Sunday, June 5, 2016

BCE Bearmail 6/3/16

June 3, 2016


Dear BCE Families,

Honored ~ I had the honor on Wednesday night to be in Sacramento and accept our California Gold Ribbon award from State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.  I am so very proud of Boulder Creek Elementary and appreciate the dedication and hard work of our entire staff as well as the support of our amazing families.  Thank you!


4th Grade Families ~ Just a reminder that next Monday, June 6th, there will be a meeting at the District Office in Ben Lomond to present next year's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan for our 5th graders.  The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.  I hope to see you there!


Great Performances  ~ What a delight it was to see Mrs. Gibney and Mrs. Anderson's classes put on a musical performance on the importance of social skills and not to be outdone, Ms. McCoy and Mrs. Conrad's classes performed the classic "Gold Dust or Bust" play about the California gold rush.  Bravo everyone, well done!


News ~ Please read the attached letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Bruton.  The letter contains information about staff changes in our district.


Wednesday ~ Just a reminder that next Wednesday will NOT be an Early Out day.  We will have a regular full day schedule on Wednesday, June 8th


Thursday ~ Thursday will be the last student day for the 2015-'16 school year.  Students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.  Kindergartners will be dismissed at their regular time of 11:50 am.  Please note that there will be no kindergarten bus; kindergarten students may ride the regular school buses that will depart from BCE at 12:20 pm.


Lost & Found ~ Our lost and found pile continues to grow!  Please come by and take a look to see if anything belongs to your student.  Any items left after the last day of school will be donated to charity.


Library ~ The BCE library is closed for the school year.  Please return any library books your student still may have. Payment for lost or damaged books can be made in the office.  Thank you! 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) ~ We are happy to announce that for the 2016-2017 school year, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD) will be expanding the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program. Classrooms will be available at San Lorenzo Valley (SLVE) and Boulder Creek (BCE). Registration is now open to all eligible students.

SLVUSD will also be offering the transitional kinder opportunity to four year olds whose birthdays are in December, January, and February. This exceptional TK Program that prepares students for social, emotional, and academic success in school will now be offered to additional students. It is our goal to serve every student; however, funding and space are limited at this time.

We will add as many students as space allows. TK classes are now available for eligible four-year-old students whose birthdate falls between December 2011 and February 2012, and possibly into March 2012, depending on enrollment. The following priority will be given in filling seats for TK and ETK:

·       TK eligible students will have priority enrollment into the TK

§  Four year olds who will turn five between September 2nd - December 2nd (per Ed. Code 48000)

·       Then Extended Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) eligible students will have priority enrollment based on their month of birth.

§  First Priority:  Four year olds who will turn five in December

§  Second Priority:  Four year olds who will turn five in January

§  Third Priority:  Four year olds who will turn five in February

§  Fourth Priority:  Four year olds who will turn five in March

 TK and ETK students will be on the same school calendar and hours as the elementary Kindergarten program.  If you are interested in attending TK or ETK at SLVE and BCE, please make sure you register your child at their respective elementary school.  A TK Parent Meeting is planned for August 2016 to welcome students and parents to TK.

Please note:  both of these programs are not mandated by the state and are at the sole discretion of each individual district.   In addition, transportation will not be provided for TK/ETK.

Important Registration Information ~ All students currently enrolled in one of our SLVUSD schools should have already received an email from Gail Heagerty, our Student Information System and Database Specialist; the subject line was "New Annual Student Online Registration." 

All annual student online registrations need be submitted by the parent/guardian no later than Friday, June 17.  After this date the system will be locked and you will not be able to access the registration system until mid August.

If you have already updated your student's registration information, THANK YOU!  If you did not receive or do not remember if you received the email, please search your emails for anything sent by:  If you did not receive the email we probably have an incorrect or outdated email for you.  Please contact our registrar Alma Steinberg.  Alma will be able to correct your email in our system and get you the information necessary to update your student's information.

Family Survey ~ It's that time of year again!  Please take a moment to complete our Family Survey.  The information we receive from the survey guides us in our plans for next school year.  Thank you for your time.  link

Support safe routes to school: Consider signing this petition 

Photo from Bryan Largay

Highway 9 can be safer for kids going to school, for people walking and biking. Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Metro, and Caltrans are working together to build a sidewalk from Fall Creek Drive to SLV High School, along with an improved bus stop. If that sounds good to you, please visit the petition at the link below. Santa Cruz County is applying for a grant from Caltrans to support this project. More signatures means a better chance of winning this $500,000 grant. This is just one of many important improvements to make Highway 9 a safer place for walking and biking. 

A petition using has been established for this project. Please consider supporting this important work. 

  • Be sure to uncheck the box if you prefer that they do not send you emails for other petitions. 
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you. 
  • Your name or email will not be used for purposes other than to demonstrate community support for this project. 

Petition link: 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

·       Tuesday 6/7 = Parent Club Meeting

·       Wednesday 6/8 = NO Early Out (regular dismissal time for all grades)  

·       Thursday 6/9 = 5th Grade Advancement, 9:30 am.

·       Thursday 6/9 = Last Student Day, Early Dismissal (K = 11:50, 1st – 5th = 12:15)

Quote of the Week

"One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by."

~ Jeannette Walls

Did you know???

Studies show that by reading four or five books during the summer, elementary students can avoid reading achievement losses that normally occur over these months.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



Redwood Mountain Faire – You have to check out the amazing Redwood Mountain Faire, which happens June 4th and 5th at Roaring Camp. There will be great music, arts & crafts, a kids zone, and delicious food & beverages. Come say hi to our 4th grade parents at the beverage ticket booth who will be volunteering and earning funds for their child's science camp next year. We need to fill a few more volunteering slots. To volunteer, please visit:

Volunteering will earn you free admittance to the Faire!

Parents Club Meeting – Join us on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30pm in the Library for our last Parents Club meeting of the school year. Bring your budget and calendar ideas. We will be discussing programs and services we'll keep and those we will cut based on who we have to lead them. If an event or program is important to you and your family, please consider becoming a committee chairperson.
BCE Parents Club Positions for the 2016 – 2017 school yearNow is a good time to start thinking about applying for Parents Club board and committee positions. We will need officers and volunteers to lead fun family events.

Walk/Jog-a-thon – Although the deadline was, March 31st, we will continue to honor your pledges. Please turn in your pledge money as soon as you can. Thank you, BCE Parents, for supporting this important fundraiser. 

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).