Bonny Slope Elementary

February 6, 2020

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Dates To Remember

2/8 *Pancake Breakfast- 5th Grade Fundraiser 7:30-10:30am

2/14 *Valentine's Day Parties in Classrooms (1 hr)

2/17 NO SCHOOL - President's Day

2/18 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

2/19 Immunization Exclusion Day

2/21 International Mother Language Day

2/24 February Birthday Lunch Celebration

2/26 Hearing Screening K/1/2 8:30-11:30

2/27 *Geography Club Check Day

2/28 Principal Chat 2pm
2/28 *Family Movie/Game Night 6:30-8:30pm Gym

*BSCO Sponsored event

See our online calendar for more information and updates throughout the year.

Bonny Slope Calendar

Volunteer Background Check



One of the perks about being a school administrator is that our students often have lunch in our offices. They’ll request it, and it’s a great opportunity for us to get to know our students. Kids bring lunches from home, and often, those lunches reflect the culture of the students’ family. Many times, I’ve heard kids ask questions about the lunch, wanting to know about the food they were eating.

The third competency of our Social Emotional Learning work encompasses this concept: social awareness. Social awareness involves the ability to understand the perspectives of others, especially those that are from different backgrounds and cultures.

Schools provide unique experiences for our students because they are afforded the opportunity to interact with many different kids. Everyday within our school, there are thousands of interactions between students and staff, a mosaic of communication. We are constantly interacting with others, and learning about how different people are, and how to effectively work with them.

We know that our students will enter the workforce, they will be working among people that are very different from themselves. In our increasingly connected world, being comfortable around diverse people will be a needed and appreciated skill.

Speaking about our focus on Social Emotional Learning, Lindsey Williamson invited our district Social Emotional TOSA Angela Healow to come to Bonny Slope to talk about this work. The date is February 20th, and it’s from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Please come and learn about this important topic!

And speaking of opportunities to interact, our famous Pancake Breakfast, “Flapjacks and Flannel” is this Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30. We hope to see everyone there.

Finally, we are continuing our work enforcing kindness at Bonny Slope. At Friday’s assembly, we will be showing a video that explains the importance of kindness that features a few Bonny Slope students. We’ll be using that video as a kick off to Kindness Week, which starts next week!


Jim Hiller and Janet Maza



Bonny Slope Kindness Week February 10-14, 2020

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The Great Kindness Challenge February 10-14, 2020

Your Kindness Matters! We challenge you to complete as many acts of kindness as you can in one week. Have fun and smile big knowing that you are changing the world for good!

*Return your signed checklist/s (school edition) to the main office by Friday, Feb. 14th for a chance to win a prize.

You can also try the Great Kindness Challenge (family edition) at home.

See the pictures below or the attached .pdf for the checklists and family edition.

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Random Acts of Kindness Challenge February 10-14, 2020

Celebrate Kindness Throughout the Year - Daily Activities Calendar for 2020
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Attendance Matters

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves. Start building this habit in elementary school so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
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Rise and Dine! The Importance of Breakfast for Kids

Breakfast is touted as the "most important meal of the day"—and there's some truth to that. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities which helps in maintaining a healthy body weight. Breakfast gives the body the refueling it needs for the day ahead after going without food for eight to 10 hours during sleep.

So, now may be the time to get your kids in the habit of eating a healthy breakfast.

Eating breakfast is important for everyone but especially so for children and teens. In general, kids who skip breakfast will feel tired, restless and irritable. What they eat is also important. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber and protein while low in added sugar may enhance their attention span, concentration and memory—which they need to learn in school.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that children who eat a healthful, well-balanced breakfast are more likely to:

  • Meet their daily nutrient requirements
  • Concentrate better
  • Have better problem-solving skills
  • Have better hand-eye coordination
  • Stay alert
  • Be more creative
  • Miss fewer days of school
  • Be more physically active

Without breakfast, our bodies don't get the jump start they need to operate at their fullest potential throughout the day. Encourage young people to make breakfast a part of their regular household routines. By helping children learn important concepts about eating breakfast, it will lay a foundation of eating right for years to come.

