Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. Despite the rumor published on this page last week that I was dodging the Bay Area rain by going to Tahiti, the truth is much less exotic: I was merely in Modesto, visiting a school as part of a WASC assessment committee; Tahiti would have been far more preferable. Lest our wily webmaster spread any misinformation this week, I was off campus again on Friday, attending a conference. At the risk of Chris' imagination getting the better of him again, I've asked that he instead focus on the following school-related highlights:
It was a busy week here at Stanbridge and Jeff and I certainly weren't the only ones on the go. Our seventh grade students have been reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in their Language Arts class and went to downtown San Francisco on Thursday to see the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) production of that classic. Further down the highway in Palo Alto, our high school U.S. History students were also taking in a show, attending TheatreWorks production of Big River, a history-tinged musical based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And speaking of history, the eighth graders weren't left out of day-tripping on Thursday, attending a screening of Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln. It wasn't just the older students who caught the travel bug this week: On Friday, Kari's middle elementary students spent the day at The Tech Museum in San Jose.
The flurry of field trips doesn't seem as if it will stop anytime soon. On Thursday, December 13, the lower elementary students will take a trip to the CuriOdyssey museum at Coyote Point and on Friday, December 14, the junior high division will take another literary-themed trip, this time to see the newly released Hobbit movie. Our high school government classes are also scheduled to role play a mock trial in a real courtroom the week of December 17th. We are still working out the schedule with the lawyers and judge who are volunteering their time, and we will provide full details once dates and times are finalized. In the meantime, you can read more about these trips and download the permission forms on our Forms page. If you have any questions regarding a trip, please email your student's teacher.
The holidays are coming and there are plenty of holiday-themed events to report: First, note that Monday, December 10 is the deadline for donating gifts to our Family Giving Tree. Susan Kufer has done an amazing job organizing this annual event and the response so far has been wonderful. Please ensure that if you or your student took a gift tag from the tree, you bring the requested donation in on Monday. For more details on The Giving Tree, visit our Community Service page or email Susan directly. Second, our annual High School Holiday Dance is scheduled for Friday, December 14th. The dance will take place in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and permission forms were distributed at school on Friday (you can also find an electronic copy on the Forms page). Please ensure that if your student plans to attend, he/she returns the permission slip by Thursday, Dec. 13. Pam has more details on both The Family Giving Tree and the high school dance (not to mention last week's Book Fair and the SPA cookie party) in this week's SPA Spot.
Finally, mark your calendars: Thursday, December 20 is the last day of school in 2012! That afternoon, we have a special Holiday Revue planned and all are welcome to attend. The event will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and will feature musical performances from the STAR Team, the Stanbridge Choir and short skits, readings and other presentations from students in all divisions. The show will be a great way to wrap-up the year and celebrate our last day of school before break--I hope you can make it.
Be back in on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend.
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