Welcome to Bluff Creek Elementary!  Whether you have started at BCE or are just considering our school, we welcome you!  Our goal is to be a resource for new and prospective families. 
● Arrival & Dismissal: School begins at 8:30 a.m.  Students may arrive to school and wait outside the main office beginning at 8:20 a.m.  The school day ends at 3:00 pm.  If you will be picking up your student, please notify their homeroom teacher ahead of time that your child will be office pickup.  If your student is going to take the bus to a friend’s house, a written note giving permission must be sent to school with your child.

● Bus Transportation:  Bus transportation information is placed on the parent portal about 3 weeks before the start of school.  Bus information is not mailed to homes.  If your child is having trouble on the bus or you have concerns about the bus, please contact Mrs. Best at 952-556-6611.

 ● Absences:  If your child will be absent from school please call 952-556-6619.  This is the Nurse's voicemail box where you should leave your students name, homeroom teacher and reason for absence.  You may also email your student’s homeroom teacher if you would like.  If you do not report your student’s absence you will receive an automated call informing you of the absence.

● Morning Broadcast:  Students watch the BCE News on television monitors in their homeroom.  The news is hosted by 4th and 5th grade students and Mrs. Holm.   

● Emergency School Closing:  Watch for school closures on WCCO.  BCE will be listed as “Eastern Carver County Schools”.  Parents will be notified via phone to all numbers on file via automated phone system.  Please have a school closing plan in place for your student in case of early closing.  Normal bus routes are followed in the event of early closing.  Instructions for your child in case of early closing will be kept on file.  

● School Visits:  Parents are always welcome at Bluff Creek.  Please make arrangements with your student’s teacher in advance.  All visitors are required to provide identification and reason for their visit prior to entry into the building. Please have your driver’s license ready when entering the building.  All visitors are required to wear a badge during their visit.  If you would like to volunteer in your student’s classroom, please contact their homeroom teacher.

● Lunch: Your student has a choice of bag lunch from home, hot lunch, and Yum Box (explained below).

Pre-pay lunch accounts are assigned to each student and may be paid for by check or online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. Check payments should be made payable to “District 112 Foodservice” and can be sent in an envelope with your student to be handed in to their homeroom teacher during the classroom morning routine.  Please mark the envelope with your student’s name and homeroom teacher.

Applications for free and reduced lunch are available online at www.lunchapp.112online.org.  

Yum-Box – What is a Yum Box you ask? It is all you could want in one package plus it's fun and healthy!  There are four kinds of yum boxes, each served for a week.  Visit the District 112 Nutritional Services webpage to learn more.

● Join Your Student for Lunch: Feel free to join your BCE student during his/her lunchtime – you can bring a special lunch for you both to enjoy or join them while they eat the school lunch. Parents may enjoy school lunch as well. Please let your student’s homeroom teacher know in advance if you will be eating school lunch.  Adult lunch fees are $3.60.  Your homeroom teacher can also tell you the specific lunch time.

● Communication from School: 
The Principal's Letter is a digital newsletter sent to BCE Families weekly.  You may also receive emails from homeroom teachers and specialists. You can subscribe to the Principal's Letter on the school website where you will also find valuable information including teacher contact info, curriculum information and educational app links.  Visit Bluff Creek at bce.district112.org to sign up.
The PTO sends out a monthly newsletter called 'What's New with the PTO?' and provides a monthly snapshot of 

● Parent Teacher Conferences:  Parent Teacher Conferences are an important channel of communication between home and school. Formal conference times are offered in the Fall and again in the Spring.  Please also feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers via email throughout the year.

● Family Changes:  Changes in family life such as (but not limited to) income, relationships, serious illness and deaths can be scary and stressful.  Please know that you are not alone.  Our school social worker, Corrine Dahl is an incredible resource to help you navigate these changes.  Mrs. MacDonald can also help you through these changes and can help you find other parents who may have or are currently finding their way through similar situations.

● Report Cards/Grades: District 112 utilizes Empower as a portal for parents to view grades, progress, assignments and bus information for students.  Login instructions are here.  If you have a Gmail account, visit https://empower.district112.org and click Login with Gmail

● PBIS: PBIS is Bluff Creek’s behavior and support program through Paw PRIDE.  Students are expected to ROAR with pride by being “R”espectful, “O”pen and Cooperative, “A”lways Safe and “R”esponsible.  Students who consistently ROAR will be acknowledged through various PRIDE events.  You may hear your student mention “Paw PRIDE tickets” which is just one of the ways students are acknowledged.

 ● P.R.I.D.E. Partnership Late Start Days: Late start days are not only dedicated to innovative & meaningful learning for our teachers, but our students enhance the 5C’s (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking & cultural awareness) through authentic peer & community relationships. Using the Seven Habits from The Leader in Me, cross grade level partnerships build community, while enhancing district & school initiatives including personalized learning, PBIS, & the 5 C’s.  Mixed grade level partnerships can be seen in classrooms and even in the specialist rotations are multi-grade level students work together.  In addition, on those days, our 4/5 students are involved in Project Impact, matching individual student passions and skill sets to a community or global cause, making a difference at a local or larger level. 

● Be a Lion Booster: Bluff Creek has a very active PTO and we welcome your involvement in any way.  Email notifications for volunteer opportunities are sent often and PTO meetings are open to every BCE Family. You can email them at bluffcreekpto@gmail.com, or follow them on Facebook (Bluff Creek Elementary PTO), Instagram (BluffCreekPTO), and Twitter (BCELionsPTO).

The PTO knows your time is valuable and tries to limit communications by sending 1 newsletter per month and providing selection options for volunteer preferences. Short reminder emails are also limited to once or twice per month.  All electronic communications from the PTO will be from “Bluff Creek Elementary PTO”.  To ensure receipt of communications, please add bluffcreekpto@gmail.com to your safe senders list.

● School Store:  You may hear your student talk about School Store.  The School Store is provided to students to purchase items such as pencils, erasers, fun school supply items etc.  The PTO operates the school store and profits are used to supplement school programs.  Students are limited to a $5.00 maximum purchase.  

● Student Directory:  The PTO provides an Online Directory for families to use to contact other BCE families. This online directory is safe and secure and allows families to share as much or as little information as they feel comfortable with.
Membership Toolkit Online Directory

 ● Our Bluff Creek Pride: Feel free to approach your BCE teachers, BCE staff and BCE parents about anything! We are all here to help and welcome you to our wonderful Pride of Lions.