Bridges Elementary Newsletter
Attendance Line: 608-643-1847
Fax: 608 643-1849
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Bridges Families and Guardians,
Do you smell that? Spring is in the air!
Third quarter ends on March 24th, right before heading into Spring Break. Spring means longer days and better weather! Boys and girls will also want more time to play outside. Some children may need extra help keeping up with their reading, practicing math skills and other projects that come up while enjoying the spring opportunities. Your help is very much appreciated in helping your child keep that focus. As always, we want to help as well! Please know that we will continue to encourage your child to do their best, to stay engaged, and to have fun in the learning process. Contact your child’s teacher for any questions or concerns. Some tips when contacting your child’s teacher are:
1. Schedule an Appointment. Staff members are busy working with students and many times will not have time to meet with you if you just drop in. Scheduling an appointment assures that you will have their full attention.
2. Before and after school works best!
3. Speak with the classroom teacher first: Classroom teachers should be the first person notified of student issues. Please encourage your child to talk to the classroom teacher first.
4. No calls into classrooms during instruction—at Bridges we want to do all that we can to not interrupt classroom instruction. Please know that non-emergency phone calls into the classroom will be placed directly into the teacher’s voice mail.
5. Dropping off items for students: Please leave any items for students with the office staff and they will ensure your child gets it in a timely manner.
Lastly, I also find pleasure in hearing about your child’s days at Bridges. Feel free to call or stop by to share in conversation.
Principal, Bridges Elementary School
Notes from the School Counselor
Bridges School Counselor - (608) 643-1842
Dear Spruce St. Parents/Guardians,
Beginning in early March, I will be starting Personal Safety in 5K-2nd grade classrooms. The TWO THEMES that will be stressed are:1. We all have the right to feel safe all of the time.
2. We can talk to an adult we trust about anything.
The following concepts are introduced and developed as appropriate for each grade level:1. Understanding the meaning of feeling safe (This includes keeping our body and “private parts” safe.)
2. Identifying people with whom they feel safe and whom they trust.
3. Identifying where they feel safe and places they could go for help.
4. Learning how to act safely and with respect toward others.
(This will reinforce the points we discussed in “Above The Line” about making good choices, as well as safe touch/not safe touch/confusing touch. We also reinforce how to calm down if they are worried.)
5. Learning TWO SAFETY RULES:
- Parents/adults must know where their child/ren are located.
- Parents/adults must know who is with their child/ren.
6. Learning about the THREE SAFE ACTIONS:
- Say, “No! I’ll tell!” in a big voice.
- Go away to a safe place.
- Tell a grown up you trust, who can help you.
Below, I have written some Personal Safety suggestions that you can go over with your child/ren. If you have questions about this unit, or would like to preview the videos, please contact me to make arrangements. As always, if you have any questions regarding this unit, please contact me at 643-18142, e-mail me at email@example.com, stop by my office or send me a note. Thank you.
More information about child safety may be obtained from:
Sauk County Human Services (608) 355-4200
Dane County Human Services (608) 242-6200
Columbia County Human Services (608) 742-9227
Personal Safety Suggestions
Teach your child:
- They should always tell you where they are, who they are with and when they will be home.
- Their full name, address and phone number, including area code.
- How to make a long-distance call, both by dialing directly to you and by dialing 911. (Make sure they know to push the green button for “send” on cell phones.)
- That they must not talk to or listen to strangers. (Discuss going to trusted people or the police for help, etc.).
- That they should tell you if they are uncomfortable or confused by something someone does, even if it is a relative or family friend.
- To tell you when any adult asks them to keep a secret.
- To never admit to anyone over the phone, on the computer, or at the door, that they are home alone.
As a parent, you should:
- Do not put your child’s name on articles where it is in “plain view,” such as written large on a backpack. Children are more likely to go with someone if they call them by their name.
- Listen when your child tells you he/she does not want to be with someone; find out why he/she wants to avoid that person.
- Encourage open communication. Never belittle any fear your child may have.
- Have your child’s fingerprints taken; keep them in a safe place. Take a photo of your child every year.
