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February 5, 2021

Principal Message

You may have heard the term “LIPI” which means Limited In Person Instruction. This is our first phase of having students come back into our building for support. Students will be invited based on our criteria of focusing on a small group of students who need support in language arts, math and have been struggling with online learning.

LIPI does not replace comprehensive distance learning. It is additional support that is at the student's current rate/level. We will be calling families at the start of next week to see if you are interested in LIPI and sharing more details.

We also know that some families and students are experiencing anxiety or concern around report cards and how they will impact students given the challenges this year. Please know that the purpose of report cards is to inform families of their student’s current proficiency level with grade level standards and show the growth that students have made.

Report cards will not be used to determine placement for next year or to retain students. We also know that it has not always been easy or possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills during CDL. You may see areas on the report card that are blank. This indicates that that particular standard or area was not taught or assessed during the grading period. You may also see NE (no evidence), this indicates that the standard was taught, but the teacher was not able to obtain enough evidence from the student to determine their proficiency level.

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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A Reminder About Immunizations

Hello Bridger families!

For those of you who haven't met me, my name is Elise Miller, and I am the health assistant at Bridger. As we get closer to returning to school, I would like to remind parents that students who are returning to in person learning are approaching the date required (2/17) for all immunizations, including boosters, to be updated. If your student is not returning to in person learning, they will not be excluded from comprehensive distance learning if they are not up to date. Students who are returning for sports, LIPI, band, or any in person activities will need to be up to date by exclusion day (2/17). A few families have expressed discomfort in bringing their children to a doctor during this time, and I would encourage families to either reach out to their provider, myself, or our Nurse Jennifer Hoesly, for solutions including drive through vaccination that is offered through some providers. I can be reached at Cmiller2@mesd.k12.or.us for any questions or concerns.

I miss seeing all of you at school, and hope this message finds all of you well!

Thank you.

Elise Miller, SHA

School Health Assistant (SHA), School Health Services

Bridger Elementary
7910 SE Market
Portland, OR 97215

Bridger phone:(503) 916-6336 ext. 72044

MESD phone: (503)-257-1732

We support All Students To Achieve Excellence

Important Dates

February 8-12 MAP Testing Grades 3-5

Week of Feb. 8th - Math MAP Testing Grades 6-8

Week of Feb. 8th- K-5 Report Cards Received in Mail

February 8th 6th Grade Lunch Group with Counselor, 12:30-1:00- Google Meet Code 6Lunch

February 9th 6th Grade Class Meeting, 9:30-9:50- Google Meet Code Roletto

February 9th 7th-8th Grade Lunch Group with Counselor, 12:30-1:00- Google Meet Code 78Lunch

February 9th MS Virtual National Geo Field Trip, 10:00-11:00

February 10th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

February 12th Spirit Day- Hat Day

February 15th NO SCHOOL

Week of Feb. 16th - Reading MAP Testing Grades 6-8

February 16th 7th Grade Class Meeting, 9:30-9:50- Google Meet Code Roletto

February 16th 7th-8th Grade Lunch Group with Counselor, 12:30-1:00- Google Meet Code 78Lunch

February 17th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

11th Annual Bridger Post Office- Open Feb. 8th

11th Annual Bridger Post Office begins THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH!

Starting Monday, students and families will be able to order postcards via the Bridger Post Office Order Form. Students can order 2 DIFFERENT POSTCARDS per DAY during the FIRST WEEK of the POST OFFICE (we will adjust the order form in Week 2). Sometimes postcard designs do sell out, so students will choose a 3rd option, as a backup. [Click on this link Postcard Winners for a larger view of the designs. Note: you cannot order from this padlet.]

