From creating puzzle pieces to note how we all fit together, to sponsoring Bully Free Dress Up Days, our counselors, Ms. Edwards and Ms. Ashorn have worked with our school become a No Place for Hate campus. This video explains our Project Kindness campaign that aims to help lift the hopes and spirits of our students when they are in need of a kind word. Learn more about the No Place for Hate project here, and may kindness find you wherever you are at Bridge Point Elementary :)
Our K-5 teachers are working hard this year to bring Reading Workshop to life at Bridge Point. At the beginning of this school year, our teaching staff participated in workshops by Columbia University's Teachers College trainers about how to use Lucy Calkins' Units of Study as a resource to teach reading. To learn more about how our kindergartners are involved in Reader's Workshop, watch this video that our wonderful Kindergartner teachers made!
The iPad can really help kids express themselves in a variety of ways. It can be utilized by students with different abilities and strengths in ways we might never have been able to imagine before life with iPads. If you have ever seen our teachers, Eleanor Thompson, Anthony Diaz, Heather York, Da Delano, Sharon Freede and Shannon Pipkin working with students in our building, you would absolutely shake your head in amazement. Technology is a part of how students can reach and teach us as much as it is how we can reach and teach them. Using Adobe Spark, Mrs. Thompson and her team of talented teachers have created amazing activities for their students. And even more incredible, is that they cook in their classroom too! Enjoy this student-created Adobe Spark video on how to make cheese sticks, YUM!
Full STEAM ahead! Bridge Point hosted yet another incredible STEAM Day (formerly Science Day) where students got the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of community members who really dig science. There were robots, slime, drones, dogs, snakes, rockets and so much more! Here's glimpse into the awesomeness of a half day of hands-on science learning in a video created by a 4th grader. Much thanks to Bridge Point parent, Jayme Tirres and her amazing crew of parents and volunteers who made this day happen!
Today's blogpost is brought to you by a 4th grade junior guest blogger, Ryan:
On Tuesday, February 6th, David Yeomans came to BPE to share some behind-the-scenes information about reporting about the weather on TV. He also talked about the weather and how it works! The whole class was so excited, I could see the excitement shining in all of their eyes. David Yeomans showed us a slide show with the help of a 4th grade tech expert, that was all about weather and behind-the-scenes effects. Mr. Yeomans showed us that instead of a big, giant TV behind him, it’s really a big lime green wall! He and his crew have a special camera that turns the lime green wall into what you see on the weather report. Right next to the lime green wall, there is a little mini TV that shows what you see on TV! David also showed us a big balloon called a weather balloon that floats into the Earth’s atmosphere. When it flies into the atmosphere, it grows to the size of a basketball court! My favorite part was when he was in Hurricane Harvey. Instead of trying to evacuate, he and his crew went right into the storm! We were so inspired by his presentation and knowledge of meteorology!
Learn more about David Yeomans, a former Westlake student, who loved learning about the weather at an early age online: http://kxan.com/author/david-yeomans/
Thanks for coming to teach us all about the weather, Mr. Yeomans!
Our K-5 teachers are working hard this year to bring Reading Workshop to life at Bridge Point. At the beginning of this school year, our teaching staff participated in workshops by Columbia University's Teachers College trainers about how to use Lucy Calkins' Units of Study as a resource to teach reading. To learn more about what 4th graders think of Reading Workshop, check out the student-created video above!
Live from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, via Zoom videoconferencing technology, our 4th graders worked interactively with the Kaitlin Lloyd, the Director of Education for the museum, to learn about the history of Native Americans in Texas. Ms. Lloyd piqued their interest with artifacts that seemed to appear out of nowhere (thanks to Green Screen technology) and engaged her audience by asking our students to think about what they saw or make connections with what they already knew. What a great way to bring an expert into our school to help us learn!
You know the winter holidays are upon us when the Madrigals perform at Bridge Point! The Twelve Days of of Christmas, Texas Style features a misbehavin' heifer that our students absolutely adore and Feliz Navidad is a crowd favorite that invites our students to sing and dance along with the incredibly talented Westlake High School choir. Thank you for filling our school with the spirit and magic of the Holidays!
Powered by imagination, fueled by inspiration, Liquid Nails, French Cleats and a magical maintenance man, our Lego Wall is now ready for action! Get your own giant Lego compatible wall from Slab Dream Lab (next time we'll buy the wall frame too), shoe organizers from Ikea to organize your Legos and let the building begin!
Eanes ISD is hosting it's first ever Student Film Festival this year and it's open to all EISD KG-12th grade students. Students are invited to create original films that focus on SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) with a few twists. How will you move us? To tears, to feel, to laugh, to rise to action? How can we #CHOOSEKIND or how do we feel when we don't? Ask your campus Ed Tech for more information and check out the challenge, rules and regulations on the Festival de Eanes website.
