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News and Events

Tuesday, April 22nd, Family Math Night
SAVE THE DATE!  Blaine's AMAZING RACE - FAMILY MATH NIGHT
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6-7:30pm at Catharine Blaine (begins in the GYM!)
Please join the Blaine community as we work to solve a series of grade-specific math problems around the school, all of which will lead us back to an ice cream celebration in the gym!  There is NO COST to attend this event, and ALL Blaine students (with their families) are welcome!
Wear your race shoes and bring your math brain and your team (family!), and we'll see you on Tuesday, April 22nd for Blaine's first AMAZING RACE FAMILY MATH NIGHT!!!  "Thank you" to our awesome Math Specialist, Jessie Holbrook, for creating and leading the Race!
Please note: Siblings of all ages are welcome to attend, but no drop-offs, please.  Parents/guardians must remain at school with their children. Thanks, and Go Tigers!
FEAT's First Annual All-School Survey
Take 5 Minutes And Tell Us What You Think…

And to WIN a Class Celebration for Your Child!

The Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT) is a new committee this year made up of parents, guardians and educators committed to supporting Blaine academics and engaging Blaine families in fun and creative ways.  To help direct our efforts, we are asking all of our Blaine families to take a short 15-question survey.   The information collected will be incredibly valuable as we plan activities and develop resources for families in the coming year.

K-5 students will bring their surveys home via “kid mail” on Wednesday, April 23.  Families with students in grades 6-8 will have their surveys mailed home with their report cards the week of April 28. 

Please fill out the survey and return it to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, May 9. 

Our goal is 100% participation and to get every survey returned. The class that has the greatest return rate in each of the following categories, K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, will receive a class celebration!
April 24th & 25th, Blaine - All School Musical!
"A Midsummer Night's Dream", adapted by Ms. Laurel!  Welcome Blaine families and the Magnolia Community!  Please come and enjoy the performance either Thursday or Friday evening, April 24th and 25th.  Shows start at 7:00pm in the Blaine Cafeteria.
Fridays in April - Blaine Spirit Day!
Every Friday in April will be Spirit Day at Blaine!  Get out your Tiger gear or white/blue/orange colored clothing and show your Tiger Spirit.  ASB will sponsor an frozen treat drawing every Friday afternoon.
Tuesday, April 29that 6:00pm, F.E.A.T. General Meeting/Parent Workshop 3-5
Grades 3-5 Readers Workshop Parent Training!   
Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th from 6-7:30pm for our third and final Parent Education Series training (combined with our final FEAT General Meeting of the Year). 

Have you heard about Readers Workshop and wondered how it is being used in our 3-5 classrooms?  Would you like to know how the use of Readers Workshop allows students to work at their own level and improve at their own pace?  Are you curious about how this approach to teaching helps to support the Common Core State Standards?

Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th at 6pm (Please note the early start time) for another Family Engagement Action Team Parent Education night (Our final parent training of the school year!).  We are going to combine our last General FEAT Meeting of the year with a Grades 3-5 Parent Training, taught by Cynthia Satterlee a teacher trainer from Teachers College of Columbia (New York).

We are sorry FEAT cannot provide childcare at this time.  This event is intended for adults only.
Thank you and GO TIGERS!

Tuesday, May 6th, PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm, Library
Families, please join us for a General Membership PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30pm in the Library.  We will be voting on the Budget for the 2014-2015 school year.  Childcare provided by Blaine Middle School Students.  You do not have to a PTA member to attend the meeting.  You must be a paid PTA member to vote. 
Fri, May 9th, Father-Daughter Dance
Buy your tickets now for the annual Catharine Blaine Father-Daughter Dance!  Click HERE to buy tickets on the Blaine PTA website.
Friday, May 9, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tickets pre-sale $30 / Family

Tickets at door: $40 / Family
Semi-Formal to Formal Attire
Appetizer & Dessert Buffet
2nd, 3rd and 4th Graders - Swimming Schedule!
Swimming lessons begin on Monday, May 12th at Pop Mounger Pool and run through June 12th.  The schedule will be sent home with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in the coming weeks. 

Click HERE to view and print a complete schedule for all 2nd-4th grade Blaine students, the costs and the items needed each day to participate in lessons.  Contact your child's teacher or staff in the Main Office with any questions.
April Character Trait - Courage
In April K-8 teachers and students will discuss the character trait courage. The book to be shared and discussed is "One" by author Kathryn Otoshi.

KATHRYN OTOSHI,
founder of KO Kids Books, is a children's book author and illustrator living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her book, "One," winner of ten awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and the Teacher's Choice Award, is an anti-bullying book introducing colors, numbers, and counting while playing on larger themes of tolerance, acceptance, and the power of one voice.

Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
K-8 Assessments - Mark Your Calendars!
Please mark your calendars now to make sure that your child is here with us during these testing days.

MAP Testing
4/28 – 5/8    Kinder Testing (Reading & Math)
5/12 – 5/16  3rd - 6th Grade Testing (Reading & Math)
5/19 – 5/23  6th – 8th Grade Testing (Reading & Math; 6th Grade Math)
5/28 – 6/4    1st – 2nd Grade Testing (Reading & Math; 6th Grade Reading)

MSP State Testing
• 4/29    4th and 7th Grade Writing (Part 1)
• 5/1      4th and 7th Grade Writing (Part 2)
               5th and 8th Grade Science
• 5/6      3rd – 8th Grade Math
• 5/8      3rd – 8th Grade Reading
May 2nd, PTA Spring Fundraiser - Second Chance Prom!
Save the Date, Friday, May 2nd!  An evening for adults to enjoy a "Second Chance Prom".  Music by Dudley Manlove!  7:00-11:30pm at the Palladium at Hale's Brewery in Fremont.  Tickets, $50.00 per person, all proceeds benefit the PTA general fund.  In addition, there will be teacher experience sign ups, party sign ups and a live auction including Class Projects.  Don't miss the fun!!  For tickets, go to www.blainepta.com
June 23rd-26th, Blaine Kindergarten Jump Start!

Blaine Kindergarten Jump Start!

We are excited to announce that Jump Start will be back at Blaine this year! Jump Start is a program that was started last year as a step to help Kindergartners and families feel excited and ready for school.  We want to invite incoming Kindergartners to participate in this FREE four day program fromJune 23 – 26, 2014 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

 

During Jump Start, your child will become familiar with the school building, meet new friends, learn school routines, play games, practice new skills, and get to know some of the school staff.  Registration will be limited to 50 students to ensure that we can provide a positive, small group experience.  To allow those new to our community the best opportunity to get to know Blaine and learn about Kindergarten, priority will be given to families who are new to Blaine prior to current Blaine families.

 

We will be mailing registration information to students who are registered with the district to attend Blaine in the fall. You do not need to call the school to register. Please register your child with Seattle Public Schools if you have not done so to be included in this wonderful program! More information about how to register can be found here.  

 

We hope to see your child at Jump Start this June!

 

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