Bridge Bulletin

August 26, 2022

Principal Chat

Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!


Please keep reading for more information about this past week and information for the upcoming week.


Thank you for entrusting us with your students! Have a fabulous weekend!


Lani Rounds

Principal

Visible Learning - Flexibility

Each week students attend a Visible Learning class to learn about traits of a GOOD LEARNER. In the upcoming week, students will be working on FLEXIBILITY. Please take time next week to discuss this trait with your student and reward or praise them for being flexible.


"Adapting to change with a good attitude"

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After School Pick Up and Before School Drop Off

PLEASE keep the north east end of the fence clear for the day care vans. We have signs on the fence and six day care vans that need that space both before and after school.


PLEASE only park in the handicap space if you have a legit placard from the state. We have actual individuals who NEED this parking and parents without a tag who are parking in these spaces.


Morning drop off is 7:30 - 8:30 am. Dropping students off BEFORE 7:30 am is extremely unsafe as there is NO supervision for them. Please help us keep our kids safe by dropping your students off in the morning at or after 7:30 am.

Online Lunch Payments

Lunch payments can be made online or in the front office using cash or check. Payments made in the front office are posted immediately in Aspire. Online payments are not immediately updated in Aspire.


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.


https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch

Rotations

Students participate in rotations each day at school for both language arts and math. Rotations include Computer Aided Instruction (CAIS) using an adaptive software program, Imagine Learning, small group instruction with the classroom teachers, and stations. This process is just one way we help to create a personalized learning experience for your student.

COVID Protocol

The protocol for student who test positive for COVID is on our website. You can find it at:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/policies-procedures



If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID they should remain home in isolation for five days from the first date of symptoms. When they return to school, they should wear a mask for five more days. If a student or staff member is in proximity (within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) to an individual in the home who tests positive for COVID, the exposed individual should wear a mask at school for at least 10 days following exposure.

Fire Drill Monday at 2:30

We will have our first fire drill on Monday at 2:30 pm. If you come to the school 2:30 - 2:45 you will not be admitted and will need to wait outside until the drill has ended. Teachers will prepare students for the drill ahead of time so students are not anxious or overly alarmed.

Zero Ribbits

One of our schoolwide programs is Zero Ribbits. Classes who transition quietly in the hallways between activities can earn a "purple ticket" for having Zero Ribbits. Each Friday the grade with the most purple tickets wins a FREE Dress Down Day for the following Wednesday. This week's winner is 3rd grade. They will have a FREE Dress Down Day next Wednesday.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Our kiddos are loving the fresh fruit and vegetable program. This week they were able to try sweet peppers, apples, tangerines and strawberries. Which did your student love the most?

Restorative Justice

“Restorative Justice (RJ) is a values-based approach to community building, problem solving, and conflict resolution that is used in schools, the justice system, and community organizations to build and restore relationships, create opportunities for dialogue, transform conflict and repair harm, and create just and equitable learning environments.” (https://www.rjutah.org/)


At Bridge Elementary, we utilize restorative justice as a way to help a student right the wrong that was committed and to help build positive relationships between students. This can involve a conversation, community service, peer to peer conversations, and discussions on topics that are helpful for the student (making friends, peer relationships, handling big feelings, etc).


Restorative justice is another avenue we utilize when managing behaviors at Bridge. This is a preferred route rather than a traditional suspension from the class for all behaviors. Suspension is still utilized, as needed, but utilizing restorative practices and having an opportunity to work through a problem between students, in their class, or with an issue on the playground has more learning and growth than a traditional suspension. Our goal is to help to build responsible and respectful relationships and students who will go out into the community and do great things.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Bridge Elementary is committed to maintaining a school climate that is safe, welcoming, and free of harassment and discrimination. The School prohibits all forms of harassment, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, citizenship status, or genetic information.


We encourage anyone who believes they (or someone else) have been subjected to harassment or discrimination at the School to file a complaint with the School’s [Director/Principal/Lead Director] or Title IX Coordinator. The School will promptly investigate and resolve all such complaints in accordance with School policy.


If you would like to learn more about how the School handles complaints of harassment or discrimination, please review the School’s Notice of Nondiscrimination and its Civil Rights Policy on the School’s website at https://www.bridgecharter.org/policies-procedures

Title I

Title I was initially passed in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the largest federal assistance program for public schools. These supplemental funds provide students the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education to help close achievement gaps.


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.


You can find more information about Title I through a video on our website at:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/school-events

Friday After-School Programs Offered by Two Vendors - Begins September 9

This year we have two companies that are renting space at Bridge to provide after-school programs - Mad Science and Power Chess. Both programs begin on Friday, September 9, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Mad Science is a six-week program and Chess is a 12-week program. You can find more information and register for these programs on our website under Community Events:

https://www.bridgecharter.org/community-events

ASPIRE

Aspire is the student information system we use at Bridge. This is the place where you add or modify your emergency contacts, check your child's lunch balance, look over their absences and find the name and contact information for your child's teacher. It is also the place where you apply for Free/Reduced lunch.


Please take a moment to ensure ALL your child's emergency contacts are added and they have a little green arrow next to their name indicating they are allowed to check out your child from school.


You can log into Aspire, and find the instructions to set up your Aspire account, on the Student Data page on our website.


STUDENT DATA PAGE

Meals at Bridge

Application for FREE / REDUCED Breakfast and Lunch

The application for FREE/Reduced meals is completed through Aspire. We will have someone from our lunch team available during Back to School Night to help you with this process. They will be in the Middle KIVA on the main floor.


Meal Prices

Student Breakfast SERVED 7:45 - 8:15 am

Free - Free

Reduced - $.30

Full price student - $1.50

Adult Breakfast = $2.50

Student Lunch

Free - Free

Reduced - $.40

Full price student - $2.60

Adult or Student Extra Unreimbursed Lunch = $3.85

Dinner for BASE Students = FREE


Paying for Meals

You can pay online using our Secure Instant Payments portal or you can pay using cash/check in the front office.


Menus

Menus for all meals are posted on our website at: https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch


FFVP - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Bridge was awarded a grant to provide students fresh fruit and vegetables for snack each day, M-TH. This program is designed to give students the chance to try new, fresh and healthy foods that they may not otherwise have a chance to try. Our kids LOVE this program and find all kinds of yummy things and sometimes, something they think is "yucky". This program will begin next week!

Who to Contact

Principal - Lani Rounds - Lani@BridgeCharter.org


At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Sara Tucker - Sara@BridgeCharter.org

  • Morning Supervision and BASE
  • Behavior
  • 504 Plans
  • ELL Coordinator


Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams - Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org

  • Aspire
  • Lottery
  • Registration


School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org


Special Education

Diane Nelson Lead SpED Teacher - Diane@BridgeCharter.org

Julie Christensen SpED Director - Julie@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

Excuse an Absence

Absences MUST be excused within 24 hours of the absence. You can do this by leaving a message on the Attendance line at school (801)499-5180 or by using the Excuse Absence online form. You can find this on our website by clicking on the Excuse Absence icon or using the link below:


EXCUSE ABSENCE

About Bridge Elementary Charter

The mission of Bridge Elementary is to provide students with a personalized learning experience and empower them to take personal ownership and accountability for their own academic performance.