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Director's Note, October 2nd: Coffee with the Directors, Bridges Worm Farm, Homeschool Enrollment, and More!
Welcome to the second full month of school! October is an exciting month for us at Bridges; as the fall weather is settling in, we have many things to look forward to including our annual pumpkin sale, Halloween activities, and our Fall Book Fair. Our 4th and 5th graders will also be leading us through October with this month’s social-emotional theme, Courage. Students will be discussing courage in their classrooms and we will end the month with a whole-school assembly led by our 4th and 5th graders. The 4th and 5th graders will also be responsible for our morning announcements this month! Please note that we have several days off school this month: October 9th is a local holiday, the school and office will be closed, and October 18th is a staff development day. 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
We are fully settled in to the new school year! With the first several weeks of school behind us, our teachers and students have recently been investing time into assessments that will help us shape and individualize academic learning experiences for your children. In kindergarten and first grade, our teachers have met with students in a low-stakes individual and small group formats to assess reading. Teachers in grades 2-8 have been implementing our newly adopted NWEA Map Assessments for literacy and math. These assessments provide very concise data on where students are and where they need to go. At Bridges, student assessments are used to help teachers figure out how best to target and support next steps in student learning. Further, when looked at collectively, these assessments help us determine areas of growth as a school. As we gather more data, we look forward to sharing our findings with you!
These first several weeks of school have been full of exciting activities, laughter, and connection. With an emphasis on whole child learning, Bridges Charter school teachers and administrators always spend the first several weeks of school getting to know your children, helping your child adjust to the school and classroom environment, and co-constructing norms and expectations for the school year. With a shared set of norms, a clear understanding of rules and expectations, and a sense of social emotional support, your child is set up greater academic success!
We are so eager to welcome you to the beginning of school year 2019-2020! This is the first Director’s note of the year. In these bi-weekly messages, you’ll find important information about upcoming events, news from our classrooms about curriculum, and updates from our Board of Directors. I will keep these messages as succinct as possible with information that is important, timely, and relevant. Please make it a habit of reading these notes thoroughly as they will provide important dates and information for you to be actively engaged in our community and your child’s education! When you return to campus, you’ll find some new upgrades to our school including two new Hydration Stations, two new murals that brighten up our building (thank you Cara Stephens and Sara Milano!), a new location for our hybrid homeschool, two new promethean boards, and a comprehensive upgraded security system. Many of these updates were made possible through your generous donations last school year. 💗💗💗 Further, our teaching staff has been working together this past week to design new project based units for implementing in the first three months of the school year. As we move into our 10th year of operation, school at Bridges Charter has never been better!
Director's Note, May 20th: Parent Education Nights, Fundraising Updates, Bridging Ceremony, Parent Survey Results and More!
There are just 13 days of school left with so much good stuff to come in these final weeks. If you haven’t yet made plans for your children for June, why not try out our new Lego Robotics summer camp open to students in grades 2-8? The first week of the camp starts June 10th. We only have one or two spots open in each week, so if you’re on the fence about registration, do it soon! Registration is open here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/1493383
Directors Note: May 8th: Robotics Program Updates, Movie Night, Bridging Ceremony, Parent Survey, and More!
And once again we are flying into the end of the school year with just three and a half weeks to go! There are so many opportunities for you and your children in these coming weeks, you won’t want to miss out. Here are just a few of our school-wide events, but make sure you are checking your class parent square page for more grade-level specific End-of-Year celebrations!