Bear Creek Elementary Newsletter

September 19, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 19th - Wear brown for Core Essential of Responsibility; Read-Deed-Run Parent Information Meeting (4th & 5th Grade Students Only) 5:30pm; WatchDOGS Orientation 6:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, September 21st - 1st Grading Period Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, September 23rd - PTA Fall Family Sock Hop - 6-8PM (see below)

Monday, September 26th - Wear brown for Core Essential of Responsibility; Destination Imagination Team Manager Meeting @ 5pm (see information below)

Wednesday, September 28th - Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night - 5-9PM (see below)

Thursday, September 29th - PTA Meeting, Title I Meeting and Technology for Parents Presentation - 6-7PM

WatchDOGS Kick-off (Dads of Great Students)

Are you a dad, grandfather, uncle, brother or other role model? Are you looking for a way to be involved at school? WatchDOGS is the answer! Our 2016-2017 WatchDOGS kick-off is Monday, September 19th from 6:30-7:30pm. Come learn about volunteering one day at Bear Creek Elementary and making a difference to our students. Please RSVP by emailing Ready to sign up? Visit our SignUpGenius page and pick your date!

PTA Fall Family Dance

The PTA Fall Family Dance is happening this Friday, September 23rd from 6-8pm. Tickets are on sale this week before school for $1 each. At the door, tickets will be sold for $2. Parents are expected to attend with their children and will need to also purchase a ticket. PTA will be selling food at the event. Interested in volunteering at the dance?? Sign up here!

Support Bear Creek With BoxTops for Education

Did you know that Bear Creek could earn 10 cents for every BoxTops for Education coupon that is collected and submitted? Look for the BoxTops for Education coupon and bonus certificates on products you buy, cut them off and deliver them to BCE! That is all it takes! Last year we earned $1,095.10... let's beat that amount in the 2016-2017 school year!

There is a new way to earn money for BCE - through the BoxTops for Education App - see below for more ways to support BCE!

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Click on the link above for the September Core Essentials Newsletter.
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Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety Presentation - Thursday, September 29th

Please join BCE for a very informative parent training session regarding Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety

Guest Speakers:

Jay Sonnenberg, KISD Digital Learning Manager

and Detective Shannon Taylor, KISD Police Dept.

Who? All BCE parents and community members

When? Thursday, September 29, 2016

Time? 6-7 PM after brief 5:30 PTA & Title I Parent Meetings

Where? BCE Gym

Why? For our children’s safety! You DON’T want to miss this!
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Gifted & Talented Program Screening

5th Grade: GT screening information for Junior High School was sent home with all 5th grade students in their take-home folders the week of September 12th. Secondary GT Parent Checklists are available to parents online at If you would like your child screened for the Junior High GT program, the Secondary Checklist will be due by 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th. No late checklists will be accepted.

Kindergarten: GT information packets will be sent home with all Kindergarten students in their take-home folders the week of September 19th. If you would like your child screened for the Elementary GT program, the Kinder GT Parent Checklist from the packet will be due by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11th. No late checklists will be accepted.

1st-4th Grade: Information about 1st-4th Grade screening for the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented program will be sent home at the end of November.

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Save the Date - Spring Creek Barbeque Spirit Night - Wednesday, September 28th

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 28th and enjoy some delicious barbeque while supporting Bear Creek Elementary. The top 3 classes with the greatest attendance win a special prize. The more students who attend the more money Bear Creek Elementary can earn so make sure your students check in at the front door! Join us from 5-9pm on Wednesday, September 28th and see teachers delivering hot, fresh baked rolls to your table! Don't miss it.
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Sign Up for Abrakadoodle After School Art!

The Abrakadoodle after school art program is coming back to Bear Creek! Calling all artistic students to join our Fall session that begins October 19th and runs for four weeks. See the flyer here and sign up online today!
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Mad Science - Sign up Today!

It is not too late to sign up for the Mad Science after school program. Classes are scheduled to start on September 30th. See the informational flyer here and visit Mad Science Houston to sign up today. You may also send the paper registration form directly to Mad Science at the address on the form.

Safety Concern at Drop-Off and Dismissal

Student safety is our top priority at Bear Creek Elementary. We need your help to ensure our community follows the safety procedures in place in order to provide for the safe arrival and dismissal of all our students. We have had too many close calls when students are dropped off in places other than the car rider drop-off area located off Whispering Falls and crossing outside of our crosswalks. In addition, parking at our walker intersections creates extra traffic dangers to our students. If a student is being picked up in a car this should be done through the car rider line. If a student is a walker, they may be met by a parent or older sibling and then cross the street at our designated crosswalks before continuing on foot. U-turns in the middle of the street or at intersections are also extremely dangerous during our high-traffic times. Please don't wait until a student is injured before following these directions. We aim to keep all of our students safe and need to work together to ensure their safety! Please see the map below (it is also attached here) for the traffic flow and our designated walker dismissal locations. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Nominate a Star Teacher!

Say Thank You to a teacher that has made an impact on you in the classroom!

Nominate your teacher to show your appreciation for everything that they do in the classroom. Simply fill out the form here before October 31st to be entered.
Ten (10) exceptional teachers will be selected from all entries.

Student Success Initiative for 5th Grade Students

The Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8. It was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009.

As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.

The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. A parent brochure about SSI requirements for 5th Grade students is located here.

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BCE is looking for Destination Imagination Team Managers!

What is Destination Imagination (DI)?

The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.

Who is involved?

Parents (team managers), interested students in grades 3 -5 (teams of 5-7), and school sponsor (Mrs. Abbey).

Team managers guide students and hold practice/prep sessions at their homes. Commitment from the team manager, other parents and students is a must!

What are this year’s challenges?

There are 7 challenges to choose from: Technical, Scientific, Structural, Fine Arts, Improvisational, and Service Learning/Project Outreach. In addition, all teams compete in an Instant Challenge round.

To see more about each challenge, check out this link:

What is the time frame?

Team must be formed, named, and registered by October 25th.

Practice sessions continue weekly or biweekly until the tournament on Saturday, March 4th at Seven Lakes High School. This is an all-day event.

Teams selected to go on to state will continue practicing and perform in state tournaments later in the spring.

Where can I learn more about DI?

There will be an informational meeting on Monday, September 26 at 5pm in the school’s library. This will be a time to sign up as a Team Manager.

Thank you!!! Mrs. Katie Abbey

DestiNation Imagination Sponsor/BCE

Technology Tips

  • Electronic Devices - Katy ISD has negotiated with CDW-G to extend discount pricing to all district parents wishing to purchase electronic devices. For more information on taking advantage of savings visit Katy Parent Buy Program​.
  • Affordable Home Internet - If you have at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches, your family may qualify for an affordable home internet service with Internet Essentials from Comcast. For more information, call 1-855-846-8376 or visit ​

Students in the district also have access to free and reduced pricing for software.

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