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Principal's Message

March 26, 2020

Dear Wildcat Families - 


As you undoubtedly have now heard, the County has determined that our school closure should remain in place until May 1st.  I fully understand the concerns you must have for how we will maintain education and support for our students, and I am happy to say that our teachers have been using this last week to prepare for this shift. 

Starting on Monday, April 6th you can expect daily instruction to be provided, with clear expectations and requirements for students to complete and turn in work.  Teachers will post assignments and record grades on School Loop and then push virtual content through Google Classroom. Teachers will also provide feedback and assess and evaluate work turned in.  Each teacher will provide necessary accommodations for students and also will provide time for daily office hours to check in with students as needed.  

A really good use of time before April 6th would be to make sure your child is checking their email in School Loop and joining each Google Classroom their teachers have invited them to join.  They should be prepared to return to a virtual Stanley on Monday morning!

I will be providing more information prior to Monday, April 6th, but wanted to make sure you all knew that we are here and ready to launch new learning for our students.  We miss all of our Wildcats and look forward to building stronger connections and a stronger community during this challenging time. As of now, we are hoping to return after May 1st and have therefore not cancelled end of the year events.  We will be certain to provide information should this change.  

Thank you all for your patience, support, and offers of help as we come to terms with what this closure means for our children.  I also want to thank every Stanley and District staff member for pitching in, collaborating, and sharing resources to create and maintain the excellence in teaching and learning that we all expect to see in the Lafayette School District.   

I have emailed your children similar information through School Loop so they are also aware.  Please take a breath and know that despite this challenge, we will get through this together. 



Betsy Balmat 

March 16, 2020

Dear Wildcat Families - 

As you undoubtedly have heard, our County is now being directed to shelter-in-place.  Superintendent Whitmore’s email earlier this evening outlined new expectations for our campus and community, but please let me know if you have any additional questions about the weeks to come. Teachers at Stanley are committed to the education of your children and have put together learning opportunities to keep them actively engaged over the next ten days.  I encourage all of you to take advantage of these lessons and provide time and space for your children to learn. I have included the link to the lessons here. 

Please reach out if you have any questions or if there is anything I can help with.  

Stay healthy and positive.  


Betsy Balmat 

Stanley Middle School, Principal

August 19, 2019

Dear Wildcat Families - 

Another year has started at Stanley and it never fails to amaze me how radically our campus transforms with the arrival of our students.  Our campus is once again filled with buzz, excitement, and the smiling faces of middle school students engaged in meaningful learning. 

Last week we reminded everyone that hello is truly a magical word and can open many doors.  On Tuesday, we started off the school year by launching Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello campaign.  While Stanley has over 1200 students, we continually strive to foster inclusion and build a strong community.   We hope to raise awareness and educate students about how to reduce social isolation and create a connected and inclusive classroom, school, and community.  Teachers spent this first week helping students in getting to know each other and our Leadership Class led activities and events at lunch throughout the week.  We are also asking everyone to lead with kindness and start with hello!  For more information about Sandy Hook Promise, please visit:  

This Thursday will have our first Wildcat Chat from 8:45-10:00 am in the Stanley Library.  This monthly gathering is hosted by our PTA and provides an opportunity for parents to hear about happenings at Stanley.  Come have some coffee, meet the administrative team, and learn about our wonderful school. Topics will include:

  • Learning how we support students during the ups and downs of middle school

  • A presentation from our Counseling Team covering the changing roles of students and parents in middle school 

  • An overview of the new campus and all the wonderful things that happened with our construction

After the presentation, we will have our first PTA meeting of the year where you can learn about upcoming events and how to get involved at Stanley.  

I look forward to saying hello to all of you on Thursday!



