September 2019 Principal Chat... REVEALED

Hey, hey Bonny Slope!  Another year of riveting news, brought to you by Janet & Jim. But before the real dirt can be revealed, our inaugural chats each September always include Janet briefing us on the rules of these monthly get-togethers.

Have questions about school and district policies, decisions, and upcoming news?  Welcome. Take a seat.

Personal attacks about students and teachers?  Nope. Not happening. Don’t be coming up in here thinking this is some personal gripe session.  Set up a private meeting with Janet and Jim if you need to share personal concerns.

So. Now that we have put the principles into principal chat, let’s get started.

Student Success Act Survey: Who Let the Dogs Out?

After all that budget cut gloom & doom of last winter & spring, our state legislature came through big time with the Student Success Act. This bill will inject $34 million+ into Beaverton School District in the 2020-21 school year, so…yeah,  it’s kind of a big deal.

 BSD is already beginning the process of using these funds.  Feel free to read more about the required process here:

Beaverton Already at Work to Prep for Student Success Act (Beaverton Valley Times)

Big Education Investment Comes with Accountability Demands for Superintendents (Oregon School Boards Assoc.)

Basically, this money won’t be handed out just willy nilly to districts.  They will need to apply for it, similar to a grant process. But before that can happen, “Districts must demonstrate engagement of the community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds,” which is a fancy way of saying that BSD is required to ask parents how they think BSD can improve.

Hence… the Student Success Act survey.

Janet and Jim listened to feedback on the following questions:

1.What is going well in BSD?

Parents’ response: (crickets)

Kidding, kidding.  Some parents tossed around a few pros.  But the REAL bulk of the conversation centered around the question:

2. What would you like to see improved?

Oh, boy.  Let’s just say, our assembly didn’t hold back. Here’s a short list of responses:

  • Spanish back in PYP

  • Improving mental health services, as childhood anxiety and classroom outbursts continue to rise.  Teaching teachers to handle mental health issues.

  • Sustainability efforts in the schools

  • Librarian in schools

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Change how attachments are sent via email (Turns out BSD has to use a specific program to allow docs to be translated, read by visually impaired, & fulfill ADA requirements)

  • Equity training for staff. (Side note:  BSD has a brand-new equity coordinator who is bringing culturally responsive teaching practices to BSD staff)

  • Art as a special

  • More time for PE, perhaps district supported activities before/after school

  • Improve our Safety Resource Officer ratio, currently around 15 schools to one officer 

To learn more about this process and to share your feedback online, head to BSD’s Student Success Act page.

Lockout Lowdown

Bonny Slope’s dramatic lockout/lockdown/whatever-that-was was NOT a great omen to start our year.  Janet & Jim had recently been to a BSD/Washington County debrief. Bonny Slope staff were praised for following protocol, ushering kids in as quickly and calmly as possible, and continuing on with a rather stressful morning.

Parents were also praised for spreading the word, ensuring walkers were safe, and following staff instructions.

Communication, however, could have been better.  Hmmmm ... ya think?

Questions to be answered include:

  • Why did it take so long for an initial message to be sent to Bonny Slope parents? Even when the info was on the BSD website? Even when this took place during morning drop-off as a crush of cars approached the school? 

  • If school staff is pulled inside during a lockdown (during morning drop-off), who will manage the crosswalks and students walking alone to school?

  • How can middle school parents be informed that the neighborhood is not safe for middle schoolers to be walking to their bus stops?

Was it terrifying? Absolutely.  But thankfully, no one was hurt, all children were accounted for, and our law enforcement and school district can take away some much-needed feedback about how to proceed when these events happen at inopportune times.

And, just because we can, here is the information sent out in LAST September’s Principal Chat recap.  Because sadly, this isn’t going away for us or our children.  

Know the Drill (published in 2018)

I know!  Let’s list the various safety aspects of Beaverton School District and Bonny Slope:

  • Every elementary is assigned a Safety Resource Officer, who is a Washington County sheriff. Bonny Slope’s SRO, Holly Greener, has several elementaries on her watch and assists BSE administrators with creating and implementing safety strategies.

  • Bonny Slope has been the site for the county’s Active Shooter Training each summer.  Let me tell ya, it is TERRIFYING to see those training pictures, but how lucky are we that our school is the VERY LOCATION our sheriffs, police, and emergency responders train.

