November 4, 2022
Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!
I struggled typing November - once we hit November it seems that the time flies even faster.This weekend, on Sunday, we change our clocks and FALL BACK one hour. The great part about this is it will not be dark at 7:30 when kids are dropped off at school in the morning. The downside is the sun will set less than an hour after you pick your kiddos up from BASE.
Our Halloween Costume fundraiser was a HUGE hit! We earned $1,500. This, combined with the end of month $2 dress down days are super helpful for paying for Watch Me Learn prizes and paying for our Field Day festival in June.
Our Bullfrog shirts have arrived at the school. These will be sorted and delivered to classes in the next week or so. They will be delivered to the student's name you entered in the notes when you were ordering. We have had MANY ask for another order, so we will have another small order around the end of November which will be shipped to your home (there is a cost for shipping). Stay tuned.
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)
- 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
- FREE Classic Skate Night, Wednesday January 11, 5 - 8 pm
- Middle of Year Progress Reports - February 3
New, starting with this newsletter, is a STAFF HIGHLIGHTS section where you can get to know our amazing staff! Did you know that at the end of this newsletter is a WHO TO CONTACT list for names and the contact information of individuals responsible for specific areas at Bridge?
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and information for the upcoming week.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Visible Learning Trait - DETERMINATION
Please talk to your child about the importance of being determined and then recognize when they are using determination 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.
Tardy Students and Lunch Count
When your child comes into school late they must take a green LATE slip and turn it into their teacher. The office staff update their attendance to T for tardy. If a parent brings the child into the office and signs the child in, attendance is update to C for Check In.
When your student comes to school late, but before lunch, they must select their lunch option by making a tally mark on the whiteboard or telling the office staff. Our lunch team will use this information to help ensure we have the right number of meals prepared. You can help your child with this task by informing them of the lunch choices each day. You can find the menu using the link below or by selecting the MEALS icon on our webpage. Scroll down to the MENU selection.
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)
Halloween at Bridge
Our 4th graders had an assembly from Loveland Living Planet where they got to see and hold spooky critters. Our 5th grade team held a book report pumpkin walk that was outstanding! Additionally, the 5th grade team kept up the tie into literacy as they dressed as "idioms". Look at the picture on the right and see if you can spy:
- Blessing in disguise
- Caught red handed
- Hold your horses
- Elephant in the room
- When pigs fly
Lost & Found
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.
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.
Bridge Elementary Staff Highlights
Stacey Archuleta & Keri Toponce
Stacey loves to be outdoors with her family. She enjoys going to concerts, movies, and plays. She has a household full of well-loved rescue animals.
Keri Toponce - Keri is Bridge's Curriculum and Professional Learning specialist. Keri was also one of the founding members of Bridge Elementary's board and helped establish the charter we used to create Bridge. Keri spends most of her day analyzing data, observing teachers and students and helping us create a rich, instructionally robust learning environment for students and a supportive, resource-rich environment for teachers.
Keri has a husky dog that runs with her every morning. Keri loves to spend her downtime in nature, playing the piano, and researching family history.
Across the Street from Bridge - Midland Drive
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NEVER motion your children across the street. First, parking on that side of the road is dangerous in itself, but motioning a child to cross the street, unaccompanied by an adult, puts the child in imminent danger of being hit and injured, or worse. If you insist on parking on that side of the road, get out of your car, walk across the street and get your child. Then, after assuring it is safe, accompany your child across the street.
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.
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