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January 8, 2021

Principal Message

Good Afternoon Bridger Community,

We want to share with you that our teachers continue to do what is best for your children, our community and our country. These past few days have been extremely difficult for our country and our staff have risen up and faced these changing events head on with compassion and love. We at PPS denounce violence, fight misinformation and support the principles of our democracy.

PPS produced the 2020 Election Tool Kit, and I encourage you to take a moment to review. Here is an article that may help you decide if and when you want to discuss with your child about what happened this week: How to talk to your kids about the breach at the U.S. Capitol.

As I observe our students and staff have thoughtful conversations, I find hope that our students have the passion and knowledge to be leaders now and into the future.

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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Hi Bridger!!

Happy New Year! I hope you are doing well!

A quick update as we enter into January 2021: Melany will be maintaining a Monday-Thursday schedule and she am available via email/phone between 8am-6pm during that time (503-502-1485 or melany@latnet.org).

I am waiting to hear if we have any additional financial resources for the Bridger community. If you are in need of support right now, my best suggestion is to call 2-1-1 regularly and see what resources are available in the area.

Winter Virtual Art Class for students in 3rd-5th grade:

This winter we will be offering a virtual Art Class for 3rd-5th Graders at Bridger
Classes will take place Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm beginning on January 20th
This Class is free and includes all materials- delivered right to your home!
Class will take place in English & Spanish.
This form is due by January 15th to be enrolled in this class.


GIrls Inc Virtual Winter Groups:

All levels of participation are welcome and having video on is always optional. Register at one of the links below!

REGISTER HERE: EnglishEspañolSoomaaliРусскийTiếng Việt-

January Bridger Free Food Market:

Please note: the time of the market is slightly earlier to accommodate the sunset with the outdoor market and to prioritize the safety of visitors and volunteers.

When: next Friday, January 15th, from 2:30-4pm

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 pre-made bags/boxes
  • 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.

The rent eviction moratorium has been extended in Portland until July 1st. There is a lot of confusing information about this moratorium at this time. If you are unable to pay your rent, the best thing for you to do it to let your landlord know as soon as possible. You cannot be evicted for nonpayment, but you are responsible for paying any rent owed.

I am attaching a document I found that explains things in more detail. On page 5 is a declaration that you can complete and give to your landlord if you are unable to pay your rent at this time.

This website from Portland, Oregon also has more information:


The big takeaways from this FAQ sheet that I found are:

How long is the moratorium in place?
The state-wide moratorium remains in effect until December 31, 2020 unless a tenant submits a written declaration of financial hardship to their landlord. If a tenant submits a written declaration, the moratorium is extended for that tenant until June 30, 2021.

For tenants who submit a written declaration to their landlord: Tenants have until July 1, 2021 to repay any rent or other charges accrued between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Tenants will need to begin paying monthly rent under the terms of their rental agreement on July 1, 2021.

For tenants who do not submit a written declaration to their landlord: Tenants have until March 30, 2021 to repay any rents or other charges accrued between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Tenants will need to begin paying monthly rent under the terms of their rental agreement on January 1, 2021.

Once again, the attachment below is the declaration that you can provide to your landlord to ensure the moratorium is extended until June 30, 2021 for you if you are unable to pay rent.

Need Help? How to Contact Office Team (UPDATE)

At the beginning of the year, office team had open a Google Meet Room each morning to help our Bridger Community. We are changing our process starting on November 30th:

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

Important Dates

January 11th Principal Chat, 5:00-6:00- link to join

January 12th 6th grade class meeting, 9:30-9:50, Google Meet code to join is Roletto

January 13th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

January 15th Bridger QSA Meeting, 2:00-2:30. Email Ms. Howard- rhoward@pps.net for the code to join.

January 15th Free Food Market, 2:30-4:00

January 18th NO SCHOOL MLK Jr. Day

January 19th 7th grade class meeting, 9:30-9:50, Google Meet code to join is Roletto

January 19th Winter Music Performance, 5:30 on Bridger's YouTube Channel

January 20th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

January 20th PTA Community Meeting, 6:30-8:00 click link to join

January 26th 8th grade class meeting, 9:30-9:50, Google Meet code to join is Roletto

January 27th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

January 29th NO SCHOOL, teacher in service day

Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner

Ms LeAnne K-4: It’s wonderful to see our students again! We’ve had a fun week of lunch bunches. The next ones will be held February 1-5th. We’re kicking off the new year in grades K-4 with an equity and anti-racism unit. In our first lesson, grades K-2 will be exploring similarities and differences. We’ll be talking about how our similarities and differences help us to build strong and vibrant communities.