- Have a set plan with your child outlining what he/she should do if he/she becomes separated from you away from home.
- Notice when someone shows your child a great deal of attention; find out why.
- Repeat simple safety guidelines often, “In our family, we don’t keep secrets about touching.” “You can talk to me about anything.” “We don’t keep secrets that hurt ourselves or others.”
- Be involved in your child’s activities.
If you ever have any questions or suspicions, talk to a professional—a school counselor or psychologist, principal, nurse/doctor or county social services. Your concerns will be handled in a caring, confidential manner.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
- Tuesday, March 1 - 4:00pm - 7:30pm
- Friday, March 4 - 8:00am - 11:30am
Read Across America Celebration with Classrooms Buddies
- Tuesday, March 2
1st Grade Music "Informance" Night!
- Tuesday, March 8
- 5:30pm - 6:00pm: Mrs. Volp, Mrs. Ducke and Mrs. Frey/Mrs. Vande Hey's Class
- 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Mr. Batura, Ms. McFarlane, and Mrs. Sprecher's Class
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Sunday, March 13
- 6:15pm - Monday, March 21 at Bridges Elementary
School Board Meetings
- 7:00pm - Monday, March 14
- 7:00pm - Monday, March 28 at the District Office
Wednesday, March 9
Elementary at 1:30pm
Middle School/High School at 1:50pm
NO AM/PM K4 or EC
- 8:00am - 11:30am - Friday, March 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences
SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
- Friday, March 25 - Friday, April 1
Self-Care: For You!
Date: Tuesday, March 8; 8:30 - 10:00 AM OR 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Chamber Welcome Center (109 Phillips Blvd., Sauk City)
Learn strategies to take care of yourself, even when others are depending on you. Put together your "Self-Care Plan" and "Toolbox" to take home. Presented by MaryAnn Marx of True North Life Coaching, LLC. Sign up online at MakingServicePersonal.org/learningforlife or by contacting Anne Uphoff at 608-643-1842.
ART SPIRIT WEEK
Dress in colors to celebrate Youth Art Month and the Opening of the YAM Art Show!
Monday 3/14: Primary Colors (Red, Yellow, Blue)
Tuesday 3/15: Secondary Colors (Green, Purple, Orange)
Wednesday 3/16: Warm or Cool or Neutral Colors
Thursday 3/17: Monochromatic (Wear one color. Pick your favorite!)
Friday 3/18: Patterns (wear as many patterns that you can)
***Remember the YAM Art Show open house at the River Arts Center is Thursday, March 17th from 3:30-7:30pm! Stop by anytime for some art, fun, and free snacks!!***
TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN REMINDER AT DROP OFF/PICK UP
Dear Parents/Guardians at Bridges Elementary,
Our student's safety and your safety is important to us. We need the cooperation of ALL parents and students to make our Traffic Safety Plan work. Please observe and follow all traffic, parking and pedestrian laws.
A few pointers and reminders during this time of the winter season.
- Arrive after 7:45 a.m. and before 8:00 a.m. The bell rings at 8:00am!
- Proceed in a single file line to designated drop off/pick up area.
- When dropping off at the main doors, pull forward to the START of the drop-off area by the BIKE RACKS. This is where an assistant will help students out of your vehicle in the morning.
- Please have student sit on the passenger side of the car so that they are always exiting your vehicle onto the sidewalk. We do not want students to exit the vehicle into the second lane of traffic.
- Students can enter the main doors at the front of the school or the side doors by the bike racks.
- Do not park or leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off/pick up lane.
- If you need to enter the building during the school day, park in visitor parking spaces and escort your child into or out of the front doors of the school.
- Please use crosswalks when crossing to and from the school.
- Never walk in front of or between buses. This is extremely dangerous since the driver cannot see adults or children that are close to the front of the bus.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 643-1844. Thank you for your cooperation!
Grandparent Support Group
If you are a grandparent that is raising, or helping to raise, an elementary school child, here is an opportunity for you!
