January 21, 2022
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!
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
Bridge Shirt Order
- Enter your oldest student's name in the notes. This will allow us to deliver shirts to the correct student.
- 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.
Prepay Code: BridgeYB22
To order yearbooks online, CLICK HERE
Data - Progress Reports
You can compare your child's data to the grade level scores posted on our webpage at https://www.bridgecharter.org/curriculum using the link at the bottom of the page, "Progress Report Data Explained".
Acadience Reading Data - Schoolwide
Acadience Math Data - Schoolwide
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.
Imagine Literacy - Data
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.
Imagine Math - Data
Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program (FFVP)
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
Bad Air Days
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:
- Become a Guidance expert.
- Talk with your child’s doctor about whether your child is “sensitive” to poor air quality.
- Contact your child’s school to discuss when you want them to stay inside for recess based on their health needs.
- Be aware of current air quality levels. Visit DEQ for hourly PM2.5 levels and the air quality forecast.
- 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.
- 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
Lottery Opens January 24 - Siblings Pulled FIRST on February 8
Visible Learning - FLEXIBILITY
FLEXIBILITY teaches students to "ADAPT TO CHANGE WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE".
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
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.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR WHAT
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