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September 11th, 2020

PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.

Student Schedules

We start "regular" schedule on Monday, September 14th. You should be receiving your student's personalized schedule.

If you haven't received it by Monday afternoon, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Middle School families, the creation of personalized schedules for students includes more teachers to create, therefore students will be receiving them Monday morning where they will walk through them and communicating how small groups will work.

As a reminder, the first live class begin everyday at 9:40 am

Monday - 1st and 2nd period

Tuesday - 3rd and 4th period

Wednesday - 5th and 6th period

K-5 Specials Start on Monday 9/14

K-5 students will begin to have LIVE PE, Music and Art lessons this week on Google Meet. Please check your student's schedule to know when they have specials. The link below has all of the Google Meet codes for each grade level to join the LIVE lessons.


Hi Bridger!

If you are looking for any support with Childcare, Food, Rent, Utilities, and more, please call 211 or check out https://www.211info.org/!

211 is a resource hub in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and is a great option for finding the resources in your area.

211 HOURS: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Technology Assistance

Centralized Call Center available for families to support all technology needs.

Web: pps.net/student

Email: support@pps.net

Call: 503-916-3375

English: 503-916-3375

Español: 503-916-3582


Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584

Soomaali: 503-916-3586

Русский: 503-916-3583

Wifi Hot Spots

If your family is in need of a wifi hotspot, please contact our secretary Susy Hernandez at shernandez@pps.net to set one up.

Important Dates

September 14th-November 5th First Quarter of School (comprehensive distance learning)

By October 10th District to decide what second quarter of school will look like (in school building, hybrid or online)

September 16th PTA Meeting

September 17th Principal Chat

September 17th School Supply Pickup 12:00 - 4:30 (at the school)

October 1st Virtual Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30

Family Orientation Videos

Below are the links to video recordings of the Family Orientation Presentations:


Hello from Libby Glynn and Maestra Julia Collins, this year's co-presidents of the PTA!

  • Bridger PTA is an antiracist organization made up of parents, teachers and community members.

  • It exists as an organization to empower families, to provide parents with a platform to share their opinions, to find resources, and to have the opportunity to shape the experience of our students at Bridger.

  • There are a lot of impressions about what the PTA is. Historically, it has been made up of mostly white, privileged parents. It is our goal to ensure that things look different at Bridger.

  • We would like a fresh start to ensure we are giving value to the voices and experiences of our communities of color from how our meetings are structured, to how parents can get involved, to where we put our efforts.

Please join us on zoom at our first PTA gathering of the year, this Wednesday, September 16th, 6:30-8:00pm! All content will be in Spanish and English.

  • We will learn about digital citizenship and safety and brainstorm ways to get your student away from the screen.
  • We will also have a chance to connect with other parents/guardians in small groups to share out about your experiences during distance learning so far.
  • We hope that at every meeting you will walk away with strategies/resources you can use immediately and feel glad that you came.
  • You do not need to be a member to come. You do not need to donate money or to volunteer to come.
  • We hope you will join us and share your presence and your perspective, and we want it to be worth your time.

Please click the links below:

  • Click here to share your contact information with us so we can connect you to other families and support your local/online business: English Spanish Vietnamese (we will have paper copies available in other languages at Friday pick ups!)
  • Click here to read the welcome letter from new PTA co-presidents Libby Glynn and Maestra Julia Collins: English Spanish Vietnamese Arabic Somali Chinese Swahili Nepali Lao
  • Here is the link to the PTA gathering on 9/16, 6:30--8:00pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278437150, to join by phone, dial +1 253 215 8782, then enter Meeting ID: 872 7843 7150
  • Here is the link to the Kinder Parent/Guardian Celebration 9/18, 6:30-7:30pm. Join us to celebrate surviving your first week of virtual Kindergarten (this is meant for parents not for students)! : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86078486491

Community News

Introducing the Portland Metro Arts Distance Learning Hub! Starting September 14th

Portland Metro Arts, a nonprofit arts studio and school on SE Stark, has designed a new program this school year to help students and families meet their educational needs, the PMA Distance Learning Hub!

PMA, which has been operating since 1952 providing arts education both at our center and at schools throughout the Portland Metro Area, was inspired to transform our large, airy studios into a learning "hub" for students from first through eighth grade.

The PMA Distance Learning Hub (PMA Hub) will be open to students Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm and will provide a safe, productive environment where students are cared for and assisted in accessing and completing the distance learning activities assigned by their schools.

Each student will have dedicated, distanced workstation to access the internet, and our staff will assist students in logging on and accessing both synchronous and asynchronous activities. During breaks in their school schedules we will provide students with physical activities, and engaging art opportunities for students who have finished their schoolwork. Students need to bring their own lunch and snacks.

Every weekday PMA will also offer a variety of arts classes starting at 4:00pm. If a PMA Hub student is enrolled in one of these classes, staff will continue to provide supervision until 6:00pm.

The PMA Hub will begin operating September 14th. Spaces are limited. Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be grouped in cohorts of no more than 10, and as close in age and grade level as possible. If you have any general questions about the program please contact our office at ASAC@pdxmetroarts.org or for questions specific to enrollment contact our registrar at registrar@pdxmetroarts.org

Those interested should go to our website, pdxmetroarts.org to sign up.

PMA is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all students, staff, and their families. Therefore, PMA will always fully comply with all current Oregon Health Authority guidelines. Frequent cleaning and social distancing are implemented, and face coverings are enforced.

For questions about this flyer, please contact me at 503-577-7237 or email outreach@pdxmetroarts.org.

Thank you for your attention,

Elizabeth Allen, Outreach Coordinator
Portland Metro Arts

OMSI HomeRoom

Looking for educational support this fall? OMSI Homeroom is a museum-based, full-time childcare program developed to serve working families this fall.

We’re honored to offer the community high-quality distance learning support and supplemental science instruction in small student groups.

Keeping schools closed and initiating online learning will help limit the spread of COVID-19; however, it also presents a significant challenge for students from underserved communities, single-parent households, and working families.

With state approval, we developed OMSI Homeroom to inspire students and support families as their classrooms transition to a virtual format.

Three four-week sessions are available for grades K–8, offering different science-based experiences with programming tailored to match school curriculum, grade, and interests.