News & Director's Notes

November 25, 2014

Director's Notes - November 24, 2014

Hello Bridges Families!!! “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  - Oprah Winfrey Thank you and Appreciations!! Thank you to the planning committee for a wonderful Harvest Festival.  From the activities, to the guest speakers, to the music, to the food, to the volunteers; everything worked out great for our kids.  This was a great time and great opportunity for our kids to bond, learn and grow together.  Thank you to the families that were able to donate microwaves for our lunch times.  Because of your generosity, we now have 4 working a couple more for back ups!!!   Bridges Board Meeting Tonight The 2nd monthly meeting of the Bridges School Board will be taking place Monday night, November 24th at 6:30 in the conference room.  Agendas have been posted around school and online.  All parents and community members are welcome to attend.   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 morgann.martinson@bridgescharter.org with your suggestions.  Thank you!!   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.   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): http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegetable-Medley-I/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=medley&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1 - 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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Bridges.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com 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!   Our Community of Learning This year, I want to recommit our community of parents, teachers, staff members and students to sharing out of whole child research, articles, videos and other bits of information that support our philosophy of whole child education.   A very interesting article on styles of learning.  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/11/363293514/for-dyslexics-a-font-and-a-dictionary-that-are-meant-to-help?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2036 As always, should you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at ruben.diaz@bridgescharter.org.  If you need to talk with me directly, please stop by the office or feel free to make an appointment.  Thank you again for the support of our community. Best wishes always, Mr. Ruben

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