Bridge Bulletin

September 2, 2022

Principal Chat

Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!


This week we had our first fire drill. It took a little longer than planned to get the kiddos outside and all accounted. We will be doing another drill next week to improve our time and process.


Did you know that at the end of this newsletter is a WHO TO CONTACT list for names and the contact information of individuals responsible for specific areas at Bridge?


Please keep reading for more information about this past week and information for the upcoming week.


Have a fabulous THREE DAY weekend! Remember, there is no school on Monday.


Lani Rounds

Principal

Visible Learning - Reflection

Each week students attend a Visible Learning class to learn about traits of a GOOD LEARNER. In the upcoming week, students will be working on REFLECTION. Please take time next week to discuss this trait with your student and reward or praise them for being reflective.


"Reviewing my learning to see what works and ways I can improve."

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Para Educators at Bridge

Bridge's personalized learning model requires a lot of staffing and support for students. Yes, our teachers are amazing; however, the backbone of our model is our para educators. While teachers are providing small group instruction para educators are working with and supervising students during computer aided instruction (CAIS) and stations. They also provide supervision and support during recess and lunch, and support our students during specials such as science, social studies, fine arts, PE, visible learning, health, STEM and library.


Starting the week of September 12 our para-educators will also be providing all 1st - 3rd graders with an additional boost of small group reading during our P90 program. We could NOT run our amazing model and provide your students with personalized learning experiences without our para educators! There are a few pics below showing all the ways they help support our kids.

Buddy Bench

A year ago the Avery Foundation gifted Bridge with a Buddy Bench. This bench is designed for students who are looking for a friend at recess. Ask your kids about the bench. As I went out to take a picture a student was sitting on the bench. A 3rd grade boy rolled up on a scooter and asked the student to play. The student put on a helmet, grabbed a scooter and wheeled off with his new friend. My eyes welled up with tears and I thought my heart was going to explode!


This link is a video for you to learn more about the bench.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBaAW4F6SEM&t=1s

Advisory Started Today (Friday)

Today, Friday, September 2, our advisory program began for our 1st - 6th grade students. Advisory is on Fridays, 8:45 - 10:45 am. Advisory is a HUGE part of our personalized learning model. During advisory, students meet twice monthly with their advisory (Aspire assigned teacher) to discuss their Personalized Learning Plan (PLP), goals, progress and action steps. Students also participate in rotations in the classroom that include literacy activities, activities aligned with their personal goals, virtual field trips,STEM (5th grade) and recess.


See below for more information about the PLP process.

Personalized Learning Plans (PLP)

Students in grade 1 - 6 each have a personalized learning plan for reading and math. The plan includes beginning of year present levels, reading and math goals, action steps to achieve the goals, and monthly progress updates. The plan also includes a score for the child's ability to articulate their goals and progress. Additional tabs at the bottom of the PLP report student classroom progress as well as information to show grade level benchmark expectations for Acadience and Imagine Learning reading and math.


Each month students meet with their PLP Advisor (Aspire-assigned teacher) to discuss goals and look at their monthly progress. During the meeting advisors facilitate students identifying action steps which will help the student achieve their goal. The PLP is shared digitally, via email, with parents. Every couple of months teachers will invite parents to participate in the child's PLP meeting either in person or via Zoom.


Research has shown that a student's ability to self-report their grades and progress, set goals and plan steps to achieve their goals and students reflecting on their learning promotes incredibly high achievement for students.


Advisory started on Friday, September 2. By the end of the month the advisor should have met with your student two times and sent you a link to their PLP. If you do not receive the link by the end of the month PLEASE reach out to your child's teacher.

Virtual Field Trips

During Friday advisory, our 1st - 4th grade students attend a Virtual Field Trip (VFT) rotation. During the rotation the kids "travel" to a location such as a different country or place. Today our 1st graders learned about passports and received their Bridge Passport which they will use each VFT to place a sticker of the traveled location.Our 2nd graders traveled to the San Diego Zoo using a "boarding pass" with Mrs. Arochi. In 3rd grade students had a small suitcase and learned about how the were going to travel through the world.

Student Name Badges

Your child has been issued a name badge using the picture that was taken during our Fall pictures a week or so ago. Name badges are provided on a breakaway lanyard. Name badges must be worn during school and should NEVER leave the school. Teachers have created a procedure for your student to pick up their name badge in the classroom each morning and return it after school. Name badges are used for safety purposes. With a name badge any staff member will always be able to identify a student in an emergency. It is $5 for a replacement for lost or destroyed name badges. If your student was not at the school for pictures we will have makeup pictures on October 21 and they will receive their name badge after that day.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - FFVP

This week our FFVP featured Caviar Limes, Pine Berries and Rambutan. It was fun to see the kiddos try something they probably have never eaten before. The caviar limes looked like pickles and had little jelly-like "eggs" inside that looked like caviar. They were sour and some of the kiddos LOVED them!. The Rambutan looked like a sea urchin but had the consistency of a grape with a lightly sweet flavor.


