3/15/19 BearMail

March 15, 2019


Dear BCE Families,


Family Movie Night ~ Thank you to the Gafford Family for putting together another wonderful BCE Family Movie Night last week.  I so appreciate our Parent Club for organizing these family events and providing opportunities for our BCE community to be together.  THANK YOU!


SLVUSD Board ~ Please click here to read the latest SLVUSD board briefing notes.


Walk-Jog-a-Thon ~ What a beautiful day for a Walk-Jog–a-Thon! Thank you to all our volunteers who came out today to support our students and BCE!  I’d also like to send a shout out to all our BCE Bears who persevered and kept going when they got tired, showed kindness by encouraging others, and flexibility by adjusting their learning day and schedule.  Way to Go BCE!!!


Congratulations SLVMS ~ Congratulations to Shannon Calden and our own SLV Middle School!  Due to its sustained progress, SLVMS has been selected to retain its designation as a California School to Watch.  Here is a quote from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, which speaks to the importance of this honor.


"These middle schools make a great impact on students, and I want to thank the staff, administrators, teachers, and parents at these schools for ensuring all students get the education they need to realize their potential," Thurmond said. "These schools study and support students’ needs, which helps close achievement gaps and creates a better future for these young students."

What lucky 5th graders we have to be able to advance to such a wonderful middle school! 

Triple P Parenting Workshop ~ Please click here for information about a Triple P Parenting Workshop in both English and Spanish.


Quail Hollow Ranch ~ Please click here for information about Quail Hollow Ranch spring camps.


Congratulations ~ The following BCE students received awards for their Science and Engineering projects.  The awards ceremony for the Santa Cruz Science and Engineering Fair was held this past Tuesday at New Brighton Middle School.


Thank you for representing BCE:

o   Ollin Bates

o   Sophia Hoogner

o   Damian Spracklen

o   Chloe Ryssemus


We are so proud of all of you!


PBIS Store ~ To support our PBIS program, we are piloting a BCE “store.” Once a month, students who earn eight or more Bear Paws are able to redeem their ticket for a small prize.  Our student leadership team will deliver prizes to the classrooms, students will be working for whole class rewards as well.  Your students and their teachers can answer any questions you may have.


CAASPP Testing ~ We are fast approaching the time for State Testing for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Please read a letter, click here for English or here for Spanish, to find out more about CAASPP.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.


Need Kindergarten? ~ Kindergarten registration for Fall 2019 is open. Visit the BCE office to pick up a registration packet and sign up for a spot to attend one of our three Kindergarten orientations and tours. Tours will take place at 9 am on March 29, April 23 and May 17 and are for adults only. To begin the registration process, please plan on bringing your child’s birth certificate, current immunization record and proof of residence. Questions? Call our Registrar Alma - 831-338-6413, or email her at asteinberg@slvusd.org.

Children must be five years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten. If your student has a September, October or November birthday you might be interested in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. For more information, please call Alma at the BCE office at 831-338-6413.

We’re looking forward to your student joining our BCE learning community!


Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 3/21 = Family Dinner Night, Roadside Cafe
  • Friday 3/29 = Kindergarten Tour (See above for additional information)
  •  4/1 -  4/5 = No School (Spring Break)
  • 4/29 - 5/17 = CAASPP (State Testing) window for 3rd - 5th grade
  • Thursday 5/9 = BCE Open House
  • Saturday 5/18 = BCE Carnival
  • Monday 5/27 = No School (Memorial Day)
  • Wednesday 6/5 = No Early Out, regular dismissal time for ALL students
  • Thursday 6/6 = Last Day of School, Early Dismissal for 1st-5th grades at 12:15 pm


Perseverance Quote of the Week :

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli


Thank you for supporting your student by getting them to school every day and on time!


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!






This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district. As we continue to have assemblies and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.


The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. BCE has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. 



We are grateful to all the local restaurants who continue to host Family Dinner Nights to help raise funds for our school. The next Family Dinner Night is March 21, 2019 at the Roadside Cafe.


March is a really busy month here at BCE and with Parents Club!  The monthly calendars went out this week.

Important dates:


*Family Dinner Night, March 21, 2019.

*Staff Appreciation Week, March 25-29. Details to follow.


We are also in the process of planning for Carnival and Silent Auction on May 18th. If you are interested in helping with that, or any of our March events, please e-mail us at bcepc.execs@gmail.com


URGENT YEARBOOK: download the TreeRing app and upload your pictures of your favorite school memories on your phone. Download to Shared Pictures to make your pics available for yearbook. You can also download your child’s own personal memories for their personalized two pages in the yearbook. MARCH IS THE MONTH TO SUBMIT PICS.  There are only about 100 pictures so far, so we need pics from Ice Cream Social, Halloween, class parties, field trips, Science Night, BINGO night and whatever else you have. The yearbook is what you make it. Please download your pictures ASAP. Yearbook cover contest for 5th graders will be coming home soon. Start brainstorming!


Shop smile.amazon.com and choose Boulder Creek Elementary Parent Club as your beneficiary. Then every time you shop a small amount goes to our school. You must shop Amazon Smiles for the school to benefit from your Amazon order.  It is not applicable from the phone app. Don't forget our Shutterfly storefront  BCEParentsClub.ShutterflyStorefront.com.

We received our first check from Shutterfly for $56. Every bit helps!


Another company that has been supporting us all year is Wild Roots. When you purchase gift cards a portion of the profits go to our school. The employees also donate much needed supplies in the office such as kleenex & wipes.


There are many items that have box tops.  While it may not seem like a lot, they really add up.  All profits go to our P.E. Department, and is also used to purchase tetherballs, basketball hoops and classroom balls.

Contact Us: If you have a question and would like to get in touch with our Board members please email us at bcepc.execs@gmail.com. We also have a private Facebook group. Contact us if you would like to be added. We usually respond within 24-48 hours.


Find us and like us on Facebook. Search for Boulder Creek Elementary Parents Club.



Email us at bcepc.execs@gmail.com

Visit us at https://sites.google.com/site/bceparentsclub/

(Are you great with maintaining websites and looking for a stress-free way to help the Parents Club? Please contact us at the email address above to help us get our website back on track!)



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 Please click on the following link to view a variety of opportunities for your child(ren) that are offered throughout the valley and Santa Cruz areas by various organizations, such as Boy/Girl Scouts, Sports, Arts-Drama-Theater, Local Events, Community Service, Quest/YMCA (before/after-school child care), etc. Link here:  https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

 This link is provided as a courtesy for parents & students, by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to receive information of current local events and opportunities.  The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District does not sponsor or endorse any of the organizations or events that are located here.

 The Flyer Process for San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District is posted on the “home” page of the District website at www.slvusd.org.   The flyers and/or blurbs are no longer inserted into the school newsletters or distributed to the children.  The District is making an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is sent home with your child(ren) and is working together to streamline the newsletter so that you read about the most important information regarding your child’s school.  The District has created a website where all of the approved flyers will be posted (Community Opportunity).

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