Bear Creek Elementary PTA

School & Community

Book Exchange
Book Exchange

Chair:
When:
June

At the end of the year, books are collected from the students and re-distributed to encourage reading new-to-you books over the summer.
PTA Grants
PTA Grants

Chair:
When:
School Year

In an attempt to use fundraiser dollars in a timely manner and to benefit those students whose parents have donated, the PTA has established an Enrichment Grant Committee. The EGC will accept project proposals from teachers, staff, parents and students that enrich the student body and increase a sense of community within Bear Creek Elementary. Funds can be used at a classroom level, grade level or entire school level. DOWNLOAD THE GRANT APPLICATION
PTA Newsletter
PTA Newsletter

Chair:
When:
School Year

The PTA sends out an occasional newsletter to announce news, events and activities.

STEM Fair
STEM Fair

Chair:
When:
Spring 2018

An evening to get families together to celebrate students’ hard work investigating a scientific hypothesis.

Special Event Assemblies
Special Event Assemblies

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

PTA will sponsor two assemblies during the school year. There will be a science/math assembly in the fall and a music/arts assembly in the spring.
Staff Appreciation Events
Staff Appreciation Events

Chair:
When:
School Year, Monthly

The PTA loves to celebrate our teachers & staff at Bear Creek. Volunteers provide a home-baked or grocery store item one day each month for our Staff Appreciation events. We host lunches, breakfasts, or treats depending on the month. In May, we provide a full week of food/treats for our great staff.

Boeing Gift Matching
Boeing Gift Matching

Chair:
When:
School Year

Boeing matches charitable gifts dollar for dollar for donations over $25 and volunteer hours over 25. Please see your corporate donation site for details.
Alaska Air Donation Matching
Alaska Air Donation Matching

Chair:
When:
School Year

Alaska Airlines matches donations dollar for dollar, with a minimum donation of $50. They also contribute money for volunteer hours. Details are on the Community Involvement link at www.Alaskasworld.com.

Microsoft Donation Matching
Microsoft Donation Matching

Chair:
When:
Year-Round

Microsoft matches volunteer hours at $17/hour & cash donations at $1:$1. You can donate first & then register it on GIVE or you can donate through the GIVE system. You can request matching funds for volunteer hours (look for Volunteer Connections System) after 10 hours (checks mailed out quarterly).

1. Visit http://give to Give Now
2. Request a Match
3. Find an Organization (search “Bear Creek”) and Add to Cart one of the following:
a. Bear Creek Elementary PTA Northshore Council 6-10-6 (Tacoma address) if donation is for PTA
b. Bear Creek Elementary School - Woodinville, WA if donation is for classroom/school
4. Choose one of the following from Donation section:
a. Gift Already Made: have Microsoft match a check or credit card donation already made by the donor
b. Make a New Gift Now: will charge an employee’s credit card for the specified amount, match it with Microsoft donation, & MS will send check to the school/PTA for the total.

School Programs

Auction
Auction

Chair:
When:
Spring 2018

Join us for the annual auction in April to raise funds for programs that benefit all grade levels and children in the school. Auction funds have supported programs such as a leveled reading library, high-quality science program, and additional school assistants.


If you have questions please email Nicole Marshalek, nicolemarshalek@gmail.com.


Volunteers will be recruited to coordinate event site, dinner and auction materials.

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

Work with staff to stock emergency supplies and communicate emergency preparedness issues to families.
Field Day
Field Day

Chair:
When:
Spring

To celebrate the end of the school year and beginning of summer, students will participate in a fun athletic contest on our playing field.
Health Screening
Health Screening

Chair:
When:
Fall and Spring

Bear Creek Elementary School supports the health and well being of each of our students through vision and hearing tests.
Hopelink/Community Outreach
Hopelink/Community Outreach

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

Bear Creek Elementary is proud that each year we are able to make it a priority to help others through Hopelink. Canned food drives and a holiday gift drive are held throughout the year to help provide for those in need.
Kindergarten Support
Kindergarten Support

Chair:
(none)
When:
First Week of School

It has been a tradition at Bear Creek Elementary to help ease the transition of our youngest population into the school routine. The Kindergarten Support program helps our new kindergarten students feel safe and secure as they embark on their new bus riding experience by having the comfort of a parent volunteer ride with them for a few days.
Library Helpers
Library Helpers

