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Memory books and yearbooks must be ordered online in advance, and we do not accept cash or checks for yearbook orders. There will be no extras available for sale when the books are delivered. Order your child's

Wondering if you already ordered a book? Check your billing account on your Parent Portal (see FAQ for quick how-to guide).

Lunch

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Go to Food Services page to add money to your lunch account, see price list, and find other information.

Attendance

If your child will be absent from school or late to school, please inform the school.

Redmond Campus Students

  • Email attendancered@tbcs.org (preferred) or
  • Call the school (425-898-1720) and leave a voicemail message or speak with the Attendance Coordinator

If there is a change in your K-6 child's regular dismissal routine (e.g. he/she normally rides the bus, but won't today, or he/she normally has sports practice, but today will ride the bus), please email this information to the following three people:

Valley Campus Students

  • Email valley.office@tbcs.org (preferred) or
  • Call the school (425-885-9401) and leave a voicemail message or speak with the main office staff

Reporting Illness

If your child is sick, please ensure that you leave details in your email or phone message regarding your child's symptoms: fever? rash? vomiting? congestion? coughing? etc. The school nurse will follow up if necessary.

Prearranged Absences

If you know in advance that your student will be absent from school, please complete the appropriate form. Instructions and signatures needed are found on each form. These forms are not required for routine events like orthodontist appointments.

Upper School Prearranged Absence and Early Dismissal Form

Middle School Prearranged Absence Form

Lower School and Early Middle School Prearranged Absence Form

Daily Schedules

Preschool

Preschool students attend class from 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and meet according to the following schedules:

P3 Classes: 

  • 2 mornings, Tu/Th
  • 3 mornings, M/W/F

P4 Classes: 

  • 3 mornings, M/W/F
  • 4 mornings, M/Tu/W/Th

P5 Classes: 

  • 5 mornings, M/Tu/W/Th/F

Cubs Club classes extend the school day by 45 minutes from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lower School

Students attend Lower School classes according to the following schedule:

  • 2/3-day kindergarten meets 8:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. on M/W/F, and 8:40 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. on Tu/Th
  • Full-day kindergarten and grades 1-4 meet 8:40 a.m. - 3:25 p.m., M-F
  • Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Schedule Details

Supervised pre-care available in the Main Commons beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Faculty prayer time (except Mondays)
8:10 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. 

Classroom doors open at 8:25 a.m.

School day begins with pledge and prayer at 8:40 a.m.

Chapel on Tuesdays (dress uniform day)
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Math
8:55 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Morning Recess
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. kindergarten
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. grades 1-2 on playground, grades 3-4 on Owens Field

School day ends M/W/F for 2/3-day kindergarten at 11:40 a.m.

Lunch
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. for grades 3-4, followed by recess until 11:35 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. for grades K-2, followed by recess until noon

Afternoon Recess
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. varies by day, staggered by grade (15 minutes)

School day ends at 3:25 p.m.

Early Middle School

Students in grades 5-6 attend class according to the following schedule:

  • 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., M-F
  • Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Schedule Details

Supervised pre-care available in the C.E. "Ted" Kindel Library beginning at 7:45 a.m. each morning, except Wednesdays when pre-care is provided in the gym.

Faculty prayer time (except Mondays)
7:40 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. 

Classroom doors open at 7:55 a.m.

School day begins with pledge and prayer at 8:10 a.m.

Chapel on Tuesdays (dress uniform day)
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Recess
time varies by day (15 minutes) 

Math
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. M/T/Th/F
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. W

Lunch
11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., followed by recess until 12:35 p.m.

Afternoon Recess
time varies by day (15 minutes)

School day ends at 2:55 p.m.

Middle School

Students in grades 7-8 attend classes according to the following schedule:

  • 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., M/Tu/Th/F
  • 9:00 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., W
  • Extra Help is available 2:55 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., M/W/Th/F
  • Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Middle School classes meet on a 15-day rotating schedule:

JanTerm 2019 Schedule including lunch and activity period

Upper School

Students in grades 9-12 attend classes according to the following schedule:

  • 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., M/Tu/Th/F
  • 9:00 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., W
  • Extra Help is available 2:55 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., M/Tu/W/F
  • Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Upper School classes meet on a 5-day rotating schedule:

JanTerm 2019 Schedule including lunch and activity period

Forms

Picture Order Forms

Registrar Forms

Upper School Forms

Spring 2019 Band and Choir Trips

Middle School Forms

Early Middle School Forms

Lower School Forms

Health Forms

Immunization Forms

Parent Forms

College Advising

Naviance Student

Students may access their Naviance Student accounts through MyBC/Students without an additional password while parents receive their login credentials via email in August. If you are a Middle School or Upper School student or parent needing assistance accessing Naviance Student, please email us.

The Office of College Advising uses a comprehensive online service called Naviance Student. Over 9000 schools and districts use Naviance to transform their college and career readiness programs. Naviance offers college planning tools and resources for a number of important areas in the college planning and application process. The Bear Creek School offers Naviance Student to Middle School and Upper School students and parents.

