Bridge Bulletin

February 11, 2022

Principal Chat

Happy Friday!

Thank you to everyone that completed our Winter Family survey. The data, discussed in this newsletter, is essential for us to tweak our processes to ensure we are providing a safe, positive and enriching environment for all students.

Please keep up on your emails and social media if possible as these are the first methods of communication with parents.

Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the weekend!

Lani Rounds


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COVID Updates

We are tracking ALL COVID positive cases and at-home exposures as reported to us by parents, staff and the health department.. These are the numbers of reported COVID positive staff and students over the past 7 days. PLEASE remember the mask status may change based on information received from staff, parents and the health department over the weekend. As of this newsletter there are no classes that need to wear masks next week.

COVID + Students = 5

COVID + Staff = 0

At present, no grade levels are required to wear a mask next week because of COVID exposure.

We received new information regarding COVID protocols and will be addressing this with the Board at our Tuesday Board meeting. Once the Board has reviewed the new protocols we will update the website and send information to parents.

FREE Thermometers

We have received a shipment of 100 thermometers to distribute to families. These are free but are on a first come basis. If your family would like a thermometer, please email and provide her the name of your OLDEST student at Bridge and she will send the thermometer home.

BASE - After School Program

Our BASE after school program is FREE for all students; however, your child MUST be signed up to attend BASE. This is not a drop-in program. If you would like your child to attend BASE, please email Mrs. Tucker, our at-risk program coordinator, at

You can find more information about BASE on our website at:

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) are scheduled for March 16 - 18. On Wednesday, March 16, school is dismissed at 1:30 pm. There is NO school on Thursday March 17 or Friday March 18. Teachers should be sending a sign up out for Parent Teacher Conferences. If you do not receive their sign up please reach out to your child's teacher.

We host only ONE formal PTC each year. However, three times a year your child's teacher (grades 1-6) invite you to attend the student's Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) meeting. Also, each and every teacher is open to meeting with you as needed, simply send them an email requesting a meeting and the reason for the meeting.

Webinar for Parents - Internet Safety

The USBE Prevention Team is pleased to announce the first in a series of Webinars for Parents to support Programs for Youth Protection: Parent Seminars. For our first webinar, we will be addressing the topic of Internet Safety.

Fearless Digital Parenting

Guest Speaker: Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Founder of Digital Respons-Ability

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Registration: To register, and/or to have a recording emailed to you after February 22, please register at

Personalized Learning Plans (PLP) Grades 1 - 6

Data from the family surveyed indicated there is some confusion regarding the PLP. The PLP identifies an ANNUAL goal for students in reading and math based on their beginning of the year data. Teachers meet with students twice monthly to review their goal, discuss action steps and analyze progress towards the goal. If a student reaches their goal then the goal is updated. The PLP is shared with parents digitally. If you have ANY questions about your child's PLP please contact your child's teacher as assigned in Aspire - this is the teacher that is assigned as your student's advisor.

Parents should be invited at LEAST four times each school year to meet with their child's advisor and the student to review the PLP. One of these meetings is during Parent Teacher Conferences in March. If this is NOT happening please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule a time to meet regarding the PLP. During these meetings you will see the goals, progress and learn how to read and navigate the PLP.

Research suggests that student's knowing where they are academically, having a plan to reach their goal, and being able to articulate their goal has one of the HIGHEST effects on student achievement.

Winter Family Survey Data

I know who to contact for what = 88%

The weekly bulletin is useful = 93%

Bridge provides an environment that helps my child feel safe and supported = 94%

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program information = 96%

My child’s educational needs are being met = 91%

My child’s teacher communicates clearly, timely and effectively = 90%

My child's teacher provides information showing my student's progress = 92%

The principal (Lani Rounds) communicates timely, clearly, and effectively = 98%

The principal (Lani Rounds) is positive and supportive of my student and my family = 97%

The office staff communicate timely, clearly, and effectively = 98%

The office staff are positive and supportive of my student and my family = 98%

The at-risk programs coordinator (Sara Tucker) communicates timely, clearly, and effectively = 96%

The at-risk coordinator (Sara Tucker) is positive and supportive of my student and our family = 97%

I would recommend Bridge to other families = 96%

The COVID mitigation measures taken are within reason = 83%

COVID mitigation not strict enough = 10%

COVID mitigation too strict = 7%

Before school program is needed for our family = 64%

After school BASE is needed for our family = 67%

Know Who to Contact for What

Only 88% of those who completed our winter survey indicated the knew WHO to contact for what. While this is an improvement from the Fall survey our goal is to have 90% of our parents report a positive rating for every area.

At the bottom of each weekly bulletin is a WHO TO CONTACT FOR WHAT section. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding curriculum, student progress, classroom behavior, etc. you will reach out directly to your child's teacher.

Survey - Needs for Improvement and Bridge Feedback

Thank you for the information on the survey, both for the SHOUT OUTS and also for the NEEDS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

As always, the parking lot gets a lot of feedback. Specifically, people want us to build another parking lot in the field to the south, open the gate that aligns 3500 W and allow left turns out of the parking lot onto Midland Drive. While those are ALL great suggestions, unfortunately, there are several reasons why we cannot implement these suggestions.

