September 10, 2019
Friday, September 13, is JERSEY DAY!
Students may wear a jersey or team shirt to support their favorite teams.
(Rescheduled due to Hurricane Dorian.)
Rescheduled Back to School Night
Lower School
Back to School Night
Monday, Sept. 16

Choose from two sessions :
Session A: 7-7:35 p.m.  
Session B: 7:45-8:20 p.m.

Parents with children in preschool-5th grade are invited to meet their child's teacher and learn about classroom policies. Choose a session that suits your family's schedule. 

Teachers will present the same information at each session. Resource teachers will be available in the hallway between sessions from 7:35-7:45 p.m. and in Mrs. Hurley's art room (100) throughout the evening.
Fingerprinting
In an on-going effort to provide the safest environment for our SBS students, we ask that all volunteers undergo fingerprinting every five years. If you plan to volunteer in the classrooms or attend a class trip (ex: Boston or Washington, D.C.), a background check is required.
Fingerprinting by the Chesapeake Police Department will be available in the Assembly Hall on Back to School Night between 5:30-6:30 pm.
A Note from the Head of School
An Eternal Excellence, the Joy of Many Generations
In music, rhythm is the cadence, accent, and pulse—a background to the melody and harmony that unifies the song. In a similar way, schools have rhythms that carry us through each day.

At StoneBridge, our rhythms help us hear the cadence of Christian unity. Lower school teachers begin each day with the steady beat of prayer and pledges to the flags and the Bible. We sing our school song during every special chapel. Each beat helps drive the overarching melody—forming their Christian character.

Our school song is one of the many ways students learn about our focus on forming Christian character. Parents often shed tears as they visualize these lyrics coming to life in their children. The chorus exhorts us:  I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations.

This song was composed in 1984 by music teacher Mary Barnes during a summer faculty retreat in the mountains. Barnes was full of joy as she imagined StoneBridge students living out the full meaning of the lyrics, which are based on Isaiah 60:15 and Philippians 1:9-11. Even today, the words cast a vision of the future in the many chapels and graduations where we celebrate the fruits of our mission.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more,
with knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve what is excellent,
being pure and blameless,
filled with the fruits of righteousness that come from Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God.

This verse underscores four areas that make up the melody of Christian Character we long to see formed in our students:

  • Devotion to one another. We pray that students will have an ever deepening love for Christ and for one another.

  • Knowledge and Discernment. We pray our students will choose what is good and pleasing to God, resisting temptations and the pressures of this world.
 
  • Christian character. We pray each student will develop genuine Christ-like character, becoming an example and an inspiration to others.

  • Christian demeanor. We pray our students’ attitudes and actions will advance God’s Kingdom, manifesting the fruits of righteousness, which come from Jesus Christ.

Eternal Excellence sets a high standard but it is the goal Christ has for your child. We take great delight in teaching God’s Truth to your children and nurturing them with Christ-like love. Please join us in praying and singing this melody for every StoneBridge student to become more like Christ, who is the everlasting joy of many generations.

Sincerely,
UPPER SCHOOL RETREAT
September 17-19
Rockbridge, VA
The 6th–12th grade mentors, teachers, and students will head to Rockbridge, VA, for a 3-day retreat at the Young Life Alum Springs camp.

Students will spend time in worship and devotions. During the day, they will participate in team-building activities, swimming, riding a zip line, climbing on a rock wall, basketball, soccer, and wonderful fellowship.

Click below for more information:
JOIN OUR 'WE CARE CREW'
SATURDAY
September 21
7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Every third Saturday of the month, our "We Care Crew" takes a few hours in the morning to work on small projects around campus.

Come out Sept. 21 to help us show how much we truly care .
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