Hello again. This coming week, we are counting down the days until our "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala on Saturday, November 16. There is a lot of information to share about the big event, as well as a special pre-gala auction that will be taking place on campus. Full details at the end of this week's Bridge column, but first some other important notes:
• Monday, November 11 is Veterans Day and Stanbridge will be closed for the holiday.
• On Tuesday, November 12, Doug Peck will be on campus in the morning for yearbook photo retakes. If your student was absent on picture day last month, or if you would like a retake, please ensure that your student is dressed in the appropriate uniform on Tuesday. Also, if you would like to order additional prints, please return the photo order form with payment on Tuesday morning. The order form can be downloaded from our Files & Forms page.
• If you were unable to attend last Wednesday's SPA meeting, the minutes have been posted on the SPA Spot page. From the Winter Book Fair to next month's high school dance to a variety of holiday festivities, there is a lot coming up on the calendar, so be sure to stay plugged-in.
• In addition to the many holiday activities coming up, we also have an important transition event planned for our high school families. Resource Specialist Diane Chau has coordinated a "Transition & College Awareness Day" on Wednesday, November 20. Representatives from a dozen agencies will be on campus that afternoon to talk with high school students, parents and guardians about their programs. Participants scheduled to be on-hand include representatives from work-study programs, community colleges, four-year universities, and post-secondary support programs. Many of the agencies attending are schools and programs where previous Stanbridge graduates have found success. This is a unique opportunity to explore the options your student has after Stanbridge and have your questions answered in a personalized, conversational forum. The event is open to all Stanbridge high school parents and guardians, and is mandatory for all high school juniors and seniors. Freshman and sophomores are welcome to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. More information, including a specific list of participating program representatives, will be announced next week, but save the date now.
• Last Thursday was our Fall Open House and I'm happy to report that turnout was strong. Nearly two dozen families attended and many requested follow-up tours. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word!
• There are a number of lectures and workshops coming up this week and throughout November, including Common Ground's one-night-only presentation by Susan Cain this Thursday. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for details, and be sure to check back occasionally as we continually update the listings throughout the month.
• Halloween is always a big day at Stanbridge and this year many of our students and staff got into the spirit of the holiday. We've posted a selection of pictures in our Media Room from Halloween Day at Stanbridge. Though the day featured a lot of costumes, as you will see, it was hard to mask all the smiles.
• With Halloween behind us, Thanksgiving is the next major holiday on the calendar and I remind all families again that the Stanbridge Thanksgiving Food Drive is currently 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. Drop off your donations in the Hayden Hall foyer.
Finally, as noted, this is a big week for us at Stanbridge as we look forward to Saturday night's "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala. We have nearly reached capacity for the event, so if you have not yet returned your RSVP, please do so by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Due to space limitations we will be unable to accept RSVPs after Tuesday morning.
With attendance so strong and a palpable buzz surrounding the event, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge "Thank You!" to all of our families who donated items for the gala's fundraising auction. This is our first time hosting an dinner dance/auction fundraiser and the response has been tremendous. Even our most ambitious expectations were exceeded as we packaged over 75 auction items in preparation for next weekend's event. On behalf of everyone involved with organizing the gala and auction, I sincerely thank you for your overwhelming generosity.
We realize that, for a variety of reasons, not everyone who would like to go to Saturday's gala will be able to attend. Therefore, we are giving all Stanbridge families an opportunity to bid on a wide variety of auction items at school this week. Beginning on Tuesday afternoon, nearly 50 items will be on display in Hayden Hall, and Stanbridge parents and guardians are invited to submit bids via silent auction (bid sheets will be posted next to the items). You can bid competitively in hopes of scoring a bargain (the opening bid for most items is 50% off the retail value) or you can purchase items immediately at special "But it Now" prices. Bidding will remain open through Thursday at 1:00 p.m., at which time the silent auction will close and Anne Barrows will notify the highest bidders. Payments can be made at school via cash, check, or credit card, and payment in full is due upon receipt of your auction item(s).
A full listing of items that will be up for auction on campus is posted on our auction webpage (page now disabled). As you will see, there is something for everyone--video games, dining certificates, gift baskets, student-made artwork, vacation homes, and more. Additional items will be auctioned on Saturday night, but this special "pre-gala" auction allows everyone to get in on the bidding. With the holidays coming up, this is a fantastic opportunity to purchase gifts at great prices and support Stanbridge. It's win-win, so let the bidding begin!
Again, our sincere gratitude to everyone who donated these items. We hope that this year's auction fundraiser is a unique, fun, and exciting way to show your support for Stanbridge. Enjoy browsing the items at school next week and best of luck to all of the bidders!
Whew! A lot to report this week. Enjoy the long weekend and see you on Tuesday.