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December 18, 2020

Principal Message

SEGC finished Phase 1 last night with this recommendation that will be presented to the school board in January.

Recommendation packet
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For Bridger the recommendation is that our Spanish DLI Middle School moves to Kellogg Middle School starting this next school year.

Coalition members suggested Harrison Park K-8 and Kellogg as possibilities for Bridger neighborhood Middle School students. If this recommendation moves forward, PPS should engage with Bridger middle school families to find a solution, with the understanding that the long-term feeder path for Bridger’s neighborhood program won’t be decided until Phase 2 of the coalition’s work.

Phase 2 of SEGC work will start in February.

Wishing you a wonderful restful break!

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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COVID-affected financial support:

If you are COVID-affected and are looking for support with Wage Relief, Food Support, Utilities support, etc. please complete this form: https://forms.gle/NpfWWAZkF3S12Yay5.

If you are referred for these supports, someone from Latino Network will contact you to complete the intake process and you will have to provide additional paperwork for the referral to be processed fully (specifically for utilities and rental support).


Mortgage Relief:

Here is a resource for Mortgage relief through OHSI and more information can be found here: https://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/how-to-apply

Need Help? How to Contact Office Team (UPDATE)

At the beginning of the year, office team had open a Google Meet Room each morning to help our Bridger Community. We are changing our process starting on November 30th:

The best way to contact office team is to email them and they will quickly email you back or give you a call using Remind, if requested. They can also meet you in Google Meet Room.

Suzy Hernandez shernandez@pps.net

Cheryl Robert crobert@pps.net

Important Dates

December 21st-January 1st NO SCHOOL- Winter Break

January 6th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

January 11th Principal Chat, 5:00-6:00- link to join

January 13th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

January 18th NO SCHOOL MLK Jr. Day

January 19th Winter Music Performance, 5:30 on Bridger's YouTube Channel

Counselor Corner

Ms LeAnne K-4:

During this winter break, remember to give yourselves compassion. The last thing your resilient self needs is to be hard on itself. You are making it through. And that is amazing. Here is a grounding exercise you can do to feel more centered if you or your child is under stress:


LUNCH BUNCHES with Ms LeAnne are the week we return from winter break!

3rd GRADE: Monday Jan 4th 11-11:45 GM code: 3msleanne

1st GRADE: Tuesday Jan 5th 11-11:30 GM code: 1msleanne

2nd GRADE: Wednesday Jan 6th 11:30-12 GM code: 2msleanne

4th GRADE: Thursday Jan 7th 11-11:45 GM code: 4msleanne

KINDER: Friday Jan 8th 11-11:30 GM code: kmsleanne

Ms. Howard 5th-8th grades:

Enjoy your Winter Break!


Search "youth resource app" in Apple app and Google Play app stores. The Youth Resource App is a free resource for all Portland area youth, funded by PPS and created by the PPS mental health advisory team along with 100+ PPS students.If a student does not have a phone, they can access the same information on their chromebook at this URL. If you have any feedback about the app email youthresourceapp@pps.net

Opportunities to connect when we are back from break!

6th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 6lunch - Mondays 12:30 - 1pm

7th/8th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 78lunch - Tues 12:30 - 1pm

5th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 5lunch – Thurs 11:35 - 12:05pm

Student Council – CODE: bridgerstudentcouncil – Fri 1:10–1:55pm

QSA Group – Email Ms. Howard for code - Fridays 2-2:30pm

Counselor Website: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/bridger-k-8-counseling/home

Bridger Library

Ms. Jamsgard and I will be back at the exterior door by the water garden to check out book bags on Thursday, January 7, from 12-4:30. Check out our website for online sources of reading material at https://www.pps.net/domain/1035.

In addition, the Multnomah County Library has reopened for Hold pickups AND they offer many titles in ebook and audiobook format. You can search their catalog here: https://multcolib.org/

When we return from break, students in grades K-5 will be engaging in lessons around digital citizenship. We will review concepts and ideas that students engaged with in the fall and add some new digital citizenship tools to our toolboxes!

Reading Tips

Multnomah County Library is up and running for both pick up of physical books, and for checking out audiobooks, ebooks and even movies. The Libby app allows you to download audiobooks. Why not try a family listen this winter break. “The Golden Compass’ is available in both Spanish and English and is a great winter adventure story. “Green Glass House” is another fun winter title with more adventure.

On the library website, you choose your language of choice. Happy listening! If you have any problems with your library card, call the numbers available on the website and the librarians are always glad to help you solve any challenges. They speak a variety of languages.

Math Tips

When students are learning new math ideas they often get very focused on the new skill or concept they are learning and forget to check when they’re done to see if their solution makes sense. One way to help students in this area is to practice estimation. Estimation strengthens number sense skills and allows children to talk about how they think about numbers without being focused on one correct answer. Estimating an answer before they start a problem also helps them evaluate their thinking as they work.

Estimating can also be done outside of supporting your students with their independent practice. Here are some ways to “sneak” in estimating during family time.

  1. Estimate the lights on a holiday display or one color of the displays as you go for a neighborhood walk or drive

  1. Estimate how many of a certain type of car you will see when you go somewhere and then count them during your journey

  1. Estimate how many of something comes in a package - chocolate chips, tortilla chips, peppermint candies

  1. You can also scale something up - what if we had ___ packages of M and Ms?

Most of all - enjoy your family time together! Relax and take a well earned break!

Student Leaders

The next meeting for grades 3-5 Student Council is Friday 1/8/2021 from 11:05-11:40am on google meet, code: BSC.

We had a great time on Monday with Bring an Animal to School Day on Monday. We are looking forward to Pajama day this Friday.

The next Middle School Student Council meeting is 1/8/2021 at 1:10-1:55 pm on Google meet. Code: Bridgerstudentcouncil

School Climate/PBIS

We are so excited to be awarding “wildcats” again as we recognize students for demonstrating Bridger’s 3 Core Values:

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Safe

During distance learning Bridger staff is awarding virtual “wildcats” to classes so they can earn class wide rewards. Students are also part of the process of setting a class goal together and deciding together about the reward.

This system has been newly implemented and we want to celebrate a few classes that have already met their goals and earned rewards.

Congratulations to Maestra Yesenia’s class, they have met their goal 4 times! Her class has worked together to set a goal and they have continued to increase their goal each time. So far they have earned a whole class group game, a Go Noodle Video break, and two directed drawing videos!

We also want to celebrate Ms. Schmidt’s class. They set a lofty goal of earning 240 points before Winter Break to earn a celebration, and they exceeded it! Their celebration included a disco dance party, show & tell and holiday crafts, Go Noodle Monster Mash and a virtual toast to celebrate their success.

Keep up the great work and thank you for being such amazing models of our Core Values! And remember all points earned are counting towards an extra special School Wide Reward for all of our students.

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks

Hello Bridger Community,

Here we are. December 18th and we have all been working hard. This week, I will not leave you with advice, a link, or anything of that nature. Instead, I ask a favor.

During these unprecedented times our parents, guardians, and families have played more roles than they’re used to. We’ve asked families to put on teacher hats and run a classroom inside their homes and the challenges are insurmountable as we get through this together.

My favor to ask you over this winter break is this:

Please take care of yourself. Take a moment this break to practice self care, even if it’s just for 30 seconds. This has been hard on everyone and you matter. Take a moment do to something you love, or, if you don’t know where to start, choose from this menu:

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Happy Winter Break!

Miss the last PTA gathering from 12/16?

Here are the slides

Here is the video

Distance Learning Resources

Technology Assistance

Centralized Call Center available for families to support all technology needs.

Web: pps.net/student

Email: support@pps.net

Call: 503-916-3375

English: 503-916-3375

Español: 503-916-3582


Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584

Soomaali: 503-916-3586

Русский: 503-916-3583

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Champions Winter Break Camp

Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154 and they can help walk you through the process. We will be open December 21st-23rd and December 28th-30th from 7:30-5:30pm for a $150 weekly cost. If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Balke at sbalke@discoverchampions.com or call 503-915-3063
PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.