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


Early Release Schedule this Week
Note that the first week of school is on Early Release schedule. Grades 1-8 will be released at 1:30, while kinder will be released at 12:30. Next week, we will return to our normal schedule 1-8 will begin at 8:20 and end at 2:40 while kinder will begin at 8:20 and end at 12:30.

Welcome Back Event for Parents -- tomorrow, 8:30am!
Join us tomorrow after drop off on the front lawn of the school for a Welcome Back social hosted by PAC. You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with other parents and learn more about volunteering with our Parent and Board committees.

Welcome Back Packet
Your child will be coming home tomorrow with an important packet with forms that need to be filled out and returned to the office by Friday! Inside of this packet is a “Just Choose 1” initiative that is new this year. We are requesting that every family just choose one event or committee to volunteer with this year in support of our school!

Mandatory Parent Volunteer Orientations
Once again, Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy will be hosting mandatory parent volunteer orientations. If you plan to volunteer in your child’s classroom, attending one of these orientations is essential. We will be reviewing important policies and sharing information about classroom volunteering. Note that the third orientation option if right before Back to School Night on September 5th. Please sign up for an orientation here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/1691982

New Breakfast and Lunch Program
We are partnering with CVUSD to offer hot lunch and breakfast to Bridges Charter students available starting the first day of school! Please take note of the following guidelines:

Payments are to be made PRiOR to lunch service. Payments can be made online through your Parent Portal link (found on our website), or by check/cash in the office before 8:20am. If paying by cash, it must be exact change, we cannot give change.

Each lunch comes with a salad bar trip, then your child has two options to choose from. Make sure your child knows which option they want before the school day. If your child wants to buy a lunch for a field trip, we need to know at least three days prior. The Grab and Go breakfast will be offered during the first recess.

Details about our meal program including our menu are available here: https://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1586451&type=d&pREC_ID=1712743

Back to School Night
Please plan to join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 5th at 5:30! On this evening, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the curriculum in your child’s classroom.

School Picture Day
Our school picture days are right around the corner! Nicolas Sage Photography will be on site on September 3rd (Grades 4th-8th) and September 4th (Grades K-3). You do not need to send any money on picture day, just come to school looking your best!

School Wide Norms Assembly
During the first two weeks of school, instead of diving straight into our academic curriculum, we spend time building our community in our classrooms and in our school. We believe that having this foundation in place is essential for our students’ academic success. Teachers will be constructing classroom norms with their classes, and we will be leading assemblies on Thursday to review playground rules and school expectations with all of our students. Please review these rules with your child at home to re-enforce (available in our family handbook here: https://4.files.edl.io/e974/08/13/19/060557-6183b741-b275-4c2d-8f26-a1d14c809d19.pdf)

We look forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow!
See you in the morning!

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

Important Dates for your Calendars:
  • Tues. August 20th: First Day of School and Welcome Back Social for Parents     (8:20-9:30am)
  • Sat. August 24th: Welcome Back Play Date for New and Returning Families at     Wildwood Park 3pm-5pm
  • Wed. August 28th: Bridges Got Talent Information Meeting in MPR, 3pm
  • Mon. September 2nd: No School, Labor Day Holiday
  • Tues. and Wed. September 3rd-4th: Picture Day (9/03 grades 4-8; 9/04 grades K-3)
  • Tues. September 3rd: Volunteer Orientation #1, 1:30pm
  • Tues. September 3rd: PAC Meeting in MPR, 6:30pm
  • Wed. September 4th: Volunteer Orientation #2, 3:00pm
  • Thurs. September 5th: Volunteer Orientation #3, 4:30pm
  • Thurs. September 5th: Back to School Night, 5:30-6:45pm
  • Mon. September 9th: Board of Directors Meeting, 6:15pm
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