Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. With just over 30 school days remaining in this academic year, the calendar is about to fill up quickly. The shower of activity at the end of April leads right into a deluge of events in May. Here is a brief look at what lies ahead, along with a few other notes for the week:
• High school seniors and graduating eighth-graders were scheduled to take their graduation gowns home this weekend to be ironed. We've decided to delay the distribution until next week. Gowns will be sent home with students on Monday, April 22. Please iron/press your student's gown and return it to school the following day. We will store the gowns for Thursday morning when the students will wear them for their graduation photos.
• On Tuesday, April 23, there will be a second round of Talent Show auditions after school from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. This round of auditions are for students who were unable to stay afterschool this past Tuesday and for students who were asked to re-audition their act. If your child falls into one of those categories, please ensure they are signed-up in the main office for an audition spot and bring any necessary music and/or props on Tuesday. If you have any questions or need to schedule an alternate day/time, please email Jay Huston.
• The Stanbridge Bulldogs hockey team will try to follow in the footsteps of the basketball team this year, as they take on the teacher team this Wednesday, April 24. Our second annual Students vs. Staff hockey game will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday on the campus courtyard. All students will be there to watch the event, and parents/guardians of players are invited to attend as well. Inspired by the student team's victory over the staff in this year's basketball classic, the Bulldogs Hockey squad looks to make 2013 the year of the student sweep. We'll post photos and results in next Friday's Bridge.
• As noted above, our eighth graders and high school seniors will have their graduation photos taken on Thursday morning, April 25. Details on ordering prints will be posted online and sent home next week.
• Of course, for many of our high school students, the highlight of next week is Friday night's Prom. Tickets are on sale through Wednesday in the main office. They are $35 each and I ask that you please honor the Wednesday deadline. The price of the ticket includes a catered dinner (prepared by Jackie Donaho) and we need to have an accurate headcount to ensure there is enough food, table settings, refreshments, etc. Pam has full details of the Prom in this week's SPA Spot, so be sure to click over to her page for more information.
• With May on the horizon after next week, a few reminders: Please make sure you return your RSVP for Grandparents/Special Person Day by Monday, April 22. The event will be held on Thursday, May 2 and, like Prom, we need an accurate headcount to ensure sufficient preparations are made. The event will allow guests to visit their student's classrooms and meet the teachers, and will feature a variety of student presentations followed by lunch. Guests will be able to use the Claremont Street access ramp to enter/exit the building if necessary. Please contact the main office to RSVP or if you have additional questions.
• All guests are welcome to return to campus the following evening for the annual Talent Show on Friday, May 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Students from all divisions will be performing and the event is always a highlight of the year. Admission is free and the event is open to parents, guardians, friends and family. Hope to see you there!
In closing, a few brief notes:
• A big Thank You to the staff members who represented Stanbridge at last Saturday's EdRev at AT&T Park. In addition to the seven staff members who worked behind the Stanbridge booth, a number of Stanbridge students and parents were also in attendance as visitors and volunteers. Plus, we had some of our students submit artwork to be displayed and a few of our entries received honors from the panel of judges. I'll have more on that next week and formal announcements at the Grandparent's Day assembly and Talent Show.
• Finally, with the Boston Marathon bombings and the factory explosion in West, Texas, this was a particularly rough week in the news. For many of our students, the end of the year tends to have them anxious enough and these news events may have only added to their anxiety. Boston Magazine posted an article on how to talk to children about tragedy, and the piece includes additional links to other resources. Remember also that our counselors on staff are always available for students who may need support in dealing with increased anxiety or stress. Our thoughts are with the victims of these tragedies and their families. And as we move forward, here's to focusing on the words of the Mr. Rogers meme that has resurfaced this week: "Look for the helpers...always [be] comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world."
Parents/Guardians can log-in with their Parent Portal password to access the following:
• Click here to go to The Weekly Bridge mainpage
• Click here to go to the SPA Spot mainpage