  • Our new entry forces visitors to go through the office.  Us old timers can remember the easy, breezy days of bypassing the office entirely and heading straight into the hallways.  No more, Bonny Slope. Our doorbell system makes sure that all visitors must be manually allowed in.

  • All of our classroom doors are locked. This year the District has placed new locks on doors so that they can be easily locked from inside as well as easily identified as locked or unlocked.  

  • There are many more safety procedures and features of our buildings that are not public knowledge.  Because advertising all your safety measures online would LEAVE THOSE MEASURES WORTHLESS.  Duh.

Now, there are a lot of different battle plans that the school has to prepare. For all the newbies out there, here’s a rundown of all the different drills (plus hand dandy video) that your students will practice at school:

  • FIRE DRILLS: All students walk out silently to the school track and turn their backs to the school (security against exploding glass)

  • EARTHQUAKE DRILLS: Students get under the desks, pull chairs in, and put one hand on head, one hand on a chair.

  • LOCKOUT DRILLS (danger is on or near premises): Usually, this means police activity in the area.  Blinds and doors are closed but instruction continues.

  • LOCKDOWN DRILLS (danger is INSIDE the school): All classroom doors locked, blinds closed, black felt in place, students are hidden and quiet.  

These drills will be a part of your child’s life.  Teachers of younger students often sugarcoat the danger by “pretending to hide from a tiger” or such.  While it’s the teacher’s job to keep the students safe, it is your job, as parents, to share whatever message and details you feel is appropriate.

If parents find themselves in the building during these drills, they must participate and cannot ignore the alarm in order to finish their production projects (as lovely as that seems) or try and leave the building.  You must do what the children do.

Spanish: The Drama Continues

You know, even WITHOUT a Spanish special this year, the angst lives on. Love it or hate it, Spanish is a point of contention LITERALLY every year.  No joke. Every. Single. Year.

The beef this year?  Well, we no longer have a Spanish special, thanks to the reduced PYP funding for elementary schools.  Side note: We no longer have a dedicated PYP coordinator either.  That’s now a stipend position being filled by a classroom teacher.

Now, the greater IB organization gods are allowing Beaverton schools to have a grace year as we bumble through these awkward budget cuts (before the Student Success Act kicks in).  BSE is thinking of some creative ways to incorporate Spanish, including possibly skyping with native Spanish speakers during their Technology special.  

This, however, led to a greater discussion/complaint session about how the Spanish program at BSE does not teach our kids how to speak Spanish. And then my brain exploded with a significant and powerful case of deja vu. The Spanish Unrest makes its annual principal chat appearance.

Bonny Slope, because this is SUCH a constant, consistent, and contentious part of our curriculum, here’s a requote from September 2015’s Principal Chat discussing this issue.  Yes, we chatted about this four years ago and have every year since. Every. Year. Since, America. Clearly, message not received.

Spanish Objectives…. Lost in Translation (published in 2015)

It’s so hard to be misunderstood.  And apparently, the objectives and goals of our Spanish program have some parents scratching their heads.  It turns out that in an IB school such as ours, the goal is EXPOSURE to a single language, not an academic study.  Students will be learning key words of the language in an attempt to gain cultural experience, awareness and international mindfulness.  

Say, WHAT?!  You mean we don’t have to be irritated if our 5th grader isn’t fluent?  Turns out students will begin a more academic & structured program once they enter middle school.  Until then, our Spanish program will continue to highlight and showcase not just the Spanish language, but the culture as a whole in our pursuit of IB excellence.


One awesome parent made a great suggestion. What if we called this special “Spanish Culture” instead of just Spanish, in order to realign parent expectations and turn off this broken record?  Praise be, Janet, that might just work. Next year.

Other Juicy Tidbits:

  • Students have technology & computer science specials this year. Sara Breton is now teaching the new computer science special with a focus on coding, digital citizenship, and programming.

  • With 24 attendees, this was our biggest chat yet! Unreal!

And that’s a wrap!  We will see you at October’s Principal Chat on Friday, 10/18 at 2pm.

Monster Mash Haunts BSE on Friday Oct 25th, Volunteers Needed

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Now in its 12th year, The Monster Mash is Bonny Slope Elementary’s spookiest party.  Last years celebration was spine-chilling and this one will be even better! Get ready for another night of fun as you BOOgie down at the Glow in the Dark Dance Party, win a dessert at the Creepy-Crawly Cake Walk, and scream your heart out at the expanded Haunted House (zombies included).  

