October 2010 Archives

Redbird Rumble article in Examiner

Students Try to Take Down Faculty in Flag Football

BY JENNIFER KOHLHEPP Staff Writer

Stone Bridge Middle School Principal Mark Guterl (l) tries to elude Upper Freehold Regional School District Assistant Superintendent Stephen Cochrane during the Redbird Rumble on Oct. 22. More photos at gmnews.com. PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff Stone Bridge Middle School Principal Mark Guterl (l) tries to elude Upper Freehold Regional School District Assistant Superintendent Stephen Cochrane during the Redbird Rumble on Oct. 22. More photos at gmnews.com.PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staffALLENTOWN -- The Redbirds rumbled and the sixth- and seventh-grade faculty team soared to the top.

The teachers took the championship title after defeating the student team in a game of flag football with a score of 4-2. The Redbird Rumble, held Oct. 22 at the Allentown High School football stadium, pitted Stone Bridge Middle School faculty against faculty, students against students and the best of both groups against each other in games of flag football until there was a victor.

The event, sponsored by the PTA, started last year to promote community spirit and pride within the middle school. There's also a Redbird Rally volleyball tournament in the spring.

"Both events were the brainchild of the PTA and have been well attended," Principal Mark Guterl said. "Because middle school is where kids develop in so many different areas, we look to offer opportunities that help students shine in every facet of their life."

Left: Stone Bridge Middle School students play tag football. Above: Stone Bridge Middle School students get ready to play flag football. Left: Stone Bridge Middle School students play tag football. Above: Stone Bridge Middle School students get ready to play flag football.The Redbird Rumble not only gives kids the opportunity to shine, but also forges stronger relationships with their peers, teachers and principal.

"Anytime a student feels connected with the adults in the building, you have a better school, particularly a better middle school," Guterl said. "All of the games were competitive and entertaining. It was a great deal of fun and a wonderful event for our middle school."

Assistant Superintendent Stephen Cochrane said, "In the very best schools, there is a zest to the relationships among students, staff and parents. The Redbird Rumble is a great way to foster community spirit and to bring people together -- sometimes quite literally!"

Cochrane thanked parents Amie Kazawic and Vanessa DePompo, who organized the event, all the staff and students who played, and everyone who came out to cheer players on.

"It was a tremendous event and a great deal of fun," he said.

RED RIBBON WEEK - Oct. 25th-29th

Red Ribbon Week is October 25th - 29th. Wearing a red ribbon signals that you are joining the fight against drinking and drug abuse to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free. Ms. Carrea, our 7th/8th grade counselor, has organized each day for students to celebrate their stand against drinking and drug abuse.

  • Monday is Red Ribbon Day (wear red)
  • On Tuesday, show that Living Drug-Free is No Sweat (wear sweat shirts/pants)
  • On Wednesday, Give Drugs The Slip (wear slippers)
  • On Thursday, Team Up Against Drugs (wear your favorite sports team clothing)
  • On Friday, Don't Let Drugs Sneak Up on You (wear sneakers). Join in the fun to show that we are united for DRUG-FREE YOUTH.

A special event for 7-8th graders will be held on Wednesday, November 7th - Red Ribbon Red Sock Hop - Dancing - a healthy way to have fun!

Need Cyberbullying Resources?

As you know, cyberbullying is a national concern. We know that our students speak digitally and that we (parents and school) need to work together to help our students understand the powerful impact that a mistake on a cell phone or computer can have on a life forever.

During the 2010-2011 school year, the Anti-Bullying Coalition (ABC) will focus our attention on cyberbullying. I have attached some of our cyberbullying resources that are currently on the ABC website (http://www.ufrsd.net/pages/ms_abc_olweus). Visit the website for more tips for parents! 

Thank you for Standing UNited Against Bullying!

SBMS Drama Club Fundraiser @ Red Robin

It is our pleasure to announce the annual Drama Club Fund-raiser @ the Hamilton Marketplace Red Robin!

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 20th from 5-8 PM. If you go to the Hamilton Marketplace Red Robin for dinner and present the coupon (Coupon.pdf) to your server, 15% of your total bill will be donated to the SBMS Drama Club! Last year the place was packed with UFRSD families & staff -- we made over $600! Thanks to those who attended last year, and we hope to see you there again this year. (The coupon can be used on take-out orders also.)

In the next day or two, flyers will be distributed to all students. Thanks in advance for supporting this event! Any questions, please feel free to e-mail Tara Bartlett

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