The opening of the Secondary School and Therapy Center brings many exciting changes and opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year. We look forward to sharing all of them with you in the coming months. In the meantime, we are so grateful to everyone, including our Change Champions, who helped with planning and provided positive feedback and communication during this transition. As always, our staff and volunteers put their blood, sweat and tears into preparing both the Secondary and Primary Schools to open and operate effectively on our first day of school. We couldn’t do it without them.
We began the academic year welcoming 24 new staff members including highly qualified teachers and therapists, a new psychologist and a new administrative assistant. Our staff participated in a great week of training and some fun team-building, including a scavenger hunt. They had the opportunity to let their silly sides through while getting to know new and returning staff and the new Secondary School space.
We are looking forward to the year ahead with our returning and new students, families and staff. We began the academic year with 175 students in preschool through 11th grade representing 28 unique school districts from 9 different counties. And, we begin the year with more than 180 staff members serving our students and families! As we look forward at the calendar, we want to remind our friends and families of some upcoming special events. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us!
Curriculum Night: September 14, 6-8 PM
During Curriculum Night, we welcome parents and adult family member ONLY. The evening is divided into two-three short sessions- one session in your child’s classroom to learn more about what to expect this year from your child’s teachers and curriculum and a session for general information in the gym with Bridgeway Academy leadership staff. We’ll give some general reminders as well as introduce a new Emergency Response system recently adopted by Bridgeway Academy. We will also offer an additional session for parents who have multiple students enrolled in Bridgeway Academy.
Picture Day: Secondary School Picture Day October 16th / Primary School Picture Day October 17th
Ryan Glaze Photography will join Bridgeway Academy again this year for school pictures. Parents and families will receive = information in late September. A classroom composite will be available for purchase this year and our brand new STUDENT YEARBOOK COMMITTEE will be producing the yearbook!
Walk Now for Autism Speaks: October 8 at the Columbus Commons
Join Bridgeway Academy’s Team and walk with us to support Autism Speaks.
Bridgeway Academy’s Skills Center students will be selling team shirts the 1st two weeks of September with $1 of every shirt sold donated to Team Bridgeway’s fundraising efforts for Autism Speaks.
Practice Trick or Treat night: October 26th – 4:30-6:00 PM, Primary School and Therapy Center
Get your family and friends and grab a costume! We are excited to welcome ALL Bridgeway Academy students from both the Primary and the Secondary School and Therapy Centers, along with friends and community partners to this event! Come practice your Trick-or-Treat skills in our very own Trick-or-Treat Street where both candy and non-candy treats will be provided. In addition, we’ll have arts and crafts, a spooky and silly Haunted Speech Room, a sensory-obstacle course, a Monster Mash dance in the gymnasium and our first ever Trunk-or-Treat Street with the Secondary School Teaching Teams! You won’t want to miss this fun family event.
We look forward to seeing all of you over the course of the year. Maybe at pick-up or drop off at Walk Now for Autism Speaks; or, at our events, SPIN for Camp Bridgeway on March 4th, or in April at Raise Your Glass to Raise Awareness. And as always, we thank you for your interest in and support of Camp Bridgeway.