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Tuesday, Sept 2nd, Class Lists Posted on Front Doors, 2:00pm
K-8 Families are welcome to come and view 2014-2015 class lists from 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Lists will be posted on the front doors. The building will be open to families from 2-4:00pm.
Wed, Sept 3rd - First Day of School - Bell Reminders
School begins Wednesday, September 3rd!

Just a reminder:

  • 9:15 Blaine campus open to students, this is when supervision starts
  • 9:25 First Bell for Middle School students
  • 9:30 Middle School students in class, First Bell for elementary
  • 3:50 Kinders released to guardians by teachers inside front entrance
  • 3:55 Elementary students dismissed
  • 4:00 Last bell Middle School students dismissed
NEW FAMILIES - please join the Principal, PTA representatives, F.E.A.T. representatives and other parents in the Library after drop off on Wednesday, 9/03 or Thursday, 9/04 for coffee and a chance to chat.

Bike the Bluff - Sunday, September 7th
Magnolia’s annual Bike the Bluff fundraising ride is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 7, 2014. This popular neighborhood event includes a variety of routes for cyclists of all ages. The 5- or 7-mile course begins and ends on the Catharine Blaine K8 School playground, located immediately adjacent to the Pop Mounger Pool parking lot at 2535 32nd Ave W.

All proceeds benefit Catharine Blaine incoming fifth-grade class trip to Islandwood, a four-day environmental science camp on Bainbridge Island.

Pre-register online at to secure your spot. You can also show up and register the day of the event beginning at 9:30. The course opens at 10:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm. Registration fee for adults is $20, and includes a T-shirt. The fee for the first adult rider in a family registration is $20, and each family member after that is $10. Registration of three or more in a family will receive two T-shirts. Additional T-shirts can be purchased for $10. Riders 18 and under are $10.


Is your bike a little dusty and your tires need some air? That’s no excuse to stay home! Mike Benson, owner of Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles and one of our presenting sponsors will be on hand for quick tune ups. On return from your magical ride, Metropolitan Market (a returning First Gear sponsor) will be on site in the playground providing complimentary root beer floats for all riders!

In addition, on the playground, you can purchase hotdogs and sodas along with baked goods. All proceeds to benefit the incoming fifth-grade class of Catherine Blaine.

The 5-mile loop travels past Magnolia Village, along the Magnolia Bluff, through Discovery Park, and back to Blaine via 34th Avenue West. The 7-mile ride continues after Discovery Park to loop around all of Magnolia. Detours can be added by rolling down through Discovery Park to the lighthouse and then climbing back up, rejoining the loop rides.

Thursday, Sept 11th, New Family Orientation, 6:00pm, Library
Please join us in Catharine Blaine Library at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 11th.  If you are new to Blaine with a child in grades 1-8, please join us for an informational evening.  You'll hear from our principal and learn about the Blaine PTA (Parent Teacher Association),  F.E.A.T. (Family Engagement Action Team) and other ways to get involved.  Please bring your questions and any paperwork you have not yet filled out.  We'll help you get it all done.  Children are welcome but the event will be geared toward parents.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to F.E.A.T.'s New Family Coordinator, Sharon Paul, at  Thanks and GO TIGERS!
Tuesday, September 30th, PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm
PTA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:00pm.  Everyone welcome.  Babysitting provided.
Welcome to Returning Blaine Principal, Heather (Swanson) Johnson!

Dear Catharine Blaine K–8 Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of a familiar face as your new principal. Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) will return to serve as your new principal. Your current principal, Ms. Julie Cox, will be Principal at North Beach Elementary next year.

Ms. Johnson spent the past year as a middle school Principal at the American School of Barcelona, in Spain. Previously, she served as principal at Catharine Blaine from 2006 through 2012, and she is excited to be returning to this school community.

Prior to moving to Spain, Ms. Johnson was a consultant to the Readers and Writers Project at Columbia Teachers College in New York. During her previous time as Catharine Blaine’s Principal, she also served as the President of the Principals Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) for one year. Early in her career, she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading at Seattle’s Denny Middle School, which has been renamed Denny International Middle School.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University, Ms. Johnson earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the same school. She holds Washington State certifications as an administrator.

Ms. Johnson has been selected because she was a highly rated principal prior to her departure from Seattle Public Schools and is a natural fit for the Catharine Blaine K–8 community. She is a dedicated instructional leader who is committed to working collaboratively with parents, teachers and students. We will be arranging an opportunity for the community to meet with her when she returns to the United States full-time in August.

Please help me welcome Ms. Heather Johnson back to the Catharine Blaine community and to thank Ms. Julie Cox for her leadership during the past two years.


José Banda
Seattle Public Schools

Key Dates, 2014-2015 School Year
School Board approves 2014-15 Academic Calendar. Eliminates the week-long mid-winter break next year. Key dates for the 2014-15 school year:

• Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014: First day of school for students
• Nov. 11: Veterans Day
• Nov. 27-28: Thanksgiving holiday
• Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015: Winter break
• Jan. 19, 2015: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• Feb. 16, 2015 :President’s Day
• Feb. 17, 2015: One day off, as part of shortened Mid-Winter break
• April 13-17, 2015: Spring Break
• May 25, 2015: Memorial Day
• Monday, June 15, 2015: Last day of school for students
• June 16, 17, 2015: Snow makeup days (if needed)
Official Bell Times Set for 2014-2015
Dear Catharine Blaine Staff and Families,

Seattle Public Schools has finalized bell times – our start and end times – for the 2014-15 school year.
Starting in the fall, our Middle School students will start at 9:25 AM and be dismissed at 4:00 PM, with buses departing campus at 4:10 PM. 
Elementary students begin school at 9:30 AM for and are dismissed at 3:55 PM, with buses departing at 4:10 PM.   This is slightly later than our current school year.  For those students riding the bus, the arrival time at school will be 9:15 AM, allowing time for breakfast.

These bell times are a result of changes to transportation for the 2014-15 school year, which the School Board approved on Feb. 5, 2014. We know changing bell times is not ideal; however the District at one point had 27 different start times for schools and now has three standard start times. Creating streamlined start and end times will allow the District to save about $2.7 million in transportation costs.

The full list of bell times for all schools next year is posted online at:


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