Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. Spring is officially here and with its arrival comes the usual shower of activities here on campus. Spring Break doesn't start until next Friday, and there's plenty to look forward to between now and then, so be sure to read-up on the latest goings-on in this week's update:
Once again, we begin with news from our Head of School search. Our second candidate for the job visited this past week, and the third and final candidate will be here this Monday and Tuesday, March 23 & 24. The candidates are following identical schedules of meeting with all key Stanbridge personnel, and there are two opportunities for parents/guardians to meet the final candidate for a parents-only Q&A forum. At each of these meetings, we will distribute a summary bio of the candidate, along with a survey eliciting the feedback of those who attend. The parent/guardian forums for our third candidate will be this Monday, March 23 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday morning, March 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. These meetings will take place in Hayden Hall and to assist our search committee with planning for these events, we ask that you please RSVP via our online form if you plan to attend either (or both) of these sessions. The RSVP form is posted on our Files & Forms page; please reply by Monday afternoon if you have not done so already. Again, this week's candidate is the last of the three finalists for the Head of School position; the search committee will provide further updates on the search and selection process once all feedback has been reviewed, so be sure to look for email alerts and updates on our Head of School Search News webpage.
After a week-long break, afterschool clubs resume this week for their third and final installment. This session of clubs starts on Monday, March 23 and will run through the end of May. We are excited to be offering another wide-ranging selection of club activities during this session, including some new offerings as well as many returning favorites. Students are welcome to sign-up for new clubs, or re-enroll in their current club. Clubs fill on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is open through April 2. Club descriptions and an enrollment form can be found on the clubs brochure posted to our Files & Forms page, hard copies of which are also available in the main office. To sign-up, simply return your completed enrollment form with payment to the main office before Spring Break.
This week, our Bulldog Basketball team closes out their season with an exciting pair of games. On Sunday afternoon, March 22, the squad faced STAR Academy for the third time this season. Each team notched a victory in the previous match-ups, so Sunday's game was the rubber match. Despite a valiant effort, the Bulldogs came up short, but congratulations are in order for this year's squad which featured a number of new players who donned Bulldog Blue uniforms for the first time. Of course, Sunday's game was merely a prelude to the season finale—the annual Students vs. Staff Basketball Classic, which will be held this Tuesday afternoon at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park's Rec Center. All staff and students will enjoy a special pre-game lunch on campus before waking over to the park for the big showdown (tip time is estimated to be around 1:00 p.m.) Guests are welcome to attend this free event, but please note that the gym is small and space is limited. The NCAA may claim the mantle of March Madness, but this year's Stanbridge Students vs. Staff game is generating its own buzz. The Staff Team won the first two years of this matchup, but the Student Bulldogs claimed victories in the past two years of the rivalry. Will the students three-peat, or will the staff reclaim the trophy? Fire-up the Gus Johnson soundboard; we'll find out Tuesday afternoon!
This Thursday morning, March 26, photographer Doug Peck will be back on campus to take graduation photographs of our eighth graders and high school seniors. The graduation gowns will be sent home on Monday, March 23, with your student. Eighth graders will receive a blue gown, and seniors will receive a blue cap and gown. Please press the gown and return on a hanger labeled with your student's name on Wednesday or Thursday morning. Following graduation day, the cap and gown are yours to keep. Within a week following Thursday's photo shoot, Doug will send photo proofs with an order form home with your student, which you can mail directly to Doug or return to the main office. Boys are asked to wear a collared shirt and tie under their gown; please let us know if you need to borrow either. Girls are asked to wear a dress under their gown. Please note that shoes are visible in the group photos. If you have any additional questions about Thursday's photo shoot, please contact Susan or Maggie in the main office.
A reminder that this Friday, March 27 marks the end of the third academic quarter. Quarter grades will be submitted by teachers, and report cards will be mailed-out before Spring Break. This is the final week for students to make up any work they may be missing before grades are finalized. If you or your student has any questions or concerns about their academic progress, please contact the appropriate teacher(s). Teacher email addresses can be found in the Teachers section of our website.
Our high school students will be off-campus this Friday, as teachers have organized a variety of field trips for the entire division. Groups will be going to either the Chabot Science Center, the California Academy of Sciences, or to see the movie Insurgent (which some students have been reading in their Literature class). Permission forms will be distributed by each student's advisor; please ensure you sign and return them by Thursday (Please note that there will be no school on Friday, 3/27, for Fith Year students). Also on Friday, SPA will be sponsoring the monthly Bake Sale. Baked goods will be available for students to purchase during their lunch period for one dollar. Volunteers are still needed to provide goodies for this event; click over to SPA's Bake Sale Sign-Up Genius if you are able to assist.
Before signing off, a few closing notes:
- This past Tuesday, March 17, Stanbridge high school students participated in their third Day of Service this school year. Groups spent the day volunteering at The Second Harvest Food Bank, Inn-Vision Shelter, and Golden Gate Park. Photos from all three venues have been posted to our Facebook page, so be sure to click over and check them out. Also, another big Thank You to Susan Kufer, who once again helped organize these community service opportunities.
- Speaking of service opportunities, this is the last call for the March Candy Drive. Student Body President Ben Simson and the Stanbridge Student STAR Teams are working together to collect at least 120 bags of candy to donate to the CALL-Primrose pantry in Burlingame. The candy will benefit local children in our community, ensuring they have a happy Easter holiday. Families in all grade divisions can contribute to this service project by dropping-off bags of pre-wrapped candy (no nuts please) in the collection bin in the main office. Collection ends this Tuesday, March 24, and representatives from the STAR Teams and student government will be making 150 Easter bags which they will personally deliver later this week.
- At long last, video clips from this year's Talent Show are online! Clips of every performance have been posted to our YouTube channel and photos from the event can be found on our Facebook and Google+ pages. Be sure to share the highlights with friends and family.
- The final Common Ground Speaker Series event of this school year will take place this week. Dr. Susan Engel, nationally known educator and developmental psychologist, presents "The Hungry Mind: Keeping Kids Inspired and Curious." There are opportunities to hear Dr. Engel's lecture on both Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 at three different Bay Area locations. Click over to our Common Ground page for complete details, and check our Lectures & Workshops page regularly for updates to the events calendar.
- We will be hosting a special all-school assembly this Thursday afternoon, March 26. "The Science of Sound" is a unique, high-energy, interactive demonstration of what makes music musical. The good vibrations start at 2:00 p.m. in the A2 Multipurpose Soundatorium.
- Last but not least, don't forget that our Annual Fund's April 1 deadline is coming up, and we're still a bit shy of reaching our 100% participation goal. As you know, if the K-8 grade divisions reach 100%, we receive $5,000 in bonus matching funds; ditto if our 9-12 high school division hits the 100% participation mark. That's $10,000 in extra funds for Stanbridge if every family simply makes a donation. If you have not yet given, know that any amount will help and every donation makes a difference! Donation envelopes are available in the main office, and you can also give via credit or debit card through our secure online platform, just click over to our Donate Now page.
That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you back on campus on Monday!