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  • Upper School

November greetings from the Upper School leadership team! This Update highlights professional development by faculty and staff, student commendations, and student contributions. It also contains information about our upcoming events, such as the Upper School drama and Christmas at Bear Creek concerts, plus final exams and other end of semester details.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

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.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

This has been a busy and exciting season at Bear Creek. Students have settled into second semester, and spring is in the air. Read this update to learn about upcoming parent/teacher conferences, field trips, memory book and yearbook order deadlines, and other events like Parenting Under Pressure and Hour of Code.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - March 2019
  • Athletics

Thanks for coming out to support the Grizzlies at our Strong Against Cancer games last week. I hope you are all surviving Snowmageddon 2019! We have made quite a few changes to the basketball schedule as we try to wrap up the regular season and get ready for some play-off basketball! Read about tonight's final league basketball games, Monday's play-off game, and more in this Update.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

Happy February! Our students are continuing to learn about wisdom, compassion, and courage as they participated in our recent Strong Against Cancer event, interacted with some amazing Chapel speakers, share moments of service, care for one another in and out of the classroom, and seek Jesus each and every day.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - February 2019
  • Athletics

If your son or daughter is planning to play a spring sport at Bear Creek, please complete the online registration form and pay the fee by the Friday, February 8 deadline. We cannot guarantee participation for any student registering late. Interested students should attend lunchtime spring sports interest meetings on Friday, January 25. The coaches will be on hand to answer questions about the season.

Read More about Register for Upper School Spring Sports by February 8
  • Athletics

If your son or daughter is planning to play a spring sport at Bear Creek, please complete the online registration form and pay the fee by the Friday, February 8 deadline. We cannot guarantee participation for any student registering late. The Middle School spring sports seasons all begin on Monday, March 4, and each season will end no later than May 10.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

JanTerm starts today for Middle School students, and Early Middle School students begin their second semester. It is such a delight to see our students enjoying the learning and one another as they hone their abilities to treat each another with dignity and respect and continue to develop in wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - January 2019
  • Athletics

As you get ready to start a new semester, go ahead and pull out a calendar and plan to attend some fun home basketball game nights scheduled in January. The boys and girls basketball teams have some big home games coming up, and we'd love to see your family sporting green and gold (or purple) and cheering on our Grizzlies as the regular season ramps up.

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Ski Penguin
  • Middle School
  • Upper School

Bear Creek's Ski & Snowboard Program begins on Friday, January 4, and I'm excited that our students will be heading off to Stevens Pass Ski Area again this year. The program continues on Fridays, January 11 and 18. Read this update for program information about medication, bus assignments, lessons and free skiing/boarding, lunch, drop-off and pick-up times, and emergency communications.

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Cap and Books
  • Academic Planning
  • College Advising

Academic and College Planning Night will feature a college application review panel with representatives from three colleges who will discuss real application case studies. Numerous breakout sessions will provide information on a range of academic and college planning topics geared for students in grades 5 and up and their parents.

Read More about Invitation to Academic and College Planning Night on January 17
  • Upper School

November greetings from the Upper School leadership team! While we are excited to kick off our holiday season, we are still celebrating the many great academic, athletics, fine arts, and student life events we accomplished this fall. This update also contains information about our upcoming events, such as the Upper School drama and Christmas at Bear Creek concerts, plus final exams and other end of semester details.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

The beauty of the season is all around us. Leaves change color and fall to the ground. There is a chill in the air. Every year, summer turns to autumn, and autumn turns to winter. Our students are transforming, as well. They are maturing in relationships, finding their voices, and advocating for themselves. Their hearts and minds are growing as they develop the character of wisdom, compassion, and courage. My heart is full as I see this growth take place, day in and day out, in our hallways and classrooms.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - October 2018
  • Preschool

Our school year is off to a great start, and we have been enjoying the sights and sounds of fall. As I wander campus, I see delighted learners engaged in classroom activities, enthusiastic children enjoying our new playground elements, and parents living in community and connecting with others. Thank you for all you are doing to support your child, the teachers, and one another. We are grateful for your partnership as we nurture students to grow in wisdom, compassion, and courage.

