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. 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!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome back to our first "Weekly Bridge" of 2014. I hope everyone enjoyed the extended holiday break and is looking forward to an exciting new year at Stanbridge.
Before looking ahead on the calendar, a quick note about some pre-holiday events from last year. Just prior to break, high school students enjoyed the annual holiday dance and students from all divisions participated in an all-school Holiday Showcase assembly. We have uploaded a number of pictures and a short video from those events and posted them in the Media Room, so be sure to click over and take a look for a better-late-than-never dose of holiday cheer. Also, our Bulldogs Basketball team played their first competitive game of the season on the last day of school before break began. The team came up short against Charles Armstrong School, 33-22, but the game was competitive and all of the Stanbridge players saw action. If you missed the game, their will be more opportunities to see the team play this year, including a game next Saturday, Jan. 18 against STAR Academy. Full details, along with upcoming game and practice schedules are posted on the Bulldogs Athletics page.
Our first week at school after the holiday break went smoothly, with students and teachers settling back into their regular routines. Ditto for the Stanbridge Parent Association, who held their regular monthly meeting this past Wednesday. The highlight from their meting was the special panel of Stanbridge Alumni Parents who returned to discuss how and what their Stanbridge graduates were doing since leaving campus. The Q&A session was both informative and insightful, giving current parents a look at the numerous options available to their students. A big thank you to all of the parents who returned to speak on the panel, and to event organizer, Resource Specialist Diane Chau. If you were unable to make Wednesday's event, you can read over the SPA meeting minutes on the SPA Spot page, where you can also find downloadable notes from the Alumni Parent panel. Finally, the panel's presentation was video recorded, and if you would like to request a DVD of the presentation, please email Diane with your request.
Some good news to report from over the holiday break: We received a number of end-of-the-year Annual Fund donations and the numbers for the 2013-2014 Campaign are looking great. As of Friday, schoolwide participation is over 80% and our goal of 100% family participation is within sight. Additionally, the challenge to raise $35,000 in new and increased donations before December 31st was met--meaning that, thanks to your generosity, Stanbridge has added an additional $35,000 to this year's total! This is fantastic news and puts us extremely close to reaching our goals. If you have been waiting for the new year to make your donation, there is still time. Drop off your donation at the main office before or after school, or use your credit card or checking account to make an online donation through our Donate Now page. On behalf of the entire Annual Fund Committee, I cannot tell you how grateful we are to everyone who has helped make this year's campaign such a success. Thank you, Stanbridge!
It is great to end the first "Bridge" of 2014 on such a positive note, but before signing-off, a few quick reminders:
• Our online Stanbridge Family Directory was updated and reposted on the Files & Forms page last month. Please read over your family's entry to ensure the contact information is correct. If we need to make any changes, corrections or additions, email Chris Myers, who will publish the revised edition next week.
• With the holidays behind us, there are a number of notable lectures, seminars and workshops coming up on the calendar. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for the latest updates.
• The Middle Elementary students will be taking a day trip on Monday to Sonoma Mission. Please email Homeroom Teacher Kimberley Kornmann if you have any questions about the trip.
• Afterschool clubs are back in session and will run through the week of Jan. 20-24. January 24th marks the end of the second quarter and, thus, the end of the first semester. We will distributing sign-up forms for second semester afterschool clubs next week. While many of the clubs and meeting days will remain the same, there will be a few new options and schedule changes. Sign-up forms will be distributed to students (and posted online) next Friday, with enrollment open through the end of the month. Please note that all students who wish to participate in an afterschool club next semester will have to (re-)enroll and club tuition is due with the sign-up paperwork. Second semester clubs begin Monday, January 27 and will run through the week of May 19-23.
Believe it or not, the midway point of the school year is only two weeks away. Here's to a great 2014; have a wonderful weekend!
