Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. The third quarter officially ended on Friday, and that means we are now in the home stretch of the school year. The fourth quarter kicks off with a short, four-day week (there's no school this Friday, April 3) and we get next week off for Spring Break. Enjoy the down time, because there's plenty going on once we get back. In the meantime, here's this week's recap of the latest news from campus:
March Madness tips-off our update this week, as the student Bulldogs basketball team pulled off a stunning victory in last Tuesday's Students vs. Staff Basketball Classic, held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center. In a down-to-the-wire thriller, the student team scored the go-ahead basket with only seconds left in the game. The staff comeback effort fell just short, and the final buzzer sounded with the student team ahead 42-41. After the congratulatory postgame handshakes and high fives, the Bulldogs and coach Mark Kelley gathered at center court to hoist the victor's trophy; it was the student team's third straight win over the staff, making this run the first ever "three-peat" in the game's five-year history. Overall, it was a great effort by all the participants, who were cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd. The victory officially ends this year's season for the young Bulldogs team, who also notched a win over STAR Academy earlier this month. You can read more about the team and view their record on our Bulldogs Athletics page, and be sure to visit our Facebook page for pictures from last week's game.
Last week also launched the third and final session of afterschool clubs. This session of clubs will run through the end of May, and enrollment remains open for all but one of the club groups (Animal Lovers Club, scheduled for Mondays, has been dropped from the club schedule). The enrollment deadline for afterschool clubs is this Thursday, April 2. There is still time to sign-up your student for one (or more) of this session's afterschool activities. Club descriptions and the necessary enrollment form can be found on our website's Activities & Clubs page and also the Files & Forms page. Please note that Board Games Club (on Wednesdays) and LEGO Club (on Thursdays) will continue this week, but both currently have low enrollment and risk being dropped after spring break if no additional students sign-up. Please return the enrollment form with your club tuition payment to the main office ASAP. Any additional club cancellation notices will be announced by the end of the day on April 2.
Our high school students were off-campus this past Friday, as teachers organized a variety of field trips for the entire division. Groups of students had the chance to visit either the Chabot Space & Science Center; the California Academy of Sciences; or the San Mateo Cinemark Theaters to see the movie Insurgent (which some students have been reading in their Literature class). Regardless of which trip they picked, it wasn't a bad way to spend a Friday; be sure to check out the photo highlights posted on our Google+ page. Please note that because the high school students were not on campus for Friday's bake sale, SPA will be holding a makeup bake sale this Monday, March 30; click over to SPA's Bake Sale Sign-Up Genius if you are able to provide items for this event.
As noted earlier, we are now in the final quarter of the school year, which means that it is time to start thinking about graduation. The first of many graduation milestones took place this past Thursday, when our eighth graders and high school seniors sat for their graduation photos. Photographer Doug Peck was on campus for individual and group shots of this year's graduates. This week, 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. If you have any additional questions about Thursday's photo shoot or ordering prints, please contact Susan or Maggie in the main office.
This week, our middle elementary and upper elementary students will be spending three days at Camp Campbell for their spring experiential trip. The group leaves Tuesday morning and will return Thursday afternoon. If you have a student going on the trip, please remember to bring his or her bags to school tomorrow. Chaperones will be conducting bag checks and making a note for any missing items. If you have any questions regarding the trip or the packing list, please contact your student's homeroom teacher. (Reminder: Teacher email addresses can be found in the Teachers section of our website.)
Two other notes about this week at Stanbridge: First, a reminder that Wednesday, April 1 is the monthly SPA meeting, 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. As many of you know, there is much to discuss as we prepare for the final two months of the school year, so please join the SPA group this Wednesday morning if you can. Also, don't forget that this Wednesday is our April 1st deadline for the Annual Fund. We are getting closer to our 100% participation goal, but we are still a few families shy of reaching it. That 100% goal is important since we receive a bonus $5,000 if all K-8 families make a donation, and another $5,000 if all high school families participate. That's $10,000 in extra funds for Stanbridge if every family simply makes a donation (no April fooling!). 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.
Before signing off this week, a few closing notes:
- Teachers are finishing their third quarter grading this week and report cards will be sent home once they are finalized. Due to the quarter ending this past Friday, and the short week ahead this week, it is likely report cards will not be mailed until after spring break.
- With the third quarter now in the rearview mirror, we thought it might be fun to look back at some of the highlights from the past nine weeks of school. Click over to our Media Room or Google+ page for a special online album of third quarter photo highlights.
- We are in the process of finalizing our summer school schedule for this year, and will be publishing course descriptions and enrollment paperwork immediately after spring break. Over two-dozen courses are being planned for this year's slate, and there will be classes for students in every division during all six-weeks of the program. Remember to save the dates now: This year's Stanbridge Summer School runs from June 22 through July 31--more details coming soon!
- Finally, a big Thank You to all of our Stanbridge students, families, and staff who contributed to the STAR Team Candy Drive. This past week, STAR Team representatives personally delivered over 100 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. Again, heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Stanbridge community who helped with this project.