All Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to join us this Wednesday, October 1, for the monthly SPA meeting, held in Hayden Hall at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be served and the meeting will conclude with breakout sessions with divisional reps.
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. As noted in last week's edition, it was a quiet week on campus with Middle Elementary through High School away on their fall experiential trips this past week. Hopefully everyone got a chance to rest and recover this weekend, as we get back into the swing of things at school this week. The latest news and notes as we count down the final days of September:
• The experiential program is a major component of the Stanbridge curriculum that makes our school so unique. For our new families this year, especially, I hope your student's first Stanbridge overnight trip experience was a fun and positive one. Judging by the pictures that our staff chaperones were emailing back to us, it seemed all of this year's fall trips went exceptionally well. You can see some of those pictures for yourself by clicking over to the Stanbridge Facebook page, where we have posted highlights from all of last week's experiential trips. Please note that there is more to come. Camille will be sorting through the hundreds of photos that were taken, and we will be posting many, many more to our Facebook page and website Media Room, so be sure to check back later in the week for even more updates.
• Speaking of photos, a reminder that this Tuesday, September 30th is picture retake/makeup day at Stanbridge. Photographer Doug Peck will be back on campus Tuesday morning to take yearbook/ID pictures of students who missed him on the 17th. Please ensure that your student follows the dress code listed in the Parent/Guardian Handbook if he/she will be sitting for a photo on Tuesday. A digital copy of the Handbook can be found on the Files & Forms page, where you can also download an order form to purchase additional prints of your student's picture.
• Also on the Files & Forms page is the enrollment form for our first session of afterschool clubs. Clubs start this week, running from 3:10 until 4:30 p.m. If your student is participating in an afterschool club, please ensure you arrange for a prompt pickup at 4:30. Shuttle van service to the San Mateo Caltrain depot is available by request. This is the last call to sign-up for this session of clubs; enrollment will close on Friday, October 3. Monday begins the first of three sessions of afterschool clubs, with this session running through the week of December 8-12. Space is still available for all clubs being offered, but a few are nearing their maximum enrollment, so don't delay in getting your student signed-up. If you have questions about a specific club, you can email that club's advisor (teacher email addresses are on the Teachers pages), or if you have general questions about the afterschool clubs program, contact Susan or Maggie in the main office.
• October begins this Wednesday, and the Stanbridge Parent Association will hold their monthly SPA meeting on Wednesday morning, October 1 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. October is an active month for SPA at Stanbridge, with the first of our high school dances being held later in the month, and the Halloween Carnival and divisional parties planned for month's end as well. Volunteers are always needed for these events, and we appreciate all parent/guardian input and feedback during the planning. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the SPA Spot page later in the week, but we hope to see you there in person if you can make it.
• Believe it or not, we are only about six weeks away from our "Starry Night" fall gala and auction. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15 at the San Mateo Marriott, and invitations are in the mail. Thank you to all of our families who have helped solicit donations for the event's auction. We have already secured dozens of great gifts, including restaurant certificates; free tickets and passes to museums, cultural and sporting events; gift baskets and more. Please note, however, that we are still looking for donations, especially "big ticket items" such as vacation homes, sports tickets, and getaway packages. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation to the gala auction, a solicitation letter and donor agreement form are available for download on the Files & Forms page. Last year was the debut of this new event for Stanbridge, and it was a smashing success, bringing together current Stanbridge families, staff members, alumni, board members, and outside friends. This year's gala promises to be even bigger and better, so I hope you are able to join us!
Again, hope everyone had a great time on their experiential trip last week; I am looking forward to seeing the photo highlights later this week. Until then, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and see everyone back at school on Monday!
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. It should be a quiet week on campus as nearly all of our students will be away on their fall experiential trips this week. We're looking forward to lots of great pictures and stories when everyone gets back, but until then, here are the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• It's Fall Experiential Week! Our high school seniors are on the road today (Sunday) to Yosemite National Park, where they will spend the week with the NatureBridge crew. The seniors are scheduled to return Friday afternoon by 3:00 p.m. As for the other grade divisions, here are the rest of the trip itineraries:
• In other news, last Wednesday's picture day went well. If your student was absent for picture day, photographer Doug Peck will be back on campus the morning of Tuesday, September 30 for retakes and make-up shots. Again, you are welcome to order additional prints of your student's picture by downloading the order form (on the Files & Forms page), which can either be returned to Stanbridge or mailed directly to Doug Peck.