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

Parent volunteers assist in the library to help put books away, assist students in checking out new books, etc. New volunteers are always welcome and wanted! Log in and visit the volunteer page to sign up.
Lost & Found
Lost & Found

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

Students often leave or misplace personal items throughout the school. Volunteers will help organize these lost items to try to find their owner. Unclaimed items will be donated to Threads & Treads on the first Wednesday of the month.
School Picture Day
School Picture Day

Chair:
When:
September 27th, 2016

We will capture each of our Bear Creek Elementary students at their best for the Bear Creek Elementary School yearbook.

Throughout each day, volunteers will assist with escorting students to and from pictures and helping each student to be picture ready. If you would like to volunteer sign up online here

Fundraising

Amazon Affiliates Program
Amazon Affiliates Program

Chair:
When:
Year-round

Here is a way to give back to the Bear Creek Elementary PTA while you do your online shopping.

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education

Chair:
When:
Year-Round

Cartridges for Kids
Cartridges for Kids

Chair:
(none)
When:
School Year

Recycle your empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges, small electronics (GPS devices, digital cameras, laptops, MP3 players) and media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games) to earn money for Bear Creek while teaching students the importance of environmental responsibility and conservation.

JambaJuice
JambaJuice

Chair:
(none)
When:
March/April

Buy a 6 punch Buy One Get One Free Jamba Juice card. Cards cost $10 and 50% of funds raised returns to Bear Creek PTA.

Pass the Hat
Pass the Hat

Chair:
When:
School Year

Every dollar donated through Pass the Hat goes directly to support our children and provide enrichment opportunities beyond what the school district provides. This year our fundraising goal is $100 per student. This covers all of the PTA programs and events that will run throughout the year. These include scholarships, teacher and community grants, art docent programs, science fair, as well as free community events through out the year.

Donate Here

PCC Scrip Cards
PCC Scrip Cards

Chair:
When:
Year-Round

Did you know that if you shop at PCC you can also support Bear Creek PTA at the same time? PCC will donate 5% of your purchases back to PTA. To get started, please purchase a $25 pre-loaded PCC Scrip card, then pay for your groceries at PCC with the card. You can reload money to the Scrip card as often as you like ($50 minimum), either at a PCC check out register or online. We have a limited number of cards available. You can purchase your card by sending a $25 check made payable to Bear Creek PTA to school with the order form. For more information or to order please contact Vicki Williams, timandvic@hotmail.com.

Please see the link below for program details from PCC. Cards need to be purchased directly from the PTA.

Red Robin Loyalty Better Schools
Red Robin Loyalty Better Schools

Chair:
(none)
When:
Yearround

Please select Bear Creek Elementary School for the Burgers for Better Schools™ Program.
That means that every time you eat at Red Robin, 1% of your check will be donated directly to our school.
It's easy to keep track of your donations. Just log on to your Red Robin Royalty account, and you can track how much you're donating and how much our school is earning!
Be sure to invite your friends, family and neighbors to join Red Robin Royalty and opt-in to support our school, too.

Restaurant Fundraisers/Discount Cards
Restaurant Fundraisers/Discount Cards

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair

Chair:
When:
November 14th-18th 2016

Do your holiday shopping early and support the Bear Creek Library during the Scholastic Book Fair.

School Spirit Wear
School Spirit Wear

Chair:
When:
School Year

The Bear Creek Spirit Wear Store is now open!

Sponsorship
Sponsorship

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year-Round

Advertise with us!
Our community partners are encouraged to advertise on the PTA website, in our student directory and in our newsletters. Please see the document linked below for Sponsorship Level information and contact information. Sponsorship (pdf)

Enrichment

Winter Arts Program
Winter Arts Program

Chair:
When:
Winter
Forest Time Class
Forest Time Class

Chair:
When:
Spring 2017

5th Grade Musical
5th Grade Musical

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring
Art Docent
Art Docent

Chair:
When:
School Year

Parent volunteers discuss famous artists and their works with students using pre-planned lessons and art project suggestions. Parent volunteers work directly with classroom teacher on frequency and scheduling. Training provided. Become a volunteer for your child's classroom.

