BEAR CREEK BLAST

February 15th-19th

No Excuses University @ Bear Creek

At Bear Creek, we are proud to be a member of the No Excuses University Network. As a No Excuses School we believe that every student has a right to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. We discuss goals, have college conversations, and end our announcements each day with the phrase "After high school comes college"!
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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We celebrate Black History Month by learning about African Americans, from our past and present, who inspire us with their accomplishments and meaningful contributions to our country.


If you want to learn more at home, check out these resources: Elementary Black History Resources.

FREE Weekend Meals Available Each Friday After School!

FREE weekend meals will be available after school at Bear Creek ES

beginning Friday, February 19, 2021!


Nutrition Services is pleased to provide a free weekend meal bag for all students at our campus. The weekend meal bag includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. The menu and heating instructions will be sent home in the first bag, so please save the menu for future reference. The weekend meals menu may also be viewed online on the nutrition services website at www.gcisd.net. For more information, please email child.nutrition@gcisd.net


El Departamento de Alimentos están complacidos a ofrecer comidas gratis para el fin de semana para todos los escolares de su escuela. Las bolsas de comida incluyen dos del desayuno y dos del almuerzo. Mandamos el menú y las instrucciones en la bolsa primer, favor mantiene el menú para referencia. También, el menú está disponible en línea al sitio www.gcisd.net. Por más información, favor manda correo electrónico a child.nutrition@gcisd.net.

Every week we recognize students who are demonstrating our BCE credo! Our credo is WORK HARD-SHOW RESPECT-BE KIND-NO EXCUSES. Mr. Calvert and Dr. Stevens visit each classroom to award Golden Paw stickers to students nominated by their teachers! Our school is full of great kids and we love highlighting outstanding character!


Check out some of this week's Golden Paw recipients!

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Counselor's Corner

Dear 5th grade parents,


It’s time for AVID. Here is a link with more AVID information. Teachers will be recommending students and you can recommend your students, too! Please check out this link! Is AVID for you?


Here is the link for other 5th grade information regarding middle school.

Middle School Information


Here are some important information links for HMS 5th to 6th grade transition.

6th grade Math and Science info at HMS


Maria Martinez

817-305-4853

From the Desk of Nurse Cooksey

Campus Nurse Updates


Medication Permit/Physician's Form


Informing Nurse Cooksey of COVID-like Symptoms


We have had supportive parents indicate that they would like to donate disinfecting products for their child’s classroom or campus. The District must ensure that all disinfecting products meet the health and safety standards established by the Environmental Protection Act. For this reason, please do not send disinfecting products to the campus. As we assess campus needs in the following weeks, we will communicate ways in which our generous parents and community may assist.

BCE Specials Smore

Check out what's going on this month in Art, Music, P.E., and Science!

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The Cub Times

Read the very first issue here!!!



  • School begins at sharply at 7:40 am. We continue to have many students arrive well after our start time. Please endeavor to have your child at school at time.


  • Parents are not allowed in the building. We will have plenty of staff up front in the foyer, out front, and in the halls to help first time in-person students get to class.


  • Please use the carline during after school dismissal. The parking lots are closed to parents and guardians after school. The only parents walking up to pick up their child should be those that walked from home. Thank you for support!


  • Don't forget your mask daily! It's a good idea to put an extra mask in their backpack.


  • Please have your car sign visible at dismissal. This speeds up the dismissal significantly
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The Latest News & Updates from Our District

Tuition Based Pre-K Program

There are a few more spots available in GCISD’s Tuition Based Pre-K program for the 2021-2022 school year! You can find information regarding tuition, campus availability and more on the GCISD Pre-K Website.


Students that may qualify for state-based Pre-K will be able to begin registration for the upcoming school year in April 2021.

GCISD Language Assessment Center Online Courses for Adults

In partnership with the Grapevine Community Outreach Center, the GCISD Language Assessment Center will begin offering online courses for adults. These free courses will be self-paced and will provide skills in English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Literacy, as well as GED support. The flyers can be viewed and shared here in English and Spanish.

KIOSK Mode

The Spring Interim Assessment Window is nearing. The window is


  • February 16- March 31
    • English I
    • English II
    • Grades 3-8 Math and Reading
    • Algebra I
    • Bio, Grade 5/8 Science - OPTIONAL


During the window, February 16- March 31, all district-issued student CHROMEBOOKS (grades 4-8) will be placed in KIOSK mode for test security purposes for the remainder of the school year beginning February 16, 2021. To exit KIOSK mode, students will need to hold down the CTRL-ALT-S key combination. This information must be communicated to students and parents in teacher and campus newsletters beginning next week. I have also attached a .pdf to this email for your use in communication. Please share the attachment with your teachers so that they also can communicate with students and parents. We will also be asking for this information to be placed on your campus websites. Also, students who participate in the BYOD will need to have a district-issued computer for Interim Assessments. Remote students are able to take the Interim Assessment from home if the STAAR testing app is installed on their device.

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Daily Health Screening

Be sure to pre-screen your student for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 before bringing your student to school. The signs and symptoms are to screen for are:


  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering

  • Significant muscle pain or ache

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting


If your child demonstrates any of the above signs or symptoms, they must stay home, and you need to report to the campus nurse the signs or symptoms your child is exhibiting. In the event that your child has a fever, they must be kept home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Please do not give fever reducing medication and send your child to school. Additionally, please do not send your child to school if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are test-confirmed with COVID-19.

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2/15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day


2/16-18 - STAAR Interim Testing for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders


2/23 6pm - 5th Grade - HMS Virtual Showcase Night


2/25 - Check in Skyward for 6 Week Progress Reports


3/12 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks


3/15-19 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


4/2 - Inclement Weather Make-Up


4/6 - 4th only - STAAR Writing test


4/30 - Inclement Weather Make-Up


5/11 - 3rd/4th/5th - STAAR testing


5/12 - 3rd/4th/5th - STAAR testing


5/13 - 5th only - STAAR testing

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TEA Federal Report Cards (FRC)

For information on how to access Bear Creek's FRC please click this link

State of Texas 2019–20 School Report Card for BCE

Click here to see State of Texas Report Card for Bear Creek