• While on the ever-busy Files & Forms page, be sure to take a look at the Fall Clubs listings. Afterschool clubs will begin the week of September 29th, once everyone is back from their experiential trips. This first of three sessions of afterschool clubs will run through the week of December 8-12, and enrollment fees run between $150-$200 per student, per club. Space is still available for all clubs being offered, but a few are nearing their maximum enrollment, so don't delay in getting your student signed-up. Clubs fill on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment will remain open through October 3. If you have questions about a specific club, you can email that club's advisor (teacher email addresses are on the Teachers pages), or if you have general questions about the afterschool clubs program, contact Susan or Maggie in the main office.
• There are some fresh updates on the SPA Spot page, so be sure to click over there once you are done with this week's Bridge. We've added some new listings to the Lectures & Workshops page, and included some additional details about the big November Gala & Auction. We are still looking for donations for the event's silent auction, and appreciate any help you can provide. Donations of all kinds are welcome, but we are in need of "big ticket items" such as vacation homes, sports tickets, and getaway packages. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation, a downloadable solicitation letter and donor agreement form can be found on the F&F page. More than just donations, we also need a number of volunteers to assist behind the scenes, so if you are interested in helping with this year's gala, please email Amy Bergstrom.
• We have re-published the Fall edition of our Stanbridge Academy Family Directory and you can download a copy from the Files & Forms page. Thank you to those of you who emailed Chris with your updates and changes. The next major update to the directory will be the Winter edition, published in January, but if you have any immediate corrections or changes that need to be made, please email Chris Myers with your request...or call me, maybe.
• Finally, two closing notes: Don't forget that the October SPA meeting is coming up on Wednesday, October 1. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend; 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. And a reminder that--in case you missed the announcement last week--the Parent Portal password has changed. The new password for this year can be found in this week's "Weekly Bridge updates posted" email that was sent to all parents/guardians. If you did not receive the email, or if you are having problems accessing Portal content with the new password, please email Stanbridge Webmaster Chris Myers, or call the main office during school hours. The new password will be used for the remainder of this school year.
Hope everyone has a great experience on their trip this week. Looking forward to sharing many of the highlights with you next weekend!
Tomorrow, Friday, September 19th, is a busy day at Stanbridge. Parents and guardians of our 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to attend a special informational session on the upcoming spring trip to Washington, D.C. Representatives from CloseUp will be on campus to discuss the program, present information about the trip, and answer any questions you may have. The trip is an every-other-year tradition here at Stanbridge, and a unique opportunity for our high school juniors and seniors to learn about our nation's government and history. This year's trip is scheduled for April 2015; Friday's meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall.
Additionally, the first lunchtime bake sale of the year will be held on Friday afternoon. Students from all divisions can purchase items for $1 during their lunch break, with proceeds going toward the high school dances. Also, the Stanbridge Parent Association is chaperoning an afterschool trip to the movies tomorrow for high school and fifth-year students. More details on these events can be found on the SPA Spot page. (Remember that our Parent Portal password has changed; contact the main office if you need access).
Wednesday, September 17 is yearbook picture day. Individual and group class photos will be taken in the morning, with retakes slated for Tuesday, September 30th. These photos will be used for the yearbook and each student's Stanbridge identification card. You can order additional prints of your student's picture by downloading the order form on the Files & Forms page, which can either be returned to Stanbridge or mailed to photographer Doug Peck. Please ensure that your student is dressed appropriately for tomorrow's photos--dress code guidelines can be found in the Parent/Guardian Handbook (also on the Files & Forms page).
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. We had a great turnout for Back to School Night this past Wednesday--an evening that featured tons of information presented in a relatively short amount of time. With a lot coming up on the calendar, here is a review of the latest need-to-know news and notes from Stanbridge:
• The Parent Portal password has changed. The annual "changing of the password" occurred this weekend during a clandestine ceremony held at a top secret, undisclosed location in international waters. The new password for this year can be found in this week's "Weekly Bridge updates posted" email that was sent to all parents/guardians. If you did not receive the email, or if you are having problems accessing Portal content with the new password, please email Stanbridge Webmaster Chris Myers, or call the main office during school hours. The new password will be used for the remainder of this school year.
