Early Middle School

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

Welcome

Parent Orientation

Parents who missed the spring orientation may watch the recording of the meeting.

Bookmark this page so you can follow up on all the information provided below.

Preparing for a New School

Immunization Requirement

Instructions for completing the requirement by uploading your child's immunization records to the health portal will be included with Back-to-School Registration (see below). We cannot accept any forms that have been mailed, emailed, or dropped off.

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. On or before the first day of attendance, all new students and all returning kindergarten and grade 7 students must upload medically-verified immunization records to the health portal by the summer deadline. Children cannot attend school until these records are provided. (Instructions for submitting immunization records are include with Back-to-School Registration in July).

A medically-verified Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form is a:

  • CIS printed by a health care provider from the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS). This is medically verified by the Immunization Information System.
  • CIS printed from MyIR which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. This is medically verified by the Immunization Information System. You can access your child’s immunization record at any time by signing up for MyIR at wa.MyIR.net
  • CIS completed by hand. 
    • Must be verified with a health care provider signature
      or
    • Must have medical vaccination records attached so it can be verified for accuracy by school staff

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 lea.hysom@tbcs.org if you have any questions about your child's immunization records.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students to attend school. However, if you wish your child to be exempt from quarantine that might be necessary during the school year due to exposure to COVID-19, please complete the optional COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card requirement (grades 6 – 12) by uploading your child's completed COVID-19 vaccine card or medically-verified CIS containing the COVID-19 vaccine dose dates.

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 by June 11 so we know which students to assess (if you have multiple children enrolled, please complete separate forms). If your child enrolls after June 11 or you have questions about math placement, please contact Early Middle School Division Assistant Carol Willard at cwillard@tbcs.org or Division Head Jenn McDonough at jmcdonough@tbcs.org.

Summer Review

Check out the Summer Assignments and Review page for enrichment activities and ideas. Also, check out the blog post from Division Head Jenn McDonough on 9 Ways to Prepare for Success in Middle School as a New Student.

Beginning Band

Together with your child, please review these Beginning Band resources to help him or her choose an instrument. Also, please complete the embedded interest form which will assist us in preparing for the new school year.

Fall Sports

Students in grades 6 – 8 are eligible to participate in Middle School fall sports which include boys and girls cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, and girls volleyball. Sports registration is due by August 5. In the meantime, please schedule your child's sports physical as early as feasible and submit the signed forms online during Back-to-School Registration.

If you missed it, watch the recording of the sports information meeting held May 10.

School Uniforms

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

Back-to-School Registration

Your child's Back-to-School Registration is due by August 4 and must be complete before your child may attend school. Look for email in mid-July announcing that it is ready for your attention.

School Supplies

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

Drop-off and Pick-up

Review our campus maps to familiarize yourself with the morning and afternoon routines (subject to change).

Mark Your Calendar

At the top of every webpage, you will find the link to the School Calendar which can be filtered according to your child's division (or check out the special Lower School Calendar). Parents may subscribe to the various sub-calendar 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.

Contacts

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

Tuition and Fees

  • Business Operations Manager Kathleen Lewis, klewis@tbcs.org, 425-898-1720, ext. 302

Giving or Volunteering

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

Attendance

Health Services

  • Health Services Manager and School Nurse Lea Hysom, lea.hysom@tbcs.org, 425-898-1720 ext. 399

Back-to-School Registration

Athletics

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

College and Academic Advising

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

Admissions

Also check out the online directory of faculty and staff.

School Uniforms

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

Back-to-School Registration

Your child's Back-to-School Registration is due by August 4 and must be complete before your child may attend school. Look for email in mid-July announcing that it is ready for your attention.

School Supplies

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

Drop-off and Pick-up

Review our campus maps to familiarize yourself with the morning and afternoon routines (subject to change).

Mark Your Calendar

At the top of every webpage, you will find the link to the School Calendar which can be filtered according to your child's division (or check out the special Lower School Calendar). Parents may subscribe to the various sub-calendar 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.