Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. The First Quarter is in the books and parent-teacher conferences open the week ahead. It's a quiet start to a busy final week of the month. In addition to conferences, Pledge Week, Halloween festivities, and the start of the second quarter all feature on the agenda (not to mention an exciting Giants-Royals World Series finale). Break out the orange and black, here's the latest from the Stanbridge pumpkin patch:
The first quarter of the school year ended on Friday, October 24th and Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Monday and Tuesday, October 27 & 28. All conference sessions were scheduled via our online Conference Request Form. The conference schedules have been finalized and the form is now offline. If you did not schedule a conference and wish to speak to your student's teachers, please email the necessary teachers directly (email addresses can be found on our Teachers pages). Because most teacher schedules are full for conference days, we do not allow for 'drop-in' appointments.
There are no classes on conference days, so students will have an extended weekend before starting the second quarter. 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.
Halloween is this Friday, October 31, and Stanbridge always gets into the spirit of the holiday. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school, and we will have a picnic lunch for everyone on Friday afternoon (hot dogs will be served, and students can bring their own lunch if they wish). After lunch, SPA and the Student Government will hold a "Halloween Carnival" in the campus courtyard and multipurpose room, which will feature arts and crafts activities, games, costume contests, and more. At 1:45 p.m., technology teacher Erik Tom and music/drama teacher David Hopper will present a special Halloween multimedia show in the multipurpose room, followed by classroom parties until dismissal. Contact your SPA divisional rep for details on how you can volunteer to help. (A reminder: If your student plans to wear a costume on Friday, please ensure it is all-ages appropriate. Also, lightsabers and toy pirate swords are okay, but we ask that any realistic-looking guns, knives, or other prop weapons remain at home).
During Friday's Halloween festivities, we will also be holding our Annual Fund's "Pledge Week" raffle. All families who donate to this year's Annual Fund campaign will have their student entered in a raffle to win Jamba Juice and iTunes gift cards. Last week, Annual Fund volunteers were soliciting donations during drop-off and pick-up, and we have extended Pledge Week incentives through the end of the month. An Annual Fund display will be in Hayden Hall during conferences, making it easy to submit your campaign donation. You can also give by sending your check or credit card gift via the remit envelope included in your Annual Fund mailing, or by giving online through our secure Razoo platform (a great way to give back to Stanbridge and earn credit card bonus points/miles!) We are striving for 100% participation from Stanbridge families and every donation makes a difference. So far, we have already raised over $40,000 with nearly a quarter of all families making a donation this year. Thank you to everyone who has given and helped get this year's campaign off to such a great start!
Looking a bit further ahead on the calendar, the 2014 Stanbridge "Starry Night" Fall Gala is just a few weeks away. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the San Mateo Marriott, and all Stanbridge parents/guardians are invited to attend. Invitations were mailed earlier this month and with space filling-up, we ask that you please RSVP by next Friday, November 7. An exciting, fun-filled night of dinner, music, dancing, and fun, this social event/fundraiser features a live band, silent auction, and is a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with current Stanbridge families, alumni, board members, staff, and friends of the school. Last year's debut gala was a smashing success, and this year's event promises to be bigger and better. We are still accepting auction donations, so click over to the Files & Forms page for a donor submission packet, and please get your RSVP in ASAP.
For lack of a better segue, dancing at Stanbridge isn't limited to just the fall gala. Last week, our student body was treated to a special all-school assembly featuring the Senegal African Dance and Drum Troupe. The high-energy performers did more than just entertain the crowd with their music and dancing, they got everyone to join in the fun--including students, staff, and even yours truly. We've edited together some video highlights and posted them to our Stanbridge YouTube channel, so click over and see for yourself. The dancing continued on Friday night, when our high school students enjoyed the first afterschool dance of the school year. This year's Halloween Dance featured the usual live DJ and costumed revelers, but it also had a few new twists, including a game and karaoke room. Our thanks to the parent and staff volunteers who helped by donating snacks, decorating Hayden Hall, chaperoning the dance, and assisting with clean-up. We will be posting pictures from the dance online later this week.
Until then, there are plenty of other pictures to peruse. Click over to our Google+ page, where we have added photos from the lower el trip to Lemos Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Hundreds of additional pictures from this fall's experiential trips are also on our G+ page, and you can find plenty of other photos from activities around campus on our Facebook page as well. There is plenty to take in, so if you are short on time and want to view the abridged edition, we've posted some select highlights from the first quarter in our website's Media Room. Finally, most of our students' fall art projects have been completed and are hanging in Hayden Hall. If you can't make it to see them in person, check out our online Student Art Gallery for pics.
Last but not least, a big Thank You to everyone who donated candy to the CALL Primrose Candy Drive. Sponsored by our high school "Bridges" transitions class to benefit for CALL Primrose, the students helped pack over 100 Halloween treat bags for the organization and delivered them last week. Community service opportunities like this help fulfill Stanbridge's STAR philosophy, and there are many more volunteer/service opportunities coming up in the weeks and months ahead.
This week, however, should be exciting, with Halloween to look forward to on Friday and some big baseball games on deck in the days ahead. Here's hoping we'll have a reason to celebrate later this week. Enjoy the rest of this weekend and tonight's Game Five. See many of you at conferences tomorrow and Tuesday; until then, Go Giants!