#67: The Capen Room.
#66: Social Action Day/February Thaw.
#65: Senior Couch.
#63: The Oval.
#72: Rock Band.
During each performance the talented members of rock band grace us with their musical capabilities. The songs they choose are usually popular and well known and they really get into it! Rock band always gets the audience clapping and singing along!
#71: Afternoon Snacks.
Every day at the end of the academic day the dining hall opens for a few minutes and provides our students with a quick snack before they head off to sports. It’s a great way to prevent that afternoon slump and give you the extra burst of energy you need to get through practice.
Your advisor is your first line of defense here at SBS. They stay on top of your grades, check in with you when you’re upset, bring you coffee from Dunkin before exams or drive you to get ice cream on a hot day. They are just one of the many people on the SBS campus you can go to for anything. They are always there to lend a helping hand or support you when things get tough.
PB has been a part of the SBS community for a long time. Whether he coached you in softball, taught you how to write or you met with him while he was the Head of School, chances are if you attended (or currently attend) SBS you know who he is. His dedication to the community has been steadfast and continues even now (during his retirement) as he continues to coach debaters to help them get to the international competition and beyond.
#68: Faculty Kids.
No matter what age group you like you are sure to find a child on the SBS campus that you connect with. From infants to toddlers the faculty children help make SBS feel like home.
June 4, 2010 marked exactly six years since the day I walked across the platform at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and received my diploma. Since that day I have (in no particular order), graduated from college, become Associate Director of Admissions, Student Activities Coordinator and big sister/mentor/pseudo-mom to 18 pre-teen girls at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, learned the hard way that you can’t make ice cream sandwiches if the cookies haven’t cooled for AT LEAST a day, figured out that you should always take a change of clothes when visiting old friends and that Boston really isn’t far from Greenfield (even though everyone from Western MA thinks it is). I’ve discovered that if you make funfetti anything everyone will love it and that if your cookies vary from the standard chocolate chip/peanut butter/sugar (or some variation on these three flavors) pre-teen girls won’t like them.
I recognize that these experiences do not make me wise…I still have a WHOLE lot to learn, but I have learned every step of the way and on the occasion of your graduation I would like to share some of what I have learned with you.
First, and foremost, this is not an ending but a beginning. Stoneleigh-Burnham will always be a part of your life and as you leave it behind to begin the next chapter of your life rejoice in the experiences you have had here. You are part of something wonderful and you are prepared to take on the world. Leave with the knowledge that you have made a difference in the lives of your teachers, classmates and friends. Stoneleigh-Burnham will never forget you.
Second, remember to have fun. Often throughout the next few years you may find yourself consumed with schoolwork. No matter how busy you are or how many projects you have, remember to take a few minutes each day to enjoy life. Though it may be a cliche, you are only young once…enjoy the next few years, they won’t be like any others.
Third, remember where you came from. It is easy to get caught up in things as a young adult. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which path is the right one. Remember your roots and where life has already taken you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in or to take the path less traveled. You’ll be amazed at the experiences you might have otherwise missed.
Fourth, invite others to be a part of your life. It is easy to get caught up in the college experience. Remember that it is important to include those you care about in your life even when they are far away (whether that’s Greenfield or Korea). It’s easy to forget to call old friends or to send notes to teachers who influenced you, but remember that you wouldn’t be where you are today without their help. Emails and letters remind those you care about that they still matter.
Finally, remember that even you can make a difference. Sometimes it really does take just one person…
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore and as he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. He began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking something up and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.” “Why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?” “The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.” “But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean, past the breaking waves and said – “It made a difference for that one.”
#77: Dorm Rooms.
Dorm rooms and day rooms are unique to each girl. Decorated with photos of family and friends, posters of favorite bands and movies and personalized with bedding and all the little extras. It’s nice to have your own little space…even when you’re away from home!
#76: Farewell to Seniors.
A yearly tradition in which the faculty roast the seniors and the legacy they will leave behind. Always a hoot, it’s a crowd pleaser with students and faculty alike!
#75: The Red Room.
There isn’t a single SBS alumna who hasn’t spent at least one morning or afternoon relaxing in the red room while waiting for the dining hall to open. It’s also often the location of the ever popular Saturday Night Movie as well as many other events including luau’s, midnight madness and 100 nights!
#74: Multicultural Club.
Whether they are planning presentations for housemeeting or cooking for the international luncheon, the multicultural club is one of our most active clubs on campus and they definitely provide us with the most yummy treats!
#73: Sweater Girl.
The sweater girl represents everything that a Stoneleigh-Burnham girl should be. Compassionate, intelligent and involved she is announced each year at the end of year awards ceremony. During her senior year she will be a role model for younger students and her peers, reminding us of all the qualities that make a Stoneleigh-Burnham girl a Stoneleigh-Burnham girl.
#82: Tapioca Pudding.
And not just tapioca…vanilla, butterscotch and chocolate too! According to several students, pudding is definitely one of the things to love about SBS!
#81: Walking Off Campus.
Craving a coffee? It’s less than a mile to the nearest Dunkin Donuts. Wishing for some ice cream? Friendly’s is just a hop skip and a jump away. SBS is within walking distance of hairdressers, food and a pharmacy. The girls can also borrow one of the school’s fleet of bikes if they need to get somewhere quickly. Just sign out with your houseparent and you’re on your way!
Not just once a year but multiple times a year Stoneleigh-Burnham faculty and staff gather together to write and rehearse a skit for the students. It happens during Spirit Week, it happens before winter break and it happens (for each senior) the night before graduation. It’s easy to see what a close knit community SBS truly is by watching one of the skits!
#79: Boarding Students.
As one graduating senior told me last year, “SBS isn’t just my home away from home, over the last four years it’s actually become my home.” Boarding students are an important part of our community, bringing life and laughter to the halls of Stoneleigh-Burnham School long after the academic day has ended.
#78: Veritas Supra Omnia.
Our motto, veritas supra omnia or truth above all reminds each of us to live with honor and integrity each day whether we are in classes or on the athletic fields.