Betsy Balmat 

Principal, Stanley Middle School 

What You Do Matters

Dear Wildcat Families -

We are rounding the corner into the final stretch of the year!  I know this can be a stressful time as a parent as you navigate ending the year while making plans for summer, but please join me in taking a moment to celebrate the successful end to another year!  Your students have learned many lessons, and while they may not have been the lessons you expected, they have grown and accomplished a great deal this year. Huge thanks go to the teachers and staff who are so dedicated to supporting our students in so many ways each and every day.

A few reminders for the upcoming week -

Monday - A regular school day.

Tuesday - Picnic days for all three grade-levels.  8th graders will be going to Six Flags for the day and 6th and 7th graders will attend classes until 12 and then each will have a class picnic from 12-2:53.  Many thanks to the parent volunteers who have devoted so much time to making this a day for celebrating!

Wednesday - Regular school day with yearbook distribution. Please remind your child to stop and think before they write or draw anything in another student’s yearbook.  This is a day where students often make a poor choice they later regret, so please help by supporting this message at home. We will be reminding and monitoring, but it does take a village!

Thursday - Half day with 12:15 dismissal.  Promotion for 8th graders will take place at 5:30 pm.

Over the summer, the Stanley campus will be closed for continued construction and modernization.  Should a need arise, administrators and the office staff will be located in the District Office building until June 28th and can also be reached by email. We will reopen the Stanley office on August 5th.  You will receive a summer mailer with information about Wildcat Day but here is a quick review of important dates for the 2019-20 school year.  

It has been my pleasure to be a part of your child’s middle school journey this year and could not imagine being in a more supportive and outstanding community.

Happy summer!


Dear Wildcat Families -

If the weather this weekend is any indication, spring has definitely sprung and thoughts of summer will start occupying people’s minds.  This is always a tricky time of year; there is still much to learn, so please encourage your children to stay focused and keep working hard.  They have been doing a great job for our state testing (SBAC). We have now finished the English/Language Arts portion and will be moving on to science and math.  

Last week we celebrated our first Diverse Ability Awareness Week.  Thanks to the wonderful planning by the students in our Leadership class, our Special Education teachers, and members from SEED, our students spent the week learning about and celebrating the diversity in all of us.  The week included activities during class and at lunch and was the perfect lead-in to our rally tomorrow for our Special Olympics team, which will be participating in events at Tuesday’s games at Acalanes.  Staff will all be wearing yellow tomorrow to show our support, so encourage your kids to join in. Best of luck to all our Olympians!

Finally, a word about parking:  From 7:30 to 4:00, please do not use spots marked for Staff Only.  Many parents are using these spaces to drop off students in the morning, forcing staff members to scramble.  Also, to ensure our buses have enough room to maneuver and to make the afternoon pick up safer for everyone, the lane in the main parking lot next to the multi-use room will be closed to car traffic: buses only.  At 2:30 pm each day, cones will be placed at the entrance and exit of the lane to mark their closure.

And lastly, we all know that drop off and pick up can be stressful, so please remember that we are all in this together and doing our best to keep kids safe.  A smile and kind gesture are always the better choice during moments of frustration.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming Student Showcase presented by Stanley teachers and LPIE.  The event will be on Thursday, May 16th with food trucks kicking off at 5:30. We are hopeful that some of the new classrooms will even be ready for us to see.  

More details to come but you will not want to miss this night where your children guide you through all that they have accomplished this year.  

Happy Spring and please reach out if you have questions or concerns.



Betsy Balmat

Go Wildcats!

March 12, 2019

Dear Wildcat Families -

Report cards have been mailed and are most likely landing in your mailboxes as I write.  This is always a good opportunity to reflect on the purpose of middle school and use this moment to check-in and reflect, rather than react.  Middle school is a time to learn many things, and there are lessons embedded in lessons: Not just who wrote the Constitution, but how to take notes and study for a test; not just how to write a gripping introduction but how to respond thoughtfully when you get constructive criticism; not just how to factor polynomials but how to manage your time and prioritize assignments.  These skills are essential and not always easy to attain; middle school is a great time and place to begin to develop them.

