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Scholastic Book Fair, Oct 20th-24th

Mark your calendar for the Blaine Scholastic Book Fair.  Coming to the Blaine Cafeteria from Monday, October 20th through Friday, October 24th. New this year - Online Shopping Days are Oct 12 - Nov 1 (see link below)

Specific shopping details including hours of operation can be found on our Scholastic web page: 

Volunteers needed!

The link to the SignUpGenius:
All proceeds come back to Blaine to benefit classroom libraries.  Check out your teacher's wish list during the fair and fill the shelves!  Questions, please contact Scholastic Book Fair Chairperson, Shanna Ertell at
Wed, Oct 22nd, Family Literacy Celebration, 6:00pm (Free Event!)

October 22nd is our first FREE FAMILY NIGHT of the year (Literacy Night)!

Please join us as we begin our academic celebration series (Literacy Celebration in October, Cultural Night in December, Math Night in February, and Science Night in May!). Each of these events are free, and students with their siblings and parents/caregivers are invited to attend!

Please join us THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, October 22nd from 6-7:30pm as your children take you on a literacy tour of our school. Students will get the chance to complete a scavenger hunt in the school library, share their “just right” books with you, decorate bookmarks, receive a Seattle Public Libraries card of their own, enjoy free snacks, and take home a free, gently-used book of their choosing. In addition, for the first time, the Scholastic Book Fair will ALSO be open that evening (6-8pm). So those who wish can also wander into the cafeteria to purchase new books as well (for themselves or for teachers)! 

What can you do to get involved for the evening? 
1. Have your K-5 student set aside their favorite pair of pajamas to wear to school that night (Sorry… NO pajamas to school during the day that day!)
2. Bring in any books (preschool to middle school) that your family has outgrown or is no longer reading. The BOOK DONATION BOX is already up in the front hall of the school (against the wall between the front office and the glass doors, just under the FEAT bulletin board). Bring your books in TODAY or bring them directly to the event!
3. We need about 10 more volunteers to help the event run smoothly. The event is set up for families to be able to attend with only one parent (all free-flowing, no break-out sessions this time). So if you are able to help us RUN the event while your children attend with another adult, please sign up. We’d love to have you along! In addition, if you know of any middle schoolers or high schoolers who would like to volunteer for us, please have them sign up as well. Must be in 6th grade or older to help. 
Please go to the following link to volunteer to help: SignUpGenius VOLUNTEER SIGN UP LINK
Please email if you have any questions. Thanks and GO TIGERS! 

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!

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


Monday 20-Oct MAKE-UP ANY 12:55-1:55
Monday 20-Oct Chan Math 9:35-10:35
Tuesday 21-Oct Chan Reading 9:35-10:35
Wed 22-Oct Anderson Math 9:35-10:35
Thursday 23-Oct Anderson Reading 9:35-10:35
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, PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm
PTA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:00pm.  Everyone welcome.  Babysitting provided.
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 We will love to meet with you individually. 

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 or 206-252-1934.

Ski and Snowboard Club Information Meeting, Nov 12th, 7:00pm

Join us Thursday, November 14th 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
Blaine Cultural Night, Dec 4th, 6:00pm

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.
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