January 6, 2023
Welcome to 2023! I hope this year brings you lots of joy! Our first week back was so much fun! Kids were excited and believe it or not, staff were super excited as well. We love what we do, and while it's nice to have a break, being with kids, countless smiles and 100s of daily hugs increase the value of the paycheck at least 10 fold!
We are super excited to start the new year at Bridge with our new schedule which allows more consistency in daily specials. Another key feature is the additional writing specials we have added to 1st grade. The data has clearly shown that this is an area in which our 1st grade students needed additional direct instruction. We are super excited to track their growth in writing across the remainder of the year.
We noticed LOTS of kiddos were the lucky recipients of smart watches and phones for Christmas. These are fabulous tools and are helpful for students to stay in contact with parents and friends but sometimes these tools become toys and are a distraction at school. Please let your kids know that watches and phones cannot be used to take pictures, play games, access social media, or to text/call family/friends during school hours unless a teacher has provided explicit permission. Otherwise the "tool" has become a toy and will be confiscated and a parent will need to pick up the device after school. Students are welcome to leave their phone or watch in their locker or with their teacher during the day to keep it safe and to resist the urge to let it distract them.
WARNING WILL ROBINSON (only old people will get that reference) Registration for next school year for CURRENT students is now closed. Countless emails were sent and phone calls were made for you to complete the registration process. If you missed the opportunity to roll your student over for the next school year you better hurry and call the office (801)499-5180. We are currently in the process of opening all remaining spots in the lottery which opens on January 23. If your child's spot is released in the lottery and you decide you would like your child to return to Bridge next school year, you will need to wait for a spot to open up along with the other students in the lottery. We run the first lottery on February 7, 2023. This lottery is for siblings of current Bridge students. After we run the lottery there is no way to guarantee your child will be able to return to Bridge.
This week's staff highlight features the 6th grade teachers. Keep reading below to see more about our fabulous 6th grade teaching team.
Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- 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)
- 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.
As always, thank you for sharing your kids with us!
Calendar for 2023-2024 School Year
Personalized Learning Requires Personalized Resources
Traits of a Good Learner - Reflection
- Look back
- Listen to feedback
- Learn about myself
- Plan my next steps
- Reflect often
You can find all of our Visible Learning 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.
FREE Community Give Away
The event will be held in the Bridge gym. The gym doors will open at 10 am. You do NOT need to be a Bridge family member to come to the event - bring your friends, neighbors and family. You will enter the gym on the south side of the school. The gym will be the only part of the school accessible to the public. The restrooms will NOT be available. Bring lots of bags to carry home your goodies!
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.
6th Grade Teachers
My name is Charie Murray and I am one of the sixth grade teachers. I LOVE teaching! It has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. When I'm not doing school things, I love traveling in my RV. I also enjoy playing board games with my family, sewing, and doing genealogy.
Naomi GonzalezI'm Naomi Gonzalez and I teach 6th grade Reading. I love a little bit of everything. I love video games, hiking, reading, and being outdoors in general. I have just started learning how to ice skate, which has been something I've wanted to do since I was 7 years old. I am always willing to try new things and want to start gaining new skills this year.
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
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