News & Director's Notes

December 15, 2014

Director's Notes - December 15, 2015

December 15, 2014 Hello Bridges Families!!! “At the end of the day, do what is best for your kids, and in your heart, you’ll know you did right.”   Thank you and Appreciations!! Thank you to all the parents and families who hung around last Friday for the spring musical auditions.  Through today, we had over 60 students audition for Alice in Wonderland!!!!  Great job and everyone.  And a special thank you to Sherrise, Merley, Noreen and Ms. Morgann for spending all that time doing the auditions.  Thank you to Ms. Laura for putting on the CORE academy art show last week.  There was some great art projects on display in the art room.  Both the spring art show and spring musical will be can’t miss events!!  An early thank you to Ms. Boni and the science support crew for putting together this year’s CORE science expo.  It’s great to see our future scientists and engineers on display!!   Winter Music Concert The winter music concert will be taking place on Tuesday, December 16th in the MPR at 7:00 pm.  Please join us as we celebrate the holidays with music from the different cultures of Bridges Charter.  The music program, both choral and instrumental, will be performing selected pieces that are representative of holiday celebrations all across the world.  The program should last an hour.   Winter Holiday Break Just a reminder that the winter holiday break will start next week and run for two weeks.  The school’s office will be closed for the break as well.  School will resume on Monday, January 5th, 2015.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.  Please celebrate the new year with family and friends.  And above all, enjoy some quality family time together.   New Staff Welcome Please be sure to welcome two new ladies that will be joining our staff for the spring semester.  We will be having two interns from CLU support our students as counseling interns.  Chelsea Feller and Ashlyn Yetter have met with our school psychologist, Lora Blaney, and they have worked out a plan to help serve our kids.  Both will begin working with kids after the new year.  Welcome to Chelsea and Ashlyn!!   Garden PMC News With all of food composting at Bridges the Garden PMC needs more "browns!"  Our composters are too wet. Please send in your shredded office paper and/or bagged leaves to add to our composters. You can leave them in the bicycle cage behind Ms.Tori's room in a tied bag so it's not blowing all over the neighborhood. If you work in an office that shreds paper and can bring a lot that would be great! If you have any questions or you just have a passion for gardening please email Marie for more information at gardenpmc@bridgescharter.org.   Middle School Dance Coming Up "Winter Wonderland” will be our Middle School Dance-sponsored by the Bridges Builder's Club.  The dance will take place on Friday, January 16th 6:30-8:30pm and will be held in Bridges Charter School MPR.  The cost is $10 per student and includes DJ, Pizza, treats, and hot cocoa.  Flyers with more information and permission slips will be sent home before the winter break.   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. In looking at dealing with kids, take a read about the understanding of child development.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rae-pica/what-if-everybody-underst_b_3021900.html  We also have a video to share about the power of outdoor education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWeKHm2138   Congratulations and Moving Forward I would like to say congratulations to Juliet Herman, as she will be taking on the role of acting Principal when school resumes on January 5th.   Please also be sure to welcome back Dr. Nancy Carroll and Ellen Smith as Bridges Project Managers.  They will be joining the administrative staff through the rest of the school year until a new Director is announced.  For those that don’t know them, both ladies were instrumental in getting Bridges through the notice to cure three years ago.  They both are already amazed at the growth Bridges has experienced in 2 ½ years.   And then……. As always, should you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at ruben.diaz@bridgescharter.org.  Well at least for a few more days.  It truly has been my honor, my privilege and my passion to serve the kids and families of Bridges.  Stay in contact via Facebook (just send me an add request, I keep it very PG!!) or you can email me anytime at goofyreyrey@yahoo.com.  That has been my personal email address for over 10 years that I use to keep in touch with friends and family.   I appreciate how this family took me in and allowed me to work and do what we needed to do in order to get our school where it is now.  This was not because of one person, but a team, a community and above all, a family coming together to do what is best for our kids.  I look forward to hearing all the great stories that have not been written yet, all the great tales that haven’t been shared yet and all the great adventures that have yet to be experienced.    Keep that beautiful tree of ours watered, nurtured and loved, and I’m sure it will produce wonderful children ready to take on whatever life holds in store. Best wishes always, Mr. Ruben

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