Monday, August 13, 2018

BCE Principal's Newsletter 8/13/18

BOULDER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal's Newsletter     


August 13, 2018

 

Hello BCE Families!


I hope you all had a wonderful summer and were able to spend some quality time with those special kids!  BCE is an amazing school and I am looking forward to continuing our work together this year.


Our staff members have been working hard to get things ready for our students and everyone is excited for our first day of school Monday, August 20.  I would like to acknowledge all our staff members who took time out of their summer to enhance your student's learning experience.  Many teachers attended the math institute up at UCSC, others attended the Santa Cruz County math institute led by SVMI, and one of our teachers was able to go back to New York for a week long training at Teachers' College!  Additionally, many of our staff members used their own time to meet with colleagues to plan and prepare for the new school year.

 

I want to extend a warm welcome to our new staff members and to thank everyone who has supported them in their transition.  We want to welcome Lisa Benavidez back home to BCE!  Lisa will be joining our 3rd grade team this year.  We are also fortunate to have Adam Keasey joining our 5th grade team, Alyson Paolini who will be joining our staff as our Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and Severin Steinmann will be our Psychologist.  I would like to congratulate one of our 1st grade teachers on her summer wedding - Haley Eggleston is now Haley Foster!  Last, but not least, Ivan Bibriesca has been hired as our senior custodian and will be here to help get our campus ready for our students.

 

All of our new staff members come to BCE with the experience and personality that will make them a terrific addition to our already strong BCE team!


Here are a few reminders:


·       Class lists will be posted on the office door after 5:00 pm on Friday August 17.  (TK/K class lists will be posted in the office window at 9 am on Friday)  Please remember no classroom assignments will be changed during the first four weeks of school.

 

·       There will be a TK & Kindergarten meet & greet in your child's classroom between 9 – 10 am on Friday, August 17. 

 

·       Just a reminder that our 5th grade class is now part of our District's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.  Click here for more information.  5th graders are encouraged to bring their laptops on the first day of school.

 

·       School starts Monday August 20

o   4th and 5th grade start at 8:20

o   TK, K and 1st - 3rd starts at 8:30

 

·       Breakfast Club = Just a reminder that the BCE Breakfast Club has changed and there will be a $2.50 charge for each breakfast unless your student is registered to receive free or reduced cost meals.  Please click here to read more about the changes and find out about our free and reduced meal program.

 

·       Please join me for a Principal's Coffee sponsored by our wonderful BCE Parent Club on Monday at 8:30 am in the MP Room.

 

·       The BCE Computer Lab will be open from 8:30 am to 10:00 am Monday morning for anyone who haven't yet updated their student's records.  A District staff member will be on hand to help guide you through the process.

 

·       Dismissal

o   TK and K are dismissed at 11:50 am

o   1st – 3rd are dismissed at 2:44 pm

o   4th and 5th are dismissed at 2:59 pm

 

·       Wednesday, 8/22, will be an Early Out Day

o   TK and Kinders will be dismissed at their usual time, 11:50 am

o   1st – 5th will be dismissed at 1:15 pm


It's going to be a great year of learning and growing together. Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

 

Denise

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The BCE Way:  BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE


COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY LINK

 

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:  https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

 

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 www.slvusd.org.   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).



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CORRECTION

The BCE Office will open on August 8th for the 2018-2019 school year. I apologize for the incorrect date on the prior email.

Take Care,
Denise

Summer Bear Mail


Good Morning!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer vacation with your wonderful children.  I wanted to let you know that the BCE office is closed for the summer, but will reopen on July 30th.  I also wanted to give you an additional opportunity to complete our annual Family Survey in case you have not had the chance to do so.

Click on the link below to access the survey
BCE FAMILY SURVEY

Wishing you all a happy and safe summer. 
Take Care,
Denise

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BCE Bearmail 6/13/18

June 13, 2018


Dear BCE Families,


Our last day of school is tomorrow Thursday, June 14th.  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 days for the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

Mon., Aug. 20 = First day of School and all regular days

                    TK and 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. 22 = Early Out Day Schedule

              TK and 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. 3 = Labor Day - No School

Mon., Nov. 12 = No School – Veterans' Day

Nov. 9-16 = 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. 19-23 = No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 21 - January 4 = 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 5:00 pm on Friday, August 17.  


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 www.scholastic.com/bookwizard to help choose books.


Finally, I would like recognize and thank two of our amazing staff members who will be leaving BCE this year.  Patty Milhous will be retiring after 21 years of service and Sherry Branson will retiring after 26 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.


Denise



The BCE Way:  BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE



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. 



COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY LINK

 

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:  https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

 

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 www.slvusd.org.   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).




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Special BCE Bearmail 6/12/18

June 12, 2018

 

Dear BCE Families,


Lockdown Today ~ You should have all received a message through School Messenger, but in case you didn't, the District Office and Boulder Creek Elementary campuses were on a general lockdown this morning. This was precautionary as there was a threat received for all YMCA facilities. Since there is a YMCA facility on each of these sites, we both went into a lockdown until we received notice from law enforcement.  The lockdown was lifted fairly quickly and all students and staff are SAFE. Thank you!



The BCE Way:  BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE



Monday, June 11, 2018

BCE Special Bearmail 6/11/18

June 11, 2018

 

Dear BCE Families,


Update
 ~ Some of your students may have seen an ambulance on campus at the end of the school day.  One of our members of staff had a medical episode and we erred on the side of caution and called 911.  Thank you for your understanding and compassion.



