Hello and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. This is the penultimate edition of this year's Bridge columns, with graduation just days away. As we count down to Friday morning's ceremony, there are still some big events to keep track of. Notes on those, as well as other highlights, below:
• Wednesday, May 29 was Election Day here at Stanbridge. As the seniors prepared to depart on their final experiential trip to San Francisco, the underclassmen and graduating eighth graders listed to campaign speeches from next year's student government hopefuls. We had a diverse group of students running for office and all of them gave heartfelt, impassioned speeches, full of ideas for the future. It takes a lot of courage to run for office and speak before an audience of peers, so a hearty round of congratulations to all of the candidates who threw their hats in the ring--I am proud of your dedication to Stanbridge! Be sure to click over to The Bridge mainpage for a list of the winning candidates.
• As I mentioned, our 12th graders celebrated their final Stanbridge experiential trip this week by spending three days seeing the sights in San Francisco. Additionally, the junior high class got in a final day trip on Tuesday, when the group spent the afternoon touring Chinatown (see photo on the mainpage). Our webmaster, Chris, is out of town until Monday, but he'll be sure to post photos from both excursions upon his return next week.
• One of the final school-wide events of the year is our annual Field Day. For new families unfamiliar with this Stanbridge tradition, Field Day is an event where students and teachers from all divisions interact as teams, competing in a variety of picnic-style outdoor games (i.e.--tug o' war, relay races, water balloon toss, etc.). The event is held at Coyote Point Park, just across the highway from Stanbridge, and includes a BBQ lunch as well as prizes for the winning teams. Parents and guardians play a big part in assisting with Field Day activities--from helping with the BBQ to assisting with transport to and from Stanbridge. Pam has details on how to volunteer in this week's SPA Spot, and all student participants are required to submit a permission form which you can find on the Forms page. Also posted on the Forms page is a listing of teams and what color t-shirt your student should wear for the day. This is a fun way for students and staff to celebrate the end of the school year together and I look forward to seeing everyone take part.
• Following Field Day, on Thursday, June 6, we will be holding our annual End-of-Year Award ceremonies. This is a chance for teachers in all divisions to recognize students for their accomplishments. Again, parents and guardians are encouraged to attend, as all students will be individually recognized. The awards are presented in Hayden Hall and the schedule is as follows:
- Lower/Middle/Upper Elementary - 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- Junior High - 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- High School - 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
• Of course, these events are only a prelude to the big day: Graduation. This year's commencement ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Burlingame High School Auditorium (1 Mangini Way, off of Carolan Avenue, in Burlingame). Please note the following about graduation:
- Friday, June 7 is a school day. All students are expected to arrive at Stanbridge at regular time.
- Students and faculty will be taken to and from Burlingame HS by bus. Permission forms were emailed directly to parents and guardians this past week and will be posted on our Forms page by Monday.
- The ceremony will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. If a parent/guardian is present, students may leave with them directly from the BHS Auditorium.
- A celebration to honor the graduates will be held at Stanbridge immediately following the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and all Stanbridge families and guests are welcome to attend.
- All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony, even if your student is not graduating. In addition to honoring the graduating eighth- and 12th-graders, the ceremony features a number of awards that will recognize students from all grades and divisions. Additionally, our graduating seniors will be giving personal speeches as they accept their diplomas. Hearing their stories as they complete their Stanbridge careers is incredibly moving, inspiring, and unforgettable. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the special place that Stanbridge is and I hope you are able to attend.
• Thank you to everyone who signed-up for Summer School classes. Earlier this week, Chris sent emails to those families who signed-up for classes that had to be dropped. Fortunately, the cancellations affected very few people and most of the courses are still on for the summer session. More good news is that many of the courses still have room for additional students, so it's not too late to enroll. You can find the course descriptions and the sign-up form on our Summer School page. If you have any questions about the program, contact the main office or email Chris directly.• Finally, be sure to click over to The Bridge mainpage, where you'll find a sidebar story on how one Stanbridge family is helping those affected by the Oklahoma storms.
Only one week to go, but a busy one to be sure. Hang in there and have a wonderful weekend!
Parents/Guardians can log-in with their Parent Portal password to access the following:
• Click here to go to The Weekly Bridge mainpage
• Click here to go to the SPA Spot mainpage