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February 5, 2017

Director's Notes 2/5/17

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BRIDGES Charter School
February 5, 2017   Dear BRIDGES Families,

“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled.

So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.”


HIKE with Ms Lindsay Coach Lindsay enjoying a beautiful hike with some of her students at Wildwood Park. Make a choice to get out and enjoy the scenery and fresh air with family and friends. RAINY DAY INSIDE Over the past few weeks we have had slightly challenging weather but Ms. Veronica's class rain or shine still enjoyed PE time. Enjoying the class's favorite game "Sharks & Islanders" in the MPR . Blanket Donations for Animals Image result for animal shelter blanket donations Jacob Morton a 5th grader in Miss Sally's class is researching animal abuse. As part of his project he will be donating blankets for animals that have no shelter in the winter or at night when it gets cold.  He would like to ask for your help and support by donating a blanket for these animals.  If you would like to make a donation please drop a blanket off in the front office and we will make sure to get it to Jacob.  Thank you for your support Science Fair                         It is with great excitement that I announce the results of the annual CORE Science Fair and the students who will be advancing to the County Science Fair, which will be held on March 24th. 1st place:  -Sacha Del  Bosque (Cell Phone Magnification) 2nd place: -Joey Harms and Andersonville San Jose (Magnitizing a Nitinol Paperclip) 3rd place (Tied): -Addy Terentieff, Canyon Wilson and Megan Gates (Tear Structure) -Julia Dourthe (Hydrogen Fuel Cells) Honorable Mention: Aadi Khattar, Aleksey Yevmenkin, Noah Bialys and Teo Demetropoulos, Emi Bialys, Sage Tollefson and Keely Kelsey, Katelyn Kepe, Helen Pruitt-Kenneth, Daniel Green and Hiral Choudhary, Michael Flaherty, Nicolas Alexander and Dylan Miller, Asher LaBass and David Budnick, Sadie Smith, and Taylor McDougall. Students Advancing to the County Fair: Clark Seldon, Cole Spence, Sage Tollefson, Logan Gabler, Joey Harms, Joey Kelly, Giovanni Long, Paige Carpenter, Casey Townsend, Shea Carpenter, David Budnick, Michael Flaherty, Julia Dourthe, Asher LaBass, Aleksey Yevmenkin, Rachel Vinton, Evan Gomez, Katie Torres, Aadi Khattar, Isabella Velasquez, Helen Pruitt-Kenneth, and Anderson San Jose. Congratulations to all students for a successful science fair! All who participated should be very proud of their work! Ms. Lauren THE LION KING JR. IS COMING TO BRIDGES!!! Support our school by reserving space in the OFFICIAL PROGRAM to promote your business OR congratulate your child! Reservation & Material deadlines: Personal/Family or Friend acknowledgements 25 words or less Fee - $10 Text Due - Monday, Feb. 20th Corporate ads -  Fee - Full pg - $75 1/2 pg - $50 1/4 pg - $25 Reservation Deadline - Monday, Feb. 20th Artwork Due - Monday, Feb. 27th To reserve space, contact Melanie O’Patry at 310-597-9320 OR Thank you for your support! WORDS OF WISDOM FOR THE WEEK If Thomas Edison had believed in failure… we would still be living in darkness. If Henry Ford had given up, we would still be riding on horseback…if Alexander Graham Bell had given in to the clutches of failure, we would be spending less time staring at those small plastic things we call phones that rule our lives (which might not be a bad thing!). On a serious note – anyone who has achieved ANYTHING great, anyone who has CHANGED THE WORLD has at some point made a choice to embrace failure instead of fighting it. If you look at the most inspirational innovators, athletes, geniuses, and icons throughout history, they all shared a common belief – they simply did not entertain the notion of failure as a bad thing. Instead, they understood that every failure encountered brings you one step closer to success, and that this is a natural part of the process. Some even enjoyed failure! If you think about it, failure is just feedback; it’s simply showing you what’s not working so you can find out what will work. It’s necessary and can’t be avoided. If we didn’t have failure, how would we know what to do next? The process of learning from our mistakes is truly invaluable, and is something we need to run toward, not run away from. Today, let’s celebrate and embrace failure with open arms. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison Looking for new Food PMC Leader: Hello Everyone- Our fearless Food PMC leader has decided it's time to pass the torch.  Tracy has been a dedicated member of the PAC and PMCs since I began four years ago. Her kids are growing and moving on to different pastures soon and she would like to share her Food PMC knowledge with someone before she leaves our community. The Food PMC organizes bake sales for the Talent Show, school musical, and other events during and after school.  It also helps organize popcorn sales. The PMC would be great if it had 2 co-chairs, so find a friend and jump in feet first to join the PAC and PMCs. If you have an interest in FOOD and would like to lead or co-lead the PMC please email Carmen Holder: 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. Have a great week! Cindy McCarthy  
Monday 2/6 Musical Rehearsal 3-6 MPR Tuesday 2/7 Robotics 2:30-4 Rm 18 5th Grade CORE Shadow Day 1st Grade Field Trip CSUN Planetarium Wednesday 2/8 4th Grade Field Trip California Science Center 100 School Day Celebration Thursday 2/9 CORE Parent Information Night 6-8pm Sandbox Computer Enrichment 2:30-4 Friday 2/10 3rd Grade Field Trip Fossil Ridge Movies for Kids Gr 1-5 1:30-2:30 and CORE Friday 2/17 No School Monday 2/20 No School

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