Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. Basketball season for the Bulldogs tipped-off last Friday and takes us into a holiday weekend. Here's the latest news and notes from campus...
First off, just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 19. Stanbridge will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday; classes will resume on Tuesday.
Last week was a rather eventful week on campus, as the search for the new head of school began in earnest. Skip Kotkins, the search consultant from Carney Sandoe & Associates, held multiple information gathering sessions with current staff members and Stanbridge parents/guardians. Skip also met individually with select staff members, students, and Stanbridge trustees. The information from these meetings will be used to craft a position paper that describes our school and community strengths and challenges, as well as qualifications that the new head should have. This document will be used to solicit qualified candidates, and all stakeholders will be asked for input again when the final pool of candidates visit Stanbridge.
The Board of Trustees has also named the members of the search committee. They are:
- Linda Waissar: Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, parent of Stanbridge high school sophomore
- Laura Winfrey: Past Trustee, parent of Stanbridge alumni (2008)
- Jean-Louis Casabonne: Chairman Board of Trustees, parent of past Stanbridge student
- Anna Zara: Parent of Stanbridge high school junior, Stanbridge volunteer
- Michael VanderLey: Parent of Stanbridge 6th grader, Stanbridge volunteer
- John Barnett: Stanbridge high school teacher, literature, language arts, government and economics
- Kimberley Kornmann: Stanbridge middle elementary teacher
With Skip's guidance, these committee members will work to find the best candidates for the job, who will embrace Stanbridge's unique mission and values, and ensure that our community continues to grow and flourish. As the search process continues over the next few weeks and months, we will regularly post updates on our website's Search News page (in the About Us section of our website), so be sure to check the page regularly for updates.
Be sure to also check out the SPA Spot page, as numerous SPA-sponsored events are on the horizon. This Friday, January 23, SPA will be sponsoring the monthly lunchtime bake sale, as well as an afterschool trip to the movies for our high school and fifth-year students. Volunteers are needed for both events, so click over to the SPA Spot for details on how you can help. Also, time is running out to reserve seats for next month's SPA Valentine's Dinner. This catered event exclusively for Stanbridge families is filling-up fast, and the sign-up deadline is January 23. Reservations are $100 per person, and all proceeds benefit Stanbridge--it's a great way to enjoy a magnificent meal with some great company, so reserve your seat now!
This Friday also marks the end of the second quarter. Teachers will be submitting final grades and report cards will be mailed by month's end. Please note that there are no teacher conferences scheduled for the end of this quarter. If you would like to meet with one or more of your student's teachers to discuss academic progress, please email the teacher(s) directly to set-up a meeting. Teacher emails can be found in the Teachers section of our website.
Speaking of teachers, our art teacher Camille Geraci would like to remind students that the yearbook cover design contest entry deadline is this Tuesday, January 20. All Stanbridge junior high and high school students are invited to create a cover design for the 2014-2015 Stanbridge yearbook. Camille has listed the requirements for this year's contest and posted templates on our Files & Forms page. Finalists will be determined by a staff and student vote, with the winning entry being used as our yearbook cover. This is the last chance for submissions, so get those crayons and markers out this weekend!
Our Annual Fund Campaign Committee has good news to report--we are closing-in on our $220,000 goal and could meet (or even exceed) it by month's end! If you have not made a donation yet, now's the time. Remember that your donation could go even further than you think: All new donations and increases in donations from last year will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Additionally, we have the potential to earn $10,000 in match money if we reach 100% participation from families in the K-8 and High School divisions. We're at 75% schoolwide participation right now, and the match challenge ends on April 1 (no fooling). It's easy to give--simply mail-in or drop-off your donation in an Annual Fund remit envelope, or give securely online through our website's Donate Now link. It has been an incredible year so far and every donation truly makes a difference, so Thank You for your support and generosity!
Finally, a few closing notes:
- On Thursday, January 22, we will be hosting the all-school assembly "Global Safari." The event will be held in the Multipurpose Zooatorium at 2:00 p.m.
- Allison St. John's sophomore literature/language arts class has been studying Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods this quarter and capped their studies by creating a homemade short film based on the story. With all due respect to Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, our Stanbridge thespians have put their own unforgettable spin on the story. Be sure to click over to our website's Media Room where you can screen the short.
- Last but not least, big congratulations to our Bulldogs Basketball team, who took the court last Friday for their first competitive game of the 2014-2015 season. Playing against Borel Middle School, the Bulldogs were supported by a rowdy contingent of fans--parents, guardians, students and teachers all came out to support the team. If you missed it, don't worry--Coach Mark Kelley already has additional games on the schedule, the next coming up on February 8 at the San Mateo-Peninsula YMCA. Details and directions (along with future game dates) can be found on the Bulldogs Athletics page, and photo highlights from the game have been uploaded to our Facebook page.