Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Looking back at this past week, our Junior High division enjoyed a memorable five day run, starting things off with a trip to the movies on Monday before spending the remainder of the week on their spring experiential trip in Monterrey. The seventh and eighth graders have been reading The Wizard of Oz in their literature classes and went to see the newly-released Oz: The Great and Powerful to start the week. On Tuesday, the group departed for Camp Sea Lab in Monterrey, where they stayed until Friday afternoon. There, the group enjoyed kayaking in the bay, along with hands-on lessons about marine life. The interactive experience even included a session of squid dissection, which--as Maureen reports--was followed by a snack of fresh calamari. This would be my reaction, but the students seemed to enjoy it. Dissection aside, we'll be posting plenty of pictures from the trip in our Media Room next week.
While the Junior High was gone, we welcomed a number of visiting families to our Spring Open House this past Thursday morning. We had a solid turnout of visitors who were eager to learn more about our school. I'd like to thank all of our Open House presenters, as well as our STAR Team and Student Government tour guides, who helped make Thursday's event a success. This was our final Open House event for this school year, but if you know of any friends or family members who are looking at school placements for their students next year and may be thinking about Stanbridge, have them fill-out an online tour request or contact Susan in the main office for more information.
Next week could be considered the calm before the end-of-the-month storm. Looking ahead to Friday, March 22, our lower, middle and upper elementary students will be performing in various class presentations for parents, guardians and guests. These "Spring Showcase" presentations are designed for the students to present what they have learned in class in a fun and entertaining manner. Each division will hold a Spring Showcase this month, and the elementary students will begin with theirs on Friday. The program starts at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and parents, guardians and guests are encouraged to attend. Ditto for friends and family of the Junior High students, who will be presenting their Spring Showcase on Monday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m., and our High School students, who will present on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 a.m.
The elementary students are holding their presentations on Friday because they will be on their spring experiential trip to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School from Monday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 27. Both the Middle and Upper Elementary divisions will be going (though there are different activities planned for each group), and all the necessary forms, permission slips and packing lists are posted on our Forms page. The groups will be back to school in time for Thursday, March 28--the last day of school in the third quarter, the last day of school before Spring Break, and the day of the annual Students vs. Staff Basketball Game. As you can see, there's a lot going on during the last week of March, so mark your calendars now. I'll have additional details on all of these events in next week's edition of The Bridge.
Before I sign-off for this week, a few final notes:
• Camille's high school and upper elementary art classes currently have their work on display in Hayden Hall. The high school students have made some beautiful "pattern drawings" and the elementary students created some colorful, abstract face designs. If you haven't been able to see them, we've posted photos of the work on our website's Student Art Gallery. Check it out.
• Our Annual High School Prom is only a month away and we're looking for volunteers to sign-up for set-up assistance. Pam has more details in this week's SPA Spot, along with highlights from Wednesday's meeting and an updated listing of upcoming lectures and workshops.
• We are nearing the conclusion of our 2012-2013 Annual Fund Campaign. Again, I'd like to thank everyone who participated by making a donation to this year's Annual Fund. If you have not yet participated, there is still time. Please drop-off your donation in the main office before Spring Break. For families that have pledged but not yet donated, please make your donation as soon as possible. Families who made Annual Fund pledges that are not received by March 22 will be billed for the amount of their pledge. Billing notices will go out the last week of the month, so if you need additional time to make your donation or have questions about the Annual Fund in general, please contact our Business Manager, Anne Barrows.
• Finally, a thank you to Jackie Donaho, who helped organize Wednesday's Skateboard Science exhibition here on campus. The presenters effectively combined their love of skateboarding and knowledge of science into an engaging and acrobatic show that delighted our students. Featuring aerial stunts, jumps, flips and tricks, the show defied physics as much as explaining it. Overall, it was a fun, exciting way to end the day, though this would be my reaction if I was ever asked to perform flips on a skateboard. Remember, kids--safety first.
Have a great weekend and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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