Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. As the Giants prepare for another Fall Classic to end the baseball season, our students will be returning from a very short three-day school week to prepare for the end of the first quarter. Not quite as exciting, perhaps, but there is still quite a bit to look forward to as the end of October nears.
The first academic quarter ends this Friday, October 24, and parent-teacher conferences will be held for all grade divisions on Monday, October 27, and for high school parents/guardians only on Tuesday, October 28. If you have not yet done so, please be sure to schedule your conference time by completing the online Conference Request Form posted in the Parent Portal section of our website. Conference scheduling is done exclusively through online registration and Susan will be finalizing appointment times this week. Conferences will not be scheduled by phone or outside email and there are no "drop-in" appointments on conference days, so be sure to submit your online conference request ASAP.
There are no classes on conference days, so students will have another extended weekend to look forward to. All K-8 conferences will be held on Monday, October 27 only, and classes will resume on Tuesday for students in those grades. High school conferences will be held on both Monday and Tuesday, so students in grades 9-12 are not due to return to school until Wednesday the 29th.
Before conferences, however, we have a full week of school to get through and there are a number of events highlighting the week ahead. This Tuesday, October 21, we will be visited by the Senegal African Dance and Drum Troupe. The troupe will perform during an all-school assembly on Tuesday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.
SPA will be sponsoring their monthly Bake Sale during lunch periods on Friday, Oct. 24. A variety of baked goods will be available for purchase for one dollar (official U.S. currency, that is--no Stanbucks accepted). Volunteers are still needed to provide goods for this week's bake sale, so click over to the SPA Spot page for more details on how you can sign-up to help.
Funds raised from the bake sales go toward high school dances, the first of which will be held on Friday night, October 24. The dance will include a professional DJ, as well as refreshments and lots of Halloween decorations. SPA is still looking for volunteers to assist with decorating and provide some of the snacks--click over to the SPA Spot page and sign-up to assist via their online Sign-Up Genius. The dance will be held in Hayden Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. and the required permission form can be downloaded from the Files & Forms page. Students are allowed to invite two friends from outside of Stanbridge and the dance is also open to Stanbridge alumni. This is a free dance for Stanbridge high school students and given the Halloween theme, students are welcome to dress in costume but it is not required. If your student does plan to attend in costume, we ask that you please ensure that the costume is appropriate for all ages and any prop guns, knives, or other realistic-looking weapons remain at home.
Speaking of Halloween, Monday is the final day of the Candy Drive sponsored by our high school "Bridges" transitions class. The candy drive is a benefit for CALL Primrose, a not-for-profit agency that provides grocery assistance and other services throughout the community. The Bridges class will be putting together 100 candy treat bags for CALL Primrose in Burlingame and delivering them next week. The students are hoping to provide plenty of full bags to the organization, so please help them out by contributing a package of pre-packed wrapped candy to the donation bin in the main foyer on Monday.
We will be taking-in candy for the charity candy drive on Monday, but we will also be giving out some candy ahead of the Halloween holiday. Throughout this week, volunteers will be proffering candy treats during drop-off and pick-up as we kick-off our Annual Fund's "Pledge Week." In addition to candy, the volunteers will also be distributing pledge cards for contributions to this year's Annual Fund Campaign. Once again, we are hoping to reach 100% participation from all Stanbridge families, and every donation makes a difference. If you have not yet sent in your contribution, this week is the perfect time to do so--or better yet, use your credit card to make your donation online. As an extra incentive, all families who donate to the Annual Fund by October 30 will have their student entered in a raffle to win Jamba Juice or iTunes gift cards during the Halloween Carnival on October 31. Remember, new family donations will be matched 1:1 and any increases in your family's donation from last year will also receive a 1:1 match. Up to $35,000 in matching funds are being offered this year, with an extra $10,000 more if we reach 100% participation. Together, we are Stanbridge, and I thank you for giving back to the Stanbridge community.
Last but not least, the pics are in and online! Click over to our Google+ page, where we have posted hundreds of pictures from all of this fall's experiential trips. Also, be sure to visit the official Stanbridge Academy Facebook page, where our Social Media Czar Mary Stadler makes regular updates throughout the week on all the goings-on around campus.
With another busy week ahead, there should be a lot to post, so stay connected. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and Go Giants!