Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Marilyn was out on Friday, which means that I've been tapped to fill you in on this week's news and notes. If Marilyn was here, I'm sure she'd be telling me to "remind everyone about next week's student presentations," or "don't forget to include details about Thursday's basketball game," or "stop worrying about your NCAA basketball bracket and get back to work." Good advice all around, so let's get right to it:
• Our "Spring Showcase" presentations began on Friday with the elementary students performing for an audience of parents, guardians and friends. Highlights included the lower elementary class reciting the parts of a plant (see photo on the Weekly Bridge mainpage); the middle el students explaining the California Gold Rush; and the upper el group illustrating the features of Mars. Our junior high students will get their turn in the spotlight on Monday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. and the high school division takes the stage on Tuesday morning, March 26, at 8:30 a.m. These presentations are designed as a fun way for students to share what they've learned in class and are definitely tailor-made for Kodak moments. Bring your camera and come join us if you can.
• The elementary students got an early jump on the "Spring Showcase" presentations because the Middle and Upper Elementary divisions will be away on their spring experiential trip next week, March 25-27. They will be spending Monday through Wednesday at Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, with the upper el students going through the Science Program and the middle el students learning more about the Gold Rush. Full details, packing lists and all the necessary paperwork are on the Forms page.
• Thursday, March 28, is notable for a number of reasons. First, we will be holding our annual Students vs. Staff basketball game that afternoon. As is tradition, the event will take place at the Martin Luther King Park Rec Center and students will be walking there from campus with their homeroom teachers. Because this is an off-campus event, students will need a signed permission form to attend. These were distributed to everyone on Friday, but if a copy didn't make it home, you can find a printable version on the Forms page. Please ensure your student's permission form is signed and returned to the main office by Thursday morning.
Thursday also marks the end of the Third Quarter, which means report cards will be mailed out in early April. Their arrival will be delayed a bit because Thursday is also the last day of school before Spring Break. Please note that there is no school on Friday, March 29 and students have the following week off for Spring Break. Classes resume on Monday, April 8 and report cards will be mailed that week.
• Upon our return from Spring Break, the final iteration of afterschool clubs will begin. The spring session of clubs begins the week of April 8th and runs through the end of May. If your student is interested in participating in an afterschool club, please complete the sign-up form (and yes, it's on the Forms page too) and return it with your payment to the main office by Thursday, March 28. Please note that there are some changes from the current clubs schedule, so double-check the new form if you plan on re-enrolling since not all current clubs will be offered in April and May.
• I've got to give a shout-out to the parent volunteers who have been helping with this year's Annual Fund Campaign. This year's campaign is coming to a close, but they wanted me to remind you that if you have not yet participated, there is still time to give--simply 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 were not received by March 22 will be billed for the amount of their pledge. Billing notices will go out the last week of March, 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 few multimedia notes to close this week's Bridge: We've added tons of pictures from the Junior High's trip to Camp Sea Lab in our Photo Gallery. And don't worry...as you'll see, there was a lot more to the trip than just dissecting squid. Over on the SPA Spot page, Pam has new details on some upcoming lectures and workshops, and she's also still looking for volunteers to help with this year's Prom. This week's 80s Prom Flashback clip comes from Back to the Future, so enjoy that, but please help Pam out. After Pretty in Pink last week, the well is running dry on prom-themed movies and I don't think Marilyn or Pam want me to go for a Carrie reference. Lastly, we kind of take it for granted now that everyone is aware of the Friday Bake Sale here at Stanbridge. Lest you forget about this weekly tradition, "Uncle" James Warren has allowed us to record him performing a new version of his classic "Bake Sale Song," which we've posted in our Video Gallery. Feel free to play it this weekend, over Spring Break, or whenever you may be planning to hold a bake sale of your own. James is also available to perform the song live and in-person, provided he does not accept the invitation to tour with Justin Bieber this summer.
I'm pretty sure I'll be in trouble after that last paragraph, so I better sign-off now. In any case, the next round of basketball games are starting and I still have a shot to beat Mark in the office pool. Have a great weekend!
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