Grandparents

Parents: To ensure your child's grandparents receive information about the following programs, provide or update their information on your Household Profile. 

Join Us on October 18, 2018

Grandparents Day

Every other year, The Bear Creek School sets aside a day to honor the special bond between children and their grandparents. This year Grandparents Day is on October 18, 2018. Grandparents will have the opportunity to visit their grandchildren in kindergarten through grade 12 in their classrooms and participate in Chapel or other activities. A save-the-date postcard was mailed in July to all grandparents for whom we have mailing addresses. Invitations were mailed in early September; please RSVP by October 12.

RSVP for Grandparents Day

We look forward to having you join us!

Grandparents Day Schedule

Students will attend their regular classes on Grandparents Day. Grandparents should plan to enter through the front entrance of the Main Building or the Upper School in order to check in and pick up name tags and other important information. The schedule allows grandparents with students in multiple divisions to enjoy separate time with each grandchild.

7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast in Main Commons

Lower School and Early Middle School (Grades K-6)
8:30 a.m. Welcome by Headmaster 
8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Classroom visits 
9:30 a.m. Upper School tours available

Middle School (Grades 7-8)
8:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Classroom visits 
9:35 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Chapel in Cornerstone Theater/Main Commons
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Remarks by Headmaster
10:30 a.m. Upper School tours available

Upper School (Grades 9-12)
11:10 a.m. – noon Chapel in the Performing Arts Center
12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch*
1:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Classroom visits 
*Lunch guests must email Linda Sheppard (lsheppard@tbcs.org) by October 15.

Information for Grandparents

May I visit Bear Creek Preschool classes?

Due to differing schedules for the preschool classes, our youngest students do not participate in the Grandparents Day program, but grandparents are welcome to visit these classrooms on Wednesday, October 17 or Thursday, October 18 between 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Please verify with your grandchild’s parents that your preschool-age grandchild will be in class during the time you wish to visit.

Our classrooms are open to guests, so if you are in town at another time of year, please have the child’s parent contact the teacher to schedule a visit.

Where should I park?

If visiting an Upper School student, please park in the Upper School parking lot (8525 208th Ave NE, Redmond), located south of the fire station. All other grandparents should park at the Main Building (8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond) just north of the fire station. Parking attendants will be available to assist you when you arrive. Please follow the directions given by the attendants. All parking spots in the front row facing the Main Building will be reserved for those with handicapped permits. There are two disabled parking spots at the Upper School. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance of either building. There will be golf carts available for those traveling between the buildings to visit students in different divisions.

What about disabled accessibility?

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any special needs. In the Main Building, the Main Commons and all Lower School classrooms are on the lower level. Early Middle School (grades 5-6) and Middle School (grades 7-8) classrooms are on the second floor; there is an elevator.

In the Upper School, there are classrooms on both floors, accessible by an elevator. Disabled restrooms are available in both buildings.

Please let us know in advance if you would like assistance with a wheelchair, walker, or other special needs. Student and adult volunteers will be on hand to provide directions and assistance.

What if I have more than one grandchild?

We encourage you to feel free to leave one student’s classroom to move on to the next whenever you wish. If you are attending as a couple, you may each visit one room if you choose. Teachers are aware that people will be coming and going. Classroom visits will last approximately 45 minutes.

Will there be food?

We will serve a light breakfast. Upper School grandparents have the option to eat lunch with their grandchild, but must RSVP for lunch in advance to ensure the kitchen is adequately stocked.

I am unable to attend. Is there another way to participate?

You may send a card or letter to be delivered to your grandchild on Grandparents Day. Send it to: The Bear Creek School, CHILD’S FIRST AND LAST NAME, 8905 – 208th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98053

You may also support the Annual Fund by making a gift in honor of your grandchild using our secure online giving form

Who do I contact if I need more information?

Contact Linda Sheppard, lsheppard@tbcs.org or 425-898-1720 ext. 338.

Information for Parents

What uniform should my child wear?

Dress uniform is required for all students.

How do I make sure my parents get an invitation?

A save-the-date postcard is mailed in July to all grandparents for whom we have mailing addresses. Invitations are mailed in early September. Parents who did not provide a mailing address for their parents when completing the Summer Packet may do so by emailing Linda Sheppard at lsheppard@tbcs.org.

Grandparents should RSVP before October 12 so arrangements can be made to accommodate all our guests.

What if my child has no guest?

All students will be a part of this day and be included in the activities. In order to ensure that there is room for all of our grandparents, we respectfully request that parents not attend this event, even if your child does not have a grandparent who can attend.

Are parents allowed to attend?

Not really. For most grandparents, this biennial opportunity is the only time that they get to experience their K-12 grandchild's school life first-hand and see what makes Bear Creek so special. Parents may visit the classrooms throughout the school year, so we ask that this day be reserved just for grandparents. This is important to reduce crowding in the parking lots, classrooms, and common areas and ensure that there are enough seats for our visitors.

If grandparents require significant personal assistance that cannot be met by our volunteers, please let us know and we will work with you to create a plan to accommodate them. The safety and welfare of our community and guests is of utmost importance to us, and your cooperation will help our students and grandparents enjoy this special day.

What about drop-off, pick-up, and parking?

Drop-off and pick-up schedules and routes will remain the same as usual. Parking attendants will be onsite all day; please follow their instructions to keep traffic flowing smoothly. We encourage parents to drop off grandparents according to the schedules above, to reduce the number of cars in the parking lot. Students and staff will be parking off-site all day. Please avoid parking at Bear Creek on Grandparents Day if at all possible, in order to maximize the space available for our guests.

Grizzly Grams

Grandparents may send a special note of encouragement to their grandchild(ren) during the year, in the form of a Grizzly Gram. These are delivered to the student’s classroom. Each summer, the school sends blank Grizzly Gram forms to grandparents for delivery during the first few weeks of school.

Lunch with a Grandchild

If grandparents cannot attend Grandparents Day, and in years we do not hold the event, grandparents are welcome to have lunch with their grandchild(ren) as our guest. Please contact Linda Sheppard at Linda.Sheppard@tbcs.org or by phone 425-898-1720 ext. 338 at least two weeks in advance, to receive a schedule and logistical details and ensure the student will be on campus that day.

Volunteering

Grandparents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom or in other capacities for the school. More information is available at tbcs.org/Community/Get-Involved.