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August 27, 2021

Principal Message

We are so excited to welcome you and your student(s) back to school this year. While school will look a little different this year, we are committed to offering a joyful and student-centered learning environment for your child in the safest environment possible.

Melissa Schachner, Principal

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All students and adults will be wearing masks all day, both inside and outside. The only time masks will be taken off is to eat breakfast and lunch.
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Arrival and Dismissal


Help us have a smooth drop off. Families dropping off your child please plan on driving down the hill west to east on Market St. Only stay long enough for students to exit vehicle. If parking, ensure that you do not park in the 5 minute drop off zone.

Students arriving at First Bell, 8:40am, can enter through the assigned door for their class. At this time, to minimize the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19, families will need to drop off their student outside the building. Families will NOT be entering the building for drop off or pick up.

  • Kinder- Ms. Rose Rm 40
  • Kinder- Maestra Morales Rm 41
  • Kinder- Maestra Letisia Rm 23
  • 1st Grade- Maestra Leslie Rm 22
  • 1st Grade- Ms. Kamm Rm 43
  • 1st Grade- Maestra Kirey Rm 21
  • 2nd Grade- Maestra Yesenia Rm 42
  • 2nd Grade- Maestra Luzi Rm 45
  • 2nd Grade- Ms. Schmidt Rm 19
  • 3rd Grade- Ms. Rabe Rm 1
  • 3rd Grade- Maestra Acevedo Rm 12
  • 3rd Grade- Maestra Chris Rm 4
  • 4th Grade- Maestra Julia Rm 6
  • 4th Grade- Ms. Meggie Rm 7
  • 4th Grade- Maestra Ilantha Rm 8
  • 5th Grade- Ms. Awo Rm 10
  • 5th Grade- Profe Alex P1
  • 5th Grade- Maestra Adriana P2


At 3:00pm all students K-5 will dismiss and line up outside on the blacktop with their teacher. Families will meet their student outside and then leave school grounds promptly.

The playground and school grounds are closed to the public on school days until 4:30pm.


Starting at 8:30am, students may enter through the west cafeteria door. This is ONLY for students who are eating breakfast so we can maintain 6 feet distancing for students while they are eating and masks are off. Families will NOT be able to enter the building to accompany their student during breakfast. Students will sit at class tables. Everyone will clean up after themselves. At 8:40am, clean tables will be excused to go to class.

School Hours and Daily Schedule

School Hours

8:00am – 4:15pm School Office Hours

Bell Schedule

8:30am Optional-Breakfast - enter at west cafeteria door

8:40am First Bell

8:45am Classes Begins

10:40am K-1 Recess/Lunch

11:35am 2-3 Lunch/Recess

12:10pm 4-5 Lunch/Recess

3:00pm Dismissal

*Lunch and Recess times will change on rainy days

Important Dates

August 28th- Bridger Community Care Day 9am-12

September 1st- First day of school for grades 2-5

September 1, 2, 3, & 7- Kindergarten Ramp Up

September 1st- First Grade Ramp Up

September 2nd- First day of school for 1st Grade & 1st Grade Family Social

September 8th- First day of school for Kindergarten & Kinder Family Social

Back to School Paperwork

Please review the materials in your child’s “Opening Day Packet” that you’ll receive on the first day of school. We will include a registration form for you to update and other important information. Please assist us by returning completed forms to school as soon as possible.


If your child will ride the bus to school, please review the schedule to determine the time and location to catch the bus each day. Bus schedules can change as deemed necessary by transportation. The following link will take you to the most current bus stop information. Bus Route Information: pps.net/bus

Champions Before and After School Care

For the 2021-22 school year, Bridger School will continue to work with the child care provider- Champions. They will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.

To register for Champions, please go to http://www.discoverchampions.com/our-locations/portland/or/001368.

Class Placement

Please be aware that due to changes in enrollment and to ensure balanced classrooms, there may be a need to change class assignments prior to or early in the school year.
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Student Chromebooks

If your student has a device from last year, please hang on to it for now. Your teacher will reach out when they need students to bring them in.

If you have a device that is broken, your student can return it to their teacher.

Bridger Community Care Day

Join our PTA on Saturday August 28th from 9am-12pm. Help is needed with raking, mulching, and weeding to beautify our campus. Please bring your own face mask, water, snacks, gloves and gardening tools. This is a great opportunity to help out, meet parents and staff, and get our school ready for the 21-22 school year!


