Bridge Bulletin

December 17, 2021

Principal Chat

This is the last newsletter until 2022 - how can that be? This school year is flying fast and from my perspective, has been a lot less stressful than last year where we opened a brand new school with a brand new model and brand new staff in the middle of a pandemic :)

Thank you SO much for all the families that stayed with us as we rode out that craziness and are now finding our groove into year #2 of an almost normal school year.

Please make sure you take a moment to complete the Intent to Return registration process which was emailed to all Aspire contacts on December 7 (more information below). The final date to register and declare your child's intent to return to Bridge next school year is December 31, 2021.

In January we will send out information regarding enrolling new siblings, such as incoming kindergarten students to attend Bridge next year.

Please enjoy the holidays - stay safe, stay warm, laugh often and we will see you on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

Lani Rounds


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Holiday Celebrations Throughout the School

Teachers celebrated the holidays many different ways this week. Both 1st and 2nd grades did Christmas around the world. Our 4th grade class had a Harry Potter-themed holiday party. Ask your kiddos what fun holiday activities THEY did in their classrooms this week.

Now THIS Should be Viral not Those Stupid Tik Tok Challenges

Today a group of 6th grade boys turned in a tall stack of Watch Me Learn tickets for books and Dress Down coupons from the Hop Shop. Instead of keeping the items they CHOSE to leave the prizes in random student lockers! My heart grew 100 times just hearing this story (and not gonna lie, I cried a gallon of tears). What transpired was even more inspirational - OTHER kids then began exchanging THEIR tickets for prizes to GIVE to others! This makes me SO hopeful that we are raising kids who KNOW kindness is the way to change the world!

Thank you to Roy's Finest - Frequent Drive-bys Today to Ensure the Safety of Staff and Students!

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Triple Stop Donation

Once again, Triple Stop employees spoiled Bridge with a donation of soda (for staff), paper, headphones, underwear (students have accidents) and masks. WE LOVE TRIPLE STOP!

New Parking Lot Flow - FOR NOW

As you noticed, this week Roy City closed off Midland Drive for construction. They stated it could be three months until completion. This has changed our parking lot flow slightly allowing a left hand turn out of the parking lot. PLEASE PLEASE do this very cautiously! We have placed cones near the mailbox so people do not park there. Parking too close to the driveway inhibits the vision for the drivers turning left.

So far, our evaluation has shown the left turn is working well since the north bound traffic on Midland Drive has nearly been eliminated. We will re-evaluate again on Friday when the ENTIRE school is released at one time.


Please DO NOT park along the west fence line on the road during drop off and pick up times. This is parking for DAY CARE VANS only! Today (Friday) there were numerous cars parked and our day care vans and pick up vehicles had no where to go.

Also, PLEASE be patient, especially on Fridays when the entire 500 student population is leaving at one time. Being angry, being impatient and putting others in danger because of the impatience is unsafe for everyone.

Fresh Fruit Vegetable Program (FFVP)

If you remember, Bridge was awarded a HUGE grant to allow our students free access to fresh fruit and vegetables for a snack four days a week (M-TH). The purpose is to introduce students to fresh produce they may not otherwise have a chance to try. The end goal is to create kids who like fresh fruit and vegetables and in turn develop into nutritious eaters.

Sometimes the item is a hit and sometimes not so much. This week two of the items included pomegranates and Korean melons. Ask your kids if they enjoyed these items.

Assessments - Progress Reports - Report Cards

We are nearing the end of Semester #1 (January 14) and students will be completing the Middle of Year (MOY) assessments. Bridge uses MULTIPLE forms of data to assess student learning. The data from these tests will be shared on the Progress Report sent home January 21, and the Aspire grades updated January 21.

