Director's Note: Charter Renewal Updates, Used Book Donations Needed, Middle School News, and More!

Upcoming Dates for your Calendars:
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 Dance
01/28        Parent Information Night in MPR for new potential families
01/29        Early Release at 12:20 for staff development
01/31         Spirit Day Door Walk hosted by Student Council
01/31         2nd Grade Used Book Sale, bring $1.00 (Please see note below, they need book donations!)
02/03       6th grade Orientation for current 5th graders
02/06        Middle School Information Night for 5th grade families, 5:30pm
02/14        No School, Local Holiday
02/17        No School, Local Holiday

Charter Renewal Updates
We are in the middle of our 10th year of operation as a Charter School approved and authorized by the Ventura County Office of Education. Every five years, we are tasked with revising our Charter document and presenting our petition to the county board for consideration of renewal.

Our Charter Renewal Committee has worked hard the past year to synthesize, refine, and consider changes to our Charter as we envision how we want to grow as a school in the next 5 years. I am happy to report that the Bridges Board of Directors voted to approve our Charter Revisions at the last board meeting. I will be presenting the revisions to the Ventura County Board of Education on Monday, March 23rd. Please consider joining us to show support as we request that the VCBE approve our Charter for another 5 years.

Our 2nd Graders Need Your Help Making an Impact to Adopt a Gorilla!
The 2nd grade classes have been working on a project focused on how to save endangered species. As part of that project, the 2nd graders will be hosting a USED BOOK SALE on Friday, January 31st. We would like to ask each student in the Bridges Community to donate one used book for the sale. All books will be sold for $1.00. All classes will have the opportunity to visit the book sale on Friday, January 31 and purchase a book to take home. All proceeds from the sale will be used to adopt a Mountain Gorilla from the World Wildlife Fund.

Middle School Information Week for 5th Graders and their Families
We can only accept 32 students into our 6th grade class, and we offer these spots to our current 5th grade students first. Our middle school is an intimate community that is academically challenging, yet still aligned with our whole child values. If you have a current 5th grade student, come to our information night to meet our teachers and learn about our unique middle school program! RSVP here: https://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/form/form.BRICS.rHK7VjH.2x5




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

Intent to Re-Enroll Forms Now Open!
We have released our Intent to Re-Enroll Forms Due no later than March 1st. You can fill out the form on Parentsquare. Please complete one form per child returning to Bridges for 2020-2021. If you have another child who is not a current student, the sibling will receive preference in our lottery, so please indicate your intent to the sibling on this form: ttps://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/2394043

Parent Yard Volunteers
We are currently training parents who wish to spend time supporting our students during lunch and recess. If you are interested in volunteering on the yard and supporting our students with conflict resolution skills, or facilitating games with our student at recess, please contact Dr. Kelly at kelly.simon@bridgescharter.org

Family Math Night is TONIGHT
And there is still time to RSVP! As if having fun with MATH itself is not enough, PAC is now donating Pizza for FREE to families who attend. We still have a couple free gifts left for the first 30 families who RSVP, and after you attend all 5 sessions tonight and complete a survey, you will be entered to win our Family Math Game Basket! We are sure you are not going to want to miss this event! RSVP Here: https://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/form/form.BRICS.rKn3y4U.8Z




Middle School Winter Dance
Our Middle School Dance, open to both Site Based students and Home School Students is TOMORROW! Now is the time to buy tickets if you have a middle school student by texting SNOWBALL to 91999.




Warmest winter regards, 

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy
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