Bridges Community School
Mark Your Calendars
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 - No School/Winter Break
Jan. 2 - First Day Back After Winter Break
Jan. 4 - No All School Meeting
Jan 7. - BAC Meeting
Jan. 8 - Two Hour Late Start
Jan. 8 - Site Council Meeting
Jan. 17 - Children's Museum of Southern MN (3rd Grade)
Jan. 18 - North Mankato Taylor Library (3rd Grade)
Jan. 21 - No School/Teacher Workshop Day
Jan. 24 - Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jan. 29 - Bridges Showcase Night
Feb. 1 - Bridges Spelling Bee
Feb. 5 - MSU Theatre Performance at Bridges
Feb. 8 - North Mankato Taylor Library (3rd Grade)
Feb. 12 - Two Hour Late Start
Feb. 12 - Site Council Meeting
Feb. 13 - Bridges Lottery
Bridges Parent Pick Up Protocol
All students are dismissed at the end of the day at 2:40. Teachers dismiss ACES students from their classrooms at 2:35 and take the rest of the students outside to line up for pick up. Students are dismissed to their bus line at 2:40 and walkers are dismissed.
Parents wishing to pick up early from school or parents who pick up at the end of the day must follow the protocol to ensure your child’s safety.
Students are dismissed by their classroom teacher to a parent or legal guardian.
Parents wishing to have an alternative adult pick up their children must notify the office of who that person is so the office can notify the teacher. (Routine alternate adult pick ups can be set up at the beginning of the year.)
Babysitters - please leave their name and days for pick up with office staff.
Grandparents - please leave their name with office staff.
Friends - when student is going home with another family. (We cannot have other parents volunteer to take a student home without parent permission.)
Relatives - please leave name with office staff.
We cannot release students to adults other than the parent or guardian without notification even if the child is able to identify the adult.
We will release a student to an adult registered as an emergency contact in the event we cannot get in touch with the parent or guardian.
Parents calling in to let us know they are running late must understand that their children will be brought to the office at 2:45 and should be picked up as soon as possible. Late pick up cannot be a habit or pattern due to business that is conducted after student hours by Bridges staff. ACES is available for routine or daily late pick ups.
From the School Counselor, Mrs. Olivo
This month in my classroom lessons we talked about bullying. Students learned that bullying is hurtful on purpose (to their feelings or body), repeated (happens over and over) and is a situation where there is unequal power (one person seems bigger, stronger, older, more popular or has more people on their side). Students learned the importance of what they can do: tell them to stop, ignore them and walk away. We also talked about the importance of telling an adult if bullying is happening. In Third through Fifth Grade we also talked about the difference between someone being rude, mean and bullying. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at 507-207-5238, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rain Days and Below Zero Days
Students should enter door 2 on rainy days and below zero days in the morning between 7:45-8:00. They can go to the auditorium where they will have staff supervision until time for school to begin. The main entrance, door 1, will be opened at 8:00a.m.
Students will remain in their rooms on rainy days and below zero days until 2:40 pick up. Parents should pick up their children in their classrooms at the end of the day. Bus students will be excused when buses arrive and ACES will be excused at 2:40.
Students will have indoor breaks and recess on rainy days and below zero days.
Illness and Attendance
If your child has had a fever or has been vomiting, we ask that you keep them home 24 hours after symptoms are gone without medication. Please call the school office attendance line: 207-5204 if your child is ill or has a doctor's appointment and will be in after. Please contact the school office if your child will be out of school or late for any reason. If you let your child’s teacher know through email, please email Tammy Hayes as well at email@example.comHead Lice: Please report so the office is aware of it. District Policy states parents are notified if three cases are in one classroom. A request to treat is made by the school nurse. Parents are not mandated to pull their child from school for treatment but it will be advised.
Late Start Days
Parents are welcome to eat lunch at any time. Please let the office know by 9:00a.m. on the day that you plan to eat. Lunch for parents and visitors is $3.75. We do not have any cash in the office so please bring correct change. Parents and siblings may not use student pin numbers.
School lunch times:
Kindergarten - Lunch 11:00-11:20 Recess - 11:20-11:40
First Grade - Lunch 11:30-11:50 Recess - 11:50-12:10
Second Grade - Lunch 11:15-11:35 Recess - 11:35-11:55
Third Grade - Lunch 11:45-12:05 Recess - 12:05-12:25
Fourth Grade - Recess 11:40-12:00 Lunch - 12:00-12:20
Fifth Grade - Recess 11:50-12:10 Lunch - 12:10-12:30
Community Group and All School Meeting
Bridges Community School
320 Garfield Avenue, North Mankato
Phone: 507-387-2800 / Fax: 507-387-3143
Lead Teacher: Robin Courrier
Secretary: Amanda Robinson
Nurse: Tammy Hayes