The BCE Way:  BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE




Friday, June 8, 2018

BCE Bearmail 6/8/18

June 8, 2018

Dear BCE Families, 

NO Early Out ~ Just a reminder that next Wednesday will NOT be an Early Out day.  We will have a regular full day schedule on Wednesday, June 13.

 

Last Day of School ~ Thursday will be the last student day for the 2017-'18 school year.  Students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.  TK & Kindergartners will be dismissed at their regular time of 11:50 am.  Please note that there will be no kindergarten bus; kindergarten students may ride the regular school buses that will depart from BCE at 12:20 pm.

 

Need Work? ~ SLVUSD is now hiring for the following positions.  Positions are permanent unless indicated.  If you are interested, please apply on Edjoin, www.edjoin.org.  Contact the Human Resources Department (831-336-5193) if you have questions about any of the openings.

 

Boulder Creek Elementary

  • Custodian
  • Special Ed Instructional Assistant (part-time)

 

San Lorenzo Valley Elementary

  • Education Specialist Teacher (SDC)
  • Instructional Assistants (all part-time, hours vary according to position)
  • K-3 Music Enrichment Teacher (temporary year to year)

 

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School

  • Education Specialist Teacher (ED-SDC)
  • Secondary Dean of Students (Temporary)

 

San Lorenzo Valley High School

  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher (Temporary-1st semester only)
  • Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (seasonal)
  • Girls Varsity Water Polo Coach (seasonal)

 

SLV Charter

  • 6th-8th Grade Integrated Arts Teacher (60%, temporary)
  • Mental Health Specialist (40%)

 

SLVUSD-District

  • Maintenance Specialist-Electrician

 

We are also looking for substitute custodians to work at all sites.


2018 Splash and Dash ~ Please click here for more information about this fun event.   BCE students can get a $10 discount by using the word "student" on this link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/Register?raceId=59257&coupon=Student


Please help! ~ The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is currently soliciting input from students, parents, and staff at the San Lorenzo Valley schools on the Highway 9-San Lorenzo Valley Corridor Transportation Plan. The RTC is specifically seeking feedback on the area of Highway 9 around the schools. 

 

Please consider taking this survey and providing your valuable input on this important community project:

 

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TNGT7T

 

For more information on this project,  https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy-9-plan/

 

Library ~ The BCE library is closed for the school year.  Please return any library books your student still may have.  Payment for lost or damaged books can be made in the office.  Thank you!

Need Kindergarten? ~ Kindergarten registration for Fall 2018 is open.  Visit the BCE office to pick up a registration packet and begin the process. You can expedite the registration process by bringing your child's Birth Certificate, Immunization Record and Proof of Residency with you on your first visit.

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.  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

  • Wednesday 6/13 = NO EARLY OUT (Regular day dismissal times for all grades)

  • Last Day of School = Early Dismissal (TK,K = 11:50 am, 1-5 = 12:15 pm)

Empathy Quote of the Week:

"Imaginative empathy is one of the great gifts that humans have, and it means that we can live more than one life. We can picture what it would be like from another perspective."

~ Dan Chaon


Did you know???

According to researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, outdoor play is equally important for children of all ages. Research and studies show us that active, outdoor, free play can lead to improved academic performance. This is good to remember as we're about to begin a nine-week summer break.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


The BCE Way:  BE RESPECTFUL, BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE



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. 

BCE PARENT CLUB EVENT & MEETING REMINDERS:  

As the school year comes to a close we would like to thank all of our volunteers this year!  You make events like the dance, Walk/Jog, Carnival and Silent Auction and programs like Art Masterpiece or Learning Garden continue.  We look forward to your participation in the coming school year.

A survey from the Parent Club was sent home with your child or will be early next week.  It is only 9 questions and doesn't take very much time to fill out.  Please take the time to share your feedback with us and send back to your teacher before school is out.

THANK YOU to all of the parents and families who have donated their time to make this year's Parent Club events a success.  Many hands make light work and we certainly needed and appreciate every single moment you shared with us to make BCE your child's proud place to be!

Spiritwear!  We have some Spiritwear leftover in limited sizes!  If you would like to see if any shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies or sweats are available in youth or adult sizes of your choice contact Amber Jones at amber.jones4114@gmail.com

Next Meeting: We had our last Parents Club meeting of this school year last night. Parents and guardians are members just by having a  child or children enrolled at BCE.  Our next meeting is scheduled for August 23, 2018 from  6-8 PM.  We will discuss the plans for the following 2018-2019 school year including BCE's 150th anniversary events.  Babysitting and light snacks/tea always provided.

Speaking of BCE's 150th anniversary, is anyone interested in starting off our celebrations by walking with the BCE Parent Club in Boulder Creek's 4th of July Parade?  If you are, please contact Chrissy Dahl to sign up and/or put on our contact list.  150th anniversaries don't happen every day!  Let's proudly represent BCE together. Dahl.christine@gmail.com

If you haven't joined our Facebook Group, and would like to, you can sign-up by sending an email to bcepc.execs@gmail.com.  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 Parents 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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COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY LINK

 

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:  https://sites.google.com/a/slvusd.org/community-link/

 

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 www.slvusd.org.   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).