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January 22, 2017

Director's Notes 1/22/17

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January 22, 2017   Dear BRIDGES Families, A rainy day is a perfect time for a good book and in Ms Tina's class they didn't miss this moment to read. Image result for rainy day quotes I HAVE A DREAM As our week of celebration honoring Martin Luther King came to an end, 2nd graders in Ms. Jessilynn's class were hard at work on their non-fiction dioramas. Igloos Out of Milk Jugs! It's that time of year....Washing milk jugs to reach our goal of 500 to be able to build a life-size igloo in Ms. Tina's class!  If you have any extra milk jugs you would like to donate to help Ms. Tina's class please drop them off in the front office or at her classroom.  Apart from looking really awesome and providing an awesome reading corner or play fort for kids, this grand construction also offers the opportunity for education. It’s a chance to teach kids about the environment and recycling, and about how much damage wasted plastic actually causes to our beautiful earth. It’s also a great time to teach them a bit more about Inuit history and culture. Image result for building igloos with milk cartons                             Image result for building igloos with milk cartons Should Bridges Ban Plastic Water Bottles? Ms Veronica and Ms Sally's classes have been doing research on the pro's and con's of banning plastic water bottles on Bridges Campus.  The students have been visiting the classrooms to give presentations on their findings.  They have been quite persuasive with their arguments. Here are a few of our talented debate speakers: We will have a report on the student survey conducted after the presentations are complete. USA DEBATE TEAM - RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY Our 8th grade class along with Ms. Nicole's Social Justice class attended the USA Debate Team's showcase of the World Schools Debate format at The Reagan Library on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017.  The format was a unique and dynamic style of debate, unlike any other practiced in the United States. The debate featured a dynamic format combining the concepts of “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specified issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. The topic debated was: This House believes that the school choice movement jeopardizes civil rights.  What an exciting opportunity for our students! Parent Information Nights A Parent Information Night is the first step in Bridges admission process and an excellent opportunity to learn more about our school. K-8 Parent Information nights are designed to host all families considering Bridges Charter School. CORE Academy PIN is designed specifically for families of incoming Middle School students. Click the link below to sign up for a Parent Information Night: child care will be provided for those with younger children. Future CORE students are encouraged to attend with their families. If you need childcare for the evening, please email Due to licensing restrictions no children under 2.5 years may be present in childcare SAFETY DROP OFF AND PICK UP We are asking for your help in the drop off line in the morning and in the afternoon.  Please remember the safety of our children is our number one concern.  Keep in mind the drop off lane is not a place to park.  Please drop off your child quickly and pull through so that the line moves smoothly. Pay close attention to pedestrians in the drive through lane as well as any other traffic. Please do not pull around other cars in the drop off lane as this creates a dangerous situation. We will be working with the local police department as needed to insure a safe drop off and pick up for our children. AFTERNOON RELEASE Upon release students are expected to report to the front lawn where they are to sit until their ride is available.  The front lawn is not a play area.  All students are expected to be seated and watching for their ride.  Keep in mind that extensions is open if after-school care is needed. Students should be picked up as soon as possible upon release.  NO balls of any kind should be on the front lawn after school.  Parents - If you would like to visit and supervise your children you may move inside the gate to the play area.  Thank you for your help in keeping our front lawn safe. PLAYGROUND  HANDBOOK   A handbook with general guidelines and rules for the playground have been established and adopted on campus. These guidelines have been reviewed with each class and can be found posted around the campus. Please take time to review these guidelines with your child as needed.  Below is a link to our Family Handbook and the Playground Handbook. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Have a great week! Cindy McCarthy  
Monday 1/23  Musical Rehearsal 3-6 MPR Tuesday 1/24  Robotics 2:30-4 Rm 18 7th Gr   Catalina Parent Meeting Rm 16 Wednesday 1/25 Kinder Field Trip Gentle Barn Thursday 1/26 Kinder Filed Trip Gentle Barn Campus Tours 9:30-11:00 Science Fair Set Up in MPR Sandbox Computer Enrichment 2:30-4 Friday 1/27   Core Report Cards Go Home Campus Tours 9:30-11:00 CORE Science Fair MPR  9 - 4 Movies for Kids Gr 1-5 1:30-2:30 and CORE
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