Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mark Your Calendars for These Back to School Events

Kindergarten Orientation – Thursday, August 3 @ 6:15
1st grade – Thursday, August 3 @ 5:00
2nd grade – Monday, August 7 @ 6:15
3rd grade – Monday, August 7 @ 5:00
4th grade – Tuesday, August 8 @ 6:15
5th grade – Tuesday, August 8 @ 5:00

Parents and students only, please.
 Due to space limitations we ask that you refrain from bringing siblings, younger or older.
Thank you for understanding.

Please join the PTA for our annual Parent "Boo-Hoo Yahoo!" Breakfast 

Thursday, August 10th 
8:40 a.m. Bear Cafeteria 

Picnic in the Park 
Tuesday, August 22nd 
Vaughn Road Park 
5:30 p.m. 

Pack a picnic supper, gather your blanket/chairs 
and get ready for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! 
Nancy's Italian Ice will be there to help you cool off, so be sure to bring a couple of dollars!  

PTA Back to School Packet

Howdy Partners! 

Welcome to the new school year! Thank you for taking the time to review this packet of information. Although all this paperwork may seem overwhelming, we want to make sure that you have all the information that you will need for a successful school year from the very first day.

We encourage you to get involved with the PTA. Parental involvement is what makes Bear such a special and successful place. There is always something exciting going on! Joining the PTA only costs $7 per person and will get you access to all our PTA informational emails throughout the year. You can also find a lot of great information on Facebook in the group "Bear Exploration Center PTA."

We request that you complete and return most of the information in this packet by Friday, August 18. We accept cash and checks. Please write a separate check for each form or send exact cash. Please DO NOT staple checks or cash to the forms. Paper clip each payment to the appropriate form and place everything back in the large envelope and return it to school with your student.  Below is a checklist of the forms and corresponding due dates.

□  Fundraising Participation Form - 8/18
□  Volunteer Form - 8/18
□  Communication Form - 8/18
□  Bear Wear Order Form - 8/31
□  PTA Membership Form -  9/15 
□  Brick Order Form - 9/15

We also have a Bear PTA Web Store which allows you to pay with credit card for the following items - PTA Membership, Bear Wear, Golden Bear Membership, and Partners in Education. All online purchases are subject to a 3% fee. 

Please contact anyone on the Executive Board if you have any questions.
Bear PTA Executive Board 2017-2018

Edris Davis, President

Jill Sexton, 1st Vice President

Traci Schell, 2nd Vice President

Victoria Little, Treasurer

Kelly Stanton, Secretary

Lisa Stevens, Communications Coordinator

Summer Skills Review Packets

Hi Parents!

On May 25 students at Bear put on their tool belts and hard hats for the last time for the 2016-17 school year. To make sure that the foundation built over the last nine months remained firm, the PTA, along with the help and guidance of our wonderful teachers, put together summer skill review packets.

Completing the packet over summer break will keep skills sharp and ensure that students are ready for the new learning adventure that awaits them next school year.You will find the grade-level packets in PDF form here. Choose the grade level that your child was in LAST year (the 2016-17 school year).

Participation is OPTIONAL. Students who complete their packet and return it to school by Friday, August 11, 2017, will be rewarded with a prize from the PTA.

Thank you for making 2016-17 a most constructive school year!

Kindergarten English

Kindergarten Math

First Grade English

First Grade Math

Second Grade English

Second Grade Math

Third Grade English

Third Grade Math

Fourth Grade English

Fourth Grade Math

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week - Specialists and Office Staff

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1-5, 2017 at Bear Exploration. We love to shower our teachers and staff with notes and treats throughout the week. We have had several parents ask to see the "Favorites" sheets from our specialists and office staff. Participation in Teacher Appreciation Week is a great way to show we care, and, as always, it is completely optional.

Monday, September 14, 2015


Art – Mary Bonikowski
Wet wipes (most urgent need)
Dry erase markers
Lysol spray
Paper plates                         
Counselor - Carlos Booker
Crayola markers - all colors
Ziploc bags (gallon size)   
Lysol wipes
Batteries (AA and AAA)
8-count BIG crayons (Kindergarten)
Large block/cube erasers  

Library - Laurie Houlditch
Lysol wipes
Card Stock paper
Swiffer Duster refills
Hand sanitizer
Music - Sarah Fell
Blank DVD disks
Gallon Ziploc bags
CD envelopes/sleeves
AA batteries
Lysol wipes
Masking tape (strong)
Ziploc bags (sandwich/gallon sizes)
Nurse - Ada Postell
Hand sanitizer
Ziploc bags (quart/gallon sizes)               
Soft mints (peppermints)
Lysol spray

P. E. - SueAnne Reynolds
Lysol wipes                                                  
Ziploc bags (quart size)                             
Band-Aids (elbows/knees)
Band-Aids (regular)
Instant ice packs                                         
Batteries (AA and D)                                  
Ant killer                                                       
Baby wipes
Crayola Washable Markers                       
Pens (blue or black)

Reading Coach - Loretta Harrison
Donated chapter books     
Large rubber bands
Incentive stickers                                       
Batteries (AA)
Science Lab - Sheila Sealy
Gift certificate to pet store (any amount) 
Batteries (AA and D size)              
Masking tape (Wide)                                 
Ziploc bags (gallon)                                    
Scotch tape (clear, regular size)               
Wax paper
Aluminum foil                                              
Swiffer Duster refills           
Chinchilla Dust                                           
Salt water fish
Pet food for chinchilla, bird & bearded dragon 

Spanish – Omayra Casalduc
Lysol wipes                                                  
Pens (blue or black)

Speech - Gina Eagerton
Lysol wipes
Hand soap

Technology Lab - Tricia Moulton
Flash drives (32 GB or higher)                   
Office Depot gift card for ink         
Air Spray for computers                             
Mouse(s) for laptops
5 small desk lamps                                     
Floor pillows for iPad nook
Rechargeable AA batteries for digital cameras


PTA Meeting - Tuesday September 15, 2015

Dear Parents:
Our first PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 15 in the Bear cafeteria. The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 and will last about 30 minutes. Your time is important, so we will be brief and organized. I encourage you to attend this meeting!

Our agenda includes approving the PTA budget for the school year and important information about:

-- The Reflections art contest - Come hear how your child can win cash prizes at the school level!
-- Spirit Nights
-- Signing up for Fall Festival committees
-- Signing up for dinner at Math Night
-- Plans for our Outdoor Classroom
-- New ways to earn Free Money for Bear - This is a great time to pick up a new Publix key tag.

We will give updates about the PTA membership drive, the discount card fundraiser and Bear Wear.

All remaining consignment sale items will be sold for $1!

Classes currently not at 100% PTA membership: Francis, Gulsby, Norred, Mr. Brown, Forster.

Future PTA meeting dates are Nov 17, Jan 19, Mar 15 and May 17.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back-to-School Nights 2015-16

Please join us at Back-to-School Nights!

K - Wed., Aug 12 at 6:15 p.m.
1 - Wed., Aug. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
2 - Mon., Aug. 10 at 6:15 p.m.
3 - Mon., Aug. 10 at 5:00 p.m.
4 - Tue., Aug. 11 at 6:15 p.m.
5 - Tue., Aug. 11 at 5:00