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.
Back to School Week
The Bridges Academy had an amazing start for the first week of school for all of our students. At 7:45 AM on September 10th, The Bridges Academy opened up their doors for the third school year! It was wonderful to see our kindergarten through 8th grade students fill up the hallways and classrooms. The ECC (Early Childhood) students began their classes this week and all of the students are off to a terrific start! A special thank you goes to our remarkable teachers and students for making the first days run so smoothly.
WELCOME BACK PICNIC
The Parents’ Association threw a fabulous Welcome Back picnic for all of our students and their families. Everyone enjoyed the great food, D.J., bouncy houses, playgrounds, kickball games and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to meet many new friends. We thank Nadja Forbes, Laura Glass, Jenny and Kurt Pahlitzsch and the fantastic team of parents who put this great gathering together.
SWIRLS & TWIRLS
The Parents’ Association also organized the “Welcome Back Ice Cream Social/Fundraiser” at “Swirls & Twirls” on September 1st. There was a very large turn out and it was terrific to see everyone again before the school year began. Thank you!
We are so pleased to announce that Ms. Luyao Li is our new Mandarin teacher. Our students are very happy about this addition because Ms. Li was their Mandarin student teacher last year.
K-8th GRADE MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT
The Meet the Teacher Night for the K-8th parents is Thursday, September 17th. All K-4th parents are to meet in their child’s classroom from 7:00-7:20 PM and the 5th-8th grade parents are to meet with their child’s teachers in the library from 7:35-7:55 PM.
DINNER UNDER THE STARS FUNDRAISER
Invitations have been sent to all of our families to attend the Dinner Under the Stars Fundraiser with cocktails, dinner and dance, generously hosted by The Giaquintos, Petersens and Saggios. The event is at 108 The Helm, East Islip on Saturday, September 19th from 6:00-11:00 PM. The tickets are $100 per person with 100% of the ticket costs donated to The Bridges Academy. Tickets will not be issued for this event, so please check in to the event with your name. For further information please contact Molly Jette at email@example.com or 631-774-0916. We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Pre-K enrichment classes, which end at 3:00 PM will begin on Monday, September 21st.
School lunch began on Wednesday, September 16th. If you did not order lunch on Myschoolmeals.com please send your child to school with their lunch.
The first of the fall clubs begin this week. The 8th grade COOP review began Thursday, Sept. 17th at 7:20 AM with Mrs. Attard. Soccer practice begins on Friday, September 18th. An email will be sent to you to remind you when your child’s club begins.
On the day your child has a club, all K-8th grade parents are to pick up their child in the main lobby at 3:45 PM and the ECC parents should pick up their child in the main lobby at 1:00 PM.
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING
The first Parents’ Association meeting will be Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 PM in the school library. All parents are welcome to attend. We encourage you to become a part of this vital group of The Bridges Academy. It is a way to become involved with the school and the families and to help our children in so many ways.
PICK UP NOTICES
It is very important for all parents to write a note to the school with the date on it when their child is staying after school for extra help, a club or when they are a pick up. If you forget to write the note, please call the school before 1:00 PM. Do not email the school when your child is a pick up. If your child is being picked up by someone other than their parents, you must let us know in writing. Please inform this person that we will need to see their license to ensure that the student may go home with them. We will make a copy of the license and attach it to your child’s emergency form that you will be sending in.
If your child is a permanent pick up, you must complete and return the form that was sent home on the first day of school immediately to ensure your child will go home the proper way.