Director's Note, December 14th: Hot Lunch Program, Choral Concert, Literary Magazine, and more!


Hot Lunch Program
An important bill that was passed that will impact Bridges in the near future is AB 1871 which requires charter schools to provide a daily meal meeting federal nutrition standards to all students whose family incomes meet federal free/reduced-price meal eligibility thresholds. As a result, we are currently researching Hot Lunch Programs with our Board of Directors so that we can bring the best lunch program next school year while still staying fiscally responsible. More information on this will be forthcoming!

Enrollment
We have several Bridges families making big cross-state moves and as a result we have a few openings in certain grades. If you have any friends interested in checking out Bridges for their children in grades that we currently have openings, please give us a call (805) 492-3569. Enrolling before March 1st will allow the students to forego our lottery and it will give siblings preference during our lottery in March (even in kindergarten and 6th grade where our wait-lists are still very long!) Out of District students are welcome to enroll!

Attendance
We really need your help these next couple of weeks before our winter break to boost our December attendance! Having more than 2 students absent in each grade dips us below our goal. PLEASE only keep your children home if they are sick. Additionally, try to schedule doctor’s appointments in the afternoon or after school.

Literary Magazine
I want to extend huge recognition to Mr. Jason and his middle school Creative Writing class for being on the verge of launching Bridges’ very first Literary Journal with student artwork and writing that will be published next week before the holidays! Keep an eye out for it!

Winter Choral Concert -- TONIGHT!
Our winter choral concert is tonight, please join us in support of our Middle School Chorus students and their amazing teacher, Ms. Noreen. The concert begins at 7pm!

Spirit Day
Our next spirit day, “Winter "WINTER WONDERWEAR DAY" or "WINTER SOLSTICE SPIRIT DAY!" is Friday, December 21st. Students will decide with their teachers what their class will be able to wear. Some suggestions from student council are:
-Ugly Sweaters
-Winter Hats
-Pajamas
-Snow Gear

Make-a-Wish Fundraiser with Ms. Rebekah
Ms. Rebekah has been up to a lot in the Library! She just reported that Bridges students wrote more than 200 letters to Santa last week that were delivered to Macy’s. For each letter the students wrote, $1 was donated to Make a Wish.

Amazing Animal Photography in our Library
In library this week, Ms. Rebekah has been sharing the amazing animal photography of Joel Sartore as featured in the book, Animal Ark.  The book has a beautiful poem about animal diversity and conservation. There is an exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA that is going on now to Jan. 13th featuring nearly 100 photos from this book. The exhibit is free to attend and parking is only $1.50 with validation! There is a wonderful lawn
outside that is ideal for a picnic.  What a great way to enjoy some time together with your family during winter break! For more information check our their website!
https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/exhibits/photo-ark/

Report Cards
K-5 report cards went home last Friday with students in their backpacks. Please return the signed envelopes to your child’s teacher.

Upcoming Dates for your Calendars
Friday, December 14th:              Winter Choral Concert at 7pm
December 24-January 4th:       Winter Break
Monday, January 14th:               Board of Director's Meeting at 6:15pm

As this will be the last Director’s note before we part for winter break, we want to wish you an enjoyable and connected time with your children this holiday season! The final day of school is Friday, December 21st; we return on Monday, January 7th!

With light and joy,

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

Big and little buddies reading together in our Outdoor Classroom


Bridges Students are spreading joy in the aftermath of tragedy by creating Kindness Rocks and planting poppies around Thousand Oaks with our on-site Naturalists, John and Ellen.
Published Print