Weekly Announcements

For Upper School Students


Happy Birthday!

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

  • Oct 17 Joshua Waibel and Coach Mendezona
  • Oct 19 Tor Hermansen and Oscar Moe
  • Oct 20 Isabel Jones and Cici Yang
  • Oct 21 Dr. Howell
Next Week: Student Life Snapshot

During the week of October 18 – 22, Upper School student activities the following. More detail on Upper School Calendar and in Teams.

  • Monday:
    • No school
    • Senior Drop-in College App Office Hours
  • Tuesday:
    • Dress uniforms
    • Mentor Groups: I-Fest Chapel
    • Activity Period: Winter sports interest meetings; Leaders meetings
    • Student-Night soccer and volleyball games; free MOD pizza
  • Wednesday:
    • Make-up testing
    • Late start
    • Casual uniforms
    • I-Fest flag scavenger hunt
  • Thursday:
    • I-Fest Feast
    • House Meetings: I-Fest Kahoot!
  • Friday: 
    • Casual uniforms
    • Activity Period: Club meetings (Week 2...See below for week 2 club list.)
10 Colleges Visit Bear Creek Week of October 18

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

After checking in with their lunch group leaders, students may use the Andrea Lairson library to attend college virtual visits scheduled during lunch time.

  • October 18
    • 11:30 a.m. – Brandeis University
    • 11:30 a.m. – Champlain College  
  • October 19
    • 7:30 a.m. – University of Oregon
    • 11:30 a.m. – College of the Holy Cross
  • October 20 
    • 12:00 p.m. – Claremont McKenna College 
    • Noon. – Dickinson College 
    • 3:30 p.m. – Hofstra University 
  • October 21
    • 3:30 p.m. – Dartmouth University
  • October 22
    • 7:30 a.m. – Kalamazoo College
    • 3:00 p.m. – University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Winter Sports Interest Meetings on October 19

Students interested in playing an Upper School winter sport (boys and girls basketball) must attend an interest meeting during activity period on Tuesday, October 19. Meet the coach and hear about practices, schedules, gear orders, and other season details. Attending a meeting does not commit you to play, but if you are considering a winter sport, you should plan to attend.

Student-Night Games on October 19

On Tuesday, October 19, the bleachers in the gym are reserved just for Upper School students (no parents). Volleyball matches start at 4:30 p.m. (JV) and 6:00 p.m. (varsity). Don't forget to support the Grizzlies Booster Club by ordering your MOD Pizza for dinner. Space in the gym is limited so students will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

MOD Pizza is donating 20% of proceeds from dine-in, takeout, and delivery orders to the Grizzlies Booster Club when you place your online order using the coupon code of "GR202291B" or mention that you are with Bear Creek's Grizzlies Booster Club before placing your phone or in-person order.

Date Change: Junior Class Social on October 23

The ASB Junior Class Fall Social will be held at the Family Fun Center (7300 Fun Center Way, Tukwila, WA 98188) on new date! Saturday, October 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thank you to everyone who have already signed up! If you have not already, juniors may still sign up by filling out this form. All details and prices for the three group packages that Family Fun Center has offered are listed on the form. Payments will be accepted at the group check-in window upon arrival. Please contact Andrew Tang or Clara Ogus if you have any questions.

Instructions for SAT School-Day on October 28

The SAT will be administered to pre-registered juniors and seniors on Wednesday, October 28:

  • Drop-off: 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (allow extra time, arrive early)
  • Test Starts: 8:00 a.m.
  • Pick-up: Noon (students must depart promptly when they are done testing)

Students must adhere to health and social distance guidelines while testing and during breaks.

  • Use of masks is required.
  • Students are encouraged to practice regular handwashing and to stay home if they are sick. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Students will be seated at least six feet apart.

Students are recommended to dress comfortably, following the school dress guidelines, and bring the following items:

  • Face covering 
  • No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator with extra batteries
  • A watch (without an audible alarm) to keep track of time
  • Drinks and snacks (for the break)

Students should create a College Board account, if they don’t have one already, in order to view SAT scores, search for colleges, and build a college list.

For more information and details, please visit the College Board.

Fall Costume Dance on October 30

It's a Neon Disco! Upper School students are invited to come in costume on Saturday evening, October 30, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in the Main Commons and Gym. Tickets cost $20 and will be sold during break and lunch prior to the dance.

Withdrawal Deadline November 3

Students may withdraw from classes until November 3. Courses will be recorded on transcript with a W.

Class of 2022 Yearbook Items Overdue

Senior portrait, baby pictures, and quotes were due to yearbook@tbcs.org by October 15. See flyer for requirements. Please contact Mrs. Plourde (bplourde@tbcs.org) to make arrangements if the items have not been submitted yet.