It may be the time of year where the holiday decorations are being packed back into the attic, but we have a few post-break goodies to share with the Stanbridge Community. We've just uploaded an album of photos from last month's Holiday Showcase, as well as a special bonus video of our elementary students performing at the event. Current Stanbridge families can access these files in our online Media Room using their Parent Portal password. Enjoy!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and Happy Holidays. Our holiday break is officially underway and Stanbridge is closed until the 2014. Before enjoying some down time with friends and family, a few year-end notes and reminders as you finish your holiday shopping, ponder your New Year's resolutions, and roast your chestnuts by an open fire:
The week leading-up to break was busy as usual here on campus. On Friday, December 13th, our junior high students participated in a "Day of Service" by assisting at the Family Giving Tree warehouse in Menlo Park. Their experience provided a nice bookend to our school-wide Family Giving Tree gift drive, which collected dozens of holiday gifts for families in need. The junior high students helped sort and wrap gifts at the warehouse, and saw firsthand where all of the collected items go, not to mention the behind-the-scenes work involved with the FGT organization. You can glimpse some of the highlights on our Community Service page.
Later that night, Hayden Hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the annual High School Holiday Dance. Many current students (along with some Bulldog alumni) were on hand to celebrate the season with music, snacks, and plenty of holiday cheer. Our thanks to all of the SPA parent/guardian volunteers who helped with set-up and clean-up, as well as our teacher chaperones who also got into the spirit of things (see for yourself on the Media Room page).
This past week, our students helped everyone get into the holiday spirit during the Stanbridge Holiday Showcase on Wednesday afternoon. Taking the stage in A2, students from all divisions performed a variety of holiday skits, poems, and songs for an audience of classmates, teachers, family and friends. The event was highlighted by an extended set of classic and modern holiday favorites sung by the Stanbridge Choir, a show-stopping set from the Stanbridge Band, and an all-school rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." You'll (Yule?) have to wait until after the holidays for online highlights, but those who were in attendance agreed it was a fantastic way to get into the holiday mood.
And if Wednesday's performances didn't put students in the holiday mood, it is likely that Thursday afternoon's holiday parties did. Thanks again to all of the SPA representatives who helped organize and provide treats for the divisional parties. The occasions provided a cheerful way to end the school week and ease into break.
But before our basketball players could ease into break, they played their first official game of the season. Taking-on Charles Armstrong School, the Bulldogs fell 33-22, but Coach Mark Kelley was pleased with the team's effort and the group is off to a promising start for the rest of the season. More important than the final score is the fact that every player on the team saw action on the court during Thursday's game, including a few who took to the hardwood for the first time. Plenty of parents, guardians and friends were there to support the squad and everyone is excited for the season ahead. A few games are already scheduled for January and February, with more to be announced after break. Be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the Bulldog action on our Bulldogs Athletics page.
As we settle in to this extended break, just a few more notes to keep in mind over the holidays:
• Just a reminder that time is running out to make your tax-deductible donation to the Stanbridge Annual Fund before the end of the year. Tuesday, December 31 is the date that our Matching Funds Challenge expires and we are hoping that your donation--which will be matched by the Challenge, and therefore worth double--will help us reach our dollar and parent participation goals. If you have not yet donated, the easiest way to give is to click over to our Donate Now page and complete our online donor form, or send your check (made out to Stanbridge Academy) to the main office by December 31. We are closing-in on both our fundraising and participation goals and your donation will make a difference. On behalf of everyone in the Stanbridge Commnity, thank you for your support.
• With the flurry of online holiday shopping now and the post-holiday glut of gift cards to come, don't forget that using AmazonSmile to order from Amazon.com helps contribute to Stanbridge. When you use the AmazonSmile portal, a portion of the price from every purchase you make will be donated to our school. This is an easy way to help give to Stanbridge, so read more about it on our AmazonSmile page.
• Our online Stanbridge Family Directory has been updated and reposted on the Files & Forms page. Please read over your family's entry to ensure the contact information is correct. If we need to make any changes or corrections, email Chris Myers, who will publish a revised edition (if necessary) after break.
