Hello again and Happy New Year. I'm happy to announce that the New Year brings with it a new member of the Stanbridge Family, Jasmine Mai Dang-Huston. Our congratulations to the proud parents, Jay Huston and Patricia Dang, who welcomed their new arrival earlier this week.
Our first week back after break can't quite compete with that level of anticipation and excitement, but there is still a lot to report. For starters, this weekend marks the official opening of the Stanbridge Bulldogs basketball season. Coach Mark Kelley has done a tremendous job not only getting this year's squad ready for action, but also scheduling opponents and reserving venues for games. Your first opportunity to see the team play in 2013 will be this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Sports House in Redwood City. Click over to our Bulldogs Basketball page for a map and directions, and be sure to check-in throughout the year as we update the page with scores, game recaps, photos and schedule updates. Good luck Dawgs!
While many of us our just getting settled back in to our school routine after break, many of our high school juniors and seniors are gearing-up for another extended vacation of sorts. As many of you know, this year's juniors and seniors have the unique opportunity to see President Obama's inauguration in-person during a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. This special trip is being co-sponsored with Close-Up and includes access to the inauguration ceremony, trips to numerous D.C. landmarks and even tickets to an inaugural ball. The students and chaperones will be departing Tuesday night and returning a week later. We'll have a full report upon their return, along with online photos and bonus coverage in our Spring newsletter. Have fun!
In the meantime, there's plenty of activity going on here at school. Starting on Monday, we will once again be sponsoring an all-school Crayon Drive for Kids International Dental Service (KIDS). KIDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is based in San Francisco, and is dedicated to providing dental care to impoverished children in third world countries. Last year, Resource Specialist Meagan Cameron was a part of the KIDS support team that visited Cambodia and provided care for children while they wait to be treated. This year, Meagan and her boyfriend Brian (an endodontist) will be returning to Cambodia to continue their work there and enhance the dental health education program. Stanbridge students are invited to lend their support by bringing in boxes of new (or gently used) crayons that Meagan can distribute to local children while they wait for dental care. Last year's crayon drive was a huge success and we hope to repeat the effort again. For more information on KIDS, you can visit the KIDS website. Also, click over to our online photo galleries and scroll down to February 2012, where you'll be able to see pictures that Meagan took during her visit to Cambodia last year.
Also next week, Pam will be hosting our monthly SPA meeting at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. In addition to discussing upcoming second semester events, we will also be featuring a speaker from Extreme Sports Camps for children with autism. Pam has more details on the speaker and organization over on the SPA Spot page. Be sure to click over for additional listings of some upcoming lectures and workshops as well. While you're at it, stop by our Forms page, where you can download a copy of our Winter Afterschool Clubs sign-up form. The form has listings of all clubs being offered next quarter, along with descriptions, advisors, dates, tuition and registration info. The enrollment form and payment is due to the main office by January 24th and the next session of afterschool clubs will begin the week of January 28th.
Last but not least, with the New Year comes the inevitable resolutions. Here at Stanbridge, we are hoping to make a school-wide resolution and we need your help. In order to set a good example for all students and promote a healthier lifestyle, we are encouraging students to stop bringing soda pop and other high-sugar drinks to school, such as "energy" drinks like RockStar, excessively-sweet Starbucks frapuccinos, etc. Some of our teachers have noted that these drinks--in addition to being nutritionally dubious--are also causing some students to suffer from negative side effects, such as hyperactivity or, conversely, mid-day energy crashes. From flavored waters to healthier juices, there are many alternatives to a can of Coke or Red Bull. Please do your part in helping us set a good example and keep the sweet drinks at home this year.
Here's hoping you had a wonderful break and 2013 is off to a great start. See you next week!
Parents/Guardians can log-in with their Parent Portal password to access the following:
• Click here to go to The Weekly Bridge mainpage
• Click here to go to the SPA Spot mainpage