Bridges Community School

November 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 27 - North Mankato Taylor Library - 3rd (Townsend)

Oct. 27 - Bridges - Family Movie Night

Oct. 30 - Stuff A Truck Begins

Nov. 3 - North Mankato Taylor Library - 3rd (Hatlestad)

Nov. 7 - Children's Museum - 2nd Grade

Nov. 8 - Minnesota Harvest - 3rd Grade

Nov. 10 - No School

Nov. 13 - BAC Meeting

Nov. 14 - Two Hour Late Start

Nov. 14 - Fall Conferences & Book Fair (3:30-8:30)

Nov. 16 - Fall Conferences & Book Fair (3:30-8:30)

Nov. 17 - Stuff A Truck Ends

Nov. 17 - North Mankato Taylor Library - 3rd (Townsend)

Nov. 20 - Read & Feed

Nov. 20 - Fall Conferences & Book Fair (3:30-7:30)

Nov. 21-24 - No School/Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28 - Guthrie/A Christmas Carol (5th Grade)

Nov. 29 - 3rd Grade Winter Weather Safety

Dec. 1 - North Mankato Taylor Library - 3rd (Hatlestad)

Dec. 6 - Children's Theatre/The Grinch (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade)

Dec. 6 - Science Museum Visit at Bridges (3rd, 4th and 5th Grade)

Dec. 12 - Two Hour Late Start

Dec. 15 - North Mankato Taylor Library - 3rd (Townsend)

2017 Operating Levy Information and Voting

On Tuesday, November 7th, the Mankato community will be voting on the Mankato Area Public School's Operating Referendum.

The Operating Levy provides funding for the people, programs, and day-to-day operations for all students and schools in the Mankato Area Public School district to supplement the gap between what aid is given to the district from the state and what the actual needs of our district require.

The current Operating Levy will expire on June 18, 2018. The newly proposed levy will take into account the needs of our growing student population, which is expected to increase by over 800 students by 2021.

Parents and community members are asked to vote on November 7th (Election Day) or in advance. Voters can vote early by mail or in person 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Mankato Area Public Schools’ Administrative Office in the Intergovernmental Center, Suite Two, 10 Civic Center Plaza.

For more information, see the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Mankato Area Public School's Operating Referendum fact sheet or see the video below.

Additional information about voting procedures can be found on the District's website.

Census Verification

If you have not yet completed your on-line Census Verification, please do this by logging into your Parent Portal account and clicking on "Census Verification" located on the left side of the screen. This MUST be completed for each family at Bridges! If you do not have a Parent Portal account set up or if you need help completing this, please contact Amanda Robinson in the office at Bridges.

Fall Conferences and Book Fair

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on the following dates/times:

Tuesday, November 14th - 3:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, November 16th - 3:30pm-8:30pm

Monday, November 20th - 3:30pm-7:30pm

You can sign up for conferences by clicking here.

Or, you can go to to sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher.

*Please only sign up for one conference time per student/family.

Bridges Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center during conference hours. The Book Fair will close at 7:00pm on Monday, November 20th. Please stop by and visit the Book Fair!

The Book Fair preview will be Tuesday, November 14th at 2:40. Come see Clifford the Big Red Dog, stay for story time, popcorn and early shopping!

Dress for the Weather

Students must be dressed appropriately for school and weather. When boot season begins, students must have a second pair of shoes at school. If there is snow on the ground, students must have snow boots, snow pants, a winter coat, a hat and gloves for recess time.


It has become a tradition at Bridges to help people in need. Past generous giving for the area food shelf has helped our community family and friends. Bridges once again will participate in Stuff-A-Truck.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items and necessary items for local families in need. We will participate October 30th-November 17th. We will have weekly drawings of fun prizes for those who participate and the class with the highest number wins extra recess and the traveling trophy.

Morning Arrival

Business hours for parents are 8:15-2:15 with the back parking lot and security entrance available right off the parking lot, door 3. Students arriving between 7:45 and 8:10 will be allowed in the front entrance, door 1, at 8:00am. Supervision is provided on the playground from 7:45-8:00. Please keep school arrival to 7:45a.m. Students may not be dropped off without parent supervision prior to 7:45. School start time is 8:00a.m. - 8:10a.m. Door 1 off Garfield Avenue is open 8:00a.m. - 8:10a.m. Students arriving after 8:10 must be signed in by a parent at the office. Drop off in the morning can be done on Garfield Ave. avoiding the bus drop off area for incoming buses. Thank you! Your children’s safety is important to us.


Students arriving for breakfast should enter door 2 off the playground between 7:45-8:00. All kindergarten students are offered a free breakfast if you would like. Students can stay for breakfast in the cafeteria until 8:00 and then head up to class for the day.

Early Bus Arrival

We do have one or two buses that arrive prior to 7:45 every morning. Please have your children who ride the early bus enter through door 1 and go to the office. At 7:45 they can go to the lunchroom for breakfast or they can go to the playground.

Late Start Days

Children must be registered in the office to attend late start days. All students must be be checked in at the lunchroom by a parent at 8:00 am on late start days. Door #2 off the playground will be open at 8:00. Children not registered for childcare should be dropped off between 9:45 and 10:00. Late start days are Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10 and May 8. *Children cannot be dropped off without supervision.


If your child has had a fever or has been vomiting, we ask that you keep them home 24 hours after symptoms are gone without medication. Please call the school office attendance line: 207-5204 if your child is ill. If you let your child’s teacher know through email, please email Tammy Hayes as well at

Head Lice: Please report so the office is aware of it. District Policy states parents are notified if three cases are in one classroom. A request to treat is made by the school nurse. Parents are not mandated to pull their child from school for treatment but it will be advised.


Parents are welcome to eat lunch at any time. Please let the office know by 9:00a.m. on the day that you plan to eat. Lunch for parents and visitors is $3.65. We do not have any cash in the office so please bring correct change. Parents and siblings may not use student pin numbers.

School lunch times:

Kindergarten - Lunch 11:05-11:25 Recess - 11:25-11:45

First Grade - Lunch 11:25-11:45 Recess - 11:45-12:05

Second Grade - Lunch 11:30-11:50 Recess - 11:50-12:10

Third Grade - Lunch 11:45-12:05 Recess - 12:05-12:25

Fourth Grade - Recess 11:35-11:55 Lunch - 11:55-12:15

Fifth Grade - Recess 11:35-11:55 Lunch - 11:55-12:15

Community Group and All School Meeting

Community Groups meet every day Monday - Thursday at 8:30-8:45. All School Meeting takes place in the gym on Fridays at 8:15-8:45.

Rain Days and Below Zero Days

Students should enter door 2 on rainy days and below zero days in the morning between 7:45-8:00. They can go to the auditorium where they will have staff supervision until time for school to begin. The main entrance, door 1, will be opened at 8:00a.m.

Students will remain in their rooms on rainy days and below zero days until 2:40 pick up. Parents should pick up their children in their classrooms at the end of the day. Bus students will be excused when buses arrive and ACES will be excused at 2:40.

Students will have indoor breaks and recess on rainy days and below zero days.


All students must have a pair of shoes left at school for use in the gym. It keeps the floors clear of debris, supports the students activity and makes for a safer gym class.

Bridges Community School

320 Garfield Avenue, North Mankato

Phone: 507-387-2800 / Fax: 507-387-3143

Lead Teacher: Robin Courrier

Secretary: Amanda Robinson

Nurse: Tammy Hayes