• School does not resume until Monday, January 6, 2014, but mark your calendars now because Wednesday, January 8 is the first SPA meeting of the new year, 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend, but I especially encourage the families of high school juniors and seniors to join us for this upcoming meeting. Following the general SPA meeting, a panel discussion has been organized to address students' transition from Stanbridge, featuring alumni parents who will share their students post-Stanbridge experiences. Although this program will be directed mostly to our 11th- and 12th-graders, all high school parents are welcome to attend for future planning. This panel will include parents of alumni from an array of years and a variety of transition paths. We strongly encourage you to attend. Please email Resource Specialist Diane Chau questions for the parent panel in advance so that the participants may prepare responses. We ask that questions be general and not student-specific in order for all families to benefit from the responses. More specific questions can be addressed in the later part of the morning, or after the panel has concluded. This is a great, informal way to gather information on your student's post-Stanbridge transition, so I hope to see you there.
That's not for a while, however, so until then, enjoy a relaxing, peaceful, happy holiday break. Seasons Greetings to you and your family and a Happy New Year! (See you back at Stanbridge on January 6th!)
Stanbridge will be closed for Holiday Break beginning on Friday, December 20. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2014. On behalf of the entire Stanbridge Community, have a safe and happy holiday season--see you next year!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. If this past week's weather was any indication, we are indeed in a winter wonderland. (relatively speaking, of course). Chilly temperatures aside, the holiday season is in full swing at Stanbridge, and as we prepare to start holiday break this coming Friday, here is the latest news on all of the hustle, bustle, and holiday smiles:
• The Stanbridge Community has a long history of giving during the holidays and this year is no exception. Following on the heels of our Thanksgiving Food Drive, our annual Family Giving Tree gift donation drive was equally successful. Coordinator Susan Kufer delivered dozens of donated gift items to the FGT warehouse in Menlo Park that will be distributed to less fortunate families and children. Continuing the theme of student service, our junior high students and teachers participated in a "Day of Service" this past Friday, going to the FGT warehouse to help sort, organize and wrap items. It was a unique opportunity for the group to see where the donated items go, as well as see firsthand the community effort behind this organization. More details and pictures are posted on our Community Service page. This illustrates the true meaning of the holiday season, so a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who participated.
• The on-campus Scholastic Book Fair ended on Tuesday morning, but you can still support Stanbridge by ordering books online through this Wednesday, Dec. 18. Coordinator Laura Claude has more details and links to the Stanbridge Book Fair website in this week's SPA Spot. Speaking of online shopping, you can also read more on the SPA Spot page about how using AmazonSmile to order from Amazon.com helps contribute to our school. 'Tis the season for holiday gift giving and these are two great ways to get your shopping done and help give back to Stanbridge!
• In conjunction with the Book Fair, to help generate even more excitement about reading, teachers encouraged students to read at home. For the past three weeks, elementary and junior high students were asked to read for 20 minutes at home each night, and high school students were asked to keep a nightly reading log and try to collectively read at least 8,000 minutes. Both of those reading goals were reached and as a reward, students enjoyed a free pizza lunch on Wednesday. Given the success of the Book Fair, there is likely to be a lot more reading over the holiday break as well.
• Before holiday break, however, we have a few holiday events scheduled here at school. Our high school students enjoyed a winter wonderland of a different sort on Friday night when Hayden Hall was decked in boughs of holly, disco lights, and wall-to-wall music for the Holiday Dance. Big thanks to the parents and guardians who donated snacks, helped with set-up and clean-up, and our teacher chaperones for the night. Plenty of pictures were taken and we will post them to the online Media Room next week.
• Also on the agenda for next week: our school-wide Holiday Showcase. Students from all divisions will be giving special holiday-themed performances on Wednesday afternoon in the Multipurpose Room. The showcase will feature a comic skit from resident improv maestro Jay Huston and the Stanbridge High School Players, a performance from the Stanbridge Band, a concert by David Hopper and the Stanbridge Student Choir, and more. The event is open to all Stanbridge families, friends and relatives, so I hope you can make it. The curtain goes up at 1:45 p.m. and the performances will run until the end of the school day at 3:10.
