Hello again. As our students enjoy another long weekend courtesy of Friday's professional development day, we are preparing for a busy end to October. Coming up this week, our high school students will be participating in our first ever "Day of Service" on Tuesday, October 22. All high school students will be participating in one of three community service projects that day: volunteering at B.O.K. Horse Ranch, the San Francisco Food Bank, or Glide Memorial. Check the Files & Forms page for details on which project your student is scheduled to participate in, and be sure to return any of the necessary permission forms/waivers by Monday. Please note that all students participating must have a signed Stanbridge permission form in addition to the waivers/forms required by the volunteer site.
Many of the high school teachers will be joining in the service day activities with the students, so note that if your student does not plan on participating, he/she should remain at home on Tuesday. I'd also like to thank the parent/guardian volunteers who have offered to drive the students to their destinations on Tuesday, and especially Susan Kufer, who helped to coordinate this special event. A few final notes for Tuesday: Our seniors may not return to Stanbridge until around 3:30 as their project ends later than the others and they will be using public transportation. To that point, the group going to Glide Memorial is scheduled to take BART to and from The City. Should the BART strike still be in effect, alternate transportation arrangements will be made and emailed/posted online.
Also coming up this week, the end of the first quarter. Friday marks the final day of the first quarter, and report cards will be mailed in early November. We will be holding parent-teacher conferences next Monday and Tuesday, October 28 and 29. To schedule a bloc of time to meet with your student's teacher(s), please complete our online conference request form (the page is in the Parent Portal; click here to go directly). Please note that all conferences must be scheduled using the online form. The main office staff will not be taking requests by phone or email, and there are no drop-in appointments on conference days. Also, this year, all K-8 conferences must be scheduled for Monday, October 28 only. Parents/guardians of high school students can schedule on either day. And finally, there are no classes on conference days, so students will get to enjoy yet another long weekend this month. (*Clarification: Elementary students have the day off on Monday, with classes resuming on Tuesday; High School students have both Monday and Tuesday off).
Grades, report cards, conferences--there is certainly a lot of business to attend to as the first quarter ends, but that won't stop our students from celebrating. Not only do they have a four-day weekend to look forward to, but our high school students will be enjoying their first dance of the school year on Friday night. The dance runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and, being a Halloween-themed dance, students are welcome to dress in costume (though a costume is not mandatory). The permission form is posted on the F&F page, and please ensure that if your student is going to the dance, the form is returned to the main office by Wednesday. SPA is still looking for a few volunteers to help decorate, clean-up and chaperone for Friday night's event. If you can help, please click over to the SPA Spot page and sign-up via the SignUp Genius link. Also, note that SPA is also on the lookout for volunteers to assist with the upcoming Halloween Hoedown and future bake sales.
All of you have likely received our Annual Fund information packet in the mail, announcing the start of our 2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign. I'd like to thank the many of you who have already donated, especially those who took advantage of the credit card donation option this year, and those who donated via our online link. This coming week, a number of Annual Fund Committee volunteers will be meeting-and-greeting in the parking lot during pick-up and drop-off. They will be encouraging you to get your donation in early this year to help maximize the matching funds that are available. As noted in the mailing, all new and increased donations received before December 31, 2013 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000. This is a great incentive to help your contribution go even further in making a difference. As bonus incentive, all students whose families make an Annual Fund donation by Friday, Oct. 25, will be entered in a special raffle at the Halloween Hoedown. Click over to our Support Us section to learn more about the Annual Fund or to make your donation online today.
Last but not least, some closing notes:
• Please ensure you return your RSVP for the November 16th "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala promptly. There is limited space available and we anticipate this event will sell out.
• Also, we are still accepting donations for the "Cheers to 30 Years!" auction, but time is running out. A donor packet is available to download on our Files & Forms page if you or someone you know would like to contribute any items or services.
• Finally, at long last, we have posted pictures online from the high school trip to Web of Life School. In a two-for-one bonus, we've also posted a batch of pics from the junior high trip to Westminster Woods this past week. Lots of outdoor smiles to see in the Media Room, so be sure to click over and check out the highlights.
That's all for this week. Enjoy the weekend and see you back at school on Monday!