The Annual Talent Show is coming up soon, and the first round of auditions are over. If your student needs to re-audition his/her act, or was not able to stay after school on Tuesday, Feb. 25, there will be a final round of auditions on Tuesday, March 4th, from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. If your student is on the fence or was asked to re-audition, please encourage them to join us this Tuesday--it takes a whole village to raise a Talent Show! Remember, all acts must audition and be approved by a staff member in order to perform at the show. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Talent Show Coordinator Jay Huston. And don't forget to save the date: March 14th at 6:00 p.m. for the big show!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Winter Break is officially underway and there is no school next week, February 17-21. The time off is certainly deserved, as our students, staff, parents and guardians were busy with a wide variety of activities over the past few days. Highlights from a whirlwind week below:
On Monday, our Bulldogs Hockey Team played in their first competitive game of the season, taking on Charles Armstrong School. It was a reunion of sorts, as Armstrong's hockey coach is none other than former Stanbridge counselor Nick Peruzzaro, who started the Bulldogs Hockey program three years ago. Alas, the Bulldogs came up short against their former coach, with a final score of 7-5, but current Stanbridge coach Erik Tom was pleased with the performances of all the players and both squads had fun in what has become a friendly rivalry. You can see for yourself, as photos from the match have been posted in our website's Media Room gallery.
Both the basketball and hockey teams have this week off from practices, and their are currently no future games scheduled for either squad. Fear not, however, as there will still be opportunities to see both Bulldogs teams in action. Erik and (Basketball Coach) Mark Kelley are working on scheduling matchups to take place after break and we will post updates on the Bulldogs Athletics page once details are finalized. Also, don't forget that Mark is organizing swim lessons at the San Mateo YMCA for Stanbridge students later this spring. This pilot program is a unique opportunity for our students to learn the basics or develop their skills. If your student would be interested in participating, please complete the swim lesson survey posted on our Files & Forms page and return it to Mark by month's end.
Back on campus, Hayden Hall was a hub of activity this past week, beginning on Monday with the start of our Maker's Fair. This first-ever event featured a variety of student-made creations on display, ranging from LEGO and SnapTite models to robots, sculpture, and even a homemade radio housed in a cardboard box. Organized by counselor James Warren, students from all grade divisions participated and since words alone don't really do these projects justice, be sure to click over to our Student Art Gallery page to see these creative endeavors for yourself.
It was a great week to have such creativity on display, since Wednesday was our Winter Open House. It was a well-attended event with visitors inquiring about all grade divisions. In addition to the Maker's Fair projects and anti-bullying posters on display in Hayden Hall, Open House guests also toured the campus and got to see our dynamic teachers and students in action. A big Thank You to the staff for helping to prepare for Wednesday's event--all of the guests were impressed with our school and its likely some will soon become part of the Stanbridge Community.
And what a community it is. More "Thank You"s are in order for all of the SPA volunteers who participated in Thursday's Soup From the Heart. An annual February treat for our staff, this year's event featured over a half-dozen delicious homemade soups, along with a variety of breads, salads and desserts. It was a wonderful spread, and all of our teachers and staff members appreciated the hard work and thoughtfulness in putting it together (as well as cleaning-up and taking it apart). More details and appreciations have been posted on the SPA Spot page, but on behalf of the entire faculty, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
Did I mention this past week was busy? In addition to all of the events above, the week culminated with an afternoon of fun and drama on Friday. The headline event of the week was the world premiere of our Drama Club's original production Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk. Playing to a standing room only crowd of students, staff, friends and family in the Multipurpose Theatorium, the play was a smash hit, earning waves of thunderous applause. Virtual encores to all of the cast and crew for a job well done, particularly Theater Club advisors David Hopper and James Warren. We are still negotiating whether to take the show to Broadway or do a national tour first, but in the meantime, Camille, Thomsen and Erik were on hand to photograph and record Friday's performance. We will be posting pictures online after break, as well as posting video of the entire show, so be sure to look for that in the weeks ahead just in case the tour plans fall through.
