Bonsall Bear News

Week of 11/22-11/26

Principal's Message

Dear BES families,

From our Bonsall Elementary family to yours, we wish you all a safe, memorable and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday break. Enjoy time with your family and loved ones!

If you are not receiving emails via Parent Square regarding positive Covid-19 cases on our campus, please double check your settings. If you are still unsure, you can reach out to our attendance clerk Sandra Esparza for support. Any and all attendance questions and concerns should also be addressed to Ms. Esparza.

In this edition of the BBN, you will find information on:

  • Academics
  • PTA board and membership
  • Bell schedule and district calendar (linked here)
  • Bonsall Bear Recognition
  • Health & Safety - including the newest Covid-19 Decision Tree (as of November 5, 2021)
  • Child Nutrition Services information
  • Upcoming events

For additional information, please contact our office manager, Pamela Lopez.


Allison Fortney

Spotlight on....Mrs. Hoffman's 2nd grade writers!

Mrs. Hoffman's students wrote letters to Veterans who have served our country. Those letters were mailed to Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude makes care packages for active duty military and include letters and drawings from school children. Thank you, Mrs. Hoffman's students, for making our troops' day!
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Our lost and found is worth a lot of money!

Our lost and found is worth a lot of money! Our lost and found will be out front every Friday before and after school. Please check it for any lost items!

Bonsall is hiring!

Please click on this LINK to see where the areas of need are in the Bonsall Unified School District. You may know someone who can help fill the voids that support our students! We are in need of speech and language pathologists, day care workers, substitutes, etc.


Please make note of the following:


*There is no supervision prior to 7:30 a.m. PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF PRIOR TO 7:30 a.m. Safety is of the utmost priority at BES and students being left unattended in front of the school is unsafe.

*Lost and found items will be available in front of the school every Friday morning and afternoon.

*Please be sure to call in your student's absences each day with the reason for the absence.

*You MUST have an ID in order for the office to release your student to you or whomever is picking them up. That person must also be on Aeries as an emergency contact. I know that this has not been past practice, but safety is at the forefront of our school community. We have a new office staff that is not familiar with every face associated to each student. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

*Please note, you may not take videos or pictures of any child that is not yours. This includes video taping your child on the kindergarten playground before school. Please be mindful and respectful of other people's children.

*The kindergarten gate closes at 7:55 a.m. If you arrive to the kinder gate after that time, you are required to drop your child off at the front of the school and they will enter through the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Every Thursday is early release day. The kindergarten students will be released at 12:50 and grades 1-5 will be released at 1:00.

We have a no animal policy on campus. As cute as they are, please do not walk your dog on campus to drop off or pick up your child. This protects the students, the staff and you.

Students can not be checked out during the 30 minute window prior to the end of the school day. That means that students must be checked out by 2:00 p.m. on a typical school day and 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Love on Your Back

LOYB is looking to provide for families of BUSD during the Thanksgiving season. Please see the flyer to support our BUSD/BES families.
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Student Pool Testing - UPDATED!!

Dear parents, caregivers, and guardians,

We greatly appreciate your continued partnership during this unprecedented school year. As we shared in our previous correspondence in our continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the California Department of Public Health and Concentric by Ginko to implement a free COVID-19 pooled testing program for students and staff at our school. As we initiated the first phase of the program this week, we unfortunately found that there was an error in the system set up. This error led to all students being identified as providing consent. My sincerest apologies for this occurrence. Please be aware however no students have been tested. The company will be rebooting the system to clear the errors today. After this is completed starting tomorrow October 22, 2021, parents who are interested in having their child participate in the testing program can then log on and provide consent for their participation. Please use the same log in process as outlined below. We will then initiate our student testing program effective November 1, 2021.

Please note: Only parents who are interested in having their child participate in the testing program should log on to give consent. Also if you have provided your consent following the earlier notice, you will have to do so again (I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause)

As we shared before, your permission is essential in order for your child to participate in the pooled testing program at school. Please take a moment to log on to the link provided below to start the process:

Once you log on, please enter the access code identified below for the school where your child is attending:

Once you log on, please enter the access code. For Bonsall Elementary School the access code is: GEL5GO

Health & Safety

Keeping our students and staff safe is a priority in Bonsall Unified. The beginning of the year will include:


As we continue to adhere to guidance from the CDHP and the County of San Diego, we are very pleased to see a continuation of the downward trend in positive Covid-19 cases throughout the district. This success can be attributed to our incredible team of teachers, administrators, and staff working together, along with our BUSD families, for the benefit of all.

Covid-19 has required our custodial staff to undergo additional education and training, utilize extra personal protective equipment, follow newly-developed decontamination processes, and increase previously one-stop cleaning rounds to multiple times a day.

The district has also contracted with an outside vendor to provide supplemental cleaning services at all of our schools on a bi-monthly basis. It is our hope that these additional services will support our internal operations to maintain safe, sanitized, and clean learning environments for all.

New Covid 19 Decision Tree

If your student is sent home due to illness or close contact, they must be cleared through the office prior to being allowed back on campus. All students must be accompanied by an adult their first day back on campus. They will receive a pass clearing them to return to school.

We take student and staff health and safety very seriously. Please see the information below regarding safety protocol.

If you have questions regarding whether or not to send your child to school, please call the front office or email Brittany Wanzer, our health technician, for guidance.

  • Full time In-person instruction for all students
  • Mask wearing required indoors for all staff and students
  • Optional Mask wearing outdoors (before school, recess, lunch, after school)
  • No minimum physical distancing in classrooms
  • No cohort restrictions
  • Resume school activities and field trips
  • Use targeted quarantine practices to keep students in school
  • Make available a robust COVID-19 testing program as an additional safety layer

CDPH guidelines - English

CDPH guidelines - Spanish

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving holiday break

Monday, Nov. 22nd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 2:30pm

31555 Old River Road

Bonsall, CA

Child Nutritional Services Information

This year, every child at Bonsall Elementary qualifies for a free breakfast and a free lunch each day. Please take time to read the following letter from our CNS coordinator, Kursten Orr. For further questions or information, please visit:

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