When: Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Where: Bridges Elementary School Library
Our theme for the next meeting will be “Building Resilience in Children.” We will discuss ways that help children develop resilience . . . a skill that helps them to "bounce back" from troubles in life. Call Anne Uphoff, Bridges School Counselor at 643-1842 if you have any questions.
Freezer Cooking 101 - Tips and Tricks
Date: Saturday, March 19 - 8:00 AM - Noon
Location: St. John's Church (100 Oak St. ,Prairie du Sac, WI)
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available) Open to all adults
Avoid the dreaded question of "What's for dinner?" Get together and create 20 Ready-to-go Main-dish meals! Sign up online at MakingServicePersonal.org/learningforlife or by contacting Anne Uphoff at 608-643-1842.
Easing the Stress of Parenting
Raising children is often thought to be one of the most rewarding experiences most of us will ever have. The reality is it is also one of the most stressful! Balancing the day to day demands of taking care of children, housework, and bills is a lot by itself. Add in other life events, such as changes in work, housing, family situations, financial or school-related concerns, and it can become overwhelming. Come and learn some valuable skills to keep your cool when situations heat up.
DATE: Tuesday, March 22nd
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bluffview Center of Hope Church (This presentation is notaffiliated with any religious organization)
Register through Community Education Center.
Updated Phone Numbers at Bridges
Attendance Line: 608-643-1847
Main Office Line: 608-643-1844
Fax Number: 608-643-1849
Safe Arrival / Attendance
This is a 24 hour message line. If you are unable to call, please send a note with your child when he/she returns to school.
If your child is late to school or will be leaving early, it is necessary for you to come to the office to sign your child in / out for the day. Also, if your child arrives at school after the bell has rung, please bring them to the office through the front doors of the school. Do not drop them off in front of the school.
Volunteering and Applications
Classified Subs Needed
Summer School 2016
Opens: Wed, April 6 at 6:00 PM through Monday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Site link for Skyward Student/Family Access: www.saukprairieschools.org
Grade levels are based on the grade your child will be entering Fall of 2016. Do not ask us to allow your child to join a class that they are too young for. Questions may be directed to the Community Center staff at 643-8386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year!!! We’re starting the 4 Week Session on a MONDAY!:
- 4 Week Session (Semester 1): June 20 – July 14; No classes, Monday, July 4 or Friday, July 15, 2016
- 2 Week Session (Term 3): July 18 - July 29, 2016
Open Lab to assist families with Online Registration: Wed, April 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM; High School, Room 15. 643-8386 will also be staffed to answer questions.
Books will be sent home with Elementary students around March 21st. Middle and High School students may pick one up at their school office or you can check it out online.
GUIDE TO CLASS NUMBERS:
400’s = 4 week
200’s = 2 week
500’s = Health & Sport Clinics
600’s = Music Programs
Class Times for morning periods are as follows:
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
9:25 AM - 10:25 AM
10:35 AM - 11:35 AM.
Busing is provided for Rural Students via online request ONLY. This is done through part 1 of the online registration. Part 1 may be completed beginning March 18.
Grab & Go breakfast and lunch program is offered. Breakfast begins at 7:45 AM.
ESCUELA DE VERANO 2016
REGISTRO POR LINEA ELECTRONICA: Miércoles, 6 de Abril a las 6:00 PM hasta el 18 de mayo, 2016 a las 10:00 P.M.
Enlace del sitio Skyward del Estudiante/Acceso familiar: www.saukprairieschools.org
Los niveles de grado están basados en el grado en que su hijo (a) va estar en el otoño 2016. Por favor no nos solicite que pongamos a su hijo (a) en una clase para estudiantes menores. Cualquier pregunta debe ser dirigida al personal del Centro Comunitario al 643-8386 o por correo electrónico en email@example.com
¡Nuevo este año!: Vamos a comenzar la sesión de 4 semanas en LUNES.
Sesión de 4 semanas (Semestre 1): Junio 20 – Julio 14; No habrá clases, el lunes, 4 de Julio o el viernes, 15 de julio, 2016.
