Bonny Slope Elementary
February 4, 2021
Dates To Remember
2/5 NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
2/12 Report Cards Available Online
2/15 NO SCHOOL - President's Day
2/16 Feb Birthday Lunch Celebration K/1/2
2/17 Synchronous Learning Day
2/18 Feb Birthday Lunch Celebration 3/4/5
2/17 Immunization Exclusion Day
2/21 International Mother Language Day
2/24 NO SCHOOL -Staff Development Day
2/24 Kindergarten Registration Information 6pm on zoom
2/26 Principal Chat 11am
Books for Bobcats K/1/2 7:30 am - 4:00 pm at the front of the school (No Service 2/24)
BSE Library Book Bus 1:30pm-4pm (No service 2/24) find route information here
PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Dear Bonny Slope Families,
With February comes the first hints of spring … and then it snows. I was working up at Bonny Slope the day we got that beautiful snow in the afternoon. I opened the shades on my window and spent a few moments to revel in the sight.. It’s a reminder from nature that we can’t always predict what might happen, and to enjoy the little surprises when they do.
As you are aware, the district is asking you to commit to choosing the Hybrid option or continuing in CDL when we return to having our students back to school. We understand and appreciate the challenge of the choice. Many factors may be playing into your decision, a prime one being who will be your student's teacher for the rest of the year.
It’s a difficult situation on our end because we cannot start staffing for Hybrid until we have firm numbers on how many kids are returning in Hybrid and how many are staying in CDL. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. As of today, we have around 130 families that have completed the survey, so thank you! The deadline is February 15th. All of the latest information on the Return to Learning can be found on our district’s website. If you were unable to attend the BSE Principal Q&A today you can watch the recording here.
We’d also like to take some time to reflect on Black History Month, and its importance for our school and community. We use this month to celebrate the Black heroes in our country that forwarded the cause of racial justice. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson are taught and celebrated in classrooms here and around the country. We also know it’s important to recognize the millions of unnamed people who contributed to the cause through individual actions, the people who worked to feed the marchers from Selma to Montgomery and the parents who advocated tirelessly to integrate their schools on behalf of their children. A movement has many feet, and even if we don’t know all of the names, we recognize them all and honor their sacrifices.
We also know that celebrating Black History month isn’t enough. We should be including all of our communities across our curriculum all year long. As a former classroom teacher, I would look at my classroom library to see if my books reflected my students’ identities, and when they didn’t, taking steps to correct that. I also asked: Did my students see themselves on the walls of my classroom? Were they represented in the lessons that I taught, the stories I read? Our end goal is to make sure our beloved Bonny Slope students see themselves in every part of the building, during every part of the day. We appreciate that road is long and we are committed to it heart and soul.
As I was leaving on the snow day, I started the scary trek down a steep 119th through a lightly falling and somewhat slippery snow. I was afraid, mainly because my car has no snow tires. But then suddenly, the snow turned to rain, and I relaxed, once again in my familiar element. I can’t help but feel right now we are in a time of snow, with some uncertainty ahead, with decisions to make, and wondering if it is the right decision. We just need to choose, and then make it through this time, together. Rest assured the time is coming when the snow will turn to rain, and all of our students will once again fill our halls with laughter and learning, and all will be familiar again.
In the meantime, we make the best of the snowy times, as you all do for your students. And for that, we are eternally thankful.
Jim Hiller and Janet Maza
I am pleased to announce that we had over 200 students sign-up to become a Bobcat Pen Pal. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process. I hope that your child/ren were happy to send letters and hopefully have received some as well. Please let me know if you haven't heard from your pen pal by next week and I will do a little nudging on my end 🙂. Students have committed to write one time per month, but can write more if they want. If you didn't get a chance to sign up, you may still do so. There are several students who are wanting more than one pen pal. PEN PAL LINK
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
A Healthy Message from your nurse, Wendy Costanzo, RN
Parents, Did you Know?
Early Childhood tooth decay has become the most common chronic childhood disease. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach Kindergarten. Additionally, kids who suffer from poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant delays in dental care for many families. There is good news, however, most cavities can be prevented. A healthy mouth is so important, it helps the body fight off infection, it lets us chew and enjoy our food and, our mouths are our most important form of communication. Here are some tips to help prevent dental problems during the pandemic and beyond.
*Brush teeth regularly. If your kids are not able to manage it themselves, help them brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
*Offer your child plain milk with meals and water in between. Avoid juice as it may contain lots of sugar.
*Avoid sugary drinks, like soda, and avoid sugary snacks and junk food. Diet affects your dental health. The longer and more frequently your child’s teeth are exposed to sugar and other foods that stick to the teeth (like chips, cookies and crackers,) the greater risk of developing cavities.
*Get regular dental checkups. Dental offices are reopening following CDC and OSHA recommendations to make sure patients and members of the health care team stay safe.
Please call your dental provider if you have questions or concerns. If you need resources, please contact the school and we will be happy to assist you.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a simple, clear message for parents.
