Bridges Community School

November 2019

Mark Your Calendars:

Oct. 31 - Viktor's Quest to STOP Bullying School Assembly

Nov. 7 - MN Landscape Arboretum (3rd Grade)

Nov. 8 - No School

Nov. 11 - Stuff-A-Truck Begins

Nov. 12 - Two Hour Late Start

Nov. 14 - Fall Conferences / Book Fair 3:30-8:30

Nov. 15 - Guthrie/A Christmas Carol (5th Grade)

Nov. 15 - North Mankato Taylor Library (3rd Grade)

Nov. 19 - Fall Conferences / Book Fair 3:30-8:30

Nov. 21 - Fall Conferences / Book Fair 3:30-7:30

Nov. 22 - Stuff-A-Truck Ends

Nov. 25 - Read & Feed

Nov. 26-29 - No School

Dec. 3 - Site Council Meeting

Dec. 5 - 5th Grade Trip (Parent Meeting)

Dec. 10 - Two Hour Late Start

Dec. 13 - North Mankato Taylor Library (3rd Grade)

Dec. 17 - Winter Music Performance (Grades 1/3/4)

Fall Conferences and Book Fair

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on the following dates/times:

Thursday, November 14th 3:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, November 19th 3:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, November 21st 3:30pm-7:30pm

You can sign up for conferences by clicking here.

Or you can go to and sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher.

*Please only sign up for one conference time per student/family.

Bridges Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held in the Gymnasium on the stage during conference hours. The Book Fair will close at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 21st. Please stop by and visit the Book Fair!

Winter Weather Information

Winter weather will soon be here. Please remember to send your child in appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. If there is snow on the ground, students must have snow boots, snow pants, a winter coat, a hat and gloves for recess time.

Please know your family plan in case of a weather related early release. School closing and early dismissal notices will be announced on several websites, radio and television stations, or you can call the District HELP Line at (507) 386-4777 for a recorded message.


Monday, Nov. 11th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2:30pm

Bridges Community School

Participate in Stuff-a-Truck 2019. Receive a ticket for every item you bring in for the area food shelf. Win a chance for a special prize. One ticket for every box, can or package you bring in.

The class with the most tickets wins a traveling trophy for their class.

Let's have fun filling the Mankato Area Food Shelf!

Contest begins November 11th and ends November 22nd. This is our first community service project of the year.

Morning Arrival:

Business hours for parents are 8:05-2:15 with the back parking lot and security entrance available right off the parking lot, door 3. Students arriving between 7:35 and 8:00 will be allowed in the front entrance, door 1, at 7:50am. Supervision is provided on the playground from 7:35-7:50. Please keep school arrival to 7:35a.m. Students may not be dropped off without parent supervision prior to 7:35. School start time is 7:50a.m. - 8:00a.m. Door 1 off Garfield Avenue is open 7:50a.m. - 8:00a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 should be checked in at the office by a parent. Drop off in the morning can be done on Garfield Ave. avoiding the bus drop off area for incoming buses. Thank you! Your children’s safety is important to us.

After School Pick up:

Students can be picked up by Door 2 off Garfield Avenue. Please avoid parking in the bus loading zone. If you are parking in the back parking lot, please walk around to the front of the school to pick up your child. Do not drive onto the playground to pick up your child.


Students arriving for breakfast should enter Door 2 off the playground between 7:35-7:50. All kindergarten students are offered a free breakfast if you would like. Students can stay for breakfast in the cafeteria until 7:50am and will then go to class for the day.


Parents are welcome to eat lunch at any time. Please let the office know by 9:00a.m. on the day that you plan to eat. Lunch for parents and visitors is $3.85. We do not have any cash in the office so please bring correct change. Parents and siblings may not use student pin numbers.

School lunch times:

Kindergarten - Lunch 11:00-11:20 Recess - 11:20-11:40

First Grade - Lunch 11:20-11:40 Recess - 11:40-12:00

Second Grade - Lunch 11:30-11:50 Recess - 11:50-12:10

Third Grade - Lunch 11:45-12:05 Recess - 12:05-12:25

Fourth Grade - Recess 11:40-12:00 Lunch - 12:00-12:20

Fifth Grade - Recess 11:50-12:10 Lunch - 12:10-12:30

Late Start Days:

Children must be registered in the office to attend late start childcare. All students must be checked in at the lunchroom by a parent between 7:50am-8:30am on late start days. Door #2 off the playground will be open at 7:50am. Children not registered for childcare should be dropped off between 9:45am and 10:00am. Doors will open for the school day at 10:00am. Late start days are Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14 and May 12. *Children cannot be dropped off without supervision.


If your child has had a fever or has been vomiting, we ask that you keep them home 24 hours after symptoms are gone without medication. Please call the school office attendance line: 207-5204 if your child is ill. If you let your child’s teacher know through email, please email Holly Holmbo as well at

Head Lice: Please report so the office is aware of it. District Policy states parents are notified if three cases are in one classroom. A request to treat is made by the school nurse. Parents are not mandated to pull their child from school for treatment but it will be advised.

Community Group and All School Meeting:

Community Groups meet every day Monday - Thursday at 8:20-8:35. All School Meeting takes place in the gym on Fridays at 8:05-8:35.

Bridges Community School

320 Garfield Avenue, North Mankato

Phone: 507-387-2800 / Fax: 507-387-3143

Lead Teacher: Robin Courrier

Secretary: Amanda Robinson

Nurse: Holly Holmbo