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April 2, 2021

Principal Message

What a busy week we have had! Our K-5 staff has worked so hard to get ready for the return of students to the building and preparing to do both in person and online teaching. Bridger is so lucky to have such dedicated staff!!! I know that all these changes are difficult for families so I also want to thank you for being flexible and patient as we work out so many details.

I absolutely loved getting to see our K/1 families this Thursday and Friday and I’m looking forward to welcoming 2nd-5th graders on Monday. Since K-5 will be back at school, please plan on parking a block away and walking to school. If you must drive on Market Street, make sure you are driving East down the hill.

A reminder is that next Friday there will be no school so that teachers can complete report cards for the third quarter.

Finally we are really close to opening our new play structure but as of right now it is still closed. Please help us by not moving the fence to go into the construction area.

Enjoy this sunny weekend!

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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Important Dates

April 5th- K-5th Hybrid and Distance Learning

April 9th- NO SCHOOL, Grading Day

April 14-16 - MS students Asynchronous as teachers prep for Hybrid

April 19th - MS Hybrid Begins

Bridger Arrival/Dismissal Map

Please review so you know what door your student should enter and exit through.

Holladay Annex Arrival/Dismissal Map- KINDERGARTEN

Please review so you know where to park and door to use for drop off and pick up.


Tech resource: If you need help with a technology issue such as using a hotspot, logging into a PPS Chromebook, using Seesaw, or getting started with Remind, take a look at the tech videos on our Library webpage. If you don’t find a video that supports your needs, please email me at djardine@pps.net

Beginning April 4, we will be offering book checkout in two ways: 1) All students and families can come to the back library door on Wednesdays from 2-4:30 to return books and check out new books. 2) Students in hybrid instruction will have the opportunity to get a new bag once a week. Students will return books to a cart in their classroom, and library staff will swap them for a new bag the following day. Your student’s teacher will let you know their class’ scheduled day for returns.

If you have questions, email library staff: Dawn Jardine (djardine@pps.net) or Brenda Jamsgard (bjamsgard@pps.net).

Please make sure your students continue to log into their library classroom and complete the weekly activities; lessons are posted in Seesaw by Monday morning and can be completed at any point throughout the week.

If your student is looking for resources for online reading, they can access many different options - including TumbleBooks, Storytime from Space, and our online catalog by visiting the Bridger Library web page here.

Counselor Corner

Ms LeAnne K-4:

With the new schedules, I want families to know that I will be in the building all day on Thursdays and Fridays each week. The other days, I will be working remotely. Ms Howard, our 5-8th grade counselor will be in the building on Mondays and Tuesdays. There will always be one of us available in the building to support students during hybrid. Meanwhile, I can always be reached at 971-378-0478.

EXCITING NEWS! With our new schedules, I’m making grade-level lunch bunches more frequent so students can be in the company of their peers. These times are optional, free of academic content, with the sole intent to build connections and have fun! They are a drop-in format. Starting April 5th they will be every week:

Mondays Kindergarten 11-11:40 Google Meet: Kmsleanne

Tuesdays First Grade 11-11:40 Google Meet: 1msleanne

Wednesdays Second Grade 11-11:40 Google Meet: 2msleanne

Thursdays Third Grade 11-11:40 Google Meet: 3msleanne

Fridays Fourth Grade 11-11:40 Google Meet: 4msleanne

Bridger’s 3-5th grade Gender Diversity Club will now be every Monday from 3-3:30! We’ll start this Monday, April 5th. The google meet code is GDCgizmo. Members younger than 3rd grade are welcome with parent permission.

Gender Diversity Club

Reading Tips

As we transition to a new schedule, you can use reading as an anchor. Ask your child about the books their teacher is reading. Ask who the characters were, and what they liked about it. Ask if they would like to read it again. Maybe it is available at the library?

Math Tips

In the next week we will all be adjusting to a new schedule and experiencing all the emotions that go with change. As your child tells you about their new day, see how many ways you can incorporate math. How many steps to their classroom? How far to the restroom? How many students in their new groupings?

A changing schedule is a perfect time for students to reflect on their learning. Take some time to have your child reflect on what they have learned so far this year in math and write a story problem that uses this new math. Think about a goal for the spring. If your child could improve or master one math idea for 4th quarter, what would it be?

Student Leaders

Our Middle School Student Council will meet next this Friday, April 2 at 1:10 pm Google Meet: bridgerstudentcouncil. All MS students are welcome.

The Elementary Student Council will changing times to meet now that we are moving to a new schedule. New date/time will be coming soon.

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Mark your calendars! On April 8th from 4-5pm we will be hosting a performance by ALEX DANG! Alex is a spoken word poet who worked with Bridger students in 2019-20 and we are thrilled he is continuing his relationship with Bridger! Please come--adults and kids welcome! Here is the link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278437150


This Monday, April 5th the PTA will be hosting a Question and Answer Session from 6-8pm. We will be hosting:

  • an environmental expert to answer any specific or general questions about environmental safety issues in buildings (asbestos, lead paint, etc.)

