Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. In case you did not realize, this was the last Friday of school in 2012. We are now less than a week away from the start of break and there is the usual rush of events coming up before we depart for the holidays. As we enter our final week of school this calendar year, here are a few things to note:
To start, a big Thank You to all of the students, families and staff who donated to our Family Giving Tree. Special thanks to Susan Kufer who helped coordinate this year's gift drive and who collected the donated gifts. Susan reports that over five dozen wishes were fulfilled this year by Stanbridge families--a remarkable show of generosity this holiday season! You can read more about the Giving Tree program in this week's SPA Spot, and keep in mind that Susan is still looking for volunteers to help sort gifts at the Family Giving Tree warehouse on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 21. If you and/or your student are interested in participating, see the SPA Spot piece for RSVP information.
The Giving Tree may have been taken down now that the gift drive is over, but Hayden Hall certainly isn't lacking holiday decor. On Friday night, the room was transformed into a winter wonderland for the high school holiday dance. Be sure to check our Media Room next week for photos from the big event. Speaking of big events, some of our students will be going from the dance floor on Friday night to the hardwood court on Saturday morning. The Stanbridge Bulldogs basketball team opens their 2012-2013 season on Saturday, Dec. 15 when they play St. Dunstan's at 11:00 a.m. at Sports House in Redwood City. You can find a map and directions on our Bulldogs Basketball page, and be sure to check back throughout the next few weeks as Coach Mark Kelley will be updating the page with results, upcoming games and new pictures. On behalf of the entire staff, I wish our team the best of luck for a fun and successful season. Go Bulldogs!
As noted in last week's Bridge, remember that Thursday, December 20 is our last day of school before the holiday break. That afternoon, we have a special Holiday Revue planned and all are welcome to attend. Students from all divisions will be participating and we've bumped-up the start time to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Multipurpose Room and will feature musical performances from the STAR Team, the Stanbridge Choir, short skits, readings and other presentations. Divisional parties with refreshments will follow the show. It's shaping-up to be quite the presentation, so I hope you can join us for a great way to wrap-up the year and celebrate our last day of school before break.
On a more somber note, two items to conclude this week's column: The tragic news that was reported out of Connecticut this Friday morning shocked all of us. Hearing a story like that is obviously troubling, particularly for our students who may only catch fragments through news clips or social media sources. On Friday afternoon, Maggie sent an email from me and the Stanbridge counselors that provides some notes and resources that may be helpful in dealing with this news story. Parents, please check your email inbox or click over to The Bridge mainpage to read the text. As always, our counselors are always available if you or your student wish to see them.
Finally, Thursday provided a moment of reflection and remembrance for one of our former students. Ashley Krieger, Stanbridge Class of 2006, was tragically killed in an automobile accident in April of last year. A fun-loving, cheerful, "typical Stanbridge student," Ashley was remembered fondly at a special ceremony on Thursday afternoon. A section of our Stanbridge garden was officially dedicated as "Ashley's Peace Garden," a place where students can come to relax, reflect and find peace within themselves. This year's senior class students were on hand, along with some of Ashley's former Stanbridge teachers and her mother, who spoke of Ashley's "compassion, understanding and acceptance." A memorial plaque (pictured above) was unveiled and each student took a moment to write a word or phrase of acceptance and peace on a rock that was placed in the garden. It was a touching tribute and a meaningful way to carry on Ashley's positive spirit.
Peace and positivity. Signing-off with that until next week.
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