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February 12, 2021

Principal Message

As I look out my window as snow is falling, I’m reflecting on how much our lives have changed in this last year. Snow days for staff and families have always been a special time to slow down and spend some fun time together. Although day is not a “snow day” I hope that you still take time to play together and enjoy the snow. I’m hoping we get enough snow so I can get outside and make a snow sculpture - I have some ideas swirling in my head.

You will have received an email with a survey from our district about hybrid and what you want to do for the 4th quarter. If you need help with completing the survey, you can call our office at 503-916-6336 or come to Supply Picks on Thursday 12-4:30pm and we will walk you through completing the survey. We need all families to complete the survey for all students so that we can create the best plan possible for our Bridger Community. You can watch discussion about hybrid in this YouTube Video at 1:38-2:03 for presentation and then 2:03-3:00 for discussion.

This week we started contacting families about joining us for Limited In Person Instruction. All the safety precautions that we are setting up for LIPI will help us transition over to Hybrid.

Here the video of the family meeting where we shared details about LIPI with invited families.

We have some great news to share, that our new playground construction started yesterday with fencing being put up around the construction site. Please help us by staying away from this construction site as our playgrounds/fields are still closed to the public.

Enjoy the snow!

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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Feb 25th: Bridger Black History Month Virtual Auction

CLICK here to watch the following video to learn about a new student lead event here at Bridger! Feb 25th at 6:30pm

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Important Dates

February 15th NO SCHOOL

Week of Feb. 16th - Reading MAP Testing Grades 6-8

February 16th 7th Grade Class Meeting, 9:30-9:50- Google Meet Code Roletto

February 16th 7th-8th Grade Lunch Group with Counselor, 12:30-1:00- Google Meet Code 78Lunch

February 17th Platica para Padres, 4:00-5:00- link to join

A Reminder About Immunizations

Hello Bridger families!

For those of you who haven't met me, my name is Elise Miller, and I am the health assistant at Bridger. As we get closer to returning to school, I would like to remind parents that students who are returning to in person learning are approaching the date required (2/17) for all immunizations, including boosters, to be updated. If your student is not returning to in person learning, they will not be excluded from comprehensive distance learning if they are not up to date. Students who are returning for sports, LIPI, band, or any in person activities will need to be up to date by exclusion day (2/17). A few families have expressed discomfort in bringing their children to a doctor during this time, and I would encourage families to either reach out to their provider, myself, or our Nurse Jennifer Hoesly, for solutions including drive through vaccination that is offered through some providers. I can be reached at Cmiller2@mesd.k12.or.us for any questions or concerns.

I miss seeing all of you at school, and hope this message finds all of you well!

Thank you.

Elise Miller, SHA

School Health Assistant (SHA), School Health Services

Bridger Elementary
7910 SE Market
Portland, OR 97215

Bridger phone:(503) 916-6336 ext. 72044

MESD phone: (503)-257-1732

We support All Students To Achieve Excellence

Don't Wait- Catch Up On Immunizations Now!

MESD vaccination flyers in Spanish & English

11th Annual Bridger Post Office

11th Annual Bridger Post Office FEBRUARY 8TH-???

Order your Bridger postcards via the Bridger Post Office Order Form! Students can order 5 DIFFERENT POSTCARDS per DAY. Sometimes postcard designs do sell out, so students will choose a back-up option as well. [Click on this link Postcard Winners for a larger view of the designs. Note: you cannot order from this padlet.]

Bridger LIVE Google Meet Post Office (postal hours listed here & below in the calendar):

Google Meet Code: bridgerpo

Post Office Hours: Tuesday, Feb. 16th: 9:15-9:45 am, Thursday, Feb. 17th: 2:15-2:45 pm, Friday, Feb. 18th: 1:00-1:30 pm

HERE’S HOW IT WILL WORK (with probably lots of bumps along the way):

  1. Order postcards via the Google Form or the LIVE Bridger Post Office (bridgerpo).

  2. PTA will fill your order and have it ready for you at THURSDAY SUPPLY PICK-UP (12:00-4:30).

[If you are unable to pick up your order on Thursday(s), put your contact info on the order form and the PTA will make sure it gets to you.]

  1. Then, write postcards (or letters) to friends, family and staff at Bridger (or to anyone else you would like to). WRITE your ADDRESSEE’S NAME, GRADE LEVEL and TEACHER’S NAME (if you know it) on the postcard or letter.

  2. DROP OFF your mail at one of the 📫BRIDGER MAILBOXES 📫 LOCATED AT THE FOOD & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION door or the LIBRARY DISTRIBUTION door. [MAIL can be DROPPED OFF anytime during DISTRIBUTION hours - MWF Food, TH Supply & Library.]

  3. PTA will sort the mail and have it ready for PICKUP the following THURSDAY. [If you are unable to pick up your mail, we will get it to you either by delivery or USPS.]

Anyone can, of course, mail postcards via the USPS [PTA is providing stamps to those families that need them and that wish to utilize the USPS.]


I apologize for a typographical error from last week and wish to congratulate Raisa Z-C, who also won this year!

Anna Gabriela A., Rayden C., Tomás C., Isabelle D., Kinsley D., Felicia G-K, Thia G, Ingrid H., Amiyah L-S, Eleanor M., Piper G, Liam M., Lyvia M., Chelsea N-C, Rhys P., Rafael Q, Isabela R-S, Harrison S., Story S., Samantha S-V, Dulce U-A, Aanika W, Lucy W, and Raisa Z-C.

Thank you to everyone who participated! If you have any questions about it, please let me know.


Andrea Schmidt

2nd Grade Teacher



Hi Bridger!!

Here is a big update that I wanted to share:

Currently, I am accepting requests for support for families that at COVID-affected via this GoogleForm: https://forms.gle/4c3Lwc932LjjTd688.

