Bobcat Blast

December 15, 2022

Calendar - Important Dates

  • 16th - Pajama Day and Classroom Celebrations
  • 19 - Jan. 2 - Winter Break


  • 3rd - School Resumes
  • Jan 6-20 - Dollar Wars
  • 12th - PTO Meeting
  • 13th - No School, Staff Development Day
  • 16th - No School, MLK Jr. Day
  • 27th - Family Game Night at 6:30pm

Reminder: Tomorrow is Pajama Day !


Bowling Fun Today After School

Good day Bobcats.

I am inviting parents and students who would like to stay after school on Dec. 15th and bowl for a short while in the Gym. This will last from 2:45pm until 3:30pm. All Bethany students have been working on their bowling technique for the past few weeks. Be great to see a good turnout. Have a wonderful day.

Greg Stoller
PE teacher

Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge

at the Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries

Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 1-December 31. Help our community by reading and getting involved with the library this winter! Everyone can participate, including being read to.

  1. Pick up a paper log (PDF) at the library, log into our Beanstack app, or log online at

  2. Read and do activities on the bingo card. Complete a row, column or diagonal to get a bingo, or complete all squares for a blackout.

  3. Return paper bingo cards to the library by December 31. Every hour read equals a 10 cent donation and every activity completed equals a 25 cent donation to the Oregon Food Bank up to $1,000.

Running Club for 3rd - 5th Graders

There is no need to sign up, just meet us in the gym on Wednesdays.
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Holiday Light Recycling

If you put up Holiday lights, did you find lights that no longer work? (Indoor or Outdoor)

Drop off your broken / old holiday lights and the Green Team will recycle them. There is a box in front of the main doors to collect them.

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December PTO Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our December PTO meeting last week. Special thanks to Lissa Springer and Miranda GaRey for representing our teachers at the meeting! Attendees voted in favor of providing funding for Raz Kids reading software and the second grade classes' winter celebration. Meeting minutes are available on our website - please send any corrections to Our next meeting will be Thursday, Jan 12.

Last Chance - Parent and Teacher Feedback Survey

Today is your last chance to complete this quick survey! We will announce additional raffle winners and share the survey results after the break. Thank you very much to everyone who has participated!


Please use the QR Code or click below on the link to take the survey.

Take the quick, 4-minute PTO Parent and Teacher survey now.

Looking For Volunteers

Our annual Variety Show and Jog-a-Thon are wonderful opportunities for our community to come together to celebrate and support our students - but these events won't happen without your help! We're looking for interested volunteers to help with either the Variety Show or the Jog-a-Thon. Whether or not you have any event experience, your help is valuable and appreciated. Please reach out to Anjana at to learn more. Thank you!


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Dollar Wars Returns in January

This January, it’s the return of student favorite Dollar Wars! Students will compete by bringing coins and bills to school to boost their own teacher’s score or subtract points from another teacher. Last year, the money raised helped us install the new playground spinner. This year, we’re hoping to raise $3,000 towards a new Crest Climber for the playground! Look for more information coming after the break!

We need your help! If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up for a time here:

Community Opportunities

From Matt Casteel- Principal of Aloha High School

As some of you may already know, I am currently the president of the Beaverton Together Inc. Coalition. We are a coalition of community organizations (schools, Rotary, Washington County agencies, etc.) working together around drug, alcohol and tobacco awareness and prevention in our youth.

One way we work to get our message and events out to the community is through social media.

Here is the link to our Instagram:

And to our Facebook:

Attention 5th Grade Families

The National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest (see information below) is a nationwide contest for 5th grade students and is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety.

The top ten poster contest winners in Oregon will receive prizes and the first place winner’s poster will be entered in the national contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for the student, their parents and their teacher to Washington D.C.!

Deadline for all posters to be received by OSP is February 15, 2023.

For more information and an application packet (available in English or Spanish), please email or call:

Julie Willard

Missing Children Clearinghouse Manager


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Recruiting for the 2023 BOLD Class

Recruitment has begun for the 11th annual Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program, to be held in a hybrid format from March-May 2023. BOLD is offered through a partnership with Unite Oregon and is a key strategy to increase engagement of underrepresented communities in city government. The program has graduated over 180 leaders to date.

