Bridge Bulletin

September 16, 2022

Principal Chat

Thank you for another fabulous week with your kids!


I can't even begin to believe we have already been in school for one month already! We have completed all the assessments and students are being divided into their appropriate, skill-based groups. On Monday we started P90 our EXTRA dose of small group reading for all students in grades 1 - 3. Read below for more information about his amazing program! Our chess and math program for very accelerated 1st - 3rd graders also started this week as well as pull out program for students identified as needing ELL services.


Mark you calendars for the following days of NO SCHOOL


  • October 10 - 14 (Fall Break)
  • November 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving Break)


Did you know that at the end of this newsletter is a WHO TO CONTACT list for names and the contact information of individuals responsible for specific areas at Bridge?


Please keep reading for more information about this past week and information for the upcoming week.


Enjoy the weekend!


Lani Rounds

Principal

Beginning of Year (BOY) Data

Our BOY data is ready and teachers are using the information to complete your child's progress report. The progress reports will be sent home on or before next Friday, September 23. The front of the progress report shows your child's scores and whether the score puts your student at, above, or below grade level for that particular area. All students will have a score for Acadience (DIBELS) reading and math, Imagine Learning literacy and math, and writing. The backside of the progress report shows the benchmark scores for each assessment so you can compare your child's score with the expected score for their grade level. This progress report is updated the middle of the year (January) and the end of the year (June) so you can see your student's progress. We choose to repot on student progress rather than assigning students a grade like A, B,C. If you have specific questions about your chid's score, please contact their teacher.


Acadience Reading is a basic reading screener that assesses basic reading skills. Imagine Learning Language and Literacy is a more broad reading assessment that looks at language, vocabulary and reading. Our Acadience reading data shows 50% of our students are reading at or above grade level. Our Imagine Learning Language and Literacy scores show 63% of our students are at or above grade level in their language arts skills. Both of these data points are a significant drop from how we ended the year last school year suggesting SUMMER SLIDE is a real thing and few kids used Imagine Learning in the summer or spent much time reading. Our school goal is to increase this by 15% by the end of the year.


Acadience Math is a basic math screener that assesses basic math skills such as number recognition, computation, and concepts/application. Imagine Learning Math also provides a math assessment and issues students a "Quantile" score based on their performance in all areas of math concepts.


Our Acadience math data shows we have 30% of students at or above grade level while Imagine Learning math also shows we have 30% of students at or above grade level. Acadience is a paper pencil test while Imagine Learning is a computer-based assessment. Our school goal is to increase this by 20% by the end of the year.

Flu Clinic Through Community Nursing Services at Bridge

We are super excited to announce a flu clinic for Bridge families, staff and community members. It is Friday, September 30, 1:30 - 4:00 pm in our gym.
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Visible Learning - Thoroughness

Each week students attend a Visible Learning class to learn about traits of a GOOD LEARNER. In the upcoming week, students will be working on THOROUGHNESS. Please take time next week to discuss this trait with your student and reward or praise them for being thorough with their tasks.


"Taking care of details and doing my best."

P90 Reading Program

This week we started our P90 reading program in grades 1 - 3. During this program your students get an additional 30 minutes of small group reading instruction, at THEIR skill level, Monday - Thursday. This small group instruction will include 4 - 6 students and will take the place of one of the station rotations during the day. Students are not pulled out of the classroom for P90. Instead, this program happens in their classroom pod as part of daily instruction.


During P90, students will work on phonics skills and/or reading comprehension skills using one of our research-based reading programs. The skills needed are determined based on Acadience data and a reading diagnostic assessment given to all below grade level students in 1st - 3rd grades. The reading diagnostic is a new state requirement and provides our staff with excellent information to identify exactly WHAT reading skills we need to focus on for your student.


The P90 program was piloted last year with our 1st grade students midway through the school year. The data was so promising we decided to include this as another piece of our learning model for grades 1-3. This program is one of the areas in which we are using our School Land Trust funds to help increase the percentage of students reading at grade level.


P90 is just ONE MORE WAY in which we personalize instruction for students. See below for pictures of P90 in action.

Air Quality and Outdoor Recess

Each day we check the air quality index to determine if students need to stay inside for recess. If the particulate level is yellow, students with severe health issues should stay inside. If the index is orange, students with complicated health issues should remain inside. If the air quality is red, ALL students must remain inside. We always have a few tables set up inside during lunch for the students who cannot eat outside. Please let your child's teacher know if you have a student who should remain inside for recess..


You can check the air quality using this link and selecting the Weber County tab:


https://air.utah.gov/currentconditions.php?id=hv

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - FFVP

This week our FFVP featured broccoli and huge pluots (a cross between an apricot and plum). I was surprised at how many kiddos LOVED the broccoli!


We LOVE this program and feedback from parents and students indicate our families LOVE the program too!

Online Lunch Payments

Lunch payments can be made online or in the front office using cash or check. Payments made in the front office are posted immediately in Aspire. Online payments are not immediately updated in Aspire.


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.


https://www.bridgecharter.org/lunch

Volunteers

We LOVE parent and grand parent volunteers at school! If you would like to volunteer, please check with your child's teachers. If you want to volunteer but aren't excited about coming into the school, we have LOTS of opportunity for outside volunteer work including:


  • 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.


After you have volunteered please enter your hours in our volunteer form on our website:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/volunteer-opportunities


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

Absences MUST be excused within 24 hours of the absence. You can do this by leaving a message on the Attendance line at school (801)499-5180 or by using the Excuse Absence online form. You can find this on our website by clicking on the Excuse Absence icon or using the link below:


EXCUSE ABSENCE

Title I

Title I was initially passed in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the largest federal assistance program for public schools. These supplemental funds provide students the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education to help close achievement gaps.


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.


You can find more information about Title I through a video on our website at:


https://www.bridgecharter.org/school-events

Who to Contact for What

Principal - Lani Rounds - Lani@BridgeCharter.org


At-Risk Programs Coordinator - Sara Tucker - Sara@BridgeCharter.org

  • Morning Supervision and BASE
  • Behavior
  • 504 Plans
  • ELL Coordinator


Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams - Lwilliams@BridgeCharter.org

  • Aspire
  • Lottery
  • Registration


School Nurse - Vicki Ross - Vicki@bridgecharter.org


Special Education

Diane Nelson Lead SpED Teacher - Diane@BridgeCharter.org

Julie Christensen SpED Director - Julie@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

About Bridge Elementary Charter

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.