Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. It may Super Bowl Sunday this weekend in New York, but things are pretty super here at Stanbridge these days, too. A highlight of this past week was the arrival of our new Stanbridge shuttle van (pictured on the Weekly Bridge mainpage). The new silver Honda minivan was purchased with funds raised through our fall gala's "Fund a Need" auction. Thanks to the generous donations from Stanbridge families, friends, alumni and staff, we were able to add this new van to the Stanbridge livery. The vehicle made its maiden voyage on Friday, shuttling junior high students into The City for their field trip to the Academy of Sciences and Golden Gate Park. No word if they stopped at the Malt Shop on the way back, but with plenty of seating room, a drop-down DVD player, and that new van smell, it's no mystery that those meddling kids found the new van, like, totally groovy. On behalf of the staff and students who will be using the new van for everything from Caltrain shuttles to experiential trips into The City and beyond, Thank You to everyone who made its purchase possible (and especially to counselor/troubadour James Warren, who encouraged donations through song).
In other news, this past week marked the start of the third quarter. Report cards have been finalized and will be mailed home this week. Remember that there are no parent-teacher conferences scheduled, so the upcoming report cards will feature comments from your student's teachers regarding academic performance and progress in class. If you have questions or concerns about your student's grade, or if you would like to speak with a teacher one-on-one, you can email the instructor directly to arrange a meeting. Teacher email addresses are listed on our Teachers page.
Also this past week, our Bulldogs Basketball team played their third game of the season on Tuesday. The Dawgs came up short against Our Lady of Angels, losing by a score of 24-6, but the squad will look to get back on the winning track today (Saturday, Feb. 1) when they take on STAR Academy at 3:00 at the SportsHouse in Redwood City. Directions to the venue are on the Bulldogs Athletics page, and Coach Kelley will be adding additional games this month, so be sure to check back to find out where and when the Bulldogs will be playing next.
February may be a short month, but there is a lot going on at Stanbridge, particularly over the next two weeks. This Wednesday, the Stanbridge Parent Association will hold their monthly SPA meeting in Hayden Hall at 8:30 a.m. This month's meeting will feature a special presentation by our counselors, along with updates on upcoming events such as the high school dance and Soup From the Heart. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are invited to attend; for more information, click over to the SPA Spot page.
Speaking of the high school dance, the annual Valentine's Dance will be held this Friday night, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The event is free and open to all current Stanbridge high school students. Students are welcome to bring age-appropriate guests provided their contact information is included on the permission form. Snacks and beverages will be served at the dance and music will be provided by a professional DJ. Parent and faculty chaperones will be on-hand throughout the evening. If your student plans to attend, please ensure he/she returns a permission slip to the main office by this Wednesday, February 5. You can download a copy of the permission form on the Files & Forms page.
And there's more to come next week. Stanbridge will be hosting a Maker's Fair in Hayden Hall the week of February 10-14. The event will feature student-created models and artwork and all students are invited to display their creations. Entries cannot exceed 2' x 2' in size, but there are few other limitations. Submissions can include any three-dimensional artistic creation--from LEGO sets and model kits, to homemade sculptures and Rube Goldbergs. Students can bring their creations to school this Friday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 10. The artwork will be on display in Hayden Hall through Friday, Feb. 14, and there will be "Best in Show" prizes for entries in each grade division. If you have specific questions about this exciting event, email James Warren.
UPDATE: The Theater Club's performance, originally scheduled for Feb. 7, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 14th. On Friday, February 14, the afterschool Theatre Club will be performing their original production of Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk. This one-time-only performance will be staged in the Stanbridge Theatorium (a/k/a the Multipurpose Room) at 1:00 p.m. and friends and family members of all Stanbridge students are invited to attend. The show is a spoof of a certain science-fiction franchise and features an original script, costumes, and props created by Theater Club students, along with club moderators David Hopper and James Warren. The group has been working on the show for months and the production will be an unforgettable experience. Admission is free, hope to see you there!
Also ahead on the calendar, our Winter Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12. This event runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will feature personalized tours of the campus, Q&A sessions with select staff members, and a chance to get in-depth information on all aspects of the Stanbridge program. Please spread the word amongst any friends and family members who may be considering Stanbridge for their children. Also, the Open House is a great opportunity for current Stanbridge junior high parents and guardians to learn more about our high school program, so I encourage you to attend as well.
A lot to keep track of over these next few weeks, so be sure to mark your calendars. Before signing-off this week, though, a few closing notes:
• This year, Stanbridge's Summer School session will run from June 23 through August 1. We are currently working with the faculty to develop this year's Summer School curriculum and will be asking for your input as well. A brief Summer School survey will be distributed at Wednesday's SPA meeting and posted on the SPA Spot page later this week. Based on your responses, we will be able to better serve you and your students with summer school courses that target academic, athletic and artistic interests. The course listings and enrollment forms will be published after winter break, but save the summer dates now.
• This past Friday, students had a chance to vote for this year's Stanbridge Yearbook cover, with this year's theme being "A Galaxy of Possibilities." Students were certainly inspired by the outer space theme--over two dozen student-drawn entries were submitted, and the staff voted for their favorites on Thursday. Based on the results, four finalists were chosen for the student body to vote on. You can see the finalist entries for yourself on the Weekly Bridge mainpage; Camille will announce the winner next week. The winning entry will be used as the cover of this year's yearbook, while the runners-up will be reprinted inside. A big congratulations to all of those who submitted an entry, and especially to our four finalists.
That's all for now. Have a super weekend!