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June 1, 2019

Dear Bulldog Families,

THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR!!  I absolutely LOVE my job, love all of your children and am so lucky to be at Bollinger Canyon.  I cannot thank you enough for all of your support during my first year as your principal.

Calendars:  Attached to this email are the following:

  • ’19 – ’20 District Calendar
  • Minimum Days
  • Bell Schedules


  • School starts on Tuesday, August 13th which will be a minimum day for students.
  • You will learn who your child’s new teacher is on the Parent Portal Monday, August 12th after 12pm.  I will have a link for you in my welcome letter in August.
  • Back to School Night is Wednesday, August 21st.

CAASPP Results for Grades 3 – 5:  You will receive a notification when your child’s CAASPP results are ready and they will be in the Campus Portal.  Paper copies will no longer be mailed home.  Here is a website with more information: 

Changes in Traffic Rule Next Year:  We have been working with the City of San Ramon around ways to relieve traffic congestion at pick up and drop off.  Next year cars will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO MAKE A LEFT-HAND TURN INTO THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT when coming from Bollinger Canyon Road.  This will eliminate the stopped traffic on Talavera which causes a lot of back up, cars driving around each other, etc. 

Donation Explanation:  One of my ‘projects’ this year has been to wrap my head around all that we ask for financially from families.  I spent time talking to our teacher teams, PTA and Bulldog Fund.  Based on input and feedback, I created the document attached called “Breakdown of Annual Donations” as a way to provide clarity around why we ask for donations.  As is stated in all our communication, no child will ever be denied supplies or opportunities, but parent donations make all the difference.  I hope this sheds a little light into the ‘why’ behind our asks and that every dollar goes directly to our students.

I want to congratulate our 5th grade families on their promotion and wish all of you a safe, fun and relaxing summer!  August will be here before we know it, so enjoy this special time with those you love.

Again, thank you for a wonderful year!!

With Bulldog Pride,


important items from previous newsletters

Gender Equity and Inclusion:  We have a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) who works to educate our schools about The Fair Act and the importance of making sure we are inclusive of all students, including LGBTQ students.  While most of her work happens at the secondary level, acceptance and inclusion starts at the elementary level.  Here is a link to our district’s page on Equity.

Medications/Inhalers at School:  We’ve had a few instances where students are in possession of their own medicine and/or inhalers.  These students did not have doctor’s orders on file with our office, which is against our ‘medications at school’ policy.  Please make sure doctor’s orders are on file with us.  Thank you!

Sick Child Policy:  Our nurses let me know that some students are being sent to school with fevers and this is a big no-no.  Children with a temperature of 100 or higher cannot be at school and must be fever-free WITHOUT the use of medicine for 24 hours before they can return to school.  Thank you!

Twitter:  We’re up to 205 followers on Twitter!  That’s more than most elementary schools in our district!  Check out our page and get connected!  School Tweets

Noon Duty Help:  If you would ever like to assist at lunch, we'd love to have you! Please sign up here: Noon Duty Sign up  Thank you!

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.  

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!

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.

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

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. 

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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!  July 2018

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

Lunch with the Principal!
lunch with principal
Family Reading Night with Mayor Bill Clarkson!
family reading night
spirt wear!!
spirt wear
Superintendent Visit
Superintendent visit
Meet the PTA Event:  Sept. 2018
Meet the PTA Event!

Combination Classes

Please see this link for information regarding our combo classes:


Combo Class letter 2018.docx