  • Research colleges by exploring detailed information about colleges of interest, search for colleges based on the criteria that matters most to you, and save a list of colleges where you plan to apply that your college advisor can review.
  • Request transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation. View the status of these requests real-time.
  • View and register for over 75 on-campus college visits each fall.
  • Retain extracurricular activities and honors/awards from grades 9-12 that can be formatted automatically for a resume (useful for interviews and applications)
  • Complete online surveys that include Do What You Are, Strength Explorer, MI Advantage, and Learning Style Inventory. These help the Office of College Advising guide students and give useful information about possible careers and fields of study.
  • Research careers by taking career assessments, reviewing hundreds of careers and career clusters, and finding colleges that have programs that align with your academic interests.
  • Plan for the future by creating goals and to-do lists; keep track of important tasks assigned to you by your college advisor.
  • Read monthly newsletters posted by our Office of College Advising that are tailored to each grade level.

Events and Deadlines

Academic and College Planning Night Resources

Recorded College Advising Presentations

Requires Microsoft PowerPoint. Ms. Carhart has recorded the audio for each presentation. Some presentations have external links to helpful YouTube videos.

Academic Advising

Course Selection Resources and Catalogs

Forms

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

AP Course Description Videos

College-Level Challenge

Bear Creek's AP Program gives students the opportunity to rise to college-level challenges in high school, enables them to potentially receive both high school and college credit, and prepares them to enter higher education well-prepared for its demands. College applicants who have taken AP courses in high school are often viewed more favorably by college admissions staff and traditionally have outperformed non-AP college students academically.

Upon completion of a Bear Creek AP course, students take the nationally-coordinated AP Exam in May. According to their performance on the exam, students may be awarded credit or advanced standing from the colleges that they attend. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a grade of 5 receiving the rating of “extremely well qualified.” Generally a score of 3 or above earns college credit. Students are encouraged to evaluate the credit policy for each college or university of interest. Credit policies vary from college to college.

AP courses are college-level courses taught by Bear Creek faculty with guidance by The College Board.

The College Board's AP Program

What courses are taught at Bear Creek?

Bear Creek offers the following AP courses:

  • AP Calculus AB*
  • AP Calculus BC*
  • AP Statistics*
  • AP Biology*
  • AP Chemistry*
  • AP Physics 1*
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Music Theory*
  • AP Computer Science A*

* See course catalog for prerequisites.

Upper School Course Catalog

Additionally, students who are passionate about a subject not listed above may choose to study independently for any (except language) of the AP Exams offered by the College Board, e.g. AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, or AP Art History. Bear Creek will administer the AP Exam in May at the designated time.

How does an AP course compare to other high school courses?

Advanced Placement classes are designed to mirror courses offered on college campuses. They are more challenging and require personal discipline and independent study techniques. Students will experience an increased reading load and longer writing assignments in most AP classes. AP courses attract students who are academically motivated, personally invested, and diligent.

AP courses culminate each May with a national examination in each subject area. Students may earn college credit based on their exam score (typically with a 3 or higher).

What skills would enhance my ability to succeed in an AP class?

Students who choose to enroll in AP classes typically bring a well-developed skill set in the following areas: ability to analyze content, draw comparisons, and effectively reason through problems. They must be able to read perceptively and independently. Additionally, students need to be proficient in writing concise and clear essays. Students must have a minimum of a B in prior academic department coursework to qualify for AP course enrollment.

How many AP courses should I take in one academic year?

Given the high commitment level and increased demand, course selection should be considered carefully. All students in grades 11 and 12 who meet qualifications should consider at least one AP course each year. Many students carry two AP courses. Students rarely take three AP courses in a single year. Due to the advanced level of course content and necessary prerequisite skills for success, all AP course selection require approval, and students must petition to enroll in more than two AP courses.

Petition to Enroll in Multiple AP Courses 

In exceptional circumstances, students may take an AP class not typically offered in their grade; submit this petition to enroll in an AP course out of sequence.

Petition for Non-Standard Course Progression

Is there a fee to take an AP course?

While there is no additional charge to take one or more AP classes, The College Board charges an exam fee. In March, families pay online for the exam(s) prior to students sitting for AP Exams in May.

Are there any additional benefits to AP course work?

Students who succeed in AP courses generally do well in college as a result of the exposure to collegiate teaching and testing methodology, and increased academic preparation. All AP courses are noted on the official Bear Creek transcript.

NU Concurrent Credit Program

Northwest University

 

 

 

The Bear Creek School and Northwest University have partnered to offer concurrent college credit in the following courses. This list is reviewed and updated in the spring; applications and fees must be submitted to Northwest University by October 1.