We will have Pizza Schmizza and Abuela Chona for purchase, available before the event at 5:30 in the cafeteria. Families are welcome to come in costume. Please no weapons or excessive blood/gore. 

Please consider volunteering for this amazing event.  We rely on the support of our community to pull this off.  Jobs will include dance chaperone, line control for cookie station, cake walk, haunted house etc., and entrance support.  

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Donations of candy and small baked goods are also needed.  Candy donations can be dropped off at the front office next week (look for the monster) and baked goods will be collected Thursday, 10/24, and Friday, 10/25.  All contributions are greatly appreciated!

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Once again, this Monster Mash is free of charge due to the incredible fundraising effort in 2018-19.  Questions can be directed to Ashish and Julie Gupta and Angie Bruxer (monstermash@bonnyslopebsco.org).

Interview with our new Vice Principal Jim Hiller

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Each school year brings new faces - and it's not just those adorable tiny Kindergarteners! It's staff too. This year Bonny Slope has been lucky enough to get a great veteran teacher and Vice Principal, in our very own Jim Hiller.

I was able to sit down with Mr. Hiller and find out a bit about him, and now I get to share that with you!!

Mr. Hiller comes to us as our new Vice Principal, but he was actually the V.P. for Hazeldale the past few years, including when they went through all of the construction and various school sites! He has also been an elementary school teacher, an intervention teacher, and a New Teacher Mentor. Wow! So much experience. When I asked if, he wasn't working around schools, what would he do instead? Mr. Hiller was quick to reply that he would probably be a lawyer or judge (I think those skills come in handy at schools too), or maybe film editing (I bet lots of BSCO clubs would love his help!) But, he says, he always knew that he was going to be a teacher. Even in first grade he knew! He was good at school and loved to "play" school. He said, "There was just something about it, I really liked students, and connecting with people...I just knew I was going to be a teacher." Well we sure are happy to decided to come here.

As we have seen Mr. Hiller at school events, or even just walking down the halls (because hopefully not too many people have been called to his office ;-) ) people are quick to recognize that Jim has a deep appreciation of all things Disney! Yes, he has been to Disneyland several times, and even Disneyworld. Even though he hasn't made it down for the new Star Wars land. He has gone before for when it is the holiday season. He recommends not going in between the end of December and New Years - - the park gets just too crowded.

Obviously everyone wants to know, which is his favorite Disney character, and he says the original mouse himself is his favorite. Mr. Hiller has lots of Disney paraphernalia in his office; everything from Legos to plushes, a Peter Pan cup, and books can be seen. He almost rivals Renee and her love of Snoopy!

When Mr. Hiller isn't busy helping out our beloved students, he could be hanging out at Cannon Beach, talking a stroll through Forest Park, enjoying his favorite breakfast cereal HoneyNut Cheerios (has he been hanging out with the BSCO Board too much??), playing with his new dog, or maybe building a new Disney themed Lego kit.

No matter what though, Mr. Hiller is a happy and welcomed addition to our amazing Bonny Slope Staff. Thanks so much for coming to join us over here. I'm sure you will join me in welcoming Mr. Hiller.

Parent Education Night Review

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On Tuesday night, at least forty parents gathered in the library to listen to the well-versed knowledge from Lynelle Benit. It was an insightful evening coordinated by our Parent Education team and funded by BSCO.

Instead of focusing solely on one specific area and delving deeply into that, Mrs. Benit instead focused on the broad topic of helping children to deal with their emotions and the impact it has on their brain development. Her main goal really was in giving parents tools on how to help them, and their children, to identify and separate, their emotions from the situation that was happening. For example, if a child hits another. First, acknowledge that both children are upset, and find out the reasons they are upset, identify them. Right or wrong everyone has feelings and for children they need to be recognized. THEN move to the actions.

She really was able to give parents, and I feel adults in general, many valuable nuggets of information.

  • Keep your emotions on the river between the banks of chaos and rigid. What can we do to make the person's river wider, by reducing the stress on either bank. By recognizing the emotions children are expressing, it allows a child to be able to then process it, separate the feelings from the action, and then move forward

  • The Wheel of Awareness (as seen in the drawing). Lynelle utilizes this with the majority of students that come to see her at the school she works at. It is a more in-depth and literal form of mindfulness. One example that was discussed was about 'getting shots'. The nervousness of getting a shot is a feeling, that feeling ISN'T you, it's a feeling, a temporary thing, an external sensation.

