Welcome to our May edition of The Bridge! There has been a lot going on in the world and therefore a lot going on at City of Bridges. Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, all of the new growth, and life is an inspiration to continue to grow, learn, and evolve ourselves and our organizations.
Virtual City of Bridges: an agile community…
The City of Bridges community has continued to thrive, learn, and laugh in the virtual manifestation of our work. Although this is not what we expected, we continue to live our values in these unexpected formats. We are wrapping up our seventh block of the school year and moving into the final four weeks of school. Our combination of agility and a little foresight meant that we were able to immediately begin virtual learning and as a result did not miss a single day of school after schools were physically closed. Our success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our educators, our families, our community and most importantly our students.
Staying Connected: City of Bridges is Just a Click Away…
We have launched a number of ways to stay connected with our local, regional, and national community:
We Make The Road by Walking: A weekly podcast where we talk with people about their paths in life and what they have learned along the way. It comes out every Tuesday and is available where ever podcasts can be found and, on our webpage, here.
Open Houses: We will be holding virtual open houses every third Thursday beginning this month. It is an opportunity to learn about what we do, participate in our community and ask all your questions. They will be held over Zoom, to register for May 21st, click this link.
Gratitude: Looking Back and Looking Forward
The first year of City of Bridges has been so much more than we expected and has demonstrated the power of people coming together to build a learning community that honors and respects each individual and helps young people to explore their possible futures and build the knowledge, skills and understanding to make those futures possible. The conclusion of a school year is always a time for reflection and revision and this is especially true at the end of this first year. Recently Michelle King and Stuart Candy, two members of our community and our Board of Trustees, led the community in a reflective workshop where we explored these questions:
What should we leave behind from this experience?
What do we want to carry forward from this experience?
Over the remaining four weeks of the school year, we will be exploring these questions within our work as students and teachers. Do you have thoughts about these questions to share? I welcome your perspectives as well and look forward to sharing our learning as it develops.
It has been an honor to be part of this community during the 2020-2021 school year and I look forward to everything that will come in the future!
Take Care and Be Well,