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Director's Note, April 16th:

Good afternoon Bridges Charter Families!

We are quickly closing in on our biggest school fundraiser of the year! We are so proud of all of the parents, students, and teachers for making some groundbreaking leaps in the amount of money you have raised for our school for our upcoming Fun Run and After Party! In addition to getting some fun community-based exercise in the Fun Run, did you know that your students will have the opportunity to soak their teachers in the balloon drop? Your student will need to purchase tickets to join in the teacher-soaking fun! Tickets are for purchase before the event by texting "bridgesfunrun" to 71777. If we reach our community goal of $15,000 before Friday, PAC will donate a ticket to every student, so keep those donations coming!
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Director's Note, April 9th: Pajama Day, Social Emotional Learning Assembly, Middle School Dance, and more!

Good afternoon Bridges Charter Families!

Welcome back to our 7th graders, who spent 3 nights in Catalina exploring aquatic habitats and sea life. They, along with their teachers Mr. John, Mr. Martin, and Coach Lindsay even engaged in a night snorkel where they experienced bio-luminescence. Overnight field trips are a hallmark of our curriculum starting in 4th grade. See below for more photos from their trip!
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Director's Note, April 3rd: Join us for Goal Setting Workshop, County Science Fair Winners, Women in History Recap, and More!

Welcome back to school, Bridges Families!

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing break together. It's exciting to hear all the stories that the students are bringing back from their time away from school. As we start this week, we have just 10 more weeks of school, and there is still so much learning left to do! Attending school every day is important for the internalization of the skills and concepts your child is learning in their classrooms. So long as your child is healthy, please make a concerted effort to attend school. Every day matters in the learning process!
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Director's Note, March 19: Join our Board of Directors, Women in History, Evening Strategic Planning Meeting, and more!

We are coming off of an amazing weekend that showcased our students, parents, and community in ways that made us proud as they put on a production of James and the Giant Peach, Jr. They have been working so hard on this for the past 5 months. Kudos to Ms. Noreen, our Performing Arts Teacher and Musical Director, Ms. Deb, our Performing Arts Parent Committee Leader, all the other parents who put forward their collective efforts to making the show and event spectacular, and especially a big-high five to all of our 3rd-8th grade students who were involved either on the crew or up on stage in the show this weekend! You all were spectacular!
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Director's Note, March 5: Pirate Day, Evening Coffee Chat, School Attendance, and More!

It's somehow already March, and we are feeling the spring time energy already taking hold. It is also "P" week in kindergarten, and today our kindergarten classrooms are filled with Pirates and Princesses. I spied some of them today engaging in Project-based learning by Predicting how many Pennies (pirates) would fit on the Pirate ships that they designed before they Plunged to the bottom of the ocean. You should have seen the Possibilities! Check out the Pictures below!
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Director's Note, February 26th: State Testing, Director's Coffee Chat, Last Chance for Re-Enrollment, and More!

Good morning Bridges Families!

Our student council representatives along with their teacher leaders, Ms. Jessilynn, Ms. Sally, and Mr. Jason have planned monthly school-wide activities for us to connect around our social emotional themes. Each month has been something a little bit different! This morning we gathered together in the MPR where student representatives from each grade level shared their thoughts about team work and collaboration. Then, students worked together to clean up our campus and they walked around with their teachers to find hidden objects in each classroom. It was a fun and interactive morning -- thank you to our student council representatives for organizing the engaging event!
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Director's Note: School Safety, James and the Giant Peach, Underwear Drive, and More!

Good morning! We hope you had a refreshing four day weekend and were able to spend some special time with your children.

The news from Florida last week has been heartbreaking, and our thoughts continue to be with the community of teachers, parents, and students who lost their colleagues, children, and friends. Our schools should be places of learning where every child feels safe. The fact that school shootings have become so commonplace is something that we should not stand for and that our children should not stand for either. We realize that as a school community, it is impossible to be entirely prepared for an event like the one that took place last week in Florida, but nonetheless, we take it on as our huge responsibility to ensure that your child is safe during the school day, and we recognize that there is a need for us to be constantly assessing our readiness for ensuring our children's safety in every circumstance.

As such, we recognize that now may be a good time to let you know our process for evaluating our safety protocols. Every year, we form a safety committee comprised of teachers, administration, and parents who engage in the process of updating and refining our safety policies and procedures. The committee reviews current policies and rewrites procedures as necessary and works with local law enforcement and other public officials to ensure that our procedures are up to date.

The committee's work is presented in our Safety Plan that is taken to our board to be approved. When the Safety Plan is approved, we then train our teachers and staff on the updated procedures. Many of our teachers, administrators, and staff have attended trainings specifically on preparing for school lock downs and protocols for active shooters and have brought this knowledge to our community. With this awareness, we practice active shooter drills at least several times a year, and our teachers are wonderful at ensuring that your children's questions are answered with age-appropriate dialogue.

We assure you that we will continue to take all precautions and work diligently to ensure the safety of your children while they are here at school with us.

We have a lighter four day week, but there are a lot of exciting things around the corner at Bridges -- please read on for more information!
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Director's Note: February 12: Math updates, PBL in action, Jan Brett Contest, Underwear Drive, and More!

Good morning Bridges Charter School Families!

I cannot believe we are approaching the middle of February. The momentum toward the end of the year is already building. In fact, our Bridging Ceremony Committee has already begun planning for our year-end celebration. Please note that because our last day of school is a Friday this year, and because hosting our Bridging Ceremony in an evening would conflict with local school graduations, we have made the decision to have the Bridging Ceremony in the afternoon this year from 12pm-3pm on Thursday, June 7th. We understand that for many of our working parents, this is not the most convenient time, but we are hopeful that with the advance notice, working parents will still be able to join us. Please also note that for the last week of school, students will be released at 1:30 and on the last day of school (June 8), students will be released at 12:30.

Don't forget -- there is no school this Friday and next Monday!
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Director's Note, February 5th: Middle School Science Fair Recap, Coffee Chat, New Parent Driver Field Trip Requirements, and More!

Good morning Bridges Charter School Families!

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, this weather is not making us feel like we are coming upon six more weeks of winter! Make sure that your children are wearing sun protection and be sure to send them with water, too.

This week is already off to a great start; read on for more events happening at Bridges Charter School in the coming weeks!
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