I want to be very transparent that right now our Wait List is so full that I cannot put a request for support in at this time, but I am still collecting this information so that I can put referrals in as soon as our system is open.

In Winter 2020, there were a lot of funds from the CARES Act and we were able to offer quite a bit of support for our families- including wage relief, rental support, and gift cards when possible. Unfortunately we are not in that same place at this time, and the financial support we can offer is a lot less at this time and is NOT guaranteed.

Our goal is to continue to support families as best we can, and I will continue to do my best to continue to offer support to our Bridger community as much as I can.

That being said, if you are in need of rent assistance, PLEASE complete the Eviction Moratorium paperwork provided by the state. I will also have forms printed out and available at the Free Food Market on February 19th (next week). This gives you eviction protection until July 1st.

All languages for this form can be found here: https://multco.us/chair-kafoury/covid-19-eviction-moratorium-information.

February 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: Friday, February 19th, 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 a walk through shopping model this month- DON'T FORGET YOUR BAGS!
  • 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.

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns! I am here for you and I miss y'all.

Ms. Melany

Need Help? How to Contact Office Team

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

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Upcoming Dreaming Justice Event: An Evening with Renée Watson

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

Students, parents, and staff are invited to Oregon Episcopal School’s next Dreaming Justice event! On February 18, 4:30-5:30 PT, Renée Watson will be joining us for an author visit. Watson will read from her work and talk about growing up in Portland and how that influenced her writing. She will also answer questions from the audience.

Please RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public so spread the word!

Counselor Corner

Ms LeAnne K-4: Starting the week of February 16th, Bridger students will be participating in several weeks of curriculum and activities around Black Lives Matter in Schools. We’re excited to teach and learn together about the 13 Principles of Black Lives Matter! The first week, students will learn about the movement and will discuss the principles of Empathy, Loving Engagement, Globalism and Diversity. We’ll be asking students to reflect on: how can they show each of these principles in their daily lives and demonstrate that black lives matter?

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Bridger Library

We enjoy seeing families on Thursday afternoons and will continue to offer book bag checkout each Thursday from 12-4:30! In addition, students can place books on Hold and pick them up during the same timeframe. If you have questions, please email library staff: Dawn Jardine (djardine@pps.net) or Brenda Jamsgard (bjamsgard@pps.net).

This month, Library lessons are focused on different genres through the lens of books written by Black authors and/or books including Black protagonists. Please check in with your students to make sure they are logging into the library classroom and completing the weekly activities; lessons are posted by Monday morning and can be completed during the suggested library time for their class or at any point throughout the week.

Night Night: Digital Bedtime Stories by Black Men is a fantastic opportunity offered each Wednesday at 4pm and 7pm. You and your student can log on to listen to stories chosen and read by Black men. The read-alouds are about 30-minutes long and are interactive, with both the host and the reader engaging with families and students. If you are interested in listening to the weekly stories, you can register here.

If your student is looking for resources for online reading, they can access many different options - including TumbleBooks, Storytime from Space, and our online catalog - by visiting the Bridger Library web page here.

Reading Tips

Multnomah County library has organized Spanish readers especially for elementary aged kids reading in Spanish. See what they did here, and put some books on hold for the future!

Math Tips

Profile:Fern Hunt

Fern Hunt is best known for her work in applied mathematics and mathematical biology. Throughout her great career, she has been involved with biomathematics, patterns in genetic variation, and chaos theory.

She currently works as an educator and presenter with the aim of encouraging women and minority students to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics and other STEM fields.

Hunt is a strong supporter of student choice, following one’s passion, and surrounding yourself with a strong support system, which are all factors that she credits to her own personal success in mathematics.

In this 3 minute talk, the Beauty of Mathematics, Fern Hunt shares how she sees mathematics in the beauty of nature that surrounds us.

Source: mathupmath.com

Student Leaders

This Friday, February 12th is our next Spirit Day: Wacky Hat Day! Keep it school appropriate but fun with your most creative hat in class!

Our next Middle School Student Council meeting is Friday, Feb 12th at 1:00-1:55. Google Meet code: Bridgerstudentcouncil.

Our next Elementary Student Council meeting is Friday, February 19th 11:05-11:40am. Google Meet code: BSC.

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks

Good morning Bridger community,

This week we are back to our regularly scheduled program of distance learning tips and tricks. I hope you were able to give yourself just a little break last week because you deserve it.

Today, I want to share with you a blog post from Edmentum, an education website. This blog post is 7 tips to help students develop effective study skills. This is something that I believe all students could use right now as they spend some of their time learning asynchronously.

I hope you enjoy the blog post:


As always, whatever you can do is enough and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Take care


  • Next Full PTA Gathering on Zoom is February 17th 6:30-8pm, in English and Spanish. CLICK THIS LINK TO JOIN!

    • Ever wonder: Why is my kid acting like this?

    • There’s an explanation! Learn how to help your kiddo work through their feelings and how to relate with one another. Come to this week’s meeting to learn more about EMOTIONS AND THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN!

  • Please be on the lookout for more information about an upcoming meeting on MARCH 10th to learn more about SEGC changes at Bridger! We are not advocating enough and Bridger is facing BIG changes! We hope to see you there.

Weekend Activity Books Available Through Nutrition Services

Meals are available for families to pick-up in front of Bridger School every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Each Friday, beginning 2/12/21, meal packs will come with a weekend activity book! Meals are free for all PPS students and any child between the ages of 1-18. These meals include the same great foods we serve during the school year for your family to enjoy at home. Many meals are heat at home foods that can be prepared in an oven or microwaves. Students will receive seven days’ worth of meals each week; including breakfast, lunch and supper for each day.

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.