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  • Dean of Students
  • Upper School

Dear Parents, 
 
What beautiful days we are celebrating in this fall season! Upper School student life at Bear Creek is in a great rhythm, and our student leadership, advisors, and staff are working hard to create a fun and engaging atmosphere and program for our student body. Since our first dance is coming up, I'd like to share some information with you about the various socials planned for this school year.

Read More about Upper School Dances and Socials
  • Athletics

It's hard to believe we are in the final weeks of our fall sports seasons. I am so proud of all our fall season athletes, and I am excited to root them on as we get into the postseason. You will find contest dates, times, and locations on the school website's Athletics Calendar. I hope to see you all out cheering on the Grizzlies in the playoffs. Read on to learn about their accomplishments and the upcoming competition.

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  • Upper School

Greetings from the Upper School leadership team! We are in full swing enjoying the sights and sounds of our academic, athletics, fine arts, and student life activities. Our campus is buzzing with students and faculty members all working hard to plan and implement all we have going on. I invite you to read this update to hear about upcoming events and to watch a featured video created by one of our talented Grizzlies!  

Read More about Upper School Update - October 2018
  • Athletics

It's time to register for basketball! If your son or daughter is planning to play basketball at Bear Creek, please complete all the necessary forms and pay the fee online by the registration deadline, Friday, October 26. Additionally, interested Upper School students should attend the lunchtime basketball interest meetings on Friday, October 12. The coaches will be on hand to answer questions about the season.

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  • Athletics

I hope the school year is off to a great start. Middle School fall sports are hitting their stride, and it is time to register for the winter basketball season. Middle School boys and girls basketball seasons run concurrently. (Note: Middle School sports involve students in grades 6-8.) If your son or daughter is planning to play basketball at Bear Creek, please complete all the necessary forms and pay the fee online by the registration deadline, Friday, October 19.

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  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School

School is off to a great start! Thank you for taking the time to meet with teachers at Curriculum Night. It is a joy to celebrate the plans for the school year and share how each classroom functions. The teacher and parent partnership matters, and we are grateful to journey with you as we nurture our students in wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Read More about Grizzly Middle - September 2018
  • Academic Planning
  • Upper School

For the first time this fall, freshmen have the opportunity to take the PSAT exam at Bear Creek. This exam offers students an early practice opportunity in the testing format of the SAT that is normed especially for grade 9 students. The PSAT score report provides access to valuable feedback tools and test preparation resources. Additionally, PSAT scores provide important data used to advise students on their AP course selections. It is important that any student considering AP courses for the 2019-2020 school year take the PSAT. 

Read More about PSAT for Freshmen in October
  • Academic Planning
  • Upper School

This fall sophomores have the opportunity to take two standardized tests that serve as valuable practice opportunities for future official college admissions exams. Score results from the PSAT and PreACT are not shared with colleges, but help students to determine which test to officially take during the junior year.  Additionally, PSAT scores provide important data used to advice students on their AP course selections. It is important that any student considering AP courses during the 2019-2020 school year take the PSAT. 

Read More about PSAT and PreACT for Sophomores in October and November
  • Academic Planning
  • Upper School

Every year, juniors are invited to take the PSAT in October. Although a small percentage of students take it as the qualifying test for potential recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, the majority of juniors use it as a free practice for the SAT. Additionally, PSAT scores provide important data used to advise students on their AP course selections. It is important that any student considering AP courses during the 2019-2020 school year take the PSAT.

Read More about PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors in October
  • Community Relations

You’re invited to lock arms with faculty, staff, administration, student leaders, and other parents as together we not only further the mission of Bear Creek but also demonstrate to our children that their education is important.

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  • Middle School

The countdown has begun! Soon the Middle School hallways will be filled with seventh and eighth grade students. We continue to refine schedules, prepare classrooms, and connect as a faculty, preparing our hearts and minds for a wonderful school year. Please read further for some very important information:

Read More about Grizzly Middle - August 2018