Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. It was back to work this week after Saturday night's Stanbridge Steps Out dinner dance. I was pleased to see so many of our Stanbridge families and staff members, as well as some alumni parents and board members. As always, the evening was wonderful, and a great way to connect with the Stanbridge community outside of school in a purely social setting. Many thanks to all involved with the planning and organization of our annual Step Out event, and to everyone who came and made Saturday another night to remember.
My role as a WASC committee member took me off campus for most of this past week, so a few housekeeping notes before looking ahead to next week. First, congratulations to our Bulldogs Hockey Team, who netted a victory in Wednesday's rematch against Charles Armstrong School. As you may remember, the Bulldogs were defeated by CAS in a heartbreaker last week, losing 4-3 on a last-minute goal. The 'Dawgs got their revenge on Wednesday, however, winning convincingly by the score of 6-3. In other sports news, the Bulldogs Basketball team lost in their Friday afternoon game this week, falling to Edgewood 50-23. The hoops squad will have one more regular season game against Our Lady of Angels (date TBD) before ending the season with the annual Students vs. Staff game on March 28.
Speaking of the hockey and basketball teams, we've added a new batch of pictures in our Media Room Photo Galleries that feature this year's teams in action. Be sure to click over and check them out, and while you're there, scroll down for photos from the 9th and 10th grade trip to Hidden Villa. More Hidden Villa pics are coming, and we'll alert you once they're posted. (Note: You need a Parent Portal password to access the photos)
Next week is a fairly busy one here at Stanbridge with a lot of comings and goings. On Monday, the junior high students and teachers will take a day trip to the San Mateo Cinemark Theatres to see Oz: The Great and Powerful. Having read the original The Wizard of Oz in their literature classes, the group will have a chance to see how the unofficial prequel stacks up against the classic tale. Tuesday through Friday, that same group will be on their Spring Experiential trip to Camp Sea Lab in Monterrey. Details of both trips, along with the appropriate forms, are posted on our Forms page. Studying sea life and seeing flying monkeys--not a bad way to spend a week.
Back on campus, remember that the March SPA meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 8:30 a.m. In addition to the standard meeting and discussions, there will be an additional presentation on executive functioning skills, featuring guest speaker Jan Johnston-Tyler from EvoLibri. Developing stronger executive functioning skills is often cited as a goal for many of our students here at Stanbridge, so I highly encourage you to attend this upcoming presentation--you can read more about it on Pam's SPA Spot page.
The following day, on Thursday, March 14, we will be hosting our Spring Open House from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This will be our final Open House event of the school year, so spread the word amongst those you know who may be looking for student placement next year. This event is designed primarily for new and potential families considering Stanbridge for their students, but I welcome current eighth grade families to attend this Open House as well. The event will provide you with a unique way to see our high school teachers and students in action and give you a forum to ask any questions you might have about the Stanbridge high school program.
A few early warnings about some upcoming events towards the end of the month: On March 19 and 20, Dr. Leonard Sax, Ph.D. will be the featured Common Ground speaker, presenting his lecture "Yes! Gender Matters" at three different Bay Area locations. Details on the presentation, along with dates and times can be found on our Common Ground page, and you can view a clip of Dr. Sax speaking about this topic in our Video Gallery. Also, our Middle and Upper Elementary students will be visiting Discovery Outdoor School in Coloma for their Spring Experiential trip, March 25-27. Details and all the necessary forms and packing lists are on the Forms page.
Finally this week, we've had a lot of birth announcements this year at Stanbridge, so for a change of pace, here's a different reason to celebrate: Our Resource Specialist, Meagan Cameron, announced this week that she is engaged. Her boyfriend, Brian, popped the question last weekend and Meagan said yes. As you may remember, Meagan and Brian (an endodontist) have travelled to Cambodia for the past two years working with K.I.D.S., a charity organization that provides dental care to impoverished children (Stanbridge families donated crayons for Meagan to take with her both years; you can read more about that here). The trips are indicative of their kindness, dedication and hard work, and on behalf of the Stanbridge Community, I congratulate them and wish them all the best for what lies ahead.
With that said, I'm beginning to think we need to add a registry to the Stanbridge Store. Between all the newborns and now a wedding...do you think Crate & Barrel will start taking Stanbucks?
Have a great weekend!
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