Director's Note, March 12: Report Cards, Senior Center Visits, Solving our Gopher Problem, Women in History, and More!

Report Cards
Report cards went home on Friday for our K-5 students. If you did not receive a report card at home, double check your child's backpack. Be sure to return the signed envelopes to your child's teacher.

Rain is on the way!
Rain and cool weather is in the forecast this week, make sure your children are coming to school in warm clothes -- if it's raining, recesses and lunch will be held indoors.

THIS WEEKEND! 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 www.bridgespac.org on Wednesday, Feb 28. All information is in the attached flyer. Please contact Deb at performingartspmc@bridgespac.org for additional information.

5th Graders Visit the Senior Center
Ms. Sally's 5th graders have been visiting a local senior center as part of their curriculum, and I received a call from the Senior Center Director this morning that made me very proud of our students. She shared that she has never seen students so eager to engage in conversations with seniors, and that our students really "know how to connect" with seniors. I've heard stories from Ms. Sally of our students sitting down to play the piano with the seniors, reading books, listening to their stories, etc. It has been a wonderful experience for all of them, and their next assignment will be to write a memoir about a senior who they interviewed. These are moments that matter in a child's education, and we are lucky to have a teacher like Ms. Sally providing these life changing experiences for our students and our local seniors!

A Bridges Student Wants your Help Solving our Gopher Problem in a Sustainable Way
It's true that gophers are a fixture in the yard at Bridges, and no matter what we try, we cannot seem to solve the gopher problem. A Bridges student recently attended a conference and came back with her own solution. She put together a proposal for "A Natural Way to Solve the Gopher Problem at School" which includes enlisting the help of Bridges families to build owl nest boxes and hawk nesting platforms. See below for more details -- contact me if you want to participate simon@bridgescharter.org and I'll put you in touch with the student organizing this project.

What are the benefits?
We will benefit from using hawk perches, an owl nest box, and a hawk nesting platform because it will get rid of the gophers without using rodenticide, which can be expensive and toxic to people and animals. Using hawk perches, an owl nest box, and a hawk nesting platform is free for the school and nontoxic.

How other people can help?
Other people can help by making and setting up the hawk perches, an owl nest box, and an hawk nesting platform.

Women in History Project
You are invited to Bridges' annual Women in History Project.  Students in 4th through 8th grade will present five amazing women who have had an impact in history.  Please come support our students and learn about some influential women.  Here are the important details:
  • When: Thursday, March 22
  • Where: MPR
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar:
  • 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
  • Fri. 04/20: Fun Run and After Party 
  • 04/23-05/18: ELA and Math State Testing
  • Thurs. 05/17: Open House
  • 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



Art work by Bridges Charter Students, facilitated by our art teacher, Ms. Laura.
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