After the Memorial Day holiday, this past week at Stanbridge kicked-off with the annual Student-Teacher Hockey game on Tuesday which saw the teams play to an 8-8 tie. Students and teachers cheered wildly for their squads as the game went into overtime, but alas, time ran out and the score remained tied. The team effort and displays of sportsmanship were heartening to see.
On Thursday I was honored to attend the beautiful luncheon sponsored by SPA to mark my retirement. The attendees included parents of current students as well as those of graduates, some from many years ago. It was a delight to catch up with old friends and hear how our alums are doing, and enjoy the company of so many warm supporters who have made my years at Stanbridge so memorable. A million thanks to Amy Bergstrom, outgoing SPA president, and the committee of volunteers who planned and hosted this fabulous gathering and so many other events through the year.
The graduating junior high eighth graders gathered with their families and teachers at Mimi's Cafe in Foster City on Friday night for the annual Eighth Grade Graduation Dinner. It was a joyful gathering honoring this special group of graduates who have worked very hard to complete grade school on a high note. Several will continue on to high school at Stanbridge and a few will transfer. A big thank you to Lori Reddy for organizing and hosting this fine event.
At school on Friday, drama club students presented "Arsenic and Old Lace" complete with costumes and using set pieces built by the woodworking students. The play was very entertaining and the actors played their roles with gusto. Congratulations to David Hopper and his student actors.
Another highlight from last week and another sign that the school year is winding-down was the distribution of yearbooks to all students on Thursday. All yearbooks included a label on the inside front cover with the student's name. Amidst the flurry of passing around yearbooks for signatures, inevitably a few get misplaced or mixed-up. Please return any found yearbooks directly to the student or to the main office.
The fourth quarter grading cycle ended on Friday, May 29th. If your student has any outstanding work due or is in danger of receiving an incomplete or failing grade, please contact the class instructor to discuss how the work can be made up or the grade improved. Teacher email addresses can be found in the Teachers section of our website.
Graduation is the big event that we are counting down to, but there is more than just Friday's ceremony on this week's calendar. Our high school seniors get to go on one more experiential trip together as they spend a day in The City on Monday, June 1st. The seniors will take in a variety of San Francisco attractions, and return to school between 3:30 and 4:00. It should be a fun, enjoyable day for the group and a great way to celebrate the last week of their senior year at Stanbridge. We'll have highlights and pics coming next week, so be sure to check our Facebook and Google+ pages for updates.
Also coming up, our annual end-of-year Student Awards. In addition to recognizing students for their academic and personal achievements, teachers will also be fêting students with personalized "fun" awards during these year-end, divisional celebrations. The ceremonies will be held in Hayden Hall and family members are encouraged to attend. Students in grades K-6 will have their awards ceremony on Tuesday the 2nd at 10:15 a.m.; Junior High will hold their ceremony on Tuesday the 2nd at 2:00 p.m.; and the High School ceremony will be Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
This year's commencement ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Burlingame High School Auditorium (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Please note the following about graduation day:
- Friday, June 6 is a school day. All students are expected to arrive at Stanbridge at regular time.
- Students in K-7 dress in formal uniform for graduation ceremony: khakis and white polo with red Stanbridge logo. High school students should dress in appropriately neat attire.
- Students and faculty will be taken to and from Burlingame HS by bus. Again, please ensure your student returns his/her signed graduation permission form prior to Friday morning.
- The ceremony will end around noon. If a parent/guardian is present, students may leave with them directly from the BHS Auditorium.
- A celebration to honor the graduates will be held at Stanbridge immediately following the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and all Stanbridge families and guests are welcome to attend.
- All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony, even if your student is not graduating. In addition to honoring the graduating eighth- and 12th-graders, the ceremony features a number of awards that will recognize students from all grades and divisions. Additionally, our graduating seniors will be giving personal speeches as they accept their diplomas. Hearing their stories as they complete their Stanbridge careers is incredibly moving, inspiring, and unforgettable. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the special place that Stanbridge is; hope you are able to attend!