BC Bear Facts

October Newsletter: October 10, 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:

Dear Boulder Creek Families,


October brings with it cooler fall weather, beautiful fall colors, and a long month with no holidays off for students. It’s a great month for establishing and reinforcing routines. October means that many programs are underway to enhance and support our students’ education at Boulder Creek. Students will begin trimester testing this month and working hard to finish the first trimester strong in their classes. You can help at home by encouraging your child to do his/her best while providing a quiet workspace for homework and studying, healthy breakfasts, and a regular routine. Together we can maintain optimal environments for successful learning.


Be sure to read about upcoming events and important information below in the October Bear Facts!


Sincerely,


Tina Croes

SPIRIT/RED RIBBON WEEK!

October 25th-29th is Red Ribbon/Spirit Week at Boulder Creek. There will be themed dress-up days for the week. And, we are happy to announce that Boulder Creek will allow Halloween costumes for all of K-8 this year at the end of spirit week since we cannot hold our traditional Boulder Bash where students normally showcase their costumes. Costumes need to meet the dress code, fake blood of any color is not allowed, weapons associated with costume need to stay at home, and the only masks worn will be face masks as defined by the school district's plan. In addition, costumes worn to school should not be scary or gory as we are a K-8 school, and some students, especially little ones, may have a negative adverse reaction to such costumes. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Our spirit week coincides with Red Ribbon Week. Our Student Leadership Team has created Red Ribbon-themed spirit days in which we invite all of our Boulder Creek students to participate.


The themed dress-up days are as follows:

Red Ribbon Monday: Wear Red to support making healthy choices!


Twin Day Tuesday: Pair Up Against Drugs (Friends dress alike)


PJ (Pajama) Day Wednesday: Follow Your Dreams and Be Drug-Free!


Sports Day Thursday: Team Up Against Drugs! (Wear your favorite sports team apparel - professional, high school, etc.)


Halloween Costume Friday: “Boo to Drugs!” (Dress up in your Halloween costume)

Dress code applies (see handbook on the BC website)

Fake blood of any color is not allowed

Weapons (toy or otherwise) are not allowed

Costume masks are not allowed

Scary or gory costumes are not allowed.


Required face masks will still need to be worn by all while indoors.


We look forward to a wonderful week!

FALL IS THE TIME FOR LOST AND FOUND - JACKETS AND SWEATERS

It's that time of year, cold in the morning and warm by the day's end. It's the time of year when our students wear layers to school and peel them off on the playground or in the cafeteria and leave them behind. Please write your child's full name on their clothing tags, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. We will get their items back to them if we know who they belong to. Also, be sure to check our Lost and Found, housed in the cafeteria, regularly for lost items. Lost and Found items are taken to GoodWill during each vacation break (Thanksgiving Recess, Christmas Recess, President's Week, Spring Recess, and Summer) of the school year.

On-site Covid-19 Testing for Students - Close Contacts and Symptomatic

Our Covid-19 on-site testing for all of our students who are named as close contacts as the result of a positive case at school is going extremely well. It could not be more convenient for our students and parents. Close contacts are eligible for Modified Quarantine which allows them to continue to attend school while quarantining. They would need to continue wearing masks indoors, remain symptom-free, and test twice in a seven-day period. Close contacts have the following options:


  • Modified Quarantine (preferred most) - Test twice weekly at school
  • Modified Quarantine (still preferred) - Test twice weekly outside of school AND provide proof of completion and test results to our school office within the same timeframe as school testing. You can email proof of testing and results to our Student Services Clerk, Devin McComas at dmccomas@eesd.net.
  • Full Quarantine (least preferred) - Stay home for 10 days. Absences will be excused.


From Monday, September 6th moving forward, if you receive a close contact notification for your child and you wish for him/her to continue attending school under the modified quarantine option, our trained staff will complete the Covid-19 test (3-second oral mouth swab) on campus as long as you have a completed test consent form on file. This form is available through the Parent Portal. See the flyer by clicking on the link HERE.


