Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. With the start of holiday break less than two weeks away, we are counting down the final school days of 2014. There may only be nine school days left this calendar year, but there is plenty going on in that short span of time, so be sure to read-up on the latest news and notes:
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we're starting this week's update with some helpful gift reminders. First up, our "Starry Day" online sale is happening now. As a follow-up to our "Starry Night" gala auction that was held last month, this special online-only sale is open to all Stanbridge families, as well as outside friends and guests. We have posted a number of gift packages that are available to purchase immediately at special, highly-discounted rates, and all proceeds will benefit Stanbridge. Items include museum and park passes, wine and dinner gift baskets, artwork, theater and symphony tickets, gifts for kids, and even a special catered dinner this February for up to 20 guests, hosted at the home of one of our Stanbridge families! Many of these items would make great holiday gifts for your student, your family...or just you. All items are available for a one-time only "bid-to-buy" price, and the first to reply via our online forms will claim the prize. Click over to the "Starry Day" webpage now and start stuffing those stockings. Our online sale ends on Monday, December 15th, so don't hesitate as the gifts are sold on a first-come, first-served basis!
Don't forget that another easy way to support Stanbridge online is to use our AmazonSmile link.
When you shop Amazon.com through our AmazonSmile portal, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Stanbridge. This is a quick and easy way to take advantage of all of Amazon's great online deals while giving back to Stanbridge as you complete your holiday shopping. Click here to go directly to the Stanbridge AmazonSmile portal, where you can learn more about the program, or simply sign-in and start shopping.
Of course, the true spirit of the holiday season is in giving, and once again Stanbridge is sponsoring the Family Giving Tree. This year's Family Giving Tree is now on display in Hayden Hall and we will be collecting donations through December 12th for children and families in need. Gift tags are displayed on the tree and feature the name and age of a child, as well as that child's specific gift request. Stanbridge families who wish to participate can take a tag from the tree, and then return the tag with their unwrapped donation to Hayden Hall by Friday, December 12. On December 12th all the gifts placed under the tree will be delivered to the Family Giving Tree warehouse in Milpitas. Late gifts will be delivered by the Junior High students on Monday December 15th, when they arrive to volunteer at the warehouse. Please be careful with the gift tags and attached them securely to the unwrapped gift when returning it to the tree as the tags ensure that your gift gets to the specific person you are buying for. If you are unable to fill a wish please return it to the tree so that we can return it to the Family Giving Tree to fill that child's wish. Be on the look out for the gift tags, a few excited students brought some home on Monday. For more information about the Family Giving Tree please visit their website, where you can also make an online donation.
Turning to the school calendar, we have a big week coming up, and the play's the thing on Monday. For the second year in a row, actors from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are coming to Stanbridge to perform Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It, a play that is being taught in one of Allison St. John's sophomore English classes. Students will see a one-hour version of the play in the Multipurpose Theatorium and then they will participate in an acting workshop led by the cast. Last year's performance of Julius Caesar was a hit, and students are excited for this year's encore. You can learn more about the upcoming performance at the CalShakes website.
We shift focus from the stage to the court...the basketball court, that is. Our Bulldogs Basketball team is back in action, with weekly practices starting this past Thursday. Coach Mark Kelley has organized a full schedule of practices through mid-March and will be scheduling games after holiday break. Students interested in joining the team should contact Mark via email, and all team members must have completed permission forms on file. The forms and practice schedule are posted on our website's Files & Forms page, and we'll be posting pictures, game details, and highlights on our Bulldogs Athletics page throughout the season. Good luck, Bulldogs, and have fun!
This coming week is the final week of afterschool clubs in 2014. We will start our second iteration of clubs when students return from holiday break, but there will no clubs held the week of December 15-19. Most clubs will continue after the break, though some new choices will be offered. A complete listing of winter clubs, along with enrollment forms, will be distributed to students and posted online later this week. The second session of clubs will begin the week of January 5, 2015 and run through mid-March.
In addition to the final day of afterschool clubs this calendar year, this Friday, December 12, also marks the occasion of our high school holiday dance. All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend the dance, which will be held in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. The dance is free, but all students who attend must return a completed permission form to the main office by Wednesday, Dec. 10. Forms are available in the main office or through your student's homeroom advisor.
As I noted, there is a lot going on at Stanbridge these days, and I haven't even mentioned all of the events coming up during the week of December 14th! We've got an all-school spelling bee, our annual holiday assembly, and divisional parties taking place on the days just before break begins. I'll have full details on those events in next week's Bridge update, but you can read more about them now in this week's SPA Spot.
Before I sign-off, however, one final note: Be sure to click over to our Bridge Blog post from this past Friday. A group of our junior high students recorded a video greeting for Channel One News earlier this year, and their clip was selected to air during last Friday's broadcast--a broadcast seen by over five million viewers worldwide! Details and link to the video are posted on the blog so be sure to check it out. Who knows...we may have just launched the career of a future Anderson Cooper or Lisa Ling.
Told you there was a lot going on these days! Be sure to tune-in next week for the next round of updates--there will be plenty more to report as we prepare to say farewell to 2014. Until then, have a great weekend!