Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. With everyone back from their fall experiential trips, things returned to normal back on the Stanbridge campus this week. As students and their teachers settled back into their routines (and in the case of our high school "Bridges" transitions class, settled in to a delicious homemade breakfast), here's a look at the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• This past Wednesday, the Stanbridge Parent Association held their monthly SPA meeting. Notes from the meeting have been posted on the updated SPA Spot page, and you can download the meeting minutes on the page as well. October is a busy month for SPA, with the first of our high school dances being held later in the month, and the Halloween Carnival and divisional parties coming up at month's end. Plenty of volunteers are needed to assist with these events, so please click over and find out how you can help.
• The main office had plenty of goods to distribute this past week, so be sure to check you student's backpack this weekend. Families who ordered yearbook prints from photographer Doug Peck should have received their orders, as packets were sent home with students earlier in the week. Students who had their photos taken on September 30's retake/makeup day will receive their orders in the coming weeks. If you did not receive your order, or if you would like to place an order, please contact Doug Peck. His contact information can be found on the yearbook photo order form which is posted on our Files & Forms page. Student "Bulldog Wear" also arrived this past week. Please contact the main office if you did not receive your ordered goods. A big Thank You to Melissa Biderman for coordinating this year's Bulldog Wear orders. No word yet if she is planning a 2015 Spring Collection, though their are rumors for a Bulldog Wear spread in next month's Vanity Fair Hollywood issue--we'll keep you posted.
• Look out! Or, more appropriately, look both ways before crossing the street! It's Safety Week at Stanbridge this week, and students are helping to spread the word by creating safety-themed posters which will be displayed throughout the school. The theme will be highlighted this Thursday, October 9th during an all-school assembly presented by officers from the San Mateo Police Department. We'll have pics and highlights later in the week on our Facebook page and next weekend's Bridge update.
• It's October, and for most students that means thoughts of Halloween candy. There will be plenty to go around at our school-wide Halloween parties at the end of the month, but students in our "Bridges" transitions class are hoping to collect some candy a little earlier. The class is sponsoring a Candy Drive through October 17th for CALL Primrose. CALL is a not-for-profit agency co-founded in 1983 as an information center to answer the needs of the community for grocery assistance and other services. In 2013, CALL Primrose served over 45,000 individuals in need by directly providing more than 25,000 bags of groceries. CALL serves individuals, families, seniors and those who are homeless. The Bridges class will be putting together 100 candy treat bags for CALL Primrose in Burlingame and delivering them a week before Halloween. You can make a contribution by dropping-off a package of pre-packed wrapped candy in the donation bin, located in the main foyer. Donations will be accepted through October 17th.
• It's October, and that also means that our 2014-2015 Annual Fund Campaign has begun. Check your mail this week for this year's campaign packet, which highlights the many aspects of Stanbridge that Annual Fund donations help fund. The packet also includes details on how to give (including a new, easier-to-use online option), a report of last year's campaign and donor list, and some special surprises. Last year, over 96% of Stanbridge families participated in the Annual Fund campaign, helping to raise over $275,000--one of our best years ever. We are hoping to build off of that success and make this year's campaign even better. More updates will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead, and our Annual Fund Committee will be announcing some bonus incentives for making your donation early. Every donation makes a difference, and helps Stanbridge fulfill our mission of fostering academic and social growth, and enabling students to become self-advocates, lifelong learners and engaged citizens. We couldn't do it without your support, so please help us to reach our goal of 100% family participation. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we are Stanbridge.
• Finally, another reminder that our "Starry Night" fall gala/auction is coming next month. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15 at the San Mateo Marriott, and invitations were sent last week. Space is limited, so please RSVP promptly. Thanks to the many Stanbridge families who have helped us secure hundreds of amazing gift donations. With the big event approaching, our donation deadline is nearing as well, and we are still looking for "big ticket" donations such as vacation homes, sports tickets, and getaway packages. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation to the gala auction, a solicitation letter and donor agreement form are available for download on the Files & Forms page. Last year was the debut of this new event for Stanbridge, and it was a smashing success, bringing together current Stanbridge families, staff members, alumni, board members, and outside friends. This year's gala promises to be even bigger and better, so I hope you are able to join us!
Camille is almost done sorting through the hundreds and hundreds of experiential trip photos, so check our Bridge Blog later in the week for an update on when the pics will be online. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and see you back at school on Monday!