Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Despite being a short week of school because of the Labor Day holiday, it was still a busy and eventful four days. Obviously the big news this week was the postponement of the high school senior trip to Yosemite. We have emailed the senior families directly with details of the change, and you can read a summary on our Bridge Blog for more information. I want to stress that the date change was made in conjunction with NatureBridge due to lodging complications brought upon by the aftermath of the park's Curry Village closure. The safety of our students was--and always will be--a primary concern for all experiential trips, and the students were not scheduled to stay near the area affected by the hantavirus outbreak; the new dates for the trip will not change that. While having to cancel next week's trip may have been disappointing, the good news is that the seniors will still get to spend a full five days in Yosemite as planned, albeit a little later than we initially scheduled (new dates are October 14-19). With that trip now further down the road, I want to call your attention to a few items coming up sooner on our calendar.
First, a reminder that Wednesday, September 12th is the first SPA meeting of the new year. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held in Hayden Hall at 8:30 a.m. More details about the meeting and other SPA-related activities on Pam's SPA Spot page.
If you haven't ordered your "Bulldog wear" for this year, now is the time to do it. Michelle Foy is collecting orders for Stanbridge t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts that feature the school logo and bulldog mascot. She'll be sending in the order next week, so please return your order form to the main office on Monday. The order form (which includes sizes and prices) is available on our website's Forms page, along with a size chart for reference.
Also on our Forms page is an order for for school pictures. Picture Day is Friday, September 21st and all students will have their photo taken for the yearbook. If you'd like to order additional prints of your student's photo, please fill out the order form and return it (with payment) to the main office by September 21.
As you may have read on The Bridge mainpage, we have invited all parents and guardians to login to QuickSchools. QuickSchools is an online school management program that we are using for various administrative tasks. Teachers and students have access to QuickSchools as a way to post and keep track of homework. The email you received this week invites you to create a parent account, which you can use to view homework assignments, check attendance status, update contact information and more. Additional details on The Bridge mainpage, and more information on QuickSchools will be presented at Back to School Night.
Speaking of Back to School Night, it is coming up on Wednesday, September 19th. As I stressed last week, this is an important night since it allows you to meet with all of your student's teachers and hear firsthand about their classes and curriculum. Additionally, topics such as counseling, experiential trips, afterschool clubs and more are discussed by keynote speakers. It is a great way to ensure the school year starts off well and I encourage you to attend.
I also encourage you to attend our annual Hoedown at the end of the month. This year's theme is "Hot Rod Hoedown" and, as always, we have quite the line up of games and activities. Part of the fun is our raffle, which features a variety of prizes for students and parents alike. Michelle Foy is coordinating this year's raffle and is looking for prize donations. Click here to read details on the types of items we are looking for and how you can donate. This is always a big draw (no pun intended), so please donate if you can. Also, please don't forget to purchase your tickets by September 21st.
Last but not least, I want to congratulate last week's and this week's student "Bulldogs of the Week." This is a new program we started this year as an extension of our school-wide behavior plan. Teachers and counselors can randomly hand out "Bulldog Cards" whenever they see a student going above and beyond what is asked or expected. Students then take their Bulldog Card to the main office, where they drop it into our raffle bowl. Each Friday, the counselors select two students from the bowl who win a trip to get ice cream with me. This is a fun way for our staff to acknowledge and encourage random acts of kindness and I congratulate all of the students who have received a Bulldog Card so far this year. Keep up the good work!
Finally, Chris has made a number of updates to the website as we start the new school year. Be sure to click back to The Bridge mainpage to see what's new.
Until next week, take care and have a wonderful weekend.
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