On Thursday, November 6, we will be holding our Fall Open House from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Stanbridge program and the services we offer. The event will include personalized campus tours, presentations from our staff, and Q&A sessions with faculty and staff members. The event is free and no RSVP is required. This is also a great opportunity for current Stanbridge families with students in our junior high program to learn more about our high school offerings. Spread the word; we look forward to seeing you!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. The First Quarter is in the books and parent-teacher conferences open the week ahead. It's a quiet start to a busy final week of the month. In addition to conferences, Pledge Week, Halloween festivities, and the start of the second quarter all feature on the agenda (not to mention an exciting Giants-Royals World Series finale). Break out the orange and black, here's the latest from the Stanbridge pumpkin patch:
The first quarter of the school year ended on Friday, October 24th and Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Monday and Tuesday, October 27 & 28. All conference sessions were scheduled via our online Conference Request Form. The conference schedules have been finalized and the form is now offline. If you did not schedule a conference and wish to speak to your student's teachers, please email the necessary teachers directly (email addresses can be found on our Teachers pages). Because most teacher schedules are full for conference days, we do not allow for 'drop-in' appointments.
There are no classes on conference days, so students will have an extended weekend before starting the second quarter. All K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 27 only, and classes will resume on Tuesday for students in those grades. High school conferences will be held on both Monday and Tuesday, so students in grades 9-12 are not due to return to school until Wednesday the 29th.
Halloween is this Friday, October 31, and Stanbridge always gets into the spirit of the holiday. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school, and we will have a picnic lunch for everyone on Friday afternoon (hot dogs will be served, and students can bring their own lunch if they wish). After lunch, SPA and the Student Government will hold a "Halloween Carnival" in the campus courtyard and multipurpose room, which will feature arts and crafts activities, games, costume contests, and more. At 1:45 p.m., technology teacher Erik Tom and music/drama teacher David Hopper will present a special Halloween multimedia show in the multipurpose room, followed by classroom parties until dismissal. Contact your SPA divisional rep for details on how you can volunteer to help. (A reminder: If your student plans to wear a costume on Friday, please ensure it is all-ages appropriate. Also, lightsabers and toy pirate swords are okay, but we ask that any realistic-looking guns, knives, or other prop weapons remain at home).
During Friday's Halloween festivities, we will also be holding our Annual Fund's "Pledge Week" raffle. All families who donate to this year's Annual Fund campaign will have their student entered in a raffle to win Jamba Juice and iTunes gift cards. Last week, Annual Fund volunteers were soliciting donations during drop-off and pick-up, and we have extended Pledge Week incentives through the end of the month. An Annual Fund display will be in Hayden Hall during conferences, making it easy to submit your campaign donation. You can also give by sending your check or credit card gift via the remit envelope included in your Annual Fund mailing, or by giving online through our secure Razoo platform (a great way to give back to Stanbridge and earn credit card bonus points/miles!) We are striving for 100% participation from Stanbridge families and every donation makes a difference. So far, we have already raised over $40,000 with nearly a quarter of all families making a donation this year. Thank you to everyone who has given and helped get this year's campaign off to such a great start!
Looking a bit further ahead on the calendar, the 2014 Stanbridge "Starry Night" Fall Gala is just a few weeks away. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the San Mateo Marriott, and all Stanbridge parents/guardians are invited to attend. Invitations were mailed earlier this month and with space filling-up, we ask that you please RSVP by next Friday, November 7. An exciting, fun-filled night of dinner, music, dancing, and fun, this social event/fundraiser features a live band, silent auction, and is a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with current Stanbridge families, alumni, board members, staff, and friends of the school. Last year's debut gala was a smashing success, and this year's event promises to be bigger and better. We are still accepting auction donations, so click over to the Files & Forms page for a donor submission packet, and please get your RSVP in ASAP.
For lack of a better segue, dancing at Stanbridge isn't limited to just the fall gala. Last week, our student body was treated to a special all-school assembly featuring the Senegal African Dance and Drum Troupe. The high-energy performers did more than just entertain the crowd with their music and dancing, they got everyone to join in the fun--including students, staff, and even yours truly. We've edited together some video highlights and posted them to our Stanbridge YouTube channel, so click over and see for yourself. The dancing continued on Friday night, when our high school students enjoyed the first afterschool dance of the school year. This year's Halloween Dance featured the usual live DJ and costumed revelers, but it also had a few new twists, including a game and karaoke room. Our thanks to the parent and staff volunteers who helped by donating snacks, decorating Hayden Hall, chaperoning the dance, and assisting with clean-up. We will be posting pictures from the dance online later this week.
