Grizzly Middle - June 2019

  • Early Middle School
  • Middle School
Jenn McDonough, Early Middle School and Middle School Division Head

Dear Early Middle School and Middle School Parents,

The recent Authors & Artists event was a beautiful celebration! What an opportunity to witness the lives of students unfold through art. I was moved by the simplicity of the sweet Preschool pieces, impressed by the maturity of the Early Middle School pieces, and amazed by the complexity and deep meaning in the Middle School and Upper School pieces. There is no way to fast forward the maturity and development of students. They must take their time as they learn the basic elements of art before beginning to take risks and moving on to express their hearts and minds through their artwork.

This movement through the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages is evident in all we do at Bear Creek. I am proud of the students for their willingness to work hard, strive to meet expectations, and learn in all situations. I am humbled by the tireless efforts of our teachers to nurture each individual student, and I am so appreciative of you for supporting your children and their teachers. It has been a great year!

Please read this Update for information about the last weeks of the school year.

Middle School

Locker Clean Out: Students should be prepared to clean out their lockers completely tomorrow, June 7 by bringing grocery or other bags to school in which to carry home all locker contents.
Spring Semester Final Exams: All Middle School students in both grades 7 and 8 will have three review days for final exams, June 5 – June 7. Students will sit for final exams on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, with early dismissal at 11:45 a.m. both days. Students should wear casual uniform on exam days. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:10 a.m. Math (M) and English (Tu) exams
  • 9:40 a.m. Break
  • 10:10 a.m. History (M) and science (Tu) exams
  • 11:45 a.m. Dismissal*

* Please pick up your child promptly at 11:45 a.m. School is still in session for K-6 students, so Middle School students should leave school as soon as they are done with their exams. Thank you!
Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 12 is the last day of school for K-8 students. Students should wear dress uniform and arrive at 8:10 a.m. (no late start).

Middle School Time Capsule Project: Grade 7 students will create the Class of 2024 time capsule on Wednesday, June 12. Remember to send your child to school with photos and other memorabilia, especially a letter from you, his/her parent. Review the April 2019 edition of the Grizzly Middle for details.

Middle School Honors Assembly: Parents are invited to help us celebrate our students' accomplishments at the Middle School Honors Assembly on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cornerstone Theater. Middle School students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. when the assembly concludes.

Summer Reading and Math: Please check out the Summer Assignments page for information about optional and required reading and math (depending on what grade your child is entering).

New Dress Uniform Days in 2019-2020: Next fall Middle School students will wear dress uniform on Mondays and Tuesdays and casual uniform on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Upper School students will also follow this schedule.

Early Middle School

Mount St. Helens Field Trip: Traveling to Mt. St. Helens at the conclusion of their science unit on volcanoes is a highlight of the school year for grade 6 students. They departed Redmond Campus this morning, June 6 at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 8:00 p.m. For additional details, please refer to information from your child's classroom teacher. The field trip is not an overnight camping trip. Grade 6 students have a late start tomorrow, June 7, at 10:00 a.m.

Field Day: On Tuesday, June 11, all K-6 students will enjoy Field Day with their classmates on Owens Field. Grade 6 students will help the P.E. teachers facilitate activity stations for the K-5 classes throughout the entire day. Grade 5 will participate during the afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Students should wear their Spirit T-shirts, free dress pants or shorts, and comfortable shoes for activities; don't forget sunscreen!

Early Middle School Honors Assembly: Join us on the last day of school at the Early Middle School Honors Assembly when we celebrate our students' achievements. Parents are invited to join us at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 in the Cornerstone Theater. Students should wear dress uniform. Classroom teachers will present character quality and attendance awards in their classrooms during the last week of school. Information regarding those presentations will be communicated in class newsletters.

School is dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on June 12, the last day of school.

Summer Reading and Math: Please check out the Summer Assignments page for information about optional reading and math for rising grade 7 students. There is also optional math practice for grade 6 students entering Pre-Algebra. Additionally, rising grade 6 students are encouraged to participate in the optional Summer Reading Program by earning AR points.

Summer Office Hours: (Main Building and Upper School)

  • June 12: Main Building 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Upper School 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • June 13 – 14: Main Building 7:45 a.m. – noon; Upper School 7:30 a.m. – noon
  • June 17: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (closed mid-day for employee lunch)
  • June 18: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • June 19 – August 13: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., closed Fridays
  • July 4: Closed
  • August 14 – 23: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., open Fridays

Regular office hours resume Monday, August 26

Back-to-School Registration: Watch your inbox in mid-July for a Back-to-School Registration email. Most of the information and signatures will be captured online (although you will need to print, sign, and submit a few forms). Get ready to update your Household Profile, complete the online policy form, and submit any paper forms by Thursday, August 8.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or Division Assistant Carol Willard (

Take care,

Jenn McDonough
425-898-1720 ext. 229