Fun in Fifth!

5th Grade BCE ~ Week of September 18-22

Sky Ranch

Letters went home today with your students about Sky Ranch!! The purple letters include all of the detailed information about camp, as well as payment plan information. Please visit the Sky Ranch website for further camp info:

The total cost for both students and chaperones is $230. Below are the 2 payment plan options:

OPTION 1: Payment Plan

  • $80 Initial payment (includes a $30 non-refundable deposit) DUE OCTOBER 16th
  • $50 payment DUE no later than NOVEMBER 13
  • $50 payment DUE no later than JANUARY 16
  • $50 Final payment DUE no later than FEBRUARY 12

OPTION 2: $230 payment in full DUE on OCTOBER 16


  • First come, first serve - must have a cleared background check and first paid (at least initial payment/deposit)
  • Current 2017-18 GCISD Background Check
  • Each class needs 2 men and 2 women to help with each class.

Please return the bottom of the purple slip to your child's homeroom teacher, so that we have an idea of student attendance and payment options. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Sky Ranch, please email your child's teacher!!

Upcoming Events:

September 18th MATH CBA #2 in 5th

September 22nd Vocabulary Quiz - ab- words

September 29th BOOSTERTHON Rally

October 6th Student Holiday

October 9th Student Holiday

October 12th Boosterthon Fun Run @ Bear Creek

October 26/27 Birthday Lunch w/ Admin (October birthdays)

October 27th NEU Pep Rally-Wear college gear!

October 27th Trunk or Treat @ Bear Creek 7:00-8:00

November 2nd Early Release/Student Led Conferences

November 4th Fall Festival @ Bear Creek 2:00-5:00 p.m.

November 16th First Grade Program 6:45 p.m.

November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break

November 30/1 Birthday Lunch w/ Admin (Nov/Dec birthdays)

December 1st NEU Pep Rally

December 1st Cookies w/ Santa TBD

December 21st Early Release-begin Winter Break



  • Text Features - Review features in a variety of texts that help readers understand text meaning. QUIZ on Monday 9/18.
  • Non-Fiction Text Structures - focus on the ways that authors organize non-fiction text (cause/effect, sequencing, problem/solution, compare/contrast, description)
  • GCISD Reads Book Challenge - students will select their challenge for this year (click the link below for details)
  • Reading Workshop habits


  • Vocabulary - ab- prefix: Students will select at least 2 choices from the Word Study Choice Board to study and make meaning with their vocabulary words.
  • Complete BOY Expository writing as needed


  • European Exploration in 15th and 16th century - focus on the factors and motives that led to exploration in the New World (Gold, Glory, and God/religion), the gropus that settled in the New World, as well as the artifacts that were excavated from the sea

Reading Nightly Matters!!

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GCISD Reads Challenge ~ 2017-18

The GCISD Reads challenge offers more variety than ever this year. Students can choose a challenge of genres, number of books, or pages. Students may begin logging books they have read since June 1, 2017!! (*Click the link for more info!)


  • Math Workshop habits
  • Place Value to the Billions, including decimal to the thousandths place, ordering, comparing whole numbers and decimals
  • Math CBA #2 (common based assessment) - Students will take their 2nd math CBA on Monday 9/18. The TEST is created based on problems from the previous week's homework skills. Students review homework DAILY in class, have accountable discussions about difficult problems, as well as fix problems they incorrectly answered. As students participate and use accountable math talk throughout the week, this helps them to be prepared for the Monday CBA's. Students are expected to study and review the homework over the weekend as needed to help them to do their BEST on Monday CBA's!
  • NIGHTLY HOMEWORK - Students need to complete the homework sheet for each corresponding day, so they are prepared for class! Students are expected to use RUBIES strategies while reading and solving problems. They MUST show their thinking for each problem.
  • Upcoming GCISD UNIT TEST for Units 1 and 2: Students will begin reviewing this Friday for the test that will cover Data Analysis and Place Value with Whole Numbers and Decimals. Students will participate in Kahoot reviews in class to review concepts and skills. They should also review class notes/anchor charts in their MATH NOTEBOOKS!! Test will be on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th.


  • Changes in States of Matter - Exploring the relationships between solids, liquids, and gases in real world situations.
  • Mixtures and Solutions

Fifth Grade Tweets:

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Curriculum Night Slideshow

If you weren't able to attend Thursday evening, here is the information that the fifth grade teachers shared! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Boosterthon 2017-18

Parents! This year’s main fundraiser is the Bear Creek Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on September 29. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on October 12. With our big goal of raising $20,000 for Water Bottle water fountains, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward Water Bottle water fountains and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!


Please Join PTA

Membership Contest:

Each Child:

  • Raffle for a pizza lunch with the Principal and 3 friends
  • Have their name put up in the cafeteria as we race to the finish line
  • Receive a Spirit Stick
  • Raffle for a Starbucks Gift Basket (for the parents)

The Class with the highest percentage of memberships will

  • Be given an honorable mention over the loudspeakers
  • Receive a $50 Gift Card towards the Book Fair

BCE Dad's Club

  • The club includes DADS, Step-DADS, Grand-DADS, and other men who are interest in helping the students, faculty, and parents of Bear Creek Elementary.

  • Activities include the School Dance, Fall Festival, Field Day, Boosteerthon Fun Run, Special Programs, and other fun events for our students.

  • To be involved provide an email address, all events notices are sent asking for volunteers, and answer if available. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, being a part of the club does not necessarily require a time commitment. We are looking for a network of support.

  • •Contact: Todd Walker

  • Mark Bilgere

Around the World at BCE

Around the World at Bear Creek is an International Event that we have held for the past 10 years!

Parents and students from various countries share culture, clothing, foods, music, dancing and a variety of interesting things about their country of origin. It happens during one school

​ ​day in January and then again in the evening after a PTA meeting. We need lots of volunteers for this exciting event. If you are interested, or would like more information about this event, please fill out the half sheet and turn it in to your child's classroom teacher or there are envelopes in the P.E. hallway.

Coach Lucas will contact you in the near future via email regarding our first meeting and with more information. Thank you for your interest and help with this Bear Cree event!

5th Grade Expectations

No Excuses University


  • We are an official No Excuses University campus. Our belief is that all students have the right to be college ready!
  • EVERY Monday is a BCE t-shirt day. Please show your CUB spirit!
  • EVERY Friday is college gear day! Students are encouraged to wear ANY favorite college gear.
  • Stay Tuned for the results and photos of our campus-wide door decorating contest!!

5th Grade Teachers

Humanities: Allison Crook, Merissa Sorenson

Humanities & Math: Allison Bailey

Math & Science: Shanda Beach, Jason Tom

(* Click on the teacher's name to visit their GCISD website)