Bear News!

Friday April 21st.

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Message from the office.

Hello BCE Community

I hope everyone has a beautiful break. With all the recent weather, a bit of sunshine was more than welcomed.

Thank you to those that completed the district survey. We had 62% of our BCE families complete the survey. That is amazing. We read every comment and are thankful for everyone's thoughtful responses. We got 3rd place for the district, and our school will receive an additional $5000 next year.

I hope to see everyone at the Gala next Saturday and the Carnival on the 28th. Both events are fantastic fundraisers for our students. We hope to continue raising money for the arts and have so much fun together. If you haven't purchased your tickets for the GALA, see below. It will be a magical night of food, dancing, and a fantastic auction.

We need gallon jugs or bigger or water for the walk/ jog a thon for this coming Friday. If you can donate, please deliver it to the office. Anything is helpful.

Earth Day is next Saturday, 4/22. We will have a volunteer campus clean-up from 10-12. If you are free we would love to see you.

We are excited about the Open House on Thursday, May 4th. We will have our 3rd-5th graders sing with Mr. G from 5-6 during the BBQ on uppers. So please mark your calendars to see our singers in action.

We have so much lost and found. Please look outside; if you have lost anything little, it will be in the office. We would love for things to find the right home.

We have several events coming up in the next several weeks. Please read below to ensure you are caught up.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Mrs. Fippin and Office Staff

Science Camp Fun

Take a look at the amazing video Mrs. Thomsen put together of our 5th graders having fun at science camp this week.

GALA tickets

Get your tickets before the price goes up. Can't wait to enjoy a wonderful evening raising money for our students

CAASPP Testing

CAASPP testing- There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) each year. Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–8 and 11

  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school

We will b starting our CAASP testing May 1st- 12th for 3rd-5th graders. We ask that you do whatever you can to ensure your student is at school on time and rested on those days.

You are an essential part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:

  • Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.

  • Explore the practice tests with your child at so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests.

  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help every step of the way.

You will receive your child’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home, and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.

To learn more about these tests, go to the Starting Smarter web page at, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at

Attendance Matters

I know that many have been receiving attendance letters from the office. Please note that whenever your child misses school, they miss out on their education. While we completely understand that things come up and students get sick, we encourage you to do whatever you can to ensure your student is in school daily. If you plan on being out for more than 3 days, please see the office at least 2 weeks prior. We can complete an independent studies packet for you. Please see the attached document that states what excused and unexcused absences are.

If you have any questions please contact the office.

Mrs. Wilson's Corner- Literacy support and ideas

Reading is Powerful……

Especially when it is nightly and at least 20 minutes! Balancing schedules, school, work, media, screens, and reading is not an easy task for many of us (myself included!) and the struggle is real. It is also nearly impossible to ignore the studies and research of former and current experts in the field of literacy that reflect the importance of daily/nightly reading- and not just for test scores.

I feel this graph says it all, and would also like to point out that while research statistics show that reading 20 minutes nightly benefits students academically, there are a MYRIAD of reasons beyond academics to make this a family habit if it isn’t already! Reading can stimulate the imagination, improve social-emotional well-being and life skills, and empower our writers among other wonderful outcomes.

Stimulates Imagination

When it comes to growing and expanding creativity, a reader (big or small) can get lost in a world of fiction and experience characters, situations, and feelings they may not have bumped into yet. This can help even help them become more compassionate by learning to approach situations and consider the feelings of others.


Empathy, perseverance, kindness, and strength are solid and true life skills that readers can practice through experiencing someone else’s story, sometimes even preparing them for particularly challenging situations. Books can be strong enough to inspire readers to help others through action as well.

Empowering our Writers

Last, reading also grows our young reader’s thinking and writing. Through the power of the written word, our readers can discover new ways to convey meaning, use persuasion and figurative language, and be emotionally engaged in a story. From short stories to short essays to job/college/trade school applications, these skills help students become stronger writers no matter what genre they are writing in.

So whether you head over to the library, shop at our local bookstore, or peruse a secondhand bookstore, HAPPY READING and have a great Spring Break!!!!

Art and Music Festival

SAVE THE DATE (5/17): SLV Music Boosters will host our Second Annual SLV Music & Art Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads on May 17, 2023. This event features students in grades 5-12 and includes band, choir, and art. The gate opens at 4:00, and performances begin at 5:00. We hope you will attend this community event and enjoy a fun night out with performances from each of the talented school music ensembles, a student art display, 6 food trucks, a silent auction. The festival is free for everyone, but donations will be accepted to raise money for future field trips, music, instruments, and instrument accessories.

If you are able to donate an auction item or provide cash sponsorship to our silent auction, please fill out our silent auction donation form.

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!!

4th Grade Adventure Pass

I send this brief email to you from California State Parks, hoping you will share this fantastic message about the FREE Adventure Pass for California Fourth Graders!!

The attachments (and links below) can provide you all the information needed for a 4th Grader to get their free Adventure Pass. Please forward this message to all 4th grade teachers in your county!

Help us spread the word! Fourth graders can get into 19 state parks for FREE. The California State Park Adventure Pass helps them do just that. Parents of fourth grade students can sign up for the pass on behalf of their student. For more information, click here Adventure Pass Partner Toolkit ( Thank you!

Eyeglasses and Eye Exams

Eyeglasses and Eye Exams

Please contact our District Nurse, Kelly McWaid at if you'd like information on how students who have financial needs in SC county may qualify for free eye exams and/or new or replacement glasses.

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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!


Teacher Appreciation Week Help Needed

Staff Appreciation Week (SAW): Staff Appreciation Week is May 1st- 5th, with door decorating on Sunday, April 30th. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Staff Appreciation class representative (multiple slots for each class). Please sign up here:

There will be a Staff Appreciation Week volunteer meeting on Wednesday, April 12th (information will be sent to those who sign up). This is a fun way to show the BCE teachers and staff how much we appreciate all they do! Any questions, contact Dawn at and subject: SAW.

Square Art for Mother Day

Square 1 Art : Offering a Mother's Day special from 3/31- 4/4/2023. Use promo code MOMSROCK1 and get 20% off for this limited time.

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.

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 an exceptional performance! Lone Wolf Kenpo Academy in downtown Boulder Creek provides Kid's Night Out during our event.

Link to get tickets

See's Candy Sales for Grad Night

This is your final chance to support our long-standing tradition of a safe and sober grad night event by purchasing chocolate!

Please join us in giving our seniors a sweet send-off after graduation. Think

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, etc. Show your appreciation! Sees candy makes great gifts, or buy yourself a little something special.

All items ship direct to you, a $70 order gets free shipping. Gift cards are also available.

Use our link below to order until May 31