Principal's Message

Dear Bonny Slope Parents,
Welcome to the 2021/22 school year at Bonny Slope, especially those families who are new to our school! Our theme this year is “Bringing Back the Magic”.  

It has been a long two years since we have had a first day of school with all children in the building.   As I begin my 8th year at Bonny Slope, I am reminded of our strength when faced with adversity, of our compassion when there is a loss and our successes when we recognize our talents.  This last year presented all of this and more which is why our theme this year celebrates the magic that comes with fun, relationships, and the amazing learning that happens at Bonny Slope.  We are so excited to be starting our school year, even if under some challenging circumstances. 

We want to acknowledge that as we approach the beginning of the 2021/22 school year, there is uncertainty about the return to school in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.  In preparation for the school year, we have done much with respect to the Covid-19 virus and the safety of our students. We regularly receive updated information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education. Additionally, we are closely adhering to recommendations found in the ODE document, the Resiliency Framework.  

There are three things we will stress heavily in order to keep our students safe; wearing a mask, keeping 3 feet distance to the greatest extent possible, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.  We are still working out the lunch details. As we make decisions, we promise transparency with our work to keep our staff, community, and students safe.

The one thing we value about our Bonny Slope staff, students, and community is we are an inclusive school community and have many opportunities to get involved. We have a very active parent organization, the Bonny Slope Community Organization, also known as BSCO.  You will receive bi-monthly information from BSCO and the school.   Every other week each of us will provide you this information through our new platform Parent Square.  You can sign up for Parent Square here. (One week you will receive an email from Bonny Slope in a newsletter called Paw Prints and the next week you will receive a newsletter from BSCO).  This information will begin consistently once school begins on September 8th.

You also have a monthly opportunity to connect with the school’s administration during our hour-long “Principal Chat”. Our first Principal Chat is this Thursday, August 26th at 11:30 AM. ( A link will be sent the day of the chat.)
One of our biggest jobs during the summer is to hire excellent staff for Bonny Slope.  We are still hiring and will share our staffing once the process is completed. We know that many of you are anxious and excited to find out which class your child(ren) will be in. We work very hard as a team to provide input that ensures ideal learning environments. We consider learning styles, personalities, academic levels, boy/girl ratio, etc.  Specialists and teachers will work on finalizing the class lists on August 30th and 31st. 

Once the process is completed and teachers are informed of their classes, they will be contacting you by email to welcome your child to the class. You can expect to hear from your child’s teacher on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 1st.  
Some parents wonder if they can change teachers if they do not get the teacher they had hoped. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Therefore, we will not be moving students to different classrooms and ask that you honor the work done by our staff to ensure the best learning experience possible.   

September 2nd is Meet Your Teacher Night.  Some schools have already canceled this event with the rising cases of Covid.  We are not planning on canceling this event at this time but need to make changes to the event for safety reasons.  Families will not be given tours of the school this year and we ask that students not bring their supplies to school until the first day of school (if you bought supplies online, they will be delivered to the classroom by the first day of school). For a list of supplies, you can see our website here. Instead of entering the school to meet the teachers, teachers will be standing outside in designated areas around the school between the hours of 4:00 and 5:30.  Students and their families will get the chance to meet the teacher while socially distancing 6 feet.  (Per the guidance, while students are to keep three feet distance from each other, adults are still required to keep 6 feet distance from students and other adults). We are going to ask families to indicate their going-home plans at this time.  Teachers will send students a couple of questions they can address ahead of time so that students will be prepared to have a short conversation with the teacher on Meet Your Teacher Night.  (What is your favorite subject in school, etc.) We understand that students are anxious to see their classroom.  Teachers will send a link to a short welcome video to the students in their email on September 1st.  They will share what the classroom looks like, a little about themselves, and what to expect on the first day of school.  Parents are asked to monitor the social distance of their child(ren) and themselves at this event.  After meeting the teacher, parents are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and eat on the field.  Families will gather on the field from 4:30-6:30 PM. 

Parents will learn more about life at school at our Back to School Night (also known as Family Engagement Night) using Zoom on September 14th.  The Zoom link will be sent to you by the teacher when it gets closer to the event.

  In addition, to  Meet Your Teacher Night, we have MANY fun, exciting and engaging events throughout the year.  Our “Dates To Remember” flyer is tentative and can be found here. This document will help you keep apprised of these important dates including Monster Mash, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and classroom parties. You can also check our school calendar online or the calendar in Parent Square for current updates.

For all community members, whether new or seasoned, we wanted to remind you of a few important pieces of information regarding BSE. 

  • Communication: The best way to communicate with staff (teachers or admin) is to email us. We will do our very best to respond within 24-48 hours, even if simply to say we will get back to you with more information when we have it. Of course, if you do not have email, contacting staff by phone is certainly acceptable. 
  • Arrival: For the safety of our students, please make sure students do not arrive before 8:20 this year.  You will notice this is a change from the previous practice of 8:15.  We will be working diligently to make sure students are not congregating in close quarters while going to class.  At this time, we are asking students to enter through the assigned grade-level doors. A short video and map will be sent to families to identify which door their children will enter in the near future.  Additionally, another change in practice at this time will be to have students go directly to class between the times of 8:20 and 8:30.  We are asking parents that can have their students walk to school rather than dropping them off in their car, to do so to keep the drop-off lane moving quickly.  If you cannot drop off your child quickly and using the passenger side for your child to get out of the car, we ask that you find a parking space and walk your child to the school. 
  • Dismissal: At the end of the day, if you have the occasional change in plans, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and the office before 2 pm. We understand there is an occasional emergency. That said, it is disruptive, not only to your child but to the learning environment of the entire class when several going-home plan changes come in at the end of each school day. 
  • Breakfast and Lunch: We are still in the process of making plans. One thing to note is that this year, all meals at Bonny Slope are free to every student in the school, and no application is required.

We are hopeful that life at school will return to normal soon. We are committed to the safety of all as well as giving your child the best experience and best education possible.  We are looking forward to seeing you at Meet Your Teacher Night on September 2nd!

Janet Maza and Jim Hiller