Bridger LIVE Google Meet Post Office (postal hours listed here & below in the calendar):

Google Meet Code: bridgerpo

Post Office Hours: Monday, Feb. 8th: 3:00-3:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 9th/16th: 9:15-9:45 am, Thursday, Feb. 10th/17th: 2:15-2:45 pm, Friday, Feb.11th/18th: 1:00-1:30 pm

HERE’S HOW IT WILL WORK (with probably lots of bumps along the way):

  1. Order postcards via the Google Form or the LIVE Bridger Post Office (bridgerpo).

  2. PTA will fill your order and have it ready for you at THURSDAY SUPPLY PICK-UP (12:00-4:30).

[If you are unable to pick up your order on Thursday(s), put your contact info on the order form and the PTA will make sure it gets to you.]

  1. Then, write postcards (or letters) to friends, family and staff at Bridger (or to anyone else you would like to). WRITE your ADDRESSEE’S NAME, GRADE LEVEL and TEACHER’S NAME (if you know it) on the postcard or letter.

  2. DROP OFF your mail at one of the 📫BRIDGER MAILBOXES 📫 LOCATED AT THE FOOD & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION door or the LIBRARY DISTRIBUTION door. [MAIL can be DROPPED OFF anytime during DISTRIBUTION hours - MWF Food, TH Supply & Library.]

  3. PTA will sort the mail and have it ready for PICKUP the following THURSDAY. [If you are unable to pick up your mail, we will get it to you.]

You can, of course, mail postcards via the USPS. The PTA is working to make this a possibility for anyone who would prefer this option.


Anna Gabriela A., Rayden C., Tomás C., Isabelle D., Kinsley D., Samaya F., Felicia G-K, Thia G, Ingrid H., Amiyah L-S, Eleanor M., Piper G, Liam M., Lyvia M., Chelsea N-C, Rhys P., Rafael Q, Isabela R-S, Harrison S., Story S., Samantha S-V, Dulce U-A, Aanika W, and Lucy W.

Thank you to everyone who participated! The contest was extra complicated this year. If you have any questions about it, please let me know.


Andrea Schmidt

2nd Grade Teacher


Black Violin Virtual Performance

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We are so excited to be providing this virtual performance for our students. All K-5 students will view the performance during their scheduled music class with Mr A during the week of 2/8-2/12. Make sure to attend your scheduled music class, you don't want to miss it!

Report Card Update K-5

Dear K-5 Parents,

We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades. Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February.

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Message for DLI Families

Dear Dual Language Immersion Family,

As you all know, two main goals of our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs are 1) academic achievement and 2) bilingualism and biliteracy. Your child’s report card is a reflection of your child’s progress towards these goals.

The report card provides information on how your child is doing academically in all subject areas (i.e. math, language arts, health, etc.) whether they learned the content in English or the Partner Language (Spanish/Russian). The report card also provides information on how your child is progressing in their oral and written language skills in becoming bilingual and biliterate.

At K-2 the Reading and Writing sections along with the Partner Language section of the report card will reflect more about your child’s Partner Language oral and written skill development. At 3-5 the reporting in Reading and Writing reflects your child’s biliteracy skill development with oral Partner Language skill development being reflected in the Partner Language section.

If need be your child’s teacher will use the notes section to indicate successes and areas for improvement specific to each language. If you have questions about the information provided about your child's academic performance and/or language development in either language, please contact your child’s teacher.

MAP Assessment

Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. If you have concerns about your student participating in this test, please talk with your student’s teacher.

Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place between February 1- 26. Younger children may need assistance from an adult in the home. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.

Thank you.

Link to Message in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Somali

Bridger students in grades 3-5 will test during the week of February 8-12. Students will test in small groups and spend up to 1 hour for each test (Math and Reading) with their classroom teacher. Teachers will communicate the days and times when your student will test.

If any student needs additional time to complete the test they will be provided 1 more hour during their asynchronous time, not during live instruction. This will happen sometime from February 16-26.

Need Help? How to Contact Office Team (UPDATE)

At the beginning of the year, office team had open a Google Meet Room each morning to help our Bridger Community. We are changing our process starting on November 30th:

The best way to contact office team is to email them and they will quickly email you back or give you a call using Remind, if requested. They can also meet you in Google Meet Room.

