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.

The priority of BESCA is to enhance and enrich the total school experience for all students equally and without bias.
This is accomplished through:
• providing services for school functions
• engaging in fundraising projects that support the school’s goals and the Association’s Mission
• encouraging parent, teacher, and community involvement and interaction
• collaborating with the San Jose Unified School District in providing educational opportunities

What is BESCA?

BESCA 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.

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information, please visit our BESCA website at, “Like” BESCA on Facebook or register for email blasts through our Yahoo Group by emailing: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).





October 18-20 is our first Box Tops collection week!  Don’t forget to send yours in.