2018-2019
AP English Language and Composition ENGL 2203 (Survey of American Literature) 3 credits
Honors American Literature ENGL 2203 (Survey of American Literature) 3 credits
Modern Christian Thought and Practice THEO 1XX3 (Christianity in a Modern World) 3 credits
Worldview Capstone THEO 2413 (Developing a Biblical Worldview) 3 credits
Strength Training PEDU 1061 (Weight Training) 1 credit
Health PEDU 2523 (Issues in Heath) 3 credits
AP Physics 1: Algebra-based SCIE 1283 and 1281 (Physics w/ lab) 4 credits
AP Statistics MATH 2003 (Introduction to Statistics) 3 credits
AP U.S. History HIST 2503 and 2513 (U.S. History I and II) 6 credits
Graphic Design 1 and 2 ARTE 1XX3 (Introduction to Graphic Arts) 3 credits

 

JanTerm

JanTerm is much like a collegiate mini-semester. Students choose four topical two-week seminars that offer a greater opportunity to explore new course topics which may not fit into the traditional academic year, but are perfect for shorter, more intensive study. Courses are developed by faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, parents, and grandparents, all of whom bring tremendous creativity and personal passion into the classroom. Typically, over 75 classes are offered each year.

For an example of the kinds of courses offered, please review the JanTerm 2019 Course Catalog at a Glance or the JanTerm 2019 Class Details listed below.

Academic Events and Deadlines

Schedules, Office Hours, ...

Volunteer

Around Campus

In the Classroom

  • Parents of K-6 students will sign up in their children’s classrooms
  • Parents of 7-12 may also help in a K-6 classroom e.g. art docent, math stations, reading stations

Email Archives

Happy spring! Please read this Update to find out what's ahead in for students in grades 5-8 and their parents, including information about standardized testing, yearbook and memory book deadlines, Class of 2024 time capsule project, final exams, class placement and math placement meetings, and much more.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - April 2019
He is risen!
  • Headmaster

During this Lenten season and as we approach Easter, we reflect on the love of Christ and rejoice in his resurrection. Happy Easter from The Bear Creek School.

Read More about He is risen!

Also see Headmaster Update videos archives.

If you aren't finding Updates in your inbox, check your junk mail. and put the domain bearcreek.myenotice.com on your safe sender list. 

Additional email communication is archived as Messages on the Parent Portal. Put the domain(s) mail*.veracross.com on your safe sender list.

Updates from Previous Years

Preschool Update Archives

Lower School Update Archives

Grizzly Middle Archives

Upper School Update Archives

Academic Affairs Archives

Dean of Students Archives

Registrar Archives

Additional communication from the Registrar is archived on the Parent Portal (and Student Portal).

Health Alerts

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For more details about posted Health Alerts, see the Bear Creek Health Policies.

Chapel

Senior Class

Advice for the college launch

Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 a.m.
Farmhouse

RSVP

A gathering for parents of graduating seniors to hear from, and ask questions of, other parents who have launched their children. Come receive and share wisdom about parenting your child as he or she transitions to college. Coffee and pastries served. Hosted by the Parents of Alumni Committee

An Evening of Honors

This very special event is held the evening prior to Commencement, Friday, June 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. At this memorable celebration, our seniors reflect on their years at Bear Creek, receive commendation for their many accomplishments, and express appreciation to their parents. The immediate family (just parents and siblings) of all graduating seniors are invited to attend. Dessert and coffee are served.

Dressy attire: Men wear slacks, dress shirts, and ties (coats optional); ladies wear dresses or blouses and skirts/slacks.

RSVPs are required for this event by Friday, May 17. Please include your senior in your RSVP count.

RSVP

Senior Class Calendar

Useful Links

Parent Orientation

New Families

Certificate of Immunization Status must be submitted by all new students in order to start school in the fall. Washington State Department of Health now offers online access to your family's immunization information.

Parents: Your Bear Creek username and password (the same credentials you used to access the Admissions Portal) are scheduled to be activated for logging in on this page and the Parent Portal in mid-July. You'll need your parent credentials to register your child for a fall sport and to access the Parent Portal to complete your Back-to-School Registration forms.

Watch for the Back-to-School Registration email coming to your inbox in early July!

Preschool (P3/P4/P5)

Certificate of Immunization Status required for all P3 and all new P4/P5 students

Cubs Club 

Key Contacts: Email and Phone

Mark Your Calendar and Yearly Planner

Preschool Supply List

Tips for Transitioning to Preschool

Preschool: A Practical Primer

Summer Camp

Watch for the Back-to-School Registration email coming to your inbox in early July!

All K-12 Families

Bus Service, Transportation, and Parking

Key Contacts: Email and Phone

School Calendar and Yearly Planner

School Supply Lists

School Uniforms

Summer Camp

Watch for the Back-to-School Registration email coming to your inbox in early July!

Lower School (K-4)

See also: All K-12 Families

Mark Your Calendar

Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up Route Maps

Early Middle School (5-6)

See also: All K-12 Families

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Sports Registration (grade 6)

Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up Route Maps

Summer Assignments

Middle School (7-8)

See also: All K-12 Families

Fall Sports Registration

Mark Your Calendar

MS New Student Elective Course Preferences

MS Weekly Timetable

Summer Assignments

Upper School (9-12)

See also: All K-12 Families

Fall Sports Registration

Mark Your Calendar

Summer Assignments

US New Student Course Preferences

US Weekly Timetable

Family Handbook

Log in if the 2018-2019 Family Handbook is not available here. If you are logged in, you'll see your first name under the word Parents, e.g. WELCOME JOHN!