Friday, December 15, 2017

BCE Bearmail 12/15/17

December 15, 2017

Dear BCE Families,

No School ~ Just a heads up that Winter Break will begin on a Friday this year.  The last day of school for 2017 will be next Thursday December 21, Friday December 22 is a school holiday.

Bryan Stow ~ We were lucky enough to have Bryan Stow join us again this week for another motivational assembly. Our students were able to hear Mr. Stow's important message and enjoyed getting to know him.  Bryan's courageous story and his anti-bullying theme made a big impact on many of our BCE Bears. The five important points that Bryan wanted to teach our students were:  Don't be a bystander, Be an up-stander, Speak up, Reach Out and help others, and Lead by example. If you or your student would like any additional information, please feel free to visit

New empathy book ~ Last week at our Recognition assembly, each class was given a copy of Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.  Enemy Pie is a wonderful story of turning a best enemy into a best friend.  Please ask your student about what they learned from this wonderful story.  You may want to consider checking this fantastic book out from the library and sharing it as a family.

EXTENDED!  Science Fair ~ The BCE Science Fair application deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 21!  Please turn your completed applications in to the office, or fill out the online application form.  Online applications can be found at:

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday 12/19 = Family Dinner Night:  Pizza and Trivia at Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub, 4-9 pm (Trivia: 5:30-7:30)
  • Wednesday 12/20 = Spirit Day, wear your holiday pajamas!
  • Thursday 12/21 = Deadline to submit Science Fair application
  • Friday 12/22 – 1/5/2018 = Winter Break
  • Monday 1/15 = No School (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Monday 1/26 = No School (Teacher Professional Development Work Day)

Empathy Quote of the Week :

    "Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it's accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another's eyes or heart."

~Sue Monk Kidd

Did you know???

Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs.  In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime.

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

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district. As we continue to have assemblies and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. BCE has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings. 


Holiday Gift Shift: Thank you to everyone for their hard work to help make this another memorable Gift Shift!  Special recognition to our coordinator, Kaytie Booth, for organizing the event and volunteering countless hours to be sure of success. Thank you to everyone who donated, wrapped, volunteered, picked-up and dropped off items.

Family Dinner Night: Our next family dinner night will be Tuesday, December 19 from 4 - 9 pm at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub and will benefit our fabulous 4th graders!  MC Tammy Schultz will host Family Trivia from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  Remember carry out & delivery count toward our goal too!

Monthly Meetings: We encourage you to attend the next School Board meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 6 - 8 PM.  The date is also marked on the monthly take-home calendar.

Our parent club meeting was last night.  We discussed upcoming events for 2018! The next meeting will be January 18, 2018!

Yearbook: If you have pictures please take the time to share them with us.  Create a log-in and upload your pix to:   Or email: to get in touch.  Or download the Entourage Yearbook app and upload directly from your phone!

Shopping that helps benefit BCE:  Shopping for holidays just got more rewarding! It is easy to feel the spirit of giving when your purchases can equate to monetary benefits to our school.

Do not forget to shop Amazon Smiles for your holiday needs.  If you haven't signed up simply go to to sign up for this program.  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!  Please note that this does not work on the Amazon app on your phone!  

Another fabulous opportunity is our Shutterfly Storefront. Type in to visit our page. You can also access it via Facebook


or pinterest

This is a year-round opportunity just like Amazon Smiles so tell your family and friends to participate too! 13% of profits come back to BCE!

Box tops: Please continue to collect those box tops! Today was the due date for our November/ December collection. The prize for the months of November/December will be determined and announced January 2018. We will announce our next collection date after the New Year!

Facebook: If you are on Facebook and haven't joined our Facebook group then sign-up by sending an email 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.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday break

(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).