Leading off this week, a reminder that we are on Spring Break. There is no school this week, April 6-10. Classes and clubs will resume on Monday, April 13.
In other news, this past week marked the start of our spring overnight experiential trips. The middle and upper elementary divisions were first on the schedule, spending three days at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek. The group left on Tuesday morning and returned on Thursday afternoon just before dismissal. We'll be posting pictures from the trip online once we get back to school.
Once we get back from break, the spring experientials continue for the rest of our students. Be sure your calendars are marked for these upcoming trips:
- April 19-24: High School - Trip to Washington, D.C. (with Close-Up)
- April 22-24: High School - Trip to Sonoma Coast
- May 5-7: Junior High - Trip to Westminster Woods
Prior to the trips, however, we will have our Annual Maker's Fair on campus. The event will feature student-created models and artwork and all students are invited to display their creations. Entries cannot exceed 2' x 2' in size, but there are few other limitations. Submissions can include any three-dimensional artistic creation--from LEGO sets and model kits to homemade sculptures and Rube Goldbergs. Interested students should bring their creations to school on Monday, April 13 and works will be on display in Hayden Hall through Friday. At the end of the week, there will be "Best in Show" prizes for entries in each grade division. If you have specific questions about this exciting event, email James Warren.
As noted, the end of the school year is coming into focus, and one of the highlights is our High School Prom, which will be held on Friday, May 1. All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend this final dance of the school year. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall, and will feature a catered sit-down dinner served by faculty chaperones. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest or come solo; tickets (or "bids") are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Main Office. Bids will be available to purchase shortly after Spring Break, and more details about this year's prom will be announced soon.
Prom was one of many topics discussed at this past Wednesday's SPA meeting, the minutes of which have been posted on our SPA Spot page. Be sure to click over and read the latest news from the SPA group, which includes notes on the upcoming April Bake Sale, and this year's Summer School program. Also note that the May SPA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6; a meeting that will feature planning for Teacher Appreciation Week, Field Day/Beach Day, graduation, and more. Plenty of help will be needed, so please join us at the meeting if you can!
I am happy to report that, at the last SPA meeting, it was reported that we are very close to reaching our Annual Fund goal of 100% participation. A big Thank You to all of the families who have donated so far this school year; we have reached 94% participation and are just a few families short of 100% overall. The lower elementary, middle elementary, and junior high divisions have all reached the 100% family participation mark, and both upper el and high school are extremely close. Our goal was to have 100% by April 1 in order to secure $10,000 in bonus matching funds, but because we are so tantalizingly close, the deadline to give has been extended to April 15. Remember, 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. If you have not yet given, please help us in securing these extra funds! 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:
- Third quarter report cards are being finalized and will be mailed home shortly after we return from spring break.
- Save the date for another upcoming event of note: The Parents Education Network (PEN) presents EdRev (Education Revolution) on Saturday, April 25 at AT&T Park. EdRev is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Stanbridge will have a booth at the event, and some of our student's artwork will be featured in the EdRev gallery. More details about the event and a link for registration can be found on our Lectures & Workshops page.
Finally, we would like to wish Happy Trails to our business manager Anne Barrows, who said farewell to Stanbridge this past Wednesday. Anne is moving to Portland, Oregon where she will be closer to her twin sons who are going to college there, and perhaps find a new career putting birds on things. During her seven years at Stanbridge, Anne worked with everyone here—from current families and alumni, to our faculty and board. It is not easy to replace someone like that, though we are happy to welcome new business manager Venkata Peddada-West, who spent the past few weeks working with Anne to ensure a smooth transition. All the best to both Venkata and Anne as they embark on their new—and hopefully rewarding—journeys.
With spring experientials and graduation coming up, there are plenty of journeys ahead for all of us, so enjoy the week off and see you back at school next Monday!