I hope that no matter the grades your child earned in classes this trimester, you use this as an opportunity to talk about the skills they have acquired and the skills they need to work on.  Remember that our teachers are here to help navigate all of this, because they care deeply about what our kids need, both now and in the future. As a reminder of their purpose and dedication, and for your enjoyment, I resend our Why We Are Here video.  

Please reach out if you have any questions or need any support.  We are here to help!


Betsy Balmat

March 1, 2019

Dear Wildcat Families -

As we make the turn into the final trimester of the school year, please take some time to speak with your children about the importance of staying focused and asking for help from their teachers.  On Monday, each 6th period class will spend time discussing standards of performance at Stanley. We will review behavioral expectations and remind students why kindness matters and how they can Be the Change at Stanley.  

We all know the importance of monitoring our children’s connection with technology and social media, but in this quickly changing arena it helps to know what questions to ask and what to look for.  There have been a few concerning trends recently at Stanley, so if your children have phones please take some time to talk to them about Tellonmy and the Momo Challenge. Tellonmy is an app which allows users to leave anonymous comments to other users.  Several students have downloaded Tellonmy, which unfortunately has led to some poor choices and cyberbullying. I have linked Common Sense Media’s description and rating of Tellonmy and encourage you to limit access to any platforms which encourage anonymous comments, as it often leads to cyberbullying.  

The Momo Challenge has been in the news lately and is being talked about by students on our campus.  The initial report was that students were being lured by an online presence - “Momo” - into a series of challenges which became increasingly dangerous and encouraged self-harm.  There now are reports circulating that this is an online hoax however it is important to speak with your kids about connecting with people they do not know online and also to allay any fears they may have about the mystique of the Momo Challenge.  I have included a link here of recent news coverage about this online concern.

We have two parent events coming up which I encourage you to attend and which will help us all work together to support students in having healthy connections to technology and social media:

March 12th and 13th we will be screening the movie LIKE.  This documentary does an outstanding job of uncovering the techniques used by companies to manipulate people into using and misusing social media and how this is especially dangerous for our youth.  Stanley teachers will be watching the movie on March 11th and 8th-grade students will be watching it in English classes, but we are hosting three different chances for parents to see it. Linked here is the flyer so you can take a look at the trailer and reserve your seat.  

April 11th we will be again hosting an evening event on Social Media/Cyber Safety with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office and the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  This is a repeat of the presentation held in November and will cover important topics such as protecting identity, online reputation and digital footprint; cyberbullying, as well as sexting and sextortion.  This is an event for parents and will be held in the Multi-Use Room at Stanley from 6-7pm.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last week’s Stanley Social.  A huge shout out to our chairs, Tina Frechman and Leanne Zimmerman for all their hard work and to our PTA President, Denise Cain for continuing to find ways to bring our Wildcat Community together.  I also want to thank everyone who encouraged and supported our students in this year’s Canned Food Drive. We collected over 1,500 pounds of food and $2,078 which equals 5,100 meals.  The Contra Costa Food Bank is ecstatic about our success. Wildcats were the change that made the difference in someone's life.

Many thanks for everyone’s commitment to our students and our community.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.


Betsy Balmat

January 19, 2019

Dear Wildcat Girls -

A great opportunity awaits you.  On Saturday, March 23rd, the AAUW (American Association of University Women) is sponsoring the fourth annual Expanding Your Horizons STEAM Conference at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.  The Conference aims to increase the interest of young women in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, to foster awareness of opportunities in STEAM-related fields, and to provide young women with opportunities to meet and interact with role models in STEAM-related fields.  

This is an all-day conference filled with amazing sessions and admission is only $25 per student.  There are scholarships available if needed so don’t let the cost get in the way of signing up.

Registration opens this Thursday, January 24th and spaces fill up quickly, so don’t miss out.  

Your science and math teachers will have brochures available or you can visit the website for more information.  