Field to South for Parking - this field cost several millions of dollars to purchase and is owned by a developer hoping to build homes there. Bridge cannot buy this property because we do not have the funds and it is currently not for sale.

Open Gates on 3500 W - this is a state owned road. UDOT has plans to expand 3500 W to four lanes in the future. For this reason they did not allow the school to add curb, gutter or a driveway on the east side of the school. We are not allowed to use this gate except for emergency vehicles until the road is widened and curb, gutter and a driveway are added. The current plan shows this occurring in 2028. Once the infrastructure is in place we can evaluate how best to utilize those gates.

Turn Left out of Parking Lot - at present, with Midland Drive closed for construction, we are able to exit the parking lot turning left since there is very limited traffic heading north on the road. Once the road is opened the NO LEFT TURN sign will return. Because of the numbers of cars traveling on Midland Drive there is no safe way, during high traffic times (such as morning and afternoon) to turn left from the parking lot.

Other comments regarding "Need to Improve" include (these are areas with multiple similar parent comments):

Be More Selective with Accepting Students - several individuals commented that we need to be MORE selective on the "kind" of students we accept. Charter schools are PUBLIC schools and we do NOT get to select the students that attend. We use a lottery but that is only because we have more students that want to attend than we have spots for in the school. Just like your neighborhood school we do not get to hand pick the kids that attend Bridge and we are required to provide a free and appropriate education for all of our students regardless of their abilities, disabilities, and/or behavioral needs.

End School Before Memorial Day - last school year and earlier this school year all parents were sent a survey regarding the school calendar. We use this information to create a calendar that appeals to the majority. The majority of our parents indicated they wanted LONGER breaks and for school to end the first week of June. The calendar for 2022-2023 is on our website.

BASE Needs to Go Later than 4:30 - Bridge does not receive any additional funding to provide our after-school program. The cost to provide our after-school program, with staffing and resources (does not include the cost of dinner) is about $50,000 year. This program is much like after-school clubs that other schools provide EXCEPT ours is free and is available for all students. Approximately 67% of ur families rely on our BASE program so we plan to continue this program as long as there is a high need. Unfortunately, we currently do not have any plans to extend the BASE program beyond 4:30 pm.

Increased Lunch and Recess Monitors - Bridge provides two recess supervisors and two classroom para educators during each recess. Our protocol is the staff to student ratio during recess is a maximum of 1:30. This far exceeds the level of supervision at any school I have had experience with. During lunch, students have two para-educators to assist them as well as 3 - 5 lunchroom monitors who assist with clean up.

Improved Progress Reports - This year we added a progress report which we send home three times each year. Reporting on student progress was an area of need identified from last year's survey. The reports are sent home after the beginning (BOY), middle (MOY) and end (EOY) testing is completed. The data on the report is timely, for example, students complete the MOY testing at the beginning of January and the report is sent home the third Friday of January. Feedback from parents has indicated there has been GREAT improvement regarding reporting student progress but we will absolutely revisit the progress report system and improve this for the upcoming school year.

Eating Outside - when it warms up again we will have our tent back up so kids can eat outside. Nearly every student reports they LOVE eating outside and we love that we are able to provide them that option. Once outdoor eating begins we will have a couple of tables available inside for the few students who prefer not to eat outside in the tent. We actually had this as an option at the beginning of the school year but the students did not take utilize the indoor tables when the outdoor option was available, but we will once again offer indoor seating as a option during a grade level's outdoor eating days.

Yearbook Order Now Open

Order your yearbooks today! Yearbooks will NOT be sold at the school. They will be delivered to the school and handed to students on the last day of school. The deadline to order is fast approaching.

Bridge Elementary

Prepay Code: BridgeYB22

To order yearbooks online, CLICK HERE

You can also find this information on our website under EVENTS > SCHOOL EVENTS at:

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Open Lottery

All siblings of current Bridge student who were enrolled in the lottery have been sent an email regarding the registration process for next school year. If you did NOT receive an email and believe your child should have been offered a spot, please contact the office ASAP. You can call (801)499-5180 or email

Our lottery for non-siblings will run on February 22. We anticipate that the next lottery will fill all currently open spots. At present we have the following spots available for the February 22 lottery:

Kindergarten = 36

1st Grade = 3

2nd Grade = 3

3rd Grade = 7

4th Grade = 9

5th Grade = 6

6th Grade = 0


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 - ENTHUSIASM


Practice these "I WILL" statements with your student:

  • Be an energy giver
  • Smile
  • Encourage others
  • Treat every job as important
  • Not be discouraged by failure

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

Substitute Teaching at Bridge

Bridge is ALWAYS looking for fabulous substitutes to fill many positions including teaching, para-educators and recess duty. We pay $14 hour for subs and the company we use, Ready2Teach, provides an incentive program of up to $28 extra per day for each job filled.

To get more information please visit Ready2Teach at:

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