After all the activity, it only seemed fitting that the week end with a party. After the show ended on Friday, students spent the remainder of the afternoon celebrating with their classmates in each division's Valentine's Day party. Again, a round of thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers who helped coordinate Friday afternoon's activities. It was a busy, sometimes hectic week for all and it was nice to see everyone leave school and start their break with smiles on their faces.
So before settling into a long Winter's Break, a few more quick notes and reminders:
• Don't forget that shortly after break, we will be announcing our Summer School courses and sending out enrollment packets. The Stanbridge Summer School dates are set for June 24-August 1, and we are looking for feedback from parents/guardians on what types of classes you would like to see offered. If you plan to enroll your student in this year's Summer School, please take a moment to complete this short Summer School Interest Survey and return it to Chris Myers or the main office by Feb. 24. The Summer School course guide, schedule, and enrollment packet will be distributed in early March.
• Staying up-to-date in the realm of social media, we have officially launched a Stanbridge Academy Google Plus page. Similar in some ways to Facebook, Google Plus allows you to "Follow" us and stay connected to the latest news and events at Stanbridge. If you have a Google Plus and/or GMail account, be sure to click over to our G+ page and follow us (and, if you'd like, give us a +1, too). Given that it is a page visible to the public, if you'd like to post a review for us, we'd appreciate that as well (just click the pencil icon).
• Upon our return from break, High School Science Teacher/Talent Coordinator Jay Huston will be holding student auditions for this year's Student Talent Show. The show itself isn't until Friday, March 14th, but students who wish to perform must audition their acts to a staff member prior to the event. The first round of mandatory auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 after school from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Students should bring any necessary props, costumes, instruments, and accompanying music that they will be using in the show, and acts should run no longer than 4-5 minutes. Auditions will be performed for a staff member who will verify that the student is sufficiently prepared. (Note: This is not American Idol; acts do not need to be "perfect," we simply want to ensure that students are not going to get onstage and simply ad-lib). There will be a make-up round of auditions (date TBD) for students who cannot attend on Tuesday, as well as for those who may need to polish their act a bit. Students from all grade divisions are encouraged to participate, and talents of all varieties are welcome (except maybe sword-swallowing and fire-juggling--those tend to be insurance risks). The show is a highlight of every school year and we will have more details as the date gets closer. In the meantime, you can email Jay with any questions.
• Also when we get back, our high school juniors and seniors are scheduled to take a day trip, touring the College of San Mateo and Foothill College on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Details and the necessary permission form are posted on the Files and Forms page. A tip of the hat to Resource Specialist Diane Chau for organizing this--if you have any questions about the event, please email Diane.
• Finally, the votes are in and our 2013-2014 Yearbook Cover Contest winner has been announced. Congratulations to ninth-grader Andy H. for drawing this year's winning entry. You can see Andy's submission along with the other top finalists by logging-in to the Weekly Bridge mainpage (Andy's drawing will grace the cover, but the three runners-up will be featured inside the yearbook). Narrowed-down from over 25 initial entries, there were many fantastic, colorful, creative ideas to choose from. A job well done all around, so a big "Hooray!" to all of the students who took the time to submit an entry this year.
That's it for this week...and next. Enjoy the week off and see everyone back at Stanbridge on Monday, February 24. Until then, have a safe, relaxing and fun Winter Break!
Stanbridge now has an official page on Google Plus. Click the link at right to visit our fast-growing Google+ page and become a Stanbridge follower!
The section on dress code guidelines for Stanbridge high school students was inadvertently omitted from this year's Parent-Student Handbook. As a reminder and reference, we are re-posting the blog entry below. The Stanbridge Academy high school dress code is as follows:
• Dresses/skirts/shorts (no shorter than 2 inches above the knee)
• Neat and clean pants or jeans
• Non-form-fitting shirts
• Shoes and socks that are safe and appropriate for P.E.
• Good hygiene is expected. Hair should be clean, well-kept and out of eye
• Clothing may not contain inappropriate or derogatory written or pictorial messages
• Torn or unclean attire
• Form-fitting pants, shorts, shirts, dresses, or skirts displaying mid-drifts
• Tank/tube/halter tops
• Pants worn at the knees
• Hats, caps, and hoods may not be worn inside the school building.
