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October 2, 2020

Principal Message

Making sure that all of Bridger community is aware of the work the SE Guiding Coalition is doing and how you can participate is very important to me. Here is our communication plan about the SE Rebalancing Plan:

District sends out updates to PPS community as new information occurs.

District hosts website and YouTube videos with all information: https://www.pps.net/Page/13615

I share updates in Bridger's weekly newsletter after each meeting.

Families can always email me and I will respond to questions and take your perspectives into consideration as I participate in the SE Guiding Coalition.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Virtual Open House that is occurring on October 22nd and December 3rd.

We will share information about these events via school building message board, website, email, text, and voicemail.

Finally, we ensure that all communication above is available in our district's 5 supported languages and we will translate to other languages as needed for our community.

Back to School Night - Thank you to our teachers! We had our first virtual back to school night and it was a success.

Melissa Schachner

Office Staff has a Google Meet open for primary families to drop in and ask questions. It will be open from 8:30am -9:30am. Google Meet Code: WelcomeK5


Its Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy some fun word games, latinx style! Read some for your child, then let them read some for you.

Adivinanza: Caen, caen y caen. Y no dejan de bailar. ¿Qué son?

Riddle this: It falls, and falls and never ceases to dance. What is it?

Adivinanzas are fun word games enjoyed in many Spanish speaking countries. Find more adivinanzas here to share with your family. Use Google translate if you get stuck on the Spanish.

Enjoy some fall riddles in English.


Hello Families!

This week I wanted to take a moment and think about math that you can do as you are juggling everything in your life. Today I am thinking about fractions and cooking.

K - 2 - You can focus on using the fraction words as you cook with your students and helping them learn to recognize the symbols on measuring cups and measuring spoons or in recipes.

3 - 5 - You can help your children think about equivalent fractions and early addition and subtraction. For example - What are different ways you make ½? If you need ⅔ of a cup, what can you use to get to ⅔?

6 - 8 - In middle school we work with rates and scaling. Can your student help you double or triple a recipe? Or for a challenge, what if you need one and a half of a recipe? Or ask - what if we were making this food for 50 people, how much would we need of each item?

In our current situation where school and home become one, take a moment to honor and recognize where you are already helping your child grow as a mathematician!

From the Bridger Library

Thank you to all Bridger students and families who checked out books at last week’s Let’s Get Reading event! Ms. J and I will be at the library door by the water garden every Thursday from 12-4:30 to collect books for return and to check out new books. Keep the books for one week or two - or even longer if you love them - and then join us on a Thursday afternoon when you are ready for new books! Please remember to bring back all library books when you come to visit us on Thursdays! If you cannot make it on a Thursday afternoon, please email me at djardine@pps.net or Ms. J at bjamsgard@pps.net and we will find a way to connect your student with a bag of books.

The Bridger library website also includes some great resources for online reading. Students can access several resources - including Sora and TumbleBooks - directly from our website. Find us here: https://www.pps.net/domain/1035
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We are in October, Earthquake Preparedness month. We will be participating virtually and together in The Great Oregon Shakeout on October 15th. Here is a resource to review and we will send more information in next week’s newsletter.


PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.


Hi Bridger!

We are excited to share that Bridger will once again hold the Free Food Market on the 3rd Friday of the month beginning in October.

Please join us on Friday October 16th between 3-5pm to pick up free produce and other food items from our monthly food distribution.

Food will be available adjacent to the PPS Nutrition Services Meals-to-go and this distribution is open to everyone! You may also take food for other households that are unable to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please reach out to Melany at melany@latnet.org or 503-502-1485.

Also, if you would like to apply for our COVID-19 relief funds please apply here: https://forms.gle/LL6dvKoD4KKctPpGA

Big virtual hugs!

My office hours are, Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm.

Melany Desrochers, MS


Bridger SUN Community School Site Manager

7910 SE Market Street
Portland, OR 97215
503-502-1485 / direct


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Student Council

Student Council is looking for classroom representatives grades 3-8. These reps would come to weekly (middle school) or bi-weekly (grades 3-5) virtual meetings and work on student-driven projects to improve our school and community. If you would like your student to develop their leadership skills, talk to them about joining the student council.

Here is an application to become a Student Council Representative!


Applications are due October 9th!

Questions? Contact Student Council Advisers

Middle school: Kristina Brinton kbrintonanderso@pps.net

Grades 3-5: Julia Collins jcollins@pps.net

Distance Learning Tips & Tricks

Distance Learning Tips & Tricks

Hello Bridger parents, guardians, and community,

So important, they did it twice.

It is true that this is a reiteration of last week’s ‘Distance Learning Tips and Tricks,’ but that’s how important it is, and how much I believe in this work.

Please, take the time to read last week’s ‘Distance Learning Tips and Tricks:’

I would like to take a moment this week to talk about the importance of a ‘Distance Learning Space’ for our Bridger students. This is something that is new to all of us, but it’s something that is massively important for a successful distance learning year.

