Bridge Bulletin

September 23, 2022

Principal Chat

Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!


Progress reports have been, or will be sent home today. They are printed on bright green paper and are in an envelope. Check your student's backpack. Please contact your child's teacher If for some reason the progress report did not make it home. The teacher can provide you with another copy - perhaps even by email to ensure it doesn't get lost in transit.


We need volunteer help with several projects. Check the VOLUNTEER section of this newsletter for more information.


Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL


  • October 10 - 14 (Fall Break)
  • November 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving Break)


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.


Enjoy the weekend!


Lani Rounds

Principal

Progress Reports

At Bridge we provide parents with a progress report three times each year - September, January and June. This report helps you see where your student started in regards to multiple reading and math assessments, and where they finish at the end of the school year. Reporting this way, instead of letter grades, allows you to get a very accurate look at your child's progress throughout the year.


The progress report shows the measure (Acadience, Imagine Learning, etc.) and provides a score. The score is compared to the grade level expectation and translated into Below - Approaching - At - Above grade level. On the back side of the progress report are the benchmark goals for each of the assessments. Your child's teacher can answer any questions about HOW the child is doing in other areas at school such as socially and behaviorally.

Staffing Changes

It saddens my heart for Bridge, but gladdens my heart for Sara Tucker, to make this announcement.


Mrs. Tucker serves as our At-Risk Programs Coordinator and oversees our morning supervision, BASE, 504 program, ELL program and provides support for students struggling with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.Mrs. Tucker has accepted a position as a director at Maria Montessori, a charter school in North Ogden. Sara will begin her new position on October 3. Her last day with Bridge will be September 29.


I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for ALL Mrs. Tucker has done for Bridge, our staff, our students and especially as my right-hand person. However, this move is in the best interest of Sara, her family, and her new school and I couldn’t be happier for her. I have been blessed to be Mrs. Tucker's co-worker and friend for many years and I know her experience, wisdom and unique "Sara-ness" will be put to exceptional use at MMA. Thanking Mrs. Tucker for all she has done for Bridge will never be enough to express our deep gratitude. We wish Mrs. Tucker all the best on her new journey!


We have interviewed for Mrs. Tucker's position and have selected Stacey Archuleta (currently a 1st grade teacher) to serve as our new At-Risk Programs Coordinator beginning October 3. This move has left an opening in 1st grade which we have filled with Kaylie Langhaim, currently a 4th grade teacher. We will be working the next couple of weeks to fill Mrs. Langhaim's position in 4th grade. While we are looking for a replacement for Mrs. Langhaim, her position will be filled by Amber Bryant - one of our AMAZING para educators. Next week Mrs. Archuleta, Mrs. Langhaim and Mrs. Bryant will shadow each other so they are better prepared for their roles when Mrs. Tucker leaves Bridge for her new job.


We are committed to providing all of our students a safe, positive, personalized learning environment with limited disruption. We are confident that whomever we select to fill Mrs. Langhaim's position will be perfect for the job.
Big picture

Flu Clinic Through Community Nursing Services at Bridge

We are super excited to announce a flu clinic for Bridge families, staff and community members. It is Friday, September 30, 1:30 - 4:00 pm in our gym.
Big picture

Visible Learning - Enthusiasm

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 ENTHUSIASM. A good learner is enthusiastic about learning new things and sharing that learning with others.


Please take time next week to discuss this trait with your student and reward or praise them for being thorough with their tasks.


"Putting my whole heart into all that I do"

Big picture

Rotations

Your student may have used the word "rotations" to tell you about their day at school. Rotations are when your student rotates through different types of learning environments, such as computer aided instruction (CAIS), small group instruction, and stations or centers. In 1st - 3rd grades one of the station rotations is replaced with P90 reading instruction.


Rotations are a critical piece of Bridge's personalized learning model. Stations provide students with opportunities to access learning AT THEIR LEVEL as opposed to a traditional model where a teacher delivers one math lesson to a classroom of 30 as if each and every student is at the same level of learning.


Each rotation allows teachers to meet in small group with students to ensure the reading or math lesson meets the child's skill level with the support and scaffolding they need to be successful. Station materials, are also at the child's skill level and are instructional materials the child can access independently or with support from one of the many classroom para educators. During CAIS students use Imagine Learning reading and math. Both of these programs are adaptive and scale up or down to meet the student's needs.


Rotations are just ONE MORE WAY in which we are able to personalize instruction for students. See below for pictures of our rotations in action.

FFVP

Our fresh fruit and vegetable program (FFVP) is a HUGE hit at Bridge! This week the favorite items was fresh cut pineapple!

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

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:


  • Cutting Watch Me Learn tickets (stop by the office)
  • 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.

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

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 as well as a form to ask questions or provide suggestions regarding Title I, 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.