The Bear Facts

News and announcements for the Bear Creek community

All School News

Hope Week 2021

This past week, January 30 – February 3, students in grades K – 12 celebrated Hope Week 2023, our annual week-long emphasis on reflecting on the hope we have in Christ while sharing that hope with others by providing support for those in need around our world. We are very close to meeting our K – 12 goal is to raise $15,000 towards funding a well project to provide clean water for a community in need, and you can still support Hope Week by making a donation to World Vision today.

Read More about Hope Week 2023 Concludes Today
Titus the Grizzly

The Booster Club is excited to announce that the Grizzly Gear Shop has resumed regular hours every Friday.  Please note credit card only, no cash or checks accepted. 

  • By Main Commons: Fridays, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • By Upper School's Nagel Commons: Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

We also have a special Upper School shopping day scheduled:

  • Wednesday, February 15, 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Read More about Regular Grizzly Gear Shop Hours

The health room regularly loans out uniform items to students who need a clean change of clothes during the school day (bloody nose vs. white shirt, muddy pants from recess, accidents, etc.). If your child has come home in a borrowed uniform, please return items to the health room. Also, the health room will gladly take donations of gently used, clean items, particularly:

  • White shirts for LS/MS girls, sizes XS-XXL
  • Navy leggings to wear under skirts, all sizes
  • Navy bike shorts to wear under skirts, all sizes
Read More about Please Return Loaned Uniforms to Health Room

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Upper School News

Congratulations to the forensics team for its great success at the Seattle University High School Speech and Debate Tournament held online January 27 – 28. Competing against students from 85 schools across a dozen states, it was the largest competition the team has seen this season, and several members earned bids to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and National Independent Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). Read more for all the details.

Read More about 2023 Seattle U High School Speech and Debate Tournament Forensics Team Results

At the 2022 – 2023 Washington State High School Math Is Cool Masters competition held online on January 11, 2023, Bear Creek's grades 11 – 12 team competed in Division i (large or selective schools) and earned third place among strong competition from across the entire state. Congratulations to team members Jingyi Zhao, Payton Gergen, Andrew Lin, all seniors, and Yulia Vasyura, junior.

Read More about Grades 11 – 12 Math Team Places Third at 2023 HS Math Is Cool Masters

As students begin to consider course selection for next year, Deans of College and Academic Advising Katie Gomulkiewicz ( and Ayoleida Páramo ( are offering 1-on-1 advising meetings with students to help them prepare for selecting next year's courses and applying to college (for rising seniors). Read more to learn how students may schedule an appointment.

Read More about Course Selection and Advising Appointments

Middle School News

On Friday, January 27, Middle School parents are invited to join Division Head Jenn McDonough and Dean of Students Nathan Pettit in the C.E. “Ted” Kindel Library from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for fellowship and conversation. In this session, we will focus on preparing for spring, and a panel of guests from across the Division will share a variety of perspectives. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Read More about Middle School Connection on February 17

Lower School News

Preschool News

Preschoolers are invited to dress in pink and red colors as we celebrate Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 13, and Tuesday, February 14. Look out for teacher's newsletters which will have more information about the class parties. Class parties (and dress-up days) will be as follows:

  • February 13: P3 Mrs. Mills; P3 Mrs. Files; and P4 Mrs. Hodges
  • February 14: P3 Mrs. Taylor; P4 Mrs. Fletcher; P4 Mrs. Venable; P5 Mrs. Finlan; and P5 Mrs. Jacobson
Read More about Preschool Valentine Parties on February 13 and 14

Athletics News

Upper School Spring Sports Registration Due February 9

The first day of Upper School spring sports (baseball, girls golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and track & field) practice is Monday, February 27, and the sports registration deadline is Thursday, February 9. Please pay the fee online and visit the health portal to ensure all the necessary releases are signed and forms submitted. 

Read More about Upper School Spring Sports Registration Due February 9

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