September 11, 2020
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A letter from Jordan Mills
September 11, 2020
Dear Bridgeport Families,
Welcome to the 20-21 school year! It goes without saying that this school year will be unlike any other, but I am absolutely confident that our Bridgeport students will rise to this tremendous challenge and make incredible growth, even under these circumstances. Our staff is skilled and their dedication to students is unmatched. Thank you for being our partners this year. We are excited to work together to overcome barriers and celebrate growth with our students! Here are a few important updates and reminders:
Materials and iPads
Thank you to everyone who came by to pick up materials last week. If you took home workbooks, particularly Math Expressions workbooks, please wait for instructions from your teacher about when and how to use those materials. They will align with upcoming lessons.
If you did not pick up your student’s iPad or materials this week, please talk with your student’s teacher about options for when and how to get them. Our office is open Monday through Friday between 7:30 and 4:00 to pick up any items that your student might need, including school provided workbooks at items. Ring the doorbell out front and we will come outside to meet you.
End of Summer Course
In your student’s Canvas account, they have been assigned an “End of Summer” course. This is one way that you can practice using Canvas before school starts next week. The course will be open all through next week and should take about 30 minutes to complete. If you are just getting started with your iPad and looking for a basic introduction first, here is a link to a helpful video.
First Day of School
All students will be learning online until at least mid-November. The first day of school is Monday, September 14 at 8:30. Here are the written instructions for logging onto Canvas for students’ first class meeting. This Barker also includes a short welcome video that shows how to log onto Canvas on the first day of classes. Homeroom classes will open for students by 8:00 Monday morning.
First Week of School Schedule
The first week of school schedule will look different than a normal week. Monday, 9/14 through Wednesday 9/16, the only interactive (live) instruction that students will have is their 8:30-9:00 class meeting. After that, they will be assigned a couple of short independent activities to help them warm up and prepare for the year while teachers spend their days doing family connect meetings. (You should have received a link from your teacher to sign up for that family connect meeting. Please contact us if you have not.) The regular daily schedule will begin on Thursday, September 17.
Families have been asking how attendance will look this year. As you know, the best way for students to learn is interactive instruction where they can connect with other students in their class and get feedback from their teacher. For that reason, we would strongly encourage you to support your student in attending the class instruction at the times on the daily schedule. This will be the best learning experience for them under the circumstances. Attendance at these interactive instruction sessions will also be the way that they are marked present each day.
We also recognize that there may be times when students need to complete their work outside of the school day. A student will also be marked present for participation in this way. That could include turning in an assignment, sending questions about an assignment, or talking with the teacher over the phone about classwork. As a district we will use the term “alternative present” for this kind of participation, though I would like to assure you that this is only for tracking how students and teachers are connecting. That distinction will not impact student attendance numbers. If your student is ill or has an appointment and cannot participate on a particular day, please call or email the office.
PE and Music
As mentioned previously, our PE and Music classes will be structured differently this year. Across the district specialists were placed in classrooms in order to reduce class size and eventually accommodate the hybrid model once it is safe to return to school. As a result, STEAM will not be one of our courses this year. However, we are excited to welcome Sarah Allan, music teacher from Metzger, and Diana Ayers, PE teacher from Alberta Rider, into our Bridgeport team! These creative and energetic specialists will be alternating between Bridgeport and their other school, getting to know our bulldogs and working to teach their specialty.
You can expect to start seeing lessons and activities from them in Canvas. These activities can be completed each day in the afternoon. After some initial introductory lessons in the coming week, students can expect two weeks in a row of lessons from either PE or music, alternating to the opposite subject every two weeks. Our specialists are looking forward to getting to know our bulldogs!
There has been a lot of information shared over the summer and the past few weeks. Sorting through all the updates can be overwhelming. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 503-431-4200 or email@example.com with any questions. Our website is also being updated regularly with the most current information.
Connecting to Canvas
In order for us to be able to connect each day with your child through the iPad, we would like for you to practice connecting prior to our first day of school to assure you a successful first day. Here are the steps in order to connect:
Mr. Karr's Counseling Corner
Hi Bridgeport families,
I hope you are doing well. I wanted to create a space where members of our community could find counseling, food, and other community resources. I hope this website will help us stay connected during this unsettling time. On the website you will find resources for supporting students at home, such as breathing and relaxation tools, ways to support children in identifying their emotions, and strategies for managing difficult behaviors. I will also post read alouds periodically and will be picking stories that seem relevant to the current time and the current needs of our students.
Free Food Distribution on September 19th
Horizon Community Church Distributes Food & Relief Supplies
Distribution to provide assistance to those in need
TUALATIN, OR. — SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 — Horizon Community Church will distribute free food supplies on Saturday, September 19th, 2020. The drive-thru distribution will be open 12:00pm – 3:00pm at 23370 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin, OR, 97062 and will remain open while supplies last.
Horizon Community Church will receive a 53’ semi-truck load of with 35,000 lbs. of food from Convoy of Hope. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Convoy of Hope has distributed millions of meals to hundreds of hard-hit communities across the nation as part of its “50 Million Meals and Counting” initiative. “This is a united act of compassion, where groups and businesses are more concerned about helping people than they are receiving credit,” said Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope president. “We’re seeing compassion in action on a large scale.”
Horizon’s organizers anticipate serving between 400 and 500 cars in the drive-thru distribution. “We are honored to partner with Convoy of Hope to help feed families in our community during this difficult time,” said Horizon’s Lead Pastor, Stan Russell.
Contact: PASTOR RANDY CAMPBELL
About Horizon Community Church
Horizon Community Church is a multi-site church with campuses located throughout the
Southwest suburbs of Portland, Oregon. We have a casual atmosphere that encourages people to follow Jesus with their whole heart. For more information please visit horizoncommunity.church.
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a passion to feed the world. An early
responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four-Star Charity as
recognized by Charity Navigator for 17 consecutive years. Convoy of Hope has served more
than 130 million people since it was founded in 1994.
Information from our PTO
The start of this school year will be a lot different than years past! Due to COVID-19 we will not have a Back-to-School night. Due to current circumstances it will challenging for families within our community to meet each other and share contact information. To facilitate this, the PTO is working on producing a Bridgeport Directory to promote making connections and building community with families in your school and classroom.
You will be receiving an Opt-Out form in the mail which you must fill out if you do not want your child’s information released. Signed forms, due October 1st, may be returned by hand to the Bridgeport Elementary School office (M-F 7:30-4pm), via USPS, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ONLY information we will use in the directory are:
Note: If you do NOT fill out the Opt-Out form you will automatically be included in the directory.
Physical address/neighborhood will not be shared. The Bridgeport Directory will be used to build and strengthen community connections. We hope you’ll be part of the Bridgeport Directory!"