October 19th - October 23rd

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"!


We know that we have numerous students returning on Monday for the first time this year. As a reminder, 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.

Please take a few moments to review the Bear Creek In-Person Plan found in the link below.

Bear Creek Elementary In-Person Plan

Important information about returning to campus-please read carefully!

Parent Roles for Remote Learning-Click Here

As we prepare to begin the second-nine weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, I wanted to send out some recommended best practices for remote learning:

Campus Excellence Committee

Bear Creek has a Campus Excellence Committee that is made up of teachers, parents, and community partners. The committee works on goals and strategic plans to improve the school, approves the use of Title 1 funds, and ensures plans align with the overall mission of Bear Creek and GCISD.

If you are interested in serving on the committee this year please email Mr. Calvert at

The committee typically meets 4-5 times a year. This year the meetings will be held through WebEx at 3:30 p.m.

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Golden Paws at Bear Creek!


Did you know that 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 our Golden Paw recipients below for the week of October 12th!

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In-Person Learners

The USDA has issued a nationwide waiver, allowing Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to offer meals FREE at no charge through December 2020 at all elementary, middle school campuses, and Collegiate Academy.

On September 22, 2020, GCISD began providing free meals to students as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), this program will allow any student in elementary or middle school to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal in the school cafeteria.

Remote learners have the opportunity to pick up meals curbside every Wednesday from 4 p.m.

to 6 p.m. at three locations: Cross Timbers Middle, Grapevine Middle, and Grapevine Elementary. All meals are free of charge until December 2020. For more information please visit or email

National School Lunch Week PK-8

“HOWDY y'all! National School Lunch Week is October 12-16! Come and eat with us, school lunch is FREE FOR ALL in-person students in Pre-K through 8th grade now through December 2020! Healthy school meals feature whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and Fat-Free milk! Join us for a Texas-themed menu. Cowboy burgers, churros, and Texas Gala apples to name just a few! Bring your lunch from home? Still hungry or just want some fresh fruit, veggies or a roll? Choose 3 menu items from the lunch line, including at least a fruit or veggie, and lunch is FREE!

We hope to see you there, partner. Thanks for eating with us!

Elementary Parents

In order to be proactive in our delivery of education concerning human sexuality, our district uses several resources and programs for the elementary school health curriculum. These programs and resources will be presented throughout the school year. Parents may preview these programs during parent preview sessions.

For the Month of October, please Click on the following link, and use your student’s District Log In to access the appropriate video for your aged child.

4th Grade Girls: Just Around the Corner for Girls (2011)

5th Grade Boys: Growing Up! For Boys

5th Grade Girls: Growing Up! For Girls

Counselor's Corner

Dear Parents,

Red Ribbon Week is October 26-30. Please help us celebrate being Bully and Drug Free this month!

Red Ribbon Week Themes

Mrs. Martinez


Librarian's Book Nook

This year we are exploring a way for students to record what they are reading digitally. Biblionasium provides a way for students to log their reading, complete fun challenges, recommend books to their friends, and earn ribbons for hitting milestones in the app. All students have been imported into the system. They will access Biblionasium through Destiny Discover. Watch the videos below for an overview of the website, how to log a book, and record it for a challenge. The students will be introduced to the website slowly, so don't worry if they don't know all the details yet, and don't feel pressured to start right away.

Logging into Biblionasium

Selecting your avatar in Biblionasium

Adding Books to your shelf in Biblionasium

Logging Books into Biblionasium

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

10/19 - Second Nine Weeks begins

10/21 - Report Cards (look in Skyward)

10/26-30 Red Ribbon Week

10/26 - Team Up Against Drugs (Wear favorite team jersey)

10/27 - Color My World Color & Drug Free (Wear your grade’s color)

10/28 - I Elect to be Drug Free (Wear Red, White & Blue)

10/29 - Say “Boo” to Drugs (Wear Halloween, Orange/Black)

10/30 - Book Character Day (Wear Costume)

11/2 & 11/3 - NO SCHOOL

11/23-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

12/18 - Early Release @11:45am

12/19-1/5 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

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