Friday, November 18, 2016

BCE Bearmail 11/18/16

November 18, 2016


Dear BCE Families,

Thanksgiving Holiday ~ Please remember that our Thanksgiving break begins Monday and there will be no school next week from 11/21 – 11/25.  I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and I for one will be giving thanks for having the privilege of working with these amazing students, fabulous families, and sensational staff!

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) ~ Please click here to view more information about three upcoming seminars to be held at BCE.  Triple P is the world's leading positive parenting program committed to strengthening families by promoting positive relationships.  The seminars will take place on Nov. 29, Dec. 1, and Dec 6.  You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars.

Community Letter ~ Please read a community letter from our Sheriff, Jim Hart.  Click here for English.  Click here for Spanish.

Science Fair ~ Just a reminder that the BCE Science Fair will be taking place February 1 – 3 2017.  All students from kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to participate.  For more information visit or contact our wonderful science teacher Patty Hayes (  Completed application forms can be returned to the office by December 16.

Canned Food Drive ~ The Valley Christmas Project Canned Food Drive is up and running.  Please send in your non-perishable donations to help support families in our community.  This is a great opportunity for our children to discover the warm feeling we receive when we do good things for others.

BCE's Holiday Gift Shift ~ Please mark your calendar for the annual BCE Gift Shift, on Friday December 9, 12:00 - 6:00. We will be collecting gently used toys, books, videos, and video games; however, we do not accept clothing items.  This year we will also have a section with items suitable for children to give to adults.  Donations can be delivered to the office at Boulder Creek Elementary starting the week after Thanksgiving vacation.  We will set up everything on Thursday, December 8.

Lice ~ Help us eradicate the headlice!  I would like to remind families to be checking students at least twice a week for lice.  Good practice is to check after showers when the hair is clean and free of dandruff.  If lice are found please see attached information on treatment procedures.  We will have extra cleaning done in the classrooms over the break and hope to come back to lice-free classes!  While in school I would also like to remind families to report cases to the staff in the front office or directly to the school nurse. This way we can follow up with families and provide the support needed.  Thanks for your patience and diligence in keeping our classrooms lice free!  Please click here to download the Lice Treatment Checklist and click here to find out more about lice, Lice 101.

Family Science Night ~ It was wonderful that so many of you were able to attend our Family Science Night last week.  What a wonderful Parent Club we have to organize such an educational and magical event!  A big shout out and thank you to Mrs. Wilson for attending in my absence.  How lucky we are to have a community that supports our students in so many ways!  Thanks to all.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • November 21-25 = No School (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Tuesday 11/29 = Triple P Seminar, The Power of Positive Parenting, 6 - 8 pm
  • Tuesday 12/1 = Triple P Seminar, Raising Confident, Competent Children, 6 - 8 pm
  • Tuesday 12/6 = Triple P Seminar, Raising Resilient Children, 6 - 8 pm
  • Thursday 12/8 = Parent Club Meeting
  • Friday 12/9 = Gift Shift
  • Wednesday 12/14 = 2-in-1 Family Night
  • Friday 12/23 – 1/6/17 = Winter Break


Quote of the Week (Pride):

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you've imagined."

                                                Henry David Thoreau


Did you know???

Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader worldview.


Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Thank you!  Family Science Night – What an exciting and fantastic night it was!  Thank you to all of the amazing parent volunteers who made this night happen.  Once again, you put on a night to remember.

Holiday Gift Shift – Our Holiday Gift Shift is right around the corner.  We will be open all day on December 9 for students and parents alike to come in and "shop" for those on your holiday list.  We will accept donations in the office (there will be black bins) of items that you are looking to re-gift to others who might enjoy them.  Adult and children's items are welcome.
BCE Parent Club Facebook Group - BCE Parents Club will be launching it's very own Facebook Group!  We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in sharing the administrative duties of managing a large group like this.  If you are interested please contact Chrissy Dahl at  Ideally we would like 5-7 administrators to share the approval of posts and content to this wonderful addition to BCE social life!
Parent Club Meeting – Set your calendars for Thursday, December 8.  We will be holding our meeting in the BCE library from 6:30 to 7:30.  All are welcome and childcare is free.  See you there!
Gift Shift – Now is a good time to start going through items in your house and thinking about what might make great donations to our Gift Shift in December.  If you haven't experienced the Gift Shift before, you'll need to know that this event is about families donating used (or sometimes new) items that then get placed lovingly and in an organized fashion in our multi-purpose room on Friday, Dec. 9.  Then students and parents can "shop" (choose things for free) to gift to loved ones on their holiday lists.  All students and parents are welcome to peruse our donated collection and take items for re-gifting. 
Yearbook Link – Have you taken some wonderful pictures of school events that you think would be great to include in our yearbook? Well, then we have good news for you. We are ready to upload pictures! The link for the 2017 BCE Yearbook is: 
There is also an Entourage Yearbook APP! You can search for it in your app store or go to
Only the editors and you will have access to the photos that you upload.   Thank you for your time and efforts to make our 2017 yearbook the best yet.
Facebook – Find us and like us on Facebook. Search for Boulder Creek Elementary Parent Club.


(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:


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).