• Being able to access the Parent Portal is key, especially the Files & Forms page. A number of new posts have been added to the page, including the slideshow from Wednesday's Back to School Night presentation. The slideshow includes notes from all of Wednesday night's speakers, and features important news about upcoming SPA events, the Annual Fund campaign, QuickSchools, and more.
• In addition to the BTS Night slideshow, the Files & Forms page also has links to this year's Bulldog Wear order form. This is the final week to get your orders in, with the deadline this Wednesday, September 17.
Child or adult sizes for t-shirts, pullover sweatshirts or zip-front sweatshirts are available for purchase. Your item will come with the Stanbridge logo on the left breast and the back will have the Bulldog logo. Checks should be made out to "Stanbridge Academy" and submitted to the main office with your order form by September 17th. Please email Melissa Biderman with any questions.
• Wednesday, September 17 is also yearbook picture day. Individual and group class photos will be taken that morning, with retakes slated for Tuesday, September 30th. These photos will be used for the yearbook and each student's Stanbridge identification card. You are welcome to order additional prints of your student's picture by downloading the order form (on the Files & Forms page), which can either be returned to Stanbridge or mailed to photographer Doug Peck, prior to or on September 17th. Please ensure that your student is dressed appropriately for Wednesday's photos--dress code guidelines can be found in the Parent/Guardian Handbook (also on the Files & Forms page).
• And what else is new on the Files & Forms page? How about afterschool clubs. The first session of afterschool clubs at Stanbridge will begin the week of September 29-October 3 and will run through the week of December 8-12. We are excited to be offering a wide-ranging selection of club activities this session, so be sure to view the clubs brochure to read descriptions of the clubs being offered and to download the enrollment form. Clubs fill on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is open through October 3. To sign-up, simply return your enrollment form and payment to the main office.
• But wait, there's more! We have published the Fall edition of our Stanbridge Academy Family Directory and you can download a copy from--wait for it--the Files & Forms page. The directory will be updated throughout the year as necessary, but if you have any immediate corrections or changes that need to be made, please email Chris Myers with your request.
• You'd think I would be done talking about files & forms by now, but not quite yet. Two more things to call to your attention on the very crowded Files & Forms page: First, plans for our November 15th Fall Gala/Auction are in full swing and we are looking for donations for the event's silent auction. The Files & Forms page includes a donor solicitation letter and donor agreement form that can be downloaded and distributed to potential donors. Donations of all kinds are welcome, but we are seeking "big ticket items" such as vacation homes, sports tickets, and getaway packages, if possible. More than just donations, we also need a number of volunteers to assist behind the scenes, so if you are interested in helping with this year's gala, please email Amy Bergstrom.
• And finally on the Files & Forms page, you can download the trip packet for your student's upcoming experiential trip. Students in all grade divisions will be departing for their fall overnight trips next week. All necessary release forms, as well as trip packing lists, can be found in the posted trip packets. Please ensure you have all the necessary forms and med packets turned in to the main office this week.
• If you are bored and/or overwhelmed by the Files & Forms page by now, click over to the SPA Spot page for a change of pace and some important updates. Note that this coming Friday, September 19, SPA will be holding the first Bake Sale of the year. Baked goods will be available for students to purchase at lunch for $1, and proceeds go toward the high school dances. Volunteers are needed to provide goodies for this week's sale, and you can sign-up to contribute via SPA's online Sign-Up Genius page (link posted on the SPA Spot page). Stanbridge Bake Sales are always popular events, thanks in part to the musical stylings of counselor/troubadour James Warren.
• Also coming-up this Friday, SPA will be sponsoring an afterschool trip to the movies for high school students. Students will meet in Hayden Hall at 3:10 and walk (with parent chaperones) to the Century 12 theaters in San Mateo to see a film (title TBD). In the past, screenings have started between 3:30-4:00, and the movie is expected to end at approximately 6:15. Interested students should bring $20 for tickets and snacks and must make arrangements to be picked-up (or take the train) after the show. More details will be posted later this week on the Bridge Blog and SPA Spot page.