• Finally, our last day of school in 2013 is this coming Thursday, December 19 (Note: There is no school on Friday). Students will get a chance to ease into break with divisional parties on Thursday afternoon. The group parties will start at 2:30 p.m. with teachers, SPA volunteers, and divisional parent reps organizing activities and providing snacks. When the 3:10 bell rings, it will mark the start of our holiday break which runs through January 5, 2014.
A short-but-busy week ahead. Stay warm and have a great weekend!
Stanbridge high school student Daniel Kufer recently made headlines in the Saratoga News after helping to design and build two large gift wrap carts for the Family Giving Tree Warehouse in Menlo Park. The carts hold giant, 70-pound rolls of paper that the organization uses to wrap donated gifts for distribution to families in need. Daniel completed the project earlier this fall as part of his Boy Scout Eagle Badge project. Way to go, Daniel!
You can read the newspaper's coverage of Daniel's efforts on the Saratoga News website, and you can also see Daniel's creations in person by volunteering to help wrap gifts at the FGT Warehouse with other Stanbridge students and families this Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. More details on this service opportunity, as well as the Family Giving Tree program, are posted on our Community Service page.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. Only two weeks of school left in 2013, but a lot going on between now and the start of holiday break. Here is this week's Bridge with all the latest:
• The Scholastic Book Fair will close this Tuesday morning, December 10. SPA volunteers will be on-hand Monday before and after school, as well as during midday lunch periods, to complete purchases. Students will have one final opportunity to make purchases before school starts on Tuesday, but then the Book Fair wares will be packed-up and shipped back to Scholastic's top secret underground book bunker somewhere in Nebraska. Remember that students can make book fair purchases using the special voucher "Passport," which allows you to give your student a set amount of book fair credit that he/she can spend at the event. You can download a copy of the voucher from our Files & Forms page. Book Fair coordinator Laura Claude has additional details posted in the SPA Spot, including links to the Stanbridge Book Fair webpage, online volunteer sign-ups and more. This is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for friends, family or yourself. Stop by to check it out before it closes!
• To generate even more excitement about reading, teachers encouraged students to read at home over the past two weeks. Elementary and junior high students were asked to read for 20 minutes at home each night, and high school students were asked to keep a nightly reading log and try to collectively read at least 8,000 minutes. I'm happy to report that we have some eager readers here at Stanbridge, with both of those reading goals reached! As a reward, we will be treating students to a special pizza lunch on Wednesday afternoon. We will be providing a buffet of cheese pizzas (as well as a gluten-free option) for all students this Wednesday, but students are welcome to bring their own lunch if they would prefer.
• This coming Friday is a busy day at Stanbridge, with our Junior High students participating in their Day of Service. The junior high division will be traveling to the Family Giving Tree Warehouse in Menlo Park, taking all of the FGT gifts donated by Stanbridge families, and assisting with sorting and wrapping donated gifts on site. The group is scheduled to depart Stanbridge after an early lunch and return around 2:30 p.m. A completed permission form is necessary for your student to participate. You can download the form from our Files & Forms page; please ensure the completed form is returned to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 11.
• Also on Friday, our high school students are invited to the Stanbridge Holiday Dance. The dance will take place in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and will feature snacks, beverages, a live DJ and plenty of holiday decorations. Admission is free and the event is open to all Stanbridge high school students. Students may bring up to two outside guests, and all attendees must be listed on the dance permission form. You can download a copy from the Files & Forms page, and forms must be returned to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 11.