We LOVE this program and feedback from parents and students indicated our families LOVE the program too!

Friday After-School Programs Offered by Two Vendors - Begins September 9

This year we have two companies that are renting space at Bridge to provide after-school programs - Mad Science and Power Chess. Both programs begin on Friday, September 9, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Mad Science is a six-week program and Chess is a 12-week program. You can find more information and register for these programs on our website under Community Events:

https://www.bridgecharter.org/community-events

Remember Everyone Deployed "RED" Fridays

Because we have so many military families we LOVE to participate in Friday, "RED" day where everyone wears red. This is a great day to wear your red Bullfrog shirt, hoodie or even a red polo shirt.

Volunteers

We LOVE parent and grand parent volunteers at school! If you would like to volunteer, please check with your child's teachers. If you want to volunteer but aren't excited about coming into the school, we have LOTS of opportunity for outside volunteer work including:


  • Pulling weeds in the rock areas and park strips (we have all the area in front of the school and up 4800 S along the school fence).
  • Using rakes and shovels to redistribute the gravel from the bottom of the retention area in front of the school to the top area to cover the black landscape screen.


After you have volunteered please enter your hours in our volunteer form on our website:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/volunteer-opportunities


Once your family has logged 30 volunteer hours they will have a frog put into our Volunteer Pond in the foyer.


If you want to volunteer but do not have the time, you can donate $90 to cover the 30 hours. If you choose to donate, complete the volunteer form. You can donate in the office or by using our DONATE icon on the home page of our website.

Outside Provider Resources

Sometimes parents and families need a little extra help and support with kids. This is a link to some outside provider resources that may have the support you need for your family. Bridge does not support or endorse any of these resources - they are just provided as a place for families to start if they are looking for additional help or services.


You can also find this on our webpage at: https://www.bridgecharter.org/community-events


Outside Provider Resources

Online Lunch Payments

Lunch payments can be made online or in the front office using cash or check. Payments made in the front office are posted immediately in Aspire. Online payments are not immediately updated in Aspire.


When payments are made online we must complete several steps to get the payments moved to Aspire. We do this every Monday and Wednesday. After we run the online report it takes another day for the money to post to your student's Aspire account. Please allow 3 - 5 days from the day you make the online payment to the day the information posts in Aspire.


The link to make payments online is found on our website by selecting the MEALS icon.


https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch

Excuse an Absence

Absences MUST be excused within 24 hours of the absence. You can do this by leaving a message on the Attendance line at school (801)499-5180 or by using the Excuse Absence online form. You can find this on our website by clicking on the Excuse Absence icon or using the link below:


EXCUSE ABSENCE

COVID Protocol

The protocol for student who test positive for COVID is on our website. You can find it at:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/policies-procedures



If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID they should remain home in isolation for five days from the first date of symptoms. When they return to school, they should wear a mask for five more days. If a student or staff member is in proximity (within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) to an individual in the home who tests positive for COVID, the exposed individual should wear a mask at school for at least 10 days following exposure.

Title I

Title I was initially passed in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the largest federal assistance program for public schools. These supplemental funds provide students the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education to help close achievement gaps.


Bridge Elementary receives our Title I funding based on the percentage of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. For this reason we encourage ALL families to apply for Free/Reduced lunch through Aspire to ensure every single student receives the services needed, including access to free or reduced meals if appropriate.


You can find more information about Title I through a video on our website at:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/school-events

Who to Contact for What

Principal - Lani Rounds - Lani@BridgeCharter.org


At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Sara Tucker - Sara@BridgeCharter.org

  • Morning Supervision and BASE
  • Behavior
  • 504 Plans
  • ELL Coordinator


Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams - Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org

  • Aspire
  • Lottery
  • Registration


School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org


Special Education

Diane Nelson Lead SpED Teacher - Diane@BridgeCharter.org

Julie Christensen SpED Director - Julie@BridgeCharter.org


Meal Issues - Jodi Jensen - Jodi@BridgeCharter.org


Classroom Teachers - see website - https://www.bridgecharter.org/teachers

  • Daily activities for your child
  • Student progress
  • Questions about student schedule

About Bridge Elementary Charter

The mission of Bridge Elementary is to provide students with a personalized learning experience and empower them to take personal ownership and accountability for their own academic performance.