Hello again and welcome to a special summer edition of The Weekly Bridge. It has been two weeks since we celebrated the graduation of our Class of 2014 and hopefully everyone is enjoying the summer vacation. It has been relatively quiet on campus since graduation, but that will change on Monday as our six-week summer school program begins. As we prepare to start the summer session, here are a few administrative notes and reminders for you:
First of all, I would like to officially congratulate our 2014 eighth grade and high school graduates. It has been remarkable to see you students grow and flourish at Stanbridge over the years, and I am so proud of your accomplishments. Both class speakers gave powerful remarks at the commencement ceremony and seniors, your individual speeches were the highlight of the event. All of us in the Stanbridge Community wish you well next year and beyond, and remind you that as Stanbridge Alumni, you are still part of that community. Please keep us updated as you continue your academic pursuits and remember that you are always welcome back on campus (so please visit us when you can!)
Speaking of graduation, a big "Thank You" goes out to all of the staff and parent/guardian volunteers who helped make our commencement day run so smoothly. Special thanks to Naomi and Hal Parker, who organized and prepared the post-ceremony reception back on campus. Overall, it was a wonderful day and a fantastic end to the school year. Again, my sincere thanks to everyone who had a hand in making our 2014 Graduation an event to remember.
With the 2013-2014 school year complete, the final round of report cards are in the mail. Fourth quarter report cards were mailed this past week and included in the mailing is your student's summer reading assignment. Returning students in each division have been given a language arts/literature project to complete over the summer; please ensure your student works on his/her assignment over the break. If you have any questions about the work, please email the appropriate instructor (teacher email addresses can be found on our website's Teachers pages). Also, the main office staff will be finalizing enrollment and information packets for the 2014-2015 school year. New and returning families will be receiving these packets by the end of July. Upon reception of the mailing, please ensure you complete and return all of the necessary forms to the main office by August 18th. Should you have any questions about the forms, or if you do not receive your packet by August 1, please contact Susan in the main office.
As I mentioned earlier, our summer school program begins on Monday and will run for the next six weeks. If your student is enrolled in a summer school course, please note that this year's summer school day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will be providing shuttle service to and from the San Mateo Caltrain station in the morning and afternoon. Chris Myers, our summer school coordinator, sent email notices to parents/guardians with students enrolled in summer school courses that included some additional information about summer school, as well as each course's instructor contact info. If you have any questions about summer school, please email Chris or the instructor of your student's summer school course. Please note that there are still openings in many of our summer school classes, and there is still time to enroll your student. Updated details on this year's offerings and the necessary forms can be found on our Summer School page.
Finally, while we will be conducting some on-campus housekeeping over the summer (painting classrooms, ordering new books, etc.), we will also be doing some virtual clean-up on our website. Chris will be clearing-out many of the pictures in our website's Media Room to make space for next year's photos. Current photos posted in the Media Room will remain online through June, and instructions are posted on the page for downloading and saving pictures to your personal computer. Pictures posted on our Facebook and Google+ pages will remain online, however, and we will continue to use these social media resources next year to make saving and sharing photos easier than ever. Be sure to check those sites over the summer, too, as we will be posting highlights from our summer school classes.
Our first week of summer classes start on Monday, so I look forward to seeing some of you back on campus next week. To those joining us for summer school, especially incoming new students, here's to an exciting summer at Stanbridge. To those who are spending their summer elsewhere, enjoy a safe, relaxing break. Our Back to School Picnic is Sunday, August 24, so until then, have a great summer!