Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. It's Super Bowl Sunday and before you settle in to watch the game (or the commercials) with your pizza, chips, and guacamole, take a time out to read the latest news and notes from campus, which—I assure you—have been fully inflated to meet regulations:
In keeping with the football theme for just a moment longer, halftime is over and we are now in the third quarter of the school year. Report cards were finalized on Friday and you should receive your student's grades in the mail this week. Please note that there are no teacher conference days scheduled, but if you would like to meet with one or more of your student's instructors 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.
This past Tuesday, our high school division participated in their second community service day this school year. Much like the Day of Service held in November, all high school students were split in to three groups, and spent the day volunteering at either BOK Ranch, InnVision Shelter, or the Second Harvest Food Bank. Photo highlights have been posted on the Stanbridge Facebook page, and we'll have more coming next week on our website's Community Service page. A big Thank You to Susan Kufer for once again organizing these service opportunities. Learning about the challenges and needs of others and connecting to the larger community are key components of Stanbridge's community service program, and it is great to see our students actively helping to make a difference.
These next two weeks are busy ones for the Stanbridge Parent Association, beginning with the February SPA meeting this Wednesday, February 4, at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. There will be a number of guest speakers at the meeting, including Adrienne Cane Ilang, MFT, who will give a presentation on how parents can support siblings of children with special needs. Also scheduled to appear are members of the Harvard Business school. The HBS Alumni consulting team has been working with us throughout the year to help develop a marketing plan for Stanbridge. As part of the project, the team is talking to many different constituencies within Stanbridge, including the current parents/guardians. They have asked to join us at the February SPA meeting to solicit feedback and comments regarding your experience at the school and gain additional insight into Stanbridge from the parents’ perspective. Additional information on these speakers has been posted on the SPA Spot page, so be sure to click over for more details.
Also on the SPA Spot page is news regarding the next high school dance, scheduled for this Friday, February 6. The dance will be held in Hayden Hall, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will feature a live DJ, pizza and refreshments, and a separate activity room. All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend, and are welcome to bring a friend. Permission forms can be downloaded from our Files & Forms page and are also available in the main office; please sign and return them by Wednesday, February 4. Volunteers are still needed to provide snacks and act as chaperones. If you are able to help out, please sign up on the SPA Sign-Up Genius page.
Our Annual Fund Campaign Committee is striving to secure an additional $10,000 in matching funds if we can get to 100% family participation. Anonymous donors have pledged $5,000 if our our K-8 division reaches 100% participation; and $5,000 if our high school division hits the 100% participation mark. That match money is in addition to the dollar-for-dollar matches on all new donations and increases in donations from last year. It has never been easier for your gift to go farther, and making a donation is as simple as clicking over to our secure Donate Now page. We're three-quarters of the way toward that 100% goal; if you haven't yet made your contribution to the Annual Fund campaign, please consider giving today. Any amount will make a difference and every donation will have an impact!
In administrative news, the Position Description for our Head of School search has been completed and is being disseminated by our Head of School consulting firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates. This document is a direct result of search consultant Skip Kotkin's visit to the school and the discussions he had with all constituent groups and key individuals in our school community. Click over to our Search Update page to read the latest posting and view the document. All application materials are due to Skip by February 13, so if you know of someone who might be a qualified candidate and is interested in the position, please encourage them to read the document and follow the application guidelines.
Last but not least, a few closing notes:
- Our lower elementary and middle elementary students visited the Pixar Animation Studios this past Friday, a field trip that definitely produced some animated responses. We'll have photo highlights posted online later this week.
- The Stanbridge Academy Winter Open House will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity for families to visit the school and see Stanbridge students and teachers in action. In addition to visiting new families, we also invite parents and guardians of students in our junior high division to use this opportunity to learn more about high school at Stanbridge and get to know more about the teachers, classes, and post-secondary transition planning that we offer. This is our last scheduled open house for this school year, so mark your calendars and spread the word!
- Finally, the "Big Game" might be today, but next Sunday is an even bigger day for our Stanbridge Bulldogs basketball team. They will be playing their second game of the season on Sunday, February 8 against STAR Academy. All Bulldog fans are encouraged to come out and cheer-on the team at the Peninsula Family YMCA, 1877 Grant Street in San Mateo. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and coach Mark Kelley promises to bring his "A game" even if his beloved Patriots lose this afternoon.