Monday, March 20, 2017

BCE Bearmail 3/17/17

March 17, 2017


Dear BCE Families,


Congratulations ~ Congratulations are in order for Miles Hoogner (Decoding Gravity) and Marcus Spracklen (Investigation into Biodegradable Bags)  who were award winners at the Santa Cruz County Science Fair.   Specific awards, prizes and honors for each project will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on March 20.  Congratulations boys, we're so proud of you!


State Testing ~ Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are scheduled to take the state assessment test (CAASPP) during the first two weeks of May.  Please click here to read a letter from our District that will provide you with important additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


California School Dashboard ~ Please click here to view a letter that explains the preliminary roll-out of the new new accountability system in California - The California School Dashboard.  In addition, the California Department of Education has prepared a wealth of resources for parents you can explore. This is a very early version of the tool and we are all learning together, so please stay tuned for future updates.


Thank you! ~ A big thank you to the Gafford family and our BCE Parent Club for hosting a successful Family Movie Night.  These family events are always so fun and a great way to enjoy our BCE community.


SLVUSD Facebook Page ~ We have recently launched the SLVUSD Facebook page. This is a great place to see all the wonderful things that are going on at BCE and throughout the district. Please visit  

Need Kindergarten? ~ Kindergarten registration for fall 2017 will open on March 15.  Visit the BCE office to pick up a registration packet and sign up for a spot to attend one of our two remaining Kindergarten orientations and tours.  Tours will take place at 9 am on April 18 and May 10 (adults only please).  To begin the registration process, please plan on bringing your child's birth certificate, immunization record and proof of address (e.g. utility bill with your name and address).  For more information contact Alma, our Registrar -

Children must be five years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten.  If your student has a September, October or November birthday you might be interested in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program.  For more information please call the BCE office at 831-338-6413.

We're looking forward to your student joining our BCE learning community!

Please Join Us! ~ Please join our superintendent, Dr. Laurie Bruton, as she discusses the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for SLVUSD.  For your convenience two meetings have been planned.  The first will take place on March 28 at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Use room at the High School and the second meeting will take place on April 11 in the library at BCE.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to not only learn about the plan, but to provide input.  Please click here for a flyer and additional information.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

·       Friday 3/24 = BCE's Walk-Jogathon

·       April 3 – 7 = Spring Break, No School

·       Tuesday 4/11 = SLVUSD LCAP Meeting, 6:30 BCE Library

·       Thursday 4/13 = Parent Club Meeting

·       Wednesday 4/19 = Family Dinner Night, BC Pizza & Pub

Quote of the Week (Success)

"What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you are nothing compared to what lies within you."

~ Mary Engelbreit

Did you know???

At the heart of good manners is a respect for oneself and others. Good manners convey a sense of respect for the sensibilities of other people. When you say, "thank you" you're taking the time to make the other person feel appreciated.  Saying "please" respects a person's right not to do what you've asked.


Thank you for supporting your students by helping them practice their good manners.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!




Walk – jog – a – thon - Get ready for the annual Walk-Jog-a-thon on Friday, March 24!  Look in your child's mail for the pledge sheet and start pledging!! On that Friday morning, we will be on uppers to walk/jog our way to supporting the school.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kat Gafford at    Thank you for your support! 

Yearbook Link – All picture takers, we need your help!!  If you have any pictures from school-wide events, please share them with us.
The Yearbook committee needs pictures of the Science Fair and any other field trips or school events uploaded to the website.  Watch for the posters as you will be able to purchase your child's yearbook starting next week!
Do you have pictures of BCE's Halloween, Family Science Night or Holiday Sing/Celebrations?
Please upload them to our yearbook website under one of these categories or your child's teacher's name:
Mini Mermaid Running Club (MMRC) – If you love running and have some time to make a difference in the lives of our BCE students, please check out the description below of the MMRC.  Mini Mermaid Running Club (MMRC) is a six week program of self-discovery, confidence-building, and goal-setting for elementary and middle school-aged girls.  Having served over 6000 girls worldwide, we teach girls that the finish line is just the beginning through thoughtful curriculum and training for a 5k that addresses girls' mind, body and spirit.  Through a structured curriculum-based program, MMRC gives girls the tools they need to live a healthier life.
If you are interested in bringing this program to BCE, please email Tammy Schultz at

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).