Bridges opened on September, 2013 as a fully-independent, federally recognized not-for-profit, offering Preschool through 8th grade, an “all-through” school with no need to change schools at various grade points.
Bridges provides an academically accelerated curriculum in a nurturing environment with a teaching staff dedicated to preparing students for life in an interdependent world. Pre-School years are the formative learning period in a child’s life, where children grow on many levels and Bridges prepares a child for a lifetime of learning with small class sizes and a curriculum shaped to individual needs. Our K-8 program is world class, tracking students individually through academically accelerated programs that include Mandarin and French language, Robotics, music, arts, theater, science, mathematics and advanced reading skills.
This is the season for us to remember what we are thankful for. Our students can be thankful for the chance to linger in the greenhouse, listen to their favorite story in class, or to make a basket while playing basketball. Our parents can be thankful for beautiful artwork from their child, how proud their child feels when they have learned a new song or a new word in French or Mandarin, or that they can help you on the computer. Our staff can be thankful for completed homework assignments, the excitement generated in a class when a new topic is introduced and a student’s smile when they understand a new concept. All of these simple things help us to remember how fortunate we are and how grateful we should be for the school we have created. The Bridges Academy is thankful for the amazing community you have all helped to build. Happy Thanksgiving!
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Our Thanksgiving food drive was a huge success. The donations were overwhelming! We thank Mrs. Mulle, the Outreach Committee and our class parents for organizing this event. Your donations will be truly appreciated for those in need.
We are excited that Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year has begun! Re-enrollment packets for your child for the 2016-2017 school year have been sent home. Please be sure to sign and send back the blue Enrollment Agreement to the attention of the “Business Office” as soon as possible. Our students have priority placement through November 30th, 2015. Please contact the Business Office with any questions at 631-358-5035. Business Office hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. (Closed on Monday.)
THE FUND FOR THE BRIDGES ACADEMY DRIVE
The Fund for The Bridges Academy Drive continues and your generosity in the past has helped us develop many new programs at our school. Please read through the brochure and the information about the Donor’s Recognition Circle that has been sent home. We look forward to your continued support to our programs and school.
GLOBAL CITIZEN PROGRAM
The students at The Bridges Academy will be discussing new sustainable development goals as part of our Global Citizen Program. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs of their time. On Friday, November 20th the 3rd-8th grade students will be learning about these goals and discussing how they can take action locally to make the world a better place.
RUSSIAN SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS
On Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00 PM, the Russian School of Mathematics will be having introductory classes at The Bridges Academy. There will be two classes scheduled, one for 2nd and 3rd grade students and the other class will be for 4th and 5th grade students. These introductory classes are open to parents and children to have a better understanding about the program. After school classes begin in January and you can register early and directly through RSM Smart Tuition. Contact Victoria Gartstein at 516-551-6428 or via email at email@example.com for further information. You must send in a note stating that your child is staying after school for the Russian Math class.
The Nursery Thanksgiving Sing-A-Long will be Monday, November 23rd for Mrs. LaForce’s class and on Tuesday, November 24th for Mrs. Gorman’s class. Both classes will begin at 11:45 AM.
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING
The next Parents’ Association meeting will be Friday, November 20th at 9:30 AM in the cafeteria. We hope many of you will be able to attend.
BARNES & NOBLE FUNDRAISER
The annual Barnes & Noble fundraiser sponsored by the Parents’ Association will be Tuesday, December 1st at the Bay Shore bookstore from 5:00-7:00 PM. Our teachers have compiled a Wish List of books they would like to have in their classroom and they can be purchased at the store. Students from our school chorus and band will perform at 5:15 PM. Our special guest readers are Dr. Caruso, Mrs. Duffy and Mrs. Boskovski which will begin at 6:00 PM. Students are to wear full dress uniform. Please join us for this festive event.
The Bridges Academy soccer season is over and our soccer team won their last game against Raynor Country Day School. We are very grateful for our wonderful coach, Ms. Asaro, our talented team and the families who cheered our team on throughout the season.
To the delight of our students, our greenhouse classes continue with Mrs. Kutukcu. The ECC classes made their own cactus gardens and the Lower School classes have been learning about the anatomy of an acorn. The Middle School students have been discussing Long Island’s wild edible plants and the 5th grade students created a wild garden in the courtyard. Mr. Hein continues to surprise us with new animals in the greenhouse.
LION KING PLAY
Many of our 3rd-8th grade students auditioned for the school play the Lion King! All of our students who auditioned are in the play and Miss Ecklund, the director will announce the parts soon. We are looking forward to an amazing production!
TRIP TO CANADA
The Bridges Academy is offering a trip to Montreal and Quebec Canada in the summer for 5th-8th grade students, alumni and parents. Students may attend without their parents since there will be enough adult chaperones. The trip is organized by World Strides and Mrs. Melody Wubbenhurst, a Bridges’ parent and Babylon School District foreign language teacher will be leading the trip. An informational packet has been sent home to review.
THE LITTLE MERMAID PERFORMANCE
The Bridges Academy families are invited to The Little Mermaid performances on January 23rd at 2:00 PM and January 24th at 3:00 PM at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center. A portion of our ticket sales will be donated back to our school. An informational flyer will be sent home soon.