BEAR CREEK BLAST
No Excuses University @ Bear Creek
Our NEU Tailgate and Student Showcase will be March 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Events will be held in the bus circle. Food items available to purchase! (cash only)
Students and parents can now recognize staff members for the great work they do at Bear Creek! If you would like to send a shout-out to a staff member please complete this brief form. Teachers will be recognized each month during staff meetings.
As you may have heard in the news, the “Momo Challenge” has been circulating through video and text form on social media and in other digital channels such as Snapchat and WhatsApp. Allegedly, Momo targets children by encouraging them to engage in self-harm. Although this appears to be more fear than fact, due to the concerns related to this challenge, we are sharing this information with you as you may want to talk with your child.
Our district has taken a proactive approach with our student devices. We have set the filters to block the search terms relating to Momo for students and will continue to update our filtering systems to be as proactive as possible. Even though we have alerts and monitoring processes in place, some students may attempt to use alternate language to find or access Momo. Additionally, this filter does not pertain to your student’s personal phones or devices on your home network.
We encourage you to talk with your student and discuss the importance of being a good digital citizen and alerting a trusted adult or teacher if inappropriate content is shared to their phone, iPad, laptop, or any other personal device. As always, we continue to encourage our students to “See Something, Say Something”. Our counselors would like to offer some tips for navigating these family discussions:
Ask a general question about whether your child has seen anything online that has made them upset or worried.
Explain that many things that happen online can be misleading or frightening. Some things are designed to gain attention.
Make sure your child knows that it is not ok to communicate with or follow directions from strangers online.
Additionally, here are some tools for families looking to parent in a digital age:
Creating a Family Media Plan (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Teaching Kids About Internet Safety (GCFLearnFree.org)
Talking with Kids About Being Online (Federal Trade Commission)
The safety of our students is a top priority and our counselors are always available. GCISD values your partnership in creating a positive culture for your student’s social-emotional and academic well-being.
GCISD Counseling Services
Emergency Contacts Reminder
Emergency contact information can be updated at any time through your Family Access portal in Skyward. Please take a moment to double check that your child’s information is correct. It is very important for the campus to have correct emergency contact information in case there is ever an emergency when we need to contact someone you trust.
Spring Parent Technology Academy Sessions
Spring Parent Technology Academy Sessions
March 21st - Internet Addiction " Gaming"--SIGN UP HERE
More than 5 million kids may be addicted to video games. 31% of males and 12 % of females report that have felt addicted to gaming. Come to hear from Dr Kay Trotter, PhD, LPC-s, RPT-S from local Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health as she discusses the signs and symptoms of this growing addiction. Learn some tips and be a part of the discussion around online gaming and internet addiction.
April 16th - Apps Parents Need to Know -SIGN UP HERE
Take part in this interactive discussion around the growing world of apps that students are using. Go being the scenes to hear the truth behind the apps and what dangers there are to those who use them
Many have asked some come and experience Fortnite for parents. Hear about details of the game and dive into parental settings for the various gaming systems students use to play online.
2/26 - Spring Picture Day
3/5 - 7am PTA Exec Board (plc room)
3/7 - 4-6pm NEU Tailgate Party/Student Showcase
3/8 - End of 9 Weeks
3/11-15 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
3/28 - 2nd Grade Field Trip
3/28 - 3:30pm CEC
3/29 - High Five Friday
3/29 - 1st Grade Field Trip
4/2 - 7am PTA Exec Board
4/9 - STAAR 5th Math/4th Writing
4/10 - STAAR 5th Reading
4/11 - Kindergarten Field Trip
4/12 - Lunch with a Loved One
4/15-17 - 5th @ Sky Ranch
4/19 - Bad Weather Makeup Day
4/22 - Bad Weather Makeup Day
4/23-30 Scholastic Book Fair
4/25 - 5:30 - 7:30pm Family Literacy Night & Book Fair
4/26 - High Five Friday
5/13 - STAAR 3rd/4th Math
5/14 - STAAR 3rd/4th Reading
5/15 - STAAR 5th Science
5/24 - Field Day
5/27 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
5/30 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Dismissal at 11:45am
Don't forget to do your Volunteer Background Check. You must have a background check to volunteer on any campus. One form works for all GCISD schools.