Monday, April 17, 2017

BCE Bearmail 4/14/17

April 14, 2017


Dear BCE Families,


Family Art Night ~ I hope many of you will be able to join us next Friday night (April 21) for Family Art Night at BCE.  The fun will start at 5:15 with pizza and the art rotations (drumming, storytelling, dance and visual arts) will begin at approximately 5:45.


Feedback ~ As part of the SVLUSD Local Control Accountability Program (LCAP) we need to hear back from our families about the things that are going well for your students and find about the areas where you see room for improvement or innovation.  Please take a moment to participate in this important survey.  The link is below.


Here is the link for the  Parent LCAP Survey.


Please help ~ Please return the form you received asking if your student will be returning to BCE next year.  This information is critical to our staffing plan.  Thank you for your help!

You are Invited! ~ Please join us for a meeting of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District's District English Language Advisory Committee (DLAC). The meeting will take place from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, April 25 at the SLV High School Library.  


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.


Need Kindergarten? ~ Kindergarten registration for fall 2017 opened 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!

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Families ~ Practice and Training Tests for 2016–17 Are Here! Exciting news for classroom teachers, parents, and students: Smarter Balanced has updated its online Practice Tests and Training Tests, adding new items and passages.  This website is an easy and low stress way to explore the upcoming state test with your student. 


Amazon ~ Our Parent Club participates the Amazon Smile program.  Signing up is easy!  All you need to do is go to or click on the Amazon Smile button on our Parent Club home page (  After you sign up all you need to do is go to the page and shop as usual.  A percentage of every purchase made through Smile Amazon will be donated to BCE.  For more information please check out our Parent Club home page or visit

Up Coming Dates to Remember

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

·       Friday 4/21 = Family Art Night

·       5/1 – 5/12 = State Testing Window

·       Saturday 5/6 = Student Author Fair, Capitola Mall

·       Saturday 5/13 = Annual BCE Carnival

·       5/15 – 5/19 = BCE Book Fair

·       Thursday 5/18 = BCE Open House

·       Tuesday 5/23 = BCE Parent Club Meeting

·       Wednesday 5/24 = Family Dinner Night, Red Pearl

·       Monday 5/29 = No School (Memorial Day)

·       Tuesday 6/6 = BCE Parent Club Meeting

·       Wednesday 6/7 = NO Early Out - regular dismissal time for all grades

·       Thursday 6/8 = Last Student Day, Early Dismissal (K = 11:50, 1st-5th = 12:15)

Quote of the Week (Health and Wellness)

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

~ Richard Steele

Did you know???

In addition to academic skills your students are learning other skills each day they come to school.  They are learning social skills at recess and in collaborative work in the classroom.  They are learning perseverance and resiliency as they work through academic and social struggles and they are learning that school is important. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



Family Dinner Night – Attention all hungry folks who like great food and supporting BCE!  Mark the date and join us on Wednesday, April 19 at Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub for our next Family Dinner Night.  The proceeds from your delicious meal will support the 1st and 2nd grade classes.
Family Art Night -  Let me tell you, do not miss the fabulous Family Art Night on Friday, April 21, because everyone will be talking about how incredible it was.  There will be free dinner at 5:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. You'll enjoy pizza and water before heading off promptly at 6 pm for an amazing night of art projects, storytelling, dancing, and drumming.  The party will end at 8 pm, and you'll be dreaming of your good time for months to come.
Open House BBQ – Attention all 4th grade parents!!  Next year, our babes will be 5th graders and will go off to Science Camp.  The cost can be as much as $275 per student.  The Parents Club offers several events to help lower that cost.  The Open House BBQ on May 18 is one of those events. 100% of the proceeds will go into our children's science camp fund.  So, we'll need all hands on deck to run the Open House BBQ this year.  A letter will go home after break listing the volunteer positions available.  Please fill it out and send it back to your child's teacher as soon as you can.
Silent Auction - Do you know of a business or family member who would like to make a tax deductible donation of items or services to BCE's annual Silent Auction?  The Silent Auction is BCE's biggest fundraiser of the year and our school depends on this $.  Please consider making a donation this year by contacting Amber or Chrissy at:
Do you want to help with Silent Auction on May 13?  Let us know!
Yearbook- Calling all photographers!  Do you have great pictures of BCE kids at school events this year?  We are building our final yearbook pages and there is still time to submit pictures of class plays, candids, spirit days, music and band. Create a user name and password and then submit to the Entourage yearbook website at:
Need a Yearbook? Order forms are going home again next week. Fill yours out and submit to the office by Friday, April 28th. Please write your child's name on the check.
Facebook- Do you use Facebook?  BCE Parent's Club has launched a Facebook group with over 250 members. Connect with your parent community and be part of important announcements and our online community. Ask a friend to add you or Contact: with your Facebook username and we'll send you a friend request to get you on board.

Facebook – Also, 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!)

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, April 19 – Family Dinner Night at Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub
Friday, April 21 – Family Art Night

Saturday, May 13 – CARNIVAL!!!  


(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).