Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. Though the weather may seem more like spring, Winter Break is officially here—and here's hoping the sun sticks around for the week as our students and staff enjoy some R&R. In the meantime, a few notes and updates from this past week at Stanbridge:
First of all, a heartfelt Thank You to all of the SPA volunteers who served-up a delicious meal for the staff at last Thursday's annual "Soup From the Heart" luncheon. This has been a Stanbridge tradition for over a decade, and once again SPA did a tremendous job in putting together an amazing spread of soups, salads, side dishes and desserts for the Stanbridge staff. Special thanks to Mary Winslow for heading-up this year's event, and to the cadre of parents who set-up, served, and cleaned-up on Thursday. The lunch was a delicious display of appreciation and on behalf of the entire staff, thank you again from the bottom of our empty soup bowls (...and our hearts). Additional thanks to all of the SPA volunteers who assisted with Friday's class Valentine's Day parties. Each division celebrated on Friday afternoon with some pre-break activities and games, and I'd like to thank all of the parents/guardians who supplied snacks and beverages for the occasion.
As always, be sure to click over on the SPA Spot page, where you'll find information about some post-break SPA activities, including the February 26 Open House, the February 27 Bake Sale, and next month's SPA meeting guest speaker. Also in this week's SPA Spot, we are looking for your feedback on a new online group for Stanbridge families. Please click over to read more about the proposal, and take our short online survey to give your input.
The week off will be nice, but it's right back to business when return from break, with a number of events on the calendar. First up: On Tuesday, February 24, we will be holding afterschool auditions for this year's Stanbridge Student Talent Show. The show itself will be held the evening of Friday, March 6th, but students who are interested in performing in this year's show must audition a part of their act on the Tuesday after Winter Break. Auditions will run from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. and students may leave as soon as their act has been approved by the Talent Show screeners. Students do not need to perform their entire act, nor do they need full costumes; they should only bring any necessary music and/or props that are essential to their performance. Students that cannot be present for Tuesday's auditions must make separate arrangements with Head Talent Agent Jay Huston to have their act screened prior to the show. Students from all divisions are welcome (and encouraged!) to perform in the talent show, however auditioning is a mandatory prerequisite in order to perform in the show itself. The Stanbridge Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. on campus at the Stanbridge Multipurpose Talentorium. Family, friends, and outside guests are welcome to attend this free, highly-entertaining event.
As noted above, on the Thursday we return from break, we will be hosting our Winter Open House; February 26 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity for visitors to see Stanbridge students and teachers in action and we are asking all current Stanbridge families to help us promote this event. You can click here to download a pdf version of the Open House poster to share via email, or to print at home and hang in your neighborhood library, coffee shop, or other social space. This is our final Open House event scheduled for this school year, so help us spread the word about all that Stanbridge has to offer! (Postings about the Open House have also been uploaded to our Facebook and Google+ pages, so be sure to share the link with your friends via social media, too!)
On Friday, February 27, SPA will be sponsoring the monthly Bake Sale for students. Volunteers are still needed to provide goods for this event, so be sure to click over to SPA's Sign-Up Genius page if you are able to assist. Also on Friday the 27th, the Common Ground Speaker Series will be hosting a one-night-only special event: Documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be hosting a screening and discussion of her latest film The Mask You Live In at Menlo School in Atherton. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for details on this event, as well as other upcoming events of note.
One event of note that will be coming into focus over these next few months is graduation. True, the commencement cermony is not until June, but plans are already in the works leading-up to the big day. Parents/guardians of graduating seniors, please complete and return the Senior Ad paperwork that was sent home with your student. These senior ads appear in the yearbook, and our editorial deadline is quickly approaching to ensure all materials get to press on time. If you have not yet done so, please submit a high-quality photo of your son or daughter when they were a baby or child to yearbook editor Camille Geraci, along with a personal congratulatory message. Your photo will be scanned and copied digitally, then placed in a box in the Senior Ad area of the yearbook, along with your message (the original photo print will be returned to you). The handout that was sent home gives you room to write a message, and allows you to pick a color for the font and background. Again, the yearbook deadline is fast approaching and these materials need to be turned in no later than February 27th so that yearbook club members have time to put them together. This deadline has already been extended and it is critical to get these items submitted to Camille no later than Friday, February 27. If you have any questions or concerns please email Camille directly. (Note: Photographs may be submitted via email, but must be high-quality/high-definition so they reproduce clearly in the yearbook).
Finally, our Annual Fund Campaign remains stuck at 75% family participation. In an effort to reach 100% by April, our Annual Fund Committee launched the "It's No Fund Without You!" campaign, and has reached out to families yet to donate through emails, phone calls, and direct mailings. Now, it has come to this. Puppy dog eyes aside, we are striving to secure an additional $10,000 in matching funds if we can get to 100% family participation by April 1. Anonymous donors have pledged $5,000 if our our K-8 division reaches 100% participation; and $5,000 if our high school division hits the 100% participation mark. That match money is in addition to the dollar-for-dollar matches on all new donations and increases in donations from last year. It has never been easier for your gift to go farther, and making a donation is as simple as clicking over to our secure Donate Now page. Any amount will make a difference and every donation will have an impact! We truly can't do it without you! (And no, cat lovers, we didn't forget about you!)
That's all for now. Have a safe, happy, relaxing Winter Break. See you back on campus next Monday!