These first several weeks of school have been full of exciting activities, laughter, and connection. With an emphasis on whole child learning, Bridges Charter school teachers and administrators always spend the first several weeks of school getting to know your children, helping your child adjust to the school and classroom environment, and co-constructing norms and expectations for the school year. With a shared set of norms, a clear understanding of rules and expectations, and a sense of social emotional support, your child is set up greater academic success!
We are so eager to welcome you to the beginning of school year 2019-2020! This is the first Director’s note of the year. In these bi-weekly messages, you’ll find important information about upcoming events, news from our classrooms about curriculum, and updates from our Board of Directors. I will keep these messages as succinct as possible with information that is important, timely, and relevant. Please make it a habit of reading these notes thoroughly as they will provide important dates and information for you to be actively engaged in our community and your child’s education!
When you return to campus, you’ll find some new upgrades to our school including two new Hydration Stations, two new murals that brighten up our building (thank you Cara Stephens and Sara Milano!), a new location for our hybrid homeschool, two new promethean boards, and a comprehensive upgraded security system. Many of these updates were made possible through your generous donations last school year. 💗💗💗
Further, our teaching staff has been working together this past week to design new project based units for implementing in the first three months of the school year.
As we move into our 10th year of operation, school at Bridges Charter has never been better!
There are just 13 days of school left with so much good stuff to come in these final weeks. If you haven’t yet made plans for your children for June, why not try out our new Lego Robotics summer camp open to students in grades 2-8? The first week of the camp starts June 10th. We only have one or two spots open in each week, so if you’re on the fence about registration, do it soon! Registration is open here: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/1493383
And once again we are flying into the end of the school year with just three and a half weeks to go! There are so many opportunities for you and your children in these coming weeks, you won’t want to miss out. Here are just a few of our school-wide events, but make sure you are checking your class parent square page for more grade-level specific End-of-Year celebrations!
And Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Spring is in the air, our poppies are blooming, and it seems that everyone is returning after spring break with positive energy to complete the school year.
Spring is a busy time for us at Bridges with State Testing, Overnight Field Trips that include visits to Catalina, Dana Point, Yosemite, Washington DC, and Astro Camp, preparations for Bridging Ceremony, and lots of planning for next year. Read on for some re-caps and for more information on upcoming events! 🏕️
We hope that you will consider joining us on the Bridges Board of Directors – a fantastic opportunity for public service that will allow you to be involved in the deepest levels of decision making at our school.
If you are interested, please familiarize yourself with our elections timeline, trustee qualifications, job description, and application and elections procedures by selecting the “Board Elections” option on this page.
If you have any questions, please contact Marcy Crawford at email@example.com
I hope you were able to catch one of the fantastic performances of Aladdin Jr. over the weekend that was sponsored by our Performing Arts Parent Committee and that featured performances by more than 60 Bridges students. It was a spectacular show that was professionally executed with amazing costumes, sets, choreography, songs, and performances. Well done to all the parents and students involved!
It's hard to believe how close we are to the end of the school year. At this time of year, we start an inventory of teachers who are moving or transitioning for other reasons in order to determine how many positions we will need to fill for next school year.
We have such a solid team of teachers who are very invested in Bridges' philosophies and who care deeply about your children and your families.
I am pleased to let you know that we only have one teacher choosing to transition after the 2018/2019 school year. Unfortunately, the teacher who is leaving has a long tenure at Bridges and will leave a hole in many of our hearts.
Our beloved Ms. Tori has made the decision to move in with her fiancé in Palmdale following this school year.
Finally, some sunshine! I hope you were able to join us on Friday for our annual Bridges Fun Run which is far more than just a fundraiser. Our community came together to cheer each other on and to celebrate fitness, health, togetherness, and our wellbeing! Typically we end the day with an After Party, but unfortunately, due to the high winds, our vendors could not setup the bounce houses and other activities, so we have rescheduled the After Party/Spring Carnival to Friday, April 12th.
One of the very unique aspects of Bridges is the experiential learning that students have the opportunity to engage in. As a school, we are always looking for ways that we can expand student learning outside of the classroom. Our overnight field trips start in 4th grade, and one of the most monumental overnight trips our students take in their time at Bridges is to Yosemite. Our 6th graders are just returning from their weeklong excursion to Yosemite where they had the unique opportunity this year to experience team building activities and other adventure in the snow! Welcome back to Mr. John, Coach Lindsay, Ms. Maria and our 6th grade explorers!Another small group of Bridges students competed against students from LA, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County in the Regional Odyssey of the Minds tournament over the weekend and earned 2nd place in the competition! These students along with their coach, Erin Morrissey, are heading to the state competition at UC Riverside. Congratulations to these thought leaders from Bridges Charter School! 8th grade student, Hiral Choudhary, also represented Bridges Charter School at the County Spelling Bee over the weekend at California Lutheran University!Please congratulate these students when you see them next!