November 11, 2022
Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!
HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY - a heartfelt thanks to all who have served and all who continue to serve!
Next week is our last week before Thanksgiving break. On Wednesday or Thursday your kiddos will bring home a "vision opt out" form. This form is printed on bright green paper. On December 12 Friends for Sight will visit Bridge and perform a vision screening on ALL students UNLESS you sign and return the OPT OUT form. We are super excited to have this organization come to our school, FREE OF CHARGE to perform this screening. The state of Utah requires only certain grades have a vision screening but Friends for Sight has agreed to screen all of our students!
FIELD DAY ENTERTAINER NEEDED - for the past two years we have had a fabulous magician provide entertainment during field day. We are looking to hire an entertainer (magic, juggling, etc.) for field day on June 3. The individual will provide six shows, 30 minutes each. Please have your fabulous contacts send me an email with details Lani@BridgeCharter.org
Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- November 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving Break)
- 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)
- New shirt order opened and closes November 25 (information below)
- PBS Reading Marathon (FREE Adventure Pass - information below)
- Book Fair November 14 - 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
- Yearbook Orders Now Open (see information below)
- Ballet with Aliens (4th - 6th) December 2, 9:30 am
- Schoolwide Vision Screening - December 12
- FREE Classic Skate Night, Wednesday January 11, 5 - 8 pm
- Middle of Year Progress Reports - February 3
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and information for the upcoming week.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Visible Learning Trait - THOROUGHNESS
Please talk to your child about the importance of being thorough and then recognize when they are are being thorough at home.
Our mission is personalized learning but also to teach kids to be accountable and take ownership of their own learning. Learning to be flexible is a trait they can use well beyond their time at Bridge.
Solid Instruction Aligned with Research - High Effect Sizes
- Student / teacher connections
- Goal setting
- Adaptive computer-aided instruction
- Immediate feedback
- Small group instruction
- Teaching traits of a good learner
- Collective teacher efficacy
You can find more about the effect sizes in an educational setting by reviewing the Visible Learning research conducted by John Hattie and others.
State Visitors at Bridge
On Thursday, the PCBL team toured Bridge for three hours watching our kids engaged in learning! We LOVE having visitors at Bridge that are able and willing to provide us with constructive feedback to help us improve our practices.
The Ballots are In
The next vote was WHICH individuals will get a pie in the face? The top three winners were Mrs. Arboleya, Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Bloxham. Once the students earn 50 class points (these are earned for quiet transitions, work completion, etc.) the three "lucky" ladies will get a pie in the face!
Back by Popular Demand - ANOTHER Shirt Order
REMEMBER - youth sizes are preceded by "Y". A size of YS is youth small whereas an S is an adult small. We do NOT have the ability to exchange or refund shirts.
The link to place your shirt order is:
Negative Lunch Balances - PLEASE Help
It is NOT too late to apply for Free/Reduced meals for any meals going forward. You simply login to Aspire and use the FREE REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION on the right side to complete the form. If you need help accessing Aspire you can find information on our website or by calling the office at (801)499-5180.
If you want to donate to help cover these negative balances, you can drop money off at the office and ask that it is put in the HAPPY GO LUCKY account. This is a lunch donation account. At the end of the year we use the funds to help pay off the negative balances.
Book Fair November 14 - 18
FFVP (Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program)
Recess in Winter
SNOW ON THE GROUND - please remind your kiddos that snow remains ON THE GROUND. Students who choose to throw snow, flip snow, etc. will have some restorative justice during recess such as sweeping up bark or moving gravel off the scooter path. Yes this is harsh and cruel since everyone loves throwing snowballs EXCEPT the kiddos who are hit with the snowballs.
Lost & Found Growing Ever Larger
PLEASE write your child's name on all of their coats, hoodies, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. Basically, anything they can set down and lose should have a name attached. This is the current Lost & Found. It sits outside under the front portico so parents can access it morning, noon, night and the weekends.
Every couple of weeks we bag everything up and donate it. We would hate to send away your child's brand new jacket BUT if we don't know who it belongs to we can't get it to the correct owner.
FREE Uniform Swap Table
When leaving or taking clothes, please try and keep them folded nicely. Our staff spend a lot of time just straightening up the table.
1st Grade Teachers
Kaylie Langhaim - Mrs. Langhaim graduated from Weber State with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is currently working on her master's degree in education. Prior to working at Bridge, Mrs. Langhaim worked for the Weber County Library. Mrs. Langhaim loves to read, play board games, do puzzles, and spend time with her husband.
Barbara Wangsgard - Ms. Wangsgard has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Weber State University. She taught preschool with Head Start for 16 years before joining the team here at Bridge. Ms. Wangsgard likes to read, sing along with the radio, road trips, and family game night.
Updates to the policy require that students and teachers receive information about bullying and the prevention of bullying. Additionally, a bullying "point person" must be identified. Stacey Archuleta, our At-Risk Programs Coordinator, Stacey@BridgeCharter.org is the appointed individual at the school to bring your bullying concerns to in the event the issues have not been addressed by your child's teacher.
Teachers have received training information regarding bullying and students will have videos and discussions about bullying over the next little while.
The information below comes from stopbullying.gov This site also has a great number of resources for parents.
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.
Recently, Utah State Board of Education released Resolution 2021-01 in which they stated, "We call on ourselves and on people everywhere to abandon attitudes of prejudice against any group, to take action to create and maintain an environment of dignity and respect for all, and to strive for understanding. We commit to learn from the past but will focus our efforts on building a bright and equitable future."
We will work together with teachers, parents, staff and students to ensure Bridge is a place where ALL kids feel safe and supported and are provided equitable opportunities to success.
This is a link to the USBE Resolution 2021-21
PBS Reading Marathon - November
KIDS CAN EARN A FREE ADVENTURE PASS!!!!
Challenge your kids, preschool through sixth grade, to read 20 minutes each day during the month of November. There is no need register before beginning the Reading Marathon! Simply, use the link below to download your log and keep track of your reading minutes each day. At the end of November, return to the PBS webpage using the link below and input your minutes to receive your Adventure Pass!
How the Adventure Pass Works
- The Adventure Pass includes tickets and coupons to your favorite museums, zoos, and activities around town.
- The Adventure Pass is valid different months in 2023. Most are valid the whole year..
- Child must complete the Reading Marathon and be between preschool – 6th grade.
- Adults and other family members who do not have an Adventure Pass will pay regular admission prices.
- The Adventure Pass can only be used one time at each location.
Adventure Pass Partners!
Intermountain Therapy Animals
Natural History Museum of Utah
Ogden Nature Center
Red Butte Garden
Salt Lake City Public Library
USU Prehistoric Museum in Price
Bean Life Science Museum
LINK FOR PBS
Code = BridgeES
Pre Pay code = BridgeYB23
Link to Order: YEARBOOK ORDER
Power Chess Spring Sign Up
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