Director's Note, October 24th: Halloween, Attendance, Think Break Thursdays, Book Fair, and More!

Halloween
Halloween is an exciting day at Bridges. Most classrooms are having special activities, but our whole school is celebrating the day from 1pm-2pm out on the blacktop. Please read the details below closely -- if the following rules are not followed, you will likely be getting a call from us on Halloween!

Costumes
  • Students in grades 1-8 cannot arrive at school in their costumes! They will have an opportunity to change before the afternoon activities.
  • No guns, masks or weapons of any kind are allowed
  • No inappropriate language/gestures on costumes.
  • Our dress code still applies on Halloween.
  • Accessories are only permitted during our parade (but only if they are not violent accessories)
Candy
Please do not allow your child to bring candy to school before/on/after Halloween!

Halloween Events
  • Kindergartners will parade around the school in their costumes around 9am.
  • Our school celebration is from 1pm-2pm.
  • Our whole school (minus kinder) will have a costume parade at 1pm on the blacktop. Parents are welcome to join us!
  • Our middle school students are hosting Halloween themed centers after the parade until 2pm. Teachers will accompany their classes if they choose to engage in these activities.
  • Please look out for messages from your teacher regarding classroom specific Halloween events! And sign up to volunteer or donate items if you have the means!
Attendance on and after Halloween
Attendance on Halloween and the day after Halloween is REQUIRED. Absences that are not a result of an illness are marked as unexcused. Please make every effort to have your children to school on time on Halloween and on November 1st!

Attendance
Bridges families, August and September were record breaking months for attendance at Bridges, but we hit October, and we’re in a slump. Family vacations, Disneyland day trips, staying home with a sick sibling, not wanting to come to school, feeling tired are not reasons to miss school, and have a negative impact not only on your child’s learning, but also on our school’s funding.

Our school’s primary funding comes to us only when your children attend school. Having more than 1-2 students out per class per day on average puts us below our budgeted threshold. When we don’t meet this threshold, programs get cut, class sizes increase, hiring is stalled. So long as your child is healthy, we count on you to get your students to school on time every day!

Please work with us to make a concerted effort to improve our overall attendance for October!

Think Break Thursdays
Mindfulness trainer, Marcy Crawford, has been visiting each of our classrooms this week and next to introduce mindfulness to our students. Mindfulness, now called “Think Break Thursdays” will be available during first recess (snack time) for all Bridges students to take advantage of. We are so excited about this new offering at Bridges as a next step toward deepening our approaches toward Whole Child Education

UCLA Lab School Visit
I traveled down to UCLA with Ms. Megan and Ms. Alanna to the infamous lab school at UCLA to observe and reflect with their teacher leaders for a day on their practices of teaching math using Cognitively Guided Instruction. We left with a lot of exciting ideas for reshaping our math curriculum at Bridges. Our on-site Math Committee is continuing to research next steps for implementation and grade-level alignment of math practices and standards. The research we are doing is providing us with a solid foundation from which to make exciting shifts.

Brandon Mull Author Visit
Bridges 3rd-7th graders have an amazing opportunity tomorrow with author Brandon Mull who is coming to our school in the afternoon to give a presentation to our lucky students! We are so excited about his visit, and are grateful to our librarian, Ms. Rebekah, for landing this opportunity for our students. If you haven’t heard of him, check him out: http://brandonmull.com

Book Fair NEXT WEEK October 29th- November 2nd
The book fair will be an Enchanted Forest, a whimsical place full of irresistible books kids can't wait to read so their imaginations can grow!  We'd like your help to make this book Fair that "once upon a time" experience for our students and inspire "happily ever after" results! Please volunteer to help during our book fair here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/1088888

BRIDGES' 9th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION 11/3/18
Join us for a "grown ups" only fiesta fundraiser!!! In addition to the silent auction, there will be raffles and a live auction!  (Don't forget about that coveted parking spot!!!) All proceeds from this event go to PAC and their mission to provide a multitude of wonderful programs and activities for our students. Pre-purchase your tickets now: http://bridgespac.org/ or text DIADELOSBRIDGES to 41444


BRIDGES HARVEST FESTIVAL 11/16/18
Harvest Festival is coming in hot on the heels of Silent Auction! We will meet up this Wednesday to keep the momentum going. This event is all hands on deck in order to make it one of the most memorable days of the school year for our kiddos!! Don't leave yourself out- it's fun for the parents too! Any families/parents from other countries? Please contact Meredith Johnson.  

PUMPKIN PATCH on October 26th
The Pumpkin Patch is back! Bring your gently used Halloween costumes to the office for the costume swap between now and the event. Then come stock up on your pumpkins for carving & cooking (or buy a home-made pumpkin pie!) the last 2 Fridays in October!!

Other Important Dates for your Fall Calendars:
Fri. 10/26:                    Pumpkin Patch open for fall shopping after school
Thurs. 10/25:               Visit with Author Brandon Mull for students in grades 3-7
Wed. 10/31:                  Halloween activities 1pm-2pm
Mon. 10/29-11-02:        Book fair in library
Thurs. 11/01                  Monday Mindfulness begins for students in Extension room
Sat. 11/03:                    Silent Auction (adults only)
Tues. 11/06:                 Coffee Chat with the Directors, 8:30-9:30am
Wed. 11/07:                  Wellness Expo hosted by River Oaks Charter School (https://sugeni.us/3ki8)
Mon. 11/12:                    No School, Local Holiday
Fri. 11/16:                       Harvest Festival during school
Mon. 11/19-11:23:           Thanksgiving Break, no school

We hope you have a fantastic week!
Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

The photos below are from our first graders' field trip to Tree People!

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