December 16, 2022
Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!
And that's a wrap - the last newsletter of 2022. It has been crazy fun, though I must admit, ask any educator, the last week before Christmas break is a 50/50 split between crazy and fun :)
When students return in January, our middle of the year (MOY) assessments will begin. We will give students a couple of days to settle in first, then on Thursday, January 5, Imagine Learning math and literacy assessments will begin. It is so important that students are well rested and do their best on these assessments. As a personalized learning school the assessment data is a big part of grouping students and designing instruction to help meet their needs.
Staff will also begin pulling students for Acadience reading and math assessments (used to be called DIBELS). Students in grades 1- 6 will complete a writing assessment. Grades 1 - 2 will do a written assessment while grades 3 - 6 will complete a computer-based writing assessment. Data from these assessments will be on the student's progress report which is sent home the first of February. The progress report will also have their beginning of year (BOY) scores so you can see your student's growth.
Additionally, students in grades 1, 2 and some students in grade 3 complete a diagnostic phonics screener to help us determine which reading skill they need to work on so they can be placed in the correct P90 reading group.
Some exciting changes coming in January when students return are schedule changes that will impact all grades. The schedule changes will allow more consistency with specials across the week, and for 1st grade, will allow smaller class sizes for specials. We are excited about these changes. For 3rd and 6th grades, lunch schedules will change and parents will receive an email about these changes. Contact your child's teacher if you want specifics about what their new schedule will look like.
In January, we will send out the survey for the 2023-2024 school calendar. Unlike typical districts, we allow parents to vote on our calendar. The calendar will be voted on by our school board in the January board meeting.
This week's staff highlight features the 5th grade teachers. Keep reading below to see more about our fabulous 5th grade teaching team.
Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- December 19 - January 1 (Christmas Break)
- January 16 (Martin Luther holiday)
- February 20 (President's Day)
- March 9 & 10 (Parent Teacher Conferences)
- April 3 - 7 (Spring Break)
- May 26 (Teacher work day)
- May 29 (Memorial day)
- December 31 - DEADLINE for 2023-2024 current student registration
- Schoolwide assessment begins January 5
- FREE Classic Skate Night, Wednesday January 11, 5 - 8 pm
- Lottery opens for siblings and other students - January 23
- Middle of Year Progress Reports - February 3
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and events for the upcoming weeks.
I hope your holidays are safe, joyful and filled with lots and lots of wonder and snow!
Multiple emails to register your student for 2023-2024 have been sent to custodial parents in Aspire. If you have not received an email please let Mrs. Rounds know immediately - Lani@BridgeCharter.org
THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER RETURNING STUDENTS IS DECEMBER 31
If you need help registering your student PLEASE email Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org or call the office when we return from Christmas break. We love your kids, yep, even the pickles, and do not want to give your child's spot to a random student. If you have not completed registration or notified the office that you do not intend to return by January 6, 2023, we will BE REQUIRED to release your child's spot into the lottery. Again, we are happy to help you with the process. Stop by the office or call when we return from break.
Friends for Sight
Your gift to Friends for Sight allows us the ability to work passionately each day to save sight and change lives by providing free vision screenings, working to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to quality eye care, and disseminating information about eye safety, threats to vision, and available community resources. With a small staff of five and generous support of volunteers, we are proud that 94% of every contribution goes directly to support our programs.
6th Grade Book Reports
Kicking Off Winter Break
Shout Out to CWC
This week they surprised our staff with a Christmas gift for all 85 of us plus our contracted lunch crew! So, although they thank us every week for letting them rent our building, Bridge is truly the ones who are thankful for the relationship with CWC. So, this little blurb is to thank THEM for all they do for Bridge!
FFVP - Kumquats
A) See if he likes it, or
B) See if he pukes or dies,
before HE actually tries the fruit (smart kid). You can tell by the last picture, "kumquats" will not be on his Christmas list this year.
Toys at School - Including Pokemon Cards
Specific grade levels can also BAN certain kinds of toys, for example, Pokemon cards. Please note - grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 have BANNED Pokemon cards at school. Any cards that are spied during school hours outside of a child's locker or backpack will be confiscated by an adult and returned only to a parent or guardian at the end of the school day. The school will NOT get involved in hashing out which cards belong to which student or policing Pokemon games and squabbles. If there is a dispute, the cards in dispute will be disposed of in a Poke shredder purchased exclusively for this purpose. The best way NOT to lose a beloved, multi-million dollar all powerful Pokemon card (I have been assured these cards are worth millions) is to leave it at home safely tucked away with Evie, Pikachu, Charmander and all their evolved versions.
