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October 9, 2020

Principal Message

Last night the PPS SE Guiding Coalition met to learn more about PPS DLI programs with a presentation, reviewed all feedback received so far and discussed 5 more scenarios. All information about this meeting can be found at https://www.pps.net/Page/13615, scroll down to October 8 to review this meeting's documents. You will also find on the right hand side of the webpage a survey. Please take a few minutes and take this survey. Your perspective on the work we are doing is vital. If you want to email instead of taking the survey (or you can do both) the email to send it to is balancingenrollment@pps.net. Please include me (mschachner@pps.net) in your emails so that I also know what your perspective is.

Please mark your calendars for October 22nd and December 3rd in the evening for Virtual Open House. Coalition representatives will be present to share their thoughts behind the initial proposal. More information about how to participate will be shared as soon as I have this information.

Melissa Schachner

Principal Chat

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Join us on Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/shy-guaa-opb

There will be a PPS Bond presentation from 5:15-5:30. We will then discuss SE Guiding Coalition Information from 5:30-6:00.

Here are the facts that you can ask questions about during our chat:

The proposed 2020 PPS bond would make investments in critical educational, health and safety, and school modernization priorities. If approved by voters in the November 3 general election, the bond would fund the following:

  • The full modernization of Jefferson High School.
  • Completion of the modernization of Benson Polytechnic High School, including a facility for the Multiple Pathways to Graduation alternative school programs; planning and design for additional capacity at Roosevelt High School; final master planning and pre-construction design of Cleveland and Wilson High Schools.
  • Develop and begin implementation of the Center for Black Student Excellence, a community-driven initiative in partnership with community-based organizations.
  • Educational improvements, including investments in comprehensive, culturally-relevant curriculum, textbooks, and instructional materials, as well as technology upgrades, including devices that support classroom and distance learning.
  • Provide health and safety improvements throughout the district, including at least $33.8 million for improved accessibility for students, staff, and other people with disabilities; repairs or replacement of outdated roofs and mechanical systems; and improved seismic safety and school security.

The 2020 School Bond is expected to maintain tax rates at approximately the same levels. The proposed bond was informed by feedback from PPS families, students, staff, members of the community and the Facilities Condition Assessment.

Now Hiring Chess Club Coach

Click here to view job description. Email Principal Schachner if you're interested. mschachner@pps.net

Student Yearly Student Information Verification

It is time to complete the Student Yearly Verification. This year you can do that Online. This allows you to update important information on your student's profile. This can be found in your Parent Vue account on the Home Page. If you have already submitted it, that date of when that was completed will be noted. In order to complete, click on the blue hi-lighted Yearly Verification reminder. It prompts you to Check Yearly Verification Status.

This is important so that:

  • we have the right emails and cell numbers to send notifications and updates
  • we have the right emergency contact information or custody information
  • we have updated addresses in case we or the district need to email things home

If you do not have a Parent Vue account, our office can help you with the process, please call 503-916-6336 or join a Google Meet between 8:30-9:30 am (code Welcomek5)

Safety - Earthquake Safety

This month is Earthquake Preparedness Month. Teachers will share some information next week with students, but here are some resources for you to share or review with your family. Create your plan and share with your family. You can share pictures of your family practicing with Ms. Roletto at groletto@pps.net

Drop, Cover and Hold On

Seven Steps to Prepare at Home

Los Siete Pasos Para La Seguridad Contra Terremotos

More Music Opportunities!


Our music teacher Mr. A has offered to expand enrichment classes. Your student can drop in when they would like. No long term committment, just drop in when you can. Please send questions to Mr. Ajjarapu @ pajjarapu@pps.net

Google Meet Code: bridgermusic

All meeting from 2:45 - 3:15

  • Monday k-2 choir
  • Tuesday Guitar
  • Wednesday Ukulele
  • Thursday 3-5 choir

Bilingual Educational Assistant Needed

Hello Bridger Community,

We are looking for a Bilingual Spanish/English Educational Assistant to join our Kindergarten team. Applicants should have at least 2 years of full time college coursework, as well as experience working with bilingual students and families. Applicants must be fluent in both Spanish and English and enjoy working with young children. Please click here to view the full job posting and to apply.

Update on teachers being allowed to record class/group sessions

There had been questions and clarification sought by families and staff about whether or not we were allowed to record class and group sessions.

We recently received updated information from our legal department:

  • Recording the sessions is allowed as long as no personally identifiable information is mentioned during the class.
  • First names are allowed, but name and other personal info are not allowed while recording.
  • Videos can be edited before posting on the learning platforms.

This allows children and families to access the recording in case they are not able to attend live.