Get out there and be the change!

Mrs. Balmat


January 5, 2018

Dear Wildcat Families -

Hopefully, this finds you rested and ready to start the new year.  On Monday we will kick off 2019 by launching our Start With Hello campaign.  While Stanley has over 1200 students, we continually strive to foster inclusion and build a strong community.  However, social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and our schools; in every school and community, some young people suffer silently because they feel left out, alone, or invisible.  Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and depression. As a result, many pull further away from society, struggle with learning and social development or choose to hurt themselves or others.

This is why we are bringing Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello program to Stanley Middle School. 

The Start with Hello program raises awareness and educates students about how to reduce social isolation and create a connected and inclusive classroom, school, and community. Sandy Hook Promise will be at Stanley on Monday, January 7th to present Start With Helloto our students.  

Administration, teachers, and counselors will attend the presentation.  After the presentation, they will be available for any student who needs to talk and also will facilitate a smaller group discussion about inclusion and making connections.  Our Leadership Class will sustain Start With Hello through youth-led activities and events throughout the year.  The first activity will be a scavenger hunt during lunch where students will need to step outside their grade and group to get to know others.  

We are asking everyone to make the following resolution for 2019:  Lead with kindness and start with hello!     

For more information about Sandy Hook Promise, please visit and as always, reach out with any questions you may have.  


Betsy Balmat


December 7, 2018

Dear Stanley Families -

As many of you are aware, our community has recently lost a student, classmate, and friend.  Not everyone knew this student personally, but his loss has deeply affected our entire school and we are connected in sadness.  Our counselors and psychologists have held several sessions for students who wanted to come together to share stories, write letters, and reflect on how he touched their lives.  Our entire staff will continue to support students and help them get through this difficult time.

I am attaching information about supporting children during times of loss and grief should you need any additional support at home.  Please reach out with any questions as we are here to help. 


Betsy Balmat

Grief in Children_ Tips for Parents.pdf


November 16th, 2018

Dear Stanley Families -

While there was a quick end to the week, I truly wish everyone a safe and restful Thanksgiving Break.  During the week while we are all being thankful, please take a moment to appreciate the support of Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) as a critical part of the comprehensive education we provide to our students. I want to extend my thanks to LPIE and give you a brief summary of what they do for our school.

LPIE works with each school and the Lafayette School District to provide “gap funding” for our schools. With a board of parent and community volunteers, they raise funds for Lafayette's four elementary schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School. For 38 years, they have been an important part of our school's success and your student's learning experience.  Without them, the impact of the state budgets of the past several years would be much more severe and would have significant repercussions for many of our programs.

This year at Stanley alone, LPIE has committed to fund:

  • $429,000 to support elective sections and supplies in art, music, robotics, World Language, home economics, computers, wood technology, and music mentors

  • $100,000 for science and math sections representing an increase of $80,000

  • $176,000 in technology funding (not sure if we should include Chromebooks or make it more general)

  • $156,000 for counseling and wellness, an increase of $116,000

  • $76,000 for lunchtime clubs, after-school homework help, and after school sports

Thank you to LPIE and their generous donors for directly funding our school's needs!
 Please make sure to visit to get more details on the programs supported by LPIE. 


Betsy Balmat

Principal, Stanley Middle School


November 10, 2018

Dear Wildcat Families -

Our thoughts go out to our California neighbors who have been tragically affected by the latest fires.  Even as far away as we are, the impact is still felt each time we take a breath.  At Stanley, we have a Purple Air sensor on campus and are closely monitoring the air quality and responding as needed.  The map is linked here so you can stay informed.  Last week, we held physical education classes indoors, limited activity at lunch, and canceled outdoor sports.  We will continue to respond in the coming days until the air is clear.

