2014-15 Welcome Letter

July 21, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!  I hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer and that your children are ready to begin an exciting school year at Bridgepoint Elementary.

We are excited about being Bridgepoint Bears.  You may have noticed our school as a construction site during this very short summer break.  Our Main Office will now be located in the front classroom to the left of our front doors.  This remodel allows for a more secure entrance into our school building.  The construction crew and our custodians have been hard at work trying to complete this project prior to the opening of school.  We apologize for any inconveniences in reaching our office by phone and for the difficulty the construction has made in visiting our school.  We eventually will have a beautiful office area to welcome all of you.

Our Back to School Open House is scheduled for Monday, July 28th from 4-7 pm.  Class Lists will be posted.  Students and families will be given time to meet their teacher and visit their new classroom.  Additional information about lunch, dismissal, etc. will also be available.

As we begin our school year it is important that we review the school’s procedures which must be followed in order to ensure a quality education and a safe environment for all children.

Student Arrival:

Our school hours will be from 8:55-3:25.  The building will open each morning at 8:40 a.m.  Car riders may enter the building by the car rider entrance beginning at 8:40 a.m. These students will sit by grade levels in designated areas, outside their classroom doors.

The tardy bell will ring at 9:00 a.m.  All students arriving to school after 9:00 am will need to report to the office with an adult, to receive a tardy pass before going to the classroom.

Breakfast:

Free breakfast is served each morning to all of our students in the classroom, as part of the ‘Breakfast in the Classroom’ program.  We are fortunate to have this opportunity at Bridgepoint.

Student Dismissal:

Student dismissal will begin at 3:25 p.m. Car riders will be dismissed first at 3:25 p.m.; bus riders will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.; and Walkers will be dismissed at 3:35 pm.  As always, please make sure that the office is aware of all transportation changes prior to 2:00 p.mto ensure that the message is delivered.  All car riders will be given a Car Rider Tag, and are to be picked up at the car rider location. Any student picked up from the office early will need to be signed out and it will count as a tardy for your child. The front office is always crowded at the end of the day and this helps us ensure that all students get where they need to go.

 Pick-up Procedures:

Car rider pick-up and drop-off will continue in the same location, under the canopy, by Door 15.   The buses will load in the front of the building.  If you need to enter the building, please park in the front parking lot.  The updated bus schedules are available at registration and will be posted on the Greater Clark County Schools website, www.gcs.k12.in.us.  Thank you for your patience as we work to iron out the kinks that seem to arise each year.  If you have questions, please contact our office or the transportation department at 288-4809.  

Before and After School Care:

We will be offering before and after-school care on-site this year through Communities in Schools.  Before school care will begin at 6:30 a.m. after-school care will be from 3:40 – 6:00 p.m.  If you have questions about this program, please contact Communities in Schools.

Visitors:

All outside doors will be locked during school hours.  In order to enter the building you will need to push the buzzer located on the side wall by the glass doors at the main entrance.  The office will view the outside camera and buzz you in. All visitors entering the building must sign in at the office and receive a Visitor’s Pass.  No one will be permitted into a classroom without a Visitor’s Pass.  All staff members will monitor this procedure to ensure your child’s safety.

Cafeteria:

Greater Clark Schools offer healthy meals every school day. The regular lunch price is $2.35.  Your child may qualify for free or reduced lunch prices.  Please fill out the Free/Reduced Meals application to see if you qualify for this option.  Parents joining their children for lunch need to let the cafeteria know prior to 9:00 a.m.  This will ensure proper counts for lunch.  Please notify and arrange this with your child’s teacher to avoid any confusion with their daily schedules.  FAST FOOD IS NOT PERMITTED.  In addition, soft drinks are not to be sent for lunchtime.  Thank you for your cooperation!

GCCS Wellness Policy:

In order to promote an emphasis on nutrition for all staff and students, the Board of School Trustees of the Greater Clark County School Corporation has passed a wellness policy.  Bridgepoint will comply with this policy by offering healthy food and drink options for our children during class celebrations and other special events taking place during the school day.  If you send treats for a class celebration or for your child’s birthday, please send in something healthy for the children.  Some examples include a fruit or vegetable tray and dip, granola bars, trail mix, pretzels, popcorn, frozen yogurt, etc.  Please do not send in soft drinks.  All food and drinks must be store bought and in their original, unopened containers.  With your cooperation, we can teach our children to lead healthy lifestyles.

GCCS Tobacco Use Policy:

Effective July 1, 2006, no student, staff member, or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time, inside any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented, or chartered by GCCS, or on any school grounds or property, including athletic fields and parking lots.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Thank you for your continued support as parents and family members.  Bridgepoint continues to make gains in our achievement and school culture/climate.  This could not have happened without this parental/family support.  I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education through participation in our PTO and volunteering at school.  If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please call 288-4858. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with our Bridgepoint families and working with you this school year.

Sincerely,

Jennifer O’Brien, Principal

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