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Welcome Newsletter 2021-2022: August 9, 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE: Welcome Back!

Dear Boulder Creek Families,

All of us at Boulder Creek School are eager and excited to begin what will be a wonderful 2021-2022 school year! As your principal, no one is looking more forward to the beginning of the year than I. Over my 23 years serving as a parent, teacher, and administrator at Boulder Creek, I have seen a plethora of great times and over the past few years challenging times with our local fires, snowstorms, power outages, and a pandemic. Boulder Creek staff and families have always risen to the challenges, and I expect this to continue to be true this school year.


I speak on behalf of the entire Boulder Creek staff when I say we are extremely excited to begin the school year 100% in-person with minimal restrictions as compared to last year. Students will now be able to come to campus and eat breakfast and/or play on the playground before the start of school. A huge celebration this year is that students will NOT have to remain in class cohorts. This means they can play with friends from other classes at recess and lunch. In addition, students will not have to stay home from school if a classmate tests positive for Covid-19 unless mask protocols were not followed. Students will not have to wear masks outdoors.


This brings us to the one main restriction at school. Masks must be worn indoors. If masks are not properly worn while indoors and there is a positive case in the classroom, any student who did not wear his/her mask properly will have to be placed on a short-term Independent Study while on quarantine. We do not want this, as we know students learn best while at school. Teachers will provide reasonable opportunities for mask breaks if necessary. If there is complete refusal or a repeated pattern of defiance about wearing masks indoors, teachers will contact parents and/or see the assistance of administration to assist with a resolution.


Our ultimate goal is to do EVERYTHING possible to keep our students coming to school in-person and to keep our students and staff from having to quarantine outside of school. We thank you in advance for supporting our efforts toward this goal through your understanding and encouragement.


With all of this said, I encourage you to read this newsletter carefully. Explore any links that are included so you have a thorough understanding of how the school year will begin and move forward.


Thank you so much for your continued support. We are and will continue to be here for you in every way possible.


I wish all of our BC Families the very best.


Sincerely,


Tina Croes

WHEN AND HOW WILL I LEARN MY CHILD'S TEACHER AND CLASS LOCATION?

All parents will have access to their child' teacher's name and classroom number in the Parent Portal on the morning of Thursday, August 12th. Even so, teacher's room numbers and school maps will be posted in the front of the school to assist families in finding rooms. Now that we have an electronic way for students and parents to learn who their teachers are, we will no longer post class lists in the office window. This will protect the privacy of all of our students.


Unfortunately, we will NOT be able to move students to a different class. K-5 teacher requests were taken back in May. There is no way to honor everyone's first choice, but we always do our best to honor one of your choices if you completed a teacher request form. Any changes in staffing beyond May are out of our control. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

CALLING ALL K-2 AND 6TH GRADES STUDENTS!

NEW TO BOULDER CREEK?

New students in grades 3-5 and 7-8 are welcome to arrange for a tour between 8:00-3:00. Call 224-4140.

SCHOOL SHOPPING

Every grade level has a school supply list. Click HERE for the link. In addition, please see the dress code from our Parent/Student handbook when buying school clothes. These and other resources can be found on the Boulder Creek School's website.

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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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday, August 12th: Students' teacher/schedule available in the Parent Portal


Thursday, August 12th: 1st and 2nd Grade Meet and Greets, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Friday, August 13th: 6th Grade Orientation, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Friday, August 13th: Kindergarten Round-up, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Monday, August 16th: First Day of School (minimum day - dismissal at 1:06)


Thursday, August 26th: Back-to-School Night


Friday, August 27th: Picture Day


Monday, September 6th: Labor Day

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.
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OFFICE HOURS AND PROCEDURES

The Boulder Creek School Office is staffed from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 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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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: Will sports and music be offered this year?


A: We are excited to get sports and music back on track in the 2021-22 school year. However, we cannot announce any specifics at this time as we wait for the state guidance in these areas to be released.



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.



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 or 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.