Why do we need an auction and what does it support?
Although the purpose of the auction remains the same each year – to raise funds for programs that benefit all grade levels and children in the school – the distribution of funds changes to meet the evolving needs of the school.
ABC funds support a wide range of enrichment programs and enhanced support for Bear Creek students:
Science Specialist : With the increased student population at Bear Creek, our science model has shifted to a mobile program for grades K-4. Our 5th and 6th grade teachers have indicated they want to teach science to provide additional opportunities for integration. This year Brooke Kasner, our Science Consultant, will provide direct instruction for our K-4 students and will consult with the 5th and 6th grade teachers.
Classroom Support : School assistant support to enhance and accelerate student learning. In addition, small group support of academic skills and strategies for early intervention for the struggling learners is provided. Classrooms with higher number of students receive the bulk of this support.
Recess : ABC support allows Bear Creek to structure recesses into three sections. Students attend recess within grade alike groupings of K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. This alike age grouping at recess has had a very positive effect on behaviors and safe play. Students return to learning with fewer issues that follow them from the playground. This structure keeps numbers down which allows for better supervision.
Nurse and Office : Additional support that supplements the reduction in school nurse hours is provided. This increases the office’s ability to promptly help the ill or injured student. Additional help enables the office to be more responsive to the needs of parents or guests that contact our school.
Families Programs and Student Mediators : Supports training and materials for 5th and 6th grade student leaders who develop community activities and teach primary students conflict mediation skills. Both programs are very popular among students.
Fund-A-Need : Our Fund-A-Need efforts to strengthen student learning support through additional school assistant time is being implemanted through an extended day Response to Intervention model. In addition to ABC funds, our school has qualified for a few thousand dollars of the state’s Learning Assistance Program (LAP) funding to provide certificated teacher support for this program. This targeted approach to support student learning is enabling us to maximize the benefits of our ABC investment.
2012 – This year’s allocation is for $45,000. The distribution of funds was based on a survey of parents and teachers last spring. The distribution of funds will be as follows:
41% Science Specialist
21% Classroom Support
19% Fund-A-Need Reader Board
7% Nurse & Office
2% Student Mediators
2011 - This year’s allocation was for $42,000.
42% Science Specialist
16% Nurse & Office
16% Classroom Support
14% Response to Intervention
10 % Recess
2% Student Mediators
2009 - This year the teachers have identified the ABC Fund-A-Need request to be directed at improving our gym and stage sound system. Over the next few months you will receive more information about the Sound System Fund-A-Need. An investment in this area will benefit students for many years to come at Bear Creek.
2008 – Sustain the science program, support school
assistants, sustain leveled library (more books), author visits,
thematic picture books, extended computer lab opportunities,
options of game room and computer lab for recess,
counseling, academic intervention support, coaching, and
2007 - Sustain the science program, support school
assistants, coaching and author visit program.
2006 - Continued funding of Brooke Kasner throughout the
school year, additional leveled library resources, school
assistants to support teachers in providing high quality oneon-
one or small group instruction in addition to front office
and recess support, as well as training for five teachers in
2005 – With the science program support already funded, we
were able to develop another new program that benefits all
children in the school – the guided reading library and literacy
block program implemented last year.
2004 - Proceeds nearly doubled this year and enough funding
was raised to support the science program (one of the best
elementary school science programs in the state) into 2006.
2003 – Support of the science program continued and, once
again, the Lang Arts Spec was not funded, so ABC funds were
used to supplement staff in many areas around the school,
enables staff to reproduce some of the activities provided by
the full-time specialist.
2002 – The district funded a full-time Lang. Arts Spec. this year
and funds were used to develop a science program for all grade
levels headed by Brooke Kasner.
2001 – Funds used to retain a full-time Language Arts Specialist
to extend remedial assistance and continue enrichment programs
in addition to developing our Math Facts at Home program.