First, a hearty Thank You to all of the parent and staff volunteers who helped make this year's Prom a hit. There is always a little extra effort necessary in getting ready for the Prom--from putting-up the extravagant decorations to serving the dinner to cleaning-up afterwards--and this year's crew delivered the goods without a hitch. Please click over to Pam's SPA Spot for a more detailed recap and Thank You list, and make sure to click over to our online photo galleries, where over 100 Prom pictures have been posted illustrating the boatload of fun everyone had.
I'm happy to report that the S.S. Stanbridge navigated its "next wave" with equally smooth sailing. Judging by the response I've received from students, parents and guests, our Hawaiian-themed "Special Person Day" on Thursday was a huge hit. Over 75 grandparents, relatives and special guests were part of Thursday's festivities, which included presentations from students in all divisions, classroom tours, and a special lunch. My thanks to the students performers and their teachers for preparing a delightful show for our visitors, and to the parent and staff volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the event went off without a hitch. This was one of those events where the Stanbridge Community really came together to share their pride in what our school has to offer and many of the guests in attendance told me personally how touched they were to be a part of it.
Speaking of student performers, another round of kudos to the dozens of Stanbridge students who took the stage at Friday night's talent show. This annual revue has grown into one of the marquee events of the school year and this year's iteration didn't disappoint. The sheer variety of creativity on display was amazing and I congratulate all of our student performers who shared the spotlight and put on an incredible show. Another hat-tip to the staff and student volunteers who helped transform the multipurpose room into the "Stanbridge Performing Arts Center" and special thanks to Jay Huston, who once again took the lead in putting it all together. As you might expect, there were lots of cameras taking pictures and video at the show, and we'll be posting plenty of highlights in our Media Room next week.
Looking ahead to next week provides a stark reminder that it's not all fun and games. Elementary and junior high students will be taking their year-end academic assessments on Tuesday, wednesday and Thursday mornings, May 7-9. Again, these assessments are not "tests" in the sense that they count toward a student's grade. The assessments are simply a mirror of the work that students did at the beginning of the year to measure the academic gains that have been made over the course of the school year. Nonetheless, some students tend to get anxious when taking these standardized assessments so teachers have been preparing their classes accordingly and accommodations and modifications will be offered as needed. Parents and guardians, you can do your part by ensuring your student gets a good night's sleep prior to assessment days and starts each day with a healthy breakfast.
On Wednesday, another reminder that the school year is coming to an end: The last SPA meeting of this academic year will be held in Hayden Hall at 8:30 a.m. This is an especially important meeting, as the group will be choosing positions for next year's SPA Board (including SPA President) and planning year-end events such as Field Day (June 4th) and Graduation (June 7th). Pam has more details in this week's SPA Spot, but I highly encourage you to attend.
Friday, May 10, is an in-service day for the staff which means that there is no school for students. A community service project has been organized for students (and parents) in junior high and high school at the San Francisco Food Bank. We are looking for a group of student volunteers and parent drivers to go to the Food Bank in the afternoon to help package food in their warehouse for distribution. The group will leave from Stanbridge at 11:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Full details and the necessary permission form are posted on the Forms page--please RSVP by this Wednesday.
A few closing notes before signing-off:
• This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Pam Navarro and Kim Knapp have organized special theme days to celebrate at Stanbridge, and Pam has the details posted in this week's SPA Spot on how you can participate. The week will culminate with a lunch catered by Jackie Donaho for the teachers during Friday's professional development day. Our teachers are an integral part of what makes Stanbridge such a special place--here's to celebrating all of their hard work next week!
• Plans for the last round of field trips for this year have been finalized. Details for all upcoming trips, along with packing lists, med forms and permission slips are posted on the Forms page. Please click over to see what is coming up and ensure that you have all the proper paperwork completed by the turn-in deadline.
• Parents and guardians of this year's high school seniors, please ensure you RSVP for the upcoming Senior Luncheon. The event will be held at Ristorante Rocca in Burlingame on Saturday, May 18th from noon until approximately 2:30 p.m. We need to get an accurate head count to the restaurant by the end of next week, so please RSVP to the main office by Thursday, May 9.
• The initial deadline for Summer School enrollment is this Thursday, May 9th. Enrollment remains open through June, but classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment by this Thursday will be dropped from the schedule. We have had instances in the past where parents have tried to enroll a student in a class only to find out that it had been cancelled due to low enrollment. To help avoid that, I encourage you to please sign-up this week before the deadline. You can pick-up an enrollment form in the main office or download one from our Summer School page, which also has listings of the courses being offered and their descriptions.
• Finally, two of our students will be taking the stage in a different way this weekend and next, performing in the Coastal Repertory Theater's production of Peter Pan. Details are in the sidebar on The Bridge main page.
Again, thanks to everyone who helped make this past week such a memorable one at Stanbridge. Despite the boat decorations coming down, I'm looking forward to smooth sailing through the waters ahead. Have a great weekend!
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