Hopefully, you had a chance this week to open a dialogue with your children regarding their cyber lives.  On Friday, we had a student assembly on cyberbullying and cyber safety, presented by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.  After the assembly, all students participated in a small group conversation with their classroom teacher, where they shared their experiences and learned what to do if they are concerned about their own well-being or that of a classmate.  

Linked here you will find the slides from the parent meeting, the student assemblies, and the handout from the parent presentation.  Please note that the 6th-grade assembly did not include the explicit language of sexting and sextortion, but rather focused on sharing private and sensitive material or information.  We greatly appreciate the wonderful job done by Deputy District Attorney Lauren Whalen and Senior Inspector Darryl Holcombe and are looking to secure an evening parent presentation for those who were unable to attend.  

You may have noticed that we now have assigned staff spaces which are reserved for staff members who have a Stanley placard on their rearview mirror.  There are still many unassigned spaces as well as parking on the street. We would greatly appreciate you being respectful of the staff spaces by not parking there during school hours. Also, please make sure that you do not leave your vehicles unattended or parked in the drop off lane.  Our buses come in and out of this lane and a parked car causes a great deal of backup.

As I am sure you know, there is no school Monday in observance of Veterans Day when we take time to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.

Many thanks for everyone’s support of our Stanley community.



Betsy Balmat

Principal, Stanley Middle School


November 3, 2018

Dear Wildcat Community -

In the week ahead, I encourage you to engage in a dialogue with your child about their social media lives.  Middle school is a time when many of our students explore and experiment with social media sites including Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and group text messages.  As adults, we know the importance of reflecting on our communication, recognizing our digital footprint, and navigating privacy online, but this is a skill that is acquired after many lessons learned.  No student should experience online bullying, but often behavior online is unkind so together as a school community, we hope to address this concern.

In an attempt to raise awareness about online behavior in all of our students, on Friday, November 9th, in conjunction with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office and the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Stanley will be hosting a Social Media/Cyber Safety presentation covering such important topics as protecting identity, online reputation and your digital footprint; cyber-bullying, and for our older students, sexting and sextortion.  Teachers will follow up with students by facilitating a conversation around their experiences with cyberbullying and also provide information regarding how to speak up should they see anything online which they know is not appropriate.

There will also be a parent meeting with Deputy District Attorney Laura Whalen on Tuesday, November 6th from 8:45-9:45 AM in the Stanley Library to brief parents on the topics being covered and answer any questions you might have.  Please try to attend as this is an important topic for us to partner on.  

I hope to see you Tuesday, but if you cannot attend I will follow up with an email on Friday to share specific topics raised at our student assembly so you can also discuss them at home.


Betsy Balmat

Principal, Stanley Middle School


October 29, 2018

Dear Stanley Families,

We wanted to share some information with you regarding our annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm we will be having our annual Halloween Parade on the blacktop. Parents are welcome to attend.  

Prizes will be given for the best costume in each category. The costume categories are: Best Pair, Most Creative, Best Group (4 or more), Scariest/Monsters, Funniest, Impersonation and Memes/Vines (school appropriate). We ask that students not wear their costumes to school. They should bring the costume to school and they will be given time to change right before the parade. Weapons or a weapon look-alike are not allowed.

The Student Council is also proud to sponsor a Carved Pumpkin Contest. There have been some very creative carvings over the years and we have a feeling this year will be just as good! Designs should be appropriate for the school environment. Students should bring their entries to the tables near the multi-use room on Wednesday, October 31, BEFORE school. Judging will occur during the day and prizes will be awarded at the end of the parade. Pumpkins should be picked up and taken home right after school.


We know this will be a good time had by all and we appreciate your support!



Betsy Balmat



September 30, 2018

Dear Wildcat Families -

We are now halfway through our first trimester and the year is in full swing!  There are many amazing things happening at Stanley, and I hope that your children are sharing a few of them with you.