We encourage you to choose the Modified Quarantine option, as your child's class could be named as a close contact more than once based upon the current community spread of Covid-19. Close contacts who do not test must stay home for the full quarantine of 10 days.


We have now added testing for students who are symptomatic as long as we can fit it into the tester's schedule. If your child is going home sick or wakes up sick at home, you can request a convenient Covid-19 at Boulder Creek. Let's work together to get him/her back in school as quickly as possible!

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports Winding Down ... Winter Sports Around the Corner

We are coming to the final weeks of our Fall Sports Season. Our middle school soccer, volleyball, and cross country teams have been very busy with games/matches/meets over the past month. Our athletes are enjoying their time back on the field/court/course, and we couldn't be happier that we can make this happen once again!


Next up, 6-8 Girls' Basketball and 4-5 Soccer. Permission slips and tryout times will be announced to our students in the morning announcements very soon. We are thankful to all of our staff members who have stepped up to provide coaching for our athletes! 6-8 Boys Basketball and 4-5 Boys and Girls Basketball seasons follow the girls after the new year.

State Guidance for Sports in Schools

We will be able to proceed with sports, however, there are some requirements for indoor sports we must follow. If you are opposed to these requirements, please do not sign a permission slip for your child.


  • Mask-wearing: Masks are required for all persons while playing all indoor sports, unless wearing a mask during play has been determined to pose a choking hazard by a well-recognized health authority, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Students in Modified Quarantine or Full Quarantine may not participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, during their quarantine period. We will contact by seating chart whenever possible. This will keep an entire grade level/class from entering into quarantine.


We will do everything possible to continue with extracurricular activities as long as there is staffing available and we can meet the state's requirements.

BOULDER CREEK BOOSTER (Parent) CLUB

October Booster (Parent) Club Meeting: Please join us for the Booster Club parent meeting this Wednesday the 13th @ 5:30 pm. The meeting is virtual and can be accessed by the following Google Meet Code:

https://meet.google.com/zfa-cooi-gds?hs=224


The Booster (Parent) Club is also looking for a few parent volunteers to help on Fridays during lunchtime with Golden Bears/Friday Foodies. If interested please email Melissa @melissamcgee1418@gmail.com or check the Booster Club Facebook page for more information which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BCbearsboosterclub

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The Booster Club is looking for a Vice President to help share the workload. If you have a student attending Boulder Creek, you are a member of the Booster Club. If you are interested in the Vice President position, please email Sarabeth at bcbooster.sarabeth@gmail.com


The Booster Club’s Facebook page can be found by clicking HERE.

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP TIMES AND PARKING LOT PROCEDURES Where/when should I drop-off and pick-up?

Grade-Level Start and End Times

We are happy to welcome our students on campus for breakfast as well as on the playground before the start of the school day this year. The earliest drop-off time is 7:30 a.m.


Regular Day - School Start/End Times:

  • 4-8 grades begin at 8:00 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

  • K-3 grades begin at 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Minimum Day - School Start Times:

  • 4-8 grades begin at 8:00 a.m. - 1:06 p.m.

  • K-3 grades begin at 8:10 a.m. - 1:06 p.m.


Students will be released from class based upon the dismissal time. Students will be walked to a designated pick-up area (see below) and remain with their teacher/classmates. If they have a younger sibling(s), they should report to the designated pick-up area of their youngest sibling so parents don't have to visit both pick-up loops. Please coordinate this with your children.


To ensure the safety of all children, students must be picked up at their dismissal times. The school does not provide supervision for students after 2:20 p.m. on regular days and 1:20 p.m. on minimum days. Every Monday is a minimum day. If students are not picked up by the aforementioned times, they will be escorted to the office. Parents will then be required to go to the office to check students out. Remember this is to ensure your child’s safety, so please be prompt when picking up your child.

