Director's Note, January 8th: Art Show, Service Learning Projects, After School Release Norms, and More!

 

Upcoming Dates for your Calendars:
01/13        Board of Directors Meeting, 6:15pm
01/15        Early Release at 12:20 for staff development
01/20        No School, Local Holiday
01/23        Kindergarten Orientation for 2020-2021 11:30-1pm
01/23        Family Math Night, 5:30-7pm RSVP here:
http://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/form/form.BRICS.rKn3y4U.8Z
01/24        Middle School Family Dance
01/28        Parent Information Night in MPR for new potential families
01/29        Early Release at 12:20 for staff development
02/04       Kindergarten Orientation for 2020-2021 11:30-1pm
02/06        Middle School Information Night for 5th grade families
02/14        No School, Local Holiday
02/17        No School, Local Holiday

Lottery Dates, Open Houses, and Orientations
We have recently announced dates and times for tours and orientations for families new to Bridges for the 2020-2021 school year! Our public lottery will be held after school on Wednesday, March 18th this year. For new families joining Bridges, lottery forms are due to the front office no later than Friday, March 13th.

New Families interested in Bridges have many options for learning more about our school, please forward this link to friends who may be interested in Bridges:

https://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=992548&type=d&pREC_ID=1308279

Middle School Service Learning Projects
As part of our school’s emphasis on project based learning, our middle school students engaged in an extended service learning project this year. Starting in late September, students had to reflect on what service meant to them, why it was important to serve, as well as research ways they could serve in the area. Students were then urged to find and meet a need relevant to humans, animals, or the environment. Once they found their focus they were then asked to serve a minimum of five hours within their community. As teachers, it was great to see the different ways students were getting involved and their excitement around their service. We ended this project on December 18 with a Service-Learning Expo. Here we got to hear about the different projects, how students impacted the community, and how service affected the students. Well done, students!


Middle School Art Show
Our Art Teacher, Ms. Laura, is hosting a middle school art show next Monday between 10am-2pm in the Art Room. Light refreshments will be served. Please stop by and check out our student’s projects!



Spelling Bee Information
The Scripps Spelling Bee is starting this week. Students who have elected to participate will take part in the classroom bees being held this week. The top two students from each grade will go on to compete in our school wide bee. The school bee will on Feb. 20th after school. The winner from our school spelling bee will go on to compete at the county spelling bee this spring.

Family Math Night
Now is the time to RSVP for our family math night! Have you ever wondered how we are teaching math at Bridges? Have you wondered how you can better help your child with math at home? Come engage in interactive, fun activities meant to engage the whole family at our family math night! Pizza will be for sale in the MPR.

RSVP here:  http://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/form/form.BRICS.rKn3y4U.8Z



Coffee Chat with the Directors
Our next coffee chat is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th from 1:30-2:40pm. Join us before pick-up to talk about our new Dashboard State Indicators for student achievement as we look at student progress in Math and English Language Arts. We will invite you to take a look at our student achievement data as compared with county, district, and state averages!

Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Picking up Children from School
As we return from winter break, we are revisiting some of our schoolwide norms. One area where we would like more parent support is during our release time. Our teachers are reminding students this week of the rules on the front yard during pickup time -- there should be no tag, no running, no balls. Students on the front lawn should be looking for their parents. As the teachers on duty during this time window are helping to ensure that students get in their cars safely and the line keeps moving, we do not have adequate supervision for monitoring play. Please help us enforce these rules. After you find your child at pick-up, please ensure that you are exiting school grounds efficiently. This will help us to ensure student safety.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website atwww.ftb.ca.gov.

Warmest winter regards,

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy
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