- HS seniors: NatureBridge-Yosemite - Sunday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 26
- HS 9th, 10th, 11th: NatureBridge-Golden Gate - Monday, Sept. 22 to Friday, Sept. 26
- Junior High: Web of Life Field School (WOLF) - Wednesday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Sept. 26
- Upper El & Middle El: Westminster Woods - Monday, Sept. 22 to Wednesday, Sept. 24
Trip packets for this month's upcoming overnight experiential trips have been posted to our website's Files & Forms page. Stanbridge parents & guardians can access the page with their Parent Portal password. The trip packets include all required permission forms, waivers and releases, medication forms, and packing lists. Please ensure you sign all necessary paperwork and return your student's trip forms to the main office by Monday, September 15. This year's fall experiential schedule is:
This year's commencement ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Burlingame High School Auditorium (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Please note the following about graduation day:
Stanbridge's annual end-of-year Student Awards will be held today and tomorrow (Tuesday 6/3 and Wednesday 6/4). In addition to recognizing students for their academic and personal achievements, teachers will also be fêting students with personalized "fun" awards during these year-end, divisional celebrations. The ceremonies will be held in Hayden Hall and family members are encouraged to attend.
From Marilyn Lynch, Stanbridge Head of School:
Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Another busy week is in the books as we roll through an eventful month of May. This past week alone, nearly half of our students were away on experiential trips, the high school students who were not on the trip participated in some unique group activities on campus, we raised thousands of dollars during our online fundraising event, and it was a short four-day school week to boot. Highlights below, with notes on the myriad activities and events still to come:
This past week was relatively quiet on campus, thanks to two overlapping experiential trips. On Monday, half of our high school's 9th, 10th, and 11th graders departed to Angel Island where they spent three days camping and kayaking. On Tuesday morning, our junior high division left for their spring experiential trip to Westminster Woods, where they participated in three days of team-building activities on the camp's ropes and challenge courses. The overwhelming number of smiles, laughter, and stories that accompanied both groups return to campus indicate that the trips were a hit with the students and chaperones. The teachers on the trips were able to email a few photos back to us during their adventures, and we have posted the shots on our Facebook page. Be sure to check our Facebook and Google+ pages in the days ahead, however, when we will post hundreds more pictures from both excursions.
And the trips will keep on coming. This Monday, May 11, our upper elementary students will be departing on their spring overnight trip to Point Bonita. Bag checks were conducted on Thursday, so be sure to bring any last-minute additions to school on Monday morning. The group will return on Wednesday afternoon, and we will post photo highlights next weekend. As for the high school underclassmen who did not attend this past week's trip to Angel Island, they will get their chance to experience the same trip later this month, May 28 to May 30.
While their peers were out kayaking around the bay last week, the high school students who were at school got a unique surprise. Rather than attend their normal classes, the students were divided into three groups that worked on special projects during the days that their counterparts were on the Angel Island trip. In addition to researching and presenting multimedia presentations on topics of their choice, the groups planned lunch for the entire division on Wednesday--everything from shopping for food to preparing appetizers, side dishes, an entree and dessert (the spread featured garlic bread, macaroni salad, hamburgers and homemade cookies). It was a fun experience for all, and you can see highlights on our Facebook page.
As far as highlights from last week go, we had a tremendous day on Tuesday, May 6th. That was the Silicon Valley Gives event, which raised nearly $8 million for local nonprofits. I would like to extend a huge Thank You! to everyone who not only participated by making a donation to Stanbridge, but also for spreading the word to friends and family members via word-of-mouth, email, and social media. Thanks to those combined efforts, we received over 40 donations and raised more than $8,500! This caps a tremendous year for our Annual Fund, which began with the successful "Cheers to 30 Years!" Fall Gala, and continued throughout the winter with one of our best Annual Fund Campaigns in years--over 95% of our current families participated, helping us to raise over $275,000! On behalf of the entire Stanbridge Community, thank you again for your continued dedication and support.
This coming week, Stanbridge will be helping to give back to the community. Our high school division will be holding a Spring Day of Service on Tuesday, May 13. Similar to the Day of Service that was held in October, all students in the division will spend the day volunteering at three different Bay Area venues: Golden Gate Park; The Second Harvest Food Bank; and the InnVision Shelter in San Mateo. This year has been an exceptional one regarding community service projects here at Stanbridge: From the fall Day of Service, to the holiday Family Giving Tree, to the April Toiletry Drive, our students and families have shown what the giving spirit is all about. Thank you to all who have participated in and helped coordinate these events throughout the year.
And a big Thank You is in the works for all of this year's family volunteers. The Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) is planning a Volunteer Thank You breakfast on campus for all parents and guardians who helped with the numerous school-related events throughout the year. Invitations were emailed earlier this week, and the event will take place on Tuesday morning, May 27. You can get more information about the volunteer breakfast at this Wednesday's SPA meeting. Postponed from this past week, this Wednesday's meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall and is open to all Stanbridge parents and guardians. It is the last SPA meeting of the school year, and will feature discussions on some of the big end-of-the-year events such as Beach Day (May 23) and Graduation (June 7), so please make arrangements to attend if you can. Highlights from the previous meetings, along with other SPA news, can always be found on the SPA Spot page.
