Tools for Success

Tools for Success

Seminar Series

Join us by attending one or more Tools for Success seminars at which Bear Creek faculty will speak on a variety of parenting and academic topics.

All events are free and open to the public.

  • Lower School
  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Raise Kids Who Thrive

As parents we want to develop strong relationships with our children and create an environment where they feel loved, safe, and supported so they can thrive. The communication events and patterns we create are key for this type of relationship. Join us as Kristen Gephart, Lower School Division Head at The Bear Creek School, shares communication hacks to help set the stage for developing healthy relational dynamics with our children.

Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Main building's C.E. "Ted" Kindel Library

  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Embrace Your Child's Personality and Temperament

Every child is an unrepeatable masterpiece with unique gifts and abilities. Come and hear from Denise Peeler, elementary teacher and public speaker, how different personalities affect students’ learning, relationships with classmates, and interactions at home. You will be equipped to support and encourage children as they discover how God uses their different personalities for His purpose.

Wednesday, October 23
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Preschool

  • College Advising
  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Tools for Success: How to Plan (not Panic) for College

The college selection progress can be intimidating, confusing, and downright scary. Spend an evening with us to learn practical strategies for every step of the college journey. Colleen Murray, Bear Creek's Dean of College and Academic Advising, will begin by demystifying college admissions and then Kenny Norris, AP English teacher, will show how to master the college essay, before finally Drew Armstrong, Christian studies teacher, will end with a discussion about the interpersonal skills every college student needs to master.

Thursday, November 7
5:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Upper School

  • Lower School
Tools for Success: How to Foster a Love of Writing in Your Child

Writing is a powerful form of communication, and we want our children to experience being a writer as part of their identity, just as being a speaker and a reader are a part of who they are. Join us as Margaret Harrison, grade 3 teacher at The Bear Creek School, shares ways to create a home environment that fosters a passion for writing in your child(ren), so they can be great communicators, expressing themselves and their unique ideas in compelling written form.

Thursday, November 14
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Main building's C.E. "Ted" Kindel Library

  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

“I’ve tried lectures, reasoning, and cajoling but my child still doesn’t listen to me. There must be a better way!” Based on the wisdom from the famous book by Elaine Mazlish and Adele Faber, preschool teacher Kellie Anderson will offer practical, effective techniques for helping children deal with their feelings, while engaging cooperation and encouraging autonomy.

Wednesday, December 4
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Preschool

  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Tools for Success: How to Communicate in the Teenage Years

Let’s admit, it can be challenging to communicate. Spend a morning delving into the positive purposes and problems with technology as well as spend time brainstorming how to engage in old-school face-to-face conversation with Bear Creek's Middle School Dean of Students Nathan Pettit and Science Department Chair Donna Dunn. Parents and teenagers and tweenagers, you are all invited.

Saturday, December 7
9:00 a.m.  – 10:30 a.m.
Upper School

  • College Advising
  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Tools for Success: How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying

High school is finally on the horizon, and it’s important for both students and parents to prepare for the years ahead. Spend an evening with us to learn about Bear Creek’s leadership opportunities, personalized academic counseling, and best-fit college advising. The evening also includes the opportunity to step into the science labs and become an engineer for a little while. Featuring Bear Creek's Math Department Chair Linda Graham, Dean of Students Dr. Jeff Gephart, and Deans of College and Academic Advising Colleen Murray and Emily Schuldt.

Thursday, January 9
5:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Upper School

  • Lower School
  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Foster a Love of Reading in Your Child

As parents, we desire to inspire a passion for reading in our children, and we long to provide quality reading experiences as they develop and grow as readers. From their earliest encounters with picture books to their devouring of great literature, we seek to provide our children with reading opportunities that will develop a life-long love of reading. Join us as Carolyn Ersek, a third-grade teacher at The Bear Creek School, and Dianna Kadeg, Lower School library teacher, share ways to create a home environment that fosters a vibrant love of reading in your child(ren). Learn how to select quality literature at the appropriate level, set up a home library, and partner with your school’s library to provide your children with the best possible reading experiences to enable them to become passionate readers!

Saturday, January 11
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Main building's C.E. "Ted" Kindel Library

  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a new (and exciting) chapter in a child’s life! Spend the morning learning how to encourage your child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth at home. Bear Creek's V.P. for Academic Affairs Karen Blankenbeckler will also show you how to identify various factors that indicate kindergarten-readiness.

Wednesday, February 5
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Preschool

  • Preschool
Tools for Success: How to Parent With Love and Logic

Lower School Division Head Kristen Gephart will teach parents proactive, respectful, and loving ways to raise responsible and caring children. Come and learn how to set limits with children, avoid power struggles, and empower your child to take responsibility for his or her actions.

Wednesday, April 22
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bear Creek Preschool