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Principal's newsletter #13 (11/10)

Dear Bulldog Community,

We had another great week at Bollinger Canyon!  I’m sure everyone is looking forward to this 3-day weekend.

California School Parent Survey:  In our last newsletter I’d mentioned taking this survey to provide feedback on how our community is feeling about Bollinger.  The deadline for the survey is November 30th if you have not taken it yet.  Here is the link:

Five-Hour A Week Positions:  We have the opportunity to provide small group instruction and have posted 2 5-hour a week positions.  If you are interested in helping and being paid for that help, here is the link to apply:

Four-Way Stop:  The 4-way stop at Santander/Valdivia and Talavera has been a topic of conversation this week.  This is a quick reminder that we have supervision starting at 7:45am and our drop-off zone is basically empty at this time.

Next Week:  We have a busy week coming up!

       Tuesday:  Bulldog Fund Meeting at 6:30pm

       Wednesday:  Breakfast Book Club 7am

Through Wednesday:  Bring in food donations for our Sister School for Thanksgiving!

       Thursday:  PTA Meeting at 9:30am:  Special Safety Presentation by District Safety Coordinator

       Thursday:  Site Council Meeting at 3pm

       Friday:  Family Bingo Night at 6:30pm

Lunch Help:  One of our noon duties is out on medical leave.  If you’d like to help out at lunch, here is the sign up:

RAFFLE!:  Our Bulldog Fund is raffling off 2 Lower Level Warriors tickets!  The person who sells the most tickets wins an Xbox One S and Astro gaming headset!  The classroom that sells the most tickets wins an ice cream party!  More information will be in this weekend’s Bulldog Dish.

School Website:  The district has upgraded our website.  Everything is basically the same but a few things have been shifted around.  Here is the link to explore:

Twitter this Week:  We had an author visit, a talk with a restaurant designer, our monthly flag salute and more work done on our garden by our Girl Scouts!  Check out the pictures on Twitter!  Our Twitter feed is also on our school website.

Veteran’s Day:  This weekend we honor all of the men and women who have served in our military and thank them for their service.  If you are a veteran or connected to the military in any way please let me know, as I would love to have a Veteran’s Day assembly at our school one day.

Thank you for reading!  Have a wonderful weekend!

With Bulldog Pride,


Dear Bulldog Community,

I  hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!  What a FANTASTIC parade we had yesterday!  I am so appreciative of the time our staff took to make it so organized, the music from the Cal High Band, the smiles on all our families’ faces and of course the creative and fun costumes our students wore – it was a smashing success and such a wonderful way for our community to come together!  Many sincere thank you's to ALL of you who helped with classroom parties and activities.  Our campus was a-buzz all day and it was wonderful.  

We are heading into one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving – where our schedules slow down a bit and we are able to take pause for everything we are grateful for.  As I am sure you are aware, we do not have school on 11/2 (Staff Development Day), 11/12 (Veteran’s Day Observance) and 11/19 – 11/23 (Thanksgiving break).

California School Parent Survey:  If you are so inclined, we would love for you to fill out the questions asked in the following survey.  The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions about our school.  It is totally voluntary, anonymous and will be used to evaluate how our community is feeling about Bollinger.  If you have more than one child at BC, you only need to complete one survey using your oldest child as a reference.  Link to California Parent Survey here.

Character Trait of the Month:  November’s character trait is SHARING.  I will be reading the book, “Four Feet, Two Sandals” by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed.

Cookie Dough Pick Up:  Please pick up cookie dough orders in our MPR this Tuesday 11/6 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm or 6pm – 7pm.  If you are unable to pick up during these times, please arrange for someone else to do so.  There is no room to store tubs that aren’t picked up.  Thank you!

Family Game Night!  A flyer went home today about this fun event sponsored by our Bulldog Fund.  It will be a wonderful way for parent and child to play some fun games together and win some cool prizes!  The date of the event is Friday, 11/16 from 6:30pm – 8pm.  We are also looking for volunteers to help.  Please sign up by Friday, 11/9 if you would like to participate!

Enjoy this first weekend of November!

With Bulldog Pride,


Principal's Newsletter #11 (10/27)

Dear Bulldog Families,

It is unbelievable that we are at the end of October!  Time is just flying by!  Here are some quick updates as you head into what I am sure is a busy weekend for your family.

Halloween:  This is a minimum day for grades K – 5. 

            Kindergarten:  8am – 10:30am

            1st – 5th Grade:  8am – 11:50am

Halloween Costumes:  Students must dress according to school dress code.  Our Halloween dress code also includes:  no gory/bloody masks or accessories and nothing resembling weapons.  Regular masks can be worn during the parade, but will need to be removed during class.  Regarding our teacher costumes – when you’re on campus and wonder what we all are, think “idioms”.  :)

Parade:  Our parade will start at 8:45am.  Students will begin by the PE gate next to the MPR, walk down the fire lane toward the blacktop, do 2 big loops around the blacktop and back down the fire lane, then head back to class.  Upper grade classes will walk with their primary grade buddy class.