Before signing-off, a few more calendar reminders for the week ahead:
Finally, don't forget that the initial deadline for Summer School enrollment is this Friday, May 16th. Any classes that have not met the minimum enrollment by the end of the day on Friday will be dropped from the schedule. As the deadline nears, please note that there are a few classes in danger of being cancelled, so please return your enrollment forms to the main office as soon as possible. A full listing of this year's course offerings, as well as a copy of the enrollment paperwork, is available on our Summer School page. For questions about Summer School, you can contact the course instructors directly, or email summer school coordinator Chris Myers.
Less than a month to go now before graduation, but still plenty to look forward to in the meantime. Until Monday, enjoy the weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of our Stanbridge moms!
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point presents Super Families Day
Sunday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point (minutes away from Stanbridge on the other side of Highway 101) is hosting exclusive open hours and programming for kids with special needs and their families. CuriOdyssey invites children with disabilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families to attend their Super Families Day on Sunday, February 23. Children will be able to experience CuriOdyssey in a safe, comfortable environment. In addition to activity stations and supervised animal encounters, CuriOdyssey will have quiet rooms available for children and their families, as well as a Social Story to help prepare for the visit.
Click here for more information, or visit the CuriOdyssey website, where you can also purchase tickets online. Capacity is limited; discounts and family passes are available. Click here for map.
Just a reminder that the first quarter ends this Friday, October 25 and Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the following Monday and Tuesday, October 28 & 29. If you would like to meet with your student's teacher(s), you must complete our online conference request form by this Thursday, Oct. 24.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULING IS NOW CLOSED.
THE CONFERENCE SIGN-UP FORM IS OFFLINE.
Please note that, this year, high school conferences can be scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday, but all K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 28 only. Please submit your schedule requests accordingly. Conference schedules are completed on a first-come, first served basis, so please submit your request promptly.
Conference scheduling is done exclusively through online registration. Conferences will not be scheduled by phone or outside email and there are no drop-in appointments on conference days.
Friday, October 18, is a professional development day for teachers; students have the day off.
High school parents and guardians, please ensure your student returns the permission forms and waivers for next Tuesday's Day of Service. Also, permission forms for next Friday's Halloween Dance need to be returned to the main office by Wednesday. You can find all of the necessary forms online--just click over to the Files & Forms page.
An updated version of the Stanbridge Family Directory has been posted on the Files & Forms page. Current Stanbridge families can access the document with their Parent Portal login. Updates to the directory will be published throughout the year as necessary. If you need to update your contact information, or would like to request a change/correction, please email our webmaster.
We've uploaded photos from last week's Upper Elementary experiential trip to Camp Sea Lab in Monterey to our online Media Room. Stanbridge families can access the page with their Parent Portal password.
Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night tonight, September 17, at 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, please pick up a BTS Night packet in Hayden Hall on your way to the Multipurpose room. High School packets will be labeled with students' names; families in Junior High and Elementary are asked to pick up a packet from their student's division.
Following a general presentation in the Multipurpose room, High School and Junior High parents will follow their student's schedule, with each class period lasting for 15 minutes. For Junior High and High School parents, the evening will end at 8:00 p.m.
Lower Elementary parents will go to Sara's classroom, Middle Elementary parents will go to Kim's classroom, Upper Elementary parents will go to their student's classroom: Jessica, Jerrod or Al's classrooms. The elementary classroom presentations should conclude by 7:30 p.m.
Please note, this evening is for parents only. If you are unable to attend, please contact your student's teacher(s) for any handouts.
Updated curriculum for all 2012-2013 classes has been posted to the Programs section of our website. Separated by grade division, the online guide includes course descriptions, texts and supplemental materials being used, and key goals for the class. To find the course descriptions for your student, go to the Programs section above and then into the Academics subhead. From their, select the appropriate division and subject area (or just click here).
Stanbridge Graduation is an event not to be missed! Because the San Mateo Performing Arts Center is being renovated, this year's graduation ceremony and reception will be held at Open Door in San Mateo, 4150 Piccadilly Lane, located between 41st and 42nd Avenues. Click here for map and directions.
On Friday, June 8th students are asked to arrive at Stanbridge at the regular time of 8:25 a.m. Students in grades K-8 are required to dress in their formal uniform, white polo with the Stanbridge logo and khaki or navy trousers or skirts. Students and their teachers will be transported by private buses to Open Door that morning. Students sit with their teachers and classmates during the ceremony.
The graduation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. and families of students in all grades are invited to attend, along with family friends and Stanbridge alumni.
During the graduation ceremony, additional awards are presented to students in grades K-12. Following the graduation ceremony, a reception will be held in the lobby area of Open Door.
This ceremony is the culmination of many years of hard work on the part of our students. Please join us as we celebrate their successes!
A reminder that this Tuesday afternoon, June 5, the elementary and junior high divisions will be holding their year-end Class Awards at 12:45 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Divisional parties will follow the awards ceremony and all parents and guardians are invited to attend.
The high school division will be holding their Class Awards and divisional party on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, also at 12:45 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. We hope you can join us for these festive, year-end events!
On Friday, June 1, Stanbridge will cap-off Spirit Week with our annual Field Day. Field Day features teams comprised of students and teachers from all divisions competing in picnic-style team games such as three-legged races, water balloon tosses, tug-of-war and more. The event takes place during the school day at Coyote Point Park (just across Highway 101 from Stanbridge) and includes a barbecue lunch.
Full details about the event, along with a permission form, have been posted to our Forms page.
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