Ms. Howard – Grades 5-8:

Welcome Back!

In the wake of recent political events, we are all wondering how to discuss them with our children. It is important to not let our own anxiety get ahead of us when addressing current events with them. With younger children it is okay not to discuss violent events, unless you think they have been exposed. Below are some tips for talking to your children about violent and traumatic incidents.

· Wait and see if your child brings it up (up to age 12)

· First, find out what your child or student knows about the event.

· With Teens, assume they know. But, assume knowledge is not complete.

· Assure the child that it is ok to talk about sad or scary events.

· Encourage questions, both now and in the future.

· Reassure the child that he or she is safe.

· In sharing information, be honest, but mindful of the child's age.

Common Sense Media has some excellent developmentally appropriate tips based age group: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-violence-crime-and-war

· Remember, it is ok to admit that you don't have all the answers

· Be patient

· Turn off the news

· Talk about people who are helping and being kind

· Keep up your routine

· Stay Calm

· Get Close!

Read more details on these tips at: https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/15-tips-talking-children-about-school-violence

Opportunities to connect:

6th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 6lunch - Mondays 12:30 - 1pm

7th/8th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 78lunch - Tues 12:30 - 1pm

5th drop-in Lunch Group - CODE: 5lunch – Thurs 11:35 - 12:05pm

Student Council – CODE: bridgerstudentcouncil – Fri 1:10–1:55pm

QSA Group – Email Ms. Howard for code - Fridays 2-2:30pm

Ms. Howard can be reached at 971-378-0470 or rhoward@pps.net

Counselor Website: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/bridger-k-8-counseling/home

Bridger Library

During the month of January, our Library lessons are focused on learning the skills necessary to be positive contributors to our online learning communities. We will cover topics such as media balance and well-being, digital footprint and identity, and digital privacy and security. Since we have been away from school for a few weeks, this content seemed especially important! Lessons are posted every Monday morning and can be done during the designated class library time or at any point throughout the week. Ms. Jamsgard will continue to post library read-alouds on Fridays.

Remember that Ms. Jamsgard and I are available for book bag checkout every Thursday afternoon from 12-4:30 at the library door that opens into the water garden. In addition, students at grades 3 and up have been taught how to access our online catalog and can place up to 3 books on hold at a time. If your student places books on hold, please come to pick up those books on the next Thursday afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!

If you need additional resources for online reading or research, visit the Bridger Library web page here!

Reading Tips

A reading challenge is a great way to get your family to read new genres. Why not try a 40 Book Challenge for the new year? Can your family read 40 books together or individually for 2021? I bet you can!

English 40 Book Challenge record sheet, make a copy

Spanish 40 Libros, Un reto, registro, make a copy

Student Leaders

Grade 3-5 Student Council is making plans for our upcoming “Great Kindness Challenge” the week of January 25-29. Stay tuned! More to come!

The next meeting for grades 3-5 is Friday 1/22/2021 from 11:05-11:40am on google meet, code: BSC.

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks

Hello Bridger Community,

Welcome back from winter break, I hope everyone is feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to dive in to the rest of the year, or, at the very least, dive into the time span between now and the next break!

In our last newsletter I asked that everyone take a little time for themselves. In these unprecedented time and mindful 30 seconds is enough for your to explore how you’re feeling with kindness and curiosity.

It is so, so important that we all take a moment for ourselves during these unprecedented times, so I want to take this opportunity, on our week back, to present you with the self-care list one more time. We can get back into the striving next week, this week, take a moment to take care of yourself.

As always, whatever you can do is enough, and I hope everyone had a fantastic break.

Take care


  • Want to learn how to weatherize your house and save money and energy this winter? Join us at our next PTA Gathering on January 20th from 6:30-8pm on zoom! We will be hosting an hour long presentation from the Community Energy Project!

  • “The Weatherization Workshop is a free 1-hour long workshop where we teach participants how to stop drafts, save money and energy, and stay warm during the colder months. Households that qualify receive a free weatherization kit to use in their home. For kit access, we offer pick-up times at our Portland offices, or can offer delivery to your location for registered workshop participants.”

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.