Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Spring Break is underway, and the week off will provide an opportunity to recharge before the final few weeks of the school year. This year's break got off to a great start thanks to an exciting student team victory in the annual Students vs. Staff basketball game on Thursday afternoon. Highlights from the big game below, along with the latest news and notes:
The big news this past week was the Bulldogs Basketball Team's down-to-the-wire victory over the Staff Team on Thursday afternoon. Playing in front of a packed gymnasium at the Martin Luther King Park Rec Center, the game was close from start to finish, with the students overcoming a late deficit to win their second straight Students vs. Staff game, 27-26. After the final buzzer, the enthusiastic student body cheering section stormed the court to congratulate the players as Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Kelley raised the victor's trophy. It was a tough defeat for the Staff Team, who put forth a tremendous effort and--in a show of good sportsmanship--congratulated the Bulldogs players in a postgame center court handshake.
Our thanks to the MLK Rec Center staff for providing the facility and scoreboard operators; Jackie Donaho for providing the pregame hot dog lunch at Stanbridge; and the many friends and family members who came out to cheer on the teams. Our staff photographers will be sorting through the hundreds of pictures from the event after break, so look for those to be posted online once we get back to school. In the meantime, click over to our Facebook and Google+ pages, where we have posted a sampling of pics to share. While on those pages, you can also check out the highlights from the lower and middle elementary field trip to the Chabot Space and Science Center. The students visited the venue earlier in the week and, by the looks of things, we may have a few future space explorers in our midst.
It wasn't all fun and games this past week, though. Elementary students completed their year-end reading and math assessments, and our eighth graders and high school seniors had their graduation photos taken by photographer Doug Peck. If your student had his/her photo taken by Doug on Wednesday, we will be sending home proofs when we return from break if you would like to order prints from the shoot. Speaking of graduation, as I mentioned last week, invitations for the annual Senior Luncheon were mailed home. 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.
With next week off, we return to school as April ends and May begins. Traditionally, the last month of school is busy and this year is no exception. We begin right away on the first Friday that we return. 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 are on sale 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. Please ensure you purchase your student's bid by the deadline so we have an accurate head count. Given the preparation necessary for prom, no bids/tickets will be sold at the door. If you would like to volunteer to help with this year's prom, click over to the SPA Spot page to sign-up.
Following the big night for our high school students, there's something for everyone the next day.
Parents Education Network (PEN) is holding the sixth annual Education Revolution, EdRev 2014, Saturday, May 3 at AT&T Park. Conceived of and brought to life by PEN in 2009, EdRev provides a unique day of interaction among students, parents, and educators, exploring ways to create new educational environments that fit the individual, instead of making the individual fit the environment. Stanbridge will have a booth at this year's event, so be sure to stop by and say hello to our staff volunteers. EdRev is a great way to learn about the myriad resources available to families with LD students and organizers have once again lined-up an array of workshops and guest speakers. Visit the official EdRev website for registration information, schedules, and more details.
The next week, it's Spring Experiential time for the junior high division as well as half of our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Students in junior high 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.
High school 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be going to Angel Island for their spring trip. To keep the group size manageable, half of the underclassmen will be departing on Monday, May 5 and returning Wednesday, May 7. Students who are not part of this first iteration have been scheduled for the same excursion from May 28 to May 30. More details on the high school spring trip coming after break.
Before signing-off for Spring Break, a few final reminders:
• The initial deadline for Summer School sign-ups is May 16th. Courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment by May 16th will be cancelled, so please return your Summer School forms before that date. The course guide and enrollment forms for this year's Summer School program can be found on the Files & Forms page. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in returning your forms and make your student's summer amazing!
• The April Toiletry Drive sponsored by the student STAR Teams will be ending on Wednesday, April 30.
Toiletry items are being collected for First Step for Families, a San Mateo shelter serving the needy and homeless. Items of need include new, wrapped/sealed soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, baby wipes, hairbrushes and combs, feminine products, shaving cream, shavers, etc. Donations may be dropped off in the big red tub in the foyer at school and STAR Team will deliver the items to the shelter in the first week of May.
• Last but not least, don't forget that on Tuesday, May 6th, 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.
That's all for now. Enjoy the holiday weekend and the next week off. See you when we get back to school on April 28th. Have a safe, happy, relaxing Spring Break!