With all of our high school students back from their spring experiential trips, this past week at Stanbridge saw everyone busy at work in the classrooms. Spring reading and math assessments were held on Tuesday and Wednesday for students in all grade divisions. Similar to the ones they took in September, these assessments allow us to monitor your student's academic progress throughout the year. As we have in the past, we used the "GRADE" (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) and "GMADE" (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) assessments, and results will be available at the end of the school year. If you have any questions about the assessments, please contact Program Specialist Diane Chau.
After two days of midweek assessments, Friday night's all-high-school prom was the perfect excuse to celebrate. The event included a catered, sit-down dinner served to the students by faculty chaperones, and accompanied by live piano music. After dinner, the tables were cleared, the DJ setup, and students danced the night away. Hayden Hall was transformed into a banquet hall worthy of the Champs-Élysées thanks to a cadre of volunteer decorators who ensured that the "Springtime in Paris" theme was in full bloom. This annual event is a highlight of every year for our high school students and there will be plenty of pictures posted online this week from the big night, so be sure to check back to our Facebook and Google+ pages. In the meantime, please click over to the SPA Spot page, where we have posted a more in-depth update from prom night, including the names of all of the wonderful volunteers who brought the magic of Paris to San Mateo. Merci à tous!
This week, we return to the magic of...San Mateo—specifically, Silicon Valley. This Tuesday, May 5, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host their second annual "SVGives Day of Giving," a day-long event to raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. Last year, Stanbridge participated in the launch of this new effort, and we raised over $8,000 thanks to friends and family sharing the news via social media. To encourage participation in this year's SVGives event, Stanbridge teachers from each grade division created a “wish list” of items they would like for their classrooms next year. Your donations will help fulfill these teacher wishes! From science sets to art supplies, educational apps to audiobooks, donations at every level will go toward keeping Stanbridge students inspired, engaged, and excited about learning. Contributions of any amount are appreciated and every donation will make a difference. Schedule your donation today, or give on May 5th at: svgives.razoo.com/story/Stanbridge-Academy. Also, please help us spread the word to friends, family, and others who would like to be part of the Stanbridge Community by sharing the link on our Facebook and Google+ pages.
In other donation news, our junior high eighth graders are winding-up their special spring community service project. The group has been collecting socks, shoes, and other clothing for Sleep Train Foster Kids and the final day for donations is Monday, May 4. A collection bin is stationed in Maureen Zane's classroom and donations will be accepted through Monday afternoon. Per the student organizers: "Please make sure if you are donating used clothes that they are still in good condition; no holes or stains. Please place all donated items in a bag. We believe that foster kids need new clothes, socks, and shoes for the upcoming summer, and they don’t need to wear old or tight clothing. When our drive ends, we will bring your donations to the closest Sleep Train. If you want to learn more about the Sleep Train Foster Kids program, visit the website sleeptrainfosterkids.com. We want to make an impact! Thank you so very much for helping."
Junior high students will be packing-up some of their own clothing for the group's spring experiential trip to Westminster Woods this week. Students in the JH division will be departing from Stanbridge on Tuesday morning for a three day adventure of rope climbing, zip-lining, obstacle coursing, and team building; returning to campus on Thursday afternoon. Bag check is scheduled for Monday, May 4, so please ensure your student brings his/her bags to school on Monday morning. If you have any questions about the packing list or the trip in general, please email your student's homeroom advisor (teacher email addresses are posted in our website's Teachers section).
And speaking of teachers...this coming Friday is a staff development day, meaning there is no school for students this Friday, May 8. This Friday also marks the start of "Staff Appreciation Week," as SPA volunteers will be treating the faculty to a special lunch. Additional activities and "Thank You" surprises are scheduled for the week of May 11-14 as well, and SPA is looking for parent/guardian volunteers to assist. Click over to the SPA Spot page for more details, and a link to the Staff Appreciation Week Sign-Up Genius page.
>>>Pssst! Hey, it's me, Chris, the Stanbridge webmaster. We interrupt Marilyn's regularly scheduled "Weekly Bridge" column to bring you this special update. As you know, Marilyn will be retiring at the end of the school year (well...hopefully you know that by now). Amy Bergstrom and the Stanbridge Parents Association are planning a special Retirement Luncheon for Marilyn on Thursday, May 28, and all Stanbridge parents and guardians are invited! The lunch will take place at noon at Three Restaurant in San Mateo. Amy sent out an evite, but if you did not receive it (cursed spam filters!), please RSVP by emailing Amy by May 11. Space is limited, so please reply ASAP. If you have any additional questions, contact Amy or ask at this Wednesday's SPA meeting. Hope you can make it! We now return to our regularly-scheduled Bridge update.<<<
Before signing off, a few closing notes:
- This Wednesday, May 6, is the final SPA meeting of the school year. All Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend; 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall.
- Photos from the high school trip to Sonoma Coast have been posted on our Facebook and Google+ pages; click over to check them out. Also, Travis created a video slideshow of the Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C. We have posted the video on our YouTube channel, so be sure to view it as well.
- Summer School enrollment is now open and the initial enrollment deadline is May 18. Please note that courses which have not met the minimum enrollment requirement by May 18 will be dropped from the schedule, so please don't delay in signing-up your student. There is something for students in every grade division during each week of the program. Classes are offered in one- or two-week sessions and students can enroll in as many classes as they'd like. This year's summer program begins the week of June 22 and runs through the end of July. The course guide and enrollment forms are available to view/download on our Summer School page, as well as the Files & Forms page (hard copies are also available in the main office).
In the meantime, au revoir, Paris, it's back to school on Monday. Look forward to seeing everyone then.