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.
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As we are now into our 4th marking period at school, the days will fly by. Be sure to review the Events List for the many things happening at The Bridges Academy. It is so important to check your child’s folder every day for memos and letters sent home from the school.
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students are taking the IOWA tests from Monday, April 20th – Friday, April 24th. The 6th and 7th grade students are taking the IOWA tests from Monday, April 20th- Monday, April 27th.
CINDERELLA (WITH A TWIST)
Tickets are on sale for the amazing 4th-8th grade play Cinderella (With a Twist). The play will be performed on just one evening, May 1st at 7:15 PM in the school gymnasium. Presale tickets are $12.00 and if available, $15.00 at the door. Please purchase your tickets early, before we sell out.
We are also selling “magical wands” at $5.00 each to support the play. Please complete the presale ticket and wand form to purchase these items. We look forward to another wonderful production!
OPERATION STARS AND STRIPES
The Bridges Academy is participating in a new program called “Operation Stars and Stripes.” We will be collecting items for our soldiers overseas that are not readily available to them such as tuna, chicken and beef in a foil packet, nuts, seeds, protein bars, dried fruit, quart and gallon zip lock bags, unscented wipes, and new DVDs and CDs. Please do not send candy! Kindly place your items in the boxes in the front lobby and we’ll send it to our U.S. Armed Services personnel serving overseas in a few weeks.
The Parents’ Association’s biggest fundraiser is the Spring Fling which is Thursday, May 14th from 6:00-11:00 PM at the Southward Ho Country Club in Bay Shore. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles and a live auction. If you have not attended the Spring Fling yet, it is a fun evening filled with amazing prizes and baskets that are raffled off throughout the evening. We encourage parents and their friends and family to join us. Donations of gift baskets or prizes would be most appreciated too. Please contact Laura Glass at 917-885-7161 or email the PA at PA@thebridgesacademy.net with questions and/or donations.
HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY
The Middle School Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held at the school on Tuesday, May 5th. More information will be given to our current members and inductees.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C.
All Middle School students attending the Washington D.C. trip on May 7th and 8th need to hand in the remaining paperwork that is due this week.
Save the date for Sunday, May 31st to attend the Long Island Duck’s Game at 1:35 PM as a group from The Bridges Academy. A memo has been sent home and you need to RSVP by Friday, April 24th. The cost is $10.00 per person and parking is free. All checks are payable to The Bridges Academy. Ticket sales are limited.
The audience at The Bridges Academy Spring Recital was in awe of the performances we were honored to see on April 17th. We had 16 of our very talented students perform vocally and instrumentally at the recital. All of the students were spectacular and we had two outstanding duets as well: Isabella Malize and Jack O’Connell and Mia Eggstein and Mrs. Ciemnecki. Our solo performers were: Parisa Carrano, Soraya Carrano, Gabriella Broder, Lizzie Mulle, Grace O’Connell, Katie O’Connell, Madison Beehner, Anthony Chinappi, Suri Sun, Brandon Cerciello, Rae Hill, Lainie Mulle, and Dylan Forbes. We thank Mrs. Ciemnecki for organizing this special event.
The National History Bee is an academic competition for Middle School students that tests their knowledge of a wide range of historical topics. Since September, under the guidance of Ms. Breitkreutz our MS Social Studies teacher, five of our students have been preparing for the competition. The first round was in January and all five of our students, Emma Beqaj, Alannah Chernik, Madelaine Mulle, Drew Robbins and Patrick Vesey had qualified to be in the Regional Finals in Bridgeport, CT on April 14th. From that competition, Patrick Vesey qualified for the National Finals in May in Louisville, Kentucky. We are so proud of all of our students and wish Patrick the best in his next competition. We thank Ms. Breitkreutz for organizing this amazing event.
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL 5TH GR. CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Rae Hill is the third place winner in the Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest. Her entry was selected from over 50 entries received and she will be honored June 1st at the AILA Chapter meeting at the New York Law School. Congratulations Rae!
A VISIT WITH AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR ROSEMARY WELLS
Ms. Rosemary Wells, the author and illustrator of over 150 books, including the popular Max and Ruby series visited The Bridges Academy on Friday, April 17th. Ms. Wells met with all of our students, in different age groups, and either read, gave us a virtual tour of her art studio or discussed her creative writing process with the older students. We thank Mrs. Erb, Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Forbes and the Parents’ Association for sponsoring this wonderful day.