Friday, October 27, 2017

BCE Bearmail 10/27/17 - ICE CREAM SOCIAL TONIGHT 5-7!!!

October 27, 2017


Dear BCE Families,


TONIGHT Ice Cream! ~ I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  I hope to see many of you tonight between 5 and 7 pm, for our annual Ice Cream Social.  Remember the first scoop is free for all BCE students!

Halloween ~ There are a few guidelines regarding costumes.  Costumes should be in good taste and safely constructed so that they do not interfere with regular class activities.  Gruesome costumes and bloody, fake wounds are not appropriate for an elementary school.  Weapons (including fakes), skateboards and roller blades are not allowed as part of costumes.  If you are unsure, please contact your child's teacher or the office before purchasing the costume.  The Halloween Parade is slated for Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 am on the upper playground.

Safety Concerns ~ Some students have been bringing "Orbeez" on campus this week.  These are tiny balls made of super absorbent polymers that swell when added to water.  When in their small state, they can be mistaken for candy, which if ingested would swell in the stomach, and when enlarged they resemble a gummy candy or jello.  Please help us keep everyone safe by not allowing your student to bring these to school.

Also, there has been a large amount of home-made "slime" appearing around campus and students are bringing it in various containers which can be mistaken for food.  Again, please help us keep everyone safe by keeping the slime at home.

Thank you!

WooHoo! ~ The Drive for Schools raffle raised $8,364!!!!  Many thanks to Tammy Schultz, Kat Gafford, Chrissy Dahl and everyone else who worked to make this such a successful fundraiser for BCE.  Good luck to all on Sunday's drawing for the car!

College and Career Week ~ Next week, SLVUSD will celebrate College and Career Readiness Week.  In elementary school, a college ready student is an academically prepared student, ready for post-secondary education or training without the need for remedial coursework. Whether you are pursuing a four-year degree or studying for a skilled trade license, being ready means having the reading, writing, mathematics, social, and cognitive skills to qualify for and succeed in the academic program of your choice.


Triple P ~ Our final Triple P Parenting Seminar is scheduled next Thursday!  I hope you are able to join this powerful group as you work together to support your family. The focus of Thursday's class will be "Raising Resilient Children."  Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is a program of First 5.  All seminars are free of charge and childcare is provided.  BCE has hosted Triple P seminars and groups in the past and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  Please click here to view the flyer that contains all the details.

Important Calendar Information ~ Just a reminder that Family Conferences are the week of November 13 – 17 and we will be on a minimum day schedule.  Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:50, 1st – 3rd will be dismissed at 12:10 and 4th and 5th graders will be dismissed at 12:15.


Once again our Thanksgiving Break is a week long.  There will be no school the week of November 20 – 24.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • TONIGHT = BCE Ice Cream Social
  • Tuesday 10/31 = Halloween Fun
  • Thursday 11/2 = Triple P Parenting Seminar, Raising Resilient Children (6-8 pm, BCE Library)
  • Thursday 11/9 = Family Science Night
  • Friday 11/10 = No School (Veteran's Day)
  • Thursday 11/16 = Parent Club Meeting
  • 11/13 – 11/17 = Family Conferences (Minimum Days, Dismissal:  TK/K = 11:50 am, 1st-3rd = 12:10 pm, 4th& 5th = 12:15 pm)
  • 11/13 – 11/17 = BCE Book Fair
  • 11/20 – 11/24 = No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Empathy Quote of the Week :


"When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."


                                                            ~ Susan Sarandon

Did you know???

It's always better to be safe than sorry.  If your students are going out trick or treating on Monday, please make sure they are in a group supervised by an adult and remind them not to eat any candy or treats until you've inspected them.

Thank you for supporting your student by getting them to school every day and on time!


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!





Ice Cream Social: IS happening today! Friday from 5-7 pm on the upper playground.  BCE students get their first scoop free and additional scoops will be 50 cents.  Come enjoy family fun and Marianne's ice cream-fueled school spirit together with your child's classmates and their families.  Ice cream will be scooped by 5th grade volunteers. 

Drive For Schools: Way to go BCE Families!  We surpassed our goal and raised over $8000 for our kids and their programs. The drawing is this weekend, October 29. Winners should receive phone calls next week.  Check the Drive for Schools website for a list of winners next week.

Our next Family Dinner Night will be Wednesday, November 15, 12-3 pm and 5-9 pm Tae's Edo Sushi Grill.


FREE PARENTING SEMINARS: Speaker Dr. Heather Thomsen will be back for another round of The Power of Positive Parenting (PPP) at the BCE Library.  Come get your parenting vitamin and figure out how to yell less and parent more effectively.  The last class will be Raising Resilient Children.  Thursday, November 2 from 6-8 pm.  Please register in advance by emailing or register at  Babysitting is provided.  Free pizza will also be served by Parent Club.

SPIRITWEAR: Show your BCE pride with some new Spiritwear!  Order forms went home last week and are due TODAY (Friday 10/27).  Super cool grey options have suddenly become available, so if you want to try a heather grey with blue insignia version of: Youth/Adult/Ladies long sleeve shirts or Youth/Adult Pullover Sweatshirts or Zip sweatshirts, write **GRAY** on your order form.  Classic blue with gold accents are always available.  Please remember sweatpants run long!

Family Science Night: Mark your calendars for the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum Science Night at the BCE MP room on Thursday, November 9, 6-8 pm.  The theme will be Amusement Park Science.  This is always a well-attended, super-fun for the whole family event.  We still need volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering please email us at:

The next Parent Club meeting will be on Thursday, November 16. Come find out about school events planned for this year, and help us figure out how to spend the $ from last year!  We had a great showing this month and are so excited to welcome new faces and opportunities to get involved!

Learning Garden: If you signed up for Learning Garden or didn't get a chance to sign up, checkout the LG website at:

Yearbook: Please don't forget to take photos at Ice Cream Social and Halloween! Create a log-in and upload your pix to:

 Or email: to get in touch.

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!  New collection forms went home this week.  There are drop boxes in every classroom as well as one in the office.  They are collected monthly.  The class with the most box tops this month gets a pizza party!  Proceeds go towards 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 Group: Join our Facebook group by e-mailing us at  This is a private group so you must be invited and have a student enrolled in order to be a member. 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!

(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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