Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. A day later than usual, but it has been a busy weekend! Our high school students danced into the weekend at Prom on Friday night, and we had a fantastic turnout at EdRev the next morning; back-to-back big events in a month that is full of them. So break out your calendars and have your pencils at the ready--May is here and there's a lot to look forward to before graduation on June 6th.
It may be only a month until our seniors don their graduation caps and gowns, but Friday night's prom provided a much different venue for students to dress up. In addition to wearing semi-formal attire worthy of a Hollywood red carpet, attendees got into the event's "masquerade ball" theme, with many donning masks as they entered for the evening. The venue itself was decked-out for the occasion, thanks to a cadre of SPA volunteer decorators who helped transform Hayden Hall into a luxurious banquet hall, complete with hanging lanterns, gold lamé tablecloths, and peacock feather centerpieces. Words alone don't do the event justice, so be sure to check our Facebook and Google+ pages later this week, when we will post pictures from the big event. (Also, please note that Pam Ehrlich will be creating CDs of prom photos; we will alert you when they are ready for distribution).
Mere hours after prom ended, a number of Stanbridge families and staff were at AT&T Park for this year's Education Revolution (EdRev). Sponsored by the Parents Education Network (PEN), the sixth annual event was 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. In addition to learning more about LD resources, the event featured a number of workshops and speakers--including a keynote address from Jonathan Mooney--as well as activities for kids and displays of student artwork (including a number of works by our students!) Our staff representatives at the Stanbridge kiosk reported that many attendees stopped to request information about our school, and many promised to follow-up with a tour. Thanks to all of the staff and families who were there helping to spread the word about Stanbridge. If you were unable to attend, you can still read more about the event at PEN's EdRev website.
As noted, May is a busy month, and there is plenty on the agenda coming up this week. One of the most notable events is the Silicon Valley Gives day of giving on Tuesday, May 6. Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, this 24-hour online fundraising effort will help to raise millions of dollars for thousands of local nonprofits, including Stanbridge Academy. We have been promoting this for a while now and hope you can help us maximize the donations we receive by spreading the word to your friends and family via social media. Mary and Chris have posted details and links about the SVGives event on our Facebook and Google+ pages, so please share and re-post the information. In addition to the individual donations we receive on May 6th, hundreds of private and corporate sponsors will be awarding dollar-for-dollar matching gifts and bonus prize money throughout the day. This is a unique opportunity to help Stanbridge continue to build bridges to success, so don't forget to bookmark our donation page and give on May 6th! (Here's another reason to visit our donation page--you can screen our newest Stanbridge video, which features a number of current students talking about what a difference Stanbridge has made in their lives. It is remarkable what these students have to say, and a poignant reminder of how truly unique Stanbridge is.)
One aspect of our curriculum that makes Stanbridge unique is the experiential program, and two major spring trips are scheduled for this week. On Monday, half of our high school's 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be going to Angel Island for a three-day camping and kayaking adventure, returning in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 7. Bag checks for students going on the excursion were conducted last week and all necessary forms and meds have been turned in. If you have any last-minute questions or concerns about the trip, please contact the main office staff first thing Monday morning. We will be providing updates on the trip throughout the week, and posting photos upon the group's return. Students who are not part of this first iteration have been scheduled for the same trip later this month, May 28 to May 30.
In addition to the high school underclassmen, our junior high division will also be departing for their spring experiential this week. The group will be leaving for Westminster Woods on Tuesday, May 6 and returning to campus on Thursday, May 8. If you have any questions or concerns about the trip prior to departure, please contact the main office, Maureen, or Nick on Monday.
•••Update: The May SPA meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 14th at 8:30 a.m.•••
With many of our students away mid-week, it should be a relatively quiet campus for Wednesday morning's SPA meeting. The May SPA meeting is set for Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall; all Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Please note that this will be the final SPA meeting of the 2013-2014 school year, and the group will be planning major year-end events such as Beach Day (May 23), the SPA volunteer breakfast (May 27), and graduation (June 6). For more details on SPA activities--including upcoming events, speakers and lectures, notes from prior meetings and discussions, and more--click over to the SPA Spot page.
•••Update: The May SPA meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 14th at 8:30 a.m.•••
Campus will be even quieter on Friday, May 9th since that is a staff development day, meaning no school for students. Considering that many of our students will have been away on their experiential trips during the week, Friday's day off should provided a much-needed day of rest.
It will also provide a break before the onslaught of these mid-month activities:
- May 12-14: Upper elementary will be going on their spring experiential trip to Point Bonita.
- May 13: All high school students will be participating in a spring Day of Service. Similar to the community service day in October, the students will spend the day doing volunteer work at various Bay Area locations. The venues vary by grade level, and each high school student received a permission form last week that includes the specific details for next Tuesday's event. Please ensure your student returns his/her form to the main office by this Thursday.
- May 16: On the morning of Friday, May 16, we will be holding Student Government elections for next year's Stanbridge Student Body Government. High school underclassmen interested in running for office must complete an application by this Thursday. Candidates can display one homemade campaign poster in Hayden Hall and must present a campaign speech that will be delivered to next year's high school students on the morning of Friday, May 16. Voting will take place after all candidates have spoken and results will be announced that afternoon. For more information on Student Government elections and campaigns, contact faculty advisor Jay Huston.
- May 16: Also on Friday, May 16, we will be hosting our Spring Showcase assembly in the afternoon. The showcase will include presentations from students in each division, as well as an extended concert from the Stanbridge Choir. All Stanbridge families and friends are invited to attend this free event at 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Theatorium.
- May 17: The week's school events conclude on Saturday afternoon with the high school senior luncheon, which will be held at Trapeze Restaurant in Burlingame. We look forward to seeing all of this year's seniors and their parents there for this annual year-end event.
...And that only covers the first half of the month! So as not to overwhelm you with information now, I'll wrap things up with a few final brief notes. But be sure to stay connect with us through Facebook, Google+, email, and forthcoming Weekly Bridge updates. There's a lot happening and we don't want you to miss out on any of it.
- A big Thank You to everyone who participated in April's Toiletry Drive. Sponsored by the junior and senior STAR Teams, the month-long service project was a successful one. We collected a tubful of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrushes and combs, shaving cream, razors, and more, which was donated to First Step for Families, a San Mateo shelter serving the needy and homeless. James and some STAR Team representatives dropped off the donations last week, and you can see a photo of the delivery on our Community Service page.
- Eighth graders and high school seniors were given prints from last month's graduation photo shoot to take home last week. Please ensure you return the order forms to the main office this week if you wish to purchase prints from Doug Peck.
- The initial deadline for Summer School enrollment is coming up soon. On May 16th, any classes that have not met the minimum enrollment will be dropped from the schedule. With less than two weeks to go before this deadline, there are a few classes in danger of being cancelled, so please return your enrollment forms to the main office as soon as possible. A full listing of this year's course offerings, as well as a copy of the enrollment paperwork, is available on our Summer School page. For questions about Summer School, you can contact the course instructors directly, or email summer school coordinator Chris Myers.
Hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy the rest of it and see you back at school on Monday.