All PPS students eat FREE. This school year, all students in all schools have access to free breakfast and free lunch each school day. This was made possible by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program waiver for the 2021-22 school year.

Families in non-CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) schools may still complete meal applications for free/reduced price meals in order to be eligible for other benefits such as fee waivers/reductions in other programs. Click here for a current list of CEP schools.

Whitney Ellersick, Sr. Director Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net

Pandemic EBT Information for Families

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are additional funds that can be used to support family food purchases. P-EBT benefits were approved for Oregon in May for the 2020-21 school year. P-EBT benefits issuance began at the end of July and will continue to be distributed into August and September for all families enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or with individual family eligibility for free or reduced price meals in the 2020-21 school year. Families inquiring about student eligibility, or have other P-EBT questions, can use the following Oregon 211 Info services:

Whitney Ellersick, Sr. Director Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net

Welcome to Our New Part-Time SLP

Hi Bridger team! My name is Amber Ronhaar and I'm one of your speech-language pathologists this year. I am an English-Spanish bilingual and I look forward to supporting your students' communication needs in any way I can. In my spare time I love gardening, cycling, and baking. Please, never hesitate to reach out to me (amronhaar@pps.net)!

Welcome to Our Temporary Learning Center Teacher

Hello Bridger Community:) My name is Adrian Rodriguez and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this community! My role at Bridger is working as the Learning Center Teacher.

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Grand Canyon University in 2018 and in the coming weeks will begin working on a Masters in Special Education at at PSU. Two of my favorite terms are lifelong learners and growth mindset.

The past two years I have worked in PPS at the Pioneer Program teaching 5th grade and a highschool classroom. The pandemic has shone so much light on the importance of community, and that being said I am ecstatic to work with the community and get to know our students and families.

I love to hike, play guitar, hang out with my pets! More than anything else, I love being a teacher and a lifelong learner. I look forward to meeting you all, thanks! :)

Welcome to Our Temporary 3rd Grade DLI Teacher

Hello Bridger families! My name is Chris Barron. My students call me Maestra Barrón. My career in education began in 2017, when I worked as a kindergarten educational assistant back home in Los Angeles, CA. The following year my family and I moved to Portland and I was fortunate enough to continue working as an educational assistant here at Bridger. Last year, I began a Masters in Education program through Oregon State University while also working as a substitute teacher for PPS. This year, I am thrilled to be back at Bridger as a third grade DLI teacher. I know this year will be special because the kindergarten students I met the first year I worked at Bridger will now be entering third grade with me. I am so excited to be reunited with many familiar faces!

Important Information for Renters

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Dear PPS Families,

We want to share with you some important dates and resources available to you:

If you or someone you know needs assistance to pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills, please call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211info.org/. There are many programs available and 2-1-1 can provide information and referrals. You may also contact your school counselor or social worker if you need more information or resources.

Additional resources for renters:

Oregon’s Eviction Moratorium ended on June 30, 2021. We want to share with you some important dates and resources available to your family.

Important dates:

  • Renters are required to pay current month’s rent (July 2021 to current month)

  • Renters have until February 28, 2022 to pay overdue rent (April 2020 - June 2021)

  • Provide proof of application for rental assistance to your landlord to avoid eviction for 90 days while you wait for the rental assistance (Multnomah County).

Resources available to families:

  1. If you are behind on rent you may qualify for rental assistance. Call 2-1-1 or visit: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent

  2. To apply directly for rental assistance online visit: https://www.oregonrentalassistance.org/ (Application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian)

  3. If you receive an eviction notice, call the Eviction Defense Project at 888-585-9638 to understand your rights and receive free legal assistance.

As always, you can contact your school for questions or assistance. We are here to support our students and their families during these challenging times.

Thank you.

As students are preparing to return to in-person learning, we want to remind people to drive safe, especially at school commute times. Metro, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Department of Transportation partnered to build a new statewide safety campaign that reminds drivers of their role in keeping kids safe in our neighborhoods. The campaign’s core message: “School routes are everywhere. Drive like it.” is supported by safety data, local research, and focus groups to remind drivers that as school returns in-person, our kids are walking and rolling in-and-around our streets and communities.