Tag: Big Bear Elementary School

Free Summer Meal Program for Kids and Teens in Full Swing

Big Bear, CA, June 22, 2016 – Bear Valley Unified School District is sponsoring a program which provides free lunch for all children and teens, 18 and younger, all summer long. Funded by the USDA, the Summer Food Service Program reimburses providers, like BVUSD, who serve healthy meals to children and teens in lower income areas when school is not in session. The program, being held at both Big Bear Elementary and Baldwin Lane Elementary, Monday through Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm, has already begun and will run through July 29. Any child in the Big Bear...

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Free Lunch for Kids All Summer Long

Big Bear, CA, May 24, 2016 – Learning and good nutrition does not end when school lets out.  The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps provide nutritious meals to children so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow. The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The Summer Meals Program reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.  State agencies administer the program and communicate with USDA. Sponsors enter into agreements with State agencies to run the program. Bear Valley Unified School...

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BVUSD Girl’s Choir Sweeps Show Choir Competition

Big Bear, CA, March 12, 2015 – Altitude Adrenaline, formerly the Aquila Ensemble, is an after school competition show choir sponsored by Bear Valley Unified School District. It is open to girls grades four through eight from the three elementary schools and Big Bear Middle School. On Friday, March 6, Altitude Adrenaline swept the Cypress Star Reflections show choir competition. They placed first in the Novice Middle School division and won both the Outstanding Musicianship and Outstanding Showmanship awards, receiving the highest scores among three other middle school and thirteen high school show choirs. Middle school student Addyson Contreras received an award as Outstanding Performer. Their competition program for this year is entitled “Girl Power”, and along with songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “We Are Family”, features an original number written by choir director Robin O’Hare as well as a dance duet choreographed by Cathy Winch to “Let It Go”. This is the group’s fourth first place win in their past five...

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Dental Screening Day Coming to Big Bear Elementary Schools

Big Bear, CA, February 19, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake will conduct its annual dental screening program at all three local elementary schools on Wednesday, March 4. The program will be held from 8:00 am until noon at Big Bear Elementary, North Shore Elementary, and Baldwin Lane Elementary schools. All Kindergartners and 1st graders who have not previously attended public school, along with all 3rd and 5th graders are eligible to be screened. Parent permission and information slips have been sent home with students. The program was started in Big Bear by Dr. Bob Davies, a long time Rotarian and a prominent local dentist. Dr. Davies passed away in 2011, and the program is now named in his honor. This year, seven local dentists are donating their time to the program with Dr. Kristine Yoshida coordinating those participating. This free program provided by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake easily allows parents to comply with California state law requiring all new kindergarten or first graders to receive a dental screening during their first year of public school. For many students it will be their very first visit with a dentist, and the information derived from each dental screening will be passed along to...

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With Declining Enrollment and Aging Buildings, School District May Close Elementary School

Big Bear City, CA, August 26, 2014 — (Written by Cathy Herrick) The Bear Valley Unified School District (BVUSD ) held a Board Workshop meeting last week.  Discussion included an overview of the district’s facilities in terms of maintenance and operations.  The Board is exploring options in moving the District forward in light of 17 years of declining enrollment and the plight of aging facilities.  At the Workshop meeting, Superintendent Kurt Madden explored the breakdown of each facility citing age, square footage, acreage, classroom usage, number of students currently in attendance, the Facility Inspection Tool Score, capital improvements already made and the cost of long term improvements needed.  School principals each addressed their top three concerns with improved security and safety measures making everyone’s list in addition to an increased area for outdoor shade for students, curb appeal improvements, and storage.  Discussion led to the possible closure of a school, most notably, Big Bear Elementary School given the 73-year-old age of the facility and the $15 million dollar price tag for long term improvements.  However, BVUSD will face many challenges in potentially closing a school given the State of California’s laws on the process.  Entities given first priority for surplus property include a Charter School, Affordable Housing and Park and Rec organizations.  The Board will need to determine what the best educational goals and programs are for our community.  At...

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