Hoping you and your family are handling things well. With schools closed up a couple months early, Bear is working with our friends at the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star to get our newspaper delivered for the first time ever directly to homes!
Our April/May Phoenix Edition went out on Mother’s Day with the Republic, and the Tucson Edition just went out with the Sunday AZ Daily Star on May 17. This issue highlights Awesome Animals of the Sonoran Desert, including the highly endangered vaquita from the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). Editors thought that parents might like to utilize Bear’s standards-based worksheets, too.
You and other parents can sign up online for these free, ACCRS-based worksheets for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 and/or Bear’s digital newsletter by clicking on this link.
For in-depth STEM resources from our partner—the Arizona SciTech Institute—please check out for all sorts of free and fun learning for grades K–12. Bear Essential works closely with the institute, including its statewide AZ SciTech Festival that’s held every spring.
Please encourage your child or student in grades 2 thru 8 to become a Young Reporter for Bear Essential News! Participants in this free writing program will be mailed all the materials they need to get started. For details, go to http://www.bearessentialnews.com and look under the Young Reporters tab to print out a Sign-up Form. Have your child fill out the form and a parent needs to sign at the bottom and mail it into us (address is on the form).
In a week or two, Young Reporters sending in their completed Sign-up Forms receive an official Bear Press Pass & lanyard, reporter flip pad (for writing down facts and conducting interviews) and a how-to Young Reporter Stylebook.
Wishing you and your family good health and happiness,
Stephen B Gin
Bear Essential Educational Services