Friday, December 2, 2016

BCE Bearmail 12/2/16

December 2, 2016


Dear BCE Families,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  I can't believe it's just three more weeks until Winter Break is here!

BCE's Holiday Gift Shift ~ Please mark your calendar for the annual BCE Gift Shift, on Friday December 9, 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 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 BCE Office.  We will set up everything on Thursday, December 8.

BCE Bell Ringers ~ Thank you Carey Liston for organizing approximately 30 students from BCE and SLE to perform at the Boulder Creek Christmas tree lighting last week.  Ms. Liston and the students volunteered their time to rehearse and perform for this fun community event.  Thank you to all for sharing your talents with our community!

Lost & Found ~ Thank you to one of our wonderful parents who brought in several racks to hang the lost and found items on.  It is so much easier to see what's there and this helps us reunite lost items and their owners!  I would also like to thank our parents who take a few extra minutes when waiting for their student and hang up the new items that are waiting to go back home.  Bryan Stow Part II ~ We were lucky enough to have Bryan Stow join us again this week for another motivational assembly. Our 3rd through 5th graders were able to hear Mr. Stow's important message and enjoyed getting to know him. If you or your student would like any additional information, please feel free to visit

Help Please! ~ Please make sure your students stay close to you during and after school pick up.  We have many students who appear to be unsupervised playing on the equipment or running up the hills which is not safe and off limits.  We want to make sure all our BCE Bears are safe and following the BCE Way.

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 good feeling we receive when we do good things for others.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday 12/6 = Triple P Seminar, Raising Resilient Children, 6-8 pm in BCE library.
  • Thursday 12/8 = Parent Club Meeting, 6:30 pm in BCE library.  Childcare will be provided.
  • 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 (Success):

"Your success and happiness lie in you…Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

                                                ~ Helen Keller


Did you know???

School is your student's first and most important job.  They are learning more than reading and math.  They are learning how to show up for school on time every day, so that when they graduate and get a job, they'll know how to show up for work on time every day.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!




Holiday Gift Shift – Our Holiday Gift Shift is right around the corner.  We will be open  12:30 - 6 pm 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!

Family Dinner Night - Join us on Wednesday, December 14 for a fabulous meal at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub.  The proceeds will benefit BCE students and the pizza will benefit your tummy!
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).