  • a public health expert from OHSU to answer any questions about return to school safety, protocols and procedures.

Please feel free to submit your questions ahead of time on this document or by emailing them to PTA Vice President Leza Lopez at info@bridger.org.

All Content will be in English and Spanish. Join through this link:


Last week our administrators sent out a newsletter which covered Covid-19 safety and building safety information, including notes taken during the safety walk-through. Many of the issues mentioned in these notes have already been addressed by our hard-working custodians! Two teachers on this walkthrough also mentioned a number of concerns about hazardous building materials (asbestos, lead). It is important to acknowledge these observations were not made by an environmental hazards expert, which is why PTA has put in a records request that will have professional assessments about these locations. We will share out these records with our community along with an explanation from an independent expert to ensure that our families have accurate, current information about the state of our building. If necessary, we may also request an independent assessment of the building. In the last newsletter, Ms. Schachner also shared a number of resources of how hazardous building materials are addressed by PPS.


The Bridger SUN Community School still has gift cards available for COVID-affected families.

  • Gift cards are Visa Gift Cards for $150; families of 4 or more are eligible for 2 cards
  • Gift cards are from the City of Portland and require a signature to be received
  • Gift cards are available to be picked up on Thursday April 8th: 12pm-4:30pm outside the Bridger building (look for me at a table/tent)
  • Families who have already received gift cards from this round before Spring Break are not eligible for additional gift cards from this source
  • Contact Melany with any questions: 503-502-1485, melany@latnet.org


We are hosting some virtual programming this Spring. Both classes take place over Zoom & are free of charge for all participants!!

Mondays & Wednesdays: Studio Latino Art classes for 3rd-5th grade students

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Friends of Baseball classes for 2nd-6th grade students

  • Class involves a lot of movement and connection with other students
  • Work on Baseball & Softball skills
  • Prizes and super fun activities
  • 5 spots left for Bridger students!
  • Register for class: https://forms.gle/JywDJue43E8uioX37


I have access to culturally-specific Covid-19 vaccine clinics for BIPOC community members outside of the Convention Center and OHSU vaccination sites. If you are interested in registering yourself or your family members that meet the eligibility criteria to receive the vaccine at this time, please send me names and contact information of those who would like to be vaccinated so that I can try to register them for any upcoming vaccine clinics in the area.

Spots are very limited in these vaccine clinics, and a Latino Network Community Health Worker will work with individuals to find a vaccine clinic that meets the referred individual's needs.

To be referred for a Covid-19 vaccine clinic: please send name, birthdate, address, and contact information (phone number and email) to Melany@latnet.org.

McDaniel MS Track (Formerly Madison HS)

Hi Bridger,

I'm Cliff Vogl and serve as the McDaniel cluster MS track coordinator. We officially have the green light from the district to begin track next week, and will hold a virtual/phone parent info meeting on Monday (4/5) at 6 pm.

McDaniel MS Track meeting:
Monday, April 5 · 6:00 – 7:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mgg-bbir-wun
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 484-326-5423‬ PIN: ‪353 363 108‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mgg-bbir-wun?pin=5840330503101

Franklin Youth Track

dstubblefield@pps.net - Dupree Stubblefield

leonardi1998@gmail.com - Isabel Leonard

  • Virtual parents meeting April 5th at 6:30pm

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/gkt-oteq-rmi

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 256-548-4244 and enter this PIN: 898 560 608#

To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/gkt-oteq-rmi?hs=5

  • Each student must have a copy of a current physical BEFORE they will be able to practice

  • If uncertain about sizes for shoes and hoodie we recommend sizing up

  • Practices will be at FHS track

  • First practice is Thursday April 8th 5:30pm-7:00pm

  • Regular season practices will Mondays and Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:00pm (starting April 12th)

  • Meets will be held Thursdays, schedule TBD

  • Payment options for participation are as follows:

  • $200

  • $100 COVID Relief Scholarship (Contact Dupree or Isabel to apply)

  • $0 if on Free/ Reduced Lunch

  • Sliding Scale Scholarship (pay what you can)

Sign up here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/franklin-youth-sports-registration-spring-2021

We look forward to seeing everyone and having a great season!! Go Lighting!

Are you Interested in Participating in Champions Distance Learning Hybrid or Non-Hybrid at Bridger Elementary School?

Click here to view flyer and to complete interest survey.

We need a minimum of 15 students to open a program at Bridger.

Champions is Reopening and Hiring Childcare Teachers and Site Directors in the Portland Public School District area.

Our Sites are in the Elementary Schools and, we will be offering full time care for children returning to school in the Hybrid program.

If you know someone who is inspired to make a difference and enjoys working with children – we would love to speak with them. Contact our hiring recruiter, Lisa Greenlee.

We will be offering trainings soon , please EM or call her directly.

Reach out at this email: lgreenlee@discoverchampions.com

Lisa’s Phone # is: 503-789-0419