Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. When it rains, it pours, and between Stanbridge's Halloween events and the Giants amazing run to another title, last week provided a flood of hustle and bustle on campus. And though the weather has cleared up, the deluge of activity will carry on into a busy November. Here's the latest to keep you up-to-date:
Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who joined us for conferences last week; we appreciate you taking the time to talk with your student's teachers. If you were unable to make it in for conferences, but still wish to talk to a teacher or counselor about your student's progress, please email your request to the staff member(s) directly. Teacher email addresses are listed on our Teacher pages, and counselor emails are linked on the Counseling Department page. All first quarter report cards are finalized and you should receive them in the mail later this week.
With the Giants' World Series victory parade and Halloween falling on the same day, it was an orange and black attack on Friday. Stanbridge got an early jump on Halloween festivities with a special multimedia presentation/concert on Thursday afternoon. Erik Tom's technology classes presented Halloween-themed PowerPoint slideshows, and music teacher David Hopper presented a variety of holiday-themed songs from the choir and rock band. On Friday, the Halloween spirit was on full display, with many of our students and staff sporting costumes for the day. A big thank you to Amy Bergstrom and the SPA volunteers who assisted with organizing and running the afternoon's Halloween carnival activities and divisional parties. In addition to a hot dog picnic lunch, the carnival featured arts and crafts, carnival games, and the ever-popular Stanbridge dunk tank. Media Czar Mary Stadler has posted a few Halloween highlights on our Facebook page, and we will be adding many, many more to our Google+ page next week. In the meantime, click over to the Stanbridge G+ page and check out the dozens of newly-added pictures from the High School's Halloween Dance.
During Friday's Halloween festivities, we held our Annual Fund's "Pledge Week" raffle. All families who donated to this year's Annual Fund campaign had their student entered in a raffle to win an iTunes gift card (log-in to the Weekly Bridge mainpage to see who the lucky winners were). We would like to thank all families who have made their donation to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Already, over one-third of Stanbridge families have raised over $70,000! This is an amazing start to the campaign and we hope to continue the momentum into November. If you haven't yet donated, please consider giving by either sending your check or credit card gift via remit envelope, or by giving online through our secure Razoo platform (a great way to give back to Stanbridge and earn credit card bonus points/miles!) We are striving for 100% participation from Stanbridge families and every donation makes a difference. Thank you again to everyone who has given so far!
As we begin November, a look ahead shows a packed calendar. Things get off and running this Tuesday, November 4th, which is a Day of Service for students in our high school division. All students in grades 9-12 will be volunteering off-campus at one of three different venues: The Second Harvest Food Bank, Vision Shelter, and BOK Ranch. The necessary permission forms and waivers were sent home with students last week and need to be returned to the main office tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 3). If you need a copy of the form, please send a request to the main office or your student's homeroom advisor.
Giving back to the community is something that we encourage all of our students to do, and even though Tuesday's Day of Service is exclusive to our high school division, all students will have an opportunity to participate in a service event this month. Counselor James Warren and the student STAR Teams are once again organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit St. Anthony's Kitchen. Beginning on Tuesday, we will have a collection bin set up in the main hall foyer where Stanbridge families can drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food items that will be donated to St. Anthony's just before Thanksgiving. This has been an annual tradition at Stanbridge for years, and it is a great way for students and families in every division to help make a positive impact in the community. James is hoping to break last year's record for amount of items that we collect--let's all pitch in and see if we "can" do it.
In addition to the service events this week, we have some other notable dates on the calendar ahead. SPA will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 5, at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Topics will include the upcoming Fall Gala, Book Fair, and holiday event planning. More details on the meeting, as well as other SPA news, in this week's updated SPA Spot.
Stanbridge will host our annual Fall Open House this Thursday morning, November 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Stanbridge program and the services we offer. The event will include personalized campus tours, presentations from our staff, and Q&A sessions with faculty and staff members. The event is free and no RSVP is required. This is also a great opportunity for current Stanbridge families with students in our junior high program to learn more about our high school offerings. Spread the word; we look forward to seeing you!
And we look forward to seeing you at this year's "Starry Night" Fall Gala. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the San Mateo Marriott, and all Stanbridge parents/guardians are invited to attend. Invitations were mailed in October and the RSVP deadline is this Friday, November 7th. If you have been procrastinating and have yet to reply, please do so this week as space is limited. As a bonus incentive to RSVP by Friday, we will award a pizza party lunch to the homerooms with the highest rate of family replies by Friday afternoon. It is quick and easy to RSVP (simply email or call the main office), and we will hold an all-school pizza party if we get 100% response by Friday. The gala itself is a fun-filled night of dinner, music, dancing, and fun, with live music, a silent auction for some amazing items, and a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with current Stanbridge families, alumni, board members, staff, and friends of the school. I hope you are able to join us for what will be a fun, memorable night.
Last, but not least, I hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep overnight. If you haven't yet turned back your clocks, don't forget to "Fall Back." With the busy week ahead--and the Gala, Book Fair, and Thanksgiving break looming--an extra hour of rest is a good way to start the month.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend; see you back at school on Monday.