The Cub Hub

Notes from the Den | Volume 2 : Issue 37 - 4-25-22

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Principal's Message

Good Afternoon,

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Such a bummer to have to cancel lunch today. Please know that I reminded teachers, after cancelling, to ensure kids who were expecting lunch could get one from the cafeteria. Also know you are welcome to bring the lunch anyway and drop it off if you wanted.

All The Best,

David & Michaele

Schoolwide Read Aloud

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I have really enjoyed visiting all the classrooms and reading What If Everyone Did That?

The book is a great vehicle for a good discussion about finishing the remaining days of the school year in a really positive manner.

May 2, 2022 Campus Advisory Council Meeting

Monday, May 2nd, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

Dual Language Meeting For Current Parents

This is for current parents. We will review staffing, instructional models, and provide an opportunity for feedback as we move into our third year.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 8245 4420

Passcode: 988332

Class Placement 2022-2023 School Year

Please also note that you must register your child online for the 2022 - 2023 school year – we cannot place children unless they are registered

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With input from you, your children's former teachers, and administrators/counselors, the formal process of class placement will begin now and will not be “officially” final until August. It is critical that we are purposeful and diligent as we create classes that are balanced and will lead to success for all stakeholders which includes your child, yourself, and the school.

As classes are formed we consider many criteria. First and foremost, we think about your child and vet the best teacher and environmental qualities to support him/her. Other considerations include learning style, temperament, health issues, general achievement levels, special programs, and services.

Completion of the form is optional—it is NOT required although I would highly recommend taking the time to complete the questionnaire ensuring an informed school year together. This electronic form will be available between Monday, April 11, 2022 and Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The form will not be available after that date as the administrative team will begin the process of making placements immediately after June 7, 2022.

Final placement will not be complete until July 29, 2022 as some students leave and new students enroll. We will send home individual class placement information on or before August 1, 2022.

This will be your opportunity to provide input, please do not email the information.

We will absolutely not take teacher requests. We are very proud of the staff we have assembled. As you provide information, we also request that you refrain from requesting friends. Each child has his/her own needs and will be placed as such. Please do not ask your child’s current, previous or possible future teacher to arrange a particular placement for your child. Likewise, do not ask a teacher to recommend another teacher.

Finally it is essential to understand that with so few choices for student placement we may have to work together to address situations in the past that led to separation of students – this will be an opportunity to model and practice restorative approaches to fractured relationships as we reimagine and reinvent public education. Our building is built and designed for collaboration so all students in all classes in all grade levels will be interacting with each other almost on a daily basis, so just like ‘real life’ we are going to have to manage those interactions and understand that past concerns may need to be addressed.

Please do not assume that information/input from previous years will be reviewed so if there is a repeated concern because of extraordinary circumstances it needs to be communicated each year.

Please also note that you must register your child online for the 2022 - 2023 school year – we cannot place children unless they are registered – if you have questions regarding this please contact me at

One final word, we love making classes (like we LOVE it as it brings the excitement of a new school year to life), it is one of the most important things we do as a leadership team – a good process sets everyone up for success – with that said I will not entertain class change requests in August – this is your opportunity to express your hopes, thoughts, and concerns.

Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

David Crissey

Staff Appreciation Corner

Staff Appreciation Spotlight - Michaele Panza, Robin Mealey, & Nery Gouldner

Wednesday, April 27, is Administrative Professionals' Day, so this week we are celebrating the ladies with the friendliest waves and brightest "good mornings" - Our front office staff, Robin Mealey and Nery Gouldner! Since the school opened in the fall of 2020, they've each helped keep Bear Creek organized and running smoothly and, until just recently, with no volunteer assistance. Ms. Mealey and Ms. Gouldner, we'd like to share our heartfelt thanks for all you do for the BCE community!

We'd also like to take a special opportunity this week to recognize our amazing Assistant Principal, Michaele Panza. Ms. Panza was not here at the beginning of the year when we celebrated Principals Month, so we'd like to say a big BCE "THANK YOU!" for stepping in and helping lead during what has been another challenging yet proud year for our school. Thank you, Ms. Panza, for playing such a critical part in our fantastic Cub community!

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Field Day Is Coming

One part of Field Day that the kiddos get excited about is getting their trinkets! The link below is an Amazon wish list of items that will help stock our trinket stations so that each student can pick 3 items, thank you for considering purchasing trinkets.

Volunteers help make a Field Day run smoothly! Be looking in next week's Cub Hub for information on how you can help 🙂

Parents Now Invited On Campus For Lunch

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Starting this week we will be offering an opportunity to come and enjoy lunch with your child here on campus. We will be using the courtyard as our picnic area.

This "article" for The Cub Hub has been almost two years in the making, we are really excited!!


We will be using our courtyard for lunch. There is not cover currently on any portion of the courtyard so if it is raining we do not have space to accommodate indoor dining and you will need to sign up for another time.

We will be using Signup Genius in an effort to filter (what I think) will be an initial surge of parents wanting to have lunch with their children. The link is at the end of this post.

We have adequate space for 40 people in the courtyard with our picnic tables and we will provide an additional option for anyone who wants to bring a picnic blanket to utilize the entire area.

Because of space, each picnic table will need to accommodate two families. If this is a concern we invite you to bring a blanket and have lunch picnic style.

Outside food IS allowed.

Please be on time.

Please know your child's lunch time (they are at odd hours) and go to the front office approximately 5 minutes before your child's lunch period to sign in. Remember to always bring your identification.

You will then be able to walk to the cafeteria and meet them and take them out to the courtyard.

You will need to wrap up three minutes before lunch ends so they can rejoin their class in the cafeteria for dismissal.

You may bring up to two guests and they will count towards the total population allotment. I also use the "football ticket rule" which is anyone two or younger does not need to sign up and they will not count towards total capacity.

There are six slots per class per day for the remainder of the school year.

If you have two or more children here at school please know each child is one signup ... we will not pull students from their classes to accommodate a lunch date.

Be patient, I would assume this will be a "tough ticket" upfront but things will settle down.


Library News

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PTA Paw Prints

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We have a fun and unique Spirit Night opportunity coming up for our 2nd-5th grade Cubs. Join us at Home Court Training Center on Monday, May 9th from 6-8pm for 1 hour of basketball training and 1 hour of open gym time.

There is a $30 registration fee and they will give BCE PTA 50% of the registration fee for each child. Registration fee can be paid on-site on the day of the event.

Spots are limited so sign up at the link below to grab one.

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We would love your help in stocking the Bear Creek staff lounges with snacks and drinks for teacher appreciation week (May 2-6). This is just a small way to show support and lift spirits after a long, crazy year. At the end of the week, we plan to give each teacher a $10 gift card.

Donations can be porch dropped at the school or text 312-972-5545 if you are unable to deliver and someone will pick up your items. Monetary donations for snacks/drinks/gift cards can be sent via Venmo @stacy-eppen

Please sign up for an item below deliver all donations by Friday, April 29th.

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The PTA is busy making plans for next year. We are looking for eager volunteers willing to serve our school in roles both large and small. If you are interested in being part of the PTA for the 2022-23 school year, please let us know at

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