Parade Guests:  If you are only coming to watch the parade, you do not need to check in at the office.  If you plan to be in classrooms, see below (volunteering).         

Parking:  The Cal High Band will be performing for us.  They will be here before 8:45am with lots of cars and buses and will be blocking our parking lot.  Please plan ahead – maybe walk to school, do carpools, etc.

Volunteering on Campus:  If you plan to be in classrooms, you must be cleared through our Volunteer Management System, check in at the office and wear a visitor sticker.  If you are just coming for the parade, no need to check in as those folks will leave right after the parade.  Thank you!

Noon Duty Help in November:  We are anticipating one of our noon duties to be out on medical leave in November.  If you would like to help support us during this time, please sign up here: Noon Duty Sign up  Thank you!

No School this Friday, November 2nd:  We have a staff development day.  Enjoy your three-day weekend!

I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at the parade!  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

With Bulldog Pride,


Newsletter #10 (10/20)

Dear Bollinger Families,

First, I want to thank everyone who came out this past weekend for the Run for Education.  We had our students with special needs, parents and staff at the Friendship Run on Saturday (pictures are here:  SRVUSD Friendship Run) and also a great crew of families who did the run on Sunday!  We had some of our Run Club students actually win and place in their age divisions!  So proud of our Bulldog runners!

Breakfast Book Club:  I was able to see this first-hand on Wednesday and was so blown away by the students and parents who are coming together to read before school.  This is a truly special part of the Bollinger experience and I appreciate everyone who is making it happen!

Camp Arroyo:  Our 5th graders we be embarking on a two-day trip this week.  It will be a wonderful experience for all involved.  We wish them safe and happy travels on this exciting right-of-passage!

LCAP Parent Input Meetings:  We will have one more opportunity for parents to provide input on our state and district educational priorities this Thursday, October 25th from 6pm – 7pm.  If you plan to attend, please sign up at the link here: LCAP Form

Parking, Drop Off and Pick Up, Oh My!  I am super proud of the majority of our families who are at school on time, driving slow and parking in appropriate areas.  I continue to receive comments from the community on the following:

  • Kid’s Country Driveway:  This is not a drop-off area.  The only cars who should pull in should be staff members before 7:45am and families parking at Kid’s Country.  Otherwise, this driveway should be totally clear.
  • 8:00am:  This is the time INSTRUCTION starts, meaning students are to be in classrooms and in their seats at the 8am bell. 
  • Accommodations for Preschool, CEIA and Rooms 401, 408-410:  These families are given parking passes and designated parking around the corner of the MPR in order to support our students with special needs.  

Red Ribbon Week:  Next week is when we recognize the importance of teaching students to make good choices – about their bodies, about their friends, about the daily decisions that affect their well-being.  We don’t necessarily relate it to being drug and alcohol free at the elementary level, but this IS the intention behind Red Ribbon Week.  When I was at the secondary level I would speak to my students about peer pressure, how to say no in uncomfortable situations and we would role play the kinds of scenarios they might find themselves in.  Empowering our children with tools to feel strong enough to say no and walk away – in any uncomfortable situation – is life-changing.  I hope you are able to carve out time to have age-appropriate conversations with your children.  The official website is here:  Red Ribbon Week  Here is our school’s plan for the week:

Life is a Journey :  Travel Drug Free

Special Dress up days for the week of October 22 - 26:

Monday:  "Sock it to Drugs"  wear crazy socks

Tuesday:  "Team Up" against drugs, wear your favorite team jersey

Wednesday:  "Sweet" Bulldogs stay drug free, wear your Bulldog "Spirit" wear

Thursday:  "Put a cap on Drugs"  Wear your favorite sport cap

Friday:   "Proud to be Drug Free"  wear Red

Site Council:  Our next Site Council meeting is Thursday, October 25th from 3pm – 4pm in the conference room.  Here is the link to our agenda: Site Council Agenda

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weekend. 

With Bulldog Pride,

Christine Offerman

Newsletter #9 (10/12)

Happy Weekend, Bulldog Families!


I hope to see you at the Run for Education this weekend!  I will be there Saturday at 10am for the Friendship Run to support our students with special needs and staff who are volunteering, then again on Sunday in my ‘80’s gear!!  We will be on the blacktop by the Iron Horse Gym starting at 7:45am.  You should come dressed in ‘80’s gear, too!  J  Here’s the link to sign up, one last time:  Run for Education Roster

Digital Citizenship Week:  Next week we recognize all the ways students should be responsible users of technology.  I invite your family to participate in a Device Free Dinner by checking out this link on the Common Sense Media website, which is a tremendous resource for all things tech/education related:  Common Sense Device Free Dinner

            In addition, here is a folder of Tip Sheets for Parents.  The folder covers topics from Cyberbulling to Digital Footprints and will provide some great ideas for you as you navigate the digital world with your children.    Cyberbullying information

Inclusive Sign Project:  Our district believes all students are welcome no matter what their differences are.  It’s important we embrace this message in a community like ours – one that is so rich with diversity!  A group of our district’s high school students worked together to create an inclusive sign and you might have seen it in our office and classrooms.  It says “Everyone is Welcome Here”.  Click here to learn more about this special project:  Everyone is Welcome Here

LCAP Parent Meeting Sign Up:  In last week’s letter I mentioned that we will be hosting two opportunities for parents to provide input on our state priorities and district goals as they related to the work we’re doing at Bollinger.  In order to get a better idea of how many we will have in attendance, we’d love for you to sign up here: LCAP Sign UP.  Our first meeting is 10/18 at 8:15am and our 2nd meeting is 10/25 at 6pm.  Thank you!

