#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.
#87: The WAV.
Whether you call it the WAV or the Stallion every SBS girl from 2003 on has taken a ride on Stoneleigh-Burnham’s little white bus. It safely transports the girls to dances and away games and weekend activities too.
#86: Coolers for Away Games.
Every Saturday when you enter the dining hall you’ll find students and coaches packing their lunches into the giant away game coolers. It’s a gentle reminder that even though it’s the weekend our students are still busy and involved!
#85: Senior Projects.
Senior projects are one of my favorite parts of the SBS curriculum. They allow girls the chance to conduct an independent study in a subject of her choice for the duration of her senior year. Throughout my years at Stoneleigh-Burnham I have seen fashion shows, one woman plays, listened to violin concerts, watched wildlife documentaries, learned about a variety of lab research projects and witnessed several dance performances. Each and every project has been unique to the girl who created it and each has been fascinating.
#84: Student Artwork.
Stoneleigh-Burnham’s walls are adorned with a variety of self portraits, paintings and other various projects created by our students over the years. Around nearly every corner you will find student paintings, drawings and photos reflecting the various eras of student artists. Dash over to our art loft and you’ll find works in progress…from woven pieces to ceramics to photography, each one beautiful in it’s own right.
#83: Bonding Trips.
You complain about them while you’re on them but at the end of the day the class bonding trips are always fun. Whether you’re on an overnight like the Middle School or 9th grade classes or you’re whitewater rafting (like our Senior Class this year) they are sure to end up being a blast!
#92: Common Rooms.
Here at SBS each residential hallway has its own common room. Comfy couches, microwaves, televisions and computers make these rooms a popular hang out for our students. You can find students here on weekends and during free time relaxing with friends.
#91: Riding Lessons.
You can’t appreciate the convenience of having your riding lessons less than a five minute walk from your dorm room unless you’re a rider. Being within walking distance of your lessons, your ponies, your coaches and the barn is truly wonderful for all of our riders.
#90: Jesser Science Center.
Built in 2000, Jesser Science Center features up to date chemistry, biology and physics labs and it’s home to our middle school program as well. The biology lab is always filled to the brim with plants, frogs and other life…while the chemistry lab is always kept spotless (except during a lab of course!). It’s a great place for a budding scientist…or a current middle schooler.
Dance Performance Project has been entertaining audiences for many years. Spots are available by audition only and the select group of dancers work overtime (an extra half hour daily) to prepare 2-3 additional pieces. Watching their performances is always enlightening and entertaining!
#88: Summer Programs.
In addition to the wonderful things that happen at SBS during the school year, we also have a group of dedicated summer programs students and staff who fill the hallways with laughter all summer long. It’s a delight to see “students” on campus without the stress of classes and tests!
#97: Founder’s Day.
Our Middle School is young…just six years ago we welcomed our first group of students to join the founding middle school class. One of the traditions they started was “Founder’s Day” a day off from classes in the spring where students get to relax and enjoy each others company. You can see pictures from the most recent Founder’s Day here.
#96: Weekend Activities.
Last weekend there was the dance…and a trip to Wrentham to go shopping…and movies and pizza. Next weekend there is a mall trip…an organized bike ride and outdoor games (Lazer tag around campus anyone?). Every weekend the activities change and there is always something new to do…no matter what you’re interested in!
Whether you’re a current student and you call if FirstClass or you’re an alumna who remembers it as Owlnet…it’s a great (and super easy) way to stay connected to every member of the SBS community. With a variety of features…and student and faculty announcements…it’s easy to keep on top of everything that’s going on.
#94: The Shuttle.
It’s free, it’s easy and it will take you anywhere in Greenfield on weekends. What’s not to love???
Stoneleigh-Burnham wouldn’t be the school it is without the students who attend…each member of our community is unique and special in her own way. We have artists and dancers, athletes and activists, riders and scholars. No matter your passion, we’ll help you pursue it here…and our diverse student body will expand your horizons and introduce you to people and subjects you otherwise might never have encountered.