• Finally, back to Back to School Night: Just a reminder that you can view the curriculum for all classes, in all divisions, by going to the Programs->Academics section of our website. Also, our Teachers pages have been updated with email links for all of this year's faculty. And lastly, please ensure that we have your correct contact information in QuickSchools, as we will be using the QS system to alert families in case of any major emergencies (i.e.--earthquake, alien invasion, etc.). If you did not receive an email with your QuickSchools login and password, please email Chris Myers to request that information.
Whew! Lots to cover this week, so hang in there and see you on Monday!
Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night tonight, September 10, at 6:00 p.m. Following a general presentation in the Multipurpose room, High School and Junior High parents/guardians will follow their student's schedule, with each class period lasting for 15 minutes. For Junior High and High School families, the evening will end at approximately 8:00 p.m. Families of elementary students will meet in their student's homerooms; elementary presentations should conclude by 7:30.
Please note that this evening is for parents and guardians only. If you are unable to attend, please contact your student's teachers for any handouts. The Back to School Night presentation slideshow will be posted on our website Thursday morning, and our online curriculum guides will also be updated by then as well.
All Stanbridge grade divisions will be conducting bi-annual, school-wide assessments tomorrow, Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11. These assessments allow us to monitor your student's academic progress throughout the year(s). As we have in the past, we will be using the "GRADE" (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) and "GMADE" (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) assessments.
Please help students do their best by ensuring they get a good nights rest before assessment days, a healthy breakfast in the morning, and arrive to school on time. Also, students should bring an outside reading book so they can read silently if they finish their assessments before the rest of their classmates. A small treat will be provided to your student for doing their best! If you have any questions about the assessments, please contact Program Specialist Diane Chau.
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. The 49ers and Raiders are about to kickoff the regular season, and as you can see in the photo at left, P.E. teacher Mark Kelley is already practicing his Gatorade bath. (Actually, Mark was participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and recruited a few Stanbridge students to assist with the procedure--a task that they were happy to oblige with). As Mark dries off, the rest of us are preparing to officially kickoff the school year with Back to School Night this week. Notes on that, along with other Stanbridge news below:
• Back to School Night will be held this Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. In addition to meeting with all of your student's teachers, we will be presenting information from our Resource and Counseling departments, SPA and the Annual Fund Committee, plus details on our the school website and QuickSchools. This is an opportunity for Stanbridge parents and guardians to meet with all of their student's teachers and understand the class curriculum, homework and grading policies, and more. It's a great way for everyone to start the school year on the same page, so I hope you are able to attend.
• Also coming up this week are our annual fall assessments for students. Assessments will be given to all students during the morning on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 & 11. Given in the fall and spring, these assessments allow us to monitor your student's academic progress throughout the year(s). As we have in the past, we will be using the "GRADE" (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) and "GMADE" (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) assessments. Our Program Specialist Diane Chau will talk about these assessments more in-depth on Wednesday night, but we stress that these standardized assessments are not tests and are only used to gauge each student's academic profile in these core subject areas--they do not have any impact on report card grades. Nonetheless, we want students to be prepared and ready, and you can help by ensuring your student gets a good night of rest before assessment days, a healthy breakfast in the morning, and arrives to school on time. A small treat will be provided to your student for doing their best.
• Last week, the September SPA meeting was revised and held as a Fall Gala/Auction planning session. This year's gala will be held on Saturday, November 15th at the San Mateo Marriott, and with just over two months to go, there is a lot that needs to be done. The committee that met last week began coordinating the schedule and identifying key personnel. Many volunteers from all grade divisions are needed--from acquiring donations to assisting with packaging and set-up, there are many ways that you can help. Please click over to the SPA Spot page to access the minutes from the meeting and find out how you can assist. Last year's inaugural auction was a smashing success, raising enough money to purchase a new shuttle van. We are hoping to keep the momentum going and make this year's gala even better, so read all about it and lend a hand if you can!
• Beyond this week, there is plenty to note on the calendar. Next Wednesday, September 17th is picture day. Individual and group class photos will be taken that morning, with retakes scheduled for Tuesday, September 30th. These photos will be used for the yearbook and each student's Stanbridge identification card. You can order additional prints of your student's picture by completing the Photo Order Form posted on our Files & Forms page.
