November 19, 2021
Although it is holiday time, the learning at Bridge never slows down. Students are working hard to prepare for our middle of year (MOY) benchmark assessments in Acadience (reading and math), Imagine Learning (reading and math), Galileo (language arts and math grades 1 - 6) and ESGI (reading and math Kindergarten). Our expectation is that every single student meets or exceeds predicted growth. The data from these assessments will be sent home at the end of the semester in the middle of January.
We have been SO fortunate that our school's COVID cases have been minimal and only one grade since fall break has been impacted and required to quarantine at home or wear a mask at school. We will continue to follow this protocol until the state notifies us otherwise. To help keep everyone as healthy as possible, please keep students who are unwell at home until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Many students have shared that they have already received the COVID vaccine. At this time COVID is not a required vaccine for staff or students. I am hopeful the choice to vaccinate or not will remain a personal decision for families. Regardless of future decisions, please understand that as a public school we are required to follow state rules. You will be notified if the COVID vaccine requirement changes.
Please keep reading the bulletin for important updates and information.
Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and we will see you Monday, November 29!
Heggerty at Bridge
Heggerty is a phonemic awareness program that is ESSENTIAL to the development of basic reading skills. "Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success." To help your student practice phonemic awareness ask them to tell you the first or last sound in a word or to chop the word into sounds or syllables. To learn more about this program check out the link below:
Vocabulary Surge at Bridge
Vocabulary Surge is a program that is essential to a student's comprehension development. As students move from decoding to reading for meaning, comprehension becomes ever more important. Vocabulary development is a critical part of our language arts curriculum. Vocabulary Surge "teaches students how to break words into parts, hypothesize the meanings of unknown parts, and check meaning in context. The lessons also help students learn the meaning of the most common Anglo-Saxon words, affixes, Latin roots, and Greek combining forms." You can learn more about this program by using the link below:
Opera at Bridge
Road Work Beginning in December
Roy City just called and the canal south of the school on Midland Drive is scheduled to be covered, with a sidewalk added, starting the middle of December! We have been advocating for this since before the school was built so this is super exciting news, especially for the students who are walking to school or riding their bikes along Midland Drive. THANK YOU ROY CITY!
Some not so good news...
Midland Drive will be closed at the canal, during construction. This means during construction Midland Drive will NOT be a thoroughfare from 4800 south and those who intend to travel south on Midland Drive from 4800 S will need to go through the neighborhood adjacent to the field. The expected completion time is three months though it is unclear if the road closure will last the entire time. I will work closely with the city manager and the police chief to help create a safe traffic pattern for our families. In fact, the city manager and I have already thrown around some great ideas. Stay tuned for more information soon!
The Personalized Learning Plan's (PLP) at Home Activities
The PLP also has an area in which it identifies the things your student can do AT HOME to help them achieve their PLP goals. Please chat with your child about their PLP and look it over. According to educational research, being able to self-report grades and progress has one of the highest impacts on student learning. When reviewing the PLP with your child pay specific attention to the "Suggested Activities to Support Student's Goals (Homework)" section of the PLP. Study skills and practice also have a high impact on student learning.
The monies provided to each school are managed at the school by the Trustlands Council. The council works with school teachers and school leaders to determine how the school can best use the funds and then create measurable goals to ensure the use of the funds was effective.
To serve on the Trusland Council please complete the Invitation on our website using the link below. The council must be comprised of two more parents than non-parents. For example, if there are three Bridge employees on the council there must be five parents.
The link above will also provide you access to our current Trustlands plan and a training video to familiarize yourself with Utahs's School Land Trust.
BASE - FREE After School Program REQUIRES Registration
Please contact Sara Tucker, our BASE Coordinator Sara@BridgeCharter.org or call the office at (801)499-5180 to have your child added to, or removed from, the BASE registration list.
Student Retention Rate at Bridge Elementary
We are grateful each and every day for the opportunity to serve your kids! THANK YOU!
Morning Drop Off and Pick Up Safety
We LOVE that we are able to provide FREE before and after school care for your students. However, we also need parents to help ensure the safety of their children and abide by the drop off and pick up times.
MORNING DROP OFFPLEASE do not drop your kiddos off at school prior to 7:30 am. Our morning supervision does not begin util 7:30 which is when our supervisory staff are paid to arrive to provide morning supervision. Students who arrive before this time are outside, unsupervised. The weather has been cooperative but SOON it will be extremely chilly in the mornings and dropping your child off, unattended prior to 7:30 a.m., may leave your child in unsafe conditions.
AFTERNOON PICK UP
Our BASE program ends at 4:30 pm, Monday thru Thursday. Teachers and staff are only paid until 4:30 pm. PLEASE be considerate and arrive on time to pick up your children.
On Fridays school is out at 1:30 pm. Our staff either have meetings at 2:00 pm or their shift ends by 2:00 pm. Please ensure your kiddos are picked up prior to 2:00 pm on Fridays.
Recess Guidelines and Inclement Weather
Please make sure your child dresses accordingly for the weather – hats, coats, gloves and boots during wet and cold weather. We live in Utah where snow, ice and cold weather are inevitable. Students will be outside for recess and PE unless the “feels like” temperature is below 20° F or the precipitation (heavy snow or rain) will result in wet kids, or the winds are heavy enough that there is a chance of injury.
The school will follow the State’s recess guidelines regarding bad air days. All students will be kept inside for PE and recess during “red” days. Students at risk of respiratory issues will be kept inside during “yellow” days providing parents notify the teacher and the office.
YAY! We are Finally Using REAL Lunch Trays
LOST & FOUND PILE - WILL BE DONATED AGAIN ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 29
Volunteer Hours and Donations
Once a family has 30 hours they are added to our Volunteer Pond in the front foyer of the school.
Interested in Being a Substitute at Bridge? Earn $ for your time!
For more information on subbing at Bridge please visit
Background Checks for Parent Volunteers
Dress Code Reminders
- Only Bridge logo jackets and hoodies can be worn during school (any type of jacket can be worn at recess). Sweaters are NOT a dress code item to be worn during school except at recess.
- All bottoms - pants, skirts, jumpers must be BLACK or TAN only. Blue and gray are NOT the dress code appropriate colors for bottoms - this is NOT new - our bottom colors have ALWAYS been black or tan only.
- Leggings worn under dresses/skirts must be black, tan or white only. Striped, colored, polka dots, etc. are cute but are not dress code.
You can find ALL of the rules on our website at:
Or use this link to download the Dress Code Specifications: DRESS CODE
Visible Learning - INITIATIVE
INITIATIVE teaches students to "RECOGNIZE AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE I AM ASKED TO DO IT".
Practice these "I WILL" statements with your student:
- Do what is right BEFORE I am told.
- Not put off until later what I can do now.
- Do my part for the team.
- Be part of the solution rather than the problem.
- Look for ways to help others.
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