Thursday, December 22, 2016

BCE Bearmail 12/22/16

Dear BCE Families,

Happy Holidays! ~ As we say good-bye to 2016 I want to wish all our BCE families and friends a wonderful Winter Break. I hope you are able to spend some extra quality time with your extra special students!  I'm looking forward to seeing you all back in 2017 and continuing our important work together.

Reminder ~ There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow.  Winter Break runs from December 23rd through January 6th.

Joy ~ If you have a kindergartner or first grader I hope you were able to make it to their holiday singing performances this week.  If you had the opportunity to see those bright shiny faces and hear their beautiful singing, you know the meaning and feeling of joy!

Canned Food Drive ~ Thank you all for your generous donations to The Valley Christmas Projects Food Drive.  BCE collected 100's of nonperishable food items that will be used to support families in our community.  Sharing is caring and our BCE family cares a lot about our community!  Thank you.

Safe Travels ~ As a public health agency, Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control would like to make sure our residents are informed and travel safely. Zika virus is still spreading throughout many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico. 

Click here: (EnglishEspañol) to check your destination for Zika precautions (CDC).  


Zika is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, so we urge travelers to take precautions to avoid becoming infected:

-        Use insect repellent (including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus—needs to be reapplied often)

-        If using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first, then put on repellent.

-        Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if weather permits.

-        Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, or use a bed net if these options are not available.

-        Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by dumping standing water from containers like flowerpots or buckets. 

Here (EnglishEspañol)  is the recent notice regarding Zika and Travel from the California Department of Public Health, released  on 12/13/16. They include links with more information. 


Thank you for your help. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Travel Safely! 


Amanda Poulsen, M.S.

Vector Ecologist

Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control


Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • Friday 12/23 – 1/6/17 = Winter Break
  • Thursday 1/12 = BCE Parent Club Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Friday 1/13 = Family Game Night, BINGO!
  • Monday 1/16 = No School (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday 1/18 = Family Dinner Night, Edo's
  • Thursday 1/19 = Triple P Parenting Seminar, Encouraging Your Child's Self-Esteem
  • Friday 1/27 = No School (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • Thursday 2/2 = Science Fair
  • Wednesday 2/8 = Family Dinner Night, Burger 9
  • Thursday 2/9 = Parent Club Meeting
  • Monday 2/13 = No School (President Lincoln's Birthday)
  • Friday 2/17 = Family Movie Night
  • Monday 2/20 = No School = (President's Day)


Quote of the Week (Service):

"Your life is worth more when you share it with others."

~ Author Unknown


Did you know???

Researchers have consistently found that families that engage in frequent traditions report stronger connection and unity than families that haven't established rituals together.  I hope you and your children are able to continue to create memorable holiday traditions.


Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Break!





Yes, it's B-I-N-G-O Night the first Friday after our Holiday Break!  Mark your calendars for one of the most fun family evenings of the year, Friday January 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the MP room!  You can't miss this event!  The hilariously entertaining Tammy Schultz will be calling the numbers and winners will have amazing prizes to choose from!  There will be a bake sale to benefit 5th grade science camp so come a little hungry and ready to win!

We would love to have any donated items for our prize selection – so, if you or your child happen to get a present this holiday that doesn't quite suit you, but may suit another, please consider donating to our Bingo prize table.  Thank you in advance!  Contact Laurel, info below to donate.

We would very much appreciate a few volunteers as well.  Please show up at 5:15 pm on that evening, the 13th, to help set up.  We could use 2 parents to help during the event.  You can contact Laurel Johnson at 831-331-0009 or at if you have any questions.  We can't wait to see you there!!  

BCE Parents Club Facebook Group BCE Parents Club will be launching its 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!
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).