Class of 2022 Diploma Name and Gown Size Due November 5

Please complete the online diploma name and gown size form by Friday, November 5. Enter the full name of the senior exactly as you would like to have it appear on the diploma and be read aloud during the Commencement ceremony. The entry on this form will dictate what is printed on the diploma and also what is printed in the program. Historically, our seniors list their full (given) names on their diplomas. Also provide your/your senior's height so we may order the correct size gown for you/him/her.

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.

Club Meeting Rotation Schedule

This year there are 15 student-led clubs, and many students want to participate with multiple groups. To help reduce the meeting conflicts, beginning Friday, October 1, clubs will meet on a rotating schedule.

Week 1

  • YUPP
  • Philosophy Club
  • Tabletop Strategy Club
  • Eco Club
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Engineering Club
  • Be Kind Project

Week 2

  • Discipleship Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Star Wars Club
  • Model UN
  • Chemistry Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • News Team
  • Programming Club
Shop Online for House Merchandise

We are excited to announce that, after a year of planning, House Gear Shops are online! Over the years, many students have asked for opportunities to order replacement sweatshirts or more house gear. We believe these online gear stores will make it easier for individuals to order House merchandise. See what is already in stock for your House:

Test Make-up Opportunities on Wednesdays

Mrs. Hill will proctor make-up tests on Wednesdays mornings, September 15 – December 8, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., in US Room 204. Please be sure to confirm your make-up test with your teacher prior to coming in to take the test.

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, sign in for Study Hall, 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.

Upper School Lunch

Upper School students will eat with their lunch/activity group and their designated locations. Students must place their lunch orders each day before 9:00 a.m. using the Upper School Lunch Orders form. It is helpful for students to order the night before coming to school.

Upper School Uniforms: Dress and Casual

Students must wear the complete dress uniform on Mondays and Tuesdays, including DENNIS-brand pants or skirt; a dress shirt or polo; and a DENNIS-brand embroidered vest or sweater, or a blazer.

Casual uniform is worn on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. While in the building, all outerwear must be Bear Creek logo items such as a sweater, sweatshirt, vest, or other Bear Creek item. Coats, hoodies, or other outerwear with logos such as North Face, Reebok, Puma, etc., are not allowed. See Family Handbook.

Upper School Student Parking

Upper School students may park at school only if the parking application has been accepted and fee paid. Student park in the Upper School lots, including the lot adjacent to 208th Ave NE where faculty normally park. If the Upper School lots are full, students must park at the Main building (front lot only). Plan to arrive on campus early!

Parking spaces are not assigned, so students may park in any spot except the handicap and visitor spaces at the front entrance. Applications for parking are still being accepted. Parents may pay the fee and upload the forms to the health portal.

Upper School Drop-off and Pick-up

Please follow the drop-off and pick-up schedules and routes. Please do not arrive on campus until the designated pick-up time (see below); it causes cars to back up onto the street. Thank you!

Morning Drop-off
Drop-off Time Grades Drop-off Location

7:40 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (M, Tu, Th, F)

8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (W)

9 – 12
  • Parents drop off students at the front entrance
  • Student drivers will enter through the Nagel Commons doors
Upper School Drop-off
Afternoon Pick-up

To avoid traffic backing up onto the street, afternoon pick-up times are staggered. Parents should arrive no earlier than the listed dismissal time; if you have students in multiple grades, please arrive at the later dismissal time. Please pull all the way forward when waiting for your child and do not block the east parking lot so our student drivers may exit.

Upper School students with younger siblings may also walk over to the Main building and find their parents in the front parking lot. Parents should pull into a parking spot; do not stop in the Main building pick-up line to wait for Upper School students.

Dismissal Time Grades Pick-up Location
2:55 p.m. 11 – 12 Student drivers dismissed.
3:00 p.m. 9 Parents pick up freshmen at the front entrance.
3:10 p.m. 10 Parents pick up sophomores at the front entrance.
3:20 p.m. 11 – 12 Parents pick up juniors and seniors at the front entrance.
Fall Sports Spectator Guidelines

There are no spectator restrictions outdoors (cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis) other than family units should stay socially distanced when possible. Currently, we are not allowing spectators indoors (volleyball) except for parents and immediate families of team members. Read Coach Pohlman's recent Athletics Update for more details.

Watch Grizzlies Volleyball on NFHS Network

Grizzlies home games streaming live! The Pixellot S series broadcast camera broadcasts our home volleyball and basketball games through the National Federation of High School Athletics (NFHS) Network. Home games are now available to anyone, anywhere. This new technology will allow fans who cannot enter the gym due to pandemic protocols, families who are out of town, and grandparents living across the country to tune in live during Grizzlies home games.

For the 2021 – 2022 school year, the school has purchased licensing rights to all home games broadcast from our gym. Just create an account and "follow" The Bear Creek School to watch these games at no charge.


In order to watch sporting events broadcasting live from other schools, you may need to subscribe (the cheapest option costs $10 per month).

Upcoming Events

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



Athletics Events