  • When we add logic to an emotional situation, we are able to diffuse the anxiety, and to see the situation more clearly. The example given with this is about how sometimes smoke detectors go off, even though there is no fire. It may make us nervous or anxious, but there isn't anything bad happening. She said children of all ages really respond well to this example.

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Near the end of the evening, Lynelle opened up the conversation to the people there with the questions they have. Each of the following were concerns a parent expressed, but were echoed by many there.

  • How to get kids to pay better attention in class. First, she said, "No one has a long attention span." Adults and children alike hop around in their thoughts every three-four minutes. What parents are wanting really, is to have children come back to the task being asked of them. It was discussed about using flag timers, or vibrating timers that are set for every few minutes. And to also incorporate movement (hello brain breaks!!!)

  • What do you do when you try to talk to your child, and they just refuse to discuss it. Mrs. Benit mentioned that this is again very common. Children (and adults) so often combine feelings of something to the actual thing that has happened. She says to keep telling them, "I care about you, I am honoring you by acknowledging that you are upset and don't want to talk about it; but I want to help 'carry that big backpack of worry' you have. So, we don't have to talk about what made you frustrated right now, but let's talk about the good things in your life, let's take away some of those frustrations you have, let's find a balance."

  • Kids who have no fear. A parent was concerned about how to help their child have a healthy sense of fear. Is it alright to yell? Lynelle mentioned that the frontal lobe area of the brain is the part that focuses on impulse control. The frontal lobe doesn't finish developing until 26 (sometimes 28) years of age. So a younger child doesn't always fully understand that playing with matches, running with scissors, cutting an apple with a sharp knife, or running across a street, is a bad thing. She said that this is the time to yell, to use "the big mama bear voice". And share with them, "feel how my heart is beating fast, hear how loud and scared my voice sounds, see how quickly I moved to stop you from doing that?" All of that helps to show the reality of the seriousness of the situation to the child, which also builds up their frontal lobe.

  • What to do with a child who so vividly imagines scary things happening that they are unable to go to bed. A parent was getting desperate, thinking that it would just be easier to stay with the child until they fell asleep each night. But the parental concern was, was this creating unhealthy dependence on the parent. Mrs. Benit mentioned that it is more unhealthy to be controlling over how a child feels and tell them how to react, because then that creates unhealthy relationships for them as they get older. (Meaning, when someone says "No you don't like chocolate, you like jelly beans. No, you shouldn't ride a bike, you should only skateboard.") She suggested talking through the scary thought with the child, how can you turn it into something funny or silly, how can we switch it around so you feel safe. "Where can you put the monster so it won't hurt you?" Again, validate their feelings, give them control and ownership over it. Then create a very predictable routine for going to bed, which can help eliminate extra stress or anxiety. Create a transitional blanket, shirt, stuffed animal that is a part of you (the adult) and give it to the child for comfort. If all else fails, go ahead and fall asleep with the child until that phased has passed. By showing your child that you care for them and are there for them, you are creating an example of a healthy loving relationship.



These were some of the mentioned resources families could utilize, and that Lynelle uses with her students.

  • Whole-brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • Yes Brain by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

  • Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

  • The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

  • a YouTube video "Sitting Quietly Like a Frog" - to help work on focus and de-escalating

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In closing, she said that it is really important to recognize and validate the feelings that children have. Too often she has found that the older children/young adults who are quicker to be angry or easily fall into depression, tend to be the ones who didn't have their feelings acknowledged. Those people who, for various circumstances, bottled up their feelings, grow into adults who have a hard time expressing themselves. Which is why laying a solid foundation as children is so important.



Again, another big thank you for BSCO and our Parent Education team, for giving us to have these great events. I'm looking forward to see what we learn in January for our second Parent Education Night.




This Year’s Jog-a-thon was our Best Year Yet

The sun was shining and the kids showed up and gave it their all! This years Jog-a-thon was the best year yet. To date, this generous community has already fundraised over $68,000, with over 556 students donating in some capacity. This means a glow-in-the-dark dance party will be scheduled soon! Congrats to every student for reaching this goal!

