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.
Our Early Childhood Classes (ECC) have all begun at The Bridges Academy and our students are happily immersed in their new school routines. It is wonderful to have the Pre-K Enrichment classes and Nursery and Pre-K specials all in place.
DINNER UNDER THE STARS FUNDRAISER
On September 19th, an amazing fundraiser event was held at Ms. Giaquinto’s home. The weather, food and drinks, location, and the hosts and guests were perfect. A wonderful time was had by all and we raised over $10,000 for our school programs. We cannot thank Mr. & Mrs. Petersen, Mr. & Mrs. Saggio, Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Giaquinto enough for their incredible generosity and hospitality.
MINDFUL EDUCATION K-8TH GRADE
The Board of Trustees and the Parents’ Association is sponsoring a new eight week program called Mindful Education. Our K-4th grade students are attending the program now and the Middle School students will begin in the winter. Mindfulness is the intended development of moment to moment non-judgmental focused attention and awareness. This program helps students to grow cognitively, socially and emotionally and improves upon students’ memory, attention span, self- esteem, patience, cooperation and moods while decreasing anxiety, fatigue and stress in class and at home. The students are enjoying the program and are creating their own Mindful journals in their classrooms.
SEA PERCH PROGRAM
The Sea Perch Program has begun with our 6th and 7th grade students. The program is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Sea Perch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematical principles while working on their ROV’s. We are also working with the Webb Institute College of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture on this project. It is amazing to see what the students are building in this class.
The 8th grade students will spend the day at Webb Institute College of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture learning preliminary principles of marine engineering and design by planning and building a boat.
ECC FIRE TRUCK VISIT
The Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K students enjoyed visiting with the firemen and went into the fire truck at school this week during Fire Safety Week. We thank the PA for organizing this event and the West Islip Fire Department.
We are in our second week of clubs and they are running smoothly. The seasonal clubs are closed out and the next session will begin in the winter. Please write a note or contact the main office before 1:00 PM if your child will not be attending their scheduled club.
K-8th GRADE HARVEST BASH
The Parents’ Association is planning a spectacular Harvest Bash in the gym on October 30th from 12:45 – 2:00 PM. Students may wear orange and black clothing that day.
ECC COSTUME CHARACTER PARADE
On Friday, October 30th the ECC students will have a costume parade in the gym promptly at 9:10 AM. Please drop your child off in their classrooms at 9:00 AM as usual and meet in the gym along the perimeter behind the lines. We look forward to a great parade.
K-8th Grade – Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Tuesday, November 3rd. If you have not signed up for a conference on Meet the Teacher Night, please contact your child’s teacher for an appointment. There is no school for any of our students that day.