Category: Youth Children Families

LAUSD Schools Closed Due to Credible Threat

Big Bear, CA, December 15, 2015 – All schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are closed today due to the receipt of a “credible threat of violence.” Bear Valley Unified School District wants to assure everyone that they are following ongoing reports on this situation and will keep us informed of any circumstance that may affect students in the Big Bear Valley. Additionally, San Bernardino Valley College remains closed today due to the receipt of a credible threat on Monday, but has been cleared to reopen Wednesday, December 16, after a thorough search of the campus. BVUSD is in contact with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and will keep us apprised of any information pertinent to all of us in Big Bear Valley. The County Superintendent of Schools reports “in San Bernardino County, no K-12 school districts have reported being closed this morning.” Tiffany Swantek of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Department offered the following information: In Big Bear, at this time, we have had no indication or any reports of any threats to the Big Bear Valley. The Sheriff continues to ask people to remain diligent and watchful for any suspicious activity and to report any such activity right away....

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BBMS Students Work to Bring Sustainability to The Community

Big Bear, CA, December 11, 2015 – Students at Big Bear Middle School are bringing sustainability to the community with their teacher Tracy Tokunaga. One of the projects they are working on this year is Project Localize where they are learning what makes a food system sustainable, and sharing sustainable solutions with the community through artwork that they will be creating this spring. Tokunaga says the students have accomplished quite a bit so far with the Big Bear Farm2Mountain Produce Club. The students run a farmer’s market out of the classroom every week on Tuesday. They work with the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project and with JF Organic Farm, which is less than 75 miles from Big Bear. The Community Gardens Project donates produce to sell at the farmer’s market and customers of the Produce Club are able to order organic produce online through their website. Every Tuesday, the students unload the produce, check orders, assemble boxes, and run the cash register. The money they make from this program supplies the school salad bar with organic produce every week. The Community Gardens Project will work with Big Bear Middle School students in the spring to plant their own garden plot. The food they harvest will then supplement their Tuesday farmer’s market. Students also ‘juice’ every Friday, making organic fruit smoothies on their newly engineered blender...

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BVUSD Announces New Superintendent of Schools

Big Bear, CA, December 10, 2015 – At a regular board meeting held on December 9, 2015, the Governing Board of Bear Valley Unified School District employed Dr. Mary Suzuki, as Superintendent of Schools for the District. The Board’s action was by unanimous vote. Dr. Suzuki’s selection was the culmination of an extensive nationwide search conducted by the Governing Board and assisted by Leadership Associates. Dr. Suzuki comes to Bear Valley with 24 years of experience as an educator. She has served as a teacher at multiple grade levels, literacy coach, principal, Director of Curriculum and 21st Century Learning, chairperson for the California Technology Assistance Project, and Assistant Superintendent of Learning Support Services. After extensive paper screening, reference checks and interviews, representatives of the Governing Board visited the community of Covina, where Dr. Suzuki has served as Director of 21st Century Learning. They interviewed community members, parents, teachers, students, principals, district administrators, school staff, and board members. The visitation team consistently heard high praise and accolades regarding Dr. Suzuki and felt that she is an excellent match for the Bear Valley community. Dr. Suzuki shared, “I am thrilled and honored to be selected to serve as Superintendent in the Bear Valley Unified School District. I have tremendous respect for the outstanding work being done on behalf of the students in Bear Valley, and I look forward to working closely with...

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Give Big to the Big Bear Web-A-Thon

Big Bear, CA, November 30th, 2015 – At midnight on the first of December, the Who’s Who of Big Bear Valley nonprofit organizations will participate in a 24-hour web-a-thon to benefit Give Big San Bernardino County, in advance of the International Day of Giving on December 2nd. The inaugural Give BIG web event was held in May of last year. Nearly $550,000 was donated by over two thousand unique donors making 3,533 donations.  Tax-deductible donations will benefit efforts to combat hunger and homelessness and provide opportunities for those with disabilities. The Give Big Campaign is also working with the Big Bear branch of the American Association of University Women, raising funds for its Tech Trek program. The local AAUW branch will send girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM) camp this summer at a college campus.  More than 100 nonprofits from across the county, and at least 11 Big Bear Valley organizations will participate in this year’s campaign, with training in the use of social media, marketing, donor cultivation and follow-up. For more information visit...

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Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Brings Christmas Cheer with Home Santa Visits in December

Big Bear, CA, November 22, 2015 – Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Brings Christmas Cheer with Santa Visits in December.  The Santa visit program will be providing Valley youngsters a treat that they won’t soon forget. The visits this year will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2015.  Santa will visit any child in the Big Bear Valley, bringing age appropriate gifts to each child in the family.  All families, both local and visitor, are invited to call for a Santa visit.  This is a free service provided through the generosity of Rotary Club members, who travel with Santa as his helpers around the entire valley. Santa visits are made in the evening hours on the specified dates, and children will be surprised as they hear the familiar “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the jingle of bells coming up the walk.  Santa will shout out the name of each child as he enters the home and presents each of them with a stocking filled with toys.  Don’t miss out!! Reservations are necessary for each Santa visit and will be taken right up through the week the visits take place.  To arrange a visit from Santa for your little ones, you can call any one of the below-listed phone numbers: Pine Knot Landing (9AM to 5PM) (909) 866-6463 All Protection Alarm (9AM to 5PM)...

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