What is BESCA?

Parent_InvolvementBESCA stands for Booksin Elementary School Community Association and is the School Connected Organization (SCO) that supports Booksin Elementary. An SCO serves to enrich the educational and/or extracurricular programs within the school community and is required to work within the framework provided by San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD). BESCA is governed by a set of bylaws and is managed by an Executive Board comprised of 5 elected parents, 3 teachers and the principal. BESCA meetings are held monthly during the school year, with the exception of the months of December and June.

  • BESCA Mission: Our mission is to serve as advocates for the students of Booksin Elementary School to enable them to achieve their fullest potential in a stimulating environment through the cooperative interaction of parents, teachers and community.
  • BESCA Purpose: The priority of BESCA is to enhance and enrich the total school experience for all students equally and without bias.

How does BESCA support Booksin?

Each year, BESCA supports a multitude of programs that benefit every Booksin student. In addition to funding such programs as art, music, science, technology, the garden, the library, class field trips and more, our fundraising events, particularly Walkathon, provide funds to teachers for use within their classrooms, assist students with fees related to 5th Grade Science Camp and much more. That said, not all of BESCA’s support to Booksin is financial. Booksin is known for its culture of parent involvement and volunteerism. Members of BESCA’s parent community are active on and off campus every day, both in the classroom providing assistance to teachers and outside the classroom working on initiatives and events such as Dining Nights Out, Hicklebee’s Book Fair, Safe Side programs, the Student Book Exchange, Yearbook and more.

How can I get involved?

There are opportunities for everyone to participate, both inside the classroom and out and in big ways and small. Whether it’s lending a helping hand at an upcoming event or you wish to run our next Walkathon, there’s something for everyone. For more information and help finding the right fit for you, please contact BESCA President, Lisa Hanson at hansonlisa@yahoo.com or VP of Volunteers, Tarin Christensen at tarin.christensen@yahoo.com.

How can I learn more?

For more information, please visit our school website at http://sjusd.org/booksin/, “Like” Booksin Elementary School on Facebook or subscribe to our email list by emailing booksin-besca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.