Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. What a week it was as we ended the first quarter in style; decked-out in black and orange to celebrate the Giants' post-season success. In addition to Friday's "Giants Day" tailgate lunch, our high school students celebrated the end of the quarter all night long, dancing the night away during the annual Halloween Dance. Thanks to our parent volunteers for setting-up for the dance and our staff chaperones for ensuring a good time was had by all. The reports I've heard indicate that everyone had a great time and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the creative costumes on display that night. (Chris will be posting them early next week). We have some additional Halloween festivities coming up this week, along with a number of other notable school-related events.
While Friday was a big (Giant?) day for our students, we had a few events earlier in the week worth noting. Wednesday was our Fall Open House and I'm happy to report that we had a robust turnout of interested families. All of the visitors I talked to left with a very favorable impression of our school, which is always encouraging to hear. Open House days are a great way to create an awareness of what Stanbridge has to offer, but we don't have to limit exposure to these events alone. You can help spread the word by posting a review on our Yelp! or GreatSchools webpages. Doing so only takes a few minutes and can reach hundreds of potential families across the Bay Area.
Those of you who dropped-off or picked-up your student last week were likely greeted by a parent volunteer soliciting donations for our Annual Fund. This was part of our annual "Pledge Week" promotion, and I thank all of you who have made a pledge or donation this year. Part of the incentive to pledging or donating early is that families who do will have their student entered in a raffle to win a party for their homeroom. To give all students a chance, and to keep the positive momentum from last week going, the Annual Fund Committee is extending Pledge Week through this Wednesday. Read more about it on The Bridge mainpage, or click over to the Support Us section to make your pledge online.
Speaking of Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween and we will be holding some special events for the holiday. Students are welcome to wear their costume to school on Wednesday, with the caveat that they please leave any weapon accessories at home. At 2:00 on Wednesday afternoon, David Hopper will lead the Stanbridge chorus in a Halloween concert for the whole school, to be followed by our parade of students in costume and divisional Halloween parties. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the afternoon festivities.
Finally, with the end of the quarter this past Friday, remember that Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up this Thursday and Friday, November 1 & 2. If you have not done so already, please ensure you complete our online conference request form. Susan will be finalizing the conference schedules this week and you must submit your reservation request online. Details, instructions and the form can all be accessed on our Parent-Teacher Conference page (link disabled; conferences are now over). Also, since students do not have classes on conference days, Susan Kufer has organized community service events for junior high and high school students on both Thursday and Friday mornings. You can read more about the events at Glide Memorial and the San Francisco Food Bank on our Community Service page; permission forms must be turned-in this week and you can find those on the Forms page.
It's only appropriate that the black and orange of Halloween be out in full force as our Giants take the field this weekend. Here's hoping for another reason to celebrate on Monday. Have a great weekend and Go Giants!
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