The Many Traditions of Stanley
History of the Bulldog Boogie
This Stanley tradition began in 2012 as the Sockhop, a fun and simple way for K12 families to connect and play outside of school hours. Stanley parents brought a DJ and popcorn into the Ballroom for the evening and worked with our dance teacher, who led the children in line dances. Parents and children spent two hours playing, dancing, laughing and building friendships.
This tradition has evolved over the years, as parent volunteers introduced a photo booth and themed crafts. This year, our dance teacher will teach us some moves that tie into her September dance class units. We've also updated our beloved event with a new name to encompass all kinds of dancing and we invite the youngest members of our student community, our TK classroom, to join us!
Bulldog Boogie Gallery
History of the 3-4-5 Fall Festival
Created as the 3-4-5 counterpart to the successful K-1-2 Sock Hop held the previous fall, this Stanley tradition, originally called the 3-4-5 Hoedown, began in January 2013. Timing it to coincide with our city’s annual Stock Show, parents designed this event, bringing with them hay, square dancing and 3-4-5 community building for the evening. Our dance teacher led the children in dances, and children and families got to enjoy time together. Over the years, parents added Western-themed activities and students began to don bandanas and cowboy boots. Parent volunteers brought in a photo booth and activities like the ring toss and the crowd-favorite: a ball toss at a scarecrow who looks like our headmaster. While we have updated the event’s name to mirror the event’s fall timing, we will continue to look forward to the traditional games and fun we’ve enjoyed throughout the years!
Fall Festival Gallery
History of Bricks and Brews
Bricks and Brews has given Stanley dads, guardians and grandfathers a monthly opportunity to hang out together for the past 8 years. This Stanley tradition was created and continues to be run by a long-time Stanley dad. Come for the basketball. Come for the beer. Come to meet and get to know other Stanley parents twice a month throughout the school year. Check the flyer or Stanley’s calendar for the next one!
History of Bike-to-School Day
Bike-to-School Day at Stanley began in spring 2016 during Earth Week, in collaboration with our Second Grade Green Team and the PA's Sustainability Committee to reduce gas usage. The following year, parents organized a fall Bike-to-School day, continuing the momentum of the inaugural event. They timed it early in the school year to encourage Stanley's families to consider biking to school in good weather throughout the year once they discovered their bike route to school.
Bike to School Day Gallery
History of Sunday Funday
Brand new in 2022, Sunday Funday was our first ever bring-your-own-picnic gathering hosted by Stanley's Parent Association. With no agenda, speakers or anything formal, our families gathered to simply play and spend time together to celebrate the start of school.