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Week of September 26, 2022

Bear Creek Elementary

Weekly Family Communication

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



Happy Sunday, Bear Creek Families,

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and Pinellas County Emergency Management will be activating shelters in preparation for Tropical Storm Ian.  Special needs shelters will open at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 and additional shelters will open Tuesday morning. Because district buildings are utilized as shelters for our community, this will impact school district operations.  


To support readiness at sites designated as special needs shelters, After-school activities on Monday, Sept. 26 will be canceled so that families may make preparations and school personnel may prepare to open and staff shelters. 


All Pinellas County Schools and offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28 and are tentatively scheduled to reopen Thursday, Sept. 29. All sports and extracurricular activities will also be canceled during that time. 

Please continue to monitor the district’s website and social media for updates.  

For information on shelters and storm preparation please visit or call the County Information Center at



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

Calendar of Events

09/26-09/30 – Hello Spirt Week

09/27 – All Pro Dads @7:45-8:40am (media center)

09/27 – Grade 5 Florida Orchestra Field Trip

09/30 – Raise the Flag Friday – Go BUCS!

10/05 – Fall Picture Day

10/07 – First Friday Family Lunch Day


School to Family Updates/Reminders


Monday – “Just Say Hello” kick-off - Wear “Hello” stickers – (We provide).

Tuesday – “Let your kindness shine!” – Wear shades

Wednesday – Wear green to celebrate Sandy Hook promise and “Start with Hello”

Thursday – Team Kindness Day – Wear your team shirt

Friday – Bear Creek Team Spirit Day – Wear your Bear Creek tee shirt


All Pro Dads Orientation Meeting  



School to Family Updates/Reminders

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~