On Tuesday, December 6th, high school students visited the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse and argued a mock trial before a real federal judge. Students participated as attorneys, witnesses and jurors. Photos from the courtroom along with a video clip of the trial can now be found in our online Media Room.
A few notes as we prepare for the weekend...
HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
The high school holiday dance is Friday night, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The permission form is available on our Forms page and must be returned by Friday morning. This is a free dance for Stanbridge high school students and it will have a holiday theme. The dance will include a professional DJ with great music, free food and drinks and lots of seasonal decorations. Students are allowed to invite two friends from outside of Stanbridge (guest information must be included on the permission form). This dance is exclusively for high school students; students cannot invite junior high students to the dance. A group of teachers and parents will be on hand as chaperones.
GIVING TREE GIFTS DUE; VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR SATURDAY
All gifts for this year's Family Giving Tree are due under the tree by end-of-school on Friday and will be brought to the Family Giving Tree warehouse on Saturday, December 10th by a small group of Junior High and High School volunteers. On that same day the students will volunteer their time for three hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in support of this wonderful organization’s efforts. More information on both the Family Giving Tree program and an online volunteer sign-up form can be found in this week's SPA Spot.
BULLDOGS BACK ON THE COURT
The Stanbridge Bulldogs basketball team has two games coming up this weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs will play Charles Armstrong; tip time is 3:00 p.m. at Nothing But Hoops. On Saturday morning, Dec. 10th, the Bulldogs will take on STAR Academy with tip time at 9:00 a.m. at First String Athletics. More details, including maps and directions, on our Bulldogs Basketball page. Go Dawgs!
DON'T FORGET THAT HOLIDAY COOKIES FOR STAFF ARE DUE NEXT WEEK
We're still looking for help in baking cookies for the annual staff cookie boxes. There are two ways you can help: On Wednesday, Dec. 14th, drop off four-dozen homemade or bakery-bought cookies (no pre-packaged, please) by 3:00 p.m. to the front office. Make sure that they're not too fragile to be stacked in a box. Better yet... Join some fellow parent bakers for a festive evening of food, drinks, and cookie box assembly the night of December 14th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Online RSVPs and details on the cookie party available in this week's SPA Spot.
SPEAKING OF COOKIES...
The weekly Friday bake sale is tomorrow. Items cost $1 each and proceeds go to the student activities fund. As always, we invite you to visit our Video Gallery for a clip of James Warren singing "The Bake Sale Song."
The annual high school holiday dance will be held in Hayden Hall on Friday, December 9, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Details and a downloadable permission form are available on our Forms page.
Additionally, we have a number of upcoming field trips before the holiday break for all divisions. Permission forms and details are available on our Forms page, but here is a quick summary:
Fri., Dec. 2 • Middle El trip to the Tech Museum of Innovation
Fri., Dec. 2 • Junior High trip to see Hugo
Tues., Dec. 6 • High School Civics class trip to Santa Clara County Superior Courthouse
Thur., Dec. 8 • Upper El trip to Elkus Ranch
Thur., Dec. 15 • Lower El trip to CuriOdyssey for Animal Habitats workshop
Please ensure your student's permission slip(s) have been returned to the main office if he/she is planning to attend the trip. If you have any questions regarding these trips, please contact your student's homeroom/advisory teacher.
If your student took the PSAT in October, you should expect to receive his or her score report within the first two weeks of December. For more information, and for additional links regarding high school transitions, visit our Transitions page.
A few notes as we gear-up for the weekend...
HIGH SCHOOL 9th GRADE SCIENCE CLASSES ON FIELD TRIP
Jay's 9th grade science classes will be spending Friday at the California Academy of Sciences. The group is scheduled to leave Stanbridge at 8:30 a.m. and return by 3:00 p.m. Trip details and a permission form can be found on our Forms page. Please note that students are scheduled to return in time for the basketball game tomorrow afternoon.
BULLDOGS TAKE THE COURT
The Stanbridge Bulldogs basketball team will tip-off their 2011-2012 season tomorrow afternoon, Friday, Nov. 18th, against STAR Academy. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. and will be played at Nothing But Hoops. More details, including map and directions, on our Bulldogs Basketball page.
HIGH SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL MOVIE RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOV. 22
Because of the basketball game tomorrow afternoon, the afterschool movie for high school students has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. Details on the movie and its start time will be announced later.
FRIDAY BAKE SALE
Given that the last two Fridays have been days off, and next Friday will fall over holiday break, tomorrow is the only Bake Sale we'll have in November. Items cost $1 each and proceeds go to the student activities fund. As always, we invite you to visit our Video Gallery for a clip of James Warren singing "The Bake Sale Song."
A couple of events to note for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9th:
The monthly SPA meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. In addition to the regular SPA meeting, this month's event will feature a panel of alumni parents who will discuss their students' transition to school and/or work after graduating from Stanbridge. More details in this week's SPA Spot.
Tomorrow morning, Jay's 10th and 11th graders are going to visit the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park for a tour. Details and a downloadable permission slip can be found on our Forms page. Students will depart Stanbridge at 9:15 a.m. and return by 2:00 p.m. Students should bring a bag lunch.