Life begins when you get back up! Ever wonder what happened after poor Humpty fell of of the wall? Find out by reading December's Principal's Book of the Month, After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat. Read and respond here and don't forget to persevere! https://flipgrid.com/1c1948
Bridge Point is delighted to have a new Spanish Immersion pilot program in Kindergarten, and boy are our students thankful, too! Check out how our kids are using their newly acquired language skills to let us know how they are thankful this Thanksgiving. A BIG SHOUT OUT to Mrs. King and Señor Bitner for making Futuro so successful at Bridge Point!
Wonder is a heartfelt story about a 10 year-old boy named Auggie Pullman. As Auggie navigates the world, previously protected by homeschooling, he learns that growing up is hard, but even harder when you have a severe facial deformity. Hiding under an astronaut's helmet or a Boba Fett costume just won't work when you are entangled in 5th grade drama. Auggie, the brave, stands up for kindness, compassion and acceptance and slowly his classmates begin to follow his lead.
Inspired by his English teacher's use of precepts (rules to live by) as writing prompts, Auggie and his classmates begin to make an effort to CHOOSE KIND. Inspired by the story, Wonder, our 4th graders found their own precepts to write about what their "rules to live by" mean to them and the community they live in. Using the Pages app on their iPads, they typed up their responses and created their own Wonder inspired artwork. From quotes like, Normal is a setting on a washing machine to the words of a 4th grader, Be you and people will like you, our students shared their hearts in hopes that everyone will CHOOSE KIND.
Oompa loompa doompety doo...without music teachers, what would we do? Our music teachers, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Jones pulled off yet another amazing year of play production with our talented 5th graders! Speaking of talent, this is the second year 5th graders in Ms. Osofsky's class have helped infuse student-created technology elements into the 5th grade play. Using the apps, Green Screen by Do Ink and Animation and Drawing by Do Ink, our student film-makers created two scenes for the play. In addition to videos this year, the role of a Foley Artist was added. Our student Foley Artist had to find and play sound effects throughout the play live on queue. We found our copyright free sounds here: https://freesound.org/browse/ and that added another level of awesomeness to our play production this year! 5th graders, you are the music makers, and you are the dreamers of the dreams! Congratulations on this year's production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
There isn't anything much more entertaining than watching kindergartners practice rhythm and beat using an old school Wii console and Dance Revolution! Way to bring technology into the classroom, Ms. Jones! Wii love music class!
Bridge Pointers sure do love to read! To get our students even more excited about reading, our Principal, Mrs. Meek created the Principal's Book Club on Flipgrid. For the last few months, our Librarian, Ms. Ricter has worked with each and every classroom in the school to teach Bridge Pointers how to use the app, Flipgrid so they could respond to Mrs. Meek's "secret questions". September's book was the Invisible Boy, October's was Last Stop on Market Street and this month's is The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. Record your response here, but please remember to NOT include or say your name in your video. Once your video is approved by Mrs. Meek, it will appear on her Flipgrid and then you can head to the office for a limited edition book club pencil!
Today Bridge Point was invaded with a slew of carefully crafted pumpkins disguised as book characters. From The One and Only Ivan and Harry Potter to the Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, our 4th graders showcased their creativity and character trait writing skills with this fun Pumpkin Writing Project. What a great way to celebrate reading and writing in October! Happy Halloween, Bridge Point!
This year's Arts Days celebrated music and art with the spirt of live music, Austin style. ACL is a well-known event in Austin and this year's incredible team of parents built us three half days of fun with live concerts, a tap dancer, art projects and musicians. In celebration of our Arts Days program, a few teachers put together a dance routine for our students to enjoy. And the Honky Tonk band, The Feral Four, was so much fun. We love Arts Days! Thank you!
Go Noodle is a great place to wiggle, move, and boost energy in the classroom AND it can also be a great way to learn about math, science, and language arts. Check out how Ms. Volk's class rocks out to syllables with the Go Noodle crew Blazer Fresh. Syllables have never been so MUCH FUN!
Let me tell you, it takes a village to get iPads configured, set up and issued to students! While our established students simply kept their iPads from last year, our new students (including all of our kindergartners) needed iPads set up for them. Luckily, behind the scenes, we have an amazing team of programming magicians who conjured up remarkable scripts that expedited the iPad enrollment process. From the Hello screen, to testing the Self-Service app and configuring Google accounts, it would have taken me so much longer if it weren't for my amazing 4th and 5th grade helpers who answered configuration questions, typed in usernames and passwords, fixed iPad stands and delivered configured iPads across the school. Thank you, Village!
We have an amazing community at Bridge Point that shares their time, support, and resources with the world. Today, the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) presented a certificate of appreciation for Girl Scout Troop 326's Bronze Award project. These hard-working and dedicated young ladies worked over 100 hours with BPE students and staff to collect over 150 boxes of unused school supplies! Imagine all the smiles on the faces of all of the children who will be receiving these supplies! Thank you Evelyn, Linscott, Taylor, Emme, Presley, Krina, and Tatum!