News & Announcements

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. 

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Director's Note, September 16th: Spirit Day, Climate Walk-Out, Math Curriculum Updates, and more!

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!
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Director's Note, September 4th: Field Trips, Spirit Wear, Whole School Activities, and More!

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!
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Director's Note, August 19th: Welcome Back!

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!
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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
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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!
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Director's Note April 22, 2019: Goal Setting Workshop, Summer Robotics Camp, Book Fair, and More!

Hello Bridges Family! 

And Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Spring is in the air, our poppies are blooming, and it seems that everyone is returning after spring break with positive energy to complete the school year.

Spring is a busy time for us at Bridges with State Testing, Overnight Field Trips that include visits to Catalina, Dana Point, Yosemite, Washington DC, and Astro Camp, preparations for Bridging Ceremony, and lots of planning for next year. Read on for some re-caps and for more information on upcoming events! 🏕️
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Now Recruiting for Board of Directors!

We hope that you will consider joining us on the Bridges Board of Directors – a fantastic opportunity for public service that will allow you to be involved in the deepest levels of decision making at our school.

If you are interested, please familiarize yourself with our elections timeline, trustee qualifications, job description, and application and elections procedures by selecting the “Board Elections” option on this page.



If you have any questions, please contact Marcy Crawford at marcy.crawford@bridgescharter.org
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Directors Note, April 1st: Bridges Board Resolutions for AB1505-1508, New Coffee Chat Time, Spring Carnival, and More!

I hope you were able to catch one of the fantastic performances of Aladdin Jr. over the weekend that was sponsored by our Performing Arts Parent Committee and that featured performances by more than 60 Bridges students. It was a spectacular show that was professionally executed with amazing costumes, sets, choreography, songs, and performances. Well done to all the parents and students involved!
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Teacher Transition for 2019/2020

It's hard to believe how close we are to the end of the school year. At this time of year, we start an inventory of teachers who are moving or transitioning for other reasons in order to determine how many positions we will need to fill for next school year.

We have such a solid team of teachers who are very invested in Bridges' philosophies and who care deeply about your children and your families.

I am pleased to let you know that we only have one teacher choosing to transition after the 2018/2019 school year. Unfortunately, the teacher who is leaving has a long tenure at Bridges and will leave a hole in many of our hearts.

Our beloved Ms. Tori has made the decision to move in with her fiancé in Palmdale following this school year.
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