BPE students hope you'll help support Drew Karakourtis and his cause to care about rare diseases. Please consider attending the BAND TOGETHER FOR A CURE fundraising event on Friday, February 26th at 7:30 PM to raise money for research and a cure for Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA). Help Bridge Point Care About Rare!
Beginning with a genre study of ABC books, kindergartners in Ms. Skonieczny, Ms. King, and Ms. Hester's classes became published authors today! In their study, they used noticing charts to identify important parts of books or ways authors use illustrations, rhyming, color, bold text, or alliteration to tell a story.
The ABC book that inspired their writing, photography and amazing alphabet hunt was Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson. Each class used their iPads to photograph hidden letters on the walls, in the halls and in the play spaces of our beautiful school.
Using the kindergartners' own photographs of hidden letters and their own sentences, each class created an ABC book using Shutterfly to publish them.
Like real writers, we celebrated their writing and photography with a book signing complete with alphabet cookies, yum!
Happy New Year! Check out how Ms. Matus' class spun their written resolutions into fun animations as a great way to ring in the New Year. Her students smashed together Google Drive images, Doodle Buddy drawings, and the Face Talker app to illustrate and animate their promises for a great New Year! Way to go 3rd graders!
Inspired by International Peace Day, Bridge Point Arts Days and the Holiday Season, the Bridge Point students and staff give to you this video gift. It is an image of Peace formed on our soccer field one brilliant morning in October. The students move from symbol to action as they carry the message of peace to all they touch. View it and share it. Enjoy.
And to you and all you love, I join the entire Bridge Point staff in wishing you Peace and Happy Holidays.
Acknowledgements: Lon Breedlove – Aerial Videographer (drone) and Producer: 3D Robotics | Colin Guinn BP Parent and CEO: 3D Robotics | Angela Crockett and Carolyn Thompson – Arts Days Chairs | Nina Revering and Kathy Hatch – Music Teachers
Ah, the Coding FORCE is strong in these ones. Code, we must, to learn basic programming for the future!
Many students at BPE took the chance to defeat the Dark Side of learning this week to promote learning Computer Science in the elementary classroom with the HOUR OF CODE project. Students used the Hour of Code website to program with Minecraft, Star Wars and Frozen characters as well as many different apps like Tynker, Box Island, Hopscotch, Bee Bot, Cargo Bot, Scratch Jr., Run Marco, Kodable, and Lego Fix the Factory. Thanks to Ms. Wright, Ms. Matus, Ms. Shuey, Ms. Steimle and Ms. Powell for sharing pictures of their Coding Jedis. May the Coding Force be with you!
What's a verb? You can ask Ms. Rojas' second graders because not only do they know what a verb is, but they can show you too! Check out this awesome video that uses Green Screen technology to set creative scenes for action words to come alive. Way to go second graders!
Today Ms. Ward's class received a special call from their traveling classmate on his stop in Easter Island. He FaceTimed from right outside the Moai statues (THE REAL version of our BPE paper mache statue for Arts Day, wow!). He helped Ms. Ward's class learn that Easter Island is one of the most remote islands in the word, more than 1,200 miles from any other land mass. They also learned that Easter Island is almost as equidistant south of the equator as Austin is north of the equator! He said his favorite part was being in he southern hemisphere where the constellations are very different. He told his class his next trip is a 10 day boat ride to Antarctica! Experience is an amazing teacher! Safe travels, friend!
Hey parents, students and teachers! Help us defeat the Dark Side by remembering that it's No Homework Night, district-wide. Here's a parody written and produced by the Westlake Film Production team to help you enjoy No Homework Night even more. May the Force be with You!
BPE first graders challenge you to create a kindness avalanche by showing care and compassion for others this month. Earn a bear and SHOW YOU CARE!
Zeal is an excellent resource for standards-based practice of math and language arts skills. Students earn coins to spend in the Zeal shop to accessorize their avatars as they reinforce what they are learning. Zeal automatically grades exit tickets, quizzes, and assessments to help teachers analyze areas of growth for students.
