Blaine Newsletter – Week of 10/15/2018

Week of 10/15/2018
High School Information Night, Wednesday, October 17th
FOB Walk-a-Thon, Thursday, October 18th
PTA Meeting, Thursday, October 18th
Blaine Bright Star Announced, Friday, October 19th
Bend It Like Blaine, Saturday, October 20th, 1:00 p.m.
Noche Hispana, Thursday, October 25th
LSC Meeting, Tuesday, October 30th
Dear Families,

We are excited to share that this year marks the 15th Annual Blaine Walkathon, taking place this Thursday, October 18th.

This year, we’re kicking the fitness and fun up a notch with a Run ‘N’ Fun event in partnership with Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Students in 3rd thru 8th grade will do a Run/Walk around the Blaine school block with some surprises along the way! Our younger students in Pre-K thru 2nd grade will enjoy a set of specially-developed fun activities on the field.

This year, 100% of proceeds will go directly toward health and wellness initiatives to benefit every child and every grade level – renovating the gym to make it more flexible and functional, transforming our secondary gym into an inclusive space for activities like Calm Classroom, Go Noodle and more. The benefits of health and wellness programming are far reaching, from promoting fitness to helping our students develop healthy attitudes, socialization skills, different ways to learn and giving them a healthy outlet for all their energy.

To encourage participation, there will be plenty of individual rewards, top classroom prizes and top student prizes. If we achieve 100% of our school goal, everyone will enjoy a movie at The Music Box Theatre, plus, we have a few surprise rewards up our sleeves that put the fun in Run ‘N’ Fun!

It’s easier than ever to particpate. New this year, there’s an easy online sign up where you can learn about the event and reward levels, register your students, donate, and easily reach out to extended family and friends to allow them to donate as well.

We are enthusiastic about this exciting event led by Friends of Blaine in collaboration with the administration, your PTA and LSC. We look forward to participating with you and your family.



Ms. Brito and Mr. Russell

The Run ‘N’ Fun event is coming up this Thursday. Know what else needs to come up? Registration and pledges:)
Many thanks those who have already registered – we’re at 41%. Can we get to 75% by Thursday? Of course we can – we are Blaine!
Help by going to FUNRUN.COM today. Register, pledge and reach out to ask family and friends for donations right from the website. Don’t miss the adorable custom video you can create just by uploading a picture of your student. Plus, check out the info about prizes and rewards for pledge levels, top student and top classrooms.
All funds will go towards much needed health and wellness initiatives at Blaine. So do it for the prizes! Do it for Blaine! But most of all, do it for the kids!
Halloween is Wednesday, October 31st, and we know it is a favorite time for kids (and some adults). As you prepare for Halloween, please note the following information to make sure our kids stay safe and healthy:

* In line with Blaine’s Wellness Policy, only non-food items should be distributed (no candy, please). Teachers can plan celebrations during Advisory time or at the end of the day (TBD by teachers).

* Kindergarten will sponsor a Costume Parade at 8:30am on Tuesday – they will be walking through the school in their costumes and will form a parade around the block.

* Students may wear appropriate costumes to school on Tuesday. Students cannot wear masks, carry look-a-like weapons, wear tails or capes that reach the floor, and have full-face make-up (including gore or fake blood).

Blaine is the place to donate your Halloween costumes.  Beginning this week you can bring new or gently used Halloween costumes to school.  The collection bin will be located next to the Security Desk at the school’s main entrance door. Collections will continue through Friday, October 19th.  All costumes should be clean and placed in a bag with accompanying pieces (such as tiara’s, hats, jewelry etc.).  Please do not donate costumes that contain weaponry of any kind.  All donated costumes will be distributed within the greater Blaine community.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
On behalf of the Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC), we invite you to our Blaine’s annual Noche Hispana on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Come and join us for a night of entertainment, food and good company!  Student volunteers are needed to walk in the parade of nations.  Parent volunteers are needed as food servers and art liaisons. Please also consider bringing a dessert to share.  Please click HERE to sign up.
The Book Fair runs now through the 18th between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM.  On Friday, October 19th The Book Fair will be open from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
For the safety and security of our students, parents/guardians who wish to visit the book fair should go to the main office, sign in and receive a visitor sticker before proceeding to the Pedway.


Students will have an opportunity to enjoy the Book Fair as follows:

  • Kindergarten and pre-school parents must accompany their children to the Book Fair.  These grades will not attend as a class during the school day.
  • Students in grades 1 through 5 visit the Book Fair as a class either during their regularly scheduled library time or at a time scheduled by their homeroom teacher.
  • Middle school students (6-8 grades) generally visit the Book Fair in small groups throughout the day.

Book Fair profits (55%) are used for the sole purpose of replenishing books in individual classrooms and Blaine’s Library Lab.  In addition to books, profits are used to secure other materials that support Library Lab projects.  We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!!

