Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Another busy week is in the books as we roll through an eventful month of May. This past week alone, nearly half of our students were away on experiential trips, the high school students who were not on the trip participated in some unique group activities on campus, we raised thousands of dollars during our online fundraising event, and it was a short four-day school week to boot. Highlights below, with notes on the myriad activities and events still to come:
This past week was relatively quiet on campus, thanks to two overlapping experiential trips. On Monday, half of our high school's 9th, 10th, and 11th graders departed to Angel Island where they spent three days camping and kayaking. On Tuesday morning, our junior high division left for their spring experiential trip to Westminster Woods, where they participated in three days of team-building activities on the camp's ropes and challenge courses. The overwhelming number of smiles, laughter, and stories that accompanied both groups return to campus indicate that the trips were a hit with the students and chaperones. The teachers on the trips were able to email a few photos back to us during their adventures, and we have posted the shots on our Facebook page. Be sure to check our Facebook and Google+ pages in the days ahead, however, when we will post hundreds more pictures from both excursions.
And the trips will keep on coming. This Monday, May 11, our upper elementary students will be departing on their spring overnight trip to Point Bonita. Bag checks were conducted on Thursday, so be sure to bring any last-minute additions to school on Monday morning. The group will return on Wednesday afternoon, and we will post photo highlights next weekend. As for the high school underclassmen who did not attend this past week's trip to Angel Island, they will get their chance to experience the same trip later this month, May 28 to May 30.
While their peers were out kayaking around the bay last week, the high school students who were at school got a unique surprise. Rather than attend their normal classes, the students were divided into three groups that worked on special projects during the days that their counterparts were on the Angel Island trip. In addition to researching and presenting multimedia presentations on topics of their choice, the groups planned lunch for the entire division on Wednesday--everything from shopping for food to preparing appetizers, side dishes, an entree and dessert (the spread featured garlic bread, macaroni salad, hamburgers and homemade cookies). It was a fun experience for all, and you can see highlights on our Facebook page.
As far as highlights from last week go, we had a tremendous day on Tuesday, May 6th. That was the Silicon Valley Gives event, which raised nearly $8 million for local nonprofits. I would like to extend a huge Thank You! to everyone who not only participated by making a donation to Stanbridge, but also for spreading the word to friends and family members via word-of-mouth, email, and social media. Thanks to those combined efforts, we received over 40 donations and raised more than $8,500! This caps a tremendous year for our Annual Fund, which began with the successful "Cheers to 30 Years!" Fall Gala, and continued throughout the winter with one of our best Annual Fund Campaigns in years--over 95% of our current families participated, helping us to raise over $275,000! On behalf of the entire Stanbridge Community, thank you again for your continued dedication and support.
This coming week, Stanbridge will be helping to give back to the community. Our high school division will be holding a Spring Day of Service on Tuesday, May 13. Similar to the Day of Service that was held in October, all students in the division will spend the day volunteering at three different Bay Area venues: Golden Gate Park; The Second Harvest Food Bank; and the InnVision Shelter in San Mateo. This year has been an exceptional one regarding community service projects here at Stanbridge: From the fall Day of Service, to the holiday Family Giving Tree, to the April Toiletry Drive, our students and families have shown what the giving spirit is all about. Thank you to all who have participated in and helped coordinate these events throughout the year.
And a big Thank You is in the works for all of this year's family volunteers. The Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) is planning a Volunteer Thank You breakfast on campus for all parents and guardians who helped with the numerous school-related events throughout the year. Invitations were emailed earlier this week, and the event will take place on Tuesday morning, May 27. You can get more information about the volunteer breakfast at this Wednesday's SPA meeting. Postponed from this past week, this Wednesday's meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall and is open to all Stanbridge parents and guardians. It is the last SPA meeting of the school year, and will feature discussions on some of the big end-of-the-year events such as Beach Day (May 23) and Graduation (June 7), so please make arrangements to attend if you can. Highlights from the previous meetings, along with other SPA news, can always be found on the SPA Spot page.
Before signing-off, a few more calendar reminders for the week ahead:
- May 16: On the morning of Friday, May 16, we will be holding Student Government elections for next year's Stanbridge Student Body Government. Candidates have posted campaign signs in Hayden Hall and will present a short speech that will be delivered to next year's high school students on Friday morning. 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 feature an extended concert from the Stanbridge Choir. All Stanbridge families and friends are invited to attend this free event at 2:15 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.
Finally, don't forget that the initial deadline for Summer School enrollment is this Friday, May 16th. Any classes that have not met the minimum enrollment by the end of the day on Friday will be dropped from the schedule. As the deadline nears, please note that 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.
Less than a month to go now before graduation, but still plenty to look forward to in the meantime. Until Monday, enjoy the weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of our Stanbridge moms!