Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Only one week to go before we reach our mid-February Winter Break (Feb. 17-21), and by the looks of things, we will need it. It's a busy week ahead, so be sure to mark your calendar accordingly:
Things get off to a creative start on Monday when we begin our first ever, week-long Maker's Fair. The event will feature student-created models and artwork on display in Hayden Hall, and students from all grade divisions are invited to exhibit their creations. Students were asked to bring their entries in on Friday, but for those who needed the extra time to finish, we will also accept submissions on Monday, Feb. 10. Please note that entries cannot exceed 2' x 2' in size, but there are few other limitations. Submissions can include any three-dimensional artistic creation--from LEGO sets and model kits, to homemade sculptures and Rube Goldbergs. The artwork will be on display in Hayden Hall through Friday, Feb. 14, and there will be "Best in Show" prizes for entries in each grade division. If you have specific questions about this unique event, email James Warren.
On Monday afternoon, our Bulldogs Hockey team will participate in their first official game of the season when they take on Charles Armstrong School. The game will be played on the CAS campus at 3:30 p.m. and Coach Erik Tom and the team are hoping for a big turnout of Bulldog fans. The venue is a short drive from Stanbridge and a great afterschool activity for students interested in seeing their classmates play. Directions to the venue are on the Bulldogs Athletics page and hockey players must have a signed permission form on file to travel with the team (you can download a copy from our Files & Forms page). Here's hoping the rain stays away for the afternoon and the team comes away with a victory. Go Dawgs!
This coming Wednesday, Feb. 12, we will be hosting visitors to our campus during the annual Winter Open House. This 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.
On Thursday, SPA volunteers will be invading the staff kitchen for another annual tradition, Soup From the Heart. A staff favorite, the event features SPA members bringing-in homemade soups, salads and desserts to share with the faculty--a delicious Thank You that couldn't be more perfectly timed given the change in weather. Most volunteer spots for this year event have been filled, but check this week's SPA Spot page for additional details and to sign-up online to assist.
Speaking of SPA, the minutes from last Wednesday's meeting have been posted on the SPA Spot page, along with updated versions of the K-8 and High School event calendars. Of note if you missed the meeting, two handouts were distributed regarding upcoming spring and summer activities. First, Mark Kelley is coordinating a unique session of swimming lessons through the San Mateo YMCA. Classes would be held afterschool at the 'Y' on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays starting this April and running through the end of the school year. Notably, the lessons would be for Stanbridge students only, and students of all ages and ability levels are welcome to enroll. Specific details will be forthcoming next month, once Mark has gauged interest and availability. If this sounds like something you would like to sign-up your student for, please complete the Swim Lesson Form and return it to Mark or the main office by the end of the month.
Also distributed at the SPA meeting on Wednesday was a short interest survey about this year's Summer School program. The Stanbridge Summer School dates are set for June 24-August 1, and we are looking for feedback from parents/guardians on what types of classes you would like to see offered. Our teachers will be finalizing the summer curricula after break, and much of it will be based on your feedback. If you plan to enroll your student in this year's Summer School, please take a moment to complete this short Summer School Interest Survey and return it to Chris Myers or the main office by Feb. 14. The Summer School course guide, schedule, and enrollment packet will be distributed in early March.
Before that, however, there are still a few more goings-on at Stanbridge before next week's break. In addition to Valentine's Day, this Friday, February 14 is the world premiere of Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk, the afterschool Theater Club's original production that they have been working on since September. Postponed from this past Friday, the show will finally debut at 1:00 p.m. this Friday in the Stanbridge Theatorium (a/k/a the Multipurpose Room). Admission is free, and friends and family members of all Stanbridge students are invited to attend. The show is a spoof of a certain science-fiction franchise and features an original script, costumes, and props created by Theater Club students, along with club moderators David Hopper and James Warren. The group has been working on the show for months and the production will be an unforgettable experience.
Following the performance, students will join their homeroom teachers and advisors for divisional Valentine's Day parties until dismissal at 3:10. Following dismissal, Winter Break begins and Stanbridge will be closed until Monday, February 24.
Before signing-off, a big Thank You to all of the staff and parent volunteers who helped at last night's high school dance; pictures will be posted online next week. It is a busy week ahead, but it should be a fun one. Hope to see you at the hockey game, open house, Soup From the Heart or Friday's show...or all of the above! Until then, have a great weekend!