August 27, 2021
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
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
8:00am – 4:15pm School Office Hours
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
*Lunch and Recess times will change on rainy days
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
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.
If you have a device that is broken, your student can return it to their teacher.
Bridger Community Care Day
ALL PPS STUDENTS EAT FOR FREE IN 2021-22
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, email@example.com
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:
Phone: Dial 211 from anywhere in Oregon
Text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
Whitney Ellersick, Sr. Director Nutrition Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Our New Part-Time SLP
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
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.
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:
If you are behind on rent you may qualify for rental assistance. Call 2-1-1 or visit: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent
To apply directly for rental assistance online visit: https://www.oregonrentalassistance.org/ (Application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian)
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.