News & Director's Notes

November 17, 2014

Director's Notes - November 17, 2014

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird, it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at the present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched, or go bad.” – C.S. Lewis Thank you and Appreciations!! Thank you to everyone who came out the 5th annual silent auction event.  And also thank you to those who were able to bid online prior to the event.  It was a great time had by all.  And a very special appreciation for to the organizing committee!!!  You all did an amazing job.  Thank you to those parents and staff members who chipped in last week to finish up the outdoor classroom storage yard clean up.  As of this weekend, all piles have been picked up and all the trash was removed.  That area looks great now!!  And finally, thank you to the organizing committee for the Harvest Festival.  They have been in countless online meetings, face to face meetings and communicating daily on making sure we have everything lined up for this Friday’s big day!!   Bridges Board Meeting Tonight The monthly meeting of the Bridges School Board will be taking place Monday night at 6:30 in room 6.  Agendas have been posted around school and online.  All parents and community members are welcome to attend and see what’s going on with our budget, updated policies and planning of upcoming issues.   Harvest Festival This Friday!! This year's Harvest Festival has a philanthropy component.  The station, Planting Seeds Near and Far, is partnering with a school in Tanzania, The Tumaini School for Health and Hope. The school is a place for orphaned children to either attend school or "catch up" to their peers academically.  The children there are very grateful to be able to attend school.  They have the basic needs required to learn reading, writing, mathematics, etc.  They have never seen colored paper, crayons, paints, or many other supplies that our children get to use daily.  For Harvest Festival the students at Bridges will be creating kits for the Tumaini students to make holiday and/or festive decorations for their homes.  It is our hope that we will have one kit made by every Bridges student to send to the Tumaini students. We are also holding a Penny Harvest!  All proceeds collected will be given directly to the school. Our goal is to provide them with some of the "luxuries" that our students get to use everyday.  So get out those piggy banks, dig in between those couch cushions, empty all your pockets for pennies and silver coins!  The Penny Harvest has begun!   Share a Song for Winter Concert This year, our choir will be looking to celebrate the variety of cultures and traditions that we as a community share here at Bridges.  For the winter concert, Ms. Morgann is looking for families to share a song that is traditional in their family and/or culture in celebrating their winter holidays.  She will select a song from the variety of cultures and have the choir learn and perform them at the winter concert in December.  We hope you and your family are willing to share a little bit of your family with us.  Email with your suggestions.  Thank you!!   Spring Musical Ramping Up!! Students in grades 3-8 are invited to join us for the school musical performance of Alice in Wonderland. We have roles for everyone and there are opportunities for off-stage roles in lighting and sound controls, costuming, and set decoration. The performances are May 15 & 16, 2015, the weekend after Mother's Day. The parent info night is Wednesday November 19 at 7 PM in the MPR. Tryouts are Friday December 12 after school. Music for the tryouts will be given out at the Nov 19 info night. That way students can take some time over Thanksgiving Break to prepare. And there will be plenty of chorus opportunities, so everyone who wants to participate will be able to. Questions? Contact the Director, Morgann Martinson, at or Sherisse Hughes, Performing Arts PMC chair,, cell 860-888-0044.   Surf the New !!! Our website has gone through an extreme makeover, and we are proud to kick off the new and improved  Check out the new calendar, feel free to sign up for newsletters (if you want to add additional email addresses, feel free to do so!) stay up to date with your child’s gradebook with the teacher links or you can even review the school’s policies and board policies.  Feel free to email me with comments or suggestions.   Donation for Lunch Time Our students really have a great benefit of using microwaves at lunch time, an item that most schools don’t / won’t provide for their students.  Too keep pace with timing though,  we best operate with four microwaves during lunch time.  The past few weeks, we’ve been operating with three, and have managed to squeeze everyone in.  However, last week we lost another one, and now we are down to two.  If any family has a microwave sitting around, or your family can donate one, please let the office know.  We are willing to pick it up if need be.  Thanks!!   PAC Meeting Update For December The PAC meeting for December will be taking place on Tuesday, December 2nd.  Please pardon the change in date, however with several of the PAC members attending the Clippers game as part of the Bridges group, we would not have had a quorum.  See you on Tuesday at 6:30 on the 2nd for PAC.   Volunteering Updates We have a few needs for volunteers;
  1. We have a few administrative duties that can be done at home.
  2. We need a Parent to be in charge of the Yearbook.
  3. We need a parent who would like to take on Electronics Recycling
  4. We need a parent to help mentor students on Fridays 8:20-8:35
  5. We need 10 parent volunteers at the Harvest Festival to supervise with Billy and Maria at lunch time, because the whole school will be eating together. The time is 12:15-12:50 at the Harvest Festival.
  2nd Annual CORE Academy Science Fair "Save the Date -  BRIDGES Second Annual CORE Academy Science-as-Inquiry Expo - December 15, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm. CORE Academy invites all BRIDGES students and families to the second annual "Science-as-Inquiry Expo" on December 15, 2014. The Expo is the culmination of the CORE Academy's  8 week science projects. BRIDGES middle school students will be presenting their interesting and varied projects.  Many of the projects will be entered later in the Ventura County Science Fair "   "Food for Thought" from Food PMC The Food PMC wants to share tips and resources for healthy eating at home and in school lunches with you each week. We hope you enjoy. Thanksgiving is almost here! This is a time of celebrating our bounties and should be a feast, but often in our hurried world we rely on quick shortcuts that might not be the best for our health. At the same time we might forget to offer (and eat!) healthful and refreshing veggies and lighter fare alongside all the traditional, tasty, but often fattening dishes. Amid all the bounty, Food PMC would like to share some of our favorite tips for lightening the calorie load without letting anyone leave our tables feeling cheated. Real tips from real Bridges parents: - Perhaps most simple: don't forget the veggies and fruits! It's easy to add a green salad, glazed carrots, homemade (or not) applesauce, or relish tray to the table. Offer a variety to appeal to different tastes. To keep with the seasonal theme, try a spinach salad with dried cranberries, almonds, and a homemade vinaigrette. You can also try adding some pureed cauliflower to the mashed potatoes, or kale or other sturdy greens to the stuffing. My family's FAVORITE veggie dish is this one. I always double it and use some of the leftovers to make turkey chili (just add turkey and beans of choice plus spices - could not be easier): - Lessen the sugar by making your own cranberry sauce. You can cut the amount of sugar in half (use orange or apple juice as the liquid) or use coconut sugar. Or try this delicious recipe: Berriful Cranberries with no added sugar 1 Bag cranberries 1 4oz container: Blackberries, raspberries, 1 6oz container Blueberries 16oz Strawberries 6 apples 1 cup apple juice   Boil cranberries & cut up apples in apple juice, simmer add other berries, let cool & serve. - Finally, some people like to substitute coconut oil (which is still high in fat but contains some healthier fats) or chicken or veggie broth for butter in various recipes. Happy Feasting everyone!   Amazon Smile Supports Bridges AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Bridges.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  Choose Bridges Charter School from the list of organizations and start shopping!

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