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August 28, 2015

Director's Notes 8/31/15

Director’s Notes   “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
  This has been the most inspirational, and definitely the most fun and exciting week of my career. The Bridges students are absolutely mesmerizing, the parents incredibly supportive, the teachers simply brilliant and the staff tremendously positive and efficient. It has been a wonderful experience becoming immersed in this vibrant community. Thank you, and congratulations to all who dedicate themselves to making it work. A heartfelt “thank you” also goes out to the many, many parents who have personally expressed gratitude for the extra safety measures we have put in place this year at Bridges - all done in support of the well-being of our most precious members of the Bridges family – the Bridges students. Thank you to you in your tremendous effort in being punctual and orderly during drop off and pick up; most importantly, kudos to all for making awareness of children as the clear focal point. Creating an organized and safe place in which children and teachers are allowed to thrive makes for the absolute best learning environment. It is the structure that exists to allow the learning to take place. And speaking of learning, at Bridges, nearly everyone is fully aware that children learn best in a Whole Child environment. However, it is also true that not everyone understands what Whole Child learning really is. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has drafted excellent language in the form of five tenets that best defines Whole Child learning:
  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  • Each student is challenged academically and is prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global economy.
This week Ms. Juliet and I have visited every classroom, some several times, supervised every recess and lunch break, and have also supervised each morning arrival and afternoon departure. To sum up all of the top notch teaching and learning, and caring that we have witnessed, all I can say is, Wow!!” Below are some important notes and some dates to remember:
  • Temperatures for the upcoming week will remain hot. Please make sure that your child has ample hydration and appropriate hot weather clothing.
  • Remember that 1st grade will be dismissed at 2:30 pm from now on.
  • Lost and found for grades 4 though 8 will remain at the front entrance of the school. Lost and found for grades 1, 2 and 3 will be located inside the kinder gates.
  • Anyone wishing to enroll in the “before school” Extensions program please call (805) 796-1988 ASAP. Anyone wishing to enroll in Extensions sibling care on Wednesdays from 8:30am -12:30 pm, please sign up in the office or call if you have questions.
  • Back to School Night is rapidly approaching. It will be held Thursday evening -  September 17th. We adore our students, but his is a parent evening.  Extensions will be offering child care for $10 per child that evening. More information on BTSN will follow.
In closing, let us express heartfelt thanks and appreciations to all of our educators here at Bridges.  It is wonderful to be back in school and in the warm embrace of our Whole Child community.    

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