News and Events
School Spirit Week! Oct 27th - 31st
All Blaine Students, K-8, are welcome to join in each day next week and show your School Spirit!
Mono Color Monday: K-5=any color; 6th=Blue; 7th=Red; 8th=White
Time Travel Tuesday: K-5=any era; 6th=60's; 7th=70's; 8th=80's
Wacky Hair Wednesday
True Team Thursday: wear your favorite sports team
Fun Fall Friday: wear Fall colors, orange and black or just a fun Fall outfit
Wed, October 29th, 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Mark your calendar - Wednesday, October 29th is 2 hour early dismissal. This will provide Staff time for professional development.
ASB Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
The ASB WREATH FUNDRAISER is up and running! Orders for Holiday Evergreens are now being taken in the main office.
The deadline to get your order in is October 30th. All orders will arrive at the school before Thanksgiving. All proceeds are used to fund ASB sponsored activities. Please contact Jennifer Anderson at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you for your support!
Time to Turn in your BOX TOPS!
When you return Box Top and Labels for Education be sure to indicate your child's classroom, so they get credit. The class with the most Box Tops at the end of the year will earn a celebration party!
Clipped Box Tops earn $.10 CASH for our school. Through Labels for Education, we earn points in which we are able to "shop" for school supplies. Historically, funds and points earned are used to purchase playground equipment!
For additional information about the Box Tops program, please go to www.BoxTops4Education.com
You'll be surprised how many products participate in these programs. KEEP CLIPPING!! Dria Andersen - Box Tops Coordinator, Fundraising@BlainePTA.com
OCTOBER MAP TESTING SCHEDULE - 1st and 2nd Grades
Our first and second grade students will be taking the fall MAP test at some point during the month of October. The schedule is posted below by teacher. Please make sure your student gets a good night sleep and a good breakfast in order for them to perform their best on the assessment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AP, Mrs. Mosimann at firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL MAP TESTING SCHEDULE 2014
Monday 27-Oct MAKE-UP ANY 12:55-1:55
Monday 27-Oct Johanson Math 9:35-10:35
Tuesday 28-Oct Johanson Reading 9:35-10:35
Wed 29-Oct Christiansen Math 9:35-10:35
Thursday 30-Oct Christiansen Reading 9:35-10:35
Friday 31-Oct MAKE-UP ANY TBD
Tuesday, November 4th K-8 Picture Retakes
Lifetouch will be back at Blaine on Tuesday, Novmeber 4th to take any grade level "retakes". Order forms available on glass counter outside of the office or order online at www.lifetouch.com
Tuesday, November 4th, PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm
PTA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:00pm. We welcome guest speaker Stefanie Thomson from the Seattle Police Department to discuss Internet Safety with parents. She will have presented earlier in the day during two asssemblies, the first for 5th grade students and the second for Middle School students.
Free childcare provided by Blaine Middle School students (potty trained children and older).
Host a Table! Orientation, Nov 5th, 6:30pm
On Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm, your Cultural Night Committee will be holding a Table Host Orientation (with free childcare provided).
Have you ever lived in a different country? Do you have family who lives in another country, or does your family have a favorite country to visit? On Thursday, December 4th, Catharine Blaine will host its first CULTURAL NIGHT and we are looking for families who would like to host a table…
Your Cultural Night Committee is hard at work planning out the travel maps and activities your children will enjoy as they learn about various countries around the world (countries that are important to members of our own Blaine community). We are working on entertainment, a delicious potluck sample table, a giant wall map where kids can mark places that are special to them, and much more. And we are HOPING to have families with a particular interest in a country be willing to host a table to teach folks a little something about their country of choice.
If you would like to learn more about this experience and consider hosting a table for a country that is near and dear to your heart, please plan to join us. We will give you the details of what we are hoping for from that night and will work closely with you to support any needs you may have in making this happen. If you are interested in hosting a table (or learning more about it), but are unable to attend the Table Host Orientation, please email us at email@example.com
. We will love to meet with you individually.
Wed, Nov 12th, Ski and Snowboard Club Information Meeting, 7:00pm
Join us Nov 12th at 7:00pm in the Library.