Parent Volunteers Needed!  We are looking for parents to chair the following positions for our Bulldog Fund: 

1) Selling concessions at our music/drama performances (4 performances a year).

2) A chair for our Fun Run (a one-time event that brings in about $20K!!).

If you are interested in either of these, let me know.

3) We are also looking for some parents to speak at our 4th and 5th grade Lunch Bunch!  Lunch Bunch is for students who have been identified as GATE.  Traditionally we bring in speakers who talk about their jobs and share information and activities related to that career.  We would LOVE for you to share with us so let me know if you are interested!

4) We are also looking for a parent who might want to be in charge of Science Olympiad.  If you are interested in this opportunity let me know and I will forward you the information.

It was great to see so many of you attending your children’s conferences.  Our home-school connection is vital to the academic and social success of our young learners.  We hope you feel supported in this very important journey.

Here’s to a great weekend!  We’ll see you at the run! 

With Bulldog Pride,


Christine Offerman     

Newsletter #8 (10/5)

Dear Bulldog Community,


We have ended another fast and furious week!  If you are on Twitter you saw pictures of our teachers as learners during our minimum day and today many teachers were at school prepping for next week’s parent conferences.

Bullying Prevention Month:  While October is the nationally recognized month, it is something we focus on year-round.  We work on the importance of inclusion, the celebration of diversity and the value of being a good friend in our classrooms every day.  Our PAWS program --  where we expect students to be Safe, Respectful and Responsible -- is at the cornerstone of Bollinger Canyon’s message.  Our Character Trait of the Month and monthly Flag Salute are other ways we spread messages of acceptance.  We use Think About It Sheets, office referral forms and follow up with administration to deal with situations that arise.  We also have programs like the Rainbow Room and SCIP counseling for students who need extra support.  I encourage you to check the following website for more information about bullying, if needed: Stop Bullying.  Our district’s website on bullying is here:  SRVUSD Antibullying.  I also read a great book a few years ago called “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander” by Barbara Coloroso. 

Character Trait of the Month:  This month’s character trait is UNIQUENESS!  Our book of the month is “Only One You” by Linda Kranz -- many thanks to Barbara Kennison for choosing our books and sharing them at our Monthly Flag Salutes!  I have picked a few books for the Principal Read Aloud this month including “Nobody Knew What to Do” by Beck Ray McCain, “I Like Myself!” by Karen Beaumont and “Spoon” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon.  I plan to let each class decide the book I read. 

LCAP Parent Input Meetings:  This acronym stands for Local Control Accountability Plan.  The State of California has 8 mandated educational priorities and our district aligns its goals to these priorities.  Each school is offering parent and staff input sessions to share ideas on what is currently working and where we can improve.  There are two opportunities for parents to provide input for Bollinger and they are below.  Each session will be exactly the same and totally voluntary, but we would love your input!

Meeting #1:  Thursday, October 18th from 8:15am – 9:15am in the MPR.

Meeting #2:  Thursday, October 25th from  6pm – 7pm in the Library.

Prior Newsletters:  I try to be mindful of not repeating information in my newsletters.  If you ever want to access information I’ve discussed previously, you can find them on the Principal’s Page of our website. Principal's Newsletters

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!  DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR THE RUN FOR EDUCATION!  J

With Bulldog Pride,


Newsletter #7 (9/29)

Dear Bulldog Community,


It’s been 7 glorious weeks!  We are now officially into Fall and our time is going to fly by! Here’s the latest from Bollinger Canyon:


After School Pick Up Reminders

Walkers:  If you are walking to pick up your child, please wait to come on campus until exactly 2:30pm.  Thank you!

Cars:  Our pick-up area includes the area after the MPR.  This is where our SDC staff dismisses students to their buses and we’ve had some cars driving too fast around the corner of the MPR.  Thank you!


Conference Week:  Conference Week is 10/8-10/12.  You should have received a sign-up from your child’s teacher.  Conferences are 20-minute chunks of time for you to learn about your child’s progress and hear about important goals for learning.  The home-school connection is so important!  Many of our teachers run student-led conferences, which is a fantastic way to involve our young learners in their own growth and development.  I look forward to seeing our campus full of families that week!


Disaster Drill De-Brief:  As always, our students and staff did fantastic at last Monday’s drill.  Students did a quiet activity and teachers did a wonderful job practicing in their teams.  It is a nice place to be – knowing that in the event of a disaster we have systems in place to help the event go as smoothly as possible.


