Welcome back, and happy 2020! We hope that you enjoyed a serene and relaxing winter break with your families. It is good to be back on campus and feeling the excitement of children learning happening all around us.
We are in the thick of the holiday season, and it feels good to be surrounded by so much warmth, energy, and excitement! Our amazing parents leading our Art PMC have been lovingly leading your children through the annual Make a Gift Project so that your children have something special to bring home for the holidays to share.
As we take a moment to reflect on all of our blessings this year, our Bridges students and families are at the top of our list. The Bridges community is unlike any other, and no matter what or how you give to our school, we are so blessed to have you in our circle of people and to work aside your sparkling, inquisitive, and generous children every day...
It seems impossible that Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner. To honor the month of November, students have been engaging in activities and conversations around the theme of gratitude. Ms. Alanna’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Marsi’s 1st grade class led the school assembly this month by sharing a traditional Native American Thanksgiving Address. Students in all grades have also been co-constructing a gratitude tree that you can view in our front office.
This is an incredibly busy time of year at Bridges, and we are grateful to be sharing it with you and your incredible children!
We have recently announced dates and times for tours and orientations for families new to Bridges for the 2020-2021 school year.
Though we are on minimum days for conferences this week, we are grateful to be back after the extraordinary circumstances last week with the local fires. Thank you to everyone who offered help to displaced families, and we extend a special thanks to first responders and their spouses in our community who made many sacrifices last week to keep our precious homes, families, and pets safe. We so appreciate you!
We hope that you are all staying safe and have not felt the impact of the fires too significantly. Because of continued air quality concerns, local fires, and mandatory local evacuations, we have made the decision to close school on Thursday, October 31st. Please remember that we have a staff development day scheduled on November 1st, so we will not see students back at school until Monday, November 4th.
For those in our community who are first responders, or who have significant others who are first responders, please know that we are so grateful for the sacrifices you are making, and we continue to send our support and love.
Updates will be made regularly as more information becomes available.
Halloween, the Harvest Festival, and the Book Fair are ahead of us which means only one thing, it’s Fall! In this Director’s note you can find more information about our Food Bank, our school Dress Code, NWEA Assessments, Conferences, and Updates from Student Council including a Spirit Day and a whole school Assembly about Courage.
Welcome to the second full month of school! October is an exciting month for us at Bridges; as the fall weather is settling in, we have many things to look forward to including our annual pumpkin sale, Halloween activities, and our Fall Book Fair. Our 4th and 5th graders will also be leading us through October with this month’s social-emotional theme, Courage. Students will be discussing courage in their classrooms and we will end the month with a whole-school assembly led by our 4th and 5th graders. The 4th and 5th graders will also be responsible for our morning announcements this month!
Please note that we have several days off school this month: October 9th is a local holiday, the school and office will be closed, and October 18th is a staff development day.
We are fully settled in to the new school year! With the first several weeks of school behind us, our teachers and students have recently been investing time into assessments that will help us shape and individualize academic learning experiences for your children.
In kindergarten and first grade, our teachers have met with students in a low-stakes individual and small group formats to assess reading. Teachers in grades 2-8 have been implementing our newly adopted NWEA Map Assessments for literacy and math. These assessments provide very concise data on where students are and where they need to go. At Bridges, student assessments are used to help teachers figure out how best to target and support next steps in student learning. Further, when looked at collectively, these assessments help us determine areas of growth as a school. As we gather more data, we look forward to sharing our findings with you!