BEAR CREEK BLAST

August 22, 2016

WELCOME BACK!!!

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! The Bear Creek staff can’t wait to see everyone on Monday for the first day of school! As a reminder our school hours have changed and are now from 7:40 a.m. until 2:55 p.m. Thank you for your support and dedication to Bear Creek Elementary School! It’s going to be a GREAT year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Community Feedback Groups

Bear Creek would like to partner with 4-5 families this fall to host informal neighborhood meetings to gather feedback and gain insight into what expectations or goals they might have for their child’s school. The idea is for a Bear Creek family to host a small group in their home one night in the fall and invite a few neighborhood parents that would like to participate in a question and answer with Mr. Calvert. These meetings will start at 7:00 p.m. and end promptly at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in hosting a one-time community group please email Mr. Calvert at bryan.calvert@gcisd.net

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:

Students arriving between 7:15 and 7:30 should go to the cafeteria (Pre-K, 3rd-5th) or gym (K-2nd) where staff members supervise them. The double doors to the main halls will open at 7:30 each day and the tardy bell will ring at 7:40 a.m.


To help with efficiency and ease traffic congestion, students will exit the building from various points to a designated location. For student safety, please meet your children at the appropriate dismissal location. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will sit by class under the awning in the bus circle. Older siblings of kindergarten students will be allowed to be picked up in the bus circle also. 1st-5th grade students will sit in front of the school at their designated spot. Parents will place a car sign in their window and pull up to the last spot available and wait for their student to be called and walk to the car.


Thank you for your patience at dismissal. It takes a team effort to safely and efficiently dismiss our large Bear Creek family!

*NEW GCISD Device Agreement for 2016-2017

GCISD has a new device agreement form that all parents must sign. FAQ are listed below. The fee is only paid ONE time for all the years they are in elementary school. If you have multiple students at Bear Creek the max amount you would be required to pay would be for three students.

· Every parent needs to sign the Parent Device Agreement.

· Students that paid their device fees last year will need to pay $15 this year to complete the $50 device fee.

· New students will need to pay the $50 device fee.

· Even if a student is not taking the device home, they still must sign the agreement and pay the $50.

· Link to all Technology Agreements and Policies: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/766

· Link to actual device agreement form: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/2303/GCISD%20DEVICE%20AGREEMENT%2016-17%20English.pdf

· The device fee is $35 for students who are on free/reduced lunch.

Library: Birthday Books and Help Needed!!!


Mrs. Johnson can use help shelving books in the library learning commons. If you would like to help, look for the library volunteer form in your Monday folder or download it HERE.


This year you will be able to donate a book to the library in honor of your student's birthday! Please click HERE to get more information and see the library wish list of books. Contact Mrs. Johnson with any questions: kara.johnson@gcisd.net.

Upcoming events!

First Day of School

Monday, August 22nd


Curriculum Night: 1st, 3rd, 5th

Tuesday, August 30th

1st 5:00-6:00 p.m.

3rd 6:00-7:00 p.m.

5th 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Curriculum Night: K, 2nd, 4th

Thursday, September 1st

K 5:00-6:00 p.m.

2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.

4th 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Labor Day: Student/Teacher Holiday

Monday, September 5th


Picture Day

Friday, September 9th


Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 9th 6:00-8:00 p.m.