Clothing with drug, alcohol, sexual or violent themes and clothing which puts forth a derogatory or inflammatory message cannot be worn during school hours or at any school events.
Stanbridge faculty and staff will determine appropriateness of dress.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Only one week to go before we reach our mid-February Winter Break (Feb. 17-21), and by the looks of things, we will need it. It's a busy week ahead, so be sure to mark your calendar accordingly:
Things get off to a creative start on Monday when we begin our first ever, week-long Maker's Fair. The event will feature student-created models and artwork on display in Hayden Hall, and students from all grade divisions are invited to exhibit their creations. Students were asked to bring their entries in on Friday, but for those who needed the extra time to finish, we will also accept submissions on Monday, Feb. 10. Please note that entries cannot exceed 2' x 2' in size, but there are few other limitations. Submissions can include any three-dimensional artistic creation--from LEGO sets and model kits, to homemade sculptures and Rube Goldbergs. The artwork will be on display in Hayden Hall through Friday, Feb. 14, and there will be "Best in Show" prizes for entries in each grade division. If you have specific questions about this unique event, email James Warren.
On Monday afternoon, our Bulldogs Hockey team will participate in their first official game of the season when they take on Charles Armstrong School. The game will be played on the CAS campus at 3:30 p.m. and Coach Erik Tom and the team are hoping for a big turnout of Bulldog fans. The venue is a short drive from Stanbridge and a great afterschool activity for students interested in seeing their classmates play. Directions to the venue are on the Bulldogs Athletics page and hockey players must have a signed permission form on file to travel with the team (you can download a copy from our Files & Forms page). Here's hoping the rain stays away for the afternoon and the team comes away with a victory. Go Dawgs!
This coming Wednesday, Feb. 12, we will be hosting visitors to our campus during the annual Winter Open House. This event runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will feature personalized tours of the campus, Q&A sessions with select staff members, and a chance to get in-depth information on all aspects of the Stanbridge program. Please spread the word amongst any friends and family members who may be considering Stanbridge for their children. Also, the Open House is a great opportunity for current Stanbridge junior high parents and guardians to learn more about our high school program, so I encourage you to attend as well.
On Thursday, SPA volunteers will be invading the staff kitchen for another annual tradition, Soup From the Heart. A staff favorite, the event features SPA members bringing-in homemade soups, salads and desserts to share with the faculty--a delicious Thank You that couldn't be more perfectly timed given the change in weather. Most volunteer spots for this year event have been filled, but check this week's SPA Spot page for additional details and to sign-up online to assist.
Speaking of SPA, the minutes from last Wednesday's meeting have been posted on the SPA Spot page, along with updated versions of the K-8 and High School event calendars. Of note if you missed the meeting, two handouts were distributed regarding upcoming spring and summer activities. First, Mark Kelley is coordinating a unique session of swimming lessons through the San Mateo YMCA. Classes would be held afterschool at the 'Y' on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays starting this April and running through the end of the school year. Notably, the lessons would be for Stanbridge students only, and students of all ages and ability levels are welcome to enroll. Specific details will be forthcoming next month, once Mark has gauged interest and availability. If this sounds like something you would like to sign-up your student for, please complete the Swim Lesson Form and return it to Mark or the main office by the end of the month.
Also distributed at the SPA meeting on Wednesday was a short interest survey about this year's Summer School program. The Stanbridge Summer School dates are set for June 24-August 1, and we are looking for feedback from parents/guardians on what types of classes you would like to see offered. Our teachers will be finalizing the summer curricula after break, and much of it will be based on your feedback. If you plan to enroll your student in this year's Summer School, please take a moment to complete this short Summer School Interest Survey and return it to Chris Myers or the main office by Feb. 14. The Summer School course guide, schedule, and enrollment packet will be distributed in early March.