The teachers are eagerly watching the school wide participation goal. They know when we reach 90% they’ll have to come through on their promise for a performance we won’t forget! We’re 85% now with one week to go, we can do this!

 

CLASSROOM PRIZES

There is still time to earn the in-class donut party! Individual classrooms are working toward their 85% participation goal. As of now, ten classes have earned their party with several classrooms very, very close.

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As a reminder, ANY AMOUNT DONATED COUNTS AS PARTICIPATION.

 

INDIVIDUAL PRIZES

  • $50 - Slap Bracelet

  • $150 - GollyOlogy Juggling OMSI show, 10/29 before school

  • $300 - Game truck & pizza party, 11/13 during lunch/recess

Top lappers for each grade will also earn a special prize!

Parents still have two ways to continue the momentum and join the cause.  

  1. Head to http://pledgestar.com/bonnyslope and donate to your favorite little jogger.

  2. Return cash or check (made out to BSCO) to the school office by Tuesday, 10/15. Lost your Jog-a-thon envelope? Return in any envelope just be sure to include your students name & teacher.

Lastly, a HUGE thanks to all our parent & community volunteers! There is no way we could have done it without you. 

Still have questions: jogathon@bonnyslopebsco.org

BSCO Fall 2019 Community Meeting Minutes and Video Replay

The first BSCO community meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, following the Principal Chat with a great turnout to both!  The BSCO meeting kicked off with a discussion by Steve Sparks from the BSD on the middle school boundary adjustment process, which will begin it’s advisory committee meetings this October.  We heard from our own Janet Maza and the new vice principal, Jim Hiller, as well as updates on technology purchases by 5th grade teacher Jennifer Klingner. 


The 2019-2020 BSCO Board members were introduced and provided updates and news about all the exciting things going on this fall.  For those not able to attend in person the meeting was available livestream via Youtube. If you missed both, a replay is available along with the slides from the presentation and meeting minutes. 

BSCO COMMUNITY MEETING MINUTES —

DATE:  September 24, 2019

LOCATION:  BSE Library

VIDEO REPLAY: https://youtu.be/VhxbGaTTc-4

SLIDES: 2019 Fall Community Meeting.pdf

ATTENDANCE:  Taylor Kash, Jeff Cook, Stephanie Wilson, Michelle Mulholland, Heather Vonk, Aaron Muhs, Carin Ruiz, Katie Kammer, Nima Patel, Nicole Hastings, Julie Mullavey, Shannon Bekins, Ajith Jain, Currie Reese, Ashley Bolick, Angie Bruxer, Mara da Silva, Bitsy Parks, Mandeep Bawa, Doug Bergman, Kim Lyon, Ge Li, Yeni Sindrawati, Andrea Steyskal, Kelly Kinzer, Ashish Gupta, Darren Faulk, Allison Mark Rotner, Lan Xu, Josh Rosch, Melissa Manos, Regina Noonan, Hannah Donohue, Marnellie Bishop, Scott Bishop, Yael Gideoni, Jenna Dornblaser, Jessica Canessa, Mindy Poorman, Jessica Osika, Laura Dunlap, Emily Shiraishi, Tracy Shiraishi, Miwon Jung, Jacob Whitehead, Frances Kang, Jim Hiller, Janet Maza, Lisa Teuber, Liz Bannas, Rebecca Sutton 

CALL TO ORDER:  7:05pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Approved 5/21/19 meeting minutes

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:  Steven Sparks, Executive Admin for Long Range Planning – 

Talking today about middle school boundary adjustment for new middle school, Timberland.  No plan has been prepared yet. They are still gathering data. Objectives: 1. Create attendance boundary for Timberland MS that provides a projected student population sufficient for comprehensive middle school.  2. Adjust the attendance boundary for Stoller. 3. Review and adjust the attendance boundaries of other middle schools. 4. IF warranted study and recommend minor adjustments to elementary and/or high school in the future.  Existing boundaries remain for elementary and high school.

Committee Meeting will take place every 2 – 3 weeks from now through March 2020.  They will be hosted at different middle school locations each time. Legacy students will also be considered.  They are currently recruiting members for the advisory committee. Applications are on the web page. Recommendations will be made to superintendent and then board will make decision in June.  Effective Fall 2021. No kick off map will be published. All info will be public on website. Goal to be very transparent. Want 2 members from each middle school. 8 middle schools = 16 total members.  