Wendy Costanzo, RN



Current Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Join us on February 20th for a NEW ENTREE!!
We will be serving Three Bean Chili and Cinnamon Roll for lunch.


2019 Annual Asbestos Notification

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986 requires that the District notify parents annually concerning asbestos-containing building materials in the school building that their child attends, and that the management plan for that building is available for their review. Please follow this link for more information:


Kindergarten Registration - Open Now!

Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school. You can verify your designated home school


Online Registration is available for new student enrollment. After the online application has been submitted you will receive a follow up email from the school with any additional information that may be required. If you register online, you can also upload your child’s certificate of immunization, birth certificate and proof of address.

If you complete paper registration forms, the following documents should be provided to the school.

  • completed student enrollment form
  • certificate of immunization
  • birth certificate (we will make a copy of your original)
  • migrant questionnaire
  • proof of address

Bonny Slope will have a Kindergarten Roundup on April 8th at 6pm (5:30 will be a tour for new families). Please plan on attending with your future kindergartner!

Please share this with families with children that will be ready for Kindergarten this fall!


Flapjacks & FLANNEL

Bonny Slope’s annual Pancake Breakfast is coming up fast, scheduled for THIS Saturday, 2/8, from 7:30-10:30am.


Tickets will be available at the door: $7/individual or $25/family.

Pre-paid ticket holders can enjoy the VIP line. *** If you pre-purchased a ticket online, bring your email confirmation straight to the VIP line.


This year’s Pancake Breakfast will include five exciting raffle packages, including two sets of Timbers tickets and a Lumberjill spa package. Raffle tickets are $5/each or $20/five tickets. Purchase online now (through Friday @ noon) or have cash or check ready this Saturday. Winners will be chosen at 10:30am on 2/8; need not be present to win.

IF PURCHASING ONLINE: Your tickets will be ready & waiting for you Saturday morning.

NOT ATTENDING BUT WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO WIN? Purchase online & email with your raffle selections.

More raffle details, including package descriptions, can be found HERE.

PACIFIC PERKS COFFEE CART: ($4/drink, cash or check only)

Thanks to the generosity of the Lorenz family and Cable Huston LLP, a custom coffee cart will be available from 7:30-9:30am, serving up your favorite espresso or smoothie drinks. Please note this is an additional $4/drink (cash/check only). Starbucks drip coffee will also be available, and is included in the admission price.


We are encouraging all attendees to wear their coziest flannel or pajamas to make this event something to remember!


This year’s event has some pretty awesome additions, including Timber Joey from the Portland Timbers (from 8:30-10am), a photo booth to capture the memories, and bacon :)


Hannah, Jenna, & Jessica (


ART LIT Needs Your Help!

Attention BSE families, we're preparing for our 4th Art Lit Lesson. Deborah Butterfield is an American sculptor and we need your help gathering materials for our next project!

Please help us gather the items below for a successful, collaborative and creative project.

Kindy/1st graders: pine cones

2nd/3rd graders: flat bark chips (preferably gray scale 1"x2" or smaller)

4th/5th graders: lichen and small twigs

**These are suggestions so we will have enough materials for nearly 700 students. If you're able to contribute another grade level item we appreciate that too! BONUS POINTS for drying the items out before putting them in the collection bins;.**

Thanks so much for your continued support and volunteering for the arts,

Currië, Melanie & Melissa

Art Lit Team


Time to submit Science Project Entry Forms!

Once your student has decided on their Science Project for Science Night, please make sure you submit an entry form at This ensures space is reserved for the display board and that the student’s project information is listed in the program. Students will receive a display board from the office once they have submitted their project.

All project entries submitted by 2/21 will be entered in a raffle - 1 prize per grade!

