February 10, 2023
What a great week! Aside from a little inversion, the weather has allowed the kids to play outside for recess and most kids (and all the teachers) were pretty happy about that. Keeping kids cooped up inside for 8 hours is hard on everyone.
We ran the sibling lottery on Tuesday and now have a much better handle on the number of spots open to the general public for next school year. We will run the next lottery on Tuesday, February 21. That lottery will probably fill the remaining spots for now. However, during the spring and summer families may move and change their minds about returning to Bridge so additional spots may come available - just in case your friend, neighbors or other family members ask about their chances of getting a spot for next school year.
WINTER SURVEYS SENT
Please check your emails for the Winter Survey links. These were sent on Tuesday, February 7. The data from these surveys are a vital part of the improvements Bridge strives to implement to make Bridge a supportive and positive learning environment for all students. There is a different link for each grade level and a link for students who attend the special education program. The surveys are super short - less than five minutes. PLEASE take the time to complete the survey so we know what we need to fix and also know what we are doing well.
This week's staff highlight features our three of our SPECIALISTS - writing (Sadie Taylor), science (Lindsey Smith) and fine arts (Madison Fisher). Please see below to read all about these amazing teachers!
Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- February 20 (President's Day)
- March 9 & 10 (Parent Teacher Conferences)
- April 3 - 7 (Spring Break)
- May 26 (Teacher work day)
- May 29 (Memorial day)
- Roy City Fire Department Safety Assembly - April 19
- Classic Skate Night - May 3
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and events for the upcoming weeks.
As always, thank you for sharing your kids with us!
School Land Trust
HISTORY - Before the first United States Congress ratified the constitution and before the election of George Washington, a process was established by the Continental Congress to ensure children of the new country would be educated. The Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 set aside lands to support public education as territories and states became part of the Union. The Founding Fathers were concerned about the sporadic establishment of schools and demonstrated their commitment to an educated citizenry and maintaining a democracy as the organized system of land grants was put in place. Utah was granted school trust lands through the Utah Enabling Act and Utah Constitution, a bilateral contract between the Federal Government and the State of Utah. There are over 3.2 million acres of land held in trust for Utah’s K-12 schools that are managed by the State of Utah.
Each public school in Utah receives funds, called "Trust Land Funds" from the interest generated from the money held in trust. Schools form a committee which includes school staff and parents, to determine how to spend these funds. Bridge receives approximately $60,000 in Trustland funds. We currently use these funds to help support our P90 reading program in grades 1 - 3.
You can find our current plan on our website at :
If you would like to be part of the Trust Lands Committee please complete the form below. If we have enough interest we will conduct a "vote" using an anonymous ballot system through a survey to select the committee members. The positions require a small time commitment by attending meetings and trainings.
Open Positions - Next School Year
NOW HIRING FOR OPEN POSITIONS NEXT YEAR
Interested individuals should email resume to Lani@BridgeCharter.org
4th - 5th - 6th Grade Para Educators
Our para-educators work in the classrooms assisting students with computers, stations, specials, lunch and recess. Para-educators must pass a background check and have a minimum of an associate's degree or pass a para-pro Praxis test which they take through ETS.org Our para-educators work 29 - 35 hours weekly and receive paid time off and holiday pay for five holidays. Full-time employees (working 30+ hours weekly) are eligible for benefits including access to 401 K and health insurance. Salary is based on education and experience and is $15 - $18 hour.
1st Grade Teacher
Mrs. Langhaim, one of our 1st grade teachers is finishing her masters degree in special education and will be moving to special education next year. This will open a teaching position in 1st grade. We are hiring a 1st grade teacher with a professional license, a minimum of three years teaching experience, and who has completed a portion of LETRS training. Salary is based on experience and education.
Weber Human Services - Stabilization and Mobile Response (SMR)
Traits of a Good Learner - Initiative
- I will do what is right before I am told.
- I will not put off until later what I can do now.
- I will do my part for the team.
- I will be a part of the solution rather than the problem.
- I will look for ways to help others.
