Dear Challenger families and students,


Please be aware that a bear sighting was reported this afternoon near Yellow Lake.  Shortly after it was sighted, the animal went back into the wooded area.  Animal control has been notified and we have decided to keep students inside for lunch and recess today.  The 3rd grade walking field trip has been canceled.  We will follow our usual dismissal routine.  While the bear is no longer in sight, we know many children and adults walk through this area. Please stay alert and keep these important wild-animal safety tips in mind:


  • Always walk to and from school in groups.
  • Never make direct eye-contact with the animal.
  • Never turn and run away from a wild animal; slowly back away from the animal and make yourself appear as big as possible using clothing to make yourself appear larger and taller.
  • Never interact with any unknown animal.
  • Never feed an unknown animal.
  • Report any unknown animal sighting to an adult.


Wild animals can be quite active this time of year, so please take precautions. To report dangerous wild animal sightings, call the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Dangerous Animal Hotline at 1-800-933-9847 or see information online at Call 911 if the animal is an immediate threat.


Thank you,


Jen Kessler