Assigned Parking Lots for Drop-off and Pick-up

This year, you will be assigned to a specific parking lot for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. It is extremely important that you stick to this because your child/children will be taken to this area after school. If you have multiple BC children, we do not want you to have to go from parking lot to parking lot, so you will be picking all of your children up together in one location.


This location is decided by the youngest child in the family. Older children in the family will need to find their youngest sibling at the pick-up location that is assigned to that sibling's grade level. For example, Kindergarten will be picked up in the front parking lot, so all older siblings of Kindergartners will report to the dismissal location to find their Kindergarten sibling's class at the front of the school and wait for their parents there together. We will be out to help older siblings find their pick-up point. This should only take a day or two to get into the routine of where to go.


Parking Lot Assignments by Grade-Level:

  • TK/K (and all older siblings) - Front Lot
  • 1 and 2 (and all older siblings) - Back Lot

  • 3 and 4 (and all older siblings) - Front Lot

  • 5 (and all older siblings) - Back Lot

  • 6-8 (and all older siblings) Front Lot


Please do not arrive earlier than your oldest child's release time (see above), as we want to be able to clear the parking lot quickly for each group. If you have multiple children who are released at both times, please find a parking space rather than waiting in the pick-up lane as this will block the lane from moving as you wait for your older child. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please review the BC Flow of Traffic Map in order to determine which way to enter/exit the campus from the neighborhood depending on which parking lot you are assigned. Front lot = red arrows. Back lot = green arrows.

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30 p.m.: Parent Club Meeting (Virtual)

GoogleMeet link: https://meet.google.com/zfa-cooi-gds?hs=224


October 18th-22nd: Digital Citizenship Week


October 25th-29th: Spirit/Red Ribbon Week (see themed days above)


October 28th: End of First Trimester


November 1st: Staff Development Day (no school for students)


November 11th-12th: Veteran's Day (by law, must be Nov. 11th if a weekday - no school)


November 15th-19th: Parent/Teacher Conference Week (minimum days all week)


November 22nd-26th: Thanksgiving Week (no school)

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST

We are happy to be serving breakfast each morning before school once again. The earliest students may report to the cafeteria is 7:30 a.m. Teachers will be taking lunch counts each day. There will continue to be no charge for breakfast or lunch through the end of the school year.

Breakfast Menu

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Lunch Menu

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OFFICE HOURS AND PROCEDURES

The Boulder Creek School Office is staffed from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day. If you need to conduct school business in person, always remember to maintain a social distance of six feet and wear a mask when you enter the building. Thank you.
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PARENT PORTAL LOG-IN

All parents, including new parents, should have logged into the Parent Portal at some point already. Why do you need to create a parent account? This is a secure platform through which you will view your child's teacher/class, receive your child’s report card, complete enrollment, and complete the necessary beginning of the year school forms like your child's emergency card. In the future, this is also how state testing results will be communicated.


Click HERE for the link to the parent portal. If you cannot log-in successfully, please call our school's office at 224-4140 or email our tech helpline at help@eesd.net. Be sure to keep your log-in information in a safe but accessible place.

IMPORTANT LINKS

  • help@eesd.net: for Chromebook questions (including how to get a device); technology troubleshooting as directed by your child's teacher
  • eesd.net: for online resources and other district information
  • bouldercreek.eesd.net: for weekly newsletters and other information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q: If a student in my child's class becomes Covid -19 positive, will my child and his/her class have to quarantine?


A: If students are following all protocols, mainly properly wearing their masks indoors, they will be on a modified quarantine. This means they will still be able to come to school in person but will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities for a period of time. When at all possible, we will contact trace by seating chart. This means only those within six feet of the person positively infected for more than 15 minutes will be considered close contacts.



Q: Is there ever a time when my child's whole class may have to learn from home?


A: This could happen if your child's teacher was covid positive, named as a close contact, had to quarantine, AND we could not find a substitute teacher. There is a very limited number of substitute teachers and other substitute staff available in Shasta County.