Tomorrow night, Sir Ken Robinson will present The Creative Edge: Inspiring Innovative Thinkers as part of the Common Ground Speaker Series. This is a one night only presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart School's Prep Campus in Atherton. If you are planning on attending, get there early as parking is limited. For more information, including directions, background on the speaker and a video clip, visit our Common Ground page.
Finally, tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. local time, FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA will conduct the first nationwide test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters to make their communications facilities available to the President during a national emergency. The test will affect all television and radio broadcasts. Unlike typical tests that have been conducted before, this message may run up to three and a half minutes. Additionally, residents across the country will experience the test at the same time. Although local and state components of the EAS are tested fairly regularly, there has never been an end-to-end nationwide test of the system. This is being posted as a notification in advance of the EAS test. The regular school day schedule at Stanbridge should not be affected by this event. AP story here. For further information regarding the Emergency Alert System, visit the FCC website.
On Nov. 17th, Stanbridge high school juniors and seniors will take the "Occupational Aptitude Survey and Interest Schedule" survey and on Nov. 19th, Landmark College will host an "Open House Saturday." Details for both of these events can be found on our Transitions page.
On Tuesday, November 8th, Stanbridge will be hosting our first Open House of the school year from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for new and prospective parents to tour the school and talk with some of our faculty. Current junior high parents who are considering Stanbridge for high school are also encouraged to attend. This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about our high school curriculum and the programs we offer.
Pictures from the October 28th High School Halloween Dance have been posted in our Media Room photo galleries.
Your weekly list of reminders as we head into Halloweekend:
High School Halloween Dance
The first dance of the school year will be held tomorrow night, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall. The permission form is available on our Forms page and must be returned by Friday morning. This is a free dance for Stanbridge high school students and it will have a Halloween theme. Many of the students wear costumes, but some students choose to not dress up. The dance will include a professional DJ with great music, free food and drinks and lots of Halloween decorations. Students are allowed to invite two friends from outside of Stanbridge (guest information must be included on the permission form). This dance is exclusively for high school students; students cannot invite junior high students to the dance. A group of teachers and parents will be on hand as chaperones.
The deadline for scheduling your parent-teacher conference is Tuesday, Nov. 1. This year, Fall Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 3rd and Friday, November 4th between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. To schedule a block of time for conferences, please fill-out the Conference Request Form on our Forms page; additional details there.
Annual Fund Pledge Week
Tomorrow is the last day of Pledge Week for the Annual Fund. You can drop-off a pledge card and/or donation in the Main Office, or simply visit our website's Annual Fund donation page to fill-out an online pledge form. All families are encouraged to participate in the Annual Fund Campaign and give what they can–great or small. Students whose families have pledged or donated by Friday, October 28, will be entered into a raffle for a class party of their choice to be hosted by the Stanbridge Board. We're all in this together, so pledge this week and help make a difference!
Permission Forms for next week's Community Service activities
On November 3rd and 4th, Stanbridge students will not be in school due to first quarter conferences. We have organized volunteer community service activities for students on both days. On Thursday, November 3, students will have the opportunity to volunteer at Glide Memorial and on Friday, November 4, we have organized a service activity at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. Details of both events and the necessary permission forms are located on our Forms webpage. Space is limited for these events and permission forms are due ASAP.
Finally, tomorrow is Friday and that means the weekly Student Government Bake Sale will be up and running at lunch time. Items cost $1 each and proceeds go to the student activities fund. To help get you in the mood, check out our Video Gallery for a clip of James Warren singing "The Bake Sale Song."
Just a reminder that the deadlines for a number of permission forms are coming up this week. All of these forms can be downloaded from our website's Forms page:
• Seniors interested in the Open House at San Mateo College on Wednesday, Oct. 26 need to have their forms returned to the main office by tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
• Middle elementary students going on the trip to the Winchester Mystery House this Friday, Oct. 28, need to have their forms returned to the main office by Wednesday morning.
• High School students who wish to attend Friday's dance need to have their permission forms returned to the main office by Friday morning. (Please note that non-Stanbridge guests must also have their info included on the form)
• Junior High and High School students participating in next week's community service projects at Glide Memorial and/or the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA need to have their permission forms returned to the main office by Friday.
• High School students attending Jay's science class field trip to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory need to have their permission forms returned to the main office by Wednesday, November 2nd.
There will be an informal Transitions meeting tonight, October 24th, where parents can discuss issues regarding transition from high school to life after high school. The meeting will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Port Royal Clubhouse in Foster City at the corner of Port Royal and Edgewater (there is no official address for the clubhouse; click here for a map and directions).
The meeting will be an open sharing of information to assist with our children’s transition from high school. Many of us have collected different websites, identified services available, and other pieces of information that all of us may find valuable. Please come prepared to share and discuss. More details on this event can be found in this week's SPA Spot.
The first high school dance of the school year will be held in Hayden Hall on Friday, October 28, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Details and a downloadable permission form are available on our Forms page.
Pictures from the October 7th community service day at B.O.K. Ranch have been posted in our Media Room photo galleries.
Stanbridge will be hosting a meeting for all high school parents tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. The meeting will cover transition planning for students after they graduate from Stanbridge. Transition advisors Meagan Cameron, Jay Huston and Melissa Myers will be on-hand to discuss transition options, answer questions and offer advice. All high school parents are encouraged to attend.
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