5/3/19 BearMail

May 3, 2019


Dear BCE Families,


Student Author Fair ~ I hope you can join me at the Student Author Fair at Capitola Mall tomorrow from 10 am - 3 pm.  Many of our BCE classes will be represented at this fun event and students will have the opportunity to read their original work aloud to an audience.  See you there!


Open House ~ I hope to see all of you next Thursday, May 9th for our annual BCE Open House!  The fun begins at 5:00 pm with our Parent Club BBQ and the opening of our Art Masterpiece display in the MP.  The Book Fair opens at 5:30 pm and the ukulele and band performance will run from 5:45 – 6:20 pm. Classrooms and the Science Lab will be open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.


Book Fair ~ The books are here, the books are here!  Our Spring Book Fair will be open in the library all next week.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, and Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.  Thank you for supporting BCE and your student’s literacy.


BCE General Music Concert ~ You are invited to the BCE General Music Concert in the Multi Purpose Room on Monday, June 3, 2019.

9:00-9:45 Keasey & Vahradian’s classes

10:45-11:30 Muirhead & Koenig’s classes

With a Special performance by Mrs. Benavidez’s 3rd Grade Class

1:00-1:45 Thomsen & Conrad’s classes


An Invitation from SLVMS ~ SLVMS 6th grade Information Night:

5th grade families are invited to a 6th grade information night on Monday, May 13 at 7 PM in the SLVMS Gym.  Principal Shannon Calden will give an overview of what to expect in middle school.  

All families are also invited to attend the SLVMS Open House on May 23rd from 5-7:30. We will have food trucks, a silent auction, music performances, and all classrooms will be open from 6-7 PM.

We look forward to welcoming the 5th graders into our middle school and hope that we will see you both nights.


CalFresh Awareness Month ~ May has been designated CalFresh Awareness Month both across California and here in Santa Cruz County.  Attached, please find more information about CalFresh, a nutritional supplement to support families and individuals in Santa Cruz County.


Please help ~ Please return the yellow form you received asking if you will be returning to BCE next year ASAP.  This information is critical to our staffing plan.  Thank you for your help.


2019-20 School Calendar ~ Click here to view the 2019-2020 school calendar. Your student’s school attendance is one of the key markers for success. Thank you for planning family vacations that are aligned with the school calendar.


CAASPP Testing ~ Our annual State testing has begun for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Please help them do and feel their best by making sure they get a good night's sleep, have a healthy breakfast, including protein, and help get them to school every day and on time.


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 our last remaining Kindergarten orientation and tour. The tour will take place at 9 am on May 17 and is 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

  • 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 :

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

~ Benjamin Franklin


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. 


Thank you so much to our amazing Board Members who have signed up for another year of making things happen at BCE! Kat Gafford, President; Salina Bridges & Amber Jones, Vice-presidents; Christine Robbins and Amy Kelley, secretaries extraordinaires; Cindy Holmes and Rochelle Cunningham as treasurers. We really appreciate you!


The Open House BBQ is an event that requires volunteers, generally 4th grade families because it benefits 5th grade science camp for 2020, but it can be anyone. It is what we make it and right now we have a lot of blank spaces. Please visit our sign up genius and sign up for a volunteer shift. You will not miss your child’s classroom time, the art show or book fair! See if you can help by visiting our Sign Up Genius at:



SILENT AUCTION: Silent auction class basket items will be picked up on Monday. We will accept late items but will be assembling baskets starting early next week. Check out your child’s class basket theme and please consider contributing an item or more. Some teachers are doing sign ups online- check your email. If you would like to work the Silent Auction check-out or pick up items on your trips about the area, email us to get on our volunteer list! Thank you in advance! Contact: BCEpc.silentauction@gmail.com


YEARBOOK: If you haven’t ordered your yearbook yet, now is the time to do so!!! Orders are due ASAP, and you, as a parent, get to customize 2 pages of your child’s yearbook with trips, out-of-school activities like dance, art, music, sports etc. This is such a cool way to have your child FEATURED! To order the yearbook head over to www.treering.com and enter the school code: 10152329238788. You will then be able to order for the low price of $21.53. Free shipping until May 7th (also last day to customize pages!)

Order May 7-28 and pay shipping to the school. Order after the 28th and pay shipping to your house. We are no longer accepting checks for yearbook.


Thursday, May 9, Open House BBQ (run by 4th grade families).

Thursday, May 6-10 SCHOLASTIC Book Fair in the library.

Tuesday, May 17th- Family Dinner Night at Casa Nostra, ALL day 11-9 Must mention BCE or bring in a flyer. Benefits BCE Music Program. Mrs. Liston and Mrs. Sheard will be performing 5:30-7:30 so don’t miss it!

Saturday May 18, 2019 30th Annual Carnival and Silent Auction, MP and BCE Uppers 10:30-3:30 PM. We will need volunteers. Contact bcepc.execs@gmail.com to get a head start as a volunteer. Sign ups will be posted outside classrooms as well.


Lastly, the yearbook is looking for key people to be part of the yearbook team for next year! Besides those parents who love to do a class page, the yearbook needs a committee of 3-5 parents who want to help on a deeper level. If you’re interested please contact Tiffany at tiff@tibre.org with a subject title 2019-2020 yearbook team.


Shopping that Supports BCE!

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.


 Our Shutterfly storefront is BCEParentsClub.ShutterflyStorefront.com


If you purchase and use gift cards at Wild Roots, specify our school as beneficiary and we get a portion of the profits!


There are many items that have box tops. While it may not seem like a lot it really adds up. All the profits go to our P.E. Department who use it to purchase classroom balls, tetherballs and PE equipment.


Contact Us:

If you would like to learn more about what is happening with current or future fundraisers, the progress of our Going Green Business Certification or bring up any concerns please contact us!  Our next monthly meeting is TBA.


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: BCE Families. Contact us if you would like to be added. We usually respond within 24-48 hours.





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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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