Emergency Cards:  As we think about disaster preparation, this is a great time to make sure your Emergency Card is up to date.  Hopefully you did that during Registration, but if your information ever changes, you can ALWAYS update it through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  The link to the Portal is on our website.


Kudos to Our Kids!: 

First, I want to give a shout-out to our Leadership students who have been on the playground every morning handing out Bulldog Bucks, holding gates open and volunteering at lunch to reward good behavior.  These students are strong role models and their presence makes a big difference!

Second, I’d like to say THANK YOU to Ms. Rodrigue and the group of girls who have cleaned up our sign area on the corner of Bollinger and Talavera.  They took it upon themselves to weed and replace the bark.  Their initiative is impressive and of course it looks outstanding!

Finally, there are a group of girls who took it upon themselves to buy trash pick-up pinchers and were cleaning our playground at lunch yesterday.  I am so proud of the citizenship we have at Bollinger!


Minimum Day this Tuesday, October 2nd.


No School Friday, October 5th.


Reading Night at Twin Creeks Elementary on October 17th at 6:30pm:  We are partnering with Twin Creeks to host a reading night for Kindergarten and 1st grade parents.  It will be facilitated by two district reading specialists and will cover how we learn to read – it is a fascinating presentation.  We would love to see you in the TC MPR!


Registration:  Our latest stats show that 377 of our 535 families are registered online through Future Fund.  It’s not too late to be a part of our school directory and to volunteer for a variety of activities.  Here is the link:  Future Fund


Run for Education:  We are battling for 3rd place and would love to be 1st!  Don't forget to sign up because sign-ups mean $$! Race Roster Run for Education


Plea from the Library:  Our book fair is running the same week as conferences – 10/8 – 10/12.  This is a WONDERFUL time to connect with your child and discover some of their favorite books.  We are also in desperate need of volunteers, particularly during lunch.  Here is the link to the signup genius:  Book Fair Sign-up.  Thank you in advance for helping our book fair be successful!


Upcoming Events:  Please continue to check our website and read The Bulldog Dish – there is lots happening here at Bollinger and we’d love for you to be a part of the fun!

Thank you for reading – have a wonderful weekend!



Newsletter #6 (9/22)

Dear Bollinger Canyon Families,

We’ve had some wonderful things happen this week and some sad things.  Through it all we stick together, support one another and celebrate all that we are grateful for.  Here is the latest in our Bulldog community:

Balls (and toys) from home:  We are seeing an increase in students bringing their own balls to school to use at recess.  We do not allow this because of the tension it creates among peers (it’s my ball, so I create the rules and choose who can play).  Thank you for working with our students to leave balls and other toys at home. 

Disaster Drill on Monday:  We will have another ‘first drill’ this Monday and it will be around the idea of experiencing a disaster where we would need to vacate classrooms and be on the blacktop for an extended period.  Our staff has been practicing in teams such as first aid, search and rescue, security, student supervision and student release.  The drill will take about 30 minutes while we walk through a pretend scenario of injured students and staff, and designated parents pretending to pick up their children.  Students will have a quiet book or activity to do while teachers practice their safety jobs. 

GATE:  We had a fantastic GATE meeting this week.  Many thank you's to the parents who volunteered to help!

New Family Social:  I am looking forward to meeting all our new families this Thursday!  It will be a wonderful time to connect and learn more about our school.  If you did not receive information, let me know and I will connect you.

Run for Education:  At last count, we only have 62 families signed up!  This event is a huge community builder and we would love to have everyone there!  Here’s where to sign up:   Run For Education

Site Council:  Thank you to everyone who voted for our new parent members:  Jacquie Fanelli, Bryan Gesicki and Chirag Kathrani.  We will also have Melissa Cohen representing Bulldog Fund.  In addition, we have the following staff members on Site Council:  Kelly Hoffmann, Karen Morelli, Cristy Schaad and Linda Venturino.   All information about Site Council can be found here:  Site Council

Spirit Wear:  We’ve had some issues with spirit wear that we are working on, but please know that WEDNESDAYS are always blue and yellow days!

As I close, I wanted you to know that we have had two employees in the hospital this week, which has been tough on some of our students and staff.  If you believe in the power of positive thoughts, please send them to our members who are working to heal and return to school.

Here’s to another warm weekend full of fun and relaxation for you and your family!



Newsletter for Week #5 (9/14)

Dear Bulldog Community,


I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to some fun plans this weekend!  Here are a few news-worthy items:


Barton Program Volunteers:  We have a reading intervention program at school called Barton.  It was originally developed for students with dyslexia, but helps students who struggle with both reading and spelling.  Our program is run solely on volunteers.  The more volunteers we have, the most students we are able to help.  Suzanne Lyons is our Barton coordinator and would love to work with you on training and scheduling.  If you’d like to learn more about the Barton program, visit:  Barton Reading.  If you would like to contact Suzanne, she can be reached at Suzanne Lyons


Character Trait of the Month:  I spent this week reading “Courage” by Bernard Waber to all of our classes.  We talked about definitions of courage and shared our own stories of being courageous.  It was great to spend such quality time with our students!


