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News and Events

Friday, Sept 19th, Welcome Back Dinner - 8th Grade Fundraiser
Join us this Friday for the "Welcome Back" Spaghetti Dinner & Games!

Friday, September 19th
Blaine Cafeteria  6-8pm
  • Dinner + Drink: $8/person or $30/family (Spaghetti from Buca Di Beppo) 
  • Game Tickets: $1/ticket (Most games = 1 ticket, Face painting = 2 tickets, Dump the bucket on the teacher = 6 tickets) 
  • Cash and checks (made out to Catharine Blaine PTA) only, please 

Proceeds from dinner & games help support 8th Grade Enrichment
Proceeds from Bake Sale help support 5th Grade Camp

Volunteers Needed:
 

Picture Days! Monday, Sept 22nd & Tues, Sept 23rd
Monday, September 22nd is MIDDLE SCHOOL Picture Day.

Tuesday, September 23rd is K-5 Picture Day.

Monday, September 22nd for Middle school, and Tuesday, September 23rd for K-5.

To order your school pictures: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/getStarted/home and use ID: LS614299Q0

 

To help volunteer* for MONDAY for MS pictures, please email Jen Young at Jen1young@comcast.net, and for TUESDAY for K-5, please sign-up at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4da5af2e5-picture

Two Curriculum Nights! Sept 23rd & Oct 9th
Due to our increased enrollment and the complexities of scheduling, we are excited to announce a CHANGE IN CURRICULUM NIGHT. This will allow for more meaningful conversations with your student's teacher(s).

 

Tuesday, September 23rd
K-5 only
6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Thursday, October 9th
Middle School
6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

This is your opportunity to meet your student's teacher(s) and hear from our principal and staff specialists. This is an evening for parents only, please.

 

K-5 / Tuesday, September 23 6:30 - 8:30

  • 6:30 Welcome by Heather Johnson and staff introductions
  • 7:00 - 7:25 Session 1
  • 7:30 - 7:55 Session 2
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Additional time for teacher questions

Middle School (6, 7 & 8) / Thursday, October 9 6:30 - 8:30

  • 6:30 - 6:45 Welcome by Heather Johnson and staff introductions
    You will follow your student's daily schedule. You will have the chance to meet with teachers for 15 minutes, with a five minute passing time.
  • 6:50 - 7:05 Period 1
  • 7:10 - 7:25 Period 2
  • 7:30 - 7:45 Period 3
  • 7:50 - 8:05 Period 4
  • 8:10 - 8:25 Period 5 
Volunteer Opportunities - NOW!
URGENT: Blaine PTA is seeking Volunteers for the following positions:

ROOM PARENTS
 Room Parents are still needed for the following classrooms: Mrs. Farrah (K), Mrs. Megard (2), Ms. Delanda (2), Ms. Jenkins (5), and a Sixth Grade. We need to fill these positions by Friday, September 19 to ensure that volunteers get all the information they need at Room Parent Orientation. Thank you for volunteering!  Please let the PTA know directly (volunteering@blainepta.com) if you are interested, the deadline to respond is Friday, September 19.

PICTURE DAY  Middle School Picture Day is September 22, Elementary Picture Day is September 23.  Both Chairperson and Volunteers needed.

 

To help volunteer* for MONDAY for MS pictures, please email Jen Young at Jen1young@comcast.net, and for TUESDAY for K-5, please sign-up at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4da5af2e5-picture


BOOK FAIR  Chairperson needed to coordinate Volunteer shifts.  Book Fair will be in October.

In addition, we are always looking for Volunteers who are available to assist with RECESS and LUNCH supervision. Email volunteering@blainepta.com and visit the Volunteer Information Table at Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, September 19.
Your help is MUCH NEEDED and MUCH APPRECIATED!
Urgent Message from Ms. Toni, Blaine Lunchroom Manager
The deadline to return free and reduced cost lunch forms is approaching! The forms must be filled out every school year, even if your student qualified the year before. The last day to submit your forms is September 26. It is important that you get them in, or your student will not be able to receive a free or reduced-cost lunch. He or she would then be charged the full price.

Make all checks out to Nutrition Services, with your students’ names in the memo area. This is so I will know to whose account to apply the funds. If your check is made out to Blaine School or Lunchroom, it will be returned back to you.

Enclosed in your packets will be the directions for pay pam. You can sign up online and apply money to your student’s pin account, if you would rather do this than send a check or cash. There is a fee for each credit card or debit card transaction, each time you apply funds online.

We are looking for two parent volunteers to help serve lunch to the elementary students. The hours are 11:35 to 12:45. Last year, we had parents pick a day, and they came in on that day during the whole school year. Due to the new lunch schedule, I’d like to open both serving tables so the lines are not too long, which would give the students more time to eat.

Please email me at toperezobrien@seattleschools.org, or call and leave a message at 206-252-1963. The message on that number is old, so please ignore the recording and leave me a message!

I’m looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year! Sincerely, Toni Perez-O’Brien, Lunchroom Manager

Wed, September 24th, 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Mark your calendar - Wednesday, September 24th is 2 hour early dismissal.  This will provide time for staff professional development.
Winter Enrichment - Sign Up Now!

We are excited to offer our families a broad range of activities for before and after school at Catharine Blaine. Please take a moment to check them out:

WINTER 2014: Before & After-school Activities (last updated 03/12/14)

If you have any questions please contact:

Deborah Simpson
Enrichment Coordinator
Enrichment@BlainePTA.com

Chess Club Coordinator Needed
If you are looking for a fun way to help at the school, please consider volunteering as our chess club coordinator this year. We have a fantastic chess coach provided by the Chessmates organization so you don’t even need to be a chess player yourself.  A willingness to help out and about an hour per week is all you need to be able to do a great job.

We need to find someone as soon as possible to get a smooth start in October, so if you’re considering it, please let us know! You can respond to Sarah Baker at tsbaker@mac.com or Kim Nickerson at kdnickerson@seattleschools.org

Tuesday, September 30th, PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm
PTA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:00pm.  Everyone welcome.  Babysitting provided.
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