Director's Note, February 4th: Coffee with the Directors, Smart Bench Sponsorship, Middle School Info Night and More!

 
Bridges Got Talent!
Our students are creative and multi-talented. Come see for yourself at our annual Bridges Got Talent show this Friday at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be pre-purchased here: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/14404

Coffee with the Directors
Join Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy tomorrow morning from 8:30-9:30 to discuss revisions we are making to our Comprehensive School Safety Plan during our monthly coffee chat! We will meet in room 18 at 8:30am.

California Dashboard and School Accountability Measures
The state of California has a new method for measuring learning, displaying school data, and holding schools accountable that is more parent friendly. If you haven’t explored the Dashboard, please check it out: https://www.caschooldashboard.org/

The Dashboard shows how our students performs in categories of English/Language Arts and  Math and you can view school culture reports having to do with Chronic Absenteeism, and Suspension Rates. You can also break down the data in subgroups by student population.

In an upcoming Coffee Chat we will share more about this data and how we are using it to improve student learning and our school culture!

Attendance
Attendance is vital for student learning. As such, we maintain policies for attendance that are aligned with state law. Please remember that students are not to miss school for any reason other than the following:

  • Illness of a student (not a parent or a sibling)
  • Quarantine under a city official’s order
  • A doctor, dental, or optometry appointment
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Funeral service and/or bereavement so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service takes place in California, or more than three days if the services is outside California.
  • Appearance in court
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Attendance at naturalization ceremony

All other circumstances are considered unexcused by the Education Code of the State of California. Further, should a student absences be deemed excessive per our board policies, parents will receive notification from our Attendance Review Board and students could be asked to return to their home school.

Middle School Parent Information Night Thursday February 7th, 6:30pm
5th grade parents, this night is just for you! Come learn why our middle school should be top on your list for your 5th graders next year! You’ll hear about Mr. Martin’s progressive approaches to teaching math, Mr. Jason’s challenging, advanced, and engaging Language Arts program, Ms. Nicole’s inquiry driven History classes, and Mr. John’s new project-driven science curriculum developed by educators at Stanford University. You’ll also learn about the benefits of continue through the K-8 program by foregoing a transition to a big school at a developmentally tender stage for most students. RSVP here, and share widely with others who have incoming 6th grade students: https://www.bridgescharter.org/apps/form/form.BRICS.raxXvJC.8I?_=1543270128865

5th grade students can join us too!

Smart Bench Sponsorship
We are going to be adding a new Smart Bench to our school that is designed specifically for our parents to gather. Our students will also be able to develop science projects and collect data on the wind power that the sustainable bench produces.

We need a few corporate sponsors for the Smart Bench in order to move forward with installation! If you would like to sponsor the bench, or know a company who may be interested, please have them reach out to Kelly at kelly.simon@bridgescharter.org. You can read more about the Smart Bench here: https://www.3fficient.com/product/energi-plant/

High School Information Night
For families who have students transitioning to high school in the next few years, you may wish to consider attending an Alternative High School Night at One Spark Academy on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:45-8:00 PM. For details and to RSVP, go here: https://www.onesparkacademy.org/calendar/highschool_meeting/

There will be presentations by Principals and/or Counselors for:
  • The High School at Moorpark
  • NPHS (block scheduling, IB)
  • El Camino HS at Ventura College
  • Ivy Tech Charter School
  • River Oaks Academy
  • Golden Valley Charter School
  • Career Education Center at the VCOE
  • Century Academy, with partnerships at special programs at Westlake and Thousand Oaks High
  • Other information tables: Engage and Thousand Oaks Teen Center

Upcoming Dates for your February Calendars:
  • 2/4/19- 6:30p - 7:30p • PAC Meeting in MPR
  • 2/5/19- 8:30a - 9:30a • Director Coffee
  • 2/7/19- 6:30p - 8:30p • PIN Middle School (Parent Information Night) - Ms. Nicole’s Room
  • 2/8/19- Bridges Got Talent • 6:30p in the MPR  
  • 2/11/19 - Public Board Meeting at 6:15
  • 2/15/19- Lincoln's Birthday - No School
  • 2/18/19- Washington's Birthday - No School
  • 2/26/19- 6:30p - 8:30p • Parent Information Night (Spanish Translation Available) - Rm K2

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

Middle School Students Van and Caitlin at our Science and Engineering Fair last week!
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