December 3, 2021
I had to look at the calendar TWICE to see that it really IS December already! January 14, is the end of Semester #1 meaning we will be HALFWAY through the school year. Compared to last year, with masks , quarantines, soft closure and COVID issues every other day, this has been such a pleasant ride :)
Counting weekends, our winter break is 16 days - please plan accordingly. It begins Saturday, December 18 and kids return to school on Monday, January 3.
Please keep reading the bulletin for important updates and information.
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. The grade level and schoolwide data is also shared with our school board to ensure we are meeting the goals they have set for our school.
Bridge is very much 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 still 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 ding 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.
Treats and Goodies at School
- Parents or guardians joining their child for lunch.
- Class parties providing teachers completed the "food in class" form and parents provided signed permission.
- Students bringing home lunch (cannot share with others).
- Students who have snacks during the day based on a 504 Plan, and IEP, or a medical need.
This procedure helps ensure the safety of our students who may have allergies or other reasons they cannot have certain foods.
Lost & Found - Names in Coats and Jackets
After we return from winter break we will bag and donate all the items again. This will give you time to stop by, even on weekends, to pick up the items that belong to your child.
Everyday Tree in Foyer
Opera at Bridge
Road Work Beginning in December
Roy City just called and the canal south of the school on Midland Drive is scheduled to be covered, with a sidewalk added, starting the middle of December! We have been advocating for this since before the school was built so this is super exciting news, especially for the students who are walking to school or riding their bikes along Midland Drive. THANK YOU ROY CITY!
Some not so good news...
Midland Drive will be closed at the canal, during construction. This means during construction Midland Drive will NOT be a thoroughfare from 4800 south and those who intend to travel south on Midland Drive from 4800 S will need to go through the neighborhood adjacent to the field. The expected completion time is three months though it is unclear if the road closure will last the entire time. I will work closely with the city manager and the police chief to help create a safe traffic pattern for our families. In fact, the city manager and I have already thrown around some great ideas. Stay tuned for more information soon!
The monies provided to each school are managed at the school by the Trustlands Council. The council works with school teachers and school leaders to determine how the school can best use the funds and then create measurable goals to ensure the use of the funds was effective.
To serve on the Trusland Council please complete the Invitation on our website using the link below. The council must be comprised of two more parents than non-parents. For example, if there are three Bridge employees on the council there must be five parents.
The link above will also provide you access to our current Trustlands plan and a training video to familiarize yourself with Utahs's School Land Trust.
Morning Drop Off and Pick Up Safety
We LOVE that we are able to provide FREE before and after school care for your students. However, we also need parents to help ensure the safety of their children and abide by the drop off and pick up times.
MORNING DROP OFFPLEASE do not drop your kiddos off at school prior to 7:30 am. Our morning supervision does not begin util 7:30 which is when our supervisory staff are paid to arrive to provide morning supervision. Students who arrive before this time are outside, unsupervised. The weather has been cooperative but SOON it will be extremely chilly in the mornings and dropping your child off, unattended prior to 7:30 a.m., may leave your child in unsafe conditions.
AFTERNOON PICK UP
Our BASE program ends at 4:30 pm, Monday thru Thursday. Teachers and staff are only paid until 4:30 pm. PLEASE be considerate and arrive on time to pick up your children.
On Fridays school is out at 1:30 pm. Our staff either have meetings at 2:00 pm or their shift ends by 2:00 pm. Please ensure your kiddos are picked up prior to 2:00 pm on Fridays.
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.
Interested in Being a Substitute at Bridge? Earn $ for your time!
For more information on subbing at Bridge please visit
Background Checks for Parent Volunteers
Dress Code Reminders
- Only Bridge logo jackets and hoodies can be worn during school (any type of jacket can be worn at recess). Sweaters are NOT a dress code item to be worn during school except at recess.
- All bottoms - pants, skirts, jumpers must be BLACK or TAN only. Blue and gray are NOT the dress code appropriate colors for bottoms - this is NOT new - our bottom colors have ALWAYS been black or tan only.
- Leggings worn under dresses/skirts must be black, tan or white only. Striped, colored, polka dots, etc. are cute but are not dress code.
You can find ALL of the rules on our website at:
Or use this link to download the Dress Code Specifications: DRESS CODE
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