  • Imagine Learning (reading and math) - January 5 - 13
  • Acadience Reading and Math - January 5 - 13
  • Galileo Language Arts and Math (grades 1- 6) - December 12 - January 14
  • ESGI Reading and Math (kindergarten) - January 5 - 13

We use data all year long to change instruction and scheduling as needed. However, the MOY data is extremely valuable for parents and even more so for educators. Parents can use it to see just how much progress their student is making. Teachers and administration use student progress data at the school level to determine if the Personalized Learning model is working. and if programming changes are needed (adjusted time, added intervention, etc.). The grade level and schoolwide data is also shared with our school board to ensure we are on track to meet the goals set for our school.

Bridge a school that recognizes and uses student GROWTH as a metric rather than just proficiency. Proficiency is valuable but it does NOT take into account WHERE the student started. For example, a 2nd grade student who started out reading on a kindergarten level but by the middle of the school year is at a 1st grade level has made TREMENDOUS growth and should be celebrated even though the state data would not recognize this child as proficient. On the other end of the spectrum, a 2nd grade student who is reading at a 4th grade level at the beginning of the year but slid to a 3rd grade level at the middle of the year would be acknowledged by the state as being proficient although they did NOT make any growth. For these reasons, student progress and growth are celebrated, and expected, at Bridge. Teachers continually use data to ensure all of our kids are making adequate progress.

Please ensure your student is at school during the testing weeks. Also, talk with your child and make sure they understand the importance of doing their VERY BEST on these assessments.

FREE Family Skate Night at Classic Fun Center - Layton

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 28, 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Bridge Elementary is hosting a FREE family skate night at Classic Fun Center in Layton. Bridger will be there for photo ops and to skate with kids! Students who passed off 30 math lessons by January 14 will be rewarded with 10 FREE Credits to use in the arcade. More information will be sent home in January!

Intent to Return to Bridge for 2022-2023 School Year

PARENTS and GUARDIANS - Please check you email! On December 7, we sent the Intent to Return information so you can register your students for next school year. This is ONLY for current Bridge students. In January you will be sent information to enroll your incoming siblings and new students in the lottery. The lottery for siblings will be the first one we run in order to fill any open spots.

It is imperative that you complete the Aspire registration before December 31, 2021. If the registration is not completed your child will not be rolled over to the next school year at Bridge and their spot will be opened in the lottery.

If you need help accessing Aspire you can use the instructions found on our website at or contact the front office at (801)499-5180.

Recess Guidelines and Inclement Weather

Please make sure your child dresses accordingly for the weather – hats, coats, gloves and boots during wet and cold weather. We live in Utah where snow, ice and cold weather are inevitable. Students will be outside for recess and PE unless the “feels like” temperature is below 20° F or the precipitation (heavy snow or rain) will result in wet kids, or the winds are heavy enough that there is a chance of injury.

The school will follow the State’s recess guidelines regarding bad air days. All students will be kept inside for PE and recess during “red” days. Students at risk of respiratory issues will be kept inside during “yellow” days providing parents notify the teacher and the office.

Excuse an Absence

PLEASE excuse your child's absence by:

  • Calling our attendance line (801)499-5180
  • Using the online form found on our website under the Student Data icon


Visible Learning - INITIATIVE


Practice these "I WILL" statements with your student:

  • Do what is right BEFORE I am told.
  • Not put off until later what I can do now.
  • Do my part for the team.
  • Be part of the solution rather than the problem.
  • Look for ways to help others.

Our mission is to empower students to take ownership of their own learning. By learning, practicing and embracing these visible learning traits, students will have the skills needed to become accountable for their own lifelong learning. You can find the six Visible Learning traits on our website at Visible Learning

Bridge Elementary

The mission of Bridge Elementary is to provide students with a personalized learning experience and empower them to take personal ownership and accountability for their own academic performance.


Principal - Lani Rounds

Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams (Aspire, registration, lottery)

Admin Support - Sara Tucker - (Title 1 and At-Risk Coordinator, ELL support, 504 Plans and BASE)

Curriculum and Instruction Specialist - Keri Toponce