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting this Thursday, October 18th at 8:15 in the auditorium. Your morning coffee will be provided!

Hey! Did you have a blast at BlaineFlix? Did you know that your annual dues help Blaine’s PTA continue to put on great community events just like that? It’s not too late–PTA annual membership is open, and we’re looking for you to join us or renew your membership. This year it’s fast, easy and convenient. Follow the link below and pay your annual $25 membership fee on Member Hub!

BlaineCares has a volunteer opportunity for 6 students at Lakeview Pantry on Saturday, October 27th beginning at 9:00 AM. There is no age limit for this event, but the student must be able to follow directions. Also, each student MUST BE accompanied by one participating adult throughout the entire event. The 6 students and 6 adults will be packing bags with groceries during the 2 ½ hour volunteer period. It is important for all group members to arrive on time and be able to stay for the entirety of the shift. You will not be responsible for delivery of the groceries. If you are interested please sign up HERE. Lakeview Pantry is located at 3945 N. Sheridan.
Did you know that each year we rely on mandatory student fees to cover critical needs at Blaine? From the latest curriculum and much needed supplies to sports programs and critical recess supervision –student fees support our entire student body throughout the year.   Thank you to those who have already paid.
There are 2 convenient ways to pay:
1. Click here to pay online by selecting the Student Fees to pay the $250.
2. Submit your check (payable to James G. Blaine Elementary) to the main office along with the student fee form found on the Blaine website.Your $250 per student tax-deductible payment is PAST DUE.Remember, payment of fees will be a prerequisite for participation in most non-classroom programming. For additional information, including exemptions and waivers, please see below and visit this Student Fees Page on the Blaine website.Thank you,
Your Local School Council*Waivers/Payment Plans – All CPS families must complete a Family Income Information Form (FIIF) which will be distributed during the first week of school. If you are unable to afford the fee, completion of this form is the first step toward receiving a waiver. Under certain circumstances we are able to offer a payment plan, please contact the main office to discuss possible options.*Exemptions/Fee Coverage – If you are contributing the full $1,400 ask to the KFund, you will not be expected to pay this student fee for your kindergartener. Fees paid for 8th grade  students will cover the $70 graduation expense typically passed along to parents later in the year.
High school applications for the 2019-20 school year at Chicago Public Schools are now available on GoCPS! All students in 8th grade have received letters from the Office of Access and Enrollment which includes individual activation codes.

This year students will apply to every CPS high school with one site, one application and one deadline at Applications will be accepted from now through December 14, and students and families should take their time to carefully evaluate the best options for them.

Through the application process, students can apply to up to 20 Non-Selective Enrollment programs and six Selective Enrollment programs. As part of the process, you will rank your choices in order of preference and then in March of 2019, you’ll receive a single best offer to your highest ranked program with available seats.

Best wishes for a great application season!
Visit GoCPS

Blaine will be hosting a High School Application Information Night on Wednesday, October 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. All 7th and 8th grade students and families are welcome to attend to learn more about the high school application process and the new GoCPS online application system. Please contact Mr. Russell at for more information.
Lake View


Middle-school families, do you know about the Amundsen and Lake View High School Enrollment Policy for GROW 8th Graders? Eighth grade students from any of the GROW elementary schoolswho apply to Amundsen or Lake View through GoCPS will be guaranteed admission, regardless of where they live. Complete details here.

Bend it Like Blaine 2.0 is returning to the newly renovated Blaine Field on October 20th from 1PM-3PM This is a great way to meet other parents, caregivers and neighborhood friends while supporting the Blaine Booster Club… on the pitch! Are you a Messi or are you Messy on the field. Co-ed, all skill levels encouraged to play. Ibuprofen not included. If you are unable to play soccer then take part in the Chili Cook-off and show off your culinary skills. Please sign up here. Recommended donation of $25 payable at the event.
Chicago Fire will provide the following:
  • Speed shot
  • Sparky appearance
  • Raffle for signed jersey and tickets
  • Tent and table cloth
  • Coach for mini clinics

Chili Cook-offShow off your culinary skills in the Chili Cook-off on October 20th at the Bend it Like Blaine 2.0 soccer event. Share your favorite chili recipe with the families of Blaine as we compete for the top 3 chili recipes. All you need is one crock pot of chili and we will do the rest. Bowls, spoons, and napkins will be provided.

Everybody loves free money, right?  Clip those BOX TOPS for free money for Blaine!  Each Box Top is worth $0.10, which adds up fast when everyone participates.  Look for the collection sheet that will be sent home with your child, print one out using the link below, or simply put them in a ziplock bag (labeled with child’s name, teacher’s name and grade).  Submission date for all Box Tops is Friday, October 26, 2018.
The grade with the most box tops wins a pajama day!!!!!
Click HERE for your printable collection sheet
The next collection will be in the Spring.
 Network’s 4 High School Fair is on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30pm -6:30 pm at Logandale Middle School.