If you usually notify the school that you do not want your child's image to appear publicly, please make sure to send an email to Cheryl at crobert@pps.net

Counselor Corner

Counselor Website: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/bridger-k-8-counseling/home

Ms. Howard - counselor for 5-8th grades:

This week in 5th grade classrooms we talked about media balance when we are using screens most of the time for school. Next week we will talk about cyberbullying. Brainstorm with your student some things they can do if they see cyberbullying.

Office hours for Middle School students daily 10:20-10:40am (between classes) have started! Google Meet code is “HowardOffice.” Middle school students can stop by to say “hi,” ask me a question, let me know about a concern, or to set up an individual appointment with me for later.

Other opportunities for students to connect with each other:

Please stop by and eat lunch with me!!!

5th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 5lunch - Mondays 11:35 - 12:05pm

7th & 8th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 78lunch - Tuesdays 12:30 - 1pm

6th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 6lunch - Thursdays 12:30 - 1pm

New Student Group - CODE: NewStudent - Fridays 1-1:30pm

QSA Group - email Ms. Howard for code - Fridays 2-2:30pm

Ms. Howard can be reached by email at rhoward@pps.net

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support PBiS at HOME

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBiS) helps parents create and maintain a safe, structured, consistent home environment where adult-to-child relationships are strengthened. It benefits all children by teaching positive behaviors and building life skills. The impact of PBIS is increased when it is consistent with the PBiS process at school.

The steps for establishing a positive, consistent home environment include:

  • Defining the behavior routines

  • Teaching the behavior

  • Practicing the behavior

  • Reinforcing success

  • Interrupting/redirecting unwanted behavior

  • Responding to behavior

When adults identify, teach, model and reinforce wanted behavior children are more likely to become respectful, responsible and safe. To make the PBiS process successful at home it is important to have the whole family involved. Hold a family meeting to include the children as you work through each step.

Click on this link on learn more and for step by step instructions for implementation with examples and templates.

Bridger Library

Library classes have started for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students. Yay! These classes are not live/in-person, so students will need to access them through Seesaw. To find your student’s library class, click on the student’s icon on the top left-hand side of the screen and choose the Library class. (You will see a stack of books icon.) Click on Activities to find the assigned activity for the week. Each class has designated time to access the Library class, but the activities will remain available if they are unable to do them during the designated time. In addition, Ms. J will continue posting Read-alouds to student journals in Seesaw.

Ms. J and I will be at the library door by the water garden every Thursday from 12-4:30 to collect books for return and to check out new books. Keep the books for one week or two - or even longer if you love them - and then join us on a Thursday afternoon when you are ready for new books! Please remember to bring back all library books when you come to visit us on Thursdays! If you cannot make it on a Thursday afternoon, please email me at djardine@pps.net or Ms. J at bjamsgard@pps.net and we will find a way to connect your student with a bag of books.

The Bridger library website also includes some great resources for online reading. Students can access several resources - including Sora and TumbleBooks - directly from our website. Find us here: https://www.pps.net/domain/1035
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Student Council Applications Due October 9th

Student Council is looking for classroom representatives grades 3-8. These reps would come to weekly (middle school) or bi-weekly (grades 3-5) virtual meetings and work on student-driven projects to improve our school and community. If you would like your student to develop their leadership skills, talk to them about joining the student council.

Here is an application to become a Student Council Representative!


Applications are due October 9th!

Questions? Contact Student Council Advisers

Middle school: Kristina Brinton kbrintonanderso@pps.net

Grades 3-5: Julia Collins jcollins@pps.net

Important Dates

September 14th-November 5th First Quarter of School (comprehensive distance learning)

By October 10th District to decide what second quarter of school will look like (in school building, hybrid or online)

October 15th Principal Chat at 5:00 pm- presentation about PPS Bond from 5:15-5:30pm. We will then discuss SE Guiding Coalition Information from 5:30-6:00. Click Here to join the meet

October 21st PTA Community Meeting at 6:30

October 22 SE Virtual Open House where stakeholders can learn about proposal and share their perspectives.

October 29th Principal Chat at 5:00 pm Click Here to join the meet

Reading Tips

Having conversations helps your kids develop vocabulary and background knowledge. Both help develop literacy skills. Have a discussion around Latinx Heritage Month, which started Sept 15 and goes till October 15. Why is it important to have a month to focus on one group of people? What do we know about the contributions of Latinxs already? What do we want to know? How can we find some answers?

Like Black History month in February, Women's History Month in March, and LGBTQ Pride throughout June, National Hispanic Heritage Month educates, celebrates, and honors the contributions of an often underrepresented and marginalized group of people. In this case, American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America: U.S. Hispanics.

Bridger Family Virtual School Guide

Click here to view our Family Guide. You can also find it on the Bridger Website. We will continue to change and update as the COVID situation evolves.

