Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. This past Friday marked the end of the second quarter and first semester of the academic year, meaning we have officially reached the halfway point of the 2013-2014 school year. Sadly our halftime show will not feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but there is a lot of fairly exciting news to report nonetheless.
The end of the second quarter means that teachers will be submitting both quarter and semester grades next week, with report cards being sent home soon after. There are no parent-teacher conferences scheduled for this quarter, so the upcoming report cards will feature comments from your student's teachers regarding academic performance and progress in class. If you have questions or concerns about your student's grade, or if you would like to speak with a teacher one-on-one, you can email the instructor directly to arrange a meeting. Teacher email addresses are listed on our Teachers page.
With the second semester beginning on Monday, we are also beginning a new session of afterschool clubs. Enrollment forms for next semester's clubs were distributed sto students last week, and you can view/download a copy of the form and club descriptions on our Files & Forms page. Please note that some new clubs have been added for the new semester, some clubs have changed days, and other clubs will not continue into the next semester. Second semester afterschool clubs begin Monday, January 27 and run through Friday, May 23. If your student was in an afterschool club first semester and wishes to continue attending next semester, he/she still needs to complete the second semester sign-up form and tuition is due upon (re-)enrollment. Clubs run from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and shuttle service is available for students who will be taking Caltrain. Enrollment will remain open through the end of the month and interested students should return their enrollment forms and tuition payments to the main office. Space is limited and clubs fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your forms in ASAP.
Also coming up this week, the Bulldogs Basketball team is back in action on Tuesday afternoon, January 28. The team will take on Our Lady of Angels at 3:45 p.m. at SportsHouse in Redwood City. Additional information and directions to the venue can be found on the Bulldogs Athletics page. Last weekend, the Bulldogs notched their first victory of the season with a convincing win over STAR Academy--way to go, Dawgs! Coach Kelley would like to thank all of the players' family members who came out to show their support, along with the students and staff who were also in attendance. Mark is working to schedule additional games in February, so be sure to check the Bulldogs page for updates. We hope to see you showing your Stanbridge spirit at an upcoming game!
Speaking of Stanbridge spirit, a tip of the hat to our junior high families for having the highest participation rate in this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Over 93% of all junior high families had donated by Dec. 31, 2013, earning the junior high students a bonus lunchtime pizza party this past Friday. Congratulations all around, however, as both the elementary and high school divisions reached over 80% participation by year's end, too. As of now, we have reached a schoolwide participation rate of over 85% and our 100% participation goal is within reach! If you have not made your contribution, there is still time. Click over to our Donate Now page for complete details on the different ways you can give. Again, a big Thank You to everyone who has contributed so far--together, we are Stanbridge! (Note: With tax season soon upon us, families who gave before holiday break should have received a letter confirming your contribution. If your donation was processed after the holiday break, you will be receiving your letter next week.)
Looking ahead on the calendar...
• We will be having a special Monday Bake Sale on January 27. The sale was originally scheduled for Friday the 24th, but we had an abundance of birthday treats that were distributed that afternoon. Rather than send everyone home in sugar shock, we have rescheduled the bake sale for Monday. Items brought in for Friday's bake sale will be sold on Monday for one dollar each. As usual, gluten-free options will be available and James will officially alert everyone to the schedule change.
• High school students will have their annual Valentine's Dance on Friday, Feb. 7 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The event is free, but students must return a signed permission form to the main office by Wednesday, Feb. 5 if they plan to attend. Copies of the form are available in the main office and Chris will post a downloadable version online next week.
• On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Stanbridge will be hosting our Winter Open House. The event runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will feature personalized tours of the campus, Q&A sessions with select staff members, and a chance to get in-depth information on all aspects of the Stanbridge program. Please spread the word amongst any friends and family members who may be considering Stanbridge for their children. Also, the Open House is a great opportunity for current Stanbridge junior high parents and guardians to learn more about our high school program, so I encourage you to attend as well.
• Looking way ahead on the calendar, we want to alert you to this year's Summer School dates. This year, Stanbridge's Summer School session will run from June 23 through August 1. We are currently working with the faculty to develop this year's Summer School curriculum and will soon be asking for your input as well. In early February, we will be asking all Stanbridge families to give us feedback on what types of classes and activities you would like to see offered over the summer. Based on your responses, we will be able to better serve you and your students with summer school courses that target academic, athletic and artistic interests. The course listings and enrollment forms will be published after winter break, but save the summer dates now.
Before signing off, be sure to return to click over to the Weekly Bridge mainpage, where you will see the winning entries in our school-wide Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. Our counselors have been working with students in all divisions throughout the first semester to recognize different types of bullying, develop coping strategies with how to deal with bullies, and encourage ways to reduce bullying and promote positive interaction. The unit culminated with a schoolwide poster contest where students were able to artistically express the lessons learned. The top three posters have been published on this week's Weekly Bridge mainpage, but you can see all of the posters in Hayden Hall and on our online Student Art Gallery page.
That's all for now. Enjoy the weekend and see you next week for the second half!