October 9, 2020
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A letter from Jordan Mills
Dear Bridgeport Families,
I hope this letter finds your family safe, well, and soaking up the perfect fall weather this week. Congratulations on having navigated four weeks of distance learning! In spite of some bumps, obstacles, and even some areas that still need improvement, we already have so many accomplishments to celebrate. Our students are resilient and are learning new technology and academic skills everyday. They are nothing short of amazing. Our teachers are master jugglers and I am absolutely in awe of how they are instructing under these circumstances. And all of you have been the very best teaching partners a principal could ask for. Thank you for your dedication and communication over the past month.
While we have made some great progress, we know there is always more work to do. In an attempt to gather more information about what is going well and where we can improve, we will send this short survey out on a regular basis to gather your feedback on how we can improve your student’s distance learning experience. Please take a moment to tell us how things are going for your family.
Dean of Students
I would like to introduce to you an important new member of our staff, Bobbie Brown, our new Dean of Students. As you may know, the Student Success Act has created a few new positions in our district and Bobbie’s position is one of them. Bobbie’s background is in school psychology and she brings a wide range of experiences that make her a perfect fit for our Bridgeport community. As Dean, Bobbie’s role will be similar to that of an assistant principal in that she will be supporting student behavior and school wide systems for teaching and recognizing behavior. She will also support staff professional development and work closely with all of you. One of her responsibilities will actually be facilitating activities for our fifth grade student ambassadors this year, which will look different than years past and start later this fall. Keep an eye out for more information on that soon.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 29 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday, October 30 from 8:00 am to noon for student conferences. These will take place virtually this fall. Your student’s teacher will share a sign up link with you next week. There are no classes or school work for students these days. Students in grades two through five should plan to participate with their families. Kindergarten and first grade parents will participate in conferences without their students.
No Place for Hate
Last year Bridgeport was honored to be named a No Place for Hate school! This designation comes as a result of participating in the nationwide program that involves planning and implementing school wide anti-bias activities. Last year our students learned about identity, kindness, and how to make positive imprints on each other’s hearts and minds. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe. Creating a welcoming environment where all students feel valued and heard is the goal of this program. Like last year, a planning committee including staff and families will provide input on the year’s activities prior to putting them in front of students. From there student leaders, namely the ambassadors, will help implement the projects. If you are interested in contributing to the planning for this program, please contact me.
T-Shirts, Pumpkins and More!
On Tuesday, October 27 from 3:00-5:00, Bridgeport staff will be distributing our Rockin’ Rocktober T-shirts for free to every student! (Thanks, PTO!) Additionally, Tualatin Together has generously provided “Gratitude Pumpkins” and journals with family discussion prompts for every student during the month of November. And last, but certainly not least, we will have workbooks and class specific materials to distribute. These materials will compliment the online learning that your students are doing. If you are not available to pick up your student’s items on this day, you may come during our regular office hours of 8:00-4:00 daily following the event. Just ring the doorbell between the front doors or let us know if you need to arrange a different time.
I am looking forward to another month of learning, progress, and working with all of you. As always, please reach out anytime.
Introducing our new Dean of Students, Bobbie Brown
Hi Bridgeport Bulldogs!
My name is Bobbie Brown and I am the new Dean of Students at Bridgeport Elementary. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing school community and look forward to getting to know you all this year and beyond.
Because I am new to you all, I would like to share a bit about my professional and personal experiences as well as how I hope to support Bridgeport this year.
I have been working as a School Psychologist and Behavioral Specialist in the Student Services department for 10 years. Over the years I’ve supported students and teachers navigate Individual Education Plans; 504 plans; behavior planning and support; inclusion and a whole host of tasks. Sometimes that has looked like working with students who need extra supports to access their schooling, consulting with teachers to problem solve behaviors in the classroom, and develop PBIS and other systems at the elementary and middle school levels.
I live with my husband Matt, Son Jay, and Daughter Evan in Jennings Lodge in Milwaukie. I have also lived in Southern California, Central California, and Togo, West Africa. Both of my children are high school students at Gladstone High School. My husband is an Organic Farmer and he sells produce at the Portland State Farmers Market during the summertime.
As a family, we love to travel, enjoy the outdoors; spend time with family and friends; love eating and growing really good food; and spending time with our three dogs.