Is your child in 6th-8th grade and interested in Ski and Snowboard Club? Are you interested in helping out? If so please come to the informational meeting to have all your questions answered on how to be involved. Students are welcome to attend. Questions, contact Jen Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 24th & 25th, Middle School Conference UPDATE
Middle School conferences for students in grades 6-8 will be held on Monday
November 24th and Tuesday November 25th.
We consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to offer conference time to Middle School families as this is not typical for other Middle Schools and a perk to being in the K-8!
In order to accommodate our ever growing population conferences are held arena style.
All conferences are first come, first served and you can expect approximately 5 minutes with each teacher. You are welcome to meet with as many or as few teachers as you would like. Please remember that the Middle School team works hard to support your student in Middle School and are in close communication with many of you along the way.
6th Grade Science Hallway
For students we have unique concerns for, we will be personally scheduling conferences on Saturday, November 22nd. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me, Heather Johnson at email@example.com
Monday November 24th
9:00-12:00 Last Name A-M
1:00-4:00 Last Name N-Z
Tuesday November 25th
9:00-12:00 Last name N-Z
1:00-4:00 Last name A-M
7th Grade Library
Monday November 24th
Tuesday November 25th
8th Grade Library
Monday November 24th
Tuesday November 25th
Recess Volunteers Needed - on an Ongoing Basis
Oh yeah ... you know you would rock that orange vest.
The office really needs coverage from 11:45 – 1:15 DAILY. Please contact the office and let them know which days you can schedule to volunteer. 252-1920. Thank you!
Sat, Nov 29th, Seattle Kids Marathon
Please consider participating in the Seattle Kids Marathon at the Seattle Center with your student(s) on Saturday, November 29th at Memorial Stadium.
This is a wonderful event that gives students an opportunity to experience road racing and working toward short term goals. The Kids Marathon is affiliated with the actual Seattle Marathon happening the following day, and our school has participated for many years. An informational letter is attached here, but the official registration forms can be found upstairs by the main office on the “PE at Blaine” bulletin board. Ms. Pickens discussed the event in all elementary P.E. classes this week. Please see her if you have any questions.
Registrations are due back to Ms. Pickens by Friday, November 7th.
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
The Seattle Kids Marathon is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
This is an optional event that I coordinate for participating Blaine students. Please read the attached brochure detailing registration, training tips, and the course map. Please note that this event takes place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
I coordinate the mail-in registration process. If your student plans to participate, you should sign and return the registration form and include a $20.00 (non-refundable) entry fee (payable to Seattle Marathon Association) to Ms. Pickens’ mailbox in the main office by Friday, November 7th.
Please be sure to sign the waiver. I will forward the registration forms to the Seattle Marathon Association as a school group prior to the deadline.
On the day of the event we will meet inside Memorial Stadium (at Seattle Center) in the north bleachers. Plan to arrive no later than 9:15 AM. I will distribute the bib numbers there. One adult is able to run per registered child, or parents/guardians are able to watch the start and finish of the event from the stands. After the race, participants receive water, a space blanket, and an event T-shirt as they proceed to the post-event festivities in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall where there are more prizes/snacks/giveaways.
The first 25 miles are “honor” miles and are completed prior to the event. You can estimate mileage accomplished through soccer games, walking the dog, running at recess, etc., in the weeks leading up to the event until the day of the event. On the day of the Kids Marathon, students run the final 1.2 miles of the marathon around the course circling the Seattle Center.
The Seattle Kids Marathon is a positive opportunity for students to experience marathon running at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies and working toward short-term goals. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blaine Cultural Night, Dec 4th, 6:00pm
SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, December 4th from 6-7:30pm
Join us as we celebrate the cultures and passions of our Blaine community.
October Character Trait - Respect/Integrity
In October, K-8 teachers and students will discuss the character traits of respect and integrity; honoring the feelings and rights of yourself and others, and your environment, even when no one else is around.
The book to be shared and discussed is "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig.
Have You Ever Felt Invisible When You're Around Other People?
Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party…until, that is, a new kid comes to class.
When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
In her book, The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find this gentle story a valuable and important resource.