Guia Escolar Para Familias de Bridger

Haga clic aquí para ver nuestra Guía para Familias. También puede encontrarlo en el sitio web de Bridger. Continuaremos cambiando y actualizando a medida que evolucione la situación de COVID.

Distance Learning Resources

K-5 Teacher Office Hours

There has been some clarification in regards to how often K-5 teacher's hold open office hours. Each K-5 classroom teacher has open office hours at least once a week for 30 minutes. This is a change from the beginning of the year that had teachers schedule office hours 3-4 times/week. The change will provide teachers with more time to be available to support individual students and families. Office hours continue to be a drop in time and open to all students/families. However, you can also request to schedule a time to meet with your student's teacher one on one. Teachers may also reach out to families if they would like to schedule a conference or check in with a student to provide academic support.

All K-5 teacher's office hours have been updated on the Master K-5 Student Schedule. You can click on the tab on the bottom of the sheet to for your student's teacher. Office hours are listed at the top of the schedule below the key.

Distance Learning Tips & Tricks

Hello Bridger families,

For the last two weeks we’ve discussed things that you can do to help your children succeed during distance learning. Today, I want to offer some tips for students. This link:here offers 7 strategies that a student can use to be successful in Distance Learning. Allow me to take the time to discuss a couple highlights that I think will be beneficial to our scholars.

1.Set a fixed time to engage in coursework. In the house there should be consistent times in which the student is working on their schoolwork This will help them get into ‘work mode’ easier.

2. Explore the technology before the first time you have to use it. I know it feels like we are introducing new apps daily. Students should feel comfortable using those apps and, to ensure they are, they should be exploring their apps. Click around on Seesaw, Canvas, Nearpod, etc… to see if there is anything of interest, or anything confusing and teachers can clear up any misconceptions before the student has to use the app officially.

3. Use calendars, alerts, and alarms. As a professional I can tell you that my phone, computer, and Echo are dinging, chiming, and talking to me throughout my entire day. A barrage of reminders to ensure that everything I have to do is done. As a student getting prepared to enter a world outside of school, this is an invaluable skill that can be learned during these unprecedented times. There are calendars built into our learning apps that students can utilize.

As always, whatever you can do is enough, and have a fantastic week.

Take care.

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Technology Assistance

Centralized Call Center available for families to support all technology needs.

Web: pps.net/student

Email: support@pps.net

Call: 503-916-3375

English: 503-916-3375

Español: 503-916-3582


Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584

Soomaali: 503-916-3586

Русский: 503-916-3583

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PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.

SUN Program

Join us on Friday October 16th, 3pm-5pm to pick up free produce & food from the Free Food Market. Food is available to everyone in the community- you can take food for your neighbors as well.

-Market is WALK-UP.

-Please bring your own bags.

-Facecoverings/Masks required.

-Maintain at least 6 ft. between yourself and others.

-Please send someone to shop for you/stay home if you are experiencing any symptom of COVID-19 (cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, nausea, etc.).

Contact Melany if you would like to volunteer or have any questions: melany@latnet.org or 503-502-1485.

We have $200 Visa gift cards available for families who are experiencing any financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply here: https://forms.gle/i4oxDUK8kpGHToM28

We will be hosting very limited Fall SUN Virtual clubs & classes. Please check out this link to register for the clubs/classes we will be offering: https://forms.gle/WU7yWXs49BP2X7GF8.

Join us for Platica para Padres on Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm starting on October 21st. This will be a place to connect virtually with other Latino families and ask questions, build relationships, and learn how to support your students and family. All sessions will be facilitated in Spanish and will meet via GoogleMeets: https://meet.google.com/bkf-rfxu-csp

Oregon has released Pandemic EBT benefits in September, and may release more benefits to eligible families during the pandemic. Please complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application for 2020-21 to ensure your family is eligible for this support: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464


  • Our next PTA Gathering will be on October 21st from 6:30-8:00pm over Zoom. We will:

    • Share important announcements

    • Discuss concerns and solutions in affinity groups,

    • Listen to a KNOW YOUR RIGHTS presentation. During this presentation Antonio Ramirez Subira, the Immigration Navigator from Latino Network, will share information about Immigrants’ rights and the Public Charge.

  • Click here to Access Emergency Funding for your Family These funds can support your family with utilities, rent, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, transportation, mental and physical health care, and more.

  • Share your contact information with us so we can connect you to other families and support your local/online business: English Spanish Vietnamese (we will have paper copies available in other languages at Friday pick ups!

Antiracist Podcasts to check out: Raising an Antiracist Generation and Nice White Parents

Important Information about Meal Benefits (Free/Reduced Price Meals)

While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

  • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)

  • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.

  • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

  1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.

  2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.

  3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

  • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.

  • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

  • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.

  • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.