Last week our students showcased their lunchtime clubs during our first Club Day.  Each of our almost thirty clubs is created by our students and open to all. Check out the club list linked here and encourage your children to visit a club or start their own.  Tomorrow we will begin our annual One Book One School program when our selection for the year will be revealed.  Everyone in our Stanley community will read this book together. For two weeks, we will have an amended schedule allowing students to meet after lunch in small, mixed grade-level groups facilitated by a staff member.  Groups will read and discuss this year’s selection and it is our sincere hope that this time together will not only promote literacy but also bring us closer together as a Stanley community. We will send out an announcement Monday afternoon to reveal this year’s book title and encourage everyone to read together with us.

On Thursday, October 18th we will be having a shortened day to allow time for parent-teacher conferences.  These conferences differ from the elementary model as not all parents will be expected to come in during parent conference time.  Progress reports will be mailed home on Friday, October 5th to those students whose teachers have concerns regarding student progress (i.e., not every student will receive a progress report).  If a teacher indicates on the progress report that they would like to meet,  please call the front office and schedule a conference time through the main office.  Typically these requests are initiated for students who are struggling or are not meeting expectations.  We do not limit our accessibility to any parent who wants to meet to discuss their child’s progress. Parents who want to meet with any teacher can use the conference day, or another time (before or after school) to schedule a phone call or meeting.  

This Thursday will be our PTA General Meeting at 8:45 am in the Stanley Library.  Please join us to meet our new Superintendent, Richard Whitmore and hear from our Stanley Counselors.  We will be sharing how we support your children while they are with us at school and how we can all work together to build resilience during moments of struggle.  I will also be sharing more about our One Book One School and school theme of Be the Change.

One last note, if you are a science enthusiast and are interested in co-chairing a Stanley Science Bowl Team, please reach out to me at  The 2019 Bay Area Regional Science Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for our middle school students and we would love to have Stanley representation but need a dedicated parent’s help.

As always, thank you for your support and Go Wildcats!



Betsy Balmat

Stanley Middle School, Principal


August 24, 2018

Hello from the Counseling Department!

At Stanley, we have three professionally trained counselors on campus who are available to meet with students individually or in groups for short-term counseling and general support. In addition to one on one counseling, we conduct classroom lessons and observations, as well as collaborate with other student support professionals.

We truly believe that we have the best job in the world because we are problem solvers--we offer creative interventions and help students access the many academic and social opportunities offered at Stanley. A few specific examples of how we support students:

  • The counselors work closely with administrators, teachers, outside professionals and families. We believe that the collaborative team approach is appropriate to the developmental needs of our middle school students.

  • Conduct student check-ins and conflict resolution facilitation when there are specific emotional needs.

  • Consult with classroom teachers regarding social-emotional support for all students.

  • Classroom observation of students at the request of teachers, administrators and/or parents when questions arise about social/emotional challenges or learning differences.

  • One-on-one parent consultation when students are experiencing social and emotional challenges related to school and/or familial strain (i.e. illness, family transitions, loss, conflict).

  • Support the implementation and integration of social-emotional learning and self-regulation curriculum.

  • Provide appropriate resources and referrals when outside support is needed.

The Stanley Counselors are available to help students, staff, and parents. Your counselor is available in person in room 207, by phone, or by email. We see students based on the first letter of their last name. Always feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. 

Lucy Ridgway (A - Go) (925) 927-3543 Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri

Mary Nolan (Gp - P) (925) 927-3541 Monday - Friday

Tiffany Sullivan (Q - Z) (925) 927-3542 Monday - Friday  



August 21, 2018

Congratulations on a wonderful first day of school!  We all agree that Stanley is much more fun with students here. 

For those of you who are new to our school, Wednesday morning is a late start with classes beginning at 9:24am.  If you need to drop your child off earlier than that, our Stanley Cafe opens at 8:15am.  Have them buy a muffin and hang out with friends in a supervised environment.  We encourage you to bring them here as an alternative to going downtown!