• As noted above, the junior high students will be taking all gifts donated to the Family Giving Tree to the FGT Warehouse this Friday. There is still time to make a donation to the Family Giving Tree if you would like. The Family Giving Tree is on display in the Hayden Hall foyer and we will be collecting donations through Tuesday, Dec. 10 for less fortunate children and families. There are still a number of gift tags on the tree which feature the name and age of a child in need, as well as that child's specific gift request. If you wish to participate, simply take a tag from the tree, and then return the tag with the unwrapped donation to Hayden Hall by Tuesday afternoon. If you have already taken a tag, please ensure you bring in your gift. Also, Community Service Parent Coordinator Susan Kufer is looking for volunteers to assist at the warehouse on Saturday afternoon, December 14. More information on the Family Giving Tree, as well as all of this year's community service events, can be found on the Community Service page and in this week's SPA Spot.
• Speaking of giving, a big Thank You to all of the Stanbridge families who have made their donations to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Two-thirds of all Stanbridge families have already contributed over $90,000 to this year's Annual Fund. We are closing-in on our goals of 100% family participation and $120,000. This past week, Annual Fund Committee volunteers sent out holiday reminders via phone, postal mail and email. If you have not yet made your contribution, there is still time. You can drop off your donation in the main office, or give via checking account or credit card online--just click over to our website's Donate Now page.
A few final notes before signing-off:
• Bulldogs Basketball practices continue afterschool this week. Be sure to stay up-to-date on practice times and upcoming games on our Bulldogs Athletics page.
• We will be updating our Family Directory before holiday break begins. Please review your entry in the current directory posted on the Files & Forms page. If you would like to request any edits or changes, please email Chris Myers. Families who joined Stanbridge since the Fall Directory was published in late-September will be added to the Winter Directory this month.
• Last but not least, mark your calendars: Stanbridge students will be performing in this year's Holiday Showcase on Wednesday, December 18 at 1:45 p.m. The event will feature performances from all divisions, a comedy skit featuring Jay Huston and the Stanbridge Comedy Troupe, the Stanbridge Choir performing a selection of holiday favorites, and more. All Stanbridge families are invited to attend; the event will take place in the multipurpose room.
Have a great weekend!
All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend this year's annual Holiday Dance, held in Hayden Hall on Friday, December 13, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. The dance is free, but all students who attend must return a completed permission form to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 11. Details on the dance and a copy of the permission form can be found on the Files & Forms page.
Also, once you've logged-in to the Parent Portal, be sure to visit the Media Room, where we have recently added photos from last month's on-campus performance of Julius Caesar by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, as well as pics from the Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo extravaganza.
He sings "The Bake Sale Song."
He performs "What Does the Fox Say."
He delivers boxes of food to Bay Area soup kitchens.
In addition to being a staff counselor, S.T.A.R. Team faculty coordinator, and LEGO Club Master Builder, James Warren is a man of many talents. But as you can see, this week he's a little wrapped-up in the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR, going on now through Tuesday morning, Dec. 10 in Hayden Hall.
All students were given details on the book fair last week before going on break. The take-home packet included a special voucher "passport" which allows you to give your student a set amount of book fair credit that he/she can spend at the event. Simply indicate the maximum they can spend, and have your child bring it in. Stanbridge will bill you later. Click here to download a copy of the passport voucher.
Also, we are still looking for volunteers to assist with sales on Thursday and Friday at lunch and at pickup. We will be able to train you on the register on the spot, if necessary. If you can help, please register via the online Sign-Up Genius.
More details and instructions for online ordering can be found on our Book Orders page. Click over to read more!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break with friends and family. As the weekend comes to a close, a few brief notes before everyone heads back to school on Monday:
• The annual Scholastic Book Fair begins this Tuesday, December 3 and runs through next Tuesday, December 10. Kiosks and displays will be up in Hayden Hall so students, parents and guardians can browse the selection of books available, as well as an assortment of posters, school supplies, and other select toys and gifts. SPA volunteers will be on-hand before and after school, as well as during midday lunch periods, to complete purchases. All students were given details on the book fair last week before going on break. The take-home packet included a special voucher "Passport" which allows you to give your student a set amount of book fair credit that he/she can spend at the event. Book Fair coordinator Laura Claude has additional details posted in the SPA Spot, including links to the Stanbridge Book Fair webpage, online volunteer sign-ups and more. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, this is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for friends, family or yourself. Stop by to check it out!
