Bear News!

Friday March 10th.

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Message from the office.

Another wet week at BCE, but we still seem to find the fun each day. I hope everyone is safe and dry through this next storm. It does seem like it is none stop these days. I am hopeful to see the sunlight at the end of the tunnel :)

Don't forget the time change this weekend.

Report cards came home today with each student. Please take a moment to look over your student's progress this last trimester. We are so proud of every student we have here at BCE. If you have any questions about your student's progress, don't hesitate to contact your teacher. Below is a message from Mrs. Wilson, our reading intervention teacher. She is an amazing resource and wanted to ensure parents know more about each reading level.

Also, the annual district survey is out. The feedback we get from the survey is really important to all of us at the district and site. You will see that we have a little competition in our district, so your help completing the survey could earn our site a little extra money. So please take a moment to complete it.

We have had several cases of pink eye over the past 2 weeks. Just be on the lookout with your kids since we have so many shared spaces around campus.

Please remember that next Friday is a teacher Professional Development Day, so NO SCHOOOL for students.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Mrs. Fippin and Office Staff

Mustache Day- 3/16

Please join us on our next dress-up day, Thursday, March 16th. Mustache Day and wear your green. Hoping the leprechauns come early this year ;)

Family Art Night- Next Thursday 3/16

BCE Family Art Night - Thursday, March 16th: Family Art Night is a fun and free family event featuring workshops in drumming, visual art, dancing, and theater. Each workshop lasts 25 minutes, and participants rotate through the workshops. The schedule is listed below. We hope you will join us!

5:00 River Dogs will be serving up delicious food for purchase

5:30 Registration begins (in front of the MP Room)

6:00 Workshops begin

8:00 Workshops end

District Annual Survey-

Survey Link

SLVUSD is looking to gather feedback from our families regarding our Academic, Communication, and Learning Environment goals. We anticipate the survey will take from five to seven minutes to complete. The valuable feedback that you submit will provide the district and the site with important information as we plan for the 2023-24 school year.

The surveys will be available through Friday, March 31st.

Not only will your participation provide us with valuable feedback, but it is also an opportunity for your child's school to earn some extra funds. As a little incentive, the schools will receive additional site discretionary funds for student/teacher resources based on the percentage of parents that complete the survey for their site.

The incentive is based on participation percentages as follows:

10% = $1,000
20% = $2,000
30% = $3,000
40% = $4,000
50% and above = $5,000

In addition, the site with the highest percentage of complete surveys will receive an additional $5,000.

All SLV schools are excited to engage in a little fun competition. Each site is ready for the challenge and believes that their parents will achieve the highest percentage of completed surveys.

Please Click here to complete the survey.

Mrs. Wilson's Corner- Literacy support and ideas

Greetings BCE families!

Welcome to Mrs. Wilson’s Corner! Jen Wilson here, the BCE Reading Specialist and Interventionist. As you go through your student’s report cards with them, you will undoubtedly see their independent reading level (F&P) and I wanted to reach out to you regarding these. Reading is a complex and developmental process in that all students learn at different rates. Reading with fluency, demonstrating understanding, using decoding skills, and writing meaningful responses to literature are all ways that your child demonstrates competence in reading. There are many ways in which students progress is measured, their F&P level being one of these. Because we know that reading is much more complex than a stated level, we at BCE wanted to provide more detailed information on what those letters mean in terms of the characteristics of texts at a particular level and what readers are actively doing at those levels.

I highly encourage you, with all my reading superpowers, to look up your student's level, and peruse the characteristics and behaviors of your reader at their independent level. You can use this information to support your reader and even look at the next level they are working towards (instructional level) to encourage them. Click this link for access to the document.

We are honored to be partners with you and your reader on this journey. Thank you and may you and your family snuggle up with a good book this weekend!

Registration for 23/24 is Open

Please come by the office if you plan to register a new Bear for the 23/24 school year. Registration is open, and knowing how many new students we have early is crucial in determining whether we have adequate staff.

We can't wait to meet our new BEARS!!

Charter Informational Nights

Charter will host an informational night next month about their programs. Please see attached flyers.

March 7-info about all programs

March 14-info about Nature Academy (grades 6-8)

Cradle to Career (C@C)

Dear SLVUSD Families,

We are happy to announce that SLVUSD will be partnering with Cradle to Career (C2C)

of Santa Cruz. Under this partnership with Cradle to Career, United Way, and Santa

Cruz Community Health, SLV will have access to a “Community Organizer” to

strengthen equity-driven family engagement and empowerment within your elementary


We are happy to announce Claudia Oblea as the Community Organizer with Cradle to

Career of Santa Cruz County as the individual who will be working directly with SLVE

and BCE Families.

If you have questions or would like to reach out to Claudia, she can be reached

at or call/text at 916-270-5237.

Please read the full letter with more information here

Lexia Support

Many of you have started our new reading/ phonics online program at home. It is being offered to all students until the end of March. If you are interested and have not received your student's log in please reach out to your teacher. We wanted to get you some videos on how to sign in.

Ipad sign in

Chromebook/ Computer Sign in

Spirit Wear is Back

BCE Spirit Wear is now available for purchase online.

Our online store is open 24/7, 365 days, so you can order your BCE merchandise any time!

Best of all, it is shipped directly to you!

Lots of new merchandise now and more to come! Check it out!


Important Information from the DO


The SLVUSD Bond Oversight Committee currently has an opening for an “at-large” member. As part of the Measure “S” Bond, SLVUSD is required to have a Bond Oversight Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who meet quarterly to review and report on expenditures of bond funds and ensure that money is used only for voter-approved purposes. Committee members must be at least 18 years old and reside within the geographic boundary of the District.

If you would like to be considered for this position on the Bond Oversight Committee, please click on the following application: Bond Oversight Committee Application. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact Laura Spilman, Bond Administrative Assistant, at or (831) 335-5386.


The CAC is an advisory committee to the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Director and Governance Council. The CAC provides input regarding the Local Plan, assisting in parent education, recruiting, information sharing, and parent awareness. Voting members are appointed and approved by the school board of each district. The majority of the voting membership must be comprised of parents of children with disabilities.

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COVID Updates- Please see new links

Please see the email provided by the Superintendent this week. Emergency procedures were detailed, and the District webpage has been updated.

I wanted to ensure you got the information from the district office regarding General COVID information. Please contact the health office if you have any questions or need any home COVID tests. We have plenty in the office. I also want to ensure all families receive the General COVID exposure notice. Please let us know if you have any questions.

5th Grade Parents!!

Hello 5th Grade Parents!

We have some fun opportunities for you to have you students featured in the yearbook. First, we want to see your adorable BABIES!! You can upload your favorite baby picture to TreeRing here or, after you log in, go to Content, and at the top of the page, where it says SCHOOL PHOTOS, make sure to select BABY PHOTOS to get it in the correct folder.

Second, we have a page for dedications from their parents or guardians to your students. Give them some words of encouragement and let them know your feelings about them growing up and moving on to Middle School. You can send those here to make sure they are included.

Please send these ASAP! We have a deadline to make sure the yearbooks get printed in time to get them to the students by the end of the school year.


Please make sure you get all your minutes logged by 3/12. So excited to see all the reading done by our BCE Bears.

2023 BCE Gala Auction @ Brookdale Lodge

Join us for a historical night at a very historical place! There will be dinner, dancing, live and silent auction, and a special performance! Lone Wolf Kenpo Academy in downtown Boulder Creek is providing Kid's Night Out during our event. Early Bird Tickets will be on sale soon. Follow our new Gala Auction page and stay in the loop!