August 5, 2022
Bring on School Year 2022-2023
Welcome returning and new Bullfrog families! It feels like our second year of school just ended and now here we are, ramping up for Year #3! We are super excited to implement suggestions and changes that parents, staff and the State Board of Education have recommended.
I will continue sending out a weekly bulletin every Friday after school has started. This Bulletin is arriving a little early since there's a TON of Back to School information I need to share.
We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday at our Back to School Open House.
- One entrance and one exit
- NO left turn out of the parking lot during school hours.
- Pull forward during pick up and drop off AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.
- Be patient - be kind - be observant!
Students are NOT allowed to cross through the parking lot without their adult guardian. Do not stand at your car and motion your kids to come to you. Park your car, get out, and come to the front curb to safely escort your kids to your vehicle.
Please do NOT park across the street from the school and attempt to navigate crossing the road. NEVER drop your kids off and have them walk across the street to the school and especially, do not park here after school and motion for your kids to come to your car. This is extremely dangerous as cars turn the corner off of 4800 S and are not always paying attention.
Please do NOT park at the pharmacy. This is a private business and they get pretty upset when Bridge families hog up all their parking spots.
You can find the parking lot flow on our website at:
Students who come to school without the appropriate dress code items will call home for parents/guardians to bring them the correct clothing, OR the student can change into the clothing items we have at the school. If your child borrows our clothing please return them to the school - they will have BRIDGE labeled on the clothing item.
We do NOT sell Bridge shirts at the school; however, we have a handful of zippered hoodies for purchase. These are $25 each. You can purchase these after the first day of school. Our next Bridge Logo shirt sale will be in October.
You can find the dress code on our website under OUR SCHOOL > POLICIES & PROCEDURES or by using the link below:
Drop Off First Day of School
Back to School Open House - Thursday
In addition you will use this time to drop off school supplies (link further below), drop off your child's Summer Visible Learning Challenge and "shop" the clothing exchange table in the lobby.
The admin video is a GREAT way to get the information you need to help navigate the beginning of the school year. The video is on our website under EVENTS > SCHOOL EVENTS. You can also access it using the link below:
Visit the Book Fair in Library During Our Back to School Open House
The Family Handbook contains a lot of great information about the procedures at Bridge. Please take a moment to look it over so you are familiar with Birthday Treats (can't bring them), Toys at School (school will not help take care of them), Medication at School (must have form from Dr.), etc.
This is the link to our supply list on the website. You can also access it on our Student Data page of the website.
Please take a moment to ensure ALL your child's emergency contacts are added and they have a little green arrow next to their name indicating they are allowed to check out your child from school.
You can log into Aspire, and find the instructions to set up your Aspire account, on the Student Data page on our website.
Checking Students Out
When an individual is checking your student out of school, including parents, we will ask for picture ID. Please be prepared and make sure the person checking your child out also understands this rule. The rule is made to keep your kids safe, not because our office staff are unreasonable.
Morning Supervision and BASE After-School Enrichment
Morning Supervision - drop off (after the first day of school) is 7:30 - 8:25 am. School begins promptly at 8:30 am. Students are NOT allowed to play outside or run around the school in the morning. In the morning, students come into the school and go to the gym for breakfast (served 7:45 - 8:15) and then go to their designated place. We have an adult door greeter each morning who will help kids find where they need to go in the morning. Additionally, on the first day of school teachers will share this information with students and show them where the student goes in the morning.
BASE - BASE is held M - TH, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. It is an enrichment program that extends the school day by providing students with engaging academic activities. Students who attend BASE also receive FREE dinner at 4:15 pm.
Each day students have a different focus area:
Monday - Literacy or Writing
Tuesday - STEM (science, technology, engineering or math)
Wednesday - Fine Arts or Movement
Thursday - Natural World - History - Holidays
Students MUST be signed up to attend BASE. Our teachers use the list to help determine which students remain at school and which students need to go outside and wait for their pick up.
The information about BASE, including the sign up, can be found on our website under CALENDARS > SCHEDULES. The link for the sign up is below.
Meals at Bridge
You can find the income eligibility guidelines on our website by selecting the MEALS icon or by using this link:
Bridge has an AMAZING lunch team, LunchPro, which is supervised by Chef Dave and our site manager, Jodi. Our meals are FABULOUS and include a fresh fruit/salad bar every single day for lunch from which students can take as much or little as they wish.
Application for FREE / REDUCED Breakfast and Lunch
The application for FREE/Reduced meals is completed through Aspire. We will have someone from our lunch team available during Back to School Night to help you with this process. They will be in the Middle KIVA on the main floor.
Student Breakfast SERVED 7:45 - 8:15 am
Free - Free
Reduced - $.30
Full price student - $1.50
Adult Breakfast = $2.50
Free - Free
Reduced - $.40
Full price student - $2.60
Adult or Student Extra Unreimbursed Lunch = $3.85
Dinner for BASE Students = FREE
Paying for Meals
You can pay online using our Secure Instant Payments portal or you can pay using cash/check in the front office.
Menus for all meals are posted on our website at: https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch
FFVP - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Bridge was awarded a grant to provide students fresh fruit and vegetables for snack each day, M-TH. This program is designed to give students the chance to try new, fresh and healthy foods that they may not otherwise have a chance to try. Our kids LOVE this program and find all kinds of yummy things and sometimes, something they think is "yucky".
Visible Learning at Bridge
During the first week of school, students will have an overview of all the dispositions. Starting week #2, students will focus on a specific disposition. They will learn how that disposition will help them become a good learner. Information about the dispositions will also be included in the weekly newsletter so you can use the same language at home to help encourage the trait.
You can find information about our Visible Learning traits on our website under OUR SCHOOL > CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT or by using this link:
You can find the weekly trait listed on our school calendar found on our website by selecting the CALENDAR icon:
Who to Contact
At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Sara Tucker - Sara@BridgeCharter.org
- Morning Supervision and BASE
- 504 Plans
- ELL Coordinator
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
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