December 17, 2021
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.
Holiday Celebrations Throughout the School
Now THIS Should be Viral not Those Stupid Tik Tok Challenges
Thank you to Roy's Finest - Frequent Drive-bys Today to Ensure the Safety of Staff and Students!
Triple Stop Donation
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.
DAY CARE VAN PARKING ONLY
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)
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
- 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
Intent to Return to Bridge for 2022-2023 School Year
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 https://www.bridgecharter.org/access-student-data 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.
Visible Learning - INITIATIVE
INITIATIVE teaches students to "RECOGNIZE AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE I AM ASKED TO DO IT".
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
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.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR WHAT
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