BRUSH, BOOK, BED
1. Each night, help children brush their teeth
2. Read a favorite book (or two)!
3. Get to bed at a regular time each night.
HYBRID OR CDL?
Will your student stay in CDL for the remainder of the school year OR will your student begin hybrid when it’s safe to do so? Please go to the BSD website here for directions on how to make your selection and to complete the survey. All decisions must be made by February 15. If you were unable to attend the BSE Principal Q&A on 2/4/21, you can view it here.
Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022
Do you know a family with a Future Kindergartener?
Greetings Future Bonny Slope families!
Bonny Slope Elementary School is offering an opportunity to “virtually” connect on February 24th at 6pm. If you have a child that will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2021, please join us. Parents of new first grade students to Bonny Slope are also invited to attend!
This informational session is designed to support your enrollment in Kindergarten next year.
We will talk about the process to enroll your new student to Bonny Slope and answer any questions about that process. It will be a chance to meet the administration and some of the staff that will be supporting your students next year as well.
Please note: because we are receiving guidance from the state and the district regarding the return back to school, we won’t be able to discuss specifics for next year about instruction, teachers, or programs. We are planning another meeting in May that addresses those specific questions you will have.
You can complete enrollment online on the Beaverton School District Website:
Here is the link for the meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, February 24th:
Meeting ID: 828 7382 3476
If you have any questions please call our school office at 503.356.2040
or email: BSLPfirstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Oregon Battle of the Books
BSCO is pleased to announce that we will be offering Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) for our 4th and 5th grade students this year. Although OBOB will look a little different this year—with all battles being held virtually and no State or Regional competitions—it will still be a fun and positive way to incentivize students to read, develop teamworking skills and compete against other Bonny Slope students!
As in prior years, the OBOB teams will be comprised of up to five members of the same grade level (with no more than four students competing in any particular battle). Students may form their own teams, or the OBOB parent leads will help to form teams.
You can find more information and details about OBOB and how to participate on the BSCO website (https://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/oregon-battle-of-the-books) or by clicking here. You also can find a link to the online registration on the website or by clicking here.
Important Dates: Please complete online registration by February 12, 2021. Once we know how many teams are registered, we will schedule the battles, likely to begin in early April.
Parent Volunteers: We will need parent volunteers to help coordinate virtual strategy sessions and moderate the battles. Please consider volunteering so we can make OBOB happen for our students! More information coming soon about specific volunteer needs for OBOB. Parent volunteers need to be background checked by the district. If you have not already registered as a parent volunteer, here’s the link to complete that process.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please email
Wet Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!
Join K-12 students and families for a wintery walk or roll in your neighborhood on February 24th!
The following tips can help keep you safe and comfortable while walking and rolling in Winter:
- Be Safe – Stay 6 feet away from those not in your household and wear a mask.
- Be Seen – Wear bright, reflective clothing, use a bike light, and stay alert on dark, winter days.
- Be Prepared – Dress for the weather. Rain gear and warm layers keep you dry and comfortable all season long.
After your trip, visit the link below and fill out the form to earn a raffle prize. 25 raffle prizes will include: reflective umbrella, clip-on safety light, bicycle seat cover and bicycle light! Tag #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes to be featured on BSD’s social media accounts.
¡El clima lluvioso no significa que deba permanecer adentro!
¡Únase a los estudiantes y familias de K-12 para una caminata de invierno en su vecindario el 24 de febrero!
Los siguientes consejos pueden ayudarle a mantenerse seguro y cómodo al caminar y/o andar sobre ruedas durante el invierno:
- Cuídese - Manténgase a 6 pies de distancia de las personas que no formen parte de su familia inmediata y use una mascarilla.
- Sea visible - Use ropa brillante y reflectante, utilice una luz para bicicleta y manténgase alerta en los días oscuros de invierno.
- Esté preparado – Vístase apropiadamente para el invierno. Vestirse con varias capas y con ropa apropiada para la lluvia nos mantienen secos y cómodos durante toda la temporada.
Después de su paseo, haga clic en el enlace y complete el formulario. Ingrese su nombre si desea ganar uno de los premios de la rifa. Los 25 premios de la rifa incluirán: paraguas reflectantes, luces de seguridad con clip, fundas para el asiento de la bicicleta y luces para bicicleta. Etiquete #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes para aparecer en las cuentas de redes sociales de BSD.
USDA FOOD BOXES ARE BACK
Wednesdays - January 27, February 3, 10, 17 & 24
AHS 11AM-12:00PM* and BHS & SRHS 12n-1:00PM*
*or until all boxes are gone.
Please see attachments for more information.
Nutrition Services continues to offer free meals to all children ages 1-18 curbside at school sites and bus stop locations. A complete list and interactive map can be found online at: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals.
Bonny Slope Elementary
Principal: Janet Maza
Assistant Principal: Jim HIller
11775 NW McDaniel Rd.
Portland, OR 97229