Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. It was Safety Week at Stanbridge last week, highlighted by an all-school presentation by Officer Tracey Unga from the San Mateo Police Department (pictured at left). You can dance if you want to, because this coming week will be a much shorter one for students, with Monday off for Columbus Day and Friday off for staff development. Despite the short work week, there are still plenty of updates, so here is the latest news and notes from Stanbridge:
• As noted, this is a long weekend for Stanbridge staff and students as Monday is Columbus Day; there is no school on Monday, October 13 in observance of the holiday. Another long weekend lies just ahead for our students, with a professional development day scheduled for Friday, meaning that teachers will be on campus but there is no school for students on Friday, October 17. Back to back three-day weekends--if you aren't dancing, chances are your student is.
• In between those long weekends, school is in session and the PSAT will be administered this Wednesday, October 15. Program Specialist Diane Chau will be proctor for the exam, given to high school juniors who signed-up in advance. If you have any questions about the upcoming PSAT or would like information about having your student take a future iteration of the test, please email Diane.
• We are nearing the end of the first academic quarter (October 24), and that means parent-teacher conferences are coming up as well. Fall conferences this year will be held for all grade divisions on Monday, October 27, and for high school parents/guardians only on Tuesday, October 28. To schedule conference time with your student's teachers, you must complete the online Conference Request Form posted in the Parent Portal section of our website. Please note that high school conferences can be scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday, but all K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 27 only; please submit your schedule requests accordingly. Conference schedules are completed on a first-come, first served basis, so please submit your request promptly. Conference scheduling is done exclusively through online registration. Conferences will not be scheduled by phone or outside email and there are no "drop-in" appointments on conference days.
• Speaking of conferences, this is a busy week ahead on the local conference and workshop circuit. This Tuesday marks the start of the 2014-2015 Common Ground Speaker Series, with Dr. Daniel Siegel presenting "Brainstorm: The Power of the Adolescent Brain" at two Bay Area venues. Click over to our Common Ground page for more information on this event, as well as upcoming Common Ground speakers. Also, a number of other conferences and workshops are scheduled for this week, including a Parents Education Network (PEN) lecture on Friday, October 17 featuring former Stanbridge board member Tuck Geerds. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for all the details.
• Our 2014-2015 Annual Fund Campaign is underway; you should have received this year's Annual Fund packet in the mail. The Annual Fund impacts all aspects of our school--from technology and tuition assistance, to speech and language services and experiential trips. Last year was a fantastic year for Stanbridge family participation, with over 96% of Stanbridge families making a donation to the Annual Fund. We are hoping to get to 100% this year, and we've made it easier than ever to contribute. Click over to our Donate Now page to make a secure online donation today, or mail your Annual Fund contribution to us using the remit envelope enclosed in the mailing. The Annual Fund helps to ensure that our program remains strong, and every donation makes a difference. Together, we are Stanbridge, and on behalf of the Stanbridge Community, I thank you in advance for your participation in our Annual Fund Campaign.
• Halloween is coming up in a few weeks, and there are many holiday-themed events on the calendar.
High school students in our "Bridges" transitions class are 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. 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.
• The Stanbridge Parent Association is also preparing for the Halloween holiday with a number of activities this month, including the October Bake Sale, the High School Halloween Dance, and the end-of-month Halloween Carnival. Lots of volunteers are needed, so please click over to the SPA Spot page for details on these events and information on how you can help the SPA organizers.
• Finally, be sure to click over to our Facebook and Google+ pages. Our Facebook feed keeps you up-to-date with all the goings-on around campus, and we have posted hundreds of photos from the high school fall experiential trips on our G+ page. Pics from the junior high and elementary trips will be up next week, and we'll be adding video to our YouTube feed as well, so stay plugged-in as our social media pages expand.
Hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather during this extended weekend. See you back on campus on Tuesday!