Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. Last week's Open House event was the highlight of our first week back after winter break, and it's back to business as usual as the calendar turns to March. Another busy week ahead to start the month, so here's the latest news from campus:
We start off this week's Bridge with a robust round of Thank Yous to everyone who helped with Thursday's Open House. We welcomed a larger-than-average crowd for the event, and the feedback from the visitors was overwhelmingly positive—many requested enrollment packets and asked if they could schedule follow-up tours. The Open House was a tremendous success, and I'd like to give special thanks to our staff and student speakers/tour guides, as well as all of the Stanbridge families who helped spread the word through posting our flyers and sharing notices on social media.
Coming up this week, we have the monthly SPA Meeting on Wednesday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. As always, all parents and guardians of Stanbridge students are invited to attend. This month's meeting will feature guest speaker Adrienne Cane Ilang, MFT, who will give a presentation on how parents can support siblings of children with special needs. For more details, click over to the SPA Spot page, where you can also provide your feedback on their proposed new online group. In an effort to strengthen the Stanbridge community and generate more communication among parents and guardians, SPA would like your feedback on re-launching a new online community group where Stanbridge parents, staff, teachers, and board members can post questions, tips, or news for others to read and comment on. If you have not yet done so, please visit SPA's Survey Monkey page to let us know how this proposed venture would best serve you.
The big event this week, however, is Friday evening's Stanbridge Student Talent Show. A highlight of every school year, this year's show promises to deliver another unforgettable night of entertainment. Mandatory auditions for all performers were held last Tuesday, but if your student was unable to attend or was asked to polish his/her act and re-audition, the final chance to audition will be this Tuesday, March 3 from 3:15 to 4:00 in Hayden Hall. Students from all divisions are welcome to perform in the talent show, however auditioning is a mandatory prerequisite in order to perform in the show itself, so if your student is unable to attend Tuesday's auditions, he or she must make alternate arrangements with with Head Talent Agent Jay Huston by Tuesday afternoon. The Stanbridge Talent Show will be held this Friday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. on campus at the Stanbridge Multipurpose Talentorium. Family, friends, and outside guests are welcome to attend this free, highly-entertaining event. (Click here to visit the Stanbridge YouTube page, where you can view highlights from last year's show).
Emily Witt is a Research Assistant in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department at Stanford University, in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). She is reaching out to the Stanbridge community to offer ten weeks of cognitive training for teens (13-19 years old) with an ASD diagnosis to improve their social cognition. The process is non-invasive, harmless, and takes place in a friendly and comfortable setting. The goal of the study is to develop an imaging-based neuro-feedback method for enhancing treatment response to the social cognition intervention for teens with ASD in hopes that this could significantly contribute to an improvement in their quality of life. Click here for more information on Stanford Autism Research; and here for details on the CIBSR training. If you are interested in having your student participate in the study, additional details available by contacting staff at the Center directly; email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and use "Autism intervention" in the subject line.
On the Annual Fund front, we are still striving to reach 100% participation by April 1 in order to secure an additional $10,000 in donation funds. Anonymous donors have pledged $5,000 if our our K-8 division reaches 100% participation by that date; and $5,000 if our high school division hits the 100% participation mark. Giving is easier than trying to figure out the color of this dress; just click over to our secure Donate Now page or drop off your donation in one of the Annual Fund remit envelopes available in the main office. Any amount will make a difference and every donation will have an impact! We truly can't do it without you!
Finally, a hello and a goodbye to our staff members named Jamie. Our warmest wishes and thanks to speech and language pathologist Jamie Friedland, who celebrated her last day at Stanbridge on Friday after spending the past few months filling-in for Kari Schaiman. Kari returns from her maternity leave on Monday, but we thank Jamie for being a part of the Stanbridge community this school year and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. This past week, we also welcomed Jamie Sturos to the Stanbridge staff, who will be joining our Upper Elementary department as a part-time teacher. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Jamie has taught elementary school in Arizona, San Francisco, and China(!). We are happy that her travels have brought her here to Stanbridge and excited that she will bring her energy, enthusiasm, and experience to our Upper El team.
That's all for this week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you back at school on Monday!