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.
June 6, 2015
The end of the 2014-2015 school is here. We are so grateful to Dr. Caruso, Mrs. Elder, Mrs. Blackner and our staff, the Board of Trustees, our Parents’ Association, families and most importantly, our wonderful students for a fantastic school year. Our school is growing in both size and by the number of students and staff. We thank all of you for your generosity and support that has enabled our school community to flourish. We accomplished so much in a short period of time, and we’ll continue to grow and build upon the foundation that you have all helped to create. Thank you.
GRADUATION/MOVING UP CEREMONY
The Bridges Academy K-8th Grade Graduation/Moving Up Ceremony will be this Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 PM at the school. Students are to wear full dress uniform and need to be brought to their classrooms between 6:30-6:45 PM. Families will then proceed to the tent which will be located by the south entrance of the school, near the playgrounds. We look forward to a wonderful evening.
K-8TH GRADE FIELD DAY
The Bridges Academy K-8th Grade Field Day sponsored by Applebee’s and the Parents’ Association is Monday, June 8th at 11:00 AM. All families are welcome to attend. After the “Super Hero Games” there will be a barbecue and D. J.
All parents who plan to take their children home early should have completed the form sent home by Ms. Asaro. If not, be sure to send in a note to your child’s teacher about your dismissal plans. Parents who take home their children from field day, must notify their child’s teacher before they leave.
We thank Ms. Asaro, Mrs. Pahlitzsch and the PA for planning an amazing day!
8TH GRADE LUNCHEON
The 8th grade luncheon was this past Thursday. It is a time to reflect on the past school years with the students, their families and teachers and to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian. The 2015 valedictorian is Juliet DeNapoli and the 2015 salutatorian is Alannah Chernik. Congratulations to both students for this wonderful accomplishment.
REPORT CARDS, CLASSROOM SUPPLIES AND IOWA TEST SCORES
K-8th grade report cards and K-7th grade classroom supply lists for the 2015-2016 school year will be sent to the student’s home.
IOWA test scores will be sent home in the beginning of the summer.
This week is Spirit Week at The Bridges Academy. Please read what the special days are under Upcoming Events. All students must wear either sneakers or shoes. They may NOT wear sandals or jeans. We look forward to a fun week.
ECC MOVING UP CEREMONIES
This past week the Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K classes had their Moving Up Ceremonies. Congratulations to all of these students and their families. We are so proud of all of our students and their ceremonies were heart-felt and amazing.
NURSERY AND PRE-K FIELD DAYS
The Nursery and Pre-K field days, run by Ms. Asaro and her team, were filled with races, games and obstacle courses, and were followed with a picnic lunch for students, families and staff. We thank Ms. Asaro, the ECC staff and the PA for organizing these fun-filled field days.
The month of May was filled with field trips at The Bridges Academy. The 6th-8th grade students went to Washington D.C., the ECC students went to Robert Moses State Park, the 1st-3rd grade students went to the Bronx Zoo, the 4th-5th grade students went to the Long Island Game Farm and the 8th grade students went to the new Adventure Park on Long Island to climb and zip line through the trees. We appreciate the help of the chaperones who attended and the planning and organization from our staff. The students enjoyed the trips!
K-8th GRADE SPRING CONCERT AND ART SHOW
The fabulous Spring Concert and Art Show, hosted by the 8th grade students, was May 27th. All K-8th grade students were in the concert and the students’ art work was displayed in the lobby and hallways. We thank Mrs. Ciemnecki and Ms. Vail for organizing a beautiful evening for the staff, students and their families.
3RD GRADE INTERNATIONAL DAY
The 3rd grade International Day was spectacular. The students dressed in traditional clothing and brought food in from the country they represented. They also researched, wrote a report, created a tri-fold and did a class presentation about their country. The best part of the event was the presentation of songs and dance from around the world. It was an incredible day and we thank Ms. D’Amico and her students and their families for all they did.