Sesión de 2 semanas (3er termino): Julio 18 – Julio 29, 2016
Laboratorio para ayudar a las familias a registrarse por línea electrónica: miércoles, 6 de Abril, 2016 de 6:00 PM hasta 8:00 PM; Escuela Preparatoria, Salón 15. En el 643-8386 también habrá personal para responder preguntas.
Los libros de la escuela de verano serán enviados a las Escuelas Primarias alrededor del 21 de marzo para ser enviados a casa con los estudiantes. Los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria y escuela preparatoria podrán pasar por un libro a la oficina de escuela o buscarlo electrónicamente.
El autobús es proporcionado para los estudiantes que viven en áreas rurales SOLAMENTE. Esto es realizado en la primera parte del registro electrónico. La parte 1 debe ser completada antes del 18 de marzo.
Un desayuno de toma y llévatelo y un programa de almuerzo serán ofrecidos. El desayuno comenzará a las 7:45 AM.
GUIA PARA LOS NUMEROS DE CLASES:
400= 4 semanas
200= 2 semanas
500= Clínica para Deportes y Salud
600= Programas de música
Los horarios para las clases por la mañana serán:
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
9: 25 AM – 10:25 AM
10:35 AM – 11:35 AM
Bridges' BEE Lunch
Bridges’ BEES stands for:
What is it? Two-three students from each class earn a lunch with Mrs. Kulow each month. They will get a certificate, picture taken, and ice cream in addition to eating lunch together. Each K-2nd grader will have an opportunity for lunch.
Why: Teachers acknowledge student’s individual, hard work in the classroom. This could be meeting individual student goals in the classroom.
When: We are focusing on one time a month.
Pictures from our February Bee's Lunch below:
100th Day of School Celebrations! Tuesday, February 16th
Ms. Hendrick's Kindergarten class making a pyramid with 100 dixie cups.
Another amazing structure made by some of the students in Ms. Hendrick's class.
Challenging themselves with a 100 piece puzzle.
Valentine's Day and Friendship Day Parties!
Alex from Mr. Berhan's Kindergarten class showing off his Valentine created by his parents. Mr. B invited parents to come to school to create a Valentine to leave as a surprise for their child.
Joey found his Valentine left by his parents too!
Mr. Berahn's Dance Party! Mr. Berahn and his class playing a Math Dancing game during their Friendship Party.
Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day!
Mrs. Brings and Mrs. Larson's Kindergarten class snuggling up in their PJ's and with their stuffed animals on Pajama Day.
More Pajama Day fun in Brings/Larson's Kindergarten classroom.
Mrs. Sailing's 2nd Grade class celebrating Pajama Day!
Help Support Our Outdoor Learning Environment
Research has shown that if children are exposed to the outdoors by the age of eight through numerous interactions of learning and exploration, they will continue to value it, go back to it and understand it through future encounters.
Plans have begun to begin stage one of the environment.
Each leaf purchased will be placed on the tree in the foyer at
Bridges Elementary with each donor’s name. We have raised $12,700. It is a goal to raise $30,000 so we have an outdoor learning area that is functional, durable, and full of numerous learning opportunities for all 4K-2nd grade students.
Up to $5.00 Yellow Leaf
$6-$10 Gold Leaf
$11-$20 Orange Leaf
$21-$50 Red Leaf
$51-$100 Burgundy Leaf
Over$100 Brown Leaf
Donations can be sent to the Bridges School Office with the donation slip.
