New Early Middle School Students

This page contains information for new students in grades 5 and 6 and their parents.


Mark Your Calendar

Parents who missed our session in May are invited to attend an important parent meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m., to gain a broad overview of the Bear Creek experience and receive information and resources that will help ensure a smooth and successful transition to our school community. We look forward to answering your questions at this online event. Return to this page and click the button to join the meeting.

Join the Teams MeetingAugust 5 at 10:00 AM

In the meantime, watch this video which introduces all the topics we normally present in person, including lots of details about our program, upcoming events, school uniforms, pick-up and drop-off, and much more.

EMS Parent Welcome and Orientation

You may also reference the presentation slides and recording of our Q&A session held May 6. Additional information provided is below.

Preparing for a New School

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Save the date for this great opportunity for your child to meet his/her new classmates on Thursday, August 20 at 4:00 p.m. Depending on guidelines, we will meet in the Main Commons before scavenging the campus in order to become familiar with your new school.

Immunization Requirements

All immunization records must be uploaded to our new health portal. Instructions will be included with Back-to-School Registration which is emailed in mid-July.

The Bear Creek School is required by State law to ensure all students are compliant with current immunization requirements (preschool or K – 12) or have an appropriate exemption. All new students (and all returning kindergarten and grade 7 students) must have medically-verified immunization records on file prior to the first day of school.

If your child is on a delayed schedule, also have your child's health care provider complete and sign the Certificate of Exemption.See Health Services for more information or contact Lea Hysom, school nurse, at if you have any questions about your child's immunization records.

Math Placement

The Bear Creek School is committed to placing each student in the “best fit” class for math instruction. Math placement consideration for next year will be based on your child’s current math level—for most students, this means he/she will advance in math one year.

We ask all parents of new students to complete the Math Placement Information form so we know which students to assess (if you have multiple children enrolled, please complete separate forms). Please contact Early Middle School Division Assistant Carol Willard at with any questions.

Fall Sports

Grade 6 students are eligible to participate in Middle School fall sports which include boys and girls cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, and girls volleyball (fall only). Sports registration opens in July when new parents have their website credentials. In the meantime, please schedule your child's sports physical as early as feasible.

School Uniforms

Information about uniform guidelines, dress days, and online ordering can be found on the School Uniforms page.

Back-to-School Registration

Be on the lookout in mid-July for an email about your child's Back-to-School Registration which is due in early August.

School Supplies

Bear Creek provides most materials for our students; however, there are some school supplies that parents must purchase for their children.

After School Program

Registration for our after school program, Bear Creek Plus, begins later this summer.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Review our campus maps to familiarize yourself with the morning and afternoon routines.

Mark Your Calendar

At the top of every webpage, you'll see the link to the School Calendar which can be filtered according to your child's division (or check out the special Lower School Calendar and Early Middle School Calendar). Parents may subscribe to the various sub-calendars feeds and/or subscribe to email/text alerts for specific events or calendars.

Inside Bear Creek

As part of your orientation to Bear Creek, please plan to join Patrick Carruth, President and Headmaster, and Debbie Marchione, Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement, at Inside Bear Creek in the fall. This gathering will provide you with important practical information about how to get involved in the Bear Creek community as a parent, an understanding of how the school functions beyond the classrooms, and an opportunity to connect with other new families. Look for an email in early September with more details.


Bear Creek faculty and staff are working off campus through August 3. Please email if you need to get in touch. Thank you!

By Division

Preschool (P3 – P5)

Lower School (grades K – 4)

Early Middle School (grades 5 – 6)
Middle School (grades 7 – 8)

Upper School (grades 9 – 12)

By Department


  • Business Operations Manager Kathleen Lewis,, 425-898-1720, ext. 302

Giving or Volunteering

  • Vice President for Philanthropy and Community Engagement Debbie Marchione,, 425-898-1720, ext. 338


Health Services

Back-to-School Registration


  • Athletics Director Chad Pohlman,, 425-898-1720 ext. 431 (grades 9 –12 sports)
  • Middle School Athletics Director Ryan Byram,, 425-898-1720 ext. 430 (grades 6 – 8 sports)

College and Academic Advising

  • Dean of College and Academic Advising Colleen Murray,, 425-898-1720, ext. 533 (grades 11 – 12)
  • Dean of Academic Advising Emily Schuldt,, 425-898-1720 ext. 535 (grades 9 – 10)
  • Registrar James Woollard,, 425-898-1720 ext. 537


Also check out the online directory of faculty and staff.