1ST AND 4TH GRADE BOOK REPORTS
The 1st grade students presented their book reports this past week that they wrote with the help of 4th grade reading buddies. It was a wonderful presentation and a great collaboration between the two grades. We thank Mrs. Knussman and Mrs. Stobel for organizing these projects.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE
The Bridges Academy Middle School dance was May 29th. The students danced all evening and had a great time. We are so grateful to Ms. Giaquinto and her team for sponsoring, planning and organizing this event for our students. Thank you!
CINDERELLA (WITH A TWIST!)
The Cinderella (With a Twist!) cast and crew party will be Wednesday, June 10th, from 3:00-4:00 PM in Mrs. Ciemnecki’s room. Students should bring a dish or dessert for everyone to share.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY BEE
Our 7th grade student, Patrick Vesey qualified to be in the National History Bee Final and in the Geography Bee in Louisville, Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend. We are so proud of Patrick and are grateful his family was able to attend these astounding events.
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL 5TH GR. CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Rae Hill, the third place winner in the Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest was selected from over 50 entries received and was honored June 1st at the AILA Chapter meeting at the New York Law School. Congratulations Rae!
SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
The Bridges Academy is offering a week long summer enrichment program from June 15th-19th in music, art and sports from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Students who are attending the program MUST bring their own snack and lunch. The cost per student is $350 and there is a 10% sibling discount. Please call the main office for further information.
THE BRIDGES ACADEMY SCHOOL BANKING DAYS K-8th GRADE
Our students have saved $5,195 with The First National Bank of Long Island savings program this year at our school! We are so pleased to see how our students are understanding the importance of saving their money.
The 2014-2015 yearbook is now on sale for $50. Please submit a note with your name and grade and a check made payable to The Bridges Academy PA.
The last day of After Care is Wednesday, June 10th. There will be no After Care on the last day of school, June 11th.
LOST AND FOUND
We have many items in the Lost and Found in the office. We encourage you to check out the bins if your child is missing anything this week. Once the summer begins, we will donate all unclaimed casual clothing to a local charity and uniforms will be cleaned and donated to our Uniform Exchange Program.
The Bridges Academy has active Facebook and Twitter accounts for you to follow. Please be sure to sign up for both and to like us on Facebook when you see what is happening at Bridges and to follow us on Twitter, @TheBridgesAcad, to be updated on important events.
THANK YOU AND SCHOOL INFORMATION
Be sure to read our newsletters and updates via Constant Contact and on our website throughout the summer. During the summer, all students will receive a packet of information about the upcoming school year. Be sure to review if carefully for important dates and information. We have built a wonderful school and community and look forward to the summer and upcoming school year. Thank you for your endless support of The Bridges Academy.
The Bridges Academy
Upcoming Events at The Bridges Academy:
June 8th K-8th grade Field Day and barbecue
Families are welcome to join us.
June 8-11th Spirit Week
All students must wear sneakers or shoes, no sandals or jeans please.
Monday 6/8 – Field Day t-shirt
Tuesday 6/9 – Crazy Hat or Hair Day
Students may not dye their hair. They may wear casual clothes.
Wednesday 6/10 – Clash or Mix and Match Day
Thursday 6/11 – Sports t-shirt Day
June 9th K-8th grade Field Day and barbecue rain date
Families are welcome to join us.
June 10th Last day of After Care
June 10th Cinderella (With a Twist!) cast and crew party
3:00-4:00 PM, Mrs. Ciemnecki’s room
Please bring a dish or dessert to share!
June 11th Last Day of K-8th grade classes
11:00 AM dismissal
June 11th K-8th grade Moving Up Ceremony
Students to be in their classroom between 6:30-6:45 PM
Ceremony begins at 7:00 PM
Students to wear full dress uniform
Ceremony will be held under the tent at the south entrance of the school.
June 15-19th Summer Enrichment Program for students
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$350 per student, 10% sibling discount
Students MUST bring their own snack and lunch.