Friday, December 11, 2015

BCE Bearmail 12/11/15

December 11, 2015


Dear BCE Families,


THANK YOU ~ Thank you all for your generous donations to the Gift Shift and the Canned Food Drive!  What a great example of kindness and compassion you are for our students.  I had a delightful morning of being with students at the Gift Shift.  The smiles on their faces and the joy they had when they left with gifts for their loved ones are truly the spirit of the holiday!

Bryan Stow ~ On Thursday your students had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful and inspiring assembly with Bryan Stow.  Bryan is the Giants fan who was brutally beaten several years ago by two Dodger fans after a baseball game.  Bryan has made a remarkable recovery and came to BCE to talk about his story and about living a bully free life.  If you haven't had the chance to talk to your student about their impressions, please take a moment to do so.  I imagine most of them found it as inspirational as I did.

I would also like to mention the Bryan Stow Foundation (  The foundation offers assemblies free of charge, but raises money to pay for travel expenses.  While Bryan's talks have been focused in the local and Bay Area, the hope is to bring his important mission to other parts of the state and country.  Please visit the web site for more information about Bryan's story and ways that you can support spreading his message.  

Bell Choir ~ I had the pleasure of attending our School Board meeting on Thursday evening and enjoying a lovely performance by the BCE/SLE Bell Choir.  What a treat to be able to enjoy beautiful music, the happy faces of children and the proud faces of their families!  Many thanks to our amazing music teacher Carey Liston for making the concert possible.

Stormy Weather ~ We made it through this recent batch of rough weather and know more will be on the way soon.  Please make sure we have current contact information for you as well as a complete list of emergency contacts.  With the possibility of road closures please consider having an emergency contact on both the north and south side of BCE.  While your students will be safe here at school, we know they'll be more comfortable with a friend or family member.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • 12/21 – 1/4 = Winter Break (Please note that students will return to school on Tuesday January 5th)
  • Friday 1/8 = Family Game Night at BCE, BINGO!
  • Wednesday 1/13 = Family Dinner Night (Edo's Sushi)
  • Thursday 1/14 = Parent Club Meeting, 6:30 BCE Library
  • Monday 1/18 = No School (ML King Jr. Birthday)
  • Friday 1/29 = No School (Teacher Professional Development)


Quote of the Week (Responsibility):

"I've always been in the right place at the right time.  Of course, I steered myself there."

~ Bob Hope


Did you know???

Missing 2 weeks of class time each year in primary school means a total of 14 weeks teaching time missed— this could have a real impact on their basic literacy and math skills.



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



SLV Foundation For Education Fundraiser:  Everyone should have received or will receive a 4 page color brochure in the mail with descriptions of many of the different non-profit education-related clubs that support the K-12 Students in the San Lorezno Valley.  Please pass these on to family members.  There are some extra copies in the office that can be mailed to other family members.  All of the proceeds come directly to the BCE Parents Club by checking off The BCE Parents Club box, returning the form and sending in a check or credit card number.  We are hoping that some people will be anxious to find a good place to make an end of the year donation.  Thank you!

Bingo Night:  Please take note that Bingo night is Friday Jan 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm.  It is super fun and all of the kids love it.  There will be a Bake Sale that is put on by the 5th graders and their parents from which the proceeds will assist with the cost of 5th grade science camp.  There will also be pizza for sale.  Please come and enjoy ... it is right after Christmas Break, so please put it on your calendars now!

Amazon Smile -Amazon Smile is a great way to do your holiday shopping and give to BCE! Here are some extensions for Chrome and Firefox that will redirect any Amazon page to  Here are some links:
For Chrome:  
For Firefox:
Install these on your browsers, and you won't have to remember to go to every time you make a purchase
Science Fair  - Boulder Creek Elementary Science Fair, January 21st 2016, is open to all students, from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Our Science Fair is a place where students can explore the world of science. Participants design and perform their own experiment, then present their findings in a non-competitive and supportive setting.
For more information about what a science fair project looks like, time line suggestions, topics to choose from, application forms or any other questions please visit or contact Karen Hoogner at 831-703-4750 /, or Patty Hayes (BCE Science Teacher) at
If you would like to participate in the BCE Science Fair please complete an application form and return to the school office by 11th Dec 2015.

Yearbook – GOT PICTURES of Crazy Hair Day, Twins Day, Fire Safety Week or the Halloween Parade???Please help us capture the school year.  Digital photos may be uploaded to our yearbook website:   This link should take you to the Boulder Creek Elementary School page for uploading photos.  If it doesn't, just search for our school.  Entourage Link will have you create a log-in and password.  Please file the picture under the appropriate category.  Questions contact
Facebook – Find us and like us on Facebook. Search for Boulder Creek Elementary Parent Club.




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:


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   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).