Director's Note, May 20th: Parent Education Nights, Fundraising Updates, Bridging Ceremony, Parent Survey Results and More!

Bridges First Lego League Competitive Teams Launching in August 2019!
We are launching our first ever Competitive First Lego league teams in August for students in grades 2-8. These teams require a significant time commitment next year, and Ms. Erin is hosting a mandatory parent night for you to learn more. The parent night is scheduled for May 28th at 6pm. Please RSVP here!

After Run and Spring Carnival Fundraising Updates
I know many of you are wondering if we hit our fundraising goal of $40k for the Fun Run and After Party so that we could receive the full $40k from the generous matching donors!

We will have numbers finalized with PAC in the next couple of weeks, but it is looking like we have had our biggest year yet for this fundraiser! Your dollars donated are going to go a long way to improve our school. With the matching donations, we are enhancing our security systems by installing a comprehensive camera and monitoring system. These installations will be taking place in the coming weeks with full implementation by the 2019-2020 school year.

We have also asked teachers to make proposals for technology enhancements they would like to have in their classrooms, and we intend to put the money raised through the matching donation directly into the classrooms for upgrading classroom technology. More updates on how your fundraising money and how the matching donation is being spent will be forthcoming as we work with PAC on the 2019-2020 school year budget!

Parent Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Parent Survey! We had 70 families participate in the feedback process. We take this survey very seriously and use it to make adjustments to our school particularly as we form and reflect upon our annual school wide goals. Our school goal is to see improvement in the number of families agreeing to or strongly agreeing to questions asked across the following domains:

Theme 2017-2018
(Percentage who Agree)
(Percentage who Agree)
Student Instruction, Engagement, Challenge, Support with Learning 82% 85%
Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution Skill Development 76% 71%
Healthy and Safe School Climate 69% 69%
Parent Involvement in Meaningful Ways 78% 77%
Communication, Organization, and Administration 83% 84%

Literary Journal Released!
Please find attached our second issue of “Pencils and Paintbrushes” a literary journal featuring artwork and creative writing from our very own Bridges students! This issue’s theme is Dystopia. The artwork and stories published are from our very creative middle school students!

Pennies for Patients Total
Every year we organize school wide fundraising to donate to help children with cancer. This year our students collected $602 that we will donate to Pennies for Patients! Thank you for your help in making a difference!

Sage Grant
Ms. Rebekah has won a SAGE grant again for the third year in a row! The $1000 grant will go right into improving our library programs!

Bridging and Graduation -- June 6th
We will be celebrating all of the successes of our students in two celebrations on June 6th. Our 8th grade graduation will take place in the MPR at 9am! This year is monumental in that we are in our 9th year of operation and this is the first graduating class that has spanned from Kindergarten to 8th grade! Our school wide Bridging Ceremony takes place right after graduation at 12pm. Please join us in this memorable day! Parents and extended family are welcome at our Bridging Ceremony that is always a touching and celebratory afternoon.

Release times during Last week of School
Please note that we have an early release schedule for the last week of school! June 3rd-6th we will release students in grades 1-8 at 1:30pm. On the last day of school, June 7th, all students will be released at 12:20pm!

Last Parent Education Nights of the School Year!
We have two very important topics for our final parent education evenings of the year. Do you crave a deeper connection with your children? If so, our next parent education night this Thursday, May 23rd from 5pm-6:30pm, Connecting Communication, is for you! RSVP here. Feel free to share the evening with your non-Bridges friends!

Our final Parent Education Night is Thursday, May 30th from 6:30-8pm and the topic is another important one -- Setting Limits and Understanding Anger. Setting healthy limits is an important part of whole child learning. Come learn more about how to set healthy limits at home with your children! RSVP here, and feel free to share with your non-Bridges friends!

End of Year Music Performance by Middle School Students
Ms. Noreen and Mr. Ralph along with a group of our middle school students will be showcasing their hard work in an end-of-year Choir and Band Concert THIS Thursday, May 23rd at 7pm in the MPR! We have some very talented students who have worked hard this year with their dedicated teachers . Their performance is not to be missed!

Upcoming Dates for your Calendars:
May 22nd,6pm: Middle School Dance
May 22nd: Ameci’s Restaurant Fundraiser -- Oak Brook Plaza
May 23rd, 5pm-6:30pm: Parent Education Night “Connecting Communication”
May 23rd, 7pm-8pm: Spring Music Concert
May 30th, 6:30pm-8pm: Parent Education Night “Understanding Anger and Setting Limits”
June 3rd-6th: Early Release (Students in grades 1-8 will be released at 1:30pm)
June 6th, 9am: 8th Grade Culmination
June 6th, 12pm: Bridging Ceremony (All Grades)
June 7th: Last Day of School (Students in all grades released at 12:20pm)
June 11th, 6:15pm: Board of Directors Meeting
August 20th: First day of school!

Have a great week!


Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

First Graders exploring the tide pools at Point Dume:
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