Director's Note, March 5: Pirate Day, Evening Coffee Chat, School Attendance, and More!

State Testing at Bridges Charter School
At Bridges we take pride in being leaders in Whole Child Education. We recognize that there is far more to schooling than assessments.  We believe in supporting the social, emotional, and academic development of children and we do so in an environment that is driven by intrinsic motivation rather than competition and extrinsic motivators. This is the core of who we are as a school.

We also recognize that for many of us who subscribe to this core philosophy, it is easy to brush off the state tests as unimportant. However, because we are a Charter School, the stakes for state testing are actually much higher than for other public schools. Our Charter Renewal is dependent upon our students participating in the state tests and on them doing well on these state tests.

We are very confident that the learning opportunities that our teachers naturally provide at Bridges will support our students' success on the state tests even with out us teaching to the test. That said, as we move closer to the state testing window, students in grades 3-8 will be learning how to navigate the testing system, they will start engaging in some practice questions, and they will be discussing some strategies for working through the tests. We are taking time for this because we want our students to feel confident and prepared.

The state tests are given only to students in grades 3-8, and a minimum of 95% of our student population must take the state tests.

The new assessments are different in that they are not timed assessments, so students can take as long as they need. We are also planning to organize the testing environment so that it is relaxing for the students with music and refreshments available.

Testing Windows:
  • Science (grades 5 & 8) -- April 16th-18th
  • English Language Arts (grades 3-8) -- April 23rd-May 4th
  • Math Assessments (grades 3-8) -- May 7th-18th

As we get closer to state testing, we will be providing more information!

Director's Coffee Chat -- New Evening Time (March 6th 5:30-6:30)
We meet once per month with parents in an informal coffee chat in order to discuss parent concerns and ideas for improving our school. These are usually engaging discussions. We recognize that many working parents have not had the ability to attend our coffee chats because they have been held in the morning. For the month of March, we are offering our Coffee Chat in the evening of March 6th from 5:30-6:30pm, and we hope that more of our parents can join us! We will provide refreshments.

Announcing! James and the Giant Peach Jr. School Musical
This spring, Bridges 3rd-8th grade students will be performing "James and the Giant Peach, jr"  Show dates are Mar 15-18 in the MPR. Tickets will be available for purchase online at on Wednesday, Feb 28. All information is in the attached flyer. Please contact Deb at for additional information.

Attendance has Plunged this past month. Grade levels that were especially low were 1st, 3rd, and 7th. Our 2nd grade has been consistently well above other classroom averages! We understand that there is still a lot of illness going around, and to minimize the spread of illness at school, all children who have symptoms of contagious illness need to be kept at home. Please keep your child home if they have a fever, runny nose with cloudy, yellow or green mucous or excessive/constant running nose of any kind, excessive coughing/sneezing, mysterious rashes, or diarrhea.

If your K-5 student has a doctor appointment, but is otherwise healthy, we recommend making the appointments later in the day so that your child can start the school day with the routine of their morning circle, and so that our school will still recover ADA from their attendance.

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:
  • Thurs. 03/01: Deadline to submit Intent to Re-enroll
  • Fri. 03/02: End 2nd Trimester for K-5
  • Tues. 03/06: Director's Coffee Chat 5:30-6:30pm
  • Fri. 03/09: K-5 Report Cards 
  • Wed. 03/14: Public Lottery for Enrollment
  • 03/15-03/18: James and the Giant Peach Musical
  • 03/26-03/30: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
  • 04/23-05/18: ELA and Math State Testing
  • Mon. 05/28: Memorial Day Holiday, No School
  • Thurs. 06/07: 8th grade Graduation 9am-11am
  • Thurs. 06/07: Bridging Ceremony for all grades 12pm-3pm
We hope you have a great week,

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

Pirates working

Pirate ship creations