Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. This is it--we are entering the final week of the school year, counting down to Graduation on June 6th. There is still a lot to look forward to, however, in the days leading up to Friday's commencement. A quick recap of this past week, followed by all the details of the big week ahead in this penultimate edition of The Bridge:
After the Memorial Day holiday, this past week at Stanbridge kicked-off with the Stanbridge Parent Association's Volunteer Thank You breakfast on Tuesday morning. From the Back to School picnic in August through last week's Beach Day and next week's graduation, this year was filled with events that would not have been possible without the help, coordination, and participation of our peerless parent/ guardian volunteer network. Our collective thanks to SPA President Amy Bergstrom and everyone who offered a helping hand this year. Tuesday's breakfast offered a chance to display our appreciation to the SPA volunteers, but it also featured a display of student artwork: Ceramic cookie jars created by Camille's art class students. Students worked for months in creating their own designs, and once again their hard work and creativity shined through. See for yourself on our website's Student Art Gallery page.
Another highlight from last week (and another sign that the school year is winding-down) was the final overnight experiential trip of the semester. The high school underclassmen who did not travel to Angel Island at the beginning of the month got their chance this past week. The wealth of smiling faces upon their return on Friday afternoon indicated that it was a great way to end another year of experientials. A handful of snapshots from the trip have been posted to our Facebook page, but be sure to check back later this week when we will be posting many more. While their peers were away on the trip, the high school students on campus this past week participated in special group projects and activities, including preparing a homemade lunch of macaroni and cheese, French fries, and Caesar salad for the entire division on Friday afternoon. High school students weren't the only ones treated to a special meal on Friday, though. The graduating junior high eighth graders gathered with their families and teachers at Mimi's Cafe in Foster City on Friday night for the annual Eighth Grade Graduation Dinner.
Graduation is the big event that we are counting down to, but there is more than just Friday's ceremony on this week's calendar. Our high school seniors get to go on one more experiential trip together as they spend a day in The City on Monday, June 2nd. The seniors will take-in a variety of San Francisco attractions, including a "Ride the Duck" tour of the city, before enjoying a group dinner at Buca di Beppo. It should be a fun, enjoyable day for the group and a great way to celebrate the last week of their senior year at Stanbridge. We'll have highlights and pics coming next week, so be sure to check our Facebook and Google+ pages for updates.
Also coming up, our annual end-of-year Student Awards. In addition to recognizing students for their academic and personal achievements, teachers will also be fêting students with personalized "fun" awards during these year-end, divisional celebrations. The ceremonies will be held in Hayden Hall and family members are encouraged to attend. Students in grades K-6 will have their awards ceremony on Tuesday the 3rd at 10:15 a.m.; Junior High will hold their ceremony on Tuesday the 3rd at 2:00 p.m.; and the High School ceremony will be Wednesday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
That takes us to Thursday, June 5th, which is the last full day of school this school year. On Thursday morning, we will be holding rehearsal for Friday's commencement. High school seniors, the eighth graders, the student color guard, and members of the Stanbridge choir will be traveling to Burlingame High School's Auditorium to practice for the following day's ceremony. If your student is participating in Thursday's rehearsal, please ensure you sign and return the 2014 Graduation permission slip prior to Thursday morning (all students will need to have the permission form completed for Friday).
As for Friday, this year's commencement ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Burlingame High School Auditorium (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Please note the following about graduation day:
- Friday, June 6 is a school day. All students are expected to arrive at Stanbridge at regular time.
- Students in K-7 dress in formal uniform for graduation ceremony: khakis and white polo with red Stanbridge logo. High school students should dress in appropriately neat attire.
- Students and faculty will be taken to and from Burlingame HS by bus. Again, please ensure your student returns his/her signed graduation permission form prior to Friday morning.
- The ceremony will end around noon. If a parent/guardian is present, students may leave with them directly from the BHS Auditorium.
- A celebration to honor the graduates will be held at Stanbridge immediately following the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and all Stanbridge families and guests are welcome to attend.
- All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony, even if your student is not graduating. In addition to honoring the graduating eighth- and 12th-graders, the ceremony features a number of awards that will recognize students from all grades and divisions. Additionally, our graduating seniors will be giving personal speeches as they accept their diplomas. Hearing their stories as they complete their Stanbridge careers is incredibly moving, inspiring, and unforgettable. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the special place that Stanbridge is and I hope you are able to attend.
We are getting close now! Before signing-off, a few final notes and reminders:
- Yearbooks were distributed to students this past Tuesday. All yearbooks included a label on the inside front cover with the student's name. Amidst the flurry of passing around yearbooks for signatures, inevitably a few get misplaced or mixed-up. Please return any found yearbooks directly to the student or to the main office.
- The fourth quarter grading cycle ended on Friday, May 30. If your student has any outstanding work due or is in danger of receiving an incomplete or failing grade, please contact the class instructor to discuss how the work can be made up or the grade improved. Teacher email addresses can be found in the Teachers section of our website.
- Summer School enrollment remains open through June and classes are beginning to fill up. With the exception of the July 21-August 1 "History of the Comic Book" class for junior high and high school students, all other classes remain open. Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in getting your student's enrollment forms in. You can read about this year's course offerings and download the necessary forms on our Summer School page. (Please note that junior high and high school students who want to enroll in classes during the final two weeks of summer school can sign-up for the July 21-25 "Photography in Nature" class, and the July 28-August 1 "Cinematic Cooking" class. These two courses will be modified to accommodate older students due to the cancellation of the comic book class). If you have already enrolled your student in Summer School, please note that tuition checks will be cashed this week and Summer School coordinator Chris Myers will be sending follow-up emails to confirm your student's summer school course schedule.