Bridge Bulletin

December 9, 2022

Principal Chat

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.


STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

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)


Upcoming Events

  • 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!


Lani Rounds

Principal

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Please check your email sent on December 5, for instructions on registering your student for the 2023-2024 school year. This is for RETURNING students only. Information for enrolling new students, including siblings such as incoming kindergartners will be provided when the lottery opens in January.


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

Lance Conrad, is a local author who visits schools around Utah to share his love of writing with students inspiring other potential would-be authors. Every year, Lance visits over a hundred schools, speaking with students about writing great stories and how to live one themselves. He has won Best of State in Utah twice. Once for Fiction Author (2019) and once for Instructional Video (2017), in recognition of his Word of the Day series. He has published 6 books so far, with plans to write many more. He has received a letter from Governor Herbert of Utah, recognizing his many contributions to education in Utah. This week Lance visited 6th grade students at Bridge to share his stories and his passion for writing.
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Toys at School - Including Pokemon Cards

Our Family Handbook states that if students choose to bring toys to school the toys cannot become a distraction to other students or student learning. The handbook continues to state that the school will NOT dedicate any resources to hunt down lost toys, fix broken toys, or help determine who, what ,when, or where toys were stolen or misplaced. Toys that are brought to school are done so at the risk to the student. The best way to ensure your child's toys stay safe is for your child to keep their toys at home.


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

Each week students attend a Visible Learning class to learn about traits of a GOOD LEARNER. For the upcoming week our students will learn about INITIATIVE: Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it. Talk to your child about initiative and recognize when they are taking initiative at home.


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:

https://www.bridgecharter.org/character-first

Easy Way to Donate to Bridge - Amazon Smile

Amazon makes it SUPER easy to donate to Bridge through their Amazon Smile program. When you purchase from Amazon using the Amazon Smile link and select Bridge Elementary as your designated school, Amazon sends us a check every quarter. So far, Amazon has sent us $800 since the school opened its doors. The link is on our website for Amazon Smile. Bridge Elementary may show with a Kaysville address as that is our accounting address. Start shopping today.


School Website: https://www.bridgecharter.org/donate


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Snow Days - Late Start

Snow days and late starts are NOT a practice we will implement very often at Bridge. We try very hard to keep doors open so our kids can come to school and our working parents can go to work. We are not part of a district so if the news reports that a neighboring school or district has a late start or a snow day that does NOT mean that Bridge does as well. If we are opening our doors late, closing our doors early, or not opening at all we will notify you via social media, email and One Call. If you do not hear from us then we are open for business.


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

On Fridays during advisory time, our 1st - 6th grade students meet with teachers to review their personal learning plans (PLPs) and rotate through different learning activities. One of the activities involves virtual field trips. Today our 1st grade students learned how to play Go Fish, a classic card game. This was even more fun as some of our 6th grade students came down to assist.


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.

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4th Grade Teachers

Cora Arboleya

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.


Amanda Bloxham

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.


Noy Tuy

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.

Yearbook Orders

The yearbook can now be ordered, online. Orders are not taken at the school. Yearbooks will not be available at the school for sale. The cost is $15. You can also find the order information on our website at: https://www.bridgecharter.org/school-events


Code = BridgeES

Pre Pay code = BridgeYB23


Link to Order: YEARBOOK ORDER

Power Chess Spring Sign Up

Power Chess will once again rent space from Bridge for Spring 2023 for the Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 program. Registration is now open.


Power Chess Registration

Mad Science Spring Sign Up

Mad Science will once again rent space from Bridge for six weeks starting January 20 for the Friday after school program. Registration is now open.


Mad Science Registration

Online Lunch Payments

Lunch payments can be made online or in the front office using cash or check. Payments made in the front office are posted immediately in Aspire. Online payments are not immediately updated in Aspire.


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.


https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch

Volunteers

We LOVE parent and grand parent volunteers at school! If you would like to volunteer, please check with your child's teachers. If you want to volunteer but aren't excited about coming into the school, we have LOTS of opportunity for outside volunteer work including:


  • 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:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/volunteer-opportunities


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

Absences MUST be excused within 24 hours of the absence. You can do this by leaving a message on the Attendance line at school (801)499-5180 or by using the Excuse Absence online form. You can find this on our website by clicking on the Excuse Absence icon or using the link below:


EXCUSE ABSENCE

Title I

Title I was initially passed in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the largest federal assistance program for public schools. These supplemental funds provide students the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education to help close achievement gaps.


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:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/school-events

Who to Contact for What

Principal - Lani Rounds - Lani@BridgeCharter.org


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

  • Aspire
  • Lottery
  • Registration


School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org


Special Education

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

About Bridge Elementary Charter

The mission of Bridge Elementary is to provide students with a personalized learning experience and empower them to take personal ownership and accountability for their own academic performance.