Bridges Community School

May 2019

Mark Your Calendars

May 1 - Spring Bus Evacs (Grades K-3)

May 2 - MLC Children's Theatre / The Cat in the Hat (Grades K-2)

May 3 - Math Masters (5th Grade)

May 3 - BAC Movie Night (Bridges Gymnasium) 6:15pm

May 6 - Music Informances:

Mrs. Shaw's Class - 12:00-12:50

Mrs. Ertman's Class - 12:50-1:40

Mrs. Townsend's Class - 1:40-2:30

May 6 - DIBELS Testing

May 6 - 5th Grade Trip Parent Meeting - 6:00pm (Mandatory)

May 10 - BAC Event at North Mankato Taylor Library - 6:30pm-8:00pm

May 13 - 5th Grade Tour of Dakota Meadows Middle School

May 13 - BAC Meeting 6:00pm

May 14 - 5th Grade Tour of Prairie Winds Middle School

May 14 - Site Council Meeting

May 15-17 - Fifth Grade 3 Day Trip

May 20 - Musical (Grades 1/3/5) 1:00pm - Bridges Gymnasium

May 21 - Children's Theatre/Matilda (4th Grade)

May 22 - Children's Theatre/Matilda (5th Grade)

May 23 - Children's Theatre/Matilda (3rd Grade)

May 23 - American Revolution Presentation at Franklin Elementary (4th Grade)

May 27 - No School/Memorial Day

May 30 - MAESL (3rd Grade)

Jun 3 - All School Picnic/Wheeler Park

Jun 4 - Awards/Yearbook Handout

Jun 5 - Last Day of School

Jun 5 - Fifth Grade Celebration - 12:45pm

From the School Counselor, Mrs. Olivo

During April we focused on teamwork in my classroom lessons. We talked about how teamwork is working together with others to accomplish something. After our discussion each class put their teamwork to the test with various activities and challenges. Overall, students excelled with their cooperation skills! Ask your child about what challenge their class did to test their teamwork! As always, if you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach me by email at or by phone at 507-207-5238.

Spring has sprung:

Helpful rules for nice weather days; 50 degrees and above does not require a jacket unless a parent sends one. K-2 students will be required to wear a jacket on the playground for any temp below 50 degrees. 3rd-5th grade students, it is their discretion. A second pair of tennis shoes is required for gym. Flip flops are not banned, however they are not safe for play on the playground at recess and gym shoes cannot be worn outside to preserve the quality and safety of gym activities. District policy for dress code standards is on page 21 of the Bridges handbook.

Bridges Parent Pick up Protocol

All students are dismissed at the end of the day at 2:40. Teachers dismiss ACES students from their classrooms at 2:35 and take the rest of the students outside to line up for pick up. Students are dismissed to their bus line at 2:40 and walkers are dismissed.

Parents wishing to pick up early from school or parents who pick up at the end of the day must follow the protocol to ensure your child’s safety.

  1. Students are dismissed by their classroom teacher to a parent or legal guardian.

  2. Parents wishing to have an alternative adult pick up their children must notify the office of who that person is so the office can notify the teacher. (Routine alternate adult pick ups can be set up at the beginning of the year.)

    1. Babysitters - please leave their name and days for pick up with office staff.

    2. Grandparents - please leave their name with office staff.

    3. Friends - when student is going home with another family. (We cannot have other parents volunteer to take a student home without parent permission.)

    4. Relatives - please leave name with office staff.

  3. We cannot release students to adults other than the parent or guardian without notification even if the child is able to identify the adult.

  4. We will release a student to an adult registered as an emergency contact in the event we cannot get in touch with the parent or guardian.

  5. Parents calling in to let us know they are running late must understand that their children will be brought to the office at 2:45 and should be picked up as soon as possible. Late pick up cannot be a habit or pattern due to business that is conducted after student hours by Bridges staff. ACES is available for routine or daily late pick ups.

Rain Days and Below Zero Days

Students should enter door 2 on rainy days and below zero days in the morning between 7:45-8:00. They can go to the auditorium where they will have staff supervision until time for school to begin. The main entrance, door 1, will be opened at 8:00a.m.

Students will remain in their rooms on rainy days and below zero days until 2:40 pick up. Parents should pick up their children in their classrooms at the end of the day. Bus students will be excused when buses arrive and ACES will be excused at 2:40.

Students will have indoor breaks and recess on rainy days and below zero days.

Illness and Attendance

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 or has a doctor's appointment and will be in after. Please contact the school office if your child will be out of school or late for any reason. If you let your child’s teacher know through email, please email Tammy Hayes 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.

Late Start Days

Due to the number of weather closures so far this winter, the Mankato Area Public Schools will have the following calendar adjustments. The regularly scheduled late start on May 14 will become a full school day.These additional hours of instruction will support students in the continued learning.


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 $3.75. 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 11:30-11:50 Recess - 11:50-12:10

Second Grade - Lunch 11:15-11:35 Recess - 11:35-11:55

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

Community Group and All School Meeting

Community Groups meet every day Monday - Thursday at 8:30-8:45. All School Meeting takes place in the gym on Fridays at 8:15-8:45.

Bridges Community School

320 Garfield Avenue, North Mankato

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

Lead Teacher: Robin Courrier

Secretary: Amanda Robinson

Nurse: Tammy Hayes