Visible Learning Traits - FLEXIBILITY
Our mission is personalized learning but more importantly, to teach kids to be accountable and take ownership of their own learning. These visible learning traits will help a child become a lifelong learner well beyond their years at Bridge.
You can find a link to all of the traits on our website at:
Monthly Parking Lot Plea and Your New Year's Resolution
- BE OBSERVANT
- BE PATIENT
- BE KIND
Recently I met with Police Chief Glynn and the City Manager Matt Andrews to discuss the pros and cons of painting the curb RED across the street along the canal fence. Painting the curb red would mean cars could NEVER park there - not even during after school programs like Math Night or the church carnival. Their experience with other red curbs at schools and parks have shown that parents think if they are "sitting" in the car then they aren't technically "parking" so they ignore the red curb. After a long discussion they felt a red curb would only fix our problem (parents motioning kids across the street) for the parents who actually follow the rules and won't fix it for the parents who don't bother to follow rules. They said, in their experience, red curbs have actually increased the numbers of U turns which in our location could have devastating outcomes.
So, the quandary - HOW do we keep our kids safe when some parents, such as those motioning their children to run across the street, appear to want convenience over safety? The city has visited every option. Because of the distance to the corner at 4800 S and Midland (to the north) and the slight jog in the road, we can't have a crosswalk across from the school. They can paint lines at that stop sign though they guarantee, again, based on their experience, parents and kids will not walk the few extra steps to the stop sign to cross the street. So again, the plea from me - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT park along the canal fence and motion your kids to the car. While you think they are old enough and responsible enough to cross a street, when they are crossing they are focused on you - not on the traffic. Additionally, people turn off 4800 S onto Midland Dr. going too fast trying to beat the traffic heading east and kids don't see them. If you insist on parking there then PLEASE get out of your car, walk to the school, and escort your child to your car. We LOVE our kids and our families and want to avoid a tragedy.
Chief Glynn is going to pull out all the stops and beg UDOT to let us use the back gate on 3500 W to exit, at least on Fridays, with a right turn on 3500 S only. We have been turned down at every request. Hopefully he has more pull than everyone else who have reached out.
Matt Andrews will start working on caution signs for in front of the school. They won't be blinking lights or even 20 mph signs ,but maybe those approaching north and south will see them and slow down just a bit.
Again, BE PATIENT - BE OBSERVANT - BE KIND and we can increase the safety of our kids.
Easy Way to Donate to Bridge - Amazon Smile
School Website: https://www.bridgecharter.org/donate
Snow Days - Late Start
If we are opening our doors late, closing our doors early, or not opening at all we will notify you via social media, email and One Call. If you do not hear from us then we are open for business.
Our students travel from Brigham to Layton and points in between. If it is bad weather at your house and you do not feel it is safe to drive then please keep your students at home and have them login and do Imagine Learning if you are able. Call the school and excuse their absence.
5th Grade Teachers
Hi! I am Ali Hill and I teach 5th grade math. When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to watch movies and play board games. We also like to go horseback riding and camping. I love teaching 5th grade!
I'm Melinda Rasmussen and I teach fifth grade. I also love to be outside doing just about anything! My particular favorites are hiking, gardening, playing games/sports, and riding my horse. While inside, I love to read, and watch movies. Whether I'm inside or outside, I always love being with my family and friends.
My name is Kaitlin Vigil and I teach 5th grade ELA. Outside of school you can find me hiking with my dogs, riding my horses and camping! I also love playing cards and board games with family and friends!
Bullying - FROG Squad - Upstander Program
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.
Bullying has several prongs - the bully, the victim, the bystander and the upstander. Each individual plays a specific role.
Bully - a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate a person they perceive as vulnerable
Victim - the individual the bully harms
Bystander - someone who witnesses bullying, doesn't participate and doesn't attempt to stop it or tell anyone about it
Upstander - someone who witnesses bullying and either steps in and tells the bully to stop or tells an adult what they witnessed happening
After we return from Christmas break, Bridge will work with Stacey Archuleta, our At-Risk Programs Coordinator, and a social worker to help put together an UPSTANDER program using a FROG Squad comprised of Bridge 4th - 6th grade students. The Frog Squad will help teach kids about the importance of "See Something Say Something". This is in the early planning stages and we are super excited to get this rolling as, according to StopBulllying.gov, Upstander programs have had great success in schools across the nation.
Code = BridgeES
Pre Pay code = BridgeYB23
Link to Order: YEARBOOK ORDER
Power Chess Spring Sign Up
Mad Science 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.
- 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