Bridge Bulletin

January 21, 2022

Principal Chat

It's been a fabulous week! As previously mentioned, we are working hard to keep our doors open for business. On Tuesday I spoke with the county health department who commended us on staying on top of contact tracing, who should wear masks and who should stay home. As you know, in many schools the COVID numbers are so high and so many staff are absent, they have moved to virtual learning. Our hope is with our COVID mitigation measures (sanitizing, cleaning, masks as needed) and our unique staffing model (several adults for each grade level), and our teachers' contingency plans in the event several staff are quarantined, our doors will remain open.

Parents, please remind your kiddos that gum is not allowed at school. Also, use of cellphones should be limited to before and or after the student enters school unless a teacher has provided a student with explicit permission to use their phone during the school day. Additionally, students using their cellphone to take pictures or post videos during school is not appropriate.

Please keep up on your emails and social media if possible as these are the first methods of communication with parents.

Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the weekend!

Lani Rounds


COVID Numbers and Mask Updates

Masks are required when a COVID positive person was in attendance and MAY have exposed others. According to the Health Department, potentially exposed students can come to school but must wear a mask for 10 days. As of today (Friday) at 4:00 pm, these are the classes that must wear masks next week and the date students can return to school without a mask. Some of these dates have been updated from the original email as additional positive individuals were identified. Individuals who do not want to come to school wearing a mask have the option to stay home. While they are home they can do Imagine Learning reading and math to help supplement their at-home instruction.

  • Mrs. Eschler (K) - Jan. 25
  • 3rd Grade - Jan. 31
  • 4th Grade - Jan. 26

We are tracking ALL COVID positive cases as reported to us by parents, staff and the health department.. These are the numbers of reported positive staff and students over the past 14 days. PLEASE remember the above mask status may change based on information received from staff, parents and the health department over the weekend.

COVID + Students = 15

COVID + Staff = 5

Lost & Found

Is your child cold? Do they bring a new jacket or coat to school every day? Did they come home with only one glove? Perhaps you can find the ones they lost in our always overflowing Lost & Found pile in the front of the school.

Bridge Shirt Order

Our newest shirt order is ready for you to begin ordering. This order will close on January 29. Shirts are NOT sold at the school and if you miss this order, the next one will be about March. All shirts are paid for online and will be delivered to the school around the middle of February. When ordering please remember:
  1. Enter your oldest student's name in the notes. This will allow us to deliver shirts to the correct student.
  2. Order the CORRECT sizes - there are no refunds or replacements. Kid sizes are prefaced with a "Y" for youth. For example, "YS" is a youth small while "S" is an adult small.

Shirts include short and long sleeved tees, hoodies and crewneck sweatshirts. Styles keep updating based on the availability of youth sizes. Apparently shirts, like everything else, are impacted by COVID and vendor's struggles with transit and production.

This is the link to order online.

Yearbook Order Now Open

Order your yearbooks today! Yearbooks will NOT be sold at the school. They will be delivered to the school and handed to students on the last day of school.

Bridge Elementary

Prepay Code: BridgeYB22

To order yearbooks online, CLICK HERE

Data - Progress Reports

Testing is complete except for a few straggling kiddos who have been absent. Progress reports were sent home today. These are the same reports you received at the beginning of the year (BOY) and are now completed with your child's middle of the year (MOY) assessment data. This will allow you to see your child's growth in reading and math. At the end of the year your child will receive a final progress report as well as an official report card. If you have specific questions about your child's data please reach out to their teachers.

You can compare your child's data to the grade level scores posted on our webpage at using the link at the bottom of the page, "Progress Report Data Explained".

Acadience Reading Data - Schoolwide

Acadience (DIBELS) is a basic reading assessment used across the nation to help identify students who are reading at grade level (green and blue) and those who need additional support (red and yellow). At the beginning of the year (BOY) 48% of our students were at grade level in reading based on Acadience data. At our middle of year (MOY) testing we have 54% of students identified at or above grade level. That is a 6% growth and double the rate growth the state anticipates. The graph below shows our Acadience BOY compared to MOY data.
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Acadience Math Data - Schoolwide

This is the first year that Utah has used Acadeinece math. It is required for students in grades K-3 but Bridge has chosen to use this data for grades K-6. Because it is Utah's first year using this measure there is not a projected level of growth from BOY to MOY.

At the beginning of the year, based on Acadience math data, 30% of our students were identified as at or above grade level in math. At the middle of the year, 39% of our students tested at or above grade level. That is a 9% growth in math. Again, because this is the first year Utah has used this measure we do not know if 9% growth is higher than the state's expectation. The graph below shows our Acadience math BOY compared to MOY data.

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Imagine Literacy - Data

Imagine Literacy is a schoolwide program we use to enhance student's language arts instruction. It is an adaptive program meaning the instruction provided is based on the child's level. Imagine Learning provides several language arts measures - overall literacy, vocabulary and a Lexile reading level for those students grades 3+ and some lower, high level students. This is a more comprehensive look at a students overall language arts skills rather than just their basic reading ability as is measured by Acadience reading. The data from these measures create a benchmark score. Blue indicates above grade level, green is at grade level, yellow is below grade level and red is significantly below grade level. A short explanation is we want the green and blue scores to increase and the yellow and red scores to decrease.

