Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge, delayed a few days because our webmaster was out of town over the weekend. Better late than never, however, especially with an exciting week to look back on and another busy week coming up.
Leading off this week, a rousing round of applause to all of the performers at last Friday's talent show. Once again, the event provided an outstanding venue for our students to display their wide range of interests and talents. It was encouraging to see so many friends and family members in the audience to offer support, and the kids certainly delivered the goods. It is not always easy to take the stage and perform in front of a packed house, so kudos to everyone who practiced, rehearsed, auditioned and stepped in to the spotlight on Friday night. All of you did an amazing job and the Stanbridge Community is proud of you! Special thanks to our student stage crew for their fantastic behind-the-scenes help, and especially to Jay Huston, the man who ensures that this event is a highlight of every school year.
With that kind of gushing, the inevitable question is now "When will I be able to see pictures and video from the show?!" The good news is..."Soon." We are currently reviewing pictures and video from Friday night and this week we will be uploading lots of pictures and video clips from the show. Be sure to check back to our website's Media Room, as well as our Google+ page for details and highlights.
Monday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, but our Bulldogs Basketball Team is hoping that any good luck pinches they receive last through Friday night. This Friday, March 21, the squad will play their final regular season game against Our Lady of Angels (OLA) in Burlingame. The game is shaping-up to be a grand finale, and will feature special pre-game and halftime highlights. We are hoping to pack the stands with a rowdy crowd to help cheer the Dawgs on to victory. Directions to the OLA gym can be found on the Bulldogs Athletics page. Gametime is 6:00 p.m. and we hope to see you there!
With school ending at 3:10 and the basketball game not starting until 6:00, SPA has organized a fun way to spend the late afternoon down time on Friday. Prior to the basketball game, SPA is organizing an afterschool trip to the movies for high school students. Interested students will meet in Hayden Hall at dismissal and then walk with parent chaperones to the San Mateo Cinemark Theaters to see the sci-fi thriller Divergent (time TBD). This is a pay-your-own-way, voluntary event for students, and they are welcome to invite friends and family members to join (note that the film is rated PG-13). More details on the SPA Spot page, including information on how to sign-up as a chaperone. (Note: The ever-active SPA is also sponsoring the monthly Bake Sale on Friday afternoon. Check out their page for details or click here for everyone's favorite melodic reminder.)
Between the talent show, basketball game, and afterschool movie, it is easy to forget that the end of this academic quarter is fast approaching. Next Friday, March 28, marks the final day of the third quarter, meaning that grades will be finalized and report cards sent out in early April. If your student is behind in any classwork or received a Progress Report, please ensure that he or she talks to the appropriate teacher about how to improve their grade. Teacher email addresses can be found on our Teachers page if you would like to request more information from an instructor or set up a one-on-one meeting to discuss your student's academic performance.
Last week I mentioned that we were in the process of finalizing the curriculum for this year's Summer School program. The schedule is nearly complete and we will be sending home the course guide and enrollment forms next week. Based on your feedback, we are offering a variety of classes for students in all divisions that incorporate both activities and academics. Thank you for your patience as we update our Summer School offerings, and remember that this year's program runs in week-long sessions from June 23 through August 1.
Mid-March may seem an odd time to be talking about summer, but April is just around the corner and the calendar is packed during the last two months of the school year. With the seniors' week-long trip to Yosemite, end-of-year assessments, and Spring Break coming up in the weeks ahead, time will seem to fly by. The "spring forward" hour from last weekend was just a sign of things to come!