Monday, May 22, 2017

BCE Bearmail 5/19/17

May 19, 2017


Dear BCE Families,

Thank You! ~ It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Open House yesterday.  The students have worked hard all year and I know how proud they were to show off their work.  Your ongoing support for your students is so important for their continued success. 


Ø Thank you 4th grade families, BCE Parent Club and friends for making the BBQ and Bake Sale such a success!


Ø Thank you Diana Robertson and our Masterpiece Art volunteers for making the Student Art Show such a showcase for our talented students.


Ø Thank you Carey Liston for the fun musical performances.  You can't beat live entertainment especially when it's our own BCE Bears!


BCE Carnival ~ Another successful Carnival and Silent Auction is behind us!  What a fun and exciting day it was.  Thank you to our families who attended the Carnival and bid on items from the Silent Auction.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Laurel Johnson, Tammy Schultz, Chrissy Dahl, Amber Jones, and all our families who donated their time and energies to working before, during and after the big day to make it such a success.


I am so grateful for our amazing BCE Parent Club and all the families that support us.  Your fundraising efforts provide field trips, classroom supplies and many extras that our students and staff benefit from.  Additionally, the community building that comes along with the events you sponsor is priceless. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 

You are invited to attend ~ BCE General Music Performance, Monday, May 22, 2017, Multi Purpose Room

8:30-9:15        Mrs. Gibney's & Mrs. Peterson's classes

10:40-11:20      Mrs. Conrad's & Mrs. Thomsen's classes

12:50-1:30         Mrs. McCoy & Mrs. Muirhead classes

Band Festival ~ I'd like to invite you to the 8th Annual SLVUSD "District-Wide Band Festival" on May 30 at 7 pm in the SLVHS Gym.

This is the one time during the year that you can hear the BCE, SLE, SLVMS and SLVHS bands all in one place.  It's a fun way to celebrate how hard we've worked this year (or more) as well as see the progression from elementary through high school. Our finale for the evening will feature all 150+ performers playing together which is something you just have to see/hear to believe! 

The event is free but donations will be accepted and there will be a $5 hotdog dinner available at 6 pm.

I hope you'll consider joining us for this fun evening of music!

Family Survey ~ It's that time of year again!  Please take a moment to use this link to complete our Family Survey.  The information we receive from the survey guides us in our plans for next school year.  Thank you for your time.

Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Transportation Corridor Plan Open House

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 5:00-7:00 pm (presentation at 6 pm)

Where: Felton Community Hall (6191 Hwy 9, Felton)

What: Come share your ideas on how to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around San Lorenzo Valley, whether you are walking, biking, driving, looking for a ride, or taking transit. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Caltrans, County of Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz METRO need your help preparing a Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley transportation corridor plan. Share your vision for Highway 9, learn about upcoming projects, and participate in development of this action plan to prioritize transportation projects and services. Measure D, which was approved by voters in November 2016, includes $10 million specifically earmarked for transportation projects along the Highway 9 corridor. For more information: visit, contact the RTC at 831-460-3200 or


Need Kindergarten? ~ Kindergarten registration for fall 2017 opened on March 15.  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.  There will be a TK information presentation for adults only on May 23 at 2 pm.  For more information please call the BCE office at 831-338-6413.

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


Up Coming Dates to Remember

·       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 (Courage)

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.  If you can dream it, you can become it." 

~ William Arthur Ward

Did you know???

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you teach your kids healthy habits. You can help your students develop skills to make safe and healthy choices every day. These include fastening seat belts, wearing helmets, applying sunscreen, brushing teeth, washing hands, forming healthy relationships, and more. Make safe and healthy choices every day to show kids how to do it.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



Amazing Week – What an incredible week we've had!  Thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers that made the annual Carnival such a fabulous event, all of the volunteers that worked the stellar Book Fair, all of the volunteers that made the Open House BBQ such a delicious success, and all of the phenomenal volunteers who worked diligently all year to provide art to our children and who put together a stunning Art Masterpiece display. This is truly an amazing community!  

Parents Club Meeting – Join us on Tuesday, May 23 for our next Parents Club meeting in the BCE library starting at 6:30 pm.  Childcare will be provided, as always. We would love to hear your ideas for next year, have you nominate yourself as an officer, get your input about our budget, and listen to anything else you would like to share.  There may be incredible treats provided – you won't know for sure unless you attend.
Family Dinner Night – Run, skip, or side-step on over to Red Pearl on Wednesday, May 24 anywhere from 4 pm to 9 pm for a scrumptious meal and delightful experience. Your tasty encounter with Red Pearl's cuisine will not only benefit your tummy, but you'll be supporting the BCE science program.  You read that right!  20% of your meal will benefit our science program!!  Now, go get your calendar, because you won't want to miss this. 

Silent Auction - Several Silent Auction Items are remaining. Please send in your best bid by Friday May 26 at 3 pm and the highest bid will be chosen, with the winners notified by the evening of May 29.
Diamond Shaped Abalone Necklace: made by Ute Gillett. Value: $30
AP Accounting and Consulting: 2 hours of accounting services from a full service accounting firm. Value: $100
Lactation Consultation: A lactation consultation with the amazing Willow Merchant. Value: $150
La Madrona Athletic Club: One month family membership to La Madrona Athletic Club in Scotts Valley offering a full range of tennis, swim and exercise facilities and programs in a family-friendly environment. Value: $360
The Law Offices of Simmons & Purdy: Two hours of real estate law services. Value: $900
Liz Celeste Photography: A 2-hour photo session for your family, either in your home or favorite outdoor activity, all edited high resolution images, one set of 24 press prints. Value: $500
Lone Wolf Kenpo Academy: One month of adult classes at Lone Wolf Kenpo Academy in downtown Boulder Creek. Value: $160
Regale Winery & Vineyards: (24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos, Saturdays 11-4, Sun. 11-5) 4 pairs of guest passes (total 8 people or two people- four times). Value: $80
Santa Cruz Soccer Camp: One week of soccer camp. Value $290

Tech Museum:  4 passes for the tech museum in San Fransisco. Value: $84
Tee it Up Basket: Includes a Pebble Beach hat, XXL t-shirt, smart phone holding-cup holder, shoe balls, kids golf play set (plastic for ages 4-7), and gift card for bucket of balls at De La Veaga. Value: $90
Thank you to all the donors and the buyers for making this our most successful Silent Auction yet!  We look forward to seeing you again next year!  Already have a donation in mind?  Let us know and we will remind you when it's that time again next year. Thank you!
Chrissy Dahl & Amber Jones

Redwood Mountain Faire Have you significantly prepared yourself for the upcoming event known as the Redwood Mountain Faire that will be held on June 3 and 4 this year?!  Well you better get on it, because this is guaranteed to be a rockin' party!  Our 4th grade parents will be selling drink tickets to support our children going to science camp next year, so stop by and say hi.
Parents Club Officers and Committee Leaders – Do you have a favorite BCE Parents Club event, program, or fundraiser that you would like to help out with next year?  Would you like to be our organizations next secretary, treasurer, vice-president, or president?  We need your awesomeness to help make our school a better place, and the best part is that you get to work with other awesome people who want to do the same.  Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd to nominate yourself or email Tammy at  We can't wait to party with you!
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.
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!)

(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).