May 19, 2023
Thank you for yet another AMAZING week with your kiddos! Mother Nature was fairly compliant and other than a mishap with the lunch tent on Sunday evening (quickly repaired by our incredible do-anything custodian Rena Oliver), the kids experienced mostly sunshine and warm weather for lunch and recess.
Speaking of weather, I hope you all are keeping the rising waters at bay at your home and your sump pumps are working well. My weather app keeps warning me of river flooding at my home but fortunately we are still dry though the water is high and running fast.
Our end of year Family Survey will be sent today via email to all parents and guardians through our Aspire system. Please take a moment to complete the survey. This data is super important to help us make improvements to ensure we are providing a safe, positive and academically rich environment for our students. The data is shared with grade level teachers and our board. We review all the data and read all comments and make changes as needed....well, except the parking lot - we can't use the back gate yet, we can't add additional lanes or another driveway, we can't MAKE people be nice, slow down or be patient, we can't purchase the land next store, and staggering release times doesn't work because most families have students in multiple grades, but other ideas not already suggested regarding the parking lot may be helpful.
Just a little acknowledgement regarding my slower than usual email response rate the last month or so - I have been teaching first grade since April and while it is a BLAST and I am loving every minute of it, I am a little less punctual in returning emails than I have been in the past. Please be patient. I finish teaching about 11:00 and then begin checking my email and will eventually get to yours.
STILL HIRING 6TH GRADE PARA EDUCATOR - We are still looking for that just right person for our 6th grade team. This individual will work up to 40 hours weekly, 7:30 - 4:30 M - TH and 7:30 - 3:30 on Friday. They need to be decent at math - at least understand 6th grade math well enough to explain to it students. Pay is $16 - $18 hour depending on education and experience. This individual will also spend some time on Fridays helping with custodial work and if interested, there could be some custodial work during school holidays. Please email a resume to Lani@BridgeCharter.org
Just another reminder - NO OPEN TOED SHOES - yes sandals, slides and flip flops are all the rage, but they are not safe at school. Please make sure your kiddos are wearing closed toe shoes at school. Keens and trail sandals are fine as long as the toes are covered. Also, shorts need to be no shorter than 4" above the knee.
This week's staff highlight features our INCREDIBLE custodial support staff - Lee Vigil, Sharon Feliciano, Pama Wynn, Brianna Williams, Michaela Page and Adam Minjares. Please read below about these outstanding individuals that keep our school and lunchroom in tip top shape!
Mark your calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL
- May 26 (Teacher work day)
- May 29 (Memorial day)
- Level Up K - 5 - May 24
- End of year assessments ONGOING through May 26
- Family End of Year Survey sent via email May 19
- Class Lists Posted on front windows Saturday, June 3
- Roy Aquatic Center FREE Family Fun Night - July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
- Back to School Open House August 10, 3 - 7 pm
Please keep reading for more information about this past week and events for the upcoming weeks.
As always, thank you for CHOOSING Bridge and sharing your kids with us!
Kids Read Now - FREE Books for K - 3 Students
The Utah State Board of Education is delighted to partner with Kids Read Now (KRN), a non-profit organization focused on best practices for reading engagement and growth. As part of SB 127 (2022) Early Literacy Outcomes Improvement, funding has been allocated for a five-year program to get books into the homes of K-3 students attending Title 1 schools in our state.
What does this mean to the kids at Bridge? All of our K-3 students will receive FOUR free books delivered to their home this summer. A letter was sent home last week with your student explaining this process. Earlier this week an email with a link to a form was sent for you to OPT OUT of the free book program. If you did complete the form to opt out, the books will be sent using the address and student information in Aspire. If you completed the opt out form your child's name will be removed from the free book program.
Level Up - May 24
Last year our kiddos thought this was a BLAST and we are sure this year your kids will be super excited for this activity as well! During this time our 6th grade students will be in specials. Since they "level up" but to junior high, this activity will not impact them.
Reduce Summer Learning Loss
Please set up a schedule with your child so Imagine Learning becomes part of their daily routine during the summer. Perhaps it is part of their chore chart or is something they do before they get to play video games or go outside to play with friends. Alos, reading an additional 20 minutes each day will also help ensure your child is ready for the upcoming school year.
Imagine Learning will remain available even to the students who will not be returning to Bridge next school year, including the 6th graders moving on to junior high. Unfortunately, we will not be able to add our new students to the program until school begins in August.
Imagine Math Data
The graphic below shows the grade level, the performance at the beginning of the year and the average Quantile growth for the grade. The colors represent the portion of students below grade level (red), approaching grade level (yellow), at grade level (green) and above grade level (blue).
End of Year Countdowns
In 3rd grade students use a countdown to commemorate their advancement to the next grade. Their countdown is called "FOURTH" and each day is a fun activity. One day this week it was "O" and they had their class read aloud "outside". On "R" day they had "Raising Animals and Reverse Field Trip" with a local farmer bringing animals for kids to view and pet.
Even the office created a countdown with their take off from Ted Lasso. They have a countdown chain under their "Believe" poster and each chain has a Ted quote. One of my favorites, the one they put on my desk, "I feel like we fell out of a lucky tree, hit every branch on the way down, and ended up in a pool of cash and Sour Patch Kids."
