Bridges Breeze

Friday, November 18, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Rittmiller

Greetings Families,

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. That is a perfect reflection of what I have experienced during my short time at Bridges Community School. Every day, I am moved and inspired by what I see. Every day, I marvel at the incredible devotion of our staff and their unique ability to teach and inspire our children. Every day, I celebrate the amazing support of our parents and community.

I believe that the success of our school is built on a foundation of mutual respect and inclusiveness. Every day, dedicated teachers and staff nurture a culture of fairness, love and caring, all focused on the goal of providing a safe learning environment for our students and families. Bridges is committed to continuing this focus and supporting our students and families during the school day and beyond.

I am thankful that Bridges Community School continues to strive for excellence in each and every classroom, to grow stronger by our diversity, and to cultivate an open and positive school climate.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our children’s lives. This is a wonderful time of the year to get together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. On behalf of the Bridges staff, I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you all a safe and happy holiday. We will see everyone on Monday, November 21st and back here on November 28th.

Working together,

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

YOU MATTER! Nov. 8 & 15

Pick up after School

In order to continue with our safety protocols at pick up after school, please park anywhere that is not in our danger zone - marked with yellow paint on the sidewalk on the front of the school. This area is reserved for our busses and vans to ensure students and drivers have the space for pick up! If you are having someone else pick up your student, please inform them as well.

*Also, as the weather is getting colder, please do your best to be here right at 2:50 pm.

Winter Gear

The snow is here! Our Bridges students go outside 2-3 times per day. Please send all snow clothes (boots, coats, snow pants, hats and mittens daily).

NWEA MAPS Testing Update

Dear Bridges student caregiver,

Our NWEA standardized assessment window has changed from Spring to Winter testing. The testing window is now from December 1- 23rd. During these weeks children in grades K-5 will take a MAP Growth test from NWEA. Students take MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth in math and reading throughout the school year and from year to year. Teachers use this to help diagnose student learning needs and skills to work on for the remainder of the school year.

Sincerely, Mrs. Rittmiller

A note from Mrs. Olivo

This month students have been learning about conflict resolution. We talked about how conflicts are a normal part of relationships, that there are many ways to resolve conflicts and that problem solving helps us be successful in our future. We talked about different sizes of problems. Some problems are small problems that kids can solve on their own. Other problems are big problems and require adult help (if someone is hurt, in danger, or a problem isn't stopping).

During my lessons we focused on the importance of saying what the problem is when solving problems. Kindergarten through third grade students practiced doing this by using a bug and a wish: "It bugs me when _____. I wish ______." Fourth and fifth grade students practiced doing this by using I-messages: "I feel _____ when _____. I wish ________."

Second through fifth grade students brainstormed a number of solutions that can be used to solve small problems: walking away, ignoring, telling the person to stop, going to another game, waiting and cooling off, making a deal, sharing and taking turns and using rock, paper, scissors. We talked about the importance of trying a couple of solutions with small problems if the first solution doesn't work. Students were encouraged to ask an adult for help if the problem isn't stopping after trying several solutions (or if someone is hurt or in danger).

As always, please feel free to reach out with questions, concerns, or if there are ways I can support your student at school. Thanks so much!

Annika Olivo, School Counselor

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Feature Teachers

Bridges playground/cafeteria still need you!

If you are willing to help us at Bridges from 11:00-12:20 daily, please apply at this site and let me know so we can ensure you are able to join Bridges!

Click here to apply

We could also use a few more guest teachers! If you are interested, please take a look at our job postings!

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Backpack Food Program

The BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs are free programs providing students in grades K-8 with weekend food packs containing breakfast, lunch and a snack for each day off of school. As of right now, food packs will be delivered weekly directly to a students backpack while they are at lunch or on break. Sign up today to give your child an additional boost of nutrition.

Backpack link

Dates to Remember:


7 - No School Students (Prep Day)

9 - 2 Hour Early Release

10 - Fall Conferences/Book Fair (3:20-8:30)

15 - Fall Conferences/Book Fair (3:20-8:30)

17 - Fall Conferences/Book Fair (3:20-7:00)

21 - Read & Feed

22-25 - No School/Happy Thanksgiving!


1 - 5th Grade Field Trip Parent Meeting (6-7)

14 - 2 Hour Early Release

15 - Grade 2 Snake, Rattle & Roll (9:00-11:15)-Music Rm

15 - Grade 3 Viking Age Presentation (12:30-2:30)-Auditorium

15 - Toys for Tots drive ends

16 - (Tentative) Chamber Orchestra (1:00 pm)

19 - Site Council Meeting

19 - BAC Exec Meeting

23 - BAC/Kiwanis Holiday Lights

23-Jan. 2 - No School/Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Principal & Administrative Assistant

Jody Rittmiller, Principal

Amanda Robinson, Administrative Assistant