Bear Creek First Grade Newsletter

January 17-21

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Please remember there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th in Observance of MLK, Jr. Day!

What we are learning in first grade this week?

Math - Number sense to 120 (place value/writing numbers in various ways- EXPANDED FORM)

Humanities - Researching holidays (completing MLK Jr. Day and President's Day)

Science - Weather Review

Social Studies- Non-fiction text features

Have you filled completed our Family Engagement Survey yet?

The GT referral window is NOW OPEN! Please read below if you would like more information on the referral process!

Testing for Gifted & Talented (GT) Services

and/or the ASPIRE Academy

Kindergarten through 5th Grade currently enrolled students may be referred and tested for GT services and/or the ASPIRE Academy during the windows below:

Referral Window: January 10 - January 28

Testing Window: February 1 - February 28

GT Decisions mailed: March 28

ASPIRE Decisions mailed: April 27

Visit the Advanced Academics Website ( to refer your child for testing, and please allow thirty minutes to complete the “Parent Inventory/Permission to Test” online form.

If you are unable to refer your child online, you may pick up a paper copy of the referral form in the front office of your home campus.

For more information regarding the testing process, please view one of the following videos below. All videos can also be found at


Kinder Spanish

Grades 1-4

Grades 1-4 Spanish

5th to 6th Grade

MLK Jr. Day of Service is COMING SOON!

MLK Day of Service

Campuses across GCISD are coming together this January to support local families through donations to GRACE. The entire community will participate in this endeavor by donating requested items from January 5-14 and during drive-thru events at GHS and CHHS on Monday, January 17 in honor of the MLK Day of Service.

Bear Creek Elementary will be collecting SALT AND PEPPER. We will have a box at the front if you’d like to drop off your donation at school.

Baby It's Cold Outside......Please send your child with a jacket everyday!

As the temperatures outside drop, it is imperative that each student brings a jacket daily in order to be dressed appropriately for outdoor recess. We will be going outside when the wind chill is at or about 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Active participation in outdoor recess is crucial to their overall development. This is where they get to get their energy out, practice gross motor movements (climbing/swinging/running, etc), and interact socially with their peers in the other classes. Please make sure they have the appropriate clothing so they can take full advantage of our time outside.

PLEASE Read with your Child Everyday!

Thank you so much for all that you are doing at home. The most important goal for 1st graders is that they practice reading everyday. We are working hard at school to help all first graders meet this goal. It is truly imperative for your child to be reading for 20+ minutes every day out loud to an adult. We talk daily that the only way to become better at anything is to practice. So thank you in advance for listening to your child read and helping them retell the story. A Saying we say in 1st grade is::

Why do we practice reading?......TO BECOME A BETTER READER!!!


It is extremely important that students bring their Ipad CHARGED DAILY. We do not have extra chargers or outlets in the classroom to use.

If you are new to the district, you will be given a GCISD ipad and charger for student use in the near future. Students will bring ipads every single day and take them home every day.

PLEASE make sure your child has Fully CHARGED and Working Headphones EVERYDAY.

PLEASE make sure your child has "working" headphones to bring to school everyday. Unfortunately, the students headphones do not last very long. Please check with your child......Your child will know if their headphones are working or not.

Headphones are very important to have at school every day with their charged iPad. 1st graders take many assessments on the iPad and need headphones in order to complete the assessment.

Afternoon Pick Up-

PLEASE Be sure you have your Blue Pick Up sign when you walk up and when you drive up to get your child. When driving through the car pick up line-Please make sure your sign is very visible to the person calling out names. It does need to be held up or posted on the window so the sign can be read by the person calling out the names. When it is lying on the dash it is Very hard to read and sometimes cannot be read.

Thank you so much for helping us out with the blue pick up signs


IF you NEED another sign or a few, please contact your child's teacher.

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Library day

All First graders visit the library on Wednesday! PLEASE make sure your child's library book is kept in their backpacks when they are not reading them. This ensures the book is not left at home on Library day. Students can check out one book once the previous book is returned.

Library books are students free choice.

Please feel free to read the book to them or have them read to you. Library books are usually not on the student's text level and would not be a good nightly read for every student to read to an adult.. But students love hearing someone read to them. This demonstrates reading fluently and let's them learn the enjoyment reading and learning can bring! So PLEASE keep reading to your child!

Bear Creek Blast

Please read the Bear Creek Blast each week. The first grade newsletter is embedded within the Bear Creek Blast

Specials Newsletter

Important Dates to Know!

1/17 - NO SCHOOL (Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday)

1/20 - BCE Around the World (more info coming soon!)

2/14 - NO SCHOOL (for students)

Show your Spirit!!

On Mondays, have your student show school spirit by wearing a Bear Creek shirt!

On Fridays, have your student show support for a college by wearing a college T-Shirt! (It does not have to be a college listed below. Those are the colleges we have adopted in our classrooms.)

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Bear Creek Contact Information

Bear Creek Elementary

401 Bear Creek Drive

Euless, TX. 76039