November 17, 2023
This week at SLVE
This has been a busy week at SLVE. Students have wrapped up their first trimester in school. Their hard work has certainly paid off. It's amazing to see what confident writers, mathematicians, readers, scientists, artists and scholars we have. Report cards are coming home with students today. Please be sure to look for them in your student's Friday Folder or backpack.
Our monthly PBIS theme of gratitude has been a part of many classroom activities, discussions, writing and art projects this week. 558 leaves of gratitude, made by our SLVE students in art class, hang from our front office ceiling (See picture below).
I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to this incredible SLVE community. Each and every one of you~ the teachers, instructional aides, office staff, custodians, students and families who go above and beyond to make our school so special. I consider myself so lucky to be Principal of this amazing school. Thank you for all of the support you provide each and every day. I am filled with gratitude. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. We will look forward to seeing students back in school on Monday, November 27th.
SLVE Book Fair
The Book Fair has been the highlight of our week. Thank you to Jessica Judson, our Book Fair chairperson. Jessica has dedicated hours and hours to make this year's book fair one of our most successful. Thank you to Jessica and all of the volunteers who have given so much of their time and effort to our Book Fair. Amazing events like the Book Fair could not happen without the support of our amazing SLVE volunteers and families. Thank you all!
Spirit Week at SLVE
Spirit Week was a huge success. We had tons of participation from both students and staff. What a fun way to celebrate the week before Thanksgiving break! SLVE Bobcats definitely have Spirit!
SLVE Steam Expo
This year's SLVE STEAM Expo (formerly the Science and Engineering Fair) will be held on February 12-13, 2024. This is open to all students, TK-5. Projects can include science experiments, engineering projects, inventions, or other creative STEAM related activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). More information is available on the SLVE Website.
Register online here. Registration is currently open and the deadline to register is December 20, 2023.
Community Opportunities Website
The "Community Opportunities" website link is provided as a courtesy to parents and students, by the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, to enable you to receive information of current local events and opportunities for adults and/or children.
No Toys or Glass Containers at School
Teachers and staff have noticed that students are bringing many little toys, Pokemon cards, jewelry and other special items to school. These items have the tendency to get lost, or misplaced and students then are quite sad and upset when they go missing. Items brought to school can also serve as a huge distraction in the classroom. Please, remind your students that items such as these are to be kept at home. We have also been noticing an increase in students having phones out of their backpacks, especially while they are waiting in the car pick up areas. Phones are not allowed out of backpacks during school hours, which includes at pick up time. Thank you again for supporting our SLVE school rules.
We would also like to remind families to please NOT SEND glass water bottles or lunch containers to school with your students. We have had several instances of dropped bottles and containers which can cause a big safety issue. Please send ONLY NON BREAKABLE items in lunches and backpacks.
SLVE Parking Reminders
It has been brought to our attention that people who do not have handicapped placards are parking in the handicapped parking spots or in the space between the parking spots (for van access) on campus. It is very important that these parking spots are reserved for drivers who have a DMV issued handicapped placard and who benefit from using them. We thank you for your thoughtful cooperation concerning access to these parking spots.
One more reminder, please be sure to put your student name placard in your dashboard during pick up time. It really does make the pick up process go more smoothly. Thanks for your cooperation!
Bobcat Club News
PBIS Presentation. Erica Lanctot gave a fabulous presentation at the November Bobcat Meeting on how PBIS is used at school and how we can also use those same skills at home. View her presentation at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1B6v9-eNd2lOyIpf3-RAGqlx1kAgKWZqDyHAVgDIEPSA/edit?usp=sharing
Join us for SLVE night at the Santa Cruz Warriors Game! We have 100 tickets to the game that night! An SLVE student will sing the National Anthem with the players, we will take a Center Court group photo after the game (parents invited too), and all students 16 and under get to throw a free throw after the photo! Buy tickets today at
See's Candy for the Holidays! Make your holiday shopping easy and support SLVE during the See's Candies Yum-Raiser. All benefits SLVE and orders ship directly to the address of your choice! Order by December 1. https://bit.ly/SLVE2023Sees
Volunteer for our Spring Auction Party! Be a part of planning one of the Bobcat Club's biggest fundraisers and parties.This is an exciting, adults only, night out at Roaring Camp Railroads where parents get to socialize, dance, and bid on their kid's classroom art piece and other items. The event helps support our life lab, art, and music programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be a part of the fun!
The Bobcat Club is excited to announce we will be holding our first We Belong Fair on April 12, 2024. The We Belong Fair aims to bring representation and celebration of folks across cultures, neurodiversities, gender and sexual identities, and abilities. We are recruiting volunteers to help organize and participate in the We Belong Fair. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in being involved.
Bingo Night is 12/8! The Bobcat Club Game Night Committee needs volunteers for our next Bingo Night scheduled for 12/8! Please sign-up HERE. It is a fun evening and a great way to connect with the community!
Buy a Yearbook a 23/24 yearbook: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1016914162674592
Buy Bobcat Gear. Visit our gear store and buy hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more!
Sign up for our Newsletter - We send out reminders about events, meetings, and information: https://www.slvbobcatclub.com/signup
Absences Matters~Every Day Counts......
We know people get sick, people get injured, and there can be family or life responsibilities and other issues that are reasonable and excused. But if your student can attend, they need to be in school. If your student is out for three or more consecutive days, we may request a doctor’s note to continue excusing the absences. Students who miss 3-5 days will receive a Chronic Absence letter. We will then meet with those families to attempt to support the student attending school. On the second Chronic Absence Letter, families may be required to meet at the District Office to put a plan in place for the student’s attendance. On the third Chronic Absence Letter, families may be required to meet with the County Office Student Attendance Review Board for truancy. Our goal is that nobody ever gets that far along with truancy. We are here to help and support, but it does start at home with the expectation that your student will attend school regularly.
Please remember that students who are absent 3 days or more should complete an independent study contract. Lisa Ghelardi, at firstname.lastname@example.org our SLVE Registrar, will work with families to get the paperwork and the missed classwork assignments needed to complete the contract.
November Triple P Parenting Classes
Triple P Positive Parenting topical workshop flyers for October 2023 are attached.
Información sobre programas en español disponibles en el sitio web.
Each flyer has its own unique link to register for each class, or go to https://www.first5scc.org/triple-p-classes and register on the website. All of these classes are on Zoom!
Workshops are all free, and grant funded by First Five of Santa Cruz.
Individual sessions are also available for free or sliding scale. If you are interested in a 1:1 session, please contact First Five of Santa Cruz at First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or email@example.com and they will assign a practitioner that best meets your needs.
Cradle to Career Santa Cruz County
Cradle to Career Santa Cruz County (C2C) is a family advocacy organization and community connector that strives to uplift all families. Last year, C2C expanded from Live Oak School District to include four new school sites in SCCS, SUESD and SLVUSD. C2C staff are stationed at school sites to develop free programming including recreation activities, parent workshops, and advocacy opportunities for families. YOUR perspectives will help guide C2C’s plans for this academic year. Please complete the short 2-minute questionnaire below to share your input.
English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2CFall23
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2C_EspFall_23-23