BLAINE NEWSLETTER – WEEK OF 10/8/2018

Week of 10/8/2018
UPCOMING EVENTS
Blaine Flix, Friday, October 12th, 7:00 p.m. (Blaine Field)
High School Information Night,Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
FOB Walk-a-Thon, Thursday, October 18th
Scholastic Book FairOctober 15th – 19th (Pedway)
Bend It Like Blaine, Saturday, October 20th
Noche Hispana, Thursday, October 25t
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Dear Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!  As we move into the fall season, I am excited about the many upcoming community events and hope you join us in celebrating our wonderful community together.
We are pleased to welcome the Chicago Cubs this Thursday, October 11th as we officially celebrate the completion of the Blaine Field.  Students are encouraged to wear Blaine or Cubs gear as part of the school-wide celebration.
All families are also invited to our first community event on the field this Friday, October 19th–this year’s annual Blaine Flix will be sponsored by the PTA, Kindergarten Fund and 8th grade students.  Games and snacks will be offered at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by our feature film, Incredibles 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Friends of Blaine is also sponsoring our annual Walk-a-Thon next 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 Sports and Fitness.  Students will participate in Run and Fun activities to support a variety of health and wellness initiatives at our school.
Mark your calendars…Blaine Booster Club has partnered with the Chicago Fire to bring back the Bend It Like Blaine tradition. This year, they have added a chili cook-off competition to keep things fresh! Please join us on Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 for this family event in support our athletic programming.
Finally, Blaine’s Bilingual Advisory Council has been working hard to plan our annual Noche Hispana community event, scheduled for Thursday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming everyone for an evening of music, dancing and delicious food in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.
I am so grateful for the support of our many wonderful parent organizations and volunteers who contribute to our amazing community.  I feel very honored to share this important work with