School Closure Announcements
- WTSO - 1070 AM; Z104 - 104.1 FM; WIBA ‑ 1310 AM; WIBA - 101.5 FM; Star Country - 96.3 FM
- WRPQ - 740 AM
- WRDB - 1400 AM; WNFM - 104.9 FM ; WBDL - 102.9 FM
- WOLX ‑ 94.9 FM; Triple M - 105.5 FM; Charlie - 105.1 FM
- WMGN - 98.1 FM; WJJO - 94.1 FM; WWQM - 106 FM;
- WHIT - 93.1 FM; WTDY - 1670 AM; WTUX - 1550 AM
- WISC ‑ Channel 3
- WKOW ‑ Channel 27
If your child has two households or even if you would like multiple people in your own household to receive general email notifications from the school, such as the monthly newsletter and lunch menu, please log in to Skyward and click on the Skylert link on the left hand side. On that page, you can now add other phone numbers, emails or text message numbers for those who would like to receive emergency messages. If you have additional questions about how to manage your Skylert notifications or need to change your log in and password, please contact Stephanie Tarnutzer at 643-1844 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each guardian has their own Family Access Skylert account. Skylert is used for:
- Emergency: bomb scares, gas leaks, etc.
- General: School schedule changes such as late start, closing early, snow day, etc.
- Low Balance: Food Service account balance is $15 or below
- Negative Balance: Food Service account balance is below $0
How do you edit your Skylert contacts?
1. Log in to www.saukprairieschools.org
2. Click on For Parents/Students
3. Click on Skyward Student/Family Access Link
4. Enter your guardian login and password
5. Click on Skylert
6. Make the appropriate changes
7. Click on Save
8. Click on Exit
Note: Each guardian will need to change their Skylert .If you need assistance, contact Jane Wood at 643-5984 or at email@example.com
Family/Personal Information Changes
Family Moves - To Outside the Sauk Prairie School District
When a family moves from within the Sauk Prairie School District to outside the district, students may continue to attend the school where they are currently enrolled if they qualify for a Tuition Waiver (obtain from District Office). Students who qualify for a Tuition Waiver (remainder of Current School year, Additional year, Current Year/Additional Year, or Current Year Permissive) are entitled to continue their enrollment through the waiver period. However, they are required to apply for open enrollment at the next possible time (February-April application period) that the application process is available to remain in the District for the present school year and beyond. See our website at www.saukprairieschools.org for more information or call Jane Wood, (608) 643-5984 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Family Moves - Within Sauk Prairie School District
When a family move occurs within the Sauk Prairie School District please notify your school office or contact Jane Wood, Student Records secretary at (608) 643-5984 or email@example.com with your new address. Parents may request that their elementary child attend a school other than the one in their attendance area in writing to the District Administrator. When families relocate from one attendance area to another within the District during the school year, the children affected may continue their education at their original school if approval is granted by the District Administrator. Transportation can be provided through existing bus routes or parents will provide transportation to/from school.
Food allergies are becoming a more frequent health concern in our classrooms. As a result, parents notify teachers of their child’s allergies, and the teachers use that information to provide a safe snack list to be followed for the year in their classroom. We ask parents who received a safe snack list at the beginning of the year to monitor the shared snacks they are sending to their child’s classroom. If you are unsure, please contact your child’s teacher.
We also realize that many times children may want to share lunches and snacks in places other than just the classroom. For this reason, we are asking parents to talk with their children about the safety of this “sharing”. Please let your child know that some children could get very ill if they eat food that they are allergic to, and they may not even be aware that a certain ingredient that they are allergic to is in food accepted from a friend or acquaintance.
This same message may also be good to repeat when you are supervising a field trip as a chaperone. Remember, it takes a community to raise a child. Thank you for your help in this matter!
If you need access to a safe snack list, or have other questions, please contact me: Pam Frey, School Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 643-5509.
Pam Frey, RN School Nurse
Medications at School
According to the Sauk Prairie School board, certain criteria must be met in order for any medication to be dispensed at school. Before any medication can be dispensed, an Authorization for Medication Administration (AMA) must be completed and returned to the school office. This form is necessary for both over-the-counter and prescription medications and requires both a parent and physician signature.
For example, if your child suffers from migraine headaches, we will NOT be able to
distribute medication to him/her without an AMA on file. Many parents picked up the AMA form at district registration. Additional forms are available at the Grand Avenue
office or online.
In order for medication to be distributed, pills must be in a prescription bottle with proper labeling. Students may carry inhalers with them, however, an AMA form must be on file in the office.
If you have any questions regarding medication distribution, please contact Pam Frey, RN for the district at 643-5509.
