December 9, 2022
Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!
One more Friday until Christmas break - YIKES! On Monday we will have Friends for Sight at our school completing vision screenings for all of our students. Check your child's backpack for an opt out form. This will need to be turned in on Monday if you do not wish to have your child's vision screened.
In January I will send out the survey for the 2023-2024 school calendar. Unlike typical districts, we allow parents to vote on our calendar. The calendar will be voted on by our school board in the January board meeting.
This week's staff highlight features the 4th grade teachers. Keep reading below to see more about our fabulous 4th grade teaching team.
Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- December 19 - January 1 (Christmas Break)
- January 16 (Martin Luther holiday)
- February 20 (President's Day)
- April 3 - 7 (Spring Break)
- May 26 (Teacher work day)
- May 29 (Memorial day)
- Schoolwide Vision Screening - Monday, December 12
- $2 Dress Down Friday, December 16
- December 31 - DEADLINE for 2023-2024 current student registration
- Schoolwide assessment begins January 5
- FREE Classic Skate Night, Wednesday January 11, 5 - 8 pm
- Lottery opens for siblings and other students - January 23
- Middle of Year Progress Reports - February 3
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and events for the upcoming week.
Have a fabulous weekend!
The deadline to register returning students in December 31. If you need help registering your student PLEASE contact the office for assistance (801)499-5180. We love your kids and do not want to give away your child's spot to a random student. If you have not completed registration or notified the office that you do not intend to return by January 6, 2023, we will need to release your child's spot into the lottery. Again, we are happy to help you with the process. Stop by the office or call.
6th Grade Author Visit
Toys at School - Including Pokemon Cards
Specific grade levels can also BAN certain kinds of toys, for example, Pokemon cards. Please note - grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 have BANNED Pokemon cards at school. Any cards that are spied during school hours outside of a child's locker or backpack will be confiscated by an adult and returned only to a parent or guardian at the end of the school day. The school will NOT get involved in hashing out which cards belong to which student or policing Pokemon games and squabbles. If there is a dispute, the cards in dispute will be disposed of in a Poke shredder purchased exclusively for this purpose. The best way NOT to lose a beloved, multi-million dollar all powerful Pokemon card (I have been assured these cards are worth millions) is to leave it at home safely tucked away with Evie, Pikachu, Charmander and all their evolved versions.
Visible Learning Traits - INITIATIVE
Our mission is personalized learning but more importantly, to teach kids to be accountable and take ownership of their own learning. These visible learning traits will help a child become a lifelong learner well beyond their years at Bridge.
You can find a link to all of the traits on our website at:
Easy Way to Donate to Bridge - Amazon Smile
School Website: https://www.bridgecharter.org/donate
Snow Days - Late Start
Our students travel from Brigham to Layton and points in between. If it is bad weather at your house and you do not feel it is safe to drive then please keep your students at home and have them login and do Imagine Learning if you are able. Call the school and excuse their absence.
Virtual Field Trips and Advisory Rotations
The 2nd graders learned about the history of teddy bears with Ms. Madison and each student received a cute little teddy bear. Ms. Mariah taught 3rd graders about how candy canes are made and they participated in a directed drawing of a candy cane. Our 4th graders and Mrs. Johnson learned about chemistry. In 5th grade Mr. Johnson had the students work as teams to design a tornado-proof house.
4th Grade Teachers
I love teaching 4th grade, I love math, and I love serving others. My favorite pass time is spending time with my family, and when I'm not spending time with family, I can usually be found making a new quilt for a family member or friend. I love working at Bridge and being a part of the Bridge family.
Hey there! I am a fourth grade teacher at Bridge. When I am not teaching cute kiddos, I am spending time with my own kiddos! I love traveling with my family! I love to read in my spare time and try new local places. I am all about supporting local! I also love to meet new people and talk to random strangers when I am out and about.
I love teaching fourth graders, they are amazing! Aside from teaching, I like to travel and try new foods (I eat just about anything, yes I'm a foodie!). My family and I love spending our time outdoors with our three beautiful dogs.
Bullying - FROG Squad - Upstander Program
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying has several prongs - the bully, the victim, the bystander and the upstander. Each individual plays a specific role.
Bully - a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate a person they perceive as vulnerable
Victim - the individual the bully harms
Bystander - someone who witnesses bullying, doesn't participate and doesn't attempt to stop it or tell anyone about it
Upstander - someone who witnesses bullying and either steps in and tells the bully to stop or tells an adult what they witnessed happening
After we return from Christmas break, Bridge will work with Stacey Archuleta, our At-Risk Programs Coordinator, and a social worker to help put together an UPSTANDER program using a FROG Squad comprised of Bridge 4th - 6th grade students. The Frog Squad will help teach kids about the importance of "See Something Say Something". This is in the early planning stages and we are super excited to get this rolling as, according to StopBulllying.gov, Upstander programs have had great success in schools across the nation.
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