Until then, there are plenty of other pictures to peruse. Click over to our Google+ page, where we have added photos from the lower el trip to Lemos Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Hundreds of additional pictures from this fall's experiential trips are also on our G+ page, and you can find plenty of other photos from activities around campus on our Facebook page as well. There is plenty to take in, so if you are short on time and want to view the abridged edition, we've posted some select highlights from the first quarter in our website's Media Room. Finally, most of our students' fall art projects have been completed and are hanging in Hayden Hall. If you can't make it to see them in person, check out our online Student Art Gallery for pics.
Last but not least, a big Thank You to everyone who donated candy to the CALL Primrose Candy Drive. Sponsored by our high school "Bridges" transitions class to benefit for CALL Primrose, the students helped pack over 100 Halloween treat bags for the organization and delivered them last week. Community service opportunities like this help fulfill Stanbridge's STAR philosophy, and there are many more volunteer/service opportunities coming up in the weeks and months ahead.
This week, however, should be exciting, with Halloween to look forward to on Friday and some big baseball games on deck in the days ahead. Here's hoping we'll have a reason to celebrate later this week. Enjoy the rest of this weekend and tonight's Game Five. See many of you at conferences tomorrow and Tuesday; until then, Go Giants!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. As the Giants prepare for another Fall Classic to end the baseball season, our students will be returning from a very short three-day school week to prepare for the end of the first quarter. Not quite as exciting, perhaps, but there is still quite a bit to look forward to as the end of October nears.
The first academic quarter ends this Friday, October 24, and parent-teacher conferences will be held for all grade divisions on Monday, October 27, and for high school parents/guardians only on Tuesday, October 28. If you have not yet done so, please be sure to schedule your conference time by completing the online Conference Request Form posted in the Parent Portal section of our website. Conference scheduling is done exclusively through online registration and Susan will be finalizing appointment times this week. Conferences will not be scheduled by phone or outside email and there are no "drop-in" appointments on conference days, so be sure to submit your online conference request ASAP.
There are no classes on conference days, so students will have another extended weekend to look forward to. All K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 27 only, and classes will resume on Tuesday for students in those grades. High school conferences will be held on both Monday and Tuesday, so students in grades 9-12 are not due to return to school until Wednesday the 29th.
Before conferences, however, we have a full week of school to get through and there are a number of events highlighting the week ahead. This Tuesday, October 21, we will be visited by the Senegal African Dance and Drum Troupe. The troupe will perform during an all-school assembly on Tuesday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.
SPA will be sponsoring their monthly Bake Sale during lunch periods on Friday, Oct. 24. A variety of baked goods will be available for purchase for one dollar (official U.S. currency, that is--no Stanbucks accepted). Volunteers are still needed to provide goods for this week's bake sale, so click over to the SPA Spot page for more details on how you can sign-up to help.
Funds raised from the bake sales go toward high school dances, the first of which will be held on Friday night, October 24. The dance will include a professional DJ, as well as refreshments and lots of Halloween decorations. SPA is still looking for volunteers to assist with decorating and provide some of the snacks--click over to the SPA Spot page and sign-up to assist via their online Sign-Up Genius. The dance will be held in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and the required permission form can be downloaded from the Files & Forms page. Students are allowed to invite two friends from outside of Stanbridge and the dance is also open to Stanbridge alumni. This is a free dance for Stanbridge high school students and given the Halloween theme, students are welcome to dress in costume but it is not required. If your student does plan to attend in costume, we ask that you please ensure that the costume is appropriate for all ages and any prop guns, knives, or other realistic-looking weapons remain at home.
Speaking of Halloween, Monday is the final day of the Candy Drive sponsored by our high school "Bridges" transitions class. The candy drive is a benefit for CALL Primrose, a not-for-profit agency that provides grocery assistance and other services throughout the community. The Bridges class will be putting together 100 candy treat bags for CALL Primrose in Burlingame and delivering them next week. The students are hoping to provide plenty of full bags to the organization, so please help them out by contributing a package of pre-packed wrapped candy to the donation bin in the main foyer on Monday.
We will be taking-in candy for the charity candy drive on Monday, but we will also be giving out some candy ahead of the Halloween holiday. Throughout this week, volunteers will be proffering candy treats during drop-off and pick-up as we kick-off our Annual Fund's "Pledge Week." In addition to candy, the volunteers will also be distributing pledge cards for contributions to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Once again, we are hoping to reach 100% participation from all Stanbridge families, and every donation makes a difference. If you have not yet sent in your contribution, this week is the perfect time to do so--or better yet, use your credit card to make your donation online. As an extra incentive, all families who donate to the Annual Fund by October 30 will have their student entered in a raffle to win Jamba Juice or iTunes gift cards during the Halloween Carnival on October 31. Remember, new family donations will be matched 1:1 and any increases in your family's donation from last year will also receive a 1:1 match. Up to $35,000 in matching funds are being offered this year, with an extra $10,000 more if we reach 100% participation. Together, we are Stanbridge, and I thank you for giving back to the Stanbridge community.
