The Cub Hub

Notes from the Den | Volume 2 : Issue 15 - 10-25-21

Big picture

Principal's Message

Happy Monday Team Bear Creek,

We welcomed the newest Cub into the world this afternoon. Ms. Cottingham had her healthy baby boy at 11:35am today. She actually came to work today but had to leave soon after the day started ... she is amazing and we look forward to meeting him as soon as possible.

Much Love and Light,


Department Newsletters

Extra-Curricular Sports Starting At Bear Creek

It is coming. This has been a long time in the making and we are really excited to launch the first of four seasons of team sports.

The first season will focus on teamwork and cooperation.

Cost is $240 for 6 sessions. Facilitators are Ciampi, Crissey (schedule allowing), Linnell, and Schultz. We are really pumped to bring a great experience and start this tradition off in fine Bear Creek fashion.

Each camp will be limited to the first 50 participants using the timestamp of registration. You will receive an email letting you know if your student is in the first 50 or if they are on our waitlist.



Big picture

GT Nomination Window (Kindergarten , First Grade, Second Grade)

Parents please fill out this form by November 5, 2021. If you have questions please contact me at

What To Do If Your Child Is Not Feeling Well

What Do If Your Child Is Not Feeling Well

If your child is ill with symptoms consistent (cough, sore throat, stomach issues, headaches, fatigue, congestion, etc ...) with Covid-19 contact Mr. Crissey and your child's teacher and then the following protocols must be followed:

Students May Return After

10 days have passed since symptoms started, and improvement in overall symptoms, and 24 hours have passed without fever and use of fever-reducing medication.


Provide doctor’s note to campus health room staff stating that symptoms are not COVID-19-related and student can return to school.


Provide a negative COVID-19 test. This MUST be a PCR test not a rapid test.

As an FYI the same holds true for staff members.

Staff Appreciation

Staff Appreciation Spotlight

This week is America’s Safe Schools & Transportation Employees Appreciation Week, and we get to honor our two amazing Crossing Guards, Rhonda Williams & Kelly Hutchinson. These ladies greet us each day, rain or shine, hot or cold, and help our little walkers and bikers get to and from school safely.

What a huge service they provide, and with such kind smiles. Please thank them this week as you pass by!

Library News

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:



Don't miss out! Reserve your copy today!

Students will get the books delivered to the school the day that it comes out which is 10-26-21

Orders must be placed by Thursday, October 21st at 3pm.

Big picture

Counselor Corner


I am very excited to share that I will be starting Small Groups Counseling next week! Please look out for the informed consent form in your child's backpack to sign and send back with them! After looking at the data from the Campus and Community Needs Assessment, I will be starting groups on: Friendship, Conflict Resolution, and Worry. Small groups are a great way for children to interact with others their own age and share common concerns. Students will see they are not alone with their feelings and experiences. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns if you receive an informed consent form. These groups will meet once a month until Winter Break. After Winter Break new groups and topics will be formed and hopefully meet twice a month.

Benefits of Group Counseling

If you have never experienced it, you may wonder what group counseling is. At some point in our lives, nearly all of us face a situation or event that can be challenging to deal with. Whether it’s during this time or years after, coping can sometimes be easier said than done. However, once we begin talking with others, we realize that we are not as alone with our problems as we thought we were. This, however, is only the beginning of how beneficial group counseling really can be for those that need it. Let’s look at four of the top benefits this type of counseling has to offer.


Not only is group counseling a great way to help you cope with traumatic or difficult events or situations, it is also a great way to learn more about yourself. This type of counseling offers people with a safe and confidential environment to learn and share. Experiences in this setting help to encourage change while connecting with others in similar circumstances.

Insightful Feedback

Sharing with others in a group setting enables you to receive feedback from others that may be sharing the same feelings and experiences that you have. Seeing how others handle their coping issues not only provides you with support but also a different perspective that perhaps you never considered.


By being surrounded by others that are striving to cope, you are provided with motivation to strive, learn, and heal. Having others around you with a common goal can make the healing process much faster than with traditional individual counseling sessions. Additionally, you will be surrounded by others that care about your progress and are willing to help, and more importantly, understand you. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, many feel closer to those in their group in only a short amount of time.

Social Skills

While learning or honing social skills is not the primary focus of group counseling, it is a pleasant side effect that comes with this form of counseling. While most will feel some anxiety during their first group session, attendees tend to feel more comfortable as the sessions continue and many even feel a sense of relief. Just keep in mind that these improved feelings and emotions do not typically come about right away. However, with patience and sharing at a comfortable pace, attendees gradually build upon their comfort levels.

PTA Paw Prints

Big picture

The BCE PTA Fall Membership Drive is still under way for a few more days only. Help us hit our 350 member goal. We are only 88 members away! ANYONE can join and signing up is easy!

Join today at:

If you sign up by THIS FRIDAY 10/22, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card*. Winners will be announced at the next General PTA Meeting on 11/16. Attendance is not required to win. Thank you for supporting the Bear Creek Elementary PTA!

*2 Winners (1 General member and 1 Teacher/Staff member)

Big picture

Calling all artists! The PTA Reflections program for 2021-22 is back and Bear Creek PTA is open for entries! The theme is “I Will Change the World By” and entries are welcome in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

Entries due by November 5th either by physical submission dropped off in the front office or digital submissions to

Friday, October 29 ... Dress Up Day

We will continue our tradition ... nothing scary or gory ... no weapons and all kids need to be able to easily use the bathroom with their costumes on.

Hunter 5K - Save the Date! 10-30-21

It’s back y’all!

Save the date for the 3rd annual Hunter 5K, honoring the life and legacy of Hunter Henderson.

In-person and virtual options available.

Registration is open!

We need volunteers. Please use the link below to help out!

Big picture

Lunch Menus


Please reach out to me at