April 28, 2023
The last month of school is now approaching. It's crazy that an entire school year can be gone already. It feels like we were just meeting our Bullfrogs at back to school night and now we are preparing for end of year testing (please read more below) and getting things ready for next year.
We are ramping up for Field Day and donations are needed. See below for more information.
This week's staff highlight features our 5th grade para-educators - Samantha Jolley, Jessica Gardner, Ashley Crowther and Jenny Stark. Please read below about these outstanding educators.
Mark your calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- May 26 (Teacher work day)
- May 29 (Memorial day)
- TOMORROW - FREE Community Give Away in Coordination with Utah Foster Care - Saturday, April 29, 10 - 12
- End of year assessments begin May 1 (more information in next week's newsletter)
- Yearbook Order Deadline May 1st - see information below
- Classic Skate Night - May 3
- Family End of Year Survey sent May 19
- Roy Aquatic Center FREE Family Fun Night - July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and events for the upcoming weeks.
As always, thank you for CHOOSING Bridge and sharing your kids with us!
End of Year Testing
Our progress reports are not typical "report cards". Instead, our progress reports measure student growth. Growth is a more adequate measure of student success as it looks at where a student starts and where they end and the progress they make within the year. This data helps us ensure that each student, struggling students and advanced learners, continue to make growth throughout the year.
- KEEP - Kindergarten Literacy and Math (State mandated testing)
- Imagine Literacy (K-6 Bridge progress report data)
- Imagine Math (K-6 Bridge progress report data)
- Writing Checklist (2nd Bridge progress report data)
- Writing Utah Compose (3rd - 6th Bridge progress report data)
- Acadience Reading (K-6 Bridge progress report and K-3 state mandated testing)
- Acadience Math (K-6 Bridge progress report and K-3 state mandated testing)
- RISE Writing (5th State mandated testing)
- RISE ELA (3 - 6 State mandated testing)
- RISE Math (3 - 6 State mandated testing)
- RISE Science (4 - 6 State mandated testing)
We are super excited to see the data and share your student's growth with you! Schoolwide data is shared on our website under Schoolwide Assessment Data:
Pets on the Portico
- Is on a leash at ALL times
- LOVES kids
- Can handle the stress of noise, 1,000 running feet, and lots of kids wanting to pet or touch your pup. Even if you tell the child NO, there will still be a kid that touches your pup and your pup needs to be able to handle this. If the dog can't, then unfortunately, after school pick up is NOT the place for your pup.
If your pup is NOT kid friendly, is skittish, doesn't love to be touched, pulled on, petted, rubbed, bumped into, etc. then please leave your pupper at home. We cannot risk your pup getting stepped on, tripped over, or accidentally kicked and we certainly cannot risk one of our kids getting injured.
If you bring your pup during pick up please stay along the fence on the sidewalk so you are out of the way of the throngs of kids that exit the school. This will help keep you, your pet and our kids safe.
Open Positions - Next School Year
INTERVIEWING NOW FOR OPEN POSITIONS NEXT YEAR
Interested individuals should email resume to Lani@BridgeCharter.org
Para Educators - Grades 5 and 6
Our para-educators work in the classrooms assisting students with computers, stations, specials, lunch and recess. Para-educators must pass a background check and have a minimum of an associate's degree or pass a para-pro Praxis test which they take through ETS.org
Our para-educators work 29 - 35 hours weekly and receive holiday pay for five holidays. The test must be passed prior to October 1, 2023. Full-time employees (working 30+ hours weekly) are eligible for benefits including access to 401 K and health insurance. Salary is based on education and experience and is $16 - $18 hour.
Negative Lunch Balances - Free and Reduced Options
Our negative lunch balance is now close to $7,000. This is money the school has to find in its budget to pay at the end of the school year to cover the cost of meals that families did not pay.
PLEASE help us by paying down your negative lunch accounts. You can pay online or in the office. For those interested in donating to help parents with negative lunch balances, we have a Happy Go Lucky account to which you can donate. Ask the office for more information.
Weber Human Services - Stabilization and Mobile Response (SMR)
Visible Learning - Determination
- I will set the right goals.
- I will get moving.
- I will face challenges.
- I will not be discouraged by failure.
- I will keep trying.
By internalizing visible learning traits students will become lifelong learners who are set up for success. You can find all of our Visible Learning traits on our website at:
Field Day Donations Needed
We are looking for donations for our game booths. Students play games and win prizes. These are not elaborate prizes. We are looking for simple things like you get at Zurchers, pick up in packs at the Dollar Store, or buy from Oriental Trading.
We also need tons and tons and tons of cans of soda for the ring toss. Inexpensive, off-brand soda will do the trick. Please drop your donations off in the office and remember to enter your donations (converted to hours) into our volunteer tracker so your family can be place into our Frog Pond in the front foyer.
5th Grade Para Educators
I'm Ms. Sam! I have been a para-educator for 7 years. Everyday is something new and memorable. I currently live in Logan with my husband, 5 year old son, and two dogs. I love painting, interior design and animals. My dream is to live in Hawaii with a small farm someday.
Hi, my name is Jessica Gardner! I hang out with your awesome fifth graders! I have an awesome husband and we love to be outdoors! We love traveling and playing sports. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends, organize, watch movies, and read.
Hi there! My name is Ms. Jenny. I live a few blocks away from the school with my family and 2 dogs. When I'm not at school, I love taking walks, listening to podcasts, creative arts, playing games, and spending time with my family. I think learning should be a life long engagement. I'm happy that i have the opportunity to learn and grow with everyone at Bridge Elementary.
Hi, my name is Ashley. This is my second year at Bridge. I love working in fifth grade. I love all the students so much and not only want them to reach their fullest potential but I want them to know how amazing and special each of them are. I have two wild boys, a two year old and a four year old. I have been married to my sweet husband for almost 7 years. I am a huge Harry Potter nerd and could probably watch the movies every single day and never get sick of them. I love the color green, going to the movies, reading, Halloween, rainy days, and playing card and board games. I love to travel and explore although my favorite place will always be Disneyland. I am currently a student at WGU, earning my Bachelors in Elementary Education.
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
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