Bridges Breeze

Thursday, April 20, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Rittmiller

Greetings Families,

Tonight is the BIG night of Spaghetti, socializing and raising funds for our students at Bridges! Thank you to everyone for all the hard work! This will be something our students and families will enjoy!

This week marked the first week of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) Reading assessments! The MCA are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. Results may point to needed professional development and/or shifts in instruction. MCA data is also used to compare the performance and growth of subgroups of students and assure that we are addressing the needs of all students.

As always, thank you for choosing Bridges! We spend time celebrating, learning and using our lifeskills as we walk at school and in our community! All of the lifeskills we have used are valuable for each day as a child or adult!

Working together,

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

YOU MATTER! Perseverance - Congrats to Mr. Olson & Ms. Hansen's Classes!

What do these classes do at Bridges Community School to show THEY MATTER?

Thanks for showing Perseverance at bridges in the classroom, cafeteria, special areas, hallways and outside! Your class continues to persevere while working through hard math problems, learning to read new words, learning new songs in music, and new ideas in art, media and physical education. Thank you for continuing to model this lifeskill at bridges and in your personal lives! IT will take you far!. Keep it up!
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Good luck to our 5th graders at Math Masters!

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Safety Update

We hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. As we near the end of the school year, we wanted to remind you of our unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and community.

Our district has implemented numerous redundant practices and exercises to guarantee that our schools are as safe as possible (last week Bridges had a lockdown drill and this week a severe weather drill). Our staff regularly reviews and updates our protocols to ensure they are up-to-date and effective. In the event of an emergency, we have established procedures to ensure that everyone is informed and accounted for.

We are also pleased to announce that this summer, we will be implementing the I Love U Guys Standard Response Protocol. This protocol does not replace our existing safety plan but rather enhances it by providing clear, consistent, and shared language and actions among students, staff, and first responders. This will ensure a more unified response in the event of an emergency and enable us to act more quickly and efficiently.

We understand that safety is a top priority for you, as it is for us. Please rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to create a safe learning environment for your child. If you have any concerns or questions regarding school safety, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our schools safe.

Wellness Week May 1-5

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We will be doing our WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY EVENT on May 3rd before school. Parents and students can meet at the parking lot on the corner of Spring Lake: entrance off of Lakeview St.. We will have volunteers at Spring Lake around 7:35-7:40 with a bucket so make sure to get entered for prizes. I will also be at a table on the blacktop by the ALPS trail at Bridges for those who are unable to meet at Spring Lake. I will also have a bucket for tickets and Jersey Mike's certificates for everyone who participates. Students who come directly to school will be able to do 2 laps on the ALPS trail to be counted as participants. We will also have a volunteer on each corner when crossing a street Sherman St., Bennet St., Cornelia St., Lakeview Ave. Then once checked in students and adults can either walk or ride with a group to school the more the better. Both last spring and this fall those parents who choose to walk or ride with their children could take or did take a couple extra kids with their group as well. We had a great turnout in the fall. Let's do that again! (The Map is attached at the bottom)

Thanks so much for all the support!!

Mr. Burger

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Winter Gear and Dressing in layers

The weather is starting to warm up a little bit. Please dress in layers so as the sun warms up the air, students can remove a layer. Boots and snowpants are still necessary to play in the snow piles.

Job Opportunities at Bridges - Join our Bridges Bears!

Bridges is currently looking for amazing people to join our family! Here are the current openings:

Lunchroom/Playground Supervisor: Looking for a great way to know all the Bridges Bears? Interested in a job that is only a couple hours a day? Join us in the lunchroom or on the playground. Click here to apply

Guest Teachers/Substitutes: If you have a 4 year degree and want some flexibility in the days you work. subbing is a great place to be! The daily rate is $200 a day!We could also use a few more guest teachers! If you are interested, please take a look at our job postings! Click here to apply

Backpack Food Program

The BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs are free programs providing students in grades K-8 with weekend food packs containing breakfast, lunch and a snack for each day off of school. As of right now, food packs will be delivered weekly directly to a students backpack while they are at lunch or on break. Sign up today to give your child an additional boost of nutrition.

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Dates to Remember:


20-Spaghetti Dinner (5:00-7:30)

21-No School/Eid-al-Fitr/Math Masters

22-Regional Science Fair


2-5th Grade Trip Chaperone Meeting (5:30) & Parent Meeting (6:00)

3-Walk/Bike to School Day

3-Olseth Book Delivery/4th Grade

4-PWMS/DMMS 6th Grade Visit

8-12-Teacher Appreciation Week

9-Spring Concert (9:30 Last Names A-K &1:30 Last Names L-Z)

10-2 Hour Early Release/PLC

10-School Nurses Day

Principal & Administrative Assistant

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

Amanda Robinson, Administrative Assistant