Sunday, September 17, 2017

BCE Bearmail 9/15/17

September 15, 2017


Dear BCE Families,

Thank You! ~ What a wonderful Back to School Night!  Thank you for coming out and supporting your students.  The connection and communication that happens between home and school is so important to your student's success.  The teachers spent many hours putting together their presentations and materials for you and I know they appreciated seeing you here on Tuesday.  We are looking forward to continuing our important work together and as a school community supporting the great students of BCE.  THANK YOU!


Please read the following letter from Cathy Frost, the Manager of our Student Nutrition Services Department ~


On Monday, September 11, 2017, we experienced a problem with our computer and the Nutrikids software.  Most students were given incorrect information on how much money was on their account.    We have identified the software problem and it has been fixed.  We are working on fixing all our student accounting errors.  If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 831-335-5384.   

Our policy when our computers are down is to feed all students regardless of their account balances.    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.  


Friendship Bench ~ Many of you may have noticed the lovely music bench on the upper playground, next to the play structure.  The bench was donated to BCE by Barb Cowie upon her retirement last year.  Ms. Cowie was a friend to all and dedicated her career to our BCE students.  As a tribute to Ms. Cowie, the new bench will be a "Friendship Bench." New friends and old friends will be able to find each other there and go off to enjoy their recess.  I have a book on order, to be read to each class, that explains how the "Friendship Bench" works and how it builds a stronger more empathetic community.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • 10/9 – 10/13 = Fire Safety Week
  • Friday 10/13 = BCE Ice Cream Social
  • Thursday 10/12 = Parent Club Meeting
  • Tuesday 10/24 = School Picture Make-up Day

Empathy Quote of the Week :

"Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth.  So, maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy.  Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that we were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy."

                                                            ~Neil deGrasse Tyson


Did you know???

Thank you so much for getting your students to school, and on time, every day!  There is a high correlation between student achievement and attendance.  In prior years almost 20% of our students were absent for ten or more days and approximately 35% of our students were tardy ten or more days. Additionally, we have many students who lose important instructional time when they leave school early.   As you can see that adds up to a lot of missed instructional time.  Good attendance is important for your student's success, thank you for supporting them!


Thank you for supporting your students by getting them to school and being on time every day.


Have a wonderful weekend!



Our next Family Dinner Night will be Wednesday, September 27, 4 pm to 9 pm, at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub.  Come on down and enjoy some farm fresh pizza with your school friends, or order take-out to avoid the rush!  20% of the night's proceeds benefit the 5th graders to reduce their cost of going to Science Camp.


The next Parent Club meeting will be on Thursday, October 12.  Come find out about school events planned for this year, and help us figure out how to spend the $ from last year!


Learning Garden: If you signed up for Learning Garden or didn't get a chance to sign up, the orientation meeting is: Friday, September 22 at 8:30 am in the garden. Checkout the LG website at:


Yearbook: If you signed up to help with this year's yearbook, their kick-off/orientation meetings will be on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:30 am OR Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 pm in the Computer Lab (Room 13).  If you can't make either meeting, email: to get in touch.


Drive For Schools: This is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school with 100% profits to BCE!  Tickets for Drive For Schools go on sale September 15!  Watch for the tables to buy tickets after school in the main walkways.  You can reserve your tickets now using the form sent home the first week of school.  Purchase books with 6 tickets each for $25.  Tickets are available until October 18.  There are so many great prizes!  We have BCE winners every year!  Drawing for the grand prize of $25,000 or brand new car held at the Boardwalk on October 29.


Amazon Smiles: if you haven't signed up already just go to  You do not have to have a student enrolled at BCE to sign-up so be sure to tell family and friends to sign-up too!  This does not work on the Amazon app on your phone, so order on your phone and then log into your amazon smiles account online to give the school a credit.  Amazon gave over $400 to BCE last year through this program.


Box tops: You can help the school by collecting box tops!  There are drop boxes in every classroom as well as one in the office.  They are collected monthly.  Proceeds go for P.E. equipment.  In the past we have made over $1,000, so start collecting because it really does add up.  Ask your friends and family to help as well!


Facebook: If you are on Facebook and haven't joined our Facebook group then sign-up by sending an e-mail to  This is a private group so members must be invited and have a student enrolled at BCE.  It is a great forum to ask questions, receive announcements and stay involved.


Find us and like us on Facebook.  Search for Boulder Creek Elementary Parent Club.


Special Help!:  We are looking for a person to help with maintaining our school website.  Please contact us at if you, or someone you know, is interested in this volunteer opportunity. 

(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).