Bridge Bulletin

November 19, 2021

Principal Chat

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!

Lani Rounds


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Heggerty at Bridge

Each day students at Bridge participate in either Heggerty (K-2) or Vocabulary Surge (3-6) as part of their English language arts curriculum.

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

We are SUPER excited to be part of the Utah Opera program, "Who Wants to Be an Opera Star?" on Friday, December 10. This program will be provided digitally to all of our students during Advisory period (8:45 - 9:30). "Utah Opera’s school programs give students opportunities to develop skills in music as identified in the state core curriculum while they are being introduced to the basic elements of the art form of opera; our programs also show audiences that being involved in the art form can be moving, thrilling, and fun."

First Grade Funny

Why did the seagull cross the bay?

It wanted to be a bagel. Get it? A "bay gull" - LOVE THESE KIDS!

Road Work Beginning in December

Some good news....

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

All students in grades 1-6 have a PLP and are assigned an advisor. Students meet with the advisor twice monthly and parents are invited to participate in these meetings every couple months as well. A link to the PLP is sent to parents via email so you can see your student's end of year goals, monthly progress, and actions steps.

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.

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School LandTrust

Utah is so fortunate to have a land trust in which money generated form the earnings on the permanent State School Fund investment are provided to public schools. The trust lands are public lands that generate revenue from various activities such as mining and oil.

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

BASE is our FREE after-school program. During BASE, students participate in an activity aligned with a daily theme and then receive FREE dinner. Please make sure your child is registered to attend BASE. Only students on the list are allowed to attend. A child can be added to the list or removed at anytime.

Please contact Sara Tucker, our BASE Coordinator or call the office at (801)499-5180 to have your child added to, or removed from, the BASE registration list.

Annual title I Parent Information Video

Please visit our website (link below) to watch the Annual Title I Parent Information video. Please send any questions to Lani Rounds (Principal) or Sara Tucker (At-Risk Programs Coordinator).

Student Retention Rate at Bridge Elementary

"Student Retention" is the percentage of students who return to a school each year. Newer charter schools often take several years to meet state retention averages. As you can see by the chart below, Bridge Elementary's retention average is higher than the other new charter schools, nearly the same as Weber County charter schools, and just barely below the average for ALL Utah charter schools.

We are grateful each and every day for the opportunity to serve your kids! THANK YOU!

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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.


PLEASE 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.


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

This is pasted directly from our Family Handbook which you can find on our website under Policies and Procedures.

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

Our goal has ALWAYS been to use REAL lunch trays at school. It makes so much more sense for the environment and for the budget. Also, kids don't have to worry about their chocolate milk or apple breaking off the end of the styrofoam tray. Last year COVID interfered with our ability to use washable trays. This year, supplier and shipping issues have been a problem until NOW! Our REAL lunch trays have finally arrived!


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Volunteer Hours and Donations

We are SO excited to have parent volunteers in school! Please remember to log your hours and/or the money you donate towards your volunteer time. You can log your hours by clicking on the RED BUTTON on this page:

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!

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining the Ready 2 Teach team at Bridge for lunch on December 9 at 12:00 noon. During your visit you can learn about how their substitute program works, get your background check AND get free lunch while you are at it. We pay our subs $14 hour.

For more information on subbing at Bridge please visit

Background Checks for Parent Volunteers

We are super excited to offer another opportunity for background checks for our parent volunteers. You do NOT need a background check to come and help at school BUT you do need a background check to help out at the school or on a field trip if you will be out of the sight of staff. For example, if your child's class goes to the zoo on a field trip and you would like to chaperone a group of students, you would need a background check in order to be alone with your child and other students. If you would like a background check please stop by the school on December 7, 9:00 - 11:00 am. You must bring a form of state ID with you, for example a driver's license.

Dress Code Reminders

Just a couple of 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

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 - INITIATIVE


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

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