Sunday, January 14, 2018

BCE Bearmail 1/12/18

January 12, 2018

Dear BCE Families,

Happy New Year! ~ I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break and were able to enjoy lots of quality time with those amazing students of yours.  2018 promises to be an exciting year full of growing, learning and a few surprises along the way!

Reminder ~ Just as a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday.

BINGO ~ Please join me next Friday for Family BINGO Night!  The fun begins at 6:30 in the MP and there is no charge to play Bingo.  Additionally, there will be pizza and dessert available for purchase.  Proceeds from these food items will support Science Camp.  Thank you to our Parent Club for sponsoring this fun event.

California School Dashboard ~ The California School Dashboard ( is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 schools and districts. The Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success. Instead of looking at a single measure (test scores), the Dashboard looks at multiple measures to evaluate a district's and a school's performance. The Dashboard also is based on an improvement model, looking for districts and schools to make improvements, rather than simply comparing them to other districts and schools.


Click here for an easy to read handout that explains the components of the dashboard. You can access SLV district information and information about all schools in the district.

Up Coming Dates to Remember

  • Monday 1/15 = No School (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday 1/17 = Family Dinner Night at Edo's Sushi – all day! (20% of the entire day's proceeds will benefit our 1st grade class)
  • Thursday 1/18 = Parent Club Meeting, 6:00 BCE Library
  • Friday 1/19 = Family Bingo Night at BCE
  • Monday, 1/22 = School Site Council meeting, 3 pm BCE Library
  • Friday 1/26 = No School (Teacher Professional Development Work Day)
  • Thursday 2/8 = Parent Club Meeting, 6:00 BCE Library
  • Monday 2/12 = No School (Lincoln's Birthday)
  • Monday 2/19 = No School (President's Day)

Empathy Quote of the Week :


    "The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me."

~Oprah Winfrey

Did you know???

If you have any current legal documentation that defines custody, restricts visitation or in other ways impacts your student, please make sure that the office has a copy and that we receive updated copies as necessary.  Thank you for helping us keep your student safe.

Wishing you all a wonderful 3-day 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. 


Upcoming Event: Game night is on Friday January 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. You will not want to miss out on this fun family event! Pizza and treats will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to

benefit 5th grade science camp. You can donate new items, for child and adult prizes, to the office if you feel so inclined. If you are interested in volunteering to help, please email us at

Family Dinner Night: Our next family dinner night will be Wednesday, January 17 ALL DAY at Tae's Edo.  They will contribute 20% of their entire day's proceeds to Boulder Creek Elementary 1st Grade!  Dine-in or order take-out at 338-2099 for Lunch (12-3pm) or Dinner (5-9pm).  View their menu at:

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

The next parent club 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 online 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.  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!  Congratulations to Mrs Gibney's class who won the December prize .  There will not be a collection sheet going out this month.

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.

(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).