• The Files & Forms page is also where you will find an order form for "Bulldog Wear," the hottest fashions this side of East Poplar Avenue. You can select child or adult sizes for t-shirts, pullover sweatshirts or zip front sweatshirts. Your item will come with the Stanbridge logo on the left breast and the back will have the Bulldog logo. You can pick up an order form in the main office or download one from our Files & Forms page. Checks should be made out to "Stanbridge Academy" and submitted to the main office with your order form by September 17th. Please email Melissa Biderman with any questions.
• And yes, those are the experiential trip packets also posted on the Files & Forms page for all divisions.
The first round of overnight experiential trips will take place the week of September 21. Our high school seniors will spending the full week at Yosemite, while the HS underclassmen will be visiting NatureBridge at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Shorter overnight stays are planned for students in junior high (Web of Life Field School), and middle & upper el (Westminster Woods). All necessary permission/release forms and packing lists can be found in the online posts; please ensure all forms and any necessary meds are turned in to the main office by Monday, Sept. 15.
• Finally, with school now in session for virtually everyone, the conference and lecture season is also in full swing. Be sure to check our website's Lectures & Workshops page for updates on events that may be of interest to Stanbridge families. Organizations such as Parents Helping Parents, the Parents Education Network (PEN), Common Ground, and more offer free or low-cost conferences and workshops on issues that affect families with LD students. The page is updated regularly through the year, and if you have any events that you think might warrant a posting, email our webmaster Chris Myers.
Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night. Until then, have a great weekend.
Trip packets for this month's upcoming overnight experiential trips have been posted to our website's Files & Forms page. Stanbridge parents & guardians can access the page with their Parent Portal password. The trip packets include all required permission forms, waivers and releases, medication forms, and packing lists. Please ensure you sign all necessary paperwork and return your student's trip forms to the main office by Monday, September 15. This year's fall experiential schedule is:
Please note that there will be no SPA meeting tomorrow, September 3rd, because of last week's "Back to School" SPA social. We will resume our regularly scheduled SPA meetings on the first Wednesday of next month, October 1st.
This Wednesday, however, we will meet briefly to discuss the upcoming Fall Gala/Auction which will be held on November 15th. We need volunteers to help make this event a success so please join us tomorrow morning if you’d like to help with the auction in any capacity. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall, and all Stanbridge parents and guardians are invited to attend.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to the start of the 2014-2015 school year! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend after a great first week of school. As we prepare to start Week Two tomorrow, here is this year's first "Weekly Bridge" update. At Stanbridge, we strive to maintain strong communications between school and home to keep you plugged-in and informed as the school year goes on. Once again, we will be sending out a Weekly Bridge email and blog post to ensure you are always up-to-speed on what is happening at school. With a busy first month ahead of us, there is plenty to cover as we start things off this year, so without further ado, here are the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• It was great to see so many Stanbridge families at our Back to School picnic last weekend, and we had a strong turnout at Monday's SPA coffee social. The network of families at Stanbridge is the backbone of what makes our school such a special place. We have a number of new families this year, and I invite all of our parents and guardians--new and old--to join us for the September Stanbridge Parents Association (SPA) meeting this Wednesday morning at 8:30 on campus in Hayden Hall. The SPA group meets on the first Wednesday morning of each month to coordinate, plan, and organize upcoming school events, as well as discuss trends and topics important to our student/family population. Previous SPA meetings have featured discussions with school counselors, outside guest speakers, and parents of Stanbridge graduates. With a full year of events and activities ahead of us--everything from school dances, community service projects, book fairs and fundraisers--this week's SPA meeting provides a great opportunity for you to get involved in the Stanbridge Community; I hope you are able to join us.
• If you are unable to join us for this month's SPA meeting, don't worry. The SPA group maintains the SPA Spot page on our school website and you can always check their page for important news and updates, including minutes from the monthly meetings, calendar updates, and links to the SPA Yahoo! group and Facebook page. Because the information on the SPA Spot page occasionally features personal contact information (such as email addresses or home phone numbers), the page is password-protected behind our "Parent Portal," which can only be accessed by Stanbridge families. The portal's password is included in the email version of the "Weekly Bridge" update, and you can always contact our main office or webmaster if you cannot access the content.
