Bobcat Blast

December 16, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

As we head into Winter Break and the end of 2021, I want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful children with us every day. Thank you for supporting our staff and showing your appreciation in so many ways. I am sending you all love and hope that the time at home is restful and restorative. ❤️

Last year I gave the students Winter Break HOMEWORK. Here's the list if you want to tell your children, "Ms. Rosenquist said so." 😉

  1. READ everyday. (Of course!)
  2. Do something PRODUCTIVE. (Clean, organize, fix something, or finish a project you've been putting off. Anything that gives you a sense of accomplishment).
  3. Have FUN! ( Take some time to do something you enjoy).
  4. REST. (Be sure to spend time to slow down, relax, and rest when you can).
  5. Do something KIND for someone else. (This will not only make another person happy, but will fill you with joy too! Even the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference).

With gratitude,



Important Dates


  • 20-31 Schools Closed


  • 3rd - School Resumes
  • 11th - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 11th - Panda Express Dinner Out
  • 17th - Holiday - Schools Closed
  • 19th - Principal Chat, 5:30pm


  • 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
  • 4th - Grading Day, No School
  • 21st - Holiday, No School
  • 22nd - Staff Work Day, No School


We are so thankful for our Bethany Community

We are so honored to work with our Bethany Community. There have been opportunities over the last few weeks for families to serve others and you have gone above and beyond in your giving.

  • The staff room was stocked with drinks and snacks last week.
  • We had an amazing response from our Bethany Community, bringing in gift cards to help some of our families.
  • The staff was also treated to holiday desserts this week.
  • The PTO is providing lunch for the staff tomorrow




New Labels for Covid Testing Kits

OHSU covid test kits will be going home with your student on Friday. Please remember to administer the test on Monday, January 3rd and return it to school.

Please note: NEW labels with barcodes will be going home with your student on Friday. The addition of barcodes will allow OHSU's lab to work more efficiently, and to allow for results to be sent out more quickly. Please use the label with the BARCODE going forward when returning your student's test kit on Monday mornings.


Library Corner

Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.

Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!


Cedar Mill Library Reading Challenge

Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!

Participate THREE ways:

  • Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
  • Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
  • Log online using Beanstack at


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********** PTO Updates **********

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PTO Meeting

Join us at the next PTO meeting on January 11 at 7pm via Zoom.

Dinner Night Out

SAVE THE DATE – Panda Express has lunch or dinner all ready for you! On Tuesday, January 11th, Panda Express in Tanasbourne is donating a % of your purchase to Bethany Elementary School PTO. Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal out for a good cause!

Reading Builds Character, Read-A-Thon

Bethany Bobcats, you did an amazing job this year. As a school, you read 244,506 minutes and raised $17,116.35! Thank you for your participation and donations made to our school!

We look forward to next year's Read-A-Thon!

Green Team Shoe Drive

Got old sneakers? Don’t throw them away! Bring them to school and the Green Team will recycle them. Collection starts January 3rd and goes through the end of the school year.

Volunteers Needed!

Variety Show: We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in producing the Student Variety Show. With COVID still making gathering in large groups complicated , we would like to produce a Variety Show Compilation Video to share with families. Students submit an entry describing their show piece, limit of 20-30 pieces each 2 minutes or less. 5th graders submit entries to be announcers. After school a practice can be held on the school stage and video recording taken of each piece before being compiled and presented via an online video platform to families on a specified date (March/April). Students can also be involved in writing up the Variety Show Program.(Other ideas or expertise for presenting this show to the community are welcome)

Jog-A-Thon: We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to organize the May Jog-a-Thon Fundraiser. Working with Mr. Stoller, come up with a plan for how the jog-a-thon would run, how sponsorships will be taken (99Pledges?/ old school paper forms), prizes/rewards.

Art Literacy (aka Art Lit): No art experience needed, training provided! We are looking for volunteers to teach pre-planned lessons about an artist and their art form during school hours. . Then they lead the students in an art activity relating and inspired by the artist. For more info:

Shop & Earn Money for Bethany PTO

Did you know that you can donate to the Bethany School PTO, while you are doing your weekly shopping? Please click on the links below for more information on their donation programs.

Fred Meyer



Rite Aid


Green Team

Cans / Bottles For Kids

We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.

Cans For Kids Info

Stay in the Loop!

Text @BSPTO21 to 81010 to stay up to date on all the latest news from the BSPTO!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

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After-School Activities

BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use.

School Meals Menu

Volunteering at Bethany

COVID Regulations

If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • a New Loss of taste or smell

Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.