Having a mentor and friend in the 11th or 12th grade when you’re in any grade is wonderful. RA’s are a constant source of support, inspiration and, often, amusement for our underclassmen. They are there to cheer them up when they have a bad day, remind them when they need to be in “Little D” dress code or eat dinner with them when their friends are away for the weekend. RA’s are a vital part of our community and their influence is seen throughout our students.
#101: Family Weekend.
Each Fall and Spring our campus is flooded with students and families from across the nation and across the world. As you walk the halls during family weekend you can hear Japanese being spoken in one room, French in another and Russian in yet another. It’s delightful to meet each of the families and learn more about each of our SBS girls!
#100: Formal Dinners.
You may have dreaded them as a student but as an alumna, and a current member of the faculty, I have come to love formal dinners. They give the students a chance to share a meal with someone they otherwise might never have sat with and it gives faculty the chance to hear about the students classes, lives and adventures without having the pressures of advisee meetings or tests looming overhead.
It may be the first place you go each morning and the last place you see each night…or you may spend time there on weekends waiting for your pizza or chinese food to be delivered. No matter the scenario, reception is an important part of SBS. It’s where you pick up your packages, and Carolyn, our faithful and friendly receptionist, is the first face visiting families see when they arrive at SBS.
Each Tuesday the faculty, staff and students of Stoneleigh-Burnham School gather together in the Capen Room to share news of birthdays, athletic games, club meetings and other school business. It gives the whole community a chance to recognize and celebrate classes, teams , students and faculty for all the wonderful things they are doing at SBS each and every day.
Sometime in mid-April SBS usually holds the first of many spring BBQ’s. There are many great places on campus to barbeque including the hill overlooking the back fields and the courtyard. There’s nothing better than dinner outside on a beautiful summer night!
#106: 9th Grade Overnight.
I remember my own 9th grade overnight and the various antics my classmates and I engaged in. Six years later the 9th grade class still heads to Roads End Farm in Southern New Hampshire for their overnight bonding trip. It’s a chance to get to know friends while spending time enjoying the outdoors…and you get to help throw hay to the horses in the morning from the back of the tractor!
#105: The Attic.
Students at SBS are lucky since they don’t have to take all their extra stuff home every year, instead they can box it up and store it in the attic over the summer. Why bring home your winter jacket and snowboard for summer vacation, you won’t need them!
The “Phone-A-Thon Fiesta” as it’s been named in recent years is a great way to connect with alumnae young and old while helping your school. Plus, it’s a fiesta which means yummy snacks and games throughout the time you’re volunteering. What a fun way to get involved!
#103: Barn Proctors.
They arrive at the barn before you and they stay till it closes. Barn proctors help make sure everyone is pulling their weight at the barn and they assist our coaches during horse shows. Our barn wouldn’t run as smoothly as it does without their help!
#112: Long Winter Weekend.
Seriously, who wouldn’t love a 5 day break at the end of January. Just when the dreary cold days start to get to you, SBS gives you a long weekend! Whether you head home, take a mini vacation, go on a school trip (Montreal anyone?) or head to a friends house, Long Winter Weekend is a welcome break!
#111: Spearth Day.
Community service in the morning and carnival in the afternoon. Favorite activities in the past have included the dunk tank, cotton candy machine and of course, the talent show (more on that later).
#110: Omelets to Order.
If waffles don’t do it for you, there are always omelets to order available on weekends. With tons of fresh veggies, meats and cheeses to choose from its a great way to start your weekend off right!
#109: Faculty Pets.
Whether your partial to cats, dogs, bunny rabbits or plants there are tons of faculty “pets” to choose from. I’m partial to my own dog (who is about to be made famous) but there are lots of other pets on campus too! From our Dean of Students black labs to our Academic Deans Newfoundland..to our Spanish Teachers “pet plants” (we know they aren’t really pets but hey, so what!) there is something for everyone…and don’t worry, if you aren’t a fan (or you’re unfortunately allergic) we make sure to keep them far away from you!
#108: Community Service Club.
Whether they are preparing a community meal or raising money to donate to the heifer project the community service club is always active and involved! They keep SBS students involved in and active in helping others as near as Greenfield, MA and as far away as Africa!