August 20, 2018

Dear Parents -

First, a huge thanks to all of the parent volunteers who made today as smooth as possible.  It is no easy task to make a school year launch and it would certainly not have happened without their dedicated service to our school community.   

Also, many thanks to each and every one of you who took a deep breath and navigated the day with grace and patience!  I know this was not always easy especially with the noted parking issues but rest assured that we are taking notes for next year and always strive to improve.  

Tomorrow morning will begin a new adventure in middle school and I encourage all of us to savor this fleeting moment with our kids and enjoy the journey.  

Here are a few things to note for tomorrow:

Student Schedules

If you have concerns regarding your child’s schedule, please note that mistakes such as no 3rd period or 2 PE classes, should be brought to the attention of the office as soon as possible so we can correct these.  Requests for elective changes will begin on August 28th, so please have your child come to the office on that date to fill out a change form. While we can’t always make these changes, we will do our best. Also note, that this process does not include personal preference scheduling changes.

Drop Off/Pick Up

For the safety of all of our students, please exercise caution as we all learn to maneuver through our new parking lot.  If possible, use extra time for drop off and pick up or consider carpooling, biking, or dropping off away from the campus.  

Planners/IDs/PE Jerseys

All three of these items will be delivered to students in school this week.  

Many thanks for all of your support and here’s to a wonderful year!



Betsy Balmat


August 13, 2018

Dear Parents of 6th Grade Wildcats -

For many years at Stanley, we have been increasing and refining our use of technology in the classroom.  And now, thanks to your support, we are thrilled to announce our 1:1 program for the 6th-grade class. Starting the second week of school, all 6th graders will be issued a school Chromebook to use for the coming school year at no cost.  These devices will be checked out to your child for the school year and they will be taking them home and to school each day. There is no need for you to purchase anything special for these devices as they will come with their own protective case which will fit into a standard backpack.  Each student will review policies and expectations at the start of the school year. Detailed information and an agreement will be sent home to each family for your review and a signature prior to a device being issued.

This is an exciting step for our school community and one that could not happen without the dedication of our teachers and support staff along with your commitment to supporting education in Lafayette through your LPIE donation.  

I know that you may have many questions and rest assured that we will have more dialogue as we roll out this program, but I wanted to make sure you were all aware of the exciting change ahead!


Betsy Balmat



August 12, 2018

Dear Wildcat Families -

As many of you know, Stanley has been under construction this summer to add much-needed and updated classrooms.  Construction is not scheduled to be completed until the 2019-20 school year, but we are ready to open our doors for 2018-19, beginning with new student orientation this Wednesday, August 15th.  As always, teaching and learning will proceed in a safe and productive environment.

I welcome all of you to attend our Welcome Coffee and first PTA meeting on Wednesday, August 29th at 8:45 am for a tour of the campus and an update on our facilities.  

See you all at Wildcat Days!

Betsy Balmat



August 9, 2018

Dear Stanley Families -

There is no denying it any longer, school is just around the corner!  I truly hope everyone has had a summer filled with moments of relaxation and enrichment, and that you are now ready for the next chapter to begin.  I am thrilled to once again begin this school year as Principal along with my outstanding administrative team. Brian Mangold will be returning as Assistant Principal and
joining us this year as Assistant Principal is Jeffrey Miles.  Jeff has been a middle school teacher for many years and spent the last three years as an assistant principal in San Leandro. We welcome him to our community and all three of us look forward to supporting the needs of our students, teachers, and parents.  

If you have driven by the Stanley campus lately, you know we have had much happening here thanks to Measure C!  We currently are covered in dust, but will soon have a beautiful campus to house our growing student population.  As with any construction project, there will be a few changes to how things, e.g. traffic, usually flow, but we appreciate your patience as we complete this exciting project.  

