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Director's Note, September 25th: Coffee Chat, New Strings Ensemble, Makerspace, Mindfulness, and so much more!

Happy fall! πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

It's hard to believe that we are already a month into the school year! As your children were hopefully enjoying the day off yesterday, our 2nd-8th grade teachers were involved in a day long training with Promethean Board, the manufacturer of our smart boards. They were learning more tips and instructional strategies for integrating smart board technology into their classrooms. Among a variety of other topics, Bridges teachers spent the day learning tools for engaging students with the smart boards and their chrome books, they learned about new smart board apps, and they learned new classroom management tools.

Our 2nd-8th grade classrooms are all equipped with Smart Board technology, and are stocked with Google Chrome Books for each student in the class. As Bridges teachers consider improving their instruction using technology, we are always conscious that healthy digital citizenship is grounded in relationships and relating with each other interpersonally.
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Director's Note for September 11th: Protocol for Parent Concerns, Teacher Committees, Back to School Night, and More!

Your children are easing into the start of the school year with enthusiasm and engagement, and we are always so excited to hear reassurement from you that your children are enjoying their teachers and friends, and that they are engaging with classroom learning in meaningful ways.

Of course we understand that there may be times when problems arise, when your child comes home unhappy, or when things just didn't go exactly right despite our best intentions. We hope that most of these opportunities are time of learning too and time to support your child in developing their resiliency; however, if there seems to be an ongoing problem, or some feel you need to step in, please know that we do have a protocol for this process. Read on to find out more about our protocols for addressing classroom concerns!
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Director's Note for August 27th: Introduction to Toolbox, Science and Engineering Update, Volunteer Orientations, and more!

Welcome Back! We are off to a great start for the 2018-2019 school year! We hope your children are already starting to bring home stories about their friends, their teachers, and all the fun learning that they are already engaging in.

The first few weeks of school are all about community building and establishing norms and expectations. Our teachers all recognize that if students are not feeling safe in their classrooms with their teachers and each other, then their learning will suffer. This is one of the main reasons why we recognize Social Emotional Learning and Whole Child as a cornerstone to everything that we do at Bridges!

There is so much to be excited about this year, read on to learn more about what’s happening in our child’s classroom!
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Final Director's Note of 2017/2018, June 4th: Wrapping up the year, Looking to Next Year, Parent Appreciation, and more!

Wow! We have almost made it through the school year. As we reach the end of the year, we want to thank you for entrusting us with your children's learning and well being through the year. I speak for all of the teachers and staff when I say that we have been humbled by the opportunity to be with your children every day that they are here; they are each so beautifully unique. They allow us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, to be in a profession that brings us joy, and to make differences every day. As we move into this last week, I want to acknowledge each of you for being such an instrumental part of this wonderful community that we call Bridges.

The end of a school year naturally brings us to a point where we have to say goodbye. A few of our teachers will be leaving town, our incredible 8th graders will be heading off to high school, and some of our families will be moving in different directions too. We will miss you all, and it has been an honor experiencing this slice of time with you.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart too, for being so supportive through my first year as Director. I am looking forward to returning in August on an even stronger foundation, and leading us even more closely toward the mission and vision of our school.
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Director's Note, May 21st: Tech Trek Scholarships Awarded, Spirit Day Tomorrow, Middle School Band Performance, and more!

Greetings, Bridges Families!

We are finding it difficult to believe there are just 13 days of school left! As we race toward the end of the year, many classes still have exciting field trips planned and big projects that are wrapping up. Today the middle school students stood on stage and gave speeches about their "truths" as an end of year class project in ELA, the 5th graders are just returning back to school from their adventures in Dana Point, our 4th graders are gearing up for their field trip to re-enact the California Gold Rush as they read about in "By the Great Horn Spoon", our first graders are off riding the metro to experience the diverse cultures that are at our fingertips in downtown LA, and many of our 8th graders will be heading out tonight on a red-eye to Washington DC. We still have so much excitement packed into these final few weeks of school for ALL of our students!

Our attendance today in K-5 is low at 92%. We are hoping to rebound from this tomorrow so that we continue to finish out the year well above 95%! So long as your children are healthy, please be sure to get them to school on time.
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Director's Note, May 14: Open House, Spirit Day, Sage Grant, School Goal Setting Draft, and more!

Hello Bridges Charter School,

Our book fair is off to a great start! It has so far been packed with students during recesses, and students are getting the opportunity to browse with their classes, too. With every purchase you make, 65% of every dollar spent goes straight back into our library. You can also make purchases for your teachers' classroom library, and you have the opportunity, too, to make purchases for our new teachers joining us next year to help stock their classroom libraries!

The book fair will be open during Open House for you to browse too.
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Director's Note, May 7: Family Survey, Q&A for Families, Open House, Book Fair, and More!

Greetings Bridges Families!

The weeks are quickly cascading toward the end of the year, and we are feeling the energy of summer creeping in. I am so proud of our students for continuing to stay focused on learning, and I have a huge amount of gratitude to our families for turning around our attendance trend these past few weeks. Kudos especially to our Kindergartners and our 5th graders for having over 98% attendance last week! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Read on for all we have in store for students and families in this last month of school!
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Director's Note, April 30th: May Coffee Chat, Makerspace, Teacher Appreciation Week, and More!

Good morning Bridges Charter School!
Can you believe that we have just six more weeks of school? We are simultaneously planning for year-end events and for next school year. There is so much happening behind the scenes among teachers, administration, our parents, and our staff to deepen our practices around teaching, learning, and community involvement for the 2018-2019 school year. Many announcements will be made in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
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