Before that, however, there are still a few more goings-on at Stanbridge before next week's break. In addition to Valentine's Day, this Friday, February 14 is the world premiere of Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk, the afterschool Theater Club's original production that they have been working on since September. Postponed from this past Friday, the show will finally debut at 1:00 p.m. this Friday in the Stanbridge Theatorium (a/k/a the Multipurpose Room). Admission is free, and friends and family members of all Stanbridge students are invited to attend. The show is a spoof of a certain science-fiction franchise and features an original script, costumes, and props created by Theater Club students, along with club moderators David Hopper and James Warren. The group has been working on the show for months and the production will be an unforgettable experience.
Following the performance, students will join their homeroom teachers and advisors for divisional Valentine's Day parties until dismissal at 3:10. Following dismissal, Winter Break begins and Stanbridge will be closed until Monday, February 24.
Before signing-off, a big Thank You to all of the staff and parent volunteers who helped at last night's high school dance; pictures will be posted online next week. It is a busy week ahead, but it should be a fun one. Hope to see you at the hockey game, open house, Soup From the Heart or Friday's show...or all of the above! Until then, have a great weekend!
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point presents Super Families Day
Sunday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point (minutes away from Stanbridge on the other side of Highway 101) is hosting exclusive open hours and programming for kids with special needs and their families. CuriOdyssey invites children with disabilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families to attend their Super Families Day on Sunday, February 23. Children will be able to experience CuriOdyssey in a safe, comfortable environment. In addition to activity stations and supervised animal encounters, CuriOdyssey will have quiet rooms available for children and their families, as well as a Social Story to help prepare for the visit.
Click here for more information, or visit the CuriOdyssey website, where you can also purchase tickets online. Capacity is limited; discounts and family passes are available. Click here for map.
Don't forget that Wednesday, Feb. 5 is the monthly Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) meeting, 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. This month's meeting will feature a special presentation from the counseling department. All Stanbridge parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
Also this week:
•This Friday night is the high school Valentine's Dance, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. Students who will be attending must have a completed permission form filled out and turned in to the main office this week. You can download a copy of the dance permission form on the Files & Forms page.• Also this Friday, counselor James Warren will be accepting entries for next week's Maker's Fair. You can read more about this unique event in the blog posts below, or in this week's Weekly Bridge. Students from all divisions are invited to participate.
• UPDATE: The Theater Club's performance, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 14. On Friday afternoon, Feb. 14, the Theater Club will be presenting the debut of their original production "Trek Star II: The Wrath of Hnak." The sci-fi spoof will be performed by students in the afterschool Theater Club, and features an original script, costumes, and props created by the group. The show starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and all Stanbridge families and friends are welcome to attend; divisional Valentine's Day parties will follow.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. It may Super Bowl Sunday this weekend in New York, but things are pretty super here at Stanbridge these days, too. A highlight of this past week was the arrival of our new Stanbridge shuttle van (pictured on the Weekly Bridge mainpage). The new silver Honda minivan was purchased with funds raised through our fall gala's "Fund a Need" auction. Thanks to the generous donations from Stanbridge families, friends, alumni and staff, we were able to add this new van to the Stanbridge livery. The vehicle made its maiden voyage on Friday, shuttling junior high students into The City for their field trip to the Academy of Sciences and Golden Gate Park. No word if they stopped at the Malt Shop on the way back, but with plenty of seating room, a drop-down DVD player, and that new van smell, it's no mystery that those meddling kids found the new van, like, totally groovy. On behalf of the staff and students who will be using the new van for everything from Caltrain shuttles to experiential trips into The City and beyond, Thank You to everyone who made its purchase possible (and especially to counselor/troubadour James Warren, who encouraged donations through song).
In other news, this past week marked the start of the third quarter. Report cards have been finalized and will be mailed home this week. Remember that there are no parent-teacher conferences scheduled, so the upcoming report cards will feature comments from your student's teachers regarding academic performance and progress in class. If you have questions or concerns about your student's grade, or if you would like to speak with a teacher one-on-one, you can email the instructor directly to arrange a meeting. Teacher email addresses are listed on our Teachers page.
