Dinner Night Out

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: We try to have one about every month

Needs Volunteers: No

We work with a local business (usually a restaurant but not always) such that a % of the profits for a period of time are donated to the BSPTO.  It often requires patrons to mention the fundraiser in order for the BSPTO to benefit, sometimes a flyer is required.  The calendar event for the specific Dinner night out will have those details.

While we don’t need volunteers, we are always looking for businesses that want to participate.  If you know any please contact vice-president@bspto.org

National Walk and Bike to School Day

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: Twice a year, lines up with the national declared day which is usually early October and May.

Needs Volunteers: Yes

Kids are encouraged to walk or bike to school… prizes are handed out at various points along the usual routes to school.  There is also the bike fairy who puts little prizes on the bikes at the bike rack.

Boomer biking to school video

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to hand out the prizes, and be bike fairies.

GeoQuest

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: The last instructional Wednesday of each month

Needs Volunteers: Yes

NOTE: As of the 2019-2020 school year the school has asked us not to print out the maps for students at school.  So you will have to print them from here.  Some of the countries maps still have last years dates on them.  We will fix that soon.  If you don’t have a printer, your child can ask their teacher to make a copy.

GeoQuest parent info letter

Maps

Grades K-3 (Countries)

September:  North and Central America

October: Middle East and part 1 of Asia

November: Asia Part 2

December: South America

January: North Africa

February: Southern Africa

March: Northern Europe

April: Southern Europe

May: Australia and Oceania

Grades 4-5 (US States and Canadian Provinces)

September:  Western US

October: US Mountain Region

November: Midwest US

December: Southern US

January: US New England

February: Canada Part 1

March: Canada Part 2

Geography Quest is a specially designed geography-learning tool for Bethany students. K-3rd grade students learn the world’s independent countries by continent, the same way that the Beaverton School District teaches all 6th graders. Students in 4th and 5th grade learn the names of the US States and their capitals along with Canadian provinces.  For a bonus, a list World Wonders or Landmarks is also included.

The map packet includes a labeled map, blank study map and a list of names to be learned. The names are sorted into 5 levels. It is up to you and your child to determine how many levels to learn.  For any who master all 5 levels, a list of world wonders or landmarks is also included as a bonus.

Studying the maps each month occurs at home. There may be some studying during Technology through fun, interactive games or in the school library via books.

Each month on Quiz Day students will show a volunteer what they learned. The students will be given a blank map, then asked to point at each country, state, or province as the volunteer reads the name.  After identifying a state they will be asked the capital.   For the World Wonders or Landmarks, the Volunteer will point at the picture and ask for the name.  Volunteers are parents who encourage all students to the best of their ability.

There is a parent letter that is sent home with each student. They are also posted below

Support GeoQuest!

We need lots of volunteers on Quiz Day.   GeoQuest quiz days are usually the last instructional Wednesday of the month from 8:10-10:50am.  Check the calendar for exact dates.  And if your kiddo has one of the early lunches you can hang around and join them for lunch.

GeoQuest welcomes:

  • Parents and guardians
  • Grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles, family friends

Learning resources

Help your child get prepared for GeoQuest Quiz Day. Practice with your child at home – a few minutes a couple times a week is all you need.

There are many ways to help kids learn such as:

Points System

  • Each child (Grades K-5) will have the opportunity to earn points for their classroom.
  • The classroom with the most points for the month will get the grade-level trophy.
  • Children will only compete with their grade level.
  • The classroom that earns the trophy the most often will get a pizza party at the end of the
    year.
  • Those students that get at least 6 points individually on each quiz will get a prize at the end of the year.
  • (Any make up tests will be added to the individuals score not the classroom score.)

Point System Breakdown:
1—attending GeoQuest and try to learn the countries.
2—attending and passing Level 1
3—attending and passing Level 1,2
4—attending and passing Level 1,2,3
5—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4
6—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4,5
7—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4,5, and WONDERS OF THE WORLD

If you have any further questions about GeoQuest please contact our GeoQuest lead at geoquest@bspto.org.

Bike Safety/Skills and Tune

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: Late September/Early October

Needs Volunteers: Yes

We usually have a bike swap/donate with this event.  Meaning if you bring a bike, you can take one someone else brought.  Any left at the end are donated.  We also have various bike skills games for the kids to try, which generally enforce good bike safety practices.  The local Bike shop Bethany Bike Repair has been there in the past to help do minor tune ups to bikes as time permits.   There is also a raffle for something like a new helmet and small prizes for just showing up.

A few volunteers are needed to run the games and generally oversee the event.

Family Movie Night

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: Last Friday of the month, most months

Needs Volunteers: Yes

The BSPTO screens a kid friendly movie in the gym.  We take the some of the wall padding and put it on the floor for the kids who often bring sleeping bags or blankets and pillows to lay on while they watch.  We have metal chairs for the parents, though many bring more comfortable camping chairs.  Most times we have “The hot dog guy” in the cafe selling… you guessed it… hot dogs and other snacks like popcorn and candy as well as water.  But he can’t always make it, so be sure to check the weekly bobcat newsletter to see if he will be there.

Volunteers

The BSPTO board and the principe usually cover the AV equipment.  But help is needed setting up the chairs and setting out the wall padding.  After the movie help is needed putting away the chairs and the wall padding as well as sweeping up after the kids.