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November 13, 2016

Director's Notes 11/13/2016

  "Extraordinary individuals take one step back and two steps forward with most every challenge-and sometimes two steps back to one step forward. They harvest useful lessons and knowledge from what doesn't work, and they display a remarkable resiliency; and ability to bounce back from adversity."   -  Jerry Porras
  As I reflect on the past few weeks, I am reminded of a community that continues to be resilient.  I am grateful to be part of a school that continues to grow and embrace change with grace and dignity.  I have had a chance this year to not only grow personally but also professionally by leaps and bounds. I have felt surrounded by continued love and support.  I am grateful to be lifted up each and every day by such an amazing community.   I am humbled to be in the presence of such sweet spirits in our little people here at Bridges and honored to be able to serve in and out of the classroom.   It is with great gratitude that I thank each of you for all that you do to make Bridges such a special place in my heart. Ms. Cindy

DO - RISK - GROW

    When a young person discovers his or her own leadership potential, it can transform their academic engagement, self-esteem, confidence and overall sense of  well-being. CORE Academy students recently had a     chance to attend a day at Fulcrum Adventures in Malibu.  Below are a few shared moments from their amazing team-building experience.

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What do you get when you divide the circumference of your jack-o’-lantern by its diameter?         – Pumpkin Pi

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The Harvest Festival will be here soon:

Harvest Festival is a unique Bridges tradition, it is a whole school/ parent led day of interactive centers that foster a sense of community and tradition at Bridges, followed by a whole school feast where students, parents, teachers and staff share a meal and reflect on the day.  Are you interested in finding out more, have ideas that you want to share, want to lead a center or just help out? Harvest Festival is Friday, November 18th.     happy-thanksgiving-wishesquotesgreetings   Lion King preparations have begun: MAKE A GIFT IS COMING! Please join the Art PMC for Bridges 7th Annual Homemade Gift Extravaganza!!! November 28th to December 2nd. WHAT IS IT? During your child's art specialist period the week of November 28th they will make gifts to take home to the lucky recipients of their choice. WHO IS INVITED? Every K-5 child on the BRIDGES campus.  Home-school will be able to participate during Library time.  CORE will have the option to participate during electives. WHAT IS THE COST?  $7 per child. This is not a fundraiser. WHAT WILL WE GET? Shhh, that part is a secret. However, your child will bring home 2 gifts, wrapped and ready to go. WHY???  This project is a super empowering way for kids to have gifts to give, without asking for help from family.  PLUS, you get two gifts for less than the price of one. Win win. WHY SO SOON?  We need to order supplies and organize. This starts the day after Thanksgiving break! WANT TO HELP? Look for Sign Up links in the PAC Report and Directors notes OR Click here to sign up   http://vols.pt/ifUywy. PERMISSION AND PAYMENT DUE THIS FRIDAY!!!! LOOK FOR PERMISSION/PAYMENT FORMS IN YOUR STUDENT'S BACKPACKS!!!!  
From PAC: PARENT RESOURCE ROOM If you have been missing the Parent Resource Room in the library no need to miss it anymore!  It has been moved to The Sandwich Room (the room with the sandwich painted on the door)! The Kuerig Coffee maker has been moved as well, so if you're in need of a cup of coffee you can make one! We ask that you donate $1 to purchase more coffee and creamer for future use.  The sandwich room is shared with our PMCs so please return ALL mugs, dishes and cutlery that you use clean and dry to their original places. FAMILY DONATION PROGRAM Our Family Donation Program has begun!  You should have received an envelope and complimentary magnet from your child's classroom.  Donations are still coming in!  Thank you! The current total is $11,496. Our goal is 100% participation.   Thank you to the families who have participated! STAFF AND TEACHER PLANNING TIME TREATS This year as part of giving back to our BRIDGES community, PAC would like to start by acknowledging our teachers every other Friday by bringing them treats for their whole staff planning period, 1:45-3:00.  If you would like to volunteer to bring something for the teachers to share please contact Carmen. BRIDGES' KIDS Our students are thoughtful, amazing children and young people.  PAC would like to feature a student each week who has done or is doing something exceptional for our community. If you would like to share something please email Carmen. PAC REPORT If you have any PAC related events to add to each Wednesday's PAC Report, please email carmen.holder@bridgescharter.org by Monday 4:00 pm for inclusion. Thank you!
Peace, love, health, growth and happiness! 
Upcoming Important Dates 11/18 Harvest Festival   11/19-11/27 Thanksgiving Break   11/28 - 12/2 Make-A-Gift in the M.P.R.

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