Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. It is a holiday weekend and the extra day off will provide a welcome chance to rest after a busy (but fun) Spirit Week at Stanbridge. Upon our return to campus on Tuesday, however, we will be entering the home stretch of the school year. Read on for a recap of last week's activities and the latest updates on what is coming up as the academic year winds down:
This past week was our annual Spirit Week at Stanbridge, and it seemed like just about everyone got into the...um...spirit. Each day featured a special theme selected by the Student Leadership Team, and this year's themes included some new twists. For instance, Monday was "Teacher Day" when students came to school dressed as the teachers. Not to be outdone, a few of our teachers flipped the theme and came dressed as students! Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were dress-up days as well, with students coming to school as their favorite Disney or fantasy characters (5/20), in "scary" attire (5/21), and in superhero or villain costumes (5/22). Spirit week ended on Friday with "Beach Day" at Pomponio Beach in Half Moon Bay. Despite some morning fog, the sun was out for most of the day, making for a fun-filled day of sandcastle-building, beach games, and barbecue. A big Thank You to Amy Bergstrom for all of her help in making Beach Day coordinations go so smoothly, as well as the dozens of SPA volunteers who shuttled students, brought supplies, and provided extra support. More details on this week's SPA Spot page, and lots of pictures from Spirit Week at Stanbridge on our Facebook and Google+ pages.
In addition to Spirit Week, last week was also "Teacher Appreciation Week" at school. Each day, SPA volunteers brought in special treats for our teachers, including fruit and bagels, a delicious catered lunch, cookies, cakes, and--the fuel that keeps most of our staff functioning--coffee. All week long, cards for each of the teachers were displayed in Hayden Hall for students and parents to sign, and the cards (along with Starbucks gift cards) were distributed to staff members on Friday afternoon. On behalf of all of our teachers and faculty, I'd like to express our thanks to organizers Susanne Commisso and Pam Navarro for coordinating all of the Teacher Appreciation events, and thank all of our parents, guardians, and students for participating. The appreciation is mutual and it is weeks like this that serve as a reminder of what a special, close-knit community Stanbridge is.
And we are not quite done with the year-end thank yous and appreciations yet. On Tuesday, May 27, the Stanbridge Parent Association will host the SPA Volunteer Thank You breakfast on campus for all parents and guardians who helped with the numerous school-related events throughout the year. The event will take place on Tuesday morning, May 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room. This has been a year filled with events--big and small--that would not have happened without the support of our SPA volunteers. So Thank You to all who have helped throughout the year--hope to see you at the breakfast on Tuesday!
As I noted, Monday, May 26th is a day off in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, but there is still plenty of activity at Stanbridge during the final week of May. In addition to Tuesday's SPA breakfast, many of our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be getting ready for their spring experiential trip to Angel Island (the trip is for the high school underclassmen who did not go on the Angel Island trip earlier this month). If your student is among those going on the upcoming excursion, please note that bag checks will be held on Tuesday, so please ensure your student brings his/her bags to school in the morning. Double-check that your child is bringing everything on the packing list, and that all necessary meds are turned in to the main office. The group will depart on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to return by 3:10 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Friday, May 30th is notable for two other reasons: First, it is the last day of the fourth quarter. Teachers will be finalizing grades the following week for year-end report cards, so please have your student talk with their teachers if there is any outstanding work due, or if your student is in danger of not passing a class. Teacher email addresses can be found on our website's Teachers page. Secondly, this Friday night our graduating 8th-graders and their families will be celebrating together at the annual Eighth Grade Dinner, held this year at Mimi's Cafe in Foster City at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the event, or if you still need to RSVP, please email Cami Lenett.
Beyond May, there is still plenty to look forward to ahead of graduation on June 6th. A few closing notes and reminders before signing-off this week:
- Our high school seniors will get one more experiential trip together as they spend a day in The City on Monday, June 2nd. The seniors will take in a variety of San Francisco attractions before enjoying a group dinner downtown. Permission forms will be distributed to students this coming week, please have them signed and returned ASAP.
- Mark your calendars for our annual Student Awards days, which will be held this year on Tuesday, June 3rd and Wednesday, June 4th. In addition to recognizing students for their academic and personal achievements, teachers will also be fêting students with personalized "fun" awards during these year-end, divisional celebrations. The ceremonies will be held in Hayden Hall and family members are encouraged to attend. Students in grades K-6 will have their awards ceremony on Tuesday the 3rd at 10:15 a.m.; Junior High will hold their ceremony on Tuesday the 3rd at 2:00 p.m.; and the High School ceremony will be Wednesday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m.
- A reminder that this past week was the final week of afterschool clubs for this school year. There will be no afterschool clubs during the last two weeks of school.
- Another reminder that Summer School enrollment remains open through June. With the exception of the July 21-August 1 "History of the Comic Book" class for junior high and high school students, all other classes remain open. Please note, however, that a few of the classes are filling-up, so please do not delay in getting your summer school paperwork turned-in. You can read about this year's course offerings and download the necessary forms on our Summer School page. (Please note that junior high and high school students who want to enroll in classes during the final two weeks of summer school can sign-up for the July 21-25 "Photography in Nature" class, and the July 28-August 1 "Cinematic Cooking" class. These two courses will be modified to accommodate older students due to the cancellation of the comic book class).
Last but not least, graduation is set for Friday, June 6th. The ceremony will be held at Burlingame High School's Auditorium and the event begins at 10:00 a.m. We will have full details on graduation week and the graduation ceremony in next week's edition of The Weekly Bridge. Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend and see you back at school on Tuesday!