5th and 6th Grade STEM
Kindergarten Reading Data Knocks It Out of the Park
This is just ONE reason Bridge is a strong supporter of full day kindergarten and jumped on that bandwagon the day we opened our doors, long before the state legislature passed a law to make it happen state wide.
Although we are SUPER excited about the kindergarten reading data, PLEASE do not get complacent about your child's reading score. Kindergarteners are just emergent readers and these skills are lost quickly if they do not practice, practice, practice. Please read with your kindergarten student during the summer at a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 times weekly and have them work on Imagine Learning 20 minutes 3 times weekly. This will help ensure they keep that summer slide to a minimum and spend less time regaining lost skills when they return to school in August.
Missing Library Books and Unpaid Lunch Balances
- Pay for the library book.
- Replace the book with another book in fairly new condition (can be a different book)
Lunch balances MUST be paid by the end of the school year. Lunch balances in arrears at the end of school will be turned over to a collection agency in June.We currently have OVER $7,000 in lunch accounts that are in the "red". We still feed kids - this is not an option for us. We do not badger kids about unpaid lunch accounts - we believe children should not carry this burden. We send home weekly emails and you can always check their balance in Aspire. If your child's lunch account is in arrears and you prefer not to be sent to collections, you can begin paying down your lunch debt by making payments in the office now.
Weber Human Services - Stabilization and Mobile Response (SMR)
Visible Learning - Review
- Reflection - reviewing my learning to see what works and ways I cam improve.
- Initiative - recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.
- Flexibility - adjusting to change with a good attitude.
- Enthusiasm - putting my whole heart into what I do.
- Determination - overcoming obstacles in order to reach my goal.
- Thoroughness - taking care of details and doing my best.
By internalizing visible learning traits students will become lifelong learners who are set up for success. You can find all of our Visible Learning traits on our website at:
Field Day Donations Needed
We are looking for a few more donations for our game booths. Students play games and win prizes. These are not elaborate prizes. We are looking for simple things like you get at Zurchers, pick up in packs at the Dollar Store, or buy from Oriental Trading.
Please drop your donations off in the office and remember to enter your donations (converted to hours) into our volunteer tracker so your family can be place into our Frog Pond in the front foyer.
Custodial Support Staff
My name is Lee I enjoy golfing , camping , bike riding and being with family . I enjoy working with all staff at Bridge Elem. The custodial staff I work with are awesome individuals and enjoy working with them !
My name is Sharon Felicano. I love working with my custodial team. They are like a family to me. I have two jobs. I also work at Hill Air Force Base. I love traveling with my family and cruising is our favorite.
My name is Michaela. I love princesses, to sing and dance and to do word search puzzles. I LOVE working at Bridge! I am married to Derek.
Hi, I'm Brianna Williams. Ive worked at Bridge Elementary for 3 years. My hobbies are reading, drawing, building with Legos, and listening to true crime. Recently iI became an aunt and i love snuggles with my nephew
I love keeping Bridge clean. I also appreciate everyone's kindness towards me. When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, walking, hiking, biking and playing my violin.
Online Lunch Payments
When payments are made online we must complete several steps to get the payments moved to Aspire. We do this every Monday and Wednesday. After we run the online report it takes another day for the money to post to your student's Aspire account. Please allow 3 - 5 days from the day you make the online payment to the day the information posts in Aspire.
The link to make payments online is found on our website by selecting the MEALS icon.
- Cutting Watch Me Learn tickets (stop by the office)
- Pulling weeds in the rock areas and park strips (we have all the area in front of the school and up 4800 S along the school fence).
- Using rakes and shovels to redistribute the gravel from the bottom of the retention area in front of the school to the top area to cover the black landscape screen.
- Parking lot duty before and after school (just check in at the office, put on a yellow vest and talk to Travis in the crosswalk for instructions)
After you have volunteered please enter your hours in our volunteer form on our website:
Once your family has logged 30 volunteer hours they will have a frog put into our Volunteer Pond in the foyer.
If you want to volunteer but do not have the time, you can donate $90 to cover the 30 hours. If you choose to donate, complete the volunteer form. You can donate in the office or by using our DONATE icon on the home page of our website.
Excuse an Absence
Bridge Elementary receives our Title I funding based on the percentage of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. For this reason we encourage ALL families to apply for Free/Reduced lunch through Aspire to ensure every single student receives the services needed, including access to free or reduced meals if appropriate.
Title I provides avenues for parent input and participation. We do this through our surveys and the link to the form on our website which allows parents to submit questions and suggestions.
You can find more information about Title I as well as a form to ask questions or provide suggestions regarding Title I, on our website at:
Who to Contact for What
At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Stacey Archuleta - Stacey@BridgeCharter.org
- Morning Supervision and BASE
- Behavior including Bullying
- 504 Plans
Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams - Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org
School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org
Diane Nelson Lead SpED Teacher - Diane@BridgeCharter.org
Julie Christensen SpED Director - Julie@BridgeCharter.org
ELL Coordinator - Nichol Lloyd - Nichol@BridgeCharter.org
Meal Issues - Jodi Jensen - Jodi@BridgeCharter.org
Classroom Teachers - see website - https://www.bridgecharter.org/teachers
- Daily activities for your child
- Student progress
- Questions about student schedule