2/13/21

Hello Families and Parents

I like snow as much as the next person but this is getting ridiculous!  Thank you for ensuring that our students log in on the many remote learning days we have had recently!

Here are important updates and news you should be aware of: 

  • LEARN MORE ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

If your child receives special education services, or if you are interested in learning more about such services, please join us for an informational session with special education expert and Bridge Academy Board member Peggy Bud.  

Both meetings are being held on Wednesday, March 3,  but at two different times for your convenience.  

Here is how to join the meetings: just click the link at the appropriate time, then click Join Now.  The same topics will be covered at both meetings so you only need to attend one: 

12:00 to 1:00 PM

https://meet.google.com/dwt-uktv-ihi

6:00 to 7:00 PM

https://meet.google.com/ptk-orsi-smz

  • WE VALUE YOUR INPUT!

We learned a lot at our last community meeting when a presenter from the Equal Justice Initiative talked to us about the great work his organization is doing (check EJI out here: https://eji.org/).

We would love to know what community meeting topics you would like us to offer in the future.

If you haven’t already, please take three to five minutes to fill out this Family Interest Survey:  https://forms.gle/LrGfW4PQZjaAs2aK6

Thank you in advance!

  • JANUS CENTER YOUTH SUPPORT SESSIONS

Bridge Academy partners with the Janus Center to ensure the social/emotional health of our students. Janus Center is going to be holding a series of support sessions for youth and their families.  

Attached is a flyer with information about their next session on the impact of Covid 19 on kids. 

  • ATTENDANCE AND WEDNESDAYS

We have very high expectations for your child’s attendance; unless they are very sick students must go to every class every day, either in-person or online.

Our goal is to raise our daily attendance rate from 94% to 98% or higher; to accomplish this goal we need all students to come to school or log in every day.  Here is what parents and students need to know in order to accomplish this important goal:

  • If your child is learning from home, they are still in school. 
  • Respect school time by ensuring that students are not interrupted from the hours of 7:45 to 1:15; this means no trips, chores or other distractions during the school day.
  • Just logging in is not good enough to count as “Present” in class; students must respond to their names when attendance is taken, do their work and participate  during classes in order to be marked “Present”.
  • These expectations include Wednesdays; all students must log into their first period homeroom classes at 7:45 for attendance, then do their Wednesday work in order to be marked “Present” on Wednesdays.

We deeply appreciate the work parents have been doing to keep their kids online each day; thank you!!

  • SNOW AND REMOTE DAYS

If bad weather is predicted, continue to check email, texts, our social media accounts  and the news to learn if we are having school.  Let me know if you have not been receiving our informational texts but would like to; we will make sure you begin receiving them!

  • SOCIAL MEDIA AND APPLYING TO BRIDGE ACADEMY

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn about the positive things going on at school.

We also recently launched a Facebook ad campaign to recruit students for next year’s 7th grade class; spots are filling quickly so encourage the families of 6th graders to apply soon!   

Families can also apply using the following links on our website: 

Twitter: @BridgeAcademyCT

Facebook: The Bridge Academy Charter School

Instagram: thebridgeacademyct

As always, please reach out to me with any questions, concerns or thoughts!

Rachel