Ms. Lindsey has been using Zeal in her 4th grade classroom for over a year now. From time to time, Zeal Skypes in with her classroom to get feedback from her students. This time, Mr. Marston from Zeal held a conference with Ms. Lindsey's class to hear specific feedback on what Zeal is doing well and what they can do better. Here is some of the feedback our students gave:
BPE Student Council created this video to encourage our community to donate to those in need of warm clothing this winter. Use the drop off bins in your grade level areas for new or gently used hats, gloves, coats, scarves and mittens. Thank you!
Lead by our 3rd graders, our Bridge Point students extended their thanks and admiration for the men and women who have served our country today during our morning assembly. As our principal writes, It is a big deal for our students and us, so nicely protected in our daily lives, to be re-connected to the daily reality of the sacrifice and dedication of our current and former service members AND their loved ones. Each year I am proud of our students…they get it. Indeed they do.
At the end of assembly, students turned to our honored guests and sang Thank You, Soldiers written and composed by Michael & Angela Souders. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. May you have a safe and beautiful Veterans Day.
Ooey, gooey fun at today's morning assembly as our principal, Mr. Wirht and San Francisco 49er (more importantly, a BPE parent!) Mr. Dawson get SLIMED!
Inspired by this blog post from a teacher in Virginia, Ms. Skonieczny's class tried out a game-based learning adventure called Kahoot. In this online game-based assessment tool, students get to answer questions by using a color-coded grid on their iPads. It was a little tough to get 5 year olds to enter a 6 digit PIN, but they got it and they loved it! Way to try something new Ms. Skonieczny's class!
On the wings of Ms. Hatch's magical musical summer experiences in Africa, BPE students performed Umoja Wma Afrika this morning as our patriotic song of the week.
November's Life Skill of the month is Citizenship. What does it mean to be a good citizen? Let a few of our talented 3rd graders let you know with this video created with Do Ink, a green-screen creation tool for for the iPad.
Our iPads 2s are great tools for learning but when they don't work, you've got an iPad E M E R G E N C Y on your hands! Check out this 5th grade creation complete with environmentally-friendly "symptom" tickets. Outfitted with a siren, a padded interior and a license plate, this ambulance is ready to roll!
BPE For the Arts program was born from of the hearts, minds, souls and collective talents of our school community. This brilliant group of parents provided a myriad of grade-level hands-on learning experiences for over 730 students on Thursday, October 22. On this half-day, our students unearthed a world of colors, sounds, art, movement and rhythms in order to express themselves artistically. Take a look at this video to see some of the amazing learning activities that took place. We are one lucky school!
Are you a monster-sized family looking for some creepy amenities where you and your family can just be your spookiest? Let a few of Ms. Crowley's 3rd graders persuade you to buy their horribly haunted, custom designed homes! Using their own imaginative drawings, persuasive writing, their own voice and a few animations built into the app, Shadow Puppet EDU, you too might find yourself in the market for a haunted house....
Gap Busters! BPE was invaded by the Gap Busters fundraising team this week to encourage families to donate to EEF. It's a race to the top of the BPE skyline to see which grade level gets to SLIME Mr. Wirht! You can help by donating to EEF online:
This month's Life Skill is Healthy Choices. BPE 5th graders read The Goat Who Ate Everything by John Montgomery to teach us that making healthy choices is the way to a better you!
First day of school, first lost tooth, first haircut, and FIRST SELFIE? Boy, how times have changed! This year was the first school year that our school district had iPads follow our students. That meant that our kindergartners received iPads from our graduating seniors.
Using Apple's new Apple ID U13 Kiosk feature, many parents were able to set up their kindergartner's Apple ID before school started. However, we still had to individually enroll over 100 iPads into the Jamf server. This server is responsible for distributing paid and free apps to our iPads. A little tough to do with five year olds! But with the help of third and fifth graders as well as our tech staff, our kinders finally received their iPads and happily took their first selfies. Say cheese!
Learning with a friend is awesome, learning with an older grade level buddy is even more awesome! Buddy classrooms, Ms. Hester's kinders and Ms. Price's third graders really enjoy learning from each other during their "Buddy Time". On this visit, third graders patiently helped kindergartners learn to use the apps TanZen lite, Geoboard, and ABC Magnetic Alphabet. What fun!