By internalizing visible learning traits students will become lifelong learners who are set up for success. You can find all of our Visible Learning traits on our website at:
Field Day Donations Needed
We are looking for donations for our game booths. Students play games and win prizes. These are not elaborate prizes. We are looking for simple things like you get at Zurchers, pick up in packs at the Dollar Store, or buy from Oriental Trading. We also need tons and tons and tons of cans of soda for the ring toss. Please drop your donations off in the office and remember to enter your donations (converted to hours) into our volunteer tracker so your family can be place into our Frog Pond in the front foyer.
Easy Way to Donate to Bridge - Amazon Smile
School Website: https://www.bridgecharter.org/donate
Hi! I’m Sadie Taylor and I teach writing. I love watching our bullfrogs become more confident authors. When I am not at school I love spending time with my family. We enjoy watching movies, going to baseball games and going on trips.
My name is Lindsey Smith and I am the Science Specialist. Science is the greatest!! I am very lucky to have a job teaching the best subject ever. I love getting my students excited about learning. It is so fun teaching students cool, new concepts and seeing their "lightbulb" go on. I am an Ogden native, born-and-raised. I graduated from Bonneville High School and Weber State University. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my loved ones, going to the symphony, spending too much money on cute clothes, and sleeping.
Madison, the Fine Arts Specialist! When I'm not teaching art, I'm at home working on art of my own, such as drawing, painting anything I can get my hands on, singing and a little bit of photography! I also enjoy shopping, watching movies, and spending time with my family. I am pretty blessed to have a father who is a professional artist and having him as my example throughout my my life. And that example has led my life to be centered all around creativity, and imagination. And I like to use those two things in everything I do and say. Teaching Art has definitely put the two things into perspective for me, and without them I wouldn't be the teacher I am today. Not only has teaching art to kids helped me be a better teacher, but also a better student, just like the kids. Each activity I plan and create for the children, I learn new things as well. It really helps me grow and understand the subject more and more. I love children, and their funny personalities. I'm a true believer that laughter is the best medicine, and kids can bring that out of me 100%
Code = BridgeES
Pre Pay code = BridgeYB23
Link to Order: YEARBOOK ORDER
Online Lunch Payments
When payments are made online we must complete several steps to get the payments moved to Aspire. We do this every Monday and Wednesday. After we run the online report it takes another day for the money to post to your student's Aspire account. Please allow 3 - 5 days from the day you make the online payment to the day the information posts in Aspire.
The link to make payments online is found on our website by selecting the MEALS icon.
- Cutting Watch Me Learn tickets (stop by the office)
- Pulling weeds in the rock areas and park strips (we have all the area in front of the school and up 4800 S along the school fence).
- Using rakes and shovels to redistribute the gravel from the bottom of the retention area in front of the school to the top area to cover the black landscape screen.
- Parking lot duty before and after school (just check in at the office, put on a yellow vest and talk to Travis in the crosswalk for instructions)
After you have volunteered please enter your hours in our volunteer form on our website:
Once your family has logged 30 volunteer hours they will have a frog put into our Volunteer Pond in the foyer.
If you want to volunteer but do not have the time, you can donate $90 to cover the 30 hours. If you choose to donate, complete the volunteer form. You can donate in the office or by using our DONATE icon on the home page of our website.
Excuse an Absence
Bridge Elementary receives our Title I funding based on the percentage of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. For this reason we encourage ALL families to apply for Free/Reduced lunch through Aspire to ensure every single student receives the services needed, including access to free or reduced meals if appropriate.
Title I provides avenues for parent input and participation. We do this through our surveys and the link to the form on our website which allows parents to submit questions and suggestions.
You can find more information about Title I as well as a form to ask questions or provide suggestions regarding Title I, on our website at:
Who to Contact for What
At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Stacey Archuleta - Stacey@BridgeCharter.org
- Morning Supervision and BASE
- Behavior including Bullying
- 504 Plans
Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams - Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org
School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org
Diane Nelson Lead SpED Teacher - Diane@BridgeCharter.org
Julie Christensen SpED Director - Julie@BridgeCharter.org
ELL Coordinator - Nichol Lloyd - Nichol@BridgeCharter.org
Meal Issues - Jodi Jensen - Jodi@BridgeCharter.org
Classroom Teachers - see website - https://www.bridgecharter.org/teachers
- Daily activities for your child
- Student progress
- Questions about student schedule