• Speaking of holiday shopping, the Family Giving Tree is now on display in the Hayden Hall foyer and we will be collecting donations through mid-December for less fortunate children and families. Gift tags are displayed on the tree and feature the name and age of a child in need, as well as that child's specific gift request. Stanbridge families who wish to participate can take a tag from the tree, and then return the tag with their unwrapped donation to Hayden Hall by December 10. Donated items will be delivered to the FGT warehouse by the Stanbridge Junior High students during their December Day of Service, and later distributed to the specific recipients by the FGT organization in time for the holidays. We are also looking for volunteers to assist at the warehouse on Saturday afternoon, December 14. More information on the Family Giving Tree, as well as all of this year's community service events, can be found on the Community Service page and in this week's SPA Spot.
• In other community service news, a big Thank You to all of our students and families who contributed to the Stanbridge STAR Teams' Thanksgiving Food Drive. James packed and delivered the contributions to St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and your generosity made a huge difference to those in need. On behalf of the student STAR Teams who sponsored and promoted this event, thank you for making a difference!
• A reminder to our Bulldogs Basketball players that practices resume afterschool this week. Be sure to stay up-to-date on practice times and upcoming games on our Bulldogs Athletics page.
• Finally, as you may have heard, this year's start to Thanksgiving Break was extra special for students. Not only did everyone get together to play Turkey Bingo last Tuesday afternoon, they were also treated to an impromptu concert from Stanbridge's very own James Warren, who performed his personalized version of "What Does the Fox Say." James performed this original piece at the "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala, and it helped to raise thousands of dollars for the Stanbridge Fund-A-Need shuttle van campaign. If you weren't there to see it, however, be sure to log in to the Media Room to view the equally-energetic encore from last week.
It's only a matter of time before James signs that deal with Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Until then, enjoy the remainder of the weekend and see you back at school on Monday.
Before students departed school for Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday afternoon, the entire school assembled in the multipurpose room for some rousing games of Turkey Bingo. With everyone gathered together, it was the perfect opportunity for counselor James Warren to perform his personalized version of "What Does the Fox Say." James performed this original piece at the "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala, and it helped to raise thousands of dollars for the Stanbridge Fund-A-Need. If you weren't there to see it, however, be sure to log in to the Media Room to view the equally-energetic encore from this past week. Happy Thanksgiving!
Just a reminder that Stanbridge will be closed Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving break. School will resume on Monday, December 2. Have a safe and happy holiday!
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again. It is just a few days until Thanksgiving, so it is appropriate to open this week's Weekly Bridge with an expression of gratitude. I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to everyone who helped make last weekend's "Cheers to 30 Years!" Gala such an overwhelming success. Held at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City, the event itself was tremendous, with a sellout crowd of 120 that included a mix of Stanbridge families, alumni parents, staff, board members and friends. Throughout the evening, many families shared stories of how much Stanbridge meant to them and the positive impact Stanbridge made in their lives. The energy was incredible, and in addition to the great food, atmosphere, music and fun, the auction portion of the evening helped to raise thousands of dollars for the school.
Of course, the fun and fundraising extended to the silent auction held on campus during the week leading-up to Saturday night's gala. Again, it was fantastic to see so many Stanbridge families get involved--not just bidding on the items, but donating them as well; a final tally shows that we had over 100 gifts up for bids! As I have said before, the generosity and support from the Stanbridge Community for this event was overwhelming. Anne is still crunching the numbers, but early figures indicate that we raised over $35,000! That is amazing and I am grateful to everyone who donated their time, money, goods and/or services to make our 30 year gala such a success. A by-name list of individual donors and businesses is here, but one last general Thank You to everyone at Stanbridge for your support over these past few weeks.