What is a Distance Learning Space?

A distance learning space is a space for your child to do their work. It doesn’t have to be a desk, or anything fancy. It can be a corner of the house made to look nice. It can be a spot at the table. It doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it is accessible, free of distractions, and remains in the house to be used as a learning area, and only a learning area ,.

Why is it important?

Research has shown that our scenery changes the way that our brain is processing information. Take this, for example: it has been shown that people that don’t have a television in their bedrooms get to sleep faster. Why? Because if your bedroom is only used for sleeping, once you enter your bedroom, your eyes will start to feel heavy. Your brain will tell your body that you’ve entered the place you use for sleeping, and you fall asleep faster, and have a better night's rest. Learning is the same way! If a student has a space that is only used for learning, once they access that space, their brains and their bodies will get into ‘Learning Mode.’

If you need any help, please reach out to someone on the Bridger staff to provide you the support you need.

Have a fantastic rest of your week and, remember, whatever you can do is enough.

Take care.

Important Information about Meal Benefits (Free/Reduced Price Meals)

While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

  • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)

  • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.

  • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

  1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.

  2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.

  3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

  • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.

  • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

  • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.

  • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

Bridger Community Support Fall Plan

Dear Bridger Community,

The BCS (Bridger Community Support) team appreciates all of the generous donations you have made over the last several months. We raised and distributed over $18,000 (plus lots of home-grown produce)! You showed up in the way a true community does and made it a priority to support families at a time of great difficulty and need. Just another reason why the Bridger community is so incredible.

We want to update you on some changes we are making starting this fall. In working with the school, we have identified around 60 families that we will support via gift cards and food donations. This is how it will work:

  1. We will accept food donations* starting next week at Megan and Tara’s house. Please text us for our addresses at the following phone numbers : Megan (971)322-9852 and Tara (503) 358-2942. Please drop off food donations to our homes by 12:00 on Friday, Oct. 9th.

  2. We will deliver food boxes on Friday Oct.9th and Saturday, Oct. 10th.

  3. If we raise enough money, we will also be delivering a Winco gift card with each food box. You can also donate cash to our Venmo account: @bridger-community

After October, we will continue collecting donations and delivering the first Friday/ Saturday of each month.

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers for packaging and delivering. If you are interested, please email Megan at megankirsch@hotmail.com.

We appreciate this caring community so much. Thank you for all that you do to support Bridger!!

*Suggested List for Food Donations:

Kids shelf stable snacks (granola bars, fruit bars, popcorn, tortilla chips, etc.)

Canned and dry beans

peanut butter, or other nut butters

canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

canned vegetables

canned soups and stews

canned chicken and tuna (in water)




shelf stable milk and milk substitutes


pasta sauce

Mac n Cheese

popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)

apple sauce

whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals

canned tomatoes

dried fruits, no sugar added


  • 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 Thursday pick ups!)

Our next board meeting is on October 7th, 6:30-8:30pm. If you would like to join us to listen in and/or share your perspective, ALL are welcome. Here is the link to the zoom call: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85144049886

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

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)

October 22 SE Virtual Open House where stakeholders can learn about proposal and share their perspectives.

Community News

Kellogg Middle School Fall 2020 Update

Kellogg Middle School is progressing dramatically on the outside and inside. The building exterior is almost complete, and passersby on Powell Blvd can see the dramatic pattern of siding colors on the

exterior of the three-story Learning Suites. The installation of Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (M/E/P) systems within the entire building is significantly complete, allowing for finish materials to progress rapidly from the Gym/Performing Arts wing to the Commons and Administrative Wing. Acoustic wall panels have been mounted in the Music room and the Gym/Performing Arts space, with the installation of PE equipment at the Gym and rigging at the Performance Stage proceeding. In the Learning Suites, interior painting is almost

complete, providing a dramatic backdrop at the main concrete stair. The building incorporates wayfinding colors that define each floor and wing of that section of the school. Upcoming work will include installation of the Gym floor, completion of the elevator and the installation of the solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the Gym. More photos.

Boundary Decision coming in 2021

The Guiding Coalition, made up of SE Portland stakeholders, is continuing to meet since April to help PPS determine the feeder schools for the Kellogg Middle School. The resulting Board decision on Enrollment Balancing is due Jan. 2021. The addition of this new middle school to the Franklin High School district will impact a number of the nearby K-8 schools by absorbing over 600 6th-8th grade students. As a result, the impacted elementary schools will have more K-5th grade space and support services will need to be adjusted.

Community Support Resources

Informing and facilitating services for students and their families has never been so important during these challenging times. To aide on-line teaching a PPS resource booklet is now available, “Menu of Support for Students and Family”. Food, healthcare, and housing support can also be found through Multnomah County’s Human Services and the Portland Food Project.

Main entranceway on NE 69th Ave.

At Home Learning

Now that your child has a schedule and is settling into a routine. Check out these checklists to for ideas about at home learning.

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