• Regarding our website, we are still in the midst of updating our website for the new school year. Site maintenance will be completed for Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 10, but some pages are already up and running. On the Files and Forms page in the Parent Portal section, we've posted updated links to the 2014-2015 school calendar, the SPA events calendar, and the updated 2014-2015 Parent/Guardian Handbook. Additionally, there are downloadable versions of the required handbook verification and acceptable use policy forms. If you have not already submitted these forms to the main office, please ensure you return them this week, along with any other paperwork from the summer mailing that may still be outstanding (i.e.--emergency contact card, photo release form, etc.). If you have any questions about the paperwork or need additional copies of forms, please contact Susan or Maggie in our main office.
• Also on the Files & Forms page is an order form for "Bulldog Wear." The reports are in from Paris Fashion Week and bulldogs are in this year! You can select child or adult sizes for t-shirts, pullover sweatshirts or zip front sweatshirts. Your item will come with the Stanbridge logo on the left breast and the back will have the Bulldog logo. You can pick up an order form in the main office or download one from our Files & Forms page. Checks should be made out to "Stanbridge Academy" and submitted to the main office with your order form by September 17th. Click over to the Files & Forms page for additional information, including contact details for questions about your oder.
• Parents and guardians of new students in our upper elementary, junior high, and high school divisions should have received email invitations to sign-in to QuickSchools last week. QuickSchools is an online school management program that we use for various administrative tasks, such as tracking attendance and generating quarterly report cards. You can get an idea of how QuickSchools works and some of its features by watching this short video. Full details of how Stanbridge teachers, students, and families can use QuickSchools will be explained at Back to School Night, but the short answer is that teachers and students have access to QuickSchools as a way to post and keep track of homework. The email new families received invites you to create a parent account, which you can use to view homework assignments, check attendance status, update contact information and more. Parents and guardians who used QuickSchools last year can login using their username and password from last year (if you don't remember your password, click the "Forgot Your Password?" link on the QS sign-in page). We are still updating information for students in the middle el and lower el divisions, and their QS accounts will be ready later this week.
• The first round of overnight experiential trips will take place the week of September 21. Our high school seniors will spending the full week at Yosemite, while the HS underclassmen will be visiting NatureBridge at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Shorter overnight stays are planned for students in junior high (Web of Life Field School), and middle & upper el (Westminster Woods). All necessary permission/release forms and packing lists will be sent home soon, as well as posted on the Files & Forms page.
• Coming up before the trips, however, will be our annual fall reading and math assessments. Taken at the beginning and end of each school year, the assessments help us track student growth and progress in these core academic areas. More information about the assessments will be provided at Back to School Night, and once dates are finalized, we will announce them in the Weekly Bridge and on the Bridge Blog.
• Many students and parents have already been asking about afterschool clubs. This year, we will be starting clubs at the end of September, after all students have returned from their Fall experiential trips. Club offerings will be announced and sign-up forms distributed at Back to School Night, along with details about the basketball and hockey teams, and afterschool swimming lessons at the San Mateo YMCA.
• And since we're talking about upcoming events on the calendar, please flip ahead to November and save the date: On Saturday, November 15th, Stanbridge will host our Fall Gala--a dinner dance and silent auction that brings together Stanbridge families, friends, alumni and staff. This event debuted last year and was a runaway success. We are looking forward to making this year's gala even bigger and better, and hope you will join us for another memorable night. More information will be forthcoming at Wednesday's SPA meeting and next week's Back to School Night.
• Are you sensing a theme that a lot will be covered at Back to School Night? You'd be correct in that assumption. Back to School Night will be held on campus at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10th. I highly encourage you to attend this event, as we will be covering many of the topics mentioned above in greater depth. Back to School Night also gives you the oppotunity to meet all of your student's teachers and hear them talk about their class curriculum, academic goals, homework policies, and more. A not-to-be-missed event at the start of every school year, I hope you are able to attend.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide information every weekend via the Weekly Bridge update, and we will post important updates throughout the week on our website's Bridge Blog. The blog is not password-protected and provides a quick, easy way to stay informed (it's especially convenient if you are using your smartphone or tablet). The blog provides a way to post important information immediately, as opposed to waiting until the weekend, so be sure to check it throughout the week, especially during these first few hectic weeks of the new school year.
Things got off to a fantastic start last week and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead. Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. See you back at school tomorrow!
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