Monday, May 8, 2017

BCE Bearmail 5/5/17

May 5, 2017


Dear BCE Families,


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.

Student Author Fair ~ I hope you can make plans to attend the Student Author Fair at Capitola Mall TOMORROW, May 6  from 10 am-3 pm.  Many of our BCE classes will be represented at this fun event and students will have the opportunity to read their original work aloud to an audience. 

VAPA Showcase ~ SLVUSD will be having a VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Showcase at SLVHS on Saturday, May 6 from 12 to 4 pm. This will be a free event to show off all of the wonderful work done by our SLV students this year.


Please join us, and please spread the word to parents and community members. Please click here to see receive additional information about this fun event and see ways that you can join in on the fun!

Need Passports? ~ If you or your students are in need of passports for the summer or beyond, you may want to take advantage of tomorrow's Passport Day in Santa Cruz.  Please click here for additional information.

Carnival Help ~ The BCE Carnival is coming up and as always promises to be lots of fun for everyone.  An event this amazing requires lots of support.  Please see the Parent Club section below to see how you can help support our school community.

Lost and Found, Going…Going…Gone! ~ We've noticed how when the temperature increases, so does the Lost and Found pile.  Please try to find an opportunity in the next week or so to stop by with your student and see if you might find a piece or two of missing outerwear.  Items not picked up by the end of the week will be donated to a local charity.

5th Grade Families ~ Please click here to find out more information about the Incoming Sixth Grade Parent Night to be held on Tuesday, May 9 in the middle school gym.  The evening is designed to inform parents of what SLV middle school offers for students, learn about the curriculum, and have your questions answered.


Charter Play ~ Students from all of our Charter programs, ages 5-17, will be performing together on May 11 and 12.  They will be presenting "The Little Mermaid: A West Side Story."  It promises to be great fun for all ages.  Please click here for additional information.


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.  The last tour will take place on May 19 (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.  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

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

·       TOMORROW = Student Author Fair, Capitola Mall & VAPA Showcase, SLVHS  12 - 4

·       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)

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed." 

~ Booker T. Washington

Did you know???

It is important to make sure your voicemail mailbox is not full.  Several times each week we try to reach parents with information regarding their students only to find out that we can't leave a message because the mailbox is full.  Thank you for your support!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!



The Amazing Annual BCE Carnival!!! – BCE's famous Carnival and Silent Auction will be SaturdayMay 13 from 10:30 to 3:30 on the upper's blacktop.  Please check to see your teacher's assigned booth or inflatable.  There are sign-ups posted by their door.  Then go ahead and sign up for an hour or two to volunteer.  This event means a lot to our children, our school, and our community and we need your help to make it special.  If there is another way you would like to help (BBQ, concessions, cutting fruits and vegetables, setting up, taking down, etc.) please email Tammy Schultz at to volunteer!!  Thank you all for making this possible!  

New Officers needed – It's the time of year when we start looking ahead to next year's Parent Club board.  We have a few officers who will not be running for their positions next year.  We will definitely need a secretary (or two co-secretaries), vice-president (or two vice-presidents), and a treasurer (or two co-treasurers).  We hope you will strongly consider joining this lovely group to support our school! 

Silent Auction DEADLINE EXTENDED If you haven't turned your donation in, there is still time!  Thank you for your generosity and efforts! Contact Amber or Chrissy with the Parent Club with any questions:
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!

Open House BBQ – Attention all 4th grade parents!!  We need you! Not only is the Open House BBQ a long standing BCE tradition, but it is also our ticket for reducing the science camp expense for our soon to be 5th graders. We will need all of your help. Please prepare to either set up, BBQ, run the cash register, serve food, cut onions & tomatoes, bake treats, clean up, or work at the bake sale table. Please email Tammy at and specify the area you would like to work in.
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. 

Parents Club meeting – Please note that the May Parents Club meeting has been moved from Thursday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 23rd. It will still be amazing! It will still be at 6:30 pm in the library, and it will still have free childcare. 
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:
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).