At the beginning of the year 60% of our students schoolwide were at or above grade level in language arts. The MOY assessment shows 69% of students are at or above grade level. This is an increase of 9%. Below are the results from the BOY benchmark compared to the MOY benchmark based on each grade level.

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Imagine Math - Data

Imagine math is a computer-based program we use to enhance student's math instruction. Like Imagine Literacy, it is an adaptive program. Teachers continually analyze data and move students to an appropriate pathway based on data from Imagine math and teacher-based assessments. Imagine Learning math provides students an assessment score called a "Quantile". Imagine Learning estimates that a growth of 100 Quantile is comparable to a full year's growth in math. At the middle of the year we would expect a student to increase about 50 Quantile points. Below is the Quantile growth for each grade level based on the MOY assessment. As you can see, every grade increased well above the expected growth of 50Q.
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Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program (FFVP)

Our FFVP has been a tremendous success! Kids are provided lots of different options each week from Persian cucumbers to sweet cherries and apricots. Ask you student WHICH fresh fruit or vegetable was their favorite this week.

School Accountability Feedback Redesign Request from the State of Utah

The Utah State Board of Education is requesting public (parent, student, educator, administrator, community & business members) regarding the redesign of Utah’s school accountability system. Will you please distribute this invitation through your communication channels and encourage participation in this short survey, which will be open through February 18, 2022.

The Utah State Legislature and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) are partnering to reexamine the state’s school accountability system. The current Utah School Accountability System was established through SB 220 during the 2017 legislative session, prior to the advancement of the Personalized, Competency-Based Learning and Portrait of a Graduate initiatives. The pandemic has highlighted the dependency of the school accountability system on access to state assessment results. The state is seeking to build a new accountability system to be:

  • Inclusive of the additional initiatives
  • More comprehensive in evaluation criteria
  • Aligned with and supportive of continuous school improvement efforts for all schools

For this work to be successful, the state needs to hear from the public on the information needed to better understand school quality. Please consider taking this survey to provide your input on the future of school accountability in Utah. The state will also offer both virtual and in-person opportunities to engage further along in the process. Thank you.

So MANY Learning Options

Bridge students are provided MANY different learning options including computer aided instruction, small group learning, one on one assistance, and whole group instruction during specials. Our teachers work very hard to ensure instruction is engaging and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.

Bad Air Days

It's that time of year again when poor air quality is the norm and we need to regularly look at the Recess Air Guidelines to determine if any students need to stay inside for recess. On orange days students with respiratory symptoms and sensitive students stay indoors. On red days, all students stay indoors for recess.

Our teachers use the health information in Aspire to determine if a child should go outside for recess. As a parent, you need to help us out if your child is in the "sensitive" category or if they are NOT in the sensitive category but you prefer they remain inside for recess.

  • Send a note to your child's teacher indicating the child CAN go outside on an orange day.
  • Send a note to your child's teacher indicating they are not noted in Aspire with a health issue but you WANT them to stay inside for recess on an orange day.

This is from the State's Recess Guidelines page:

What You Can Do As a Parent

Click to access a printable version of the recess guidance

You know your child’s needs best. Below are five things you can do to keep them safe during this year’s inversion season:

  1. Become a Guidance expert.
  2. Talk with your child’s doctor about whether your child is “sensitive” to poor air quality.
  3. Contact your child’s school to discuss when you want them to stay inside for recess based on their health needs.
  4. Be aware of current air quality levels. Visit DEQ for hourly PM2.5 levels and the air quality forecast.
  5. Do your part to reduce vehicle emissions during winter inversion months. Carpool, combine errand runs into one trip, use public transit, and don’t idle in your car longer than 10-30 seconds.

Donations Needed

Parents that are interested in donating to the school can drop any of the following items off at the office. These are for community use and distributed, as needed, to students and classrooms.

  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kid-sized masks
  • Size 5/6 pants for our clothes cupboard (used is great!

Any donations can be used to offset volunteer hours at a rate of $3 for one volunteer hour. Just enter your converted volunteer hours in the form on our website:

FREE Family Skate Night at Classic Fun Center - Layton

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 28, 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Bridge Elementary is hosting a FREE family skate night at Classic Fun Center in Layton. Bridger will be there for photo ops and to skate with kids! Students who passed off 30 math lessons will be rewarded with 10 FREE Credits to use in the arcade.
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Lottery Opens January 24 - Siblings Pulled FIRST on February 8

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Excuse an Absence

PLEASE excuse your child's absence by:

  • Calling our attendance line (801)499-5180
  • Using the online form found on our website under the Student Data icon


Visible Learning - FLEXIBILITY


Practice these "I WILL" statements with your student:

  • Anticipate change
  • Adjust when needed
  • Look for the benefits
  • Finish the job
  • Do what is right

Our mission is to empower students to take ownership of their own learning. By learning, practicing and embracing these visible learning traits, students will have the skills needed to become accountable for their own lifelong learning. You can find the six Visible Learning traits on our website at Visible Learning

Bridge Elementary

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.


Principal - Lani Rounds

Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams (Aspire, registration, lottery)

Admin Support - Sara Tucker - (Title 1 and At-Risk Coordinator, ELL support, 504 Plans and BASE)

Curriculum and Instruction Specialist - Keri Toponce