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Week of October 3, 2022

Bear Creek Elementary

Weekly Family Communication

~Bear Creek is Showing Up for students, staff, families and SELF~



Happy Sunday, Bear Creek Families,

It is my sincere hope that all is well with my Bear Creek families.  I am sure that you all have reflected on the most recent events associated with Hurricane Ian.  As you know, Pinellas County was spared from the devastation seen across the state. Please continue to keep those impacted by Hurricane Ian in your thoughts and prayers.

We have much to be thankful for.  


At your leisure, please take a moment to read through this week’s updates and reminders.

October Calendar of Events

10/04 – Fall Individual Picture Day (packets will go home on Monday)

10/07 – First Friday Family Lunch Day

10/07 – Jeans Day (students may wear jeans for $1)

10/07 – Raise the Flag Fridays

10/18 – Monthly PTA Meeting @6pm

10/18 – SAC Meeting @6:45pm

10/21 – Spooky Haunted Halloween Trail (PTA Sponsored Family Event)

10/23-10/31 – Red Ribbon Week


School to Family Updates/Reminders

Every Friday before a Buccaneers home game, Bear Creek students and staff are asked to show their Buccaneers pride as part of "Raise the Flag Fridays", a community activation to spread Bucs spirit. Students and staff may wear their favorite Bucs shirt or RED/PEWTER to show support for the home team.

Fire the Cannons! Go BUCS!


Weekly School-to-Family Communication

In an effort to reduce the use of paper, we will continue with the following electronic forms of communication with families. You can keep up with Bear Creek in following ways:

  • The Bear Creek website will be our primary source of communication at All weekly communication updates will be posted on our website by 7pm Sunday.
  • Classdojo will be used primarily for school-wide reminders and daily communication between parents and instructional staff.
  • School Messenger will be used to remind families or previously communicated information shared on the Bear Creek website.
  • Student agendas


Campus Expectations and Updates for the 2022-23 school year

Early Release Pick-ups

Please note that 2pm is the cut off time for early pickup. Prior approval from administration is required for all early release pick-ups after 2pm.


Whether students are car riders, bus riders, walk, or bike to school; please   consider the following:

  • Student attendance is important and being on time matters.
  • Our student hours are 8:45am-2:55pm.
  • Our front office hours are 8:15am-3:55pm.
  • Students are not permitted on campus until 8:15am (unless enrolled in the YMCA).
  • All students must adhere to the Bear Creek expectations and all students are required to wear a uniform.
  • Shirts
    • Collared solid color in navy, light blue or white (no designs or patterns)
    • Bear Creek Spirit t-shirts – can be worn on any day of the week. Shirts should always be tired.
  • Bottoms
    • Khaki or navy shorts, slacks, skirts, shorts, capris, or jumpers
    • No jeans, sweatpants, cargo pants or baggy clothing
    • Pants must be worn at the waistline.  If not, a belt must be worn.
  • Shoes
  •   Safe and appropriate footwear must always be worn. Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to – Crocs, backless shoes, sandals, roller skates, and bedroom slippers.
  • Winter Wear
    • Solid color sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets in navy, light blue or white
    • No printing or designs allowed on outerwear
    • Hoods/hats may not be worn inside the classroom.
  • Car riders must be dropped off in the car circle only.
  • All students must use the single point of entry (car circle) to gain access to our campus.
  • As in previous years, all students arriving before 8:30am must report directly to the cafeteria.
  • Breakfast is free to all students and served in the classroom until 8:45am.
  • Students arriving after 8:45am are considered tardy.

Bear Creek is looking forward to another great school year!

Principal Houston

~Bear Creek is Showing Up for students, staff, families and SELF~