Computer Lab Volunteers:  Our computer lab assistant is looking for extra adult hands, especially in grades K – 2.  Helping students log in and assisting with headphones are the only requirements.  :)  Please reach out to your child’s teacher to help in our computer lab!


Drop off Issues: 

Safety:  I have been surprised by the number of adults who think it is okay to get out of their car and/or have their child get out of their car on the left side while in the drop-off lanes.  Adults should NEVER get out of their car and students should ALWAYS exit the car from the right side only when in our drop-off lane.

Staff Parking Lot:  Unfortunately, our staff parking lot is off limits for two reasons:  1) There is no community parking and 2) the extra cars create traffic all the way to the entrance of our school.  I know it is disappointing that our school doesn't have enough parking for parents.  It is something we are pursuing.


Garden Update:  Oh my goodness, you would not believe the transformation happening in our garden!  Donated soil, donated wood chips, donated sensory plants, grant funding to keep the garden growing and thriving, plus amazing parent volunteers and science teachers who are making it all happen!!  It is truly a beautiful endeavor, most of which has been captured on Twitter and re-tweeted by our district!  Thank you to EVERYONE who has worked on the weekends to help transform this 'living space of learning' for our students!  BCES Twitter Page


Lockdown Drill Re-Cap:  We had a phenomenal lockdown drill on Wednesday!  Our 530 students were silent as staff checked to make sure the campus was secure.  I was so proud of everyone!  Our next drill will be a Disaster Drill on 9/24.  This will be a school-wide practice of what to do in the event of a disaster that would keep us on campus for hours.  It will include dividing staff into teams like First Aid, Search and Rescue, Student Supervision and Student Release.  We will have pretend injured students as well as a few parents who have been asked to practice picking up their child.  We are looking forward to what we will learn as we work to be totally prepared for emergencies.


Run for Education:  Sunday, October 14th is our day!  Have you signed up?  I have signed my whole family up to support Bollinger and I would love to have you walk the 5K with me!  Even if you don’t want to walk, you can still sign up and help get $$ for our school.  Here is the link: Run for Ed Race Roster.  SRVEF is also hosting their first-ever Friendship Run for our friends with special needs on 10/13.  I will be at that event, too!  :)


Site Council Vote:  Here is the link to our Site Council parent vote:  Site Council Ballot.  Voting will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, 9/18.  I am excited for our first meeting on 9/20!


Street Smarts Assembly:  We had our first assembly on Wednesday.  Students learned about how to be safe on their bicycles and walking across the street.  Each student was given a book mark to complete a quick survey online.  If we are the school with the most completed surveys, we could win $300 worth of additional safety equipment!  I encourage you to complete the survey with your child.  :)


That’s it for this week.  Thank you for reading and let me know if you have any questions!


With Bulldog Pride,


Christine Offerman

Newsletter for Week #4

Dear Bulldog Community,


We have completed four weeks of school!  It is hard to believe we have been together that long but as the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”.  I have really enjoyed getting to know the names and personalities of so many students.  What a great group of young people we have at our school!  Here are this week’s items:


Clothes for Office:  If you would like to donate any shirts, shorts, underwear and/or pants to our office, we are running low in all sizes.  We use these clothes for students who have the occasional accident, spill, rip, etc.


Composting at Lunch:  Students will start composting their lunch items on Monday!  I spoke to 1st graders on Friday and will speak to 2nd – 5th graders on Monday.  All food, paper and lunch plates will go in the green can, everything else will go in the black can.  You can speak to your child about how to compost the lunches they bring from home.  Thank you!


Site Council:  We are still looking for one more parent who might be interested in being on our Site Council.  I wanted to put out our voting link today but we currently only have one candidate.  Please let me know if you are interested.  Here is the link to our Site Council site:  Site Council


Kinder and 1st Grade Parent Reading Night:  We are partnering with Twin Creeks Elementary for a parent-only reading education night.  It will be run by two of our district’s reading specialists who will discuss the best way to teach your child to read and to support the reading work happening in your child’s classrooms.  Date:  Wed. October 17th.  Time:  6:30pm.  Location:  Twin Creeks.


I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weekend.




Christine Offerman

Week #3 Newsletter


Dear Bollinger Canyon Families,


We have completed Week #3 and now enjoy a much-anticipated three-day weekend!  I hope you’re able to take time to relax and connect with family!


Attendance Awareness Month:  Students miss vital instruction when they are not at school.  We encourage you to schedule trips and appointments outside of school as much as possible.


Camp Arroyo for 5th Grade:  Our deadlines are quickly approaching for 5th graders to attend camp from October 22 – October 24.  A deposit of $100 is due on Sept. 7th.  Final Payment of $210 is due Sept. 24th.  Total payment is $310.  Families can pay by credit card through Future Fund or submit a check made out to Bollinger Canyon Elementary.  You should have received a packet of information and permission slips from your child yesterday.