Suzy Hernandez shernandez@pps.net

Cheryl Robert crobert@pps.net

Counselor Corner

To kick off our social justice and anti-racism unit, 3rd and 4th grades have been exploring their own identity and culture. We learned about the “culture iceberg” and discussed parts of our culture that are “surface culture” (visible”) and “deep culture” (less visible).

Bridger Students will be engaging in Black Lives Matter Weeks of action coming up in later February! The Week of Feb 1-5th was the National BLM in Schools “Week of Action”. Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage in this ongoing movement. The above logo lays out the BLM in Schools national demands. Our black students’ lives matter!

This article gives parents a good understanding of the importance in talking to your child about race at a young age. Staying silent about race reinforces racism. They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race

In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, they will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST. Click here for a flyer to view. All tour sessions will take place via zoom.

Gender Diversity Club at Bridger is starting this coming Monday February 8th. We’re excited to share this safe space with students to discuss experiences and topics around gender and gender diversity.

We have a counseling website where students can reach out to their counselors if they’d like a one-on-one appointment. I’m also reachable at 971-378-0478. https://sites.google.com/pps.net/bridger-k-8-counseling/home
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Ms. Howard 5th -8th grades:

8th grade families, Franklin or Madison, forecasting forms (choosing freshman year classes) were due this Friday February 5th! If your student has not already filled out their form, please see links below for Freshman Forecasting webpages for each school. These pages have all instructions and links you will need. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with this.

Franklin Forecasting Website: https://www.pps.net/Page/14900

Madison Forecasting Website: https://www.pps.net/Page/10997

In 5th grade, Ms. Howard will begin lessons on identity/culture, race and racial justice in order to kick off our BLM weeks of action happening at the end of February!

Opportunities to connect:

6th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 6lunch - Mondays 12:30 - 1pm

7th/8th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 78lunch - Tues 12:30 - 1pm

5th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 5lunch – Thurs 11:35 - 12:05pm

Student Council – CODE: bridgerstudentcouncil – Fri 1:10–1:55pm

QSA Group – Email Ms. Howard for code - Fridays 2-2:30pm

Ms. Howard can be reached at 971-378-0470 or rhoward@pps.net

Counselor Website: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/bridger-k-8-counseling/home

Bridger Library

Thank you for bringing back the library books that were checked out last spring! Keep bringing back books AND checking out new book bags on Thursday afternoons from 12-4:30. If you have questions, please email library staff: Dawn Jardine (djardine@pps.net) or Brenda Jamsgard (bjamsgard@pps.net).

We have finished our focus on digital citizenship and will shift next week’s library classes to a study of fiction subgenres centered around black authors and characters. Please check in with your students to make sure they are logging into the library classroom and completing the weekly activities; lessons are posted by Monday morning and can be completed during the suggested library time for their class or at any point throughout the week.

Night Night: Digital Bedtime Stories by Black Men is a fantastic opportunity currently offered each Wednesday at 4pm and 7pm. You and your student can log on to listen to stories chosen and read by Black men. The read-alouds are about 30-minutes long and are interactive, with both the host and the reader engaging with families and students. If you are interested in listening to the weekly stories, you can register here.

If your student is looking for resources for online reading, they can access many different options - including TumbleBooks, Storytime from Space, and our online catalog - by visiting the Bridger Library web page here.

Finally, you will notice when you receive Quarter 2 report cards that the Library/Tech indicators are blank. It was communicated to PPS Librarians in December that we will begin assessing two Library indicators: 1) Uses a variety of resources and tools to research, solve problems, and make personal connections; and 2) Demonstrates responsible use of resources and tools, online and when working with others. In order to give grades that reflect intentional planning and connections between weekly activities and these indicators, we were given until Quarter 3 to implement a grading system. Second semester report cards will include assessment in Library/Technology based on these indicators. Please reach out if you have any questions at djardine@pps.net.