I hope that everyone has had a smooth experience registering, verifying residency, and providing immunization records.  I did mine this weekend and am grateful to the many parent volunteers who made this such an easy year. Special thanks to Denise Cain, Amy Orear, Liz Radding, Jim Freeby, and Amy Hollyfield for the hours spent on Wildcat Day and the entire registration process.  And in case you didn’t see it, new this year we are selling class spirit shirts to build community. Students can wear these for Fun Friday points so don’t forget to order your class t-shirt! Also, Stanley will be doubling down on our efforts to reduce landfill waste this year.  Reusable water bottles and lunch containers, as well as washable labels for your child’s clothing and belongings, can be purchased online or at Wildcat Day.

Please note the following dates and times for these upcoming school events:

6th Grade/New Student Orientation - Wednesday, August 15th - 10:00-12:00 - Stanley MUR

New Stanley Wildcats will be led through orientation activities to help them get to know Stanley and each other.  Students who attend are encouraged to stick around from 12:00-2:00 to get their school picture taken. 

6th Grade/New Parent Gathering - Wednesday, August 15th - 10:00-11:00 - Music Room Courtyard

This is an opportunity, hosted by PTA and LPIE leadership, for new Wildcat parents to learn about Stanley and its community.  The event will be a meet and greet format, and parent volunteers will share information about how our PTA and LPIE support our school.

New 7th and 8th Student Math Assessment - Wednesday, August 15th - 8:30-9:30

This assessment is only for new incoming 7th and 8th grade students.  Room location will be posted outside the school office.

Wildcat Day - Monday, August 20th - 8:30-12:30 - Stanley MUR

Bring your parent portal email confirmation, the student responsibility technology use agreement, and the district handbook acknowledgment form and students can pick up their schedule and get their school picture taken.  We anticipate a rush of eager students and parents at 8:30am, so you may want to arrive later during the event to avoid longer lines. Please note that if you have not verified residency or updated 7th grade immunizations, your student will not be able to get a school schedule.  

Student Pictures  

Student pictures will be taken on Wildcat Day, but there will also be an opportunity for students to take their picture from 12pm to 2pm on August 15th, after the 6th Grade/New Student Orientation.  We encourage returning students (i.e. 7th and 8th graders) to come from 1-2pm on Wednesday, August 15th to get their picture out of the way before Wildcat Day. Here is information from our photographer to help make sure your child takes a great picture.

Welcome PTA Coffee and Facilities Tour - Wednesday, August 29th - 8:45am - Stanley Blacktop

Join us for our first PTA meeting with a welcome coffee and tour of the campus.  

Wildcat Weekly Newsletter

The first installment of our Wildcat Weekly will be sent out on Sunday, August 19th.  There is a great deal of information from PTA and the school, so be sure to sign up here!  This newsletter is sent out each Sunday during the school year.  I will also be sending monthly letters with additional information but encourage all of you to register and read our newsletter.  

Please enjoy the remaining days of summer but know that we are here to help should you have any questions.  



Betsy Balmat




Principal's Opening Message:

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at Stanley Middle School.  Stanley is a place where everyone belongs, and where we all are Wildcats!  This school year will be filled with chances for students to challenge themselves, take risks, explore, and learn, in a setting where they will feel supported and encouraged with every step they take.  Throughout our campus, every staff member works to achieve our goals of challenging and inspiring our students during their adolescent years.  


Stanley is a place of learning widely recognized for its academic success and the diversity of programs it offers to its students.  We pride ourselves on a rigorous, comprehensive academic program and a wide variety of enrichment activities.  In each classroom, our amazing teachers create engaging lessons and learning opportunities which allow each and every student to grow.


We also believe strongly in the social and emotional development of all our students, and that we are charged with helping young people to grow into responsible and ethical citizens in a global society.  To that end, we continue as a CHARACTER COUNTS!®  school, emphasizing the six pillars of character: Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, and we embrace our theme this year of Be The Change.  


As we navigate this year together, please stay involved and reach out whenever you need help.


Embrace your Wildcat Pride and have a great year!





Betsy Balmat