February 25, 2022
I hope everyone survived the Arctic temperatures! Because of the bitter cold, caused mostly by the wind chill, our kiddos had a lot of indoor recess. Here's hoping things warm up a bit so students can run around outdoors for every recess next week. If you recall, we use a "feels like" temperature through a weather app to determine if it is warm enough for students to go outside. Our procedure is the "feels like" must be at least 20F which, when compared to some of the northern states is quite warm. I recently read in North Dakota, "Elementary students in grades K- 5 will stay inside before school and/or during recess when the wind chill reaches -15° F". YIKES - negative 15F - I think I would freeze right to death!
- Spring pictures are scheduled for March 24. This is a FREE Dress Down Day. More information will be coming soon.
- Bullfrog shirts were sent home. If your kiddo did not bring your order home please have them check their locker.
Please keep up on your emails and social media if possible as these are the first methods of communication with parents.
Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the weekend!
Toys at School
Though it is highly discouraged, students may bring toys to school to play with during recess. However, if the items become a distraction during the school day or cause commotion during recess, a teacher or other staff member will confiscate the items and either give them to the child’s teacher or send them to the office until a parent or guardian can pick up the items.
Bridge does allow scooters to be used on our asphalt path around the school field provided students wear helmets. The school has 30 scooters and 30 helmets that students can use during recess. If a child chooses to use their own scooter and helmet it is highly suggested that the scooter and helmet be labeled with the child’s name. Students may NOT ride bikes, skateboard or roller skate/blade around the asphalt path during school hours.
If students bring cards, such as Pokemon cards, or other items that are typically “traded”, the school will NOT get involved in what students determine as unfair trades. The best way to avoid your child getting upset that another student has taken their “card” is to ensure the child does not bring these items to school. The school will NOT be responsible for toys brought from home that are lost, damaged or stolen during school including scooters, and the school will make minimal efforts and use minimal resources to find the missing items. The best way to ensure your child’s toys are not lost, damaged or stolen at school is to have your child keep all toys at home.
In some grades the problem with certain toys has become so invasive that teachers have requested the toys REMAIN AT HOME. Probably the most difficult to manage, especially with the littles, is Pokemon cards. If your child's teacher has asked the class NOT TO BRING a certain type of toy to school please help them implement this by following their requested procedures.
We are tracking ALL COVID positive cases and at-home exposures as reported to us by parents, staff and the health department.. These are the numbers of reported COVID positive staff and students over the past 7 days.
COVID + Students = 2
COVID + Staff = 0
We will continue to notify you if your child may have been exposed to a person testing positive for COVID at school. As a parent you can decide if you want to keep your child home for the recommended five days or send your child to school. If they come to school they SHOULD wear a mask for 10 days.
Please understand, we follow all state rules when it comes to COVID protocols. We understand the rules are confusing and may not make sense since in the end, parents can choose to not follow the suggested rules. Our goal is to educate kids in person while keeping them as safe as possible. We are diligent about sanitizing and cleaning and can only hope parents are diligent about keeping their child home when sick, and following the state recommendations of quarantine and mask-wearing when needed in an effort to keep their child and others safe.
Parent Teacher Conferences
We host only ONE formal PTC each year. However, three times a year your child's teacher (grades 1-6) invite you to attend the student's Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) meeting. Also, each and every teacher is open to meeting with you as needed, simply send them an email requesting a meeting and the reason for the meeting.
Mad Science - Spring
There is a cost of $79 for the six-week program. Scholarships may be available. If your student would like to attend but cost may be an issue, please reach out to email@example.com
Field Day - Last Day of School
- Magician (K-6)
- Bounce Houses (K-3)
- Face painting (K-6)
- Yard games (K-6)
- Water Activity (4-6)
- BBQ Lunch (K-6)
- Games and Prizes (K-6)
- School Movie (K-6)
- Yearbook Signing and Autographs (K-6)
We are SUPER EXCITED that parents will be allowed to volunteer with their child's class this year! In May your child's teachers will send information out about signing up to volunteer for Field Day.
We need the following donations for our Games and Prizes booths. Please drop items off in the office.
- Cans of soda for ring toss
- Small prizes like you can buy in a bag at Zurchers or Oriental Trading
- Medium prizes like you would find at a dollar store
Order Yearbooks Now - Closes April 15
Order your yearbooks today! Yearbooks will NOT be sold at the school. They will be delivered to the school and handed to students on the last day of school. The deadline to order April 15. If you choose not to order a yearbook for your student we will provide them with an autograph book on the last day of school they can use during yearbook signing.
Prepay Code: BridgeYB22
To order yearbooks online, CLICK HERE
You can also find this information on our website under EVENTS > SCHOOL EVENTS at:
We are also in need of school pants sizes 7-10 for our closet. We lend lots of clothes out for accidents (potty, mud, split milk, torn pants) and for students who do not wear dress code appropriate clothing.
Classic Skate Night - April 22
Friday, April 22 - 5:00 - 8:00 pm
UPDATE - Beginning March 15 students can turn in 10 Watch Me Learn tickets to have their name added to the FREE 10 Token Pass! Only one 10 Token Pass will be available for students. Students will pick up their Token Pass at the Bridge table at the rink. The tokens are used on the arcade games. Skating is FREE (bring your own skates or scooters) or you can pay to upgrade to a pass that includes ALL of the activities including Laser Tag, Bouncing, and Pirate's Cove.
Math in May Family Night
Incoming Kindergarten Students
Our expectation is that incoming kindergarten students can do the following:
- Write their first name
- Count objects up to 10
- Identify numbers 1-10
- Identify the names of MOST upper and lowercase letters (80%)
- Provide the sounds of MOST letters (80%)
- Identify colors (red, blue, green, yellow, white, orange, black, brown, purple, pink)
- Identify shapes (triangle, square, circle, rectangle, oval)
- Read these sight words (the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it)
It is NOT too early to start working on those pre-kindergarten skills. One of the BEST ways is using the Waterford UpStart FREE pre-school program. UpStart ALSO provides a free computer and Internet service for students who qualify. To register your pre-kindergarten student for UpStart use this link: https://www.waterford.org/upstart/
Visible Learning - ENTHUSIASM
ENTHUSIASM teaches students to "PUT THEIR WHOLE HEART INTO WHAT THEY DO".
Practice these "I WILL" statements with your student:
- Be an energy giver
- Encourage others
- Treat every job as important
- Not be discouraged by failure
Our mission is to empower students to take ownership of their own learning. By learning, practicing and embracing these visible learning traits, students will have the skills needed to become accountable for their own lifelong learning. You can find the six Visible Learning traits on our website at Visible Learning
Substitute Teaching at Bridge
To get more information please visit Ready2Teach at: https://www.ready2teach.com/
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.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR WHAT
Principal - Lani Rounds
Lead Secretary - Lalani Williams (Aspire, registration, lottery)
Admin Support - Sara Tucker - (Title 1 and At-Risk Coordinator, ELL support, 504 Plans, Behavior Support and BASE)
Curriculum and Instruction Specialist - Keri Toponce