Hello again. This past week was another eventful one at Stanbridge and it is likely that our students enjoyed it thoroughly. All students got an extended weekend, thanks to parent-teacher conferences on Monday, and high school students also had Tuesday off thanks to their divisional conferences extending into a second day. Overall, this year's conferences went well and I remind you to email your student's teacher directly if you did not get a chance to meet with them last week. If you have any questions regarding your student's academic performance or wish to set up an alternate day and time to meet, you can find all of the teacher email addresses on our Teachers pages. Report cards have been finalized and will be sent out this coming week.
In addition to the bonus days off, students had another big reason to be excited about last week: Halloween. Last Friday, the high school division held their first afterschool dance of the school year and it was a monster (s)mash. Thanks to Emily Bentley and the SPA volunteers who helped transform Hayden Hall into a Halloween Ball, and to the teacher chaperones who ensured that no brain-eating zombies or C.H.U.D.s spoiled the fun. Most attendees got into the spirit of things by dressing in costume and you can see some of the highlights in our Media Room.
Of course, Halloween was officially this past Thursday and all students (and most of the staff) came to school in costume. After morning classes, students were treated to a ghoulish lunch of Halloweenies to kick off the first ever Stanbridge Halloween Hoedown. Events included face painting, fortune telling, organ identifying, carnival games, spin art, and the dunk tank, where a number of teachers got cooled-off for the afternoon. Big thanks to Jackie Donaho and Ingrid Sigaretta for taking the lead to organize this event, and the many SPA volunteers and division representatives who were in attendance to help. Divisional parties capped off the day, but not until after everyone was treated to a concert from the Stanbridge Choir, which performed a selection of Halloween-themed songs. Finally, congratulations to our students who won the Best Costume and Annual Fund Raffle prizes (names published on The Bridge mainpage). As with every Halloween at Stanbridge, there was a lot of creativity on display and we will be posting a full album of photo highlights in the Media Room next week.
Next week may not be quite as festive, but it is still busy. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, SPA will hold their regular monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. With a lot on the schedule for Thanksgiving and the holidays, much will be discussed at this week's meeting, so I encourage you to attend. Check the SPA Spot for more information and, if you can't make Wednesday's meeting, be sure to refer to the page later in the week when the minutes will be posted. On Thursday, November 7, we will be hosting our Fall Open House from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity for people interested in the Stanbridge program to learn more about our school. There will be campus tours, Q&A sessions, and opportunities to speak one-on-one with a number of our staff members. Please spread the word to any family and friends you know who might be interested in attending. And don't forget that this is an ideal opportunity for our current junior high families to learn more about Stanbridge's high school program. Hope to see you there!
The Annual Fund Committee would like to extend a big Thank You to all of the families who made their contribution to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Already, over one-third of Stanbridge families have made a donation, and we've raised over $30,000! That's a great start to this year's campaign and we hope that the momentum continues into November. Remember that our goal is to have 100% family participation and every donation helps make a difference. Also, all donations from new families are matched, dollar-for-dollar, with matching grant funds. Likewise, families who increase their donation from last year will also have their increase matched 1:1. To learn more about this year's campaign and to make your donation online, click over to the Support Us section.
In closing, a few final notes:
• Last week, prints of this year's yearbook photos were distributed to students. If you would like to order additional prints, please return the form on the Files & Forms page to the main office or to Doug Peck. For students who were not at school on Picture Day, or for those who would like a retake, Doug will be back at Stanbridge on the morning of November 12.
• The Stanbridge Thanksgiving Food Drive is now underway and the big blue collection bin is starting to fill up. 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. Drop off your donations in the Hayden Hall foyer.
• Listings for the November conferences and workshops have been updated on our Resources page. Please note that the organizers of the November 14th Common Ground Speaker Series event have notified us that there is limited seating for the Susan Cain presentation. It is advised that you arrive early, as they will be closing the doors once the auditorium is filled.
• There is another long weekend on the horizon: Monday, November 11th is a day off in honor of the Veterans Day holiday. Please plan your schedules accordingly.
• We are just two weeks away from our November 16th "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala. Again, please ensure you return your RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited and we expect the event to sell out. Also, we would like to note that the auction at the gala is a separate entity from the Annual Fund Campaign. Funds raised at the auction are dedicated to specific programs and projects, but Annual Fund contributions benefit all aspects of the school. For a comprehensive guide of what the Annual Fund covers, click here for more information.
• Finally, a reminder that this weekend we "Fall Back" and turn the clocks back one hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time. Given that many of our students are probably overloaded with Halloween candy from Thursday, the extra hour of sleep should do us all good.
Enjoy the rest. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.