Bridges Breeze

Friday, September 16, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Rittmiller

Greetings Families,

We are looking forward to our continued work to live more fully into our purpose and the Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) mission and vision statements below.

District 77 Mission Statement

Mankato Area Public Schools is committed to working together equitably, with families and communities, so that each learner has the knowledge and skills to be successful and contributing citizens in a diverse global society.

District 77 Vision Statement

Every learner will be seen for who they are inclusive of: race, national origin, home language, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion. MAPS learners will experience a school environment that builds their voice and agency. Learners and families will be seen and heard. MAPS will assure that each learner has the skills to enter society with a joy for learning, a positive vision for the future and the ability to navigate the world with hope, dignity and their multiple talents.

Living our mission and vision provides the foundation learners need to become well-rounded, healthy individuals, equipped with a solid education and important life skills to help them reach their full potential. Domains of child development include physical development, cognitive development, social and emotional development.

Social Emotional Learning includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Efforts to care for the emotional well-being of students include having a support team within our school system that can extend support within our school, families' homes and into our community. Some of the supports offered are school wide classroom lessons focused on teaching strategies to manage peer relationships and emotional regulation. Support Staff also meet with students as individuals and groups to offer support around these skills. Our support team also works with families to access resources and outside support systems. Included in this communication is the Bridges Support team. Each member has included additional information around their role within our schools and have provided contact information if you need to reach out.

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to me or any of our support staff.

You Matter!

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

Wednesday Early Release Plan

Our first Wednesday Early Release will be Sept. 21st. Details around this process are listed below. The after school (12:50-2:50) child care sheet was sent home in back to school folders. You only have to fill it out one time so if you change the plan, please communicate this with your child's teacher and the office. The following are the dates for early release this school year: Sept. 21, Oct.12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10.

  • Students will be dismissed at 12:50 and follow their typical after school dismissal routines specified on the plan you provided. Be sure to share any changes to pick up routines with your child's teacher in advance. Buses will ONLY run at 12:50 only on Early Release days.
  • Students will all still be served school lunch. To maximize serving lunch at a reasonable time, students will be served lunch a little earlier than normal. Of course, as always, if students prefer a home lunch they certainly can do so.
  • At 12:50, students will need to be picked up by their caregivers. There will not be a bussing option at 2:50.
  • Should you have any questions or unsure of how you filled out your students forms, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Game Donations

If you have any games you are no longer using, we could use some for some of our spaces at Bridges! They can be dropped off in the office. Thank you!

Backpack Food Program

The BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs are free programs providing students in grades K-8 with weekend food packs containing breakfast, lunch and a snack for each day off of school. As of right now, food packs will be delivered weekly directly to a students backpack while they are at lunch or on break. Sign up today to give your child an additional boost of nutrition.

Backpack link

Wellness and Birthday Celebrations


ISD 77 wellness policy encourages parents and teachers to consider celebrations as an opportunity to teach healthy habits by celebrating without food as a reward.


Birthdays are acknowledged by individual classroom teachers. Please visit with your child’s teacher about appropriate acknowledgement or choice to refrain. Remember, Bridges and Mankato Area Public Schools are "Allergy Aware."

Parents must refrain from sending birthday invitations to school unless the entire class is invited. Addresses are only available through the BAC directory. Please do not ask the office or the teacher for class lists and addresses.

*All events subject to additions and change

Mankato's Suicide Prevention Walk

Mankato’s suicide prevention walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at Sibley Park. This event focuses on raising awareness around mental wellness. Following the walk, speaker Emma Benoit will share her documentary "My Ascension". This event will take place at East High School at 4:30pm. The film is part of Benoit’s nationwide efforts to spread hope and fight suicide. MAPS student support staff will attend and provide resources to those interested in attending. Additional details are linked here.

We Are Still in Need, especially on Thursdays!

Bridges Community School is hiring a playground and/or cafeteria supervisor from 11:20-12:20 daily. If you are interested, please apply at this website: Click here. This could be multiple people if only certain days work for you!

Dates to Remember:


21 - 2 Hour Early Out (Students will be released at 12:50 pm)

22 - Coupon Book Sales Begin

26 - Buffalo Wild Wings Bridges Fundraiser 11am-11pm

29 - Fall Bus Evacuations


7 - Grade 4 History Fest "Being There" Field Trip - Wear your shirt!

10 - No School - Indigenous Peoples Day

12 - Coupon Book Sales End

12 - 2 Hour Early Out (Students will be released at 12:50 pm)

13 - Bridges Walk-a-Thon

20 - No School MEA

21 - No School MEA

Past Bridges Breeze Bulletins

Principal & Administrative Assistant

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

Amanda Robinson, Administrative Assistant