As the Dean of Students, I am lucky to support the school through systems work, such as PBIS, attendance, discipline, school-wide supports work. With students, I will be working in the areas of schoolwide behavior, leadership, and school-wide events. And of course, I will be a part of the school community which will include being part of the PTO, school committees, and events!
To start off, I will join classrooms and small groups so that I can see each and every student and teacher. I can’t wait to get to know you all and experiences all the fabulous work you are doing every day!
Please feel free to call me (503-431-4265) or email (email@example.com) me with any questions you may have or if you want to check-in and say hi!
See you soon!
We would appreciate each one of our families filling out the following survey to gather feedback on Distance Learning at Bridgeport. Click the icon below to answer the survey.
Free covid-19 testing At Horizon Christian High School October 13th
Mr. Karr's Counseling Corner
Hi Bridgeport families,
I hope you are doing well. I created a space where members of our community could find counseling, food, and other community resources. I hope this website will help us stay connected during this unsettling time. On the website you will find resources for supporting students at home, such as breathing and relaxation tools, ways to support children in identifying their emotions, and strategies for managing difficult behaviors. I will also post read alouds periodically and will be picking stories that seem relevant to the current time and the current needs of our students.
Title I groups for grades 1-5 have begun!
Title I support is supplemental support outside of their regular reading block.
Kinder students are being assessed
***Note: If your child was invited to receive these services you would have received or will be receiving a letter of invitation by mail.
1.) Find the Title I Course Card
2.) Find your grade
Blue are TWI classes
Red are English Only classes
3.) Find your name
Make sure you find your name under the correct grade level. You will be able to find your name alongside your teacher’s photo and the time your group is meeting.
Conference Sign-Up Information for October 29 & 30 coming soon!
CARES* child care funding information and applications
Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, TTSD has received a grant from Washington County for CARES Act funding to increase the number of child care slots available and to provide subsidies for families of Essential Workers through Dec. 31, 2020.
Here is more information on the program, with details on the child care providers offering these slots, and locations. Submit to TTSDchildcare@ttsd.k12.or.us. Please also contact the child care provider directly to enroll in an available spot.
Check out what is happening with our PTO!
Watch this video to see what it's all about!
Directory OPT-OUT forms Deadline extended to October 15th
1) Directory Opt-Out Deadline extended to October 15th: The Bridgeport PTO is creating a school-wide directory to make it easier to connect with classmates and families during a time when it’s difficult to meet and make connections at school functions. If you DO NOT want to be included, the deadline to submit your opt-out form has been extended to October 15th.
The directory will ONLY publish:
Physical address/neighborhood will not be shared. We hope this Directory can be used to build and strengthen community connections.
If you do not want to be part of the directory, you must submit the Opt-Out form (mailed to you) to the Bridgeport Elementary School office (M-F 7:30-4pm), via USPS, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that if you do NOT fill out the Opt-Out form you will automatically be included in the directory.
Support Bridgeport with passive fundraising
Passive Fundraisers: Some of us give our time, some of us give our money, any of us can sign up to support our school in these easy ways! By simply linking some of your shopping accounts, you can earn money to support Bridgeport School without having to spend any extra money yourself!
Click below to see the list of ways you can participate in passive fundraising!
When I say "Bulldog" ...You say "Spirit"!
Show some school spirit and get your Bridgeport spirit gear today! Bridgeport T-shirts and sweatshirts are available at https://bridgeport-elementary-pto.square.site/.
- Supplies are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If your order is unable to be fulfilled due to a stock sell out, you will be offered an alternative style and/or size or issued a refund.
- Orders placed before 5pm Sunday night will be available for pick up in the PTO Drop Box at school the following Monday, @ 4p.m. - Friday @ 4p.m. Orders not picked up will be removed for the weekend and brought back the following Monday.
PTO meeting schedule
Mark you calendars for the Bridgeport PTO General meetings! Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month via Zoom. The next meeting will be Wednesday October 21st at 7pm. The meeting link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84310246769?pwd=K2RFWlhaREhEcWRiN3l1NHlDMndZUT09
Meeting ID 843 1024 6769
Be sure to follow the Bridgeport Elementary PTO on Facebook!
You'll find information on current events, school information, PTO and community activities here. Check it out and give it a "like" today to stay in-the-know! Link: https://www.facebook.com/Bridgeport-Elementary-PTO-507472925932847