distrito de BUSD están comprometidos a garantizar que nuestros recursos se utilicen para satisfacer las necesidades de todos los estudiantes. Nuestro Plan de Responsabilidad y Control Local (LCAP) aborda la visión del distrito para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, describe las acciones y las metas anuales y demuestra cómo su presupuesto apoya esas metas.

Se le invita a compartir sus comentarios y sugerencias para ayudar a evaluar nuestras ofertas e informar la toma de decisiones para nuestro LCAP 2023-2024.

Spanish 2023-2024 LCAP Survey

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Student shout outs

Shout out to Juliet Schaffer for earning principal stamp of approval for her amazing journal writing about going to the park!

Shout out to Taylor Rosa for earning principal stamp of approval for his wonderful behavior!

Shout out to Brendan Lange for earning principal stamp of approval for his amazing 'My Lucky Life' writing!

Shout out to Piper Denning for earning principal stamp of approval for her amazing 'My Lucky Life' writing!

Each principal stamp of approval student received a prize from the prize box, a stamp of approval card, a special phone call home and a dance party!

Shout out to Aubriel Parra, Natalie Simon and Paxton Parker for their outstanding snow leopard writing!

Staff Shout outs

Shout out to Julia Quinones for the lesson on the sight word 'had'. Students were following along and working independently!

Shout out to Mrs. Bennett for the lesson on words that begin with /Gg/. Your students were able to generate several words!

Shout out to Mrs. Mattioda's class for their outstanding snow leopard writing that was displayed on the wall!

Shout out to Mrs. Stegmiller for the personalized message of the day to your students!

Shout out to Mrs. Hokanson for her explicit math lesson on adding within a word problem!

Shout out to Mrs. Carcamo and Miss Yadira for creating a personalized schedule for one our newcomers!

Shout out to Julia Quinones and Alicia Bennett for being amazing team members and supporting a class!

Shout out to Jen Wise for covering a class to support your partner teacher!

Shout out to Sergio Guzman for all of your wonderful hard work in organizing the school wide Variety show!


Habit 6

Habit 6: This month, we're going to learn about Habit 6-- Synergize! Together is better! Students are going to be learning about exploring their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as identifying the strengths of others to help with accomplishing a stronger vision. Habit 6 is all about collaboration; encouraging us to think outside of the box and explore creative alternatives using all of our teammate's unique strengths and weaknesses.

To practice at home, try asking your student to break a popsicle stick-- they probably can! But if you bundle a bunch of popsicle sticks, your student may have a harder time. That's because there's strength when we work as a team!

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.


Multi cultural night is back! Please contact the PTA if you would like to host a table for Multi -cultural night! Please contact Athena Dhawan if you are interested:

Upcoming events:

Online Scholastic book fair open now

3/24: Round up

3/29: STREAM day 8:30-12:30

4/21: Multi cultural night

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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Please sign up for PTA:

Upcoming Dates

3/23:; 3rd quarter ends: minimum day dismissal @12:45;

3/24 : Habit 6 student recognition assembly @8:30 Round up 4-7 p.m.

3/29: STREAM day 8:30-12:30

3/30: Parent conferences: minimum day dismissal @12:45; Purple Star Award ceremony at Bonsall West 6-7 p.m.

3/31: Minimum day dismissal @12:45

4/3-4/10: Spring Break

April: Month of the Military child

April 12th: Tell me a Story night 5-6 p.m.