Weekly Announcements

For Upper School Students


Happy Birthday!

Birthday blessings and best wishes to the following students, faculty, and staff:

  • Sep-30 Ana Karelys Paramo and Savanna Jani
  • Oct 10 William Rosu
Next Week: Student Life Snapshot

During the week of October 3 – 7, Upper School student activities include the following:

  • Monday:
    • Dress uniform
    • Assembly—I-Fest speaker sponsored by Student Relations
    • Activity Period—NHS meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • Dress uniform
    • Chapel—Mentor Groups
    • Activity Period—Student leadership meetings
  • Wednesday:
    • Late start
    • Casual uniform
  • Thursday:
    • I-Feast during lunch (sign up to bring something)
    • House meetings—I-Fest talent show
  • Friday:
    • Free PINK dress
    • Activity Period—Clubs (Rotation 2)
    • Dig Pink volleyball matches

More details can be found below as well as on the Upper School Calendar and in Teams.

I-Fest: October 3 – 7

I-Fest is our annual celebration of the many cultures and ethnicities that make up our wonderful Bear Creek community! Check out how to get involved in I-Fest during the week of October 3 – 7.

  • All Week: Mark on the world map in the science hallway to show from where your family originates
  • Monday: Assembly with guest speaker Daniel Bates from Bellevue Presbyterian Church
  • Thursday: “I-Feast” celebration during lunch (sign up to share a dish) and talent show during House

Contact Associate Dean of Students Mr. Urban (durban@tbcs.org) or Student Relations Committee Head Ainsley Keith (ainsleyekeith@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

9 Colleges Visit Bear Creek Week of October 3

Representatives from the following schools will visit with Bear Creek students next week. Students must RSVP in Naviance. (Watch this quick video to see how.) Virtual visit links will be available in Naviance Student ten minutes before each presentation.

  • Tuesday, October 4
    • 7:30 AM – University of Oregon 
    • 3:00 PM – University of Toronto
  • Wednesday, October 5
    • 12:00 PM – George Washington University
    • 12:00 PM – The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 
    • 3:00 PM – Davidson College
    • 3:00 PM – Vanderbilt University
  • Thursday, October 6
    • 7:30 AM – Texas Christian University 
    • 3:00 PM – University of Rochester
  • Friday, October 7
    • 3:00 PM – Northwest College of Art & Design
Support Dig Pink Volleyball on October 7

Plan to wear pink to support Dig Pink on Friday, October 7, when the Grizzlies take on the Seattle Academy Cardinals in the fourteenth annual volleyball match-up (Middle School green and JV-C at 3:15 p.m., JV at 4:30 p.m., varsity at 6:00 p.m.). Proceeds from T-shirt sales ($20), admission ($5), and concessions will benefit the Side-Out Foundation which raises funds to support stage IV breast cancer awareness and treatment through volleyball-related events. Matches in the gym will be streaming on NHFS Network.

T-shirts will be sold on campus (cash only) October 4 – 7 during Upper School lunch and before and after school in the Main hallway.

On October 7, the Hungry Bear will be selling pizza, salads, pink cotton candy, pink lemonade, pink frosted cupcakes, and other fun items. All proceeds benefit the Side-Out Foundation. Additionally, the Grizzly Gear Shop will be open for business!

Register for European Humanities Trip 2023 by October 10

History teachers Dr. Rob Sorensen and Mrs. Laura Price will lead students in grades 9 – 12 on a trip to England and Scotland during Spring Break 2023 (see more trip details). Registration and deposit are due by Monday, October 10. Contact Dr. Sorensen (rsorensen@tbcs.org) or Mrs. Price (lwilson@tbcs.org) with any questions.

Introduction to College and Academic Advising on October 10

Join us online to kick off the Upper School advising experience. On Monday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m., Dean of Academic Advising Ayoleida Paramo will give attendees a sneak peek at the whole program, discuss course planning, college eligibility, college admissions testing, personality/strength assessments and inventory, and more. Intended for students in grades 8 – 10 and their parents.

PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT on October 12

The PSAT/NMSQT tests will be administered Wednesday, October 12:

  • All students are automatically registered, and parents do not have to pay a testing fee.
  • Drop off and pick up all students at Upper School.
  • Grade 9 will sit for the PSAT 8/9 exam in the Nagel Commons. Students must arrive by 8:45 a.m., and testing will start at 9:00 a.m. Testing will be completed by 12:30 p.m., after which students should depart campus. Lunch will not be served.
  • Grades 10 and 11 will sit for the PSAT/NMSQT exam in the gym. Students must arrive by 8:45 a.m. (plan ahead to ensure you have enough time to walk across to the gym), and testing will start at 9:00 a.m. Testing will be completed by 1:00 p.m., after which students should depart campus. Lunch will not be served.

All students should bring the following to the test:

Class of 2023 Yearbook Items Due by October 14

Seniors must submit their senior portraits, baby pictures, and quotes to yearbook@tbcs.org by October 14. See flyer for requirements.

Register for Upper School Basketball by October 20

Register online now for Upper School boys and girls basketball; the registration deadline is Thursday, October 20. Schedule a physical exam as soon as possible; student-athletes may not participate in the first practice without it! The first day of the Upper School winter season is Monday, November 14.

Register for Upper School Forensics and Math Teams

It is time to register students in grades 9 – 12 for Bear Creek's award-winning forensics (speech and debate) and math teams. Please register online for academic teams.

  • Forensics team will meet on Mondays during Activity Period, as well as after school (schedule under development). The season runs October – February. Contact Dr. Sorensen (rsorensen@tbcs.org) with questions.
  • Math team will meet on Mondays, beginning September 12, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., in US Room 107.
Check Naviance Student

The latest from the Office of Academic and College Advising for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors is posted in Naviance Student. Students may also access Naviance Student and x2VOL through MyBC/Students. Please email Mrs. Paramo (aparamo@tbcs.org) if you need assistance accessing Naviance.

Upper School Attendance and Student ID Cards

Students will use the kiosk to sign in tardy in the morning or tardy to a class during the school day and to sign out if they are leaving early. Please carry last year's student ID card if you have it (new cards will be distributed in October). A student may only leave during the school day if a parent has notified the school ahead of time by email (attendance@tbcs.org) or by a phone call.

Parents should also email attendance@tbcs.org if a student is home sick or otherwise not attending school. We appreciate your help as we partner to ensure that all our students are accounted for each day.

Club Meeting Rotation Schedule

This year there are 19 student-led clubs, and many students want to participate with multiple groups. To help reduce the meeting conflicts, clubs will meet on a rotating schedule.

Rotation 1
  • Astronomy Club (US Room 103)
  • Chess Club (US Room 107)
  • Mahjong Chinese Culture Club (US Room 204)
  • Eco Club (US Room 202)
  • News Team (US Room 206)
  • Coding Club (US Room 201)
  • Tabletop Strategy Club (Wesley Choir Room)
  • Healthcare Club (US Room 102)
  • Mock Trial Club (US Room 208)
  • Drama Club (Vivaldi Drama Room)
  • Chemistry Club (US Room 106)
  • Bear Creek News Network (BCNN) (US Room 203)
Rotation 2
  • Creative Crafting Club (US Room 110)
  • Design Club (US Room 109)
  • Model United Nations (Diamond Performing Arts Center)
  • Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club) (US Room 107)
  • Philosophy Club (US Room 208)
  • The Arcade (US Room 205)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FLBA) (US Room 203)
  • Psychology Club (US Room 107)
Study Skills Sessions Every Tuesday

Weekly sessions are held on Tuesdays, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Andrea Lairson Library. Mrs. Paramo will support students with a variety of strategies for learning that are critical to success in school, including organizing, taking in and retaining new information, dealing with assessments, and time management.

Upper School Teacher Office Hours - Fall 2022

Upper School students are encouraged to take advantage of their teachers' office hours each week.

Shop Online for House Merchandise

House gear is available online through the Grizzly Gear Shop! See what is in stock for your House.

Log Community Service Hours in x2VOL

Community service hours are a requirement for graduation. Upper School students must log at least 100 hours (75 hours for classes of 2021 – 2024 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic) between the summer before freshman year and the spring of senior year. Students must log their community service hours on x2VOL, our school tracking system. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Davison or Mrs. Páramo.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to review the calendar on this page for a list of all the student activities scheduled for next week!


Diamond Performing Arts Center
Diamond Performing Arts Center
Diamond Performing Arts Center
Diamond Performing Arts Center
Diamond Performing Arts Center

Athletics Events