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:  Janet Maza – 

  • Introduced Jim Hiller new BSE VP.  

  • Kids did a great job the first few weeks.  School Safety Reminder. Please make sure you follow the rules and protocols.  Pull all the way forward when dropping off in morning…don’t get out of car. Have kids get out quickly.  No parking up front at pick up time in afternoon. Crossing Guards – please pay attention and ask your neighbors to also be mindful.  If you bring your dog make sure to bring a baggie…just in case.

  • Kindness matters.  Schoolwide focus – Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Giving kids words gives them power. Highlight students who demonstrate positive behaviors PBIS.  What you pay attention to grows. Focus on Kindness.

  • Lockout:  What went well?  Staff acted accordingly with info given.  Buses quickly diverted. Law Enforce responded to help students get to safety.  Students handled a scary situation with a huge amount of poise. Areas for improvement:  Timely Communication. How to alert families that do not know about lockout without having staff outside.  Timely comm. Keep in mind, during lockout the WA County Sheriff are in charge. They tell us what to communicate and when.  

  • Speak up 4 Student Success:  Listening sessions (see handout and online).

  • After School Clubs:  There are ADA requirements for after school programs.  Many are not meeting this, so that is why they have not set up yet.  As they are able to meet the ADA requirements they will start again.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS: 

PRESIDENT / TAYLOR KASH

  • Introduced the BSCO Board.  6 new members (Taylor Kash/President, Carin Ruiz/VP, Heather Vonk/Treasurer, Aaron Muhs/Secretary, Jeff Cook/Director Communications, Nima Patel/Member at Large) and 2 returning positions (Katie Kammer/Director of Committees and Stephanie Wilson & Michelle Mulholland/Director of Volunteers.)

  • Who is BSCO?  Every parent/guardian, teachers, staff at Bonny Slope.  We support education missional, enhance with enrichment activities.  Have fun. Focus on Communication, Manage Budget and fundraising events.  Volunteer committees oversight. Over 1,000 volunteers.

  • Budget:  Added Movie Night.  Food Pantry. Total $165,000 all is donated.  Teacher Grant funds increasing from $3k to $6k.  Educational Support increasing from $12k to $18k.  STEM in Residence increasing from $6k to $10k Library Grant $5k refresh.  Field Trip increasing from $3k to $5k.

  • Computer Science STEM:  Topics Covered - Coding and internet safety, Digital citizenship, Scratch Jr. for younger students, Scratch and code.org. for older students, Mobile tablet stands for teachers. Heathphones with microphones for upper grades Breakout EDU.  Jenn Klingner – purchased sets for classrooms. Stands for all teachers who requested.  

  • Cultural Enrichment Committee / Jog a thon:  Each class will represent a different country.  Supplying each teacher with their country’s info, flag, guest speaker from each country.  Also received items from cultural box.  

  • VP – Fundraising:  Jog-A-Thon $50k goal, Auction $45k goal, Pancake Feed $3.5k Box Tops $1k, Matching Funds $22k…Bridge the Gap if necessary.

  • JAT lots of prizes for kids and classes.  Currently at $27k Goal is 85% participation school wide.  School will have Dance a thon if we reach 85% participation. If school reaches 90% participation, teachers will put on a dance.

  • Maximize matching funds:  Many employers provide matching funds.  Check with your employer to see if they do too.  List of some employers that match: Columbia, FEI, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Nike, Symantec.  Intel and Nike also pay $10/hr for volunteering.

  • Box Tops are going digital.  You can still Clip them and send to school.  Amazon Smile is also available.

DIRECTOR OF COMMITTEES, KATIE KAMMER: 

  • There are committees for everything and everyone!  

  • Bobcat Trail Club, Geo Club, Volunteers needed.  

  • Art lit – teach a lesson on a particular artist and then do an art project with a class.  

  • Directory deadline approaching.  PDF version is free, Printed Version is $5.  

  • Walk to School day – Wed Oct 2nd.  

  • Parent Education Events – Topic: Positive Parenting Strategies, Tuesday 10/8/19 7pm-8:30pm.  

  • Author Visits – 2 of them this year.  10/18 and 11/26.  

  • Monster Mash – Volunteers needed, building haunted house, decorating, clean up.  Donations also needed: Items for cake walk, carved pumpkins, & Individually wrapped candy. Oct 25th 6-8pm FREE EVENT.  

