Director's Note, November 20th: History Bee, Family Math Night, Makerspace, and so much more!

Please share this link widely with your friends to register for orientations and tours:
 
 
Upcoming Dates for your Calendars:
11/20:                 Little Calf Creamery Fundraiser (Bridges receives 20% of your purchase all day)
11/21                   Spirit Wear Sale on front lawn
11/21                   Robotics Team Showcase 4:30pm; Ms. Erin’s room
11/22                  The Harvest Festival (during school day 8:30-1:30pm)
11/22                  Report Cards for K-5 students go home
11/24                  First Lego Robotics Competition at La Reina, 9am-3pm
11/25-11/29        Fall Break NO SCHOOL
12/2                   Musical Rehearsal 2:45pm-4:45pm
12/2                   PAC Meeting 6:30pm-7:30pm
12/3                   Classroom History Bees for grades 3-5
12/5                   Director Coffee Chat 1:30pm-2:40pm
                          (Topic: Schoolwide Norms, Discipline Procedures, and Behavior Expectations)
12/7                   Holiday Vintage Market at Bridges
12/7                   Bridges Booth at Westlake Promenade
12/9                   Board of Directors Meeting, 6:15pm
 
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Harvest Festival -- THIS FRIDAY! We still need your help!
The Harvest Festival is a day we look forward to every year, and is always a special celebration of our whole community. This year’s theme is Ancient Greece, and students have four unique centers, two snacks, and a community feast to look forward to. This event is parent-powered, and we are so grateful for all the time, vision, and effort that our parents have given. We are still in need of some last minute help, though! You don’t want to miss this event, if you plan to attend, please sign up to volunteer here:
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Greatschools.org Rating

Over the past few years, we have been very focused on re-committing to executing our school’s vision of whole child education, inquiry based learning, and family partnership. The strong commitment of our teachers, parents, and staff to this realignment is paying off in noticeable ways. Our greatschools.org rating has gone up to 9/10 with high marks for test scores, academic progress, and equity. While this site just showcases a sliver of who we are as a school, we are proud that the progress we have made is filtering into sites like greatschools.org.

While you are visiting the site, if you’ve been happy with your experience at Bridges, please leave us a positive review. If for some reason your experience with us has been less than satisfying, we encourage you to reach out to Dr. Kelly, Ms. Cindy, or your child’s teacher!

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K-5 Report Cards
The trimester ended last Friday for our K-5 students. Some teachers will be sending report cards home tomorrow afternoon because of the Harvest Festival. Other teachers will send home report cards on Friday. Please check backpacks!

Pajama + 8th Grade Service Learning Project Donation Collection
Our student council is collecting NEW pajamas for local foster children. The drop off box is in our front office, and donations are due no later than December 4th! Sizes needed are 2T to Adult 3XL.

You are also cordially invited to participate in an 8th-grade Service Learning Project hosted by Anouk, Athena, Mallory, and Poet, 4 of our very own 8th grade students. They are collecting new toys and games for foster children though December 5th. Donations can be dropped off in the front office.

Coming Soon! Spelling Bee and History Bee!
Students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to begin signing up for and studying for the “Who Was” History Bee with Ms. Rebekah in the library. Grade level history Bees for grades 3-5 will be held on December 3rd. The school wide “Who Was” History Bee will be on Wednesday Dec. 18. The 1 winner will then take a written test with Ms. Rebekah that will be mailed in to be judged!

The Scripps Spelling Bee words will go out to Kinder-8th students who wish to participate the week of Dec 9-13 in library (after the classroom History Bees). The classroom bees will be held the week of Jan. 6-10. The school bee will on Feb. 19 after school.


Lego Robotics Competition AND Updates on our Robotics Program 🤖
On Sunday, November 24th Bridges will be sending two robotics teams to their first ever First Lego League Competition. This competition will be held at La Reina iin Thousand Oaks from 9AM-3PM.

The students will compete at the table 5 times and their highest score will be taken. In addition, students will be showing their research presentations to the judges in a private presentation room.

Congratulate to Ms. Erin and our Robotics teams for a job well done in preparing for their dedication and tenacity in preparing for this competition!

You are invited to stop by La Reina at any point in the day to watch our kids in action. If you think robotics may be of interest to your child, this is a great way to see what it is all about.

Additionally, this Thursday at 4:30PM, both teams will do a showcase in Ms. Erin's classroom to present their research and show off their table game skills. All are welcome!

Robotics at Bridges will continue after winter break. There will be after school extensions offerings for those who would like to learn more! Stay tuned and have a great weekend.


Parent Volunteers wanted for Support on the Yard
If you would like to participate in supporting our school by helping children navigate conflicts on the yard, we would love to have your help, particularly if you are a 1st-5th grade parent. We will provide special training in conflict resolution and in our Toolbox Curriculum to support you in successfully working with children at recess. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are interested in volunteering!


Family Math Night
It’s been two years in the making, but we are finally going to be launching our Family Math Night this year! Please save the evening of Thursday, January 23rd to participate in our engaging discussions and activities. We plan to engage you in fun math games, help you learn more about how to support your children with math at home, and have a candid discussion about Common Core Math. More details will be forthcoming!



Makerspace ⚙️🗜️⚗️
Makerspace is back! Children had the opportunity this week to choose to work in the Makerspace with our Librarian Ms. Rebekah. Children who attended had opportunities to create and inquire around the theme Ancient Greece.

ou are cordially invited to participate in an 8th-grade Service Learning Project hosted by 4 of our very own 8th grade students. Here are the details:

New Toy and Game Drive for Foster Children
Donations accepted November 4th - December 5th in the office at Bridges Charter School

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We hope you have a relaxing, peaceful, and connected time with your loved ones this Thanksgiving season!

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy


Students participating in Makerspace:

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