It’s hard to believe that this school year is rapidly coming to a close and the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction has come and gone. It was, without doubt, a totally rad hit! Thanks to the dedication of the BCE Dinner Dance team, spearheaded by BCE’s VP Events, Fabiola Price and the generosity of our 80s Prom-goers and sponsors, we raised a total of $629,000 in one night. Hot on its heels, Silicon Valley Gives continued to showcase our community’s generosity and commitment to education. On Tuesday May 3rd, BCE raised over $285,000 from 618 unique donors and was the #1 nonprofit in Most Dollars Raised on the 24-hour Leaderboard. Wow!
These two major fundraisers for BCE have put us in a great position. We now project we will be able sustain existing programs with our grant next year, but our volunteers are still working hard to ensure this happens. Sustaining is critical, but we also hope to help fund other identified but unfunded needs for our schools next year – a STEM Director and highly trained lunchtime resources.
A district-wide STEM Director would enhance the investment we’ve already made in science, technology,and math this year and to help our teachers transition to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). BSD’s partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science will continue and the implementation of their Amplify Science Curriculum, which was piloted this year in 6th grade, will be expanded to 7th and 8th grades as well. Our district and the new STEM Director would still work closely with Doron Marcus, the San Mateo County Science specialist. BSD is poised for this amazing opportunity to add a STEM Director and leverage the connectedness of science, technology, engineering and math because of dedicated and generous donors like us who have made these programs so successful in recent years. Let’s work to keep the momentum going!
Bringing in highly-trained Lunchtime Supervisors at each school would supplement our current supervisors and eliminate the need for parent-volunteer and class-assigned lunch duty (do I hear a collective sigh of relief?). These new resources would be trained in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) concepts that apply directly to the unstructured play that occurs during lunchtime recess, such as inclusiveness and conflict resolution.
You can read more about these two goals in this edition of the Scoop. They can be made possible after the current programs are sustained. Please consider renewing your Scholars Circle level commitment with your donation if you haven’t done so already, or, if you are as passionate as I am about adding these new resources for our kids next year consider raising your donation level this year.
Finally, I’d like to give a big shout out to Lara MacDonald who has been our VP Scholars Circle for the past two years and has initiated some impactful changes including The Scoop Newsletter. Thank you Lara for bringing Scholar’s Circle Members together and helping us stay informed.