Also this past week, our Bulldogs Basketball team played their third game of the season on Tuesday. The Dawgs came up short against Our Lady of Angels, losing by a score of 24-6, but the squad will look to get back on the winning track today (Saturday, Feb. 1) when they take on STAR Academy at 3:00 at the SportsHouse in Redwood City. Directions to the venue are on the Bulldogs Athletics page, and Coach Kelley will be adding additional games this month, so be sure to check back to find out where and when the Bulldogs will be playing next.
February may be a short month, but there is a lot going on at Stanbridge, particularly over the next two weeks. This Wednesday, the Stanbridge Parent Association will hold their monthly SPA meeting in Hayden Hall at 8:30 a.m. This month's meeting will feature a special presentation by our counselors, along with updates on upcoming events such as the high school dance and Soup From the Heart. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are invited to attend; for more information, click over to the SPA Spot page.
Speaking of the high school dance, the annual Valentine's Dance will be held this Friday night, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The event is free and open to all current Stanbridge high school students. Students are welcome to bring age-appropriate guests provided their contact information is included on the permission form. Snacks and beverages will be served at the dance and music will be provided by a professional DJ. Parent and faculty chaperones will be on-hand throughout the evening. If your student plans to attend, please ensure he/she returns a permission slip to the main office by this Wednesday, February 5. You can download a copy of the permission form on the Files & Forms page.
And there's more to come next week. Stanbridge will be hosting a Maker's Fair in Hayden Hall the week of February 10-14. The event will feature student-created models and artwork and all students are invited to display their creations. Entries cannot exceed 2' x 2' in size, but there are few other limitations. Submissions can include any three-dimensional artistic creation--from LEGO sets and model kits, to homemade sculptures and Rube Goldbergs. Students can bring their creations to school this Friday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 10. The artwork will be on display in Hayden Hall through Friday, Feb. 14, and there will be "Best in Show" prizes for entries in each grade division. If you have specific questions about this exciting event, email James Warren.
UPDATE: The Theater Club's performance, originally scheduled for Feb. 7, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 14th. On Friday, February 14, the afterschool Theatre Club will be performing their original production of Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk. This one-time-only performance will be staged in the Stanbridge Theatorium (a/k/a the Multipurpose Room) at 1:00 p.m. and friends and family members of all Stanbridge students are invited to attend. The show is a spoof of a certain science-fiction franchise and features an original script, costumes, and props created by Theater Club students, along with club moderators David Hopper and James Warren. The group has been working on the show for months and the production will be an unforgettable experience. Admission is free, hope to see you there!
Also ahead on the calendar, our Winter Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12. This event runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will feature personalized tours of the campus, Q&A sessions with select staff members, and a chance to get in-depth information on all aspects of the Stanbridge program. Please spread the word amongst any friends and family members who may be considering Stanbridge for their children. Also, the Open House is a great opportunity for current Stanbridge junior high parents and guardians to learn more about our high school program, so I encourage you to attend as well.
A lot to keep track of over these next few weeks, so be sure to mark your calendars. Before signing-off this week, though, a few closing notes:
• This year, Stanbridge's Summer School session will run from June 23 through August 1. We are currently working with the faculty to develop this year's Summer School curriculum and will be asking for your input as well. A brief Summer School survey will be distributed at Wednesday's SPA meeting and posted on the SPA Spot page later this week. Based on your responses, we will be able to better serve you and your students with summer school courses that target academic, athletic and artistic interests. The course listings and enrollment forms will be published after winter break, but save the summer dates now.
• This past Friday, students had a chance to vote for this year's Stanbridge Yearbook cover, with this year's theme being "A Galaxy of Possibilities." Students were certainly inspired by the outer space theme--over two dozen student-drawn entries were submitted, and the staff voted for their favorites on Thursday. Based on the results, four finalists were chosen for the student body to vote on. You can see the finalist entries for yourself on the Weekly Bridge mainpage; Camille will announce the winner next week. The winning entry will be used as the cover of this year's yearbook, while the runners-up will be reprinted inside. A big congratulations to all of those who submitted an entry, and especially to our four finalists.
That's all for now. Have a super weekend!
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