After School Enrichment Program
After School Enrichment Program

Chair:
When:
Three sessions, year round

After school clubs and classes.

We do not have an afterschool enrichment coordinator at this time so we are relying on motivated parents who want to bring a class to our school. If you have an idea or want more information on what it takes to coordinate a class just reach out to bcepta@outlook.com.
Art Classes
Art Classes

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall and Spring

The art curriculum encourages students to develop their artistic abilities, which includes creative problem solving, focus, risk taking, and self discipline.
Chess Team
Chess Team

Chair:
When:
Year round

The Bear Creek Chess Team is an after-school chess program open to students of all skill levels interested in learning chess and representing Bear Creek Elementary at local scholastic chess tournaments. The class consists of formal instruction combined with practice tournament-style games. The curriculum mainly focuses on helping students learn the fundamentals of competitive chess and what it takes to build a strong chess team.

Drama: Missoula Children's Theater
Drama: Missoula Children's Theater

Chair:
When:
October 10-15th 2016

Missoula Children’s Theater is returning to Bear Creek Elementary! The audition for the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) production will be announced. Approximately 50-60 students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. There are roles for those students Kindergarten through sixth grade. This is a group audition - no advance preparation is necessary!

Join Alice, the White Rabbit and a host of others in a musical wonderland this October 15th, 2016 when the Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 50 Bear Creek students present an original musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

MCT’s tour Week will be October 10th – 15th 2016. Auditions are available for all Bear Creek students. MCT is sponsored by Bear Creek Elementary PTA. For more information, contact Shauna Kennedy at slkennedy3@comcast.net .

**There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play.**

Language Classes
Language Classes

Chair:
(none)
When:
Thursdays, Fall and Spring

Reflections Program
Reflections Program

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

The Reflections program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme.

6th Grade Musical
6th Grade Musical

Chair:
When:
Spring

End of school year performance by the 6th grade class. Rehearsal dates/times, audition materials, and permission forms are available here . Parents must have an account to access these materials!

Social Events

Dads & Doughnuts
Dads & Doughnuts

Chair:
(none)
When:
November 16th, 2015

A quick, 30-40 minute gathering for all Dads and their Bear Creek Elementary students. Stop in to meet other dads and enjoy coffee, juice, and donuts.
Family BINGO Night
Family BINGO Night

Chair:
When:
October 21st, 2016

A family game night that is a fun social event for our Bear Creek families.

Family Movie Night
Family Movie Night

Chair:
When:
Sep 30th, 2016

A family movie night to bond with your Bear Creek community and enjoy yummy treats!

Family Skate Night
Family Skate Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
April 4th, 2017

6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bowl & Skate 6210 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Please join us for an evening on 4 wheels. Cost is $6.50 per person at the door. If you want to upgrade to inline skates, the cost is $9.50. This is a family event so no drop offs.
This event is sponsored by Bear Creek PTA and East Ridge PTA.


Holiday Gingerbread Night
Holiday Gingerbread Night

Chair:
When:
December 4th, 2015
Taste of Bear Creek
Taste of Bear Creek

Chair:
When:
January 20th, 2017
School Dance
School Dance

Chair:
When:
June 2nd, 2017

A fun evening for the entire family as our students will dance the night away!
Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:
When:
21st April, 2017

Back to School

Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social

Chair:
(none)
When:
End of August

A popular event, creating an opportunity for families to reconnect with friends and meet new ones. A great opportunity to meet the PTA Board of Directors too.
New Families Welcome Lunch
New Families Welcome Lunch

Chair:
When:
End of August

An event at Bear Creek Elementary for all families with Kindergarten students as well as any transferring to Bear Creek for the first time. You can look forward to a school tour, learning how to get involved, meeting the principal and PTA Board members, as well as connecting with other families new to Bear Creek Elementary.
Welcome Back Coffee
Welcome Back Coffee

Chair:
When:
September

Parents join together each year on the first day of school for our “Welcome Back Coffee”. Coffee, tea and refreshments are served for all to enjoy. Volunteers will welcome new and old families back to school. Join us at 9:00am in the school library!