Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BCE Principal's Newsletter 6/7/17


Principal's Newsletter     

June 7, 2017


Dear BCE Families,

Last day of school is tomorrow Thursday, June 8.  TK and kindergartners are out at their regular time.  All students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.  5th grade advancement will be at 9:30 am in the MP room.  Report cards will be sent home with students on the last day.  If your child still needs to return a library book, the report card will be kept at school until the book is returned or paid for.

Important schedules and dates for the 2017-2018 School Year:

Mon., Aug. 28 - First day of School and all regular days

                      TK & Kindergarten 8:30 am - 11:50 am

                              Grades 1-3    8:30 am - 2:44 pm

                              Grades 4-5    8:20 am - 2:59 pm

Wed., Aug. 30 - Early Out Day Schedule

                      TK & Kindergarten 8:30 am - 11:50 am

                              Grades 1-3    8:30 am - 1:15 pm

                              Grades 4-5    8:20 am - 1:15 pm

Mon., Sept. 4     Labor Day - No School

Thurs. Sept. 14     Back to School Night

Fri., Nov. 10       No School – Veterans' Day

Nov.13-17          Family Conference Days - minimum schedule

                         Kindergarten 8:30 am - 11:50 am

                         Grades 1-3    8:30 am - 12:10 pm

                         Grades 4-5    8:20 am - 12:15 pm

Nov. 20-24           No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 22 - January 5      No School - Winter Break

Next year, BCE will continue to have Early Out Days on EVERY Wednesday.  All students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 1:15 pm every Wednesday, except conference week and the last week of school.  Our on-campus YMCA program will be available (for a fee) to provide daycare on Early Outs for families that just need Wednesday care.

Class placements will be posted outside the office at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 25.  PowerSchool Parent Portal opens in early August.  Please be sure and complete your annual registration by August 24 or your student's name may not be listed on the schedule.  If you never created a PowerSchool Parent Portal or updated your registration information during the 16-17 school year, call Alma, our Registrar, at 831-338-6413 as soon as you can.  

That's enough for next year…let's finish out this year….

Thank you all so much for the support you've provided BCE during this past year.  With the generosity, support and dedication we've received from the BCE community it's been an amazing year and I'm so proud of our students and our school.

There are so many people in the background who make our school run.  On behalf of the staff and district, I would like to thank all of you.  Our Learning Community thrives because of all of our work together.

Also, I would like to thank you for all that you have done this year to support the learning of our students.  Our end of the year assessments suggest a positive correlation between student reading at home and overall reading growth.  I would like to encourage you to support your child in their summer reading by helping them choose "just right" books and providing time in his/her day for reading.  Your child's report card will indicate the end of the year reading level.  You can use to help choose books.

Finally, I would like to recognize and thank two of our amazing staff members who will be leaving BCE this year.  Jody Bruce will be retiring after 27 years of service and Barb Cowie will be retiring after 36 years of service to SLVUSD.  These two women are dedicated, talented educators who have had a positive impact on the lives that they have touched and taught.  We will miss them and wish them good health and happiness.

Have a Wonderful Summer Break.  Enjoy the time with your children as they grow up so quickly.






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).