Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Marilyn has been out for the past two days on a WASC visit, so I am here to fill you in with the latest Stanbridge news. I debated whether or not to include the fact that Marilyn was seen leaving on Wednesday afternoon with plane tickets to Tahiti in her purse, yelling "Enjoy the rain, suckers!" as she ran down the front stairs. Alas, I can only assume she is attending to her WASC responsibilities dutifully and I will instead stick to the notes she left for me:
First, a big thank you to all students and families who donated food to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The bin in the front hallway was overflowing with donations and James reported that the final haul was enough food to fill 35 bins worth of food at St. Anthony's. No doubt these donations made a difference to those in need, and it was a great display of Stanbridge's community spirit that so many students were involved in contributing. Kudos!
Staying on the Thanksgiving theme, the Tuesday before break you may have heard that the students and staff enjoyed a rousing game of Turkey Bingo. Students played at tables in the Multipurpose Room grouped into their "Constellation Groups"--mixed groups of students and teachers from all divisions. The event was a fun way for everyone to socialize, interact and wind-down before the break (not to mention score a few goodies as well--our winners received gift cards and other prizes). We've posted highlights in our online galleries, so check out the Media Room to view the pics.
The rain has come, and with it comes a flurry of field trips. Unfortunately, Friday's storm caused the postponement of junior high's planned walk to the San Mateo Library (don't worry, they're rescheduling), but there are a number of trips on the horizon (rain or shine) for students in all divisions, so get those raincoats ready. A full list of upcoming trips and the necessary permission slips have been posted on the Forms page.
The Book Fair held in Hayden Hall this week has been a big hit. Many students were excited to browse and buy, and it seems that many parents and guardians also made a few purchases as well. If you or your student didn't get a chance to buy from the Book Fair this week, Monday is your last chance. Parent volunteers will be on-hand for a final closeout on Monday morning before classes begin, so you still have time to make a last-minute purchase (remember, books make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!). If you miss the Book Fair altogether, there's still time to order books in time for the holidays through Scholastic's website. Check out our Book Orders page to find how you can get bonus discounts and earn books for Stanbridge's library as well.
Last but not least, please click over to Pam's SPA Spot page this week. Notes from the November SPA meeting college panel have been posted online, and the page has full details on our Family Giving Tree project. The Giving Tree is an annual tradition at Stanbridge and--like the food drive--it is something that students and families from all divisions can participate in. In addition to donating a gift for a needy family, we are also looking for volunteers to assist with the drop-off and sorting of donations at the Family Giving Tree warehouse. Again, full details are on the SPA Spot page, but these are great opportunities for students to earn community service hours and get into the true spirit of the holiday season.
December has arrived and that means that we're in the final stretch of 2012. Three weeks until Holiday Break begins and a lot going on between now and then, so be sure to check in to next week's thrilling (hopefully less rain-soaked) edition of The Bridge. Until then, have a great weekend in Modesto, Tahiti, or wherever you might be. ;)
Parents/Guardians can log-in with their Parent Portal password to access the following:
• Click here to go to The Weekly Bridge mainpage
• Click here to go to the SPA Spot mainpage