Guidelines For Assessing Your Child's Health
· Fever-Temperature should be less than 100 degrees for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) before returning to school.
· Vomiting/diarrhea – Please keep your child home if he/she has vomited or had diarrhea with the last 24 hours.
· Strep throat – Student should be on prescribed medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
· Pink eye – If your child has red eye(s) and has discharge, he/she will be sent home and asked to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Student should not return to school for 24 hours or after having used three sets of prescribed eye drops.
· Head lice – We monitor students for itching of the scalp and will check for them if we are concerned. Please notify your child’s school office if you have discovered lice and treated your child.
· Pertussis (whooping cough) - Student will be isolated from school for 5 days if confirmed case while on prescribed antibiotics.
**These are general guidelines to help promote the health and safety of our students. Please follow the recommendations of your child’s healthcare provider.
District nurses are on call for health concerns. We routinely visit each school and will visit as needed for consult. If you have concerns regarding your child’s health or changes in their health, please contact Pam Frey at 643-5509 or Martha Allan at 643-5628.
District Transportation / Dismissal Procedure
If Jane is invited to a birthday party on Wednesday and she needs to ride a different bus than what she usually does, a form needs to be sent in to the office.
- If Jane is being picked up on Thursday instead of riding the bus like her dismissal plan states, the form needs to be sent in to the office.
- If Aunt Kathy is picking Jane up on Friday instead of her normal dismissal plan a form needs to be sent in to the office.
- If Jane's normal dismissal plan is that she rides the Grasshopper Bus home, but today she is riding Cherry Bus to Grand Ave, the form needs to be completed and sent to the office.
- Jack's normal dismissal plan is that he rides the Snail Bus to his home. Today he is to ride the Snail Bus to his Aunt's house down the road. Jack would need a form completed and sent in to the office.
- If your child is scheduled to be a Pick Up and someone other than you is going to be picking them up, the form needs to be sent with your child ONLY If that person IS NOT listed as an emergency contact. Please update your emergency contacts in Skyward to eliminate any confusion.
The form is accessible on the link above or below as well as in the office at Bridges. The bus driver will collect the form and will not allow transportation without one. If it is a last minute change at the end of the day you can certainly call the office and we can fill out the form for you. If you have a rotating schedule please let the office know in advance what the plan is for your child. For instance, if every month or week is different, please send in a calendar with the correct dismissal plan. Remember to mark your calendars for early dismissal dates as well. The dismissal plan for those days in addition to emergency release days, can be marked in Skyward.
Click on the link below for menus, free/reduced lunch applications, options for making payments and for more Food Service information.
Food Service is excited to announce some NEW features in Family Access. You have the ability to access your child’s meal statement, key pad number and set an Ala Carte limit. When you are logged into Family Access, click on the Food Service tab. In the top right corner is the Meal Statement. To set an Ala Carte Limit, click on it and you can choose an amount to limit per day or do not allow Ala Carte Purchases. If you have any questions please call Tammy at 643-5983.
GSPIE Upcoming Events:
Family Fun Day – 2/19 – Knuckleheads from Noon – 8 PM – 10% of all proceeds from wristband sales, trampoline jump time and snack bar purchases will support the Grand Avenue Playground Fund. Click here for the invite form or have available on your smart phone when arrive at Knuckleheads! . A waiver for the trampoline park must be signed prior by an adult. Click here to complete the waiver online.
Meeting: 2/22 – Grand Ave – 6:15 PM with special guests the Grand Avenue Physical Education teachers.
Family Fun Day – 3/4 – Knuckleheads from Noon – 8 PM – 10% of all proceeds from wristband sales, trampoline jump time and snack bar purchases will support the Grand Avenue Playground Fund.
Family Dance – 3/11 – Grand Avenue – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – join us for a FREE night of family entertainment!
Meeting – 3/21 – Bridges Elementary 6:15 PM with special guests – Jeff Wright to plans to update Grand Avenue and Susan Baumann-Duren, District AODA Coordinator.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Thursday, March 17, 2016