Questions? Please contact


Mary Ehrenworth Parent Invitation - February 12th, 2020 at 6:30 PM

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What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert Grades K-8

Join Dr. Mary Ehrenworth on Wednesday, February 12th at Springville K-8 to find out how parents can make a tremendous difference in their children's academic success, now, and as they mature. You'll learn about what you can do to help your children become more powerful readers, which helps them be more powerful students in every class. You'll find out more about what kinds of 'work' outside of school make a tremendous difference. You'll learn about different kinds of reading aloud and reading experiences that can add to your children's language acquisition and knowledge. And you'll learn about use of time, including the kinds of commitments, trips and family projects that can help students do better not only with reading but in science and social studies.

Dr. Ehrenworth is Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a global literacy think tank at Columbia University. She has been an admissions officer at an Ivy League university. Dr. Ehrenworth is the author of dozens of books, including The Power of Grammar and the best-selling Pathways to the Common Core, and most recently, Essential Research Skills for Teens, Critical Literacy, and, forthcoming, The Civically-Engaged Classroom: Teaching in Times of Strife and Discord. Among her more recent articles in Educational Leadership are: Revisiting Reading Workshop: Autonomy, Liberation, and Love; Growing Extraordinary Writers; Why Argue? and Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Texts. She is also a parent of two children who are widely diverse learners.

Dr. Ehrenworth will be speaking at Springville K-8, starting at 6:30 on February 12th. There will be light refreshments and time to answer questions at the end. If you are interested in attending, please register here.


OBOB Teams Move on to Semi-finals

The first week of the OBOB tournament is complete and we now have eight teams remaining!! On Tuesday, February 11th the final four teams in each grade will battle with winners advancing to the grade level finals on Wednesday, February 12th. Results from the first round of pool play can be found here.

This year’s teams have been amazing demonstrating their knowledge, teamwork and sportsmanship over!

A few reminders:

  • Students are reminded they must correctly pronounce author names in order to earn points for a correct answer. Students have the opportunity to practice using a guide from Cedar Mill library. You may also wish to practice by listening to authors say their own names.

  • If you want to review OBOB rules...please check it out!

  • We need parents to be volunteers for these battles. Sign up here. You may also see the schedule on this link.

  • Parents may not moderate their own child's battle. Parents are asked to respect and understand that the moderator's decision is final. Parents are welcome to be a scorekeeper or timekeeper for their children’s battles.

  • If parents wish to watch a battle, you must have completed the volunteer screening through the district. We also remind parents that students are excited and working for the opportunity to represent Bonny Slope at the OBOB regionals. It is their time to shine!!

We want to thank all the parents that came to volunteer! You are greatly appreciated!

Nima Patel and Sheri Lilli
2019-20 Bonny Slope OBOB Chairs


AVID Tutorial and Tutor Training

AVID Tutorial and Tutor Training

February 4, 2020 and

March 14, 2020

BSD Staff Registration & Outside BSD Registration

AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position!

AVID Volunteer Tutor Flyer Website Link

Paid College Student Tutor Position Flyer

AVID Volunteer Tutors are needed in all the Middle Schools, Options schools and High schools

And now, just added, a new Paid College Student Tutor Position! Information regarding this position can be viewed here: Detailed Handout

AVID=Advancement Via Individual Determination

The Beaverton AVID Program teaches students the skills and behaviors necessary for academic success in high school, college and beyond.

• AVID tutors work with small groups of middle school students under the supervision of a teacher.

• Tutors are trained to use specific strategies that help develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.

• Tutoring is held mainly on Tuesday & Thursday, and times vary depending on the school and volunteer availability.

• Training and ongoing support provided.


Bonny Slope Elementary

Principal: Janet Maza

Assistant Principal: Jim HIller

11775 NW McDaniel Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

Phone: 503.356.2040

Attendance: 503.356.2041