Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. The fourth quarter continues full speed ahead as we reach the middle of the month and Spring Break starting this Friday. Given all that is going on and coming up, the break will be a welcome respite. Here's a recap of the eventful past week, and a preview of what lies ahead:
The big news from the past week was the absence of our seniors. The eight soon-to-be-graduates spent the week in Yosemite National Park, enjoying their final overnight experiential trip as Stanbridge students. They couldn't have asked for a better finale, as the trip featured great weather, fun activities, and another opportunity to challenge themselves and build camaraderie outside of the classroom. Staff chaperones Diane Chau and Aaron Carter emailed a few photos throughout the week chronicling the group's adventures, and we have posted the pics on our Facebook and Google+ pages. Be sure to check those sites next week as we upload even more pictures from the excursion.
For the rest of the students who were at school last week, the wildlife came to them. On Wednesday, all students were treated to an afternoon assembly "Wonders of the Rainforests." In addition to highlighting the importance of the rainforests and the abundant variety of wildlife that thrives in them, the assembly featured some unique guests. Bugs, birds, snakes, and spiders were brought in to give students an up close and personal look at some of the rainforest's more common inhabitants. Alas, the creatures were packed-up afterwards (at least, we think they got all of them back), but you can see highlights from the event on our Facebook and Google+ pages.
Looking ahead to this coming week, it is a short but busy one. Students in the elementary and junior high divisions will be taking their end-of-year reading and math assessments this week. These assessments allow us to gauge your student's academic progress over the course of the year, mirroring the assessments that were taken in September. Please help students do their best by ensuring they get a good night of rest, a healthy breakfast in the morning, and arrive to school on time. Also, students should bring a book or quiet activity to keep them occupied if they complete their assessments while others are still working. While these assessments do not impact report card grades, they can still raise anxiety levels for some students. Our counselors will be on-hand to intervene when necessary, but please alert us if you sense that your student is feeling especially anxious. If you have any questions about the assessments, please contact Program Specialist Diane Chau.
Speaking of "end-of-year," believe it or not it is time to start thinking about graduation. On Wednesday, April 16, our 8th-graders and high school seniors will have their graduation photos taken. These will include pictures of the students in their caps and gowns, as well as group shots of the graduating classes. Students should dress smartly for the shoot (shirts and ties, slacks, dresses, and dress shoes), and forms will be distributed/posted online if you would like to order prints. Graduation gowns were sent home with students on Friday. Please iron/press your student's gown and return it to school prior to Wednesday morning.
In other graduation news, invitations for the annual Senior Luncheon were mailed home this week. This year, the luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Trapeze Restaurant in Burlingame. All high school teachers will be on-hand to celebrate the graduating Class of 2014, and we hope that all seniors and their parents will be there to join us. Please RSVP to Susan or Maggie in the main office by May 13. Invitations for the graduation ceremony will be sent home later this month. For those planning ahead, note that this year's graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Burlingame High School auditorium.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, there are still plenty of school-related events to highlight on the calendar. This Thursday, April 17, the Bulldogs Basketball Team will close-out their season with the annual Students vs. Staff Basketball Classic. Last year, the student team defeated the teachers for the first time in a game that went down to the wire. Will the students make it two-in-a-row this year, or will the teachers get their revenge? The rivalry game will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Rec Center (located in King Park, blocks away from Stanbridge) at approximately 1:30 p.m. We are hoping for a big crowd of enthusiastic supporters, so come out and cheer on the teams!
Following the big game, our Spring Break begins. Stanbridge Spring Break starts on Friday, April 18 this year, and runs through the week of April 20-26. School will resume on Monday, April 28, which brings us into May--the final full month of the school year. More to come on the many events that highlight the May calendar, but for now a few quick notes:
• This year's high school prom will be held on the evening of Friday, May 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend the prom and students can go together as couples or individually. Guests from outside of Stanbridge are welcome but must be approved by Marilyn. Bids (a/k/a tickets) for the prom will be on sale this Monday through April 30. Cost is $35 per student and bids can be purchased in the main office. Prom is a more formal dance than the other dances throughout the year, and the $35 bid includes a catered dinner that will be served to the students by staff chaperones. More details on prom to come in the weeks ahead.
• The junior high division is up next to go on their spring experiential trip. Students will be departing for Westminster Woods on Tuesday May 6 and returning to campus on Thursday, May 8. The packing list for the trip, along with the required permission forms, were sent home this past week and can also be downloaded from our Files & Forms page. Please ensure all necessary forms are signed and returned to the main office by Thursday, May 1.
• Also on the Files & Forms page, we have posted the course guide and enrollment forms for this year's Summer School program. Based on your feedback, we have extended this year's Summer School days to run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Additionally, many teachers have worked to incorporate more academics into their course offerings. The result is an exciting mix of academic, artistic, and athletic options for students in every grade division. Enrollment is open now and the initial sign-up deadline in May 16. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in returning your forms and make your student's summer amazing!
Finally, before signing-off, some notes about an important upcoming event:
On May 6, 2014, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofit during "Silicon Valley Gives." Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, this 24-hour online fundraising effort will give the SVCC the opportunity to raise millions of dollars for thousands of local nonprofits, including Stanbridge Academy. This is going to be a big event, heavily promoted throughout Silicon Valley, and everyone will be talking about who they are supporting on May 6th. In addition to individual donations, hundreds of private and corporate sponsors will be awarding dollar-for-dollar matching gifts and bonus prize money throughout the day.
Every donation and donor we get on May 6th will go further to help Stanbridge claim a share of the thousands of dollars in prize money. Given this unique opportunity, we are working to raise awareness of the Silicon Valley Gives event over the next few weeks and you can help by following these three easy steps:
1. Mark Tuesday, May 6, 2014 on your calendar and add this link:
2. Follow us on Facebook and Google+
3. Spread the word to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in Stanbridge, and why they should give on May 6, 2014.
You can read more about the SVCC and the Silicon Valley Gives event at svgives.razoo.com. We will have more information and details on how you can help Stanbridge as the May 6th date gets closer.
A lot going on in the weeks ahead, so be sure to stay in the loop. See you on Monday as we count down to Spring Break!