Reading Tips

Many schools in our nation have been celebrating a Black Lives Matter in Schools week of action. To share in this celebration of Black excellence, joy and success, Netflix has added many movie titles for the month of February, including children’s content called Netflix Jr, which introduces children’s books. You can also find Netflix Jr. on Youtube.

Misty Copeland reads the children’s book she wrote about her role as the first Black principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater, Common the rapper reads an important book about race, along with many more important Black voices sharing their stories, passions and expertise. Learn alongside your family about a Black American you haven’t heard of for Black Lives Matter in Schools through beautiful children’s books.

Student Leaders

The Middle School Student Council is hard at work with several projects. The first is our Life Reflection Project. Our council members are interviewing elders in our community about their lives. The students will then write short stories dramatizing an event in their life and giving it to the elder. We will be sharing these stories with the Bridger community when they are done.

We recently finished our list of all Bridger clubs/activities that are available to our students. This list, accessible through the link below to the Bridger Community, is also available on the Homepage of most Middle School Teachers Canvas courses. This is a great place to get information about Student Council events and happenings.


Our next spirit day is coming up! It is wild hat day, and will be held on Friday, February 12th. Students can wear school-appropriate but wild hats to their classes all day!

Our next Middle School Student Council meeting is this Friday, Feb. 12th at 1:10-1:55. Google Meet code: Bridgerstudentcouncil. This meeting is open to everyone in the Bridger community.

Our next Elementary Student Council meeting is Friday, February 19th 11:05-11:40am. Google Meet code: BSC.

School Climate- PBIS

This week I want to share a great strategy and resources for families to use at home with their students- Empowering Choice.

Click on the image below to explore more tips and resources about the Power of Choice.

You can also view the video for more information on how to use the strategy.

Here is a helpful one page visual/guide in English and Spanish for Mastering the Art of Offering Controlled Choices.

The Power of Choice: PPS At-Home Strategies for Distance Learning

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks

Hello Bridger Community,

There are so many things happening in our community at the moment. Limited in-person Instruction is being discussed and teachers are beginning to get vaccinated. There are so many questions that we have left unanswered pertaining to how the rest of the school year is going to proceed.

For these reasons, this week, I would like to recommend another moment of all the self-care you can muster. Again, look at the menu below for recommendations. Give yourself only 30 seconds if that’s all you can do, but you deserve a break once in a while just like everyone else.

Remember, anything that you can do is enough.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Take care


  • Does your child have a computer or a cell phone? Does their friend? Kids have access to lots of content on the internet, and it’s not all safe. We’re hosting a guest speaker on our zoom on February 11th from 4:30-5:30pm to learn about sexting and pornography and how to have conversations with your child about feeling and being safe on their device.

  • Next Full PTA Gathering on Zoom is February 17th 6:30-8pm, in English and Spanish.

    • Ever wonder: Why is my kid acting like this?

    • There’s an explanation! Learn how to help your kiddo work through their feelings and how to relate with one another with our guest speaker. She’ll teach us about EMOTIONS AND THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN!

We submitted this letter to administrators and district leadership on behalf of our community in opposition to MAP testing.

Supporting Language Development at Home

Family and Caregiver Activities

Learning can be fun! There are nine activity sheets available in both English and Spanish, designed to provide simple, fun activities families and caregivers can use with children at home to strengthen language development in either the home language or English. We will be sharing one activity a week for families to try at home.

This week's activity is Questions About Informational Texts

Distance Learning Resources

Technology Assistance

Centralized Call Center available for families to support all technology needs.

Web: pps.net/student

Email: support@pps.net

Call: 503-916-3375

English: 503-916-3375

Español: 503-916-3582


Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584

Soomaali: 503-916-3586

Русский: 503-916-3583

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PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.