Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Just a few weeks now until graduation, but as many of you know, the final weeks of the school year are always packed. Coming-up, we've got a final flurry of field trips, a last round of meetings, graduate luncheons and--of course--the big G-Day itself. Details on all of that below as we make our way through a busy May:
• First off, a quick look back to last week. On Wednesday, May 8, the SPA Board held their final meeting of the 2012-2013 school year. Pam has all of the details in this week's SPA Spot, including a copy of the meeting minutes. The meeting marked Pam's last as SPA President--she will be stepping down (but not out) next year, handing-over the reins to the new SPA President, Amy Bergstrom. Pam did a fantastic job in coordinating and organizing so much throughout this year, I can't thank her enough for her leadership. She leaves the post in good hands, however, and I look forward to working with Amy to keep the positive momentum going through next year.
• This past week was also "Teacher Appreciation Week" and I'd like to thank all of the parents and guardians who helped make the week extra special for our staff. From homemade cards to homemade treats, bagels, fruit, cakes and coffee, the staff enjoyed a wonderful spread of goodies every day. Special thanks to Pam Navarro and Kim Knapp, who organized the theme days last week, and Jackie Donaho, who cooked lunch for everyone on Friday.
• Thursday, May 9th was the initial deadline for Summer School enrollment. Overall, we have a robust turnout for almost all of the classes being offered, but there are a couple that fell just short of the minimum enrollment necessary to keep them on the schedule. Rather than cancel the classes, we're giving families one more week to sign-up in hopes of not having to drop any courses this year. More details are available in the sidebar on The Bridge mainpage, and you can download our course schedule and an enrollment form on the Summer School page.
• At Friday's in-service day, we welcomed a guest speaker who talked to the staff about the use of social media. Stanbridge will be adopting a new, comprehensive social media policy over the summer and we will be providing more details on that in the weeks and months to come.
• After the morning-long academic assessments that students took over the past two weeks, they've earned a bit of time to get out of the classroom. On Thursday, May 16, the lower elementary class will take a day trip to the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. On Friday, the eighth graders will be traveling to the Chabot Space and Science Museum in Oakland, and on May 24, John Montgomery's 10th and 11th grade history classes will spend the day touring the USS Hornet in Alameda. Details and permission forms for all of these trips, as well as the upcoming junior high trip to Chinatown and 12th-grade "capstone" trip to San Francisco, are on our Forms page.
• Speaking of our 12th-graders, before they take-off for their exciting overnight trip to The City at month's end, they'll be feted at the annual Senior Luncheon this coming Saturday, May 18th. RSVPs were due to the main office this past week, so if you haven't replied, please contact Susan or Maggie ASAP. The lunch will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Ristorante Rocca in Burlingame.
A few closing notes before signing-off:
• This week, we'll be holding our final Parent Rep meeting of the school year on Wednesday, May 15. The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall.
• Last Friday night was our student Talent Show and we've uploaded some pictures from the big night in our online photo gallery. Thanks to Camille for snapping the pics, and also to Erik Tom and Thomsen Young who shot video of all the acts. Chris is in the process of editing the videos to post on our website, so be sure to look for clips next week.
• Finally, it's that time again...Student Government elections are coming. With this academic year coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about the year ahead and we are looking for a few good Stanbridge Stars to step-up into leadership positions for next year. The student government positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer are open to current ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students. Interested students need to complete a sign-up form (available in the main office) by May 24. Candidates are required to make a speech before the student body on the morning of May 29th, and voting will take place immediately afterwards. This is an exciting, fun way for students to get involved with planning events, organizing projects, and assuming leadership positions. If you or your student has any questions regarding student government or the upcoming elections, please talk to (or email) Jay Huston.
Last but not least, a Happy Mother's Day to all of our Stanbridge Moms. Enjoy some R&R this weekend--you've earned it!
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