  • Book Fair – Nov 4-7

  • Movie Night 12/6 6:30pm – 830pm

  • 5th Grade Activities – Pancake Breakfast Initial Meeting on Oct 11th @ 6:30pm Erin Hire’s House 

  • Community Outreach Committee – Parents and kids can volunteer throughout the community.  

  • Pantry Provisions Committee – new, they support the backpack program.  Pack food for kids for the weekends. Email Karen @ pantryprovisions@bonnyslopebsco.org

DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS, STEPHANIE WILSON & MICHELLE MULHOLLAND:

  • In order to Volunteer:  All must have background check, sign in and sign out in office, create profile in My Impact Page, choose interests.  BSCO events and classroom opportunities available. www.bonnyslopebsco.org/volunteering/

  • Class Coordinators are filled. Party Coordinators have many spots still needed.  Upcoming Needs Walk/Bike to School 10/2, Cultural Richness, JAT prep, Library.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, JEFF COOK:

  • BSCO Newsletter sent every other Friday.  BSCO website. www.bonnyslopebsco.org – subscribe by email or RSS Feed, calendar, Store, Contact Us.  

  • FaceBook Groups:

  • Instagram 

  • Combined BSE and BSCO calendar.  Starting November 1 BSE will be the only calendar.  

TREASURER, HEATHER VONK:  

  • 2018-19 Audit Completed.  

  • Carry Over Funds Reduction:  $39,000.

  • Technology Updates - $15,000

  • Library Grant - $5,000

  • Emergency Preparedness - $2,000

  • Capital Improvements - $7,000

  • Carnival 2020 - $4,500

  • Monster Mash 2019 - $3,000

  • Student Body Paper Fund - $2,500

NEW BUSINESS:  

  • None.

Q&A:  

  • None.

MEETING ADJOURNED:  8:25pm

Parent Education Night Preview

Does your child/adolescent struggle with learning, focusing attention, managing emotions?  Or exhibit behavior that stop them from being productive in school and get along with friends and family? Are you wanting a deeper understanding of your child’s brain emotional development, in order to give you to a plan of action that gives you confidence that your child will learn successfully, make friends, and enjoy themselves? 

On Tuesday, October 8th, at 7pm in the Library, BSCO presents it’s first Parent Education Night of the year. And we will have Lynelle Benit there. Lynelle has spent 25 years of working as a School Psychologist. It allows her to focus evaluations to quickly reach a plan of action to address the area of concern. Her focus is understanding the student and providing useful strategies and instruction so their experience of tomorrow is better than today. 

Lynelle will cover a lot of information, such as: the power of play and non-verbal communication, ways to be aware of the signs of anxiety and depression.  She will also talk about disciplining by focusing on what you want to teach rather than reacting to behavior.

So join us for this BSCO sponsored event on Tuesday, October 8th!

Book Drive Begins October 7, Volunteer for Book Cleaning Event

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Books, books and more books!

Shelves bending under the weight of all those books your kids have read?

Not sure what to do with them?

Then we have the perfect solution.  Donate them to our Bonny Slope Book Drive.

The Bonny Slope Outreach Committee is supporting the Childrens' Book Bank in NE Portland this fall with a used book drive.  The Book Bank offers a range of age-appropriate, culturally diverse books to children in lower income neighborhoods, supporting early literacy, bringing children the joy of reading and igniting curiosity and learning.

Bring us all your gently used books (Grade K - 12).  No ex-library, ex-school, torn or damaged books please.  

Look out for the collection bin under the stairwell at school beginning October 7th. 

AND then sign up to join us on Wednesday 16th October from 9.30am - 12.30am for cleaning, sorting and packing all our donations.

Questions? outreach@bonnyslopebsco.org

Parent Input Needed for Student Success Act

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The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Beaverton could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts will be required to apply for funds. Districts must demonstrate engagement of the community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. The needs assessment includes the District’s existing Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and an expanded public engagement process with multiple and diverse stakeholders.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time

  2. Addressing student health and safety needs

  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size

  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

Phase I community engagement will seek input on what is working and what improvements are needed.

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion. Take our BSD Needs Assessment Survey!

Additionally, there is a Community Conversations scheduled around the district. Join the conversation surrounding what is and isn’t working in our schools!

More info can be found on the BSD website.

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