As I mentioned, this week we are heading into Thanksgiving, and it is a short week at Stanbridge with Thanksgiving Break on the calendar. Students will have school as usual on Monday and Tuesday, but Tuesday afternoon will feature "Turkey Bingo" from 2:00 to 3:10 p.m. (school-wide bingo will be played for gift cards and other prizes) and Wednesday through Friday are days off for the holiday.
Amidst all of the feasting, football and shopping, it is easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. Here at Stanbridge, we currently have two community service/volunteer service opportunities to ensure that the holiday spirit is alive and well. Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive has been running throughout November and will end this Monday, November 25. Monday morning will be your final opportunity to drop off non-perishable food items at school before James delivers the donations to St. Anthony's Kitchen in San Francisco. Last year, James delivered over 30 bags of food to St. Anthony's, and we are on pace to potentially exceed that number this year. This is a great opportunity for students in all divisions to participate in a meaningful service project. On behalf of the student STAR Teams who sponsored and promoted this event, thank you for making a difference!
As the food drive winds-down, our giving tree goes up. The Family Giving Tree is now on display in the Hayden Hall foyer and we will be collecting donations through mid-December for less fortunate children and families. Gift tags are displayed on the tree and feature the name and age of a child in need, as well as that child's specific gift request. Stanbridge families who wish to participate can take a tag from the tree, and then return the tag with their unwrapped donation to Hayden Hall by December 10. Donated items will be delivered to the FGT warehouse by the Stanbridge Junior High students during their December Day of Service, and later distributed to the specific recipients by the FGT organization in time for the holidays. We are also looking for volunteers to assist at the warehouse on Saturday afternoon, December 14. More information on the Family Giving Tree, as well as all of this year's community service events, can be found on the Community Service page and in this week's SPA Spot.
The remodeled multipurpose room certainly lived up to its name this week. In addition to keeping the P.E. classes dry during the rain, the facility also hosted Transitions Day on Wednesday. Resource Specialist Diane Chau coordinated this event which gave high school students, parents, and guardians the opportunity to talk one-on-one with representatives from work-study programs, community colleges, four-year universities, and post-secondary support programs. Many of the agencies on-hand at the event were schools and programs where previous Stanbridge graduates have found success (we even had a Stanbridge alum on hand to talk about her transition experience). This was a unique opportunity to explore the options students have after Stanbridge and I was happy to see such a robust turnout. If you were unable to attend, you can email Diane any questions about post-Stanbridge transitions and arrange a time to talk with her further. You can also click over to the Media Room to see photos from Wednesday's Transitions Day event.
On Friday afternoon, the multipurpose room was transformed into the Globe Theatre. Well...not quite, but Stanbridge did host a special production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, performed by actors from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. After performing the play for the high school division, the actors then taught interactive workshops with the students, making the event more than just a Friday matinee. The unique literary/theatrical experience received a positive response from the groundlings and we will post pictures in the media room posthaste next week.
Before signing-off, a few final notes:
• The Stanbridge Bulldogs Basketball Team has officially started their season. Afterschool practices began this past week and--after a brief timeout for the Thanksgiving holiday--will resume in December. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and on most Saturday mornings at SportsHouse in Redwood City. Right now, Coach Mark Kelley has two games scheduled for later this winter, but more will be added soon. You can keep up-to-date with the latest practice and game schedules, results, and more on the Bulldogs Athletics page. Good luck to this year's team and Go Dawgs!
• The annual Scholastic Book Fair will begin right after Thanksgiving break, on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Featuring displays of books for all ages in Hayden Hall, the fair will run through December 10 and students will be able to make purchases before and after school, as well as during lunch (and anytime online). More information can be found on our Book Orders page, and SPA organizers are still looking for volunteers to assist during the event, so be sure to click over if you are able to lend a hand.
The holidays are always busy at Stanbridge and there is much more coming up in December. Until then, enjoy the upcoming break and have a wonderful weekend.
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