BOLD builds leadership and civic engagement skills for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program includes hands-on sessions focused on strengthening cross-cultural relationships; building leadership, community organizing, and advocacy skills; and providing an in-depth orientation to city government and opportunities for engagement. It also includes sessions with current city leaders and elected officials and practice giving public testimony.

There is no cost to participate but applicants must commit to attending all training sessions. English language proficiency is not necessary; interpretation is provided.

This year's program dates are: March 18th, April 8th & 29th, and May 20th.

Visit for more information.

Questions? Contact Paolo Esteban at 503-526-2439 or


Free Citizenship Classes Winter Term 2023

Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship Program will offer FREE Citizenship classes for ESL speakers AND N-400 application services with immigration specialists. Winter Term begins Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Winter Flyers

Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish, English

Walk and Roll Contest

4th Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest

Safe Routes to School invites all Beaverton Elementary School Classes, Kindergarten through 5th grade, to participate in our January Art Contest. Each elementary school teacher has been sent the instructions for students to create a Safe Routes to School piece of art that displays safe walking or rolling to school. A winner will be chosen for each grade, K-5th across the district. Each winner will receive a prize bag with items to help safely travel to school. A grand prize winner will also receive a new scooter and helmet. All submissions are due by January 31st. Ask your teacher for more details.

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Overdue Library Books

We need your help! We have a LOT of overdue and missing library books from last year (and this year too). Ms. Hussain will be sending out overdue notices with the list of titles that your child(ren) have checked out.

PLEASE look around your homes, cars, Grandma's house, or anywhere a book may be hiding! 🙂 The books that have been marked as "lost" have fines attached. If this is a hardship for your family, please reach out to Ms. Hussain or Mr. Parker and we can work with you.

We would much rather have the BOOKS than the money to replace them. Let's see how many we can return before Winter Break! Thank you!!

Reporting An Absence

Please remember to include the office in any communications regarding your child's absences. You may leave a message on the attendance line at 503-356-2035 or email Mrs. McLeod at

The most important information to include in these communications is:

  1. Child's name
  2. ID number (their library number)
  3. Teacher
  4. Date of absence
  5. Reason for absence

Immunization Exclusion Day

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please note that Immunization Exclusion Day is FEBRUARY 15, 2023. Your child's immunizations must be up to date by this day. According to Oregon state law, no student will be allowed to attend school if immunizations have not been completed. All absences will be considered unexcused.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AnnMarie McLeod at

Hand Sanitizer Donations

During the last few years the District was providing hand sanitizer for schools. That plan has now stopped and we need to provide our own bottles.

We could use your help. If you are willing to donate a bottle or two (foam preferred), you can bring it to the office.

Thank you for your help.

Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!

With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!

Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.

State Report Cards

Each Fall, the Oregon Department of Education produces school and district report cards. Here is the 2021-22 Bethany Report:

Bethany School Report

Beaverton School District Report

School Directory

We are in the process of creating a Bethany Family Directory, that will be shared with the families at Bethany. If you would like to be included, please fill out this form:

Bethany Family Directory

If you do not fill out the form, your information will not be included.

Once it is ready, it will be sent out to those families who participated.

5th Grade - Middle School Learning Options Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting Monday, October 17. Current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID.

Information About BSD Learning Options and Application Process

Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses. Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed

See In Person Open Houses Dates Below

Will You Be gone for an Extended time?

Parents/Guardians: Please note if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (10 days or more), you must fill out a Notice of Pre-Arranged Absence form, which you can pick up in the office. This form must be turned into the office at least ONE WEEK before the date the absence begins. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Language Arts and English Language Proficiency Project Team

The Project Team will review existing LA/ELP curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the curriculum review, revision, development and adoption of practices and instructional resources.

For more information please visit this website: Project Team Application

Bethany Social Media

We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.

We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to: