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March 12th, 2021

Principal Message

Watch this video message to see how our classrooms are set up for hybrid.

Melissa Schachner, Principal


Our students and staff practice a lockout drill at school. We do this when we detect an unsafe situation outside or in the community. This could be an unsafe animal to police activity that we are alerted to.

We get students inside, secure the doors and continue with instruction.

What does your family do at home if there is an unsafe situation in the neighborhood or community? Just like fire safety, does your family know which parts of the house are safer if needed?

Do the kids know how to securely lock the door if needed or close the blinds if needed?

Do the kids know how to call 911 if needed and know their address?

Sometimes this sounds like a scary thing to talk about, but in the end there is a sense of security and confidence if they know. Think of it as instilling a sense of confidence in your students!

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Successful Schools Survey - We need to hear from you! Ends the 19th

We currently have 50 family responses...Let's get to 100 by Monday!

We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our school. The survey has launched and will be available until March 19th. Our goal at Bridger is 65% participation rate

Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends (Bridger) and answer the questions for our school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact at school at (503) 916-6336 or email Ms. Roletto @ groletto@pps.net

Successful Schools Survey Communications Packet

Successful Schools Survey Flyer

Successful Schools Survey FAQ - Spanish

Successful Schools Survey FAQ - Russian

Successful Schools Survey FAQ - Vietnamese

Successful Schools Survey FAQ - Chinese

Successful Schools Survey FAQ - Somali

March Meal Services- Update!

On Friday, March 19 we will be passing out food boxes at Bridger school with 7 days worth of breakfast, lunch and supper meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

Important Dates

March 17th - PTA Meeting, 6:30

March 19th- Spirit Day- Mismatch/Backwards Day

March 19th - Free Food Market, 3:00-5:00

March 22nd-26th NO SCHOOL- Spring Break


Through our partnerships with the City of Portland and the Oregon Food Bank, the Bridger SUN Community School currently has $150 Visa Gift Cards available for COVID-affected families. Families of 4 or more are eligible for 2 gift cards. If you are COVID-affected and are interested in securing a gift card for your family, please complete the following form:


Gift Cards require a signature and must be picked up at Bridger school at the times/dates listed on the form.


Free virtual self-defense & empowerment classes through GirlStrength:

Generally our workshops are open to girl-identified, non-binary and trans youth ages 10-14. Our LGBTQ+ workshop is open to any student that belongs to the LGBTQ+ community regardless of gender identity.

Upcoming Workshop Dates!

Saturday, March 13th (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

Our introductory class open to all new students (and anyone who might want a refresher). We will cover self-defense basics, talk about the role of intuition in keeping us safe and practice some physical skills!

Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

Our introductory class open to all new students (and anyone who might want a refresher). We will cover self-defense basics, talk about the role of intuition in keeping us safe and practice some physical skills!

Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students!

A class just for LGBTQ+ students! We will talk about intuition, assertive communication and learn some basic self-defense moves and strategies.

Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships

In this workshop we will explore what makes a relationship healthy, red flags to look out for and how to communicate our boundaries to the people we care about.

To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out our WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM.


March Bridger Free Food Market:

Please note: we will be returning to our original serving time of 3pm-5pm

When: Friday, March 19th, from 3pm-5pm

Where: in the Bridger Elementary School parking lot (next to the field) - 7910 SE Market St.

The food is available to everyone in the community; you can take food for your neighbors as well. Please see the details and safety requirements below:

  • The market is walk-up
  • Market will include a walk through shopping model this month- DON'T FORGET YOUR BAGS!
  • Face coverings/Masks required
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Please send someone to shop for you/stay home if you are experiencing any symptom of COVID-19 (cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, nausea, etc.)

Contact Melany if you would like to volunteer or have any questions: melany@latnet.org or 503-502-1485.

Need Help? How to Contact Office Team

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

Counselor Corner

Ms LeAnne K-4: We have some big changes to learning coming up. Students coming to school for hybrid learning and students continuing to do distance learning will see their school day change significantly. You and your child are likely feeling a variety of feelings with these transitions. I’m here to support you! Please feel welcome to reach out via email or phone. I am Spanish-speaking too:



Next week I’ll include more tips and tools for parents who have students returning for hybrid instruction.

Bridger Library


Tech resource: If you need help with a technolgoy issue such as using a hotspot, logging into a PPS Chromebook, using Seesaw, or getting started with Remind, take a look at the tech videos on our Library webpage. If you don’t find a video that supports your needs, please email me at djardine@pps.net

We enjoy seeing students and families on Thursday afternoons for book bag checkout! Please continue to join us between 12-4:30 to return books and check out new books. In addition, students can place books on Hold and pick them up during the same timeframe. Please remember to bring back books when you come to pick up a new bag. If you have questions, email library staff: Dawn Jardine (djardine@pps.net) or Brenda Jamsgard (bjamsgard@pps.net).

Learning targets for this month’s lessons are focused on biographies - identifying books that fit into the biography genre and explaining what students learn about a person from a biography. Please check in with your students to make sure they are logging into their library classroom and completing the weekly activities; lessons are posted in Seesaw by Monday morning and can be completed during the suggested library time for their class or at any point throughout the week.

If your student is looking for resources for online reading, they can access many different options - including TumbleBooks, Storytime from Space, and our online catalog by visiting the Bridger Library web page here.

Reading Tips

March is Women's History Month. Discuss with your family why we need to have a month dedicated to thinking about women. Where have women been left out? Look at any visual of the presidents of the United States to illustrate one place women have been left out. Where else can you find? Talking about US history, and current events, for all age groups builds background knowledge and critical thinking skills, which are essential for readers.

Math Tips

Spring is on it’s way, spring means time for gardening and gardening is an opportunity for math! When change is in the air and anxiety is high, gardening literally grounds us. Whether you have a large yard, a small yard, a patch of dirt by your door or a window with sunlight starting to stream through see if you and your child can find a spot to grow a plant.

Have your child investigate the space. What shapes can they find for a garden? Can they measure and calculate the area you have available? What is is the perimeter or your garden space?

Student Leaders

Our Middle School Student Council is currently finishing our Life Reflection Project and planning our next service project. Come join us!

Our next Middle School Student Council meeting is Friday, March 12th at 1:10_1:55 pm Google Meet code: bridgerstudentcouncil.

All students grade 6-8 are welcome.

Our next Elementary Student Council meeting is Friday, March 19th 11:05-11:40am. Google Meet code: BSC.

All kids from grades 3-5 are welcome.

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks

Hello Bridger community,

I understand that we all need to take a deep breath right now. Governor Brown’s executive order means that we are going back to school in just a few short weeks. I understand that there is much to do and we are all feeling anxiety from this big change.

Due to these reasons, the next few distance learning tips and tricks will only be able self-care. Take care of yourself for just a few seconds, if that’s all the time you have. Remember, whatever you can do is enough.

Take care


Please join us on zoom on March 17thth, from 6:30-8:30pm for our monthly PTA gathering, including a special Question and Answer session about the South East Guiding Coalition. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87278437150

In 2022-23, BRIDGER IS FACING BIG CHANGES. We might become an all immersion school, a neighborhood only school, or even have ALL Bridger students moving to other locations.

We have also experienced treatment of our middle school students that is inconsistent with other K-8 schools that are shifting to K-5 as our MS students are split between two schools next year.

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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PPS Family Resources

Please visit the district Family Resource page.