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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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Newsletter December 1, 2014

We hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! The Bridges Academy is so thankful for all the events happening inside and outside of the classrooms in our school. Many of them are highlighted on our Facebook page. Be sure to check it out for our updated news.

THANKSGIVING FEAST

The Thanksgiving Feast at The Bridges Academy was an amazing event. We are so grateful to Mrs. Imperato and the Parents’ Association for organizing such a wonderful meal and giving us the opportunity for the staff, students and families to come together to enjoy the special day. We thank the parents who sold jewelry, wreaths, poinsettias, and items made by the Greenhouse Committee in the front lobby. We all enjoyed the Thanksgiving presentations by our first and second grade students and thank Mrs. Ciemnecki and Mrs. Boskovski for organizing their performances.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (ECC)

Last Saturday the ECC students and their families enjoyed Kate’s Puppet Show in the school gymnasium. The students were able to make puppets before and after the show and were delighted and fascinated during the show. We thank the Parents’ Association for organizing this entertaining event for our ECC families.

Our ECC students celebrated Thanksgiving in their classrooms by sharing food and refreshments, singing songs, and dressing as Pilgrims and Native Americans.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

The Parents’ Association will offer Holiday Shopping to our students on December 2nd and 3rd in the main lobby of the school. The dates have been changed since the last newsletter. Please complete the shopping envelopes that will be sent home on Monday, so your child can easily purchase items for the holidays. A volunteer will help the K-4th students while they are shopping. Our ECC students can shop with their parents after 12:00 PM dismissal. Please contact the Parents’ Association if you would like to volunteer for the Holiday Shopping.

GIVING TREE

Although The Bridges Academy continues to be generous to those less fortunate, we want to make a special effort for those in need during this holiday season. Please support our community by donating a gift taken from the Giving Tree in the main lobby of the school, organized by Mrs. Hein and Mr. Moreno. Kindly wrap the gift, with the tag attached onto the outside of it before 12/12/14. We truly appreciate your generosity.

BARNES & NOBLE FUNDRAISER

The annual Barnes & Noble fundraiser, sponsored by the Parents’ Association will be Thursday, December 4th at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bay Shore from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Our teachers have compiled a Wish List of books they would like to have in their classrooms and they can be purchased at the store. Students will perform by the cafe about 5:30 PM and then a few members from our faculty will read to the children. Art work from Ms. Vail’s class and poems and stories from our students will be displayed too. Please join us at this festive event.

CLUBS

This will be the last week for the following clubs: Lego Club, Scrabble, More MUDD!, Art Club, and Lego Robotics. The Winter Club packet will be sent home in the middle of December for you to review with you child and the clubs will begin the week of January 5th.

PICTURE DAY

On Thursday, December 11th, Irvin Simon Photographers will take pictures of the T/Th Toddler class, 5-day Pre-K and 5-day Nursery, retakes of the K-8th grade students and pictures of K-8th grade siblings. On Friday, December 12th, it will be Picture Day for the M/W/F Toddler class, 3-day Nursery and 3-day Pre-K, and sibling pictures with ECC students. Be sure to complete your picture envelope and your check should be payable to Irvin Simon Photographers.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE EVENING

The Student Council is planning a Gingerbread Night for students to make their own gingerbread house with their family in the cafeteria, on Friday, December 12th. Please complete the memo that was sent home last week with a check for $25.00 to The Bridges Academy for each gingerbread house you plan to purchase by Friday, December 5th.

WINTER CONCERT

The Winter Concert, organized by our music teacher, Mrs. Ciemnecki, which includes all of our kindergarten through 8th grade students, will be Monday, December 15th at 7:00 PM in the gymnasium. All students are to wear full dress uniform.

YEARBOOK

The Yearbook Club will begin from January 9th to the middle of March. More information will be sent home in our next club packet. A few weeks ago, the Yearbook Committee sent home a booster sheet for you to complete to place a booster in our 2014-2015 Yearbook. We hope that many of you will send in or email a booster and pictures of your child to hjoinnides@gmail.com or patty.blackler@thebridgesacademy.net. Please contact Patty Blackler is you need another form. We encourage parents to send us your best photos that have been taken in the classroom or at school events for us to possibly use in the yearbook. Thank you for your help.

RECYCLE BINS

The Student Council has created and placed recycle bins in the classrooms for the students to properly throw away recyclable items.

THE BRIDGES ACADEMY SCHOOL BANKING DAYS K-8th GRADE

Our next banking day with The First National Bank of Long Island is Thursday, December 4th during assembly. Many students have already set up a savings account with this bank. You may contact Renee Elder to request another packet to sign up your child for the program. The next school banking day is December 18th.

FOOD DRIVE

We are still collecting food for the Long Island Cares Food Drive. Please send in your non-perishable food and toiletries which can be placed into the bin in the main lobby. Thank you for all of the food that had been donated already.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
The Bridges Academy

For a list of Upcoming Events at The Bridges Academy, please see our School Calendar.

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