Last but not least, the pics are in and online! Click over to our Google+ page, where we have posted hundreds of pictures from all of this fall's experiential trips. Also, be sure to visit the official Stanbridge Academy Facebook page, where our Social Media Czar Mary Stadler makes regular updates throughout the week on all the goings-on around campus.
With another busy week ahead, there should be a lot to post, so stay connected. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and Go Giants!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. It was Safety Week at Stanbridge last week, highlighted by an all-school presentation by Officer Tracey Unga from the San Mateo Police Department (pictured at left). You can dance if you want to, because this coming week will be a much shorter one for students, with Monday off for Columbus Day and Friday off for staff development. Despite the short work week, there are still plenty of updates, so here is the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• As noted, this is a long weekend for Stanbridge staff and students as Monday is Columbus Day; there is no school on Monday, October 13 in observance of the holiday. Another long weekend lies just ahead for our students, with a professional development day scheduled for Friday, meaning that teachers will be on campus but there is no school for students on Friday, October 17. Back to back three-day weekends--if you aren't dancing, chances are your student is.
• In between those long weekends, school is in session and the PSAT will be administered this Wednesday, October 15. Program Specialist Diane Chau will be proctor for the exam, given to high school juniors who signed-up in advance. If you have any questions about the upcoming PSAT or would like information about having your student take a future iteration of the test, please email Diane.
• We are nearing the end of the first academic quarter (October 24), and that means parent-teacher conferences are coming up as well. Fall conferences this year will be held for all grade divisions on Monday, October 27, and for high school parents/guardians only on Tuesday, October 28. To schedule conference time with your student's teachers, you must complete the online Conference Request Form posted in the Parent Portal section of our website. Please note that high school conferences can be scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday, but all K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 27 only; please submit your schedule requests accordingly. Conference schedules are completed on a first-come, first served basis, so please submit your request promptly. Conference scheduling is done exclusively through online registration. Conferences will not be scheduled by phone or outside email and there are no "drop-in" appointments on conference days.
• Speaking of conferences, this is a busy week ahead on the local conference and workshop circuit. This Tuesday marks the start of the 2014-2015 Common Ground Speaker Series, with Dr. Daniel Siegel presenting "Brainstorm: The Power of the Adolescent Brain" at two Bay Area venues. Click over to our Common Ground page for more information on this event, as well as upcoming Common Ground speakers. Also, a number of other conferences and workshops are scheduled for this week, including a Parents Education Network (PEN) lecture on Friday, October 17 featuring former Stanbridge board member Tuck Geerds. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for all the details.
• Our 2014-2015 Annual Fund Campaign is underway; you should have received this year's Annual Fund packet in the mail. The Annual Fund impacts all aspects of our school--from technology and tuition assistance, to speech and language services and experiential trips. Last year was a fantastic year for Stanbridge family participation, with over 96% of Stanbridge families making a donation to the Annual Fund. We are hoping to get to 100% this year, and we've made it easier than ever to contribute. Click over to our Donate Now page to make a secure online donation today, or mail your Annual Fund contribution to us using the remit envelope enclosed in the mailing. The Annual Fund helps to ensure that our program remains strong, and every donation makes a difference. Together, we are Stanbridge, and on behalf of the Stanbridge Community, I thank you in advance for your participation in our Annual Fund Campaign.
• Halloween is coming up in a few weeks, and there are many holiday-themed events on the calendar.
High school students in our "Bridges" transitions class are sponsoring a Candy Drive through October 17th for CALL Primrose. CALL is a not-for-profit agency co-founded in 1983 as an information center to answer the needs of the community for grocery assistance and other services. The Bridges class will be putting together 100 candy treat bags for CALL Primrose in Burlingame and delivering them a week before Halloween. You can make a contribution by dropping-off a package of pre-packed wrapped candy in the donation bin, located in the main foyer. Donations will be accepted through October 17th.
• The Stanbridge Parent Association is also preparing for the Halloween holiday with a number of activities this month, including the October Bake Sale, the High School Halloween Dance, and the end-of-month Halloween Carnival. Lots of volunteers are needed, so please click over to the SPA Spot page for details on these events and information on how you can help the SPA organizers.
• Finally, be sure to click over to our Facebook and Google+ pages. Our Facebook feed keeps you up-to-date with all the goings-on around campus, and we have posted hundreds of photos from the high school fall experiential trips on our G+ page. Pics from the junior high and elementary trips will be up next week, and we'll be adding video to our YouTube feed as well, so stay plugged-in as our social media pages expand.
Hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather during this extended weekend. See you back on campus on Tuesday!
To celebrate the San Francisco Giants' playoff run and create some momentum for the team's next series against the St. Louis Cardinals, this Friday, October 10, will be "Giants Day" at Stanbridge. Students are encouraged to wear Giants-themed apparel, orange and black, or the jersey of their favorite sports team. It is worth noting that Stanbridge also held Giants-themed dress days in 2010 and 2012, years when the team captured World Series titles. Coincidence? We think not.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. With everyone back from their fall experiential trips, things returned to normal back on the Stanbridge campus this week. As students and their teachers settled back into their routines (and in the case of our high school "Bridges" transitions class, settled in to a delicious homemade breakfast), here's a look at the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• This past Wednesday, the Stanbridge Parent Association held their monthly SPA meeting. Notes from the meeting have been posted on the updated SPA Spot page, and you can download the meeting minutes on the page as well. October is a busy month for SPA, with the first of our high school dances being held later in the month, and the Halloween Carnival and divisional parties coming up at month's end. Plenty of volunteers are needed to assist with these events, so please click over and find out how you can help.
• The main office had plenty of goods to distribute this past week, so be sure to check you student's backpack this weekend. Families who ordered yearbook prints from photographer Doug Peck should have received their orders, as packets were sent home with students earlier in the week. Students who had their photos taken on September 30's retake/makeup day will receive their orders in the coming weeks. If you did not receive your order, or if you would like to place an order, please contact Doug Peck. His contact information can be found on the yearbook photo order form which is posted on our Files & Forms page. Student "Bulldog Wear" also arrived this past week. Please contact the main office if you did not receive your ordered goods. A big Thank You to Melissa Biderman for coordinating this year's Bulldog Wear orders. No word yet if she is planning a 2015 Spring Collection, though their are rumors for a Bulldog Wear spread in next month's Vanity Fair Hollywood issue--we'll keep you posted.
• Look out! Or, more appropriately, look both ways before crossing the street! It's Safety Week at Stanbridge this week, and students are helping to spread the word by creating safety-themed posters which will be displayed throughout the school. The theme will be highlighted this Thursday, October 9th during an all-school assembly presented by officers from the San Mateo Police Department. We'll have pics and highlights later in the week on our Facebook page and next weekend's Bridge update.
• It's October, and for most students that means thoughts of Halloween candy. There will be plenty to go around at our school-wide Halloween parties at the end of the month, but students in our "Bridges" transitions class are hoping to collect some candy a little earlier. The class is sponsoring a Candy Drive through October 17th for CALL Primrose. CALL is a not-for-profit agency co-founded in 1983 as an information center to answer the needs of the community for grocery assistance and other services. In 2013, CALL Primrose served over 45,000 individuals in need by directly providing more than 25,000 bags of groceries. CALL serves individuals, families, seniors and those who are homeless. The Bridges class will be putting together 100 candy treat bags for CALL Primrose in Burlingame and delivering them a week before Halloween. You can make a contribution by dropping-off a package of pre-packed wrapped candy in the donation bin, located in the main foyer. Donations will be accepted through October 17th.
• It's October, and that also means that our 2014-2015 Annual Fund Campaign has begun. Check your mail this week for this year's campaign packet, which highlights the many aspects of Stanbridge that Annual Fund donations help fund. The packet also includes details on how to give (including a new, easier-to-use online option), a report of last year's campaign and donor list, and some special surprises. Last year, over 96% of Stanbridge families participated in the Annual Fund campaign, helping to raise over $275,000--one of our best years ever. We are hoping to build off of that success and make this year's campaign even better. More updates will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead, and our Annual Fund Committee will be announcing some bonus incentives for making your donation early. Every donation makes a difference, and helps Stanbridge fulfill our mission of fostering academic and social growth, and enabling students to become self-advocates, lifelong learners and engaged citizens. We couldn't do it without your support, so please help us to reach our goal of 100% family participation. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we are Stanbridge.
• Finally, another reminder that our "Starry Night" fall gala/auction is coming next month. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15 at the San Mateo Marriott, and invitations were sent last week. Space is limited, so please RSVP promptly. Thanks to the many Stanbridge families who have helped us secure hundreds of amazing gift donations. With the big event approaching, our donation deadline is nearing as well, and we are still looking for "big ticket" donations 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!
Camille is almost done sorting through the hundreds and hundreds of experiential trip photos, so check our Bridge Blog later in the week for an update on when the pics will be online. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and see you back at school on Monday!
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