Hello again. Only two weeks of school left in 2013, but a lot going on between now and the start of holiday break. Here is this week's Bridge with all the latest:
• The Scholastic Book Fair will close this Tuesday morning, December 10. SPA volunteers will be on-hand Monday before and after school, as well as during midday lunch periods, to complete purchases. Students will have one final opportunity to make purchases before school starts on Tuesday, but then the Book Fair wares will be packed-up and shipped back to Scholastic's top secret underground book bunker somewhere in Nebraska. Remember that students can make book fair purchases using the special voucher "Passport," which allows you to give your student a set amount of book fair credit that he/she can spend at the event. You can download a copy of the voucher from our Files & Forms page. Book Fair coordinator Laura Claude has additional details posted in the SPA Spot, including links to the Stanbridge Book Fair webpage, online volunteer sign-ups and more. This is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for friends, family or yourself. Stop by to check it out before it closes!
• To generate even more excitement about reading, teachers encouraged students to read at home over the past two weeks. Elementary and junior high students were asked to read for 20 minutes at home each night, and high school students were asked to keep a nightly reading log and try to collectively read at least 8,000 minutes. I'm happy to report that we have some eager readers here at Stanbridge, with both of those reading goals reached! As a reward, we will be treating students to a special pizza lunch on Wednesday afternoon. We will be providing a buffet of cheese pizzas (as well as a gluten-free option) for all students this Wednesday, but students are welcome to bring their own lunch if they would prefer.
• This coming Friday is a busy day at Stanbridge, with our Junior High students participating in their Day of Service. The junior high division will be traveling to the Family Giving Tree Warehouse in Menlo Park, taking all of the FGT gifts donated by Stanbridge families, and assisting with sorting and wrapping donated gifts on site. The group is scheduled to depart Stanbridge after an early lunch and return around 2:30 p.m. A completed permission form is necessary for your student to participate. You can download the form from our Files & Forms page; please ensure the completed form is returned to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 11.
• Also on Friday, our high school students are invited to the Stanbridge Holiday Dance. The dance will take place in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and will feature snacks, beverages, a live DJ and plenty of holiday decorations. Admission is free and the event is open to all Stanbridge high school students. Students may bring up to two outside guests, and all attendees must be listed on the dance permission form. You can download a copy from the Files & Forms page, and forms must be returned to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 11.
• As noted above, the junior high students will be taking all gifts donated to the Family Giving Tree to the FGT Warehouse this Friday. There is still time to make a donation to the Family Giving Tree if you would like. The Family Giving Tree is on display in the Hayden Hall foyer and we will be collecting donations through Tuesday, Dec. 10 for less fortunate children and families. There are still a number of gift tags on the tree which feature the name and age of a child in need, as well as that child's specific gift request. If you wish to participate, simply take a tag from the tree, and then return the tag with the unwrapped donation to Hayden Hall by Tuesday afternoon. If you have already taken a tag, please ensure you bring in your gift. Also, Community Service Parent Coordinator Susan Kufer is looking for volunteers to assist at the warehouse on Saturday afternoon, December 14. More information on the Family Giving Tree, as well as all of this year's community service events, can be found on the Community Service page and in this week's SPA Spot.
• Speaking of giving, a big Thank You to all of the Stanbridge families who have made their donations to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Two-thirds of all Stanbridge families have already contributed over $90,000 to this year's Annual Fund. We are closing-in on our goals of 100% family participation and $120,000. This past week, Annual Fund Committee volunteers sent out holiday reminders via phone, postal mail and email. If you have not yet made your contribution, there is still time. You can drop off your donation in the main office, or give via checking account or credit card online--just click over to our website's Donate Now page.
A few final notes before signing-off:
• Bulldogs Basketball practices continue afterschool this week. Be sure to stay up-to-date on practice times and upcoming games on our Bulldogs Athletics page.
• We will be updating our Family Directory before holiday break begins. Please review your entry in the current directory posted on the Files & Forms page. If you would like to request any edits or changes, please email Chris Myers. Families who joined Stanbridge since the Fall Directory was published in late-September will be added to the Winter Directory this month.
• Last but not least, mark your calendars: Stanbridge students will be performing in this year's Holiday Showcase on Wednesday, December 18 at 1:45 p.m. The event will feature performances from all divisions, a comedy skit featuring Jay Huston and the Stanbridge Comedy Troupe, the Stanbridge Choir performing a selection of holiday favorites, and more. All Stanbridge families are invited to attend; the event will take place in the multipurpose room.
Have a great weekend!