GATE Parent Meeting:  We will be having our annual GATE Parent meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20th from 5:45 – 6:45p.m. in the MPR.  This meeting is for parents of students who have been identified as ‘Gifted and Talented’ through our district’s CogAT testing that occurs in 2nd grade.


Character Trait of the Month:  Every month we will be choosing a character trait to focus on.  This will be reflected in our school’s Book of the Month, our Flag Salute and in my Principal’s Read Aloud.  We encourage you to speak to your child about what it means to portray our various character traits.  The character trait for September is COURAGE. 


Jobs in the District:  Our district’s Classified Human Resources Department is holding a Job Fair on September 26, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the District Office to help with recruiting prospective employees for both full and part time positions as well as substitute positions.  If you are interested in working for SRVUSD, we would love to have you!  Bollinger is still working to fill our Noon Duty position as well as a 2nd grade paraprofessional position.


Open House Date:  We have set a tentative date for Open House!  Mark your calendars for May 16, 2019 from 6 – 7pm!


Picture Day:  Our school pictures will be this coming Thursday, Sept. 6th.  Information went home in Friday Folders.


PTA Reflections Contest:  We would love to have our talented Bollinger Canyon Students enter The National PTA Reflections Program! This Year's Theme is HEROES AROUND ME! This program promotes the ARTS in: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.  There is also a SPECIAL ARTIST DIVISION we would love to have entries for. Judging is determined by interpretation of the Theme, Creativity and Technique. All judging will be done by a qualified person in each ARTS field. All Entries in Dance Choreography, Film Production and Music Composition must be submitted on a Flash Drive. Entries are due on Monday, October 1, 2018 to Trisha Gunning and Katherine Houk in the Bollinger Canyon Elementary School Office between 7:45-9:00 AM.  Please contact Trisha Gunning with any questions:


Spirit and Extra Recess!  Wednesdays are Spirit Days and we want to see everyone is a sea of blue and yellow!  Fridays are Extra Recess days!  All students received their PAWS shirts last week and for every student who receives 10 Bulldog Bucks, they get a stamp on their shirts and are given an extra 10 minutes of recess on Fridays.  Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in Spirit Days and Extra Recess!


Site Council:  We will be announcing parents who are interested in Site Council in next week’s communication, so please let me know if you are interested. 


I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our parent volunteers.  I attended my first PTA meeting on Thursday and was amazed by all of the ways our parents are supporting our school.  We are truly blessed to have such an involved and supportive community.  Thank you for all the extra time you give to make Bollinger such a special place.




Christine Offerman





Week #1 Newsletter

August 17, 2018

Dear Bollinger Families,

We made it!  Week #1 is complete!  Thank you so much for being flexible and patient with our new bell schedule, our drop off and pick up procedures and all the information that’s being thrown your way these first few days.  We know it’s a lot!  Here are a few items to ponder and dates to be aware of:

Back to School Night:  Our Back to School Night is next week!!  The date is Wednesday, August 22nd.  Here is the information:

  • 5th Grade Presentation about Camp Arroyo in the MPR:    5:00 – 5:30 PM

  • Grades 3 – 5 and Room 410 in Classrooms:  5:45 – 6:30 PM

  • Everyone in MPR:  6:35 – 6:55 PM

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade in Classrooms:  7:00 – 7:45 PM

  • Rooms 401, 408, 409 in Classrooms:  7:00 – 7:45 PM

  • Preschool:  AM class = 7 - 7:20PM.  PM class = 7:20 - 7:40PM

  • 5th Grade Families should report to the MPR for a presentation on Camp Arroyo, our outdoor education opportunity happening in October.

  • Grades 3 – 5 will report directly to classrooms, followed by a short presentation in the MPR at 6:35pm, then primary grades can go to classrooms directly after the short presentation.

Bulldog Fund Stats:  Our Bulldog Fund (previously known as Ed Fund) had its first meeting Tuesday night!  It was reported that we are currently at $80,000 of our fund-raising goal of $187,000.  This is a wonderful showing of support but we are still a bit concerned knowing that our school enrollment is down.  We want to encourage you – if you have not done so already – to log on to Future Fund and make a donation in any amount.  Every dollar matters to help pay for music, library, drama, art and all our paraeducators who support our student’s learning.  Here is the link:  Registration link Future Fund

First Fire Drill:  We will have our first Fire Drill on Monday, 8/20.  Fire Drills are required by law and occur once a month.  If you have younger students, you can talk with them about how a loud bell will ring, all students will walk to the blacktop in an orderly fashion and students should remain quiet so they can listen to the directions of their teachers and other adult staff.  I will be reading an explanation before our first drill, as well. 

Lunchtime Volunteers:  We are always looking for parents to assist in supervision of our lunch recess!  If you are cleared through our Volunteer Management System and are available between 11am and 1pm, we would love to see you any and all days of the week!  All new parent volunteers should check in with Mrs. Offerman before their first day for a quick chat about expectations.  Thank you in advance!

Minimum Day:  We have a minimum day on Monday, 8/27.  Mark your calendars!  Remember all schedules are on the front left side of our website.

Spirit Wear Wednesdays:  We wear spirit wear on Wednesdays!!  If you don’t have anything Bollinger-related yet, wear our school colors which are blue and yellow!  Be on the lookout for Spirit Wear announcements in the PTA newsletter.

Substitute Crossing Guards:  Our district is in need of substitute crossing guards.  If you are interested in being paid for this position, please visit our district’s Human Resources page for more information:  Now Hiring

Tardies:  This is just a quick reminder that all gates are locked at 8am and students who arrive after 8am will need to go to the office for a tardy slip.  Supervision starts at 7:45am, so we’d love to see your students at that time!

Save the Date:  Run for Education!!!  This is one of our district’s biggest fund-raisers, sponsored by our San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF).  It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together – we not only show school spirit but we have fun and raise important dollars at the same time!  Please join me and our whole Bollinger Family on Sunday, October 14th.  Visit The Run to register and learn all the details!

I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night!


Christine Offerman

Welcome to the '18-'19 School Year!

August 2018


Dear Bollinger Canyon Families,


This is our official welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!  We are excited to see everyone in the coming weeks and look forward to greeting you on the first day of school.  Hopefully this letter contains everything you need to know to get a solid start to the school year.  If not, please ask questions at any time!


Future Fund and Annual Update:  If you have not completed these two steps of our registration process, we urge you to do so before August 13th.  This is not only a way to get connected to our school but is also a way to provide emergency information and contribute much-needed donations to our programs.  Please see the front page of our website for links to complete both steps:  Bollinger Canyon Website


Student/Parent Handbook:  We have an updated handbook that includes information and links for topics like attendance procedures, behavior expectations, medical information and ways to get involved.  I urge you to read it in its entirety AND read parts of it with your student.  Here is the link:  Student, Parent Handbook


Who is My Child’s Teacher?  On Friday, August 10th at 12pm, you will be able to log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to find out your child’s teacher.  Please know our class placement procedure is a well-thought-out process that includes balancing a variety of student characteristics (academic achievement, group dynamics, class size, social and emotional factors, gender) and is a process done in the spring.  There will be no changes to class placements.


First Day of School: 

  • Date:  Monday, August 13th
  • Kindergarten:  8am – 9:30am
  • 1st – 5th Grade:  8am – 11:50am
  • Rooms 401, 408 409, 410:  8:15am – 12:05pm
  • Our PTA will also be hosting a morning coffee and after-school ice cream social.  Please join us!

Link to Calendars and Bell Schedules:  All of our school’s calendars are on the front page of our website (Bollinger Canyon Website).


Schedule for the First Few Weeks:

  • Kindergarten:  The first day of school will be a minimum day.  After that, the first two weeks of school will be a Wednesday schedule only so teachers are able to conduct individual student assessments in the afternoon.  Based on those assessments, your teacher will tell you if your child is an “early bird” or “late bird”.  Based on that information, you will start our regular schedule on August 28th.  You can find your schedule here:  Kindergarten Schedule
  • 1st Grade:  The first day of school will be a minimum day.  After that, the first two weeks of school will be a Wednesday schedule only so teachers are able to conduct individual student assessments in the afternoon.  Based on those assessments, your teacher will tell you if your child is an “early bird” or “late bird”.  Based on that information, you will start our regular schedule on August 28th.  Please see this link for your schedule:  Bell Schedule
  • 2nd Grade:  The first day of school will be a minimum day.  After that, the first two weeks of school will be a Wednesday schedule only so teachers are able to conduct individual student assessments in the afternoon.  Starting August 28th, students will start their regular day schedule.  You can find your schedule here: Bell Schedule
  • 3rd – 5th Grade:  The first day of school will be a minimum day.  After that, students will start their regular schedule.  You can find your schedule here: Bell Schedule

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures:  Safety is our number one priority at all times.  Our Student/Parent Handbook (link above) has detailed information regarding carpool expectations, safe routes to school, times to be on campus and where students should go.  Please read those procedures in detail, as well as the below:

  • On the first two days of school only, we will allow parents to walk their children to the classroom door.  On day 3, however, you MUST say good-bye to your student outside our school gates.
  • Please take some time in the next few weeks to talk to your child about this.  You might also come to school to practice saying good-bye at the gates, especially with your younger children.  Once they come through our gates, they are safe and with trusted adults. 

Back to School Night Information:   Back to School Night is an important time for you to meet your child’s teachers.  It is not intended for students so please come without children.   

Here is our schedule:

  • Date:  Wednesday, August 22nd
  • 5th Grade Presentation about Camp Arroyo:    5:00 – 5:30 PM
  • Grades 3 – 5 in Classrooms:                      5:45 – 6:30 PM
  • Everyone in MPR:                           6:35 – 6:55 PM
  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade:          7:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Rooms 401, 408, 409, 410:                 7:00 – 7:45 PM
  • 5th Grade Families should report to the MPR for a presentation on Camp Arroyo, our outdoor education opportunity happening in October.
  • Grades 3 – 5 will report directly to classrooms, followed by a short presentation in the MPR at 6:35pm, then primary grades can go to classrooms directly after the short presentation.

First PTA Meeting:  Our first PTA meeting will be on Thursday, August 30th at 9:30am and we would love to see you there!  Please see this link for all things PTA related:  Bollinger Canyon PTA


First Bulldog Fund Meeting:  Our Bulldog Fund meets the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month at 6:30pm.  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30pm in our school’s staff lounge.  All things Fund related can be found here:  Bulldog Fund


First Site Council Meeting:  Our first Site Council meeting will be Thursday, September 20th from 2:45 – 3:45pm.  If you are interested in being a voting member on Site Council, please contact Christine Offerman  Information about Site Council can be found here:  Site CouncilThe rest of our Site Council meetings are currently scheduled for Nov 15, Jan 17, March 21, May 16.


Some Thoughts on What I Like to Call ‘Preparing the Mind’:  As most of you know I have twins that will be entering 2nd grade.  As our family approaches this milestone of a new school year, I am starting to prepare them in small ways for their journey.  We are doing a little reading, writing and math every day in age-appropriate chunks of time.  I am working to keep our bedtime routine consistent, which helps them know that much-needed sleep is coming.  I am also shifting their bedtime earlier so they are able to wake up in plenty of time to get dressed and eat breakfast because no one likes being rushed in the morning.  I think of all the stimuli their little brains will have to tackle once school starts and I hope these few steps might help.  Maybe they can help your children, too!     


Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  Please ask questions at any time!  I look forward to meeting you and your children in the coming weeks!




Christine Offerman

Letter Explaining the Registration Process

July 2018

Dear Bollinger Canyon Families,


I hope this letter finds you relaxed and enjoying these warm summer days!  I am reaching out to explain Future Fund, our school’s online registration program.  There is also information about our district’s registration process, called the Annual Update.  In order to be totally connected, you need to register for BOTH systems.  Please read the following to better understand this vital process:

  • Future Fund is an on-line system that allows you access to critical information about our school.  It will explain activities such as classroom donations, field trips, spirit wear, yearbooks, volunteer information and much more.  The system is a secure website that accepts credit cards, will allow you to set up payment plans, and will keep track of how you want to be involved in our school.  This is also how we solicit donations for the many programs we offer.  I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, but we just can’t provide the kind of education our students deserve without donations.  It is true that every dollar counts!
  • The online process will open on Thursday, July 11th.  It will be available for about a month and our goal is to have everyone registered by the first day of school.
  • Registration takes place at this link:  Bollinger Registration Page.  
  • For anyone who would rather talk to a human, please visit us on Monday, August 6th from 9am to 12pm in the MPR.  You only need to attend if you require assistance or want to donate in person, as we will only have one or two people available to help.  The online process is our primary form of registration/donation.
  • SRVUSD Annual Update:  You should have received a separate communication from our school district about their required Annual Update.  It’s important to note that “registration” is a two-step process which includes the district’s Annual Update AND Bollinger’s school-specific Future Fund.  You will find yourself providing similar information for both, but they are equally important!
  • For your convenience, you can click here to access your Parent Portal on July 11th: SRVUSD Parent Portal.  You will be asked to verify and update important household, emergency contact and student information.​​
  • The above link will also allow you to look at your student's class placement on Friday, August 10th at 12:00 noon.  If you need help with your Parent Portal user name or password, please contact  


Thank you for taking the time to go through this two-step process.  I also want to thank you for any donations you are able to provide.  Technology, art, music, library and our classroom assistants are either wholly or partially paid for through your donations.  As I mentioned above, every dollar does make a difference. 




Christine Offerman

Letter from Our New Principal!

June 2018


Dear Bollinger Canyon Community,


Happy Summer!  I wanted to send a quick communication to let you know how honored and excited I am to be your new principal.  As many of you know, I was the interim principal last October and supported our Special Day Class program one day a week. Bollinger Canyon is a special place and I look forward to deepening our relationship in the coming year.


I have just finished my 24th year in education.  For the past three years I worked in an administrative capacity at Twin Creeks and Montevideo, in addition to being summer school principal at both Vista Grande and Hidden Hills.  Prior to that I taught at Charlotte Wood Middle School for fourteen years and my first teaching assignment was at Concord High School where I was for seven years.  On a personal note, I live in the district, am married to a teacher who also works in the district and we have boy/girl twins who are entering 2nd grade.


I bring a myriad of experiences as both teacher and administrator to the Bulldog community and look forward to partnering with you to best meet the needs of our young learners.  The most important aspect of my work is supporting your children – making sure they are safe, fostering a culture where they know they belong, and leading classrooms where learning happens at high levels. 


I officially take the reins in July and look forward to meeting you all in August.  If you ever have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.




Christine Offerman

Contact Information


Phone:  (925) 242-3200

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