Hello again. As we head into Halloween Week, our high school students spent Friday night dancing into another long weekend. In addition to the big Halloween Dance, Friday marked the end of the first quarter and parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 28 & 29. As noted on the online sign-up page, conferences with high school teachers will be held on both days, but all K-8 conferences will be on Monday only. Therefore, K-8 students get to enjoy a long weekend with Monday off, but will return to school on Tuesday, while high school students get both Monday and Tuesday off.
All conference times were scheduled through the online sign-up form and Susan sent out emails confirming the time and date your conferences are set for as well as the teachers you are scheduled to meet. A master schedule will be posted in the main office on conference days for reference; please ensure that you arrive at your appointed time. With conference scheduling now closed, we remind you that there are no drop-in appointments on conference days. If you were unable to schedule an appointment for Monday or Tuesday, or if you find that you need additional time to talk with a specific teacher, please email the teacher directly to set up an alternate time to meet. Teacher emails are listed in the website's Teachers section. With the quarter ending on Friday, we will be finalizing report cards to mail home this coming week; you should receive your student's first quarter report card in early November.
Before we start looking ahead to next month, there is still a lot going on in October. Halloween is coming up on Thursday and, as many of you know, the holiday is always a fun day at Stanbridge. Students (and staff) are encouraged to come to school in costume* and, while there are classes as usual in the morning, the day culminates with each grade division celebrating with a classroom party. This year, SPA has organized a "Halloween Hoedown" for all students after lunch on Thursday afternoon. Along with carnival games, Halloween-themed activities and--yes--the infamous dunk tank, students will also be treated to a free Mexican lunch, a concert by the Stanbridge Choir, and a performance by the Stanbridge Dance Team. Advance thanks to Jackie Donaho, Ingrid Sigaretta, and the many other SPA volunteers who helped put this event together. You can read more about it on the SPA Spot page, which has also been updated to include news about the winter Book Fair.
(*While we encourage students to be creative in their costume choices, we ask that you please ensure that your student's costume is appropriate for all ages. Likewise, while a toy lightsaber is okay, we ask that any prop guns, knives, or other realistic-looking weapons remain at home).
If you were on campus last week to drop-off or pick-up your student, you were likely greeted by an Annual Fund committee volunteer encouraging you to donate to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. The committee is promoting early participation this year because all new and increased donations received by December 31, 2013 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000. That's great incentive to help your donation go even further and--to sweeten the deal--as a bonus incentive, all students whose families made an Annual Fund donation by Friday, Oct. 25, will be entered in a special raffle at the Halloween Hoedown. If you haven't made your donation yet, the Annual Fund committee is extending the raffle entry deadline to this Wednesday, Oct. 30. A display will be set-up in Hayden Hall during conferences and you can always click over to our Support Us section to learn more about the Annual Fund or to make your donation online.
Before signing off, a few closing notes:
• Last Tuesday's high school Day of Service was a huge success. We had nearly 100% participation as students volunteered at B.O.K. Horse Ranch, the San Francisco Food Bank, and Glide Memorial. More details and a selection of photos are posted on the Community Service page.
• When you click over to the Community Service page, you will notice that the Stanbridge Thanksgiving Food Drive is now underway. James Warren and the Stanbridge STAR teams are sponsoring this annual event that allows students from all divisions participate in a meaningful service project. Now through November 25, we are collecting non-perishable food items that will be delivered to St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco. Donations can be dropped off in the blue bin, located in the Hayden Hall foyer.
• Our online Media Room has hundreds of pictures from our fall experiential trips, but those aren't the only times Stanbridge shutterbugs are snapping shots. The end of the first quarter seemed like a good occasion to post an album of assorted campus pictures taken so far this year. Be sure to click over and check out the gallery, and follow the posted instructions if you want to download any of the snapshots for yourself.
• Don't forget that our Fall Open House is coming up soon, Thursday, November 7 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please spread the word to friends and families who might be interested in learning more about Stanbridge.
• Finally, the November 16th "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala is also just around the corner. Please be sure you return your RSVP promptly as space is limited and we expect the event to sell out. With the big night just three weeks away, this is the final week that we will be accepting donations for the event's auction. 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--please ensure your donation is submitted by Friday, November 1.
That's all for this week. Enjoy the weekend and see you next week at conferences!