Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Bridge. The final hours of Winter Break are upon us, and it's back to school on Monday morning, so be sure to reset your alarm clocks. Not much new to report in this week's Bridge, but a few reminders to repost as we head back to school:
First up: This Tuesday, February 24, we will be holding afterschool auditions for this year's Stanbridge Student Talent Show. The show itself will be held the evening of Friday, March 6th, but students who are interested in performing in this year's show must audition a part of their act on Tuesday afternoon. Auditions will run from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. and students may leave as soon as their act has been approved by the staff Talent Show screeners. Students do not need to perform their entire act, nor do they need full costumes; they should only bring any necessary music and/or props that are essential to their performance. Students that cannot be present for Tuesday's auditions must make separate arrangements with Head Talent Agent Jay Huston to have their act screened prior to the show. Students from all divisions are welcome (and encouraged!) to perform in the talent show, however auditioning is a mandatory prerequisite in order to perform in the show itself. The Stanbridge Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. on campus at the Stanbridge Multipurpose Talentorium. Family, friends, and outside guests are welcome to attend this free, highly-entertaining event.
Also on the calendar this week, we will be hosting our Winter Open House on Thursday, February 26, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is the perfect time for visitors to see Stanbridge students and teachers in action, as well as a unique opportunity for current Stanbridge families with students in our junior high program to learn more about our high school offerings. Thursday's event will be our final Open House scheduled for this school year, and we are asking all current Stanbridge families to help us promote it. You can click here to download a pdf version of the Open House poster to share via email, or to print at home and hang in your neighborhood library, coffee shop, or other social space. Postings about the Open House have also been uploaded to our Facebook and Google+ pages, so be sure to share the link with your friends via social media, too!
On Friday, February 27, the Stanbridge Parent Association will be sponsoring the monthly Bake Sale for students. Volunteers are still needed to provide goods for this event, so be sure to click over to SPA's Sign-Up Genius page if you are able to assist. Also on Friday the 27th, the Common Ground Speaker Series will be hosting a one-night-only special event: Documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be hosting a screening and discussion of her latest film The Mask You Live In at Menlo School in Atherton. Click over to our Lectures & Workshops page for details on this event, as well as numerous other upcoming events of note.
Staying up-to-date on events like these is important, so if you have not yet taken SPA's short survey about their proposed new online group, please click the link below to provide your input. In an effort to strengthen the Stanbridge community and generate more communication among parents and guardians, SPA would like your feedback on re-launching a new online community group where Stanbridge parents, staff, teachers, and board members can post questions, tips, or news for others to read and comment on. Before moving ahead with this effort, we want to measure the interest in such a group, and if there is interest, determine which platform is preferred. Please take a moment to click over to SPA's Survey Monkey page to let us know how this proposed venture would best serve you.
Last week, we blatantly used cute puppy dog and kitten videos to solicit donations for the Annual Fund Campaign. Currently at 75% family participation, we are striving to reach 100% participation by April 1.
Anonymous donors have pledged $5,000 if our our K-8 division reaches 100% participation by that date; and $5,000 if our high school division hits the 100% participation mark. That match money is in addition to the dollar-for-dollar matches on all new donations and increases in donations from last year. It has never been easier for your gift to go farther, and making a donation is as simple as clicking over to our secure Donate Now page. Any amount will make a difference and every donation will have an impact! We truly can't do it without you! And if you weren't swayed to give by the puppies and kitties, then perhaps these adorable baby pandas will do the trick.
Finally, a reminder to all parents and guardians of graduating seniors: Please complete and return the Senior Ad paperwork that was sent home with your student. These senior ads appear in the yearbook, and our editorial deadline is quickly approaching to ensure all materials get to press on time. If you have not yet done so, please submit a high-quality photo of your son or daughter when they were a baby or child to yearbook editor Camille Geraci, along with a personal congratulatory message. Your photo will be scanned and copied digitally, then placed in a box in the Senior Ad area of the yearbook, along with your message (the original photo print will be returned to you). The handout that was sent home gives you room to write a message, and allows you to pick a color for the font and background. Again, the yearbook deadline is fast approaching and these materials need to be turned in no later than this Friday, February 27 so that yearbook club members have time to put them together. This deadline has already been extended and it is critical to get these items submitted to Camille this week. If you have any questions or concerns please email Camille directly. (Note: Photographs may be submitted via email, but must be high-quality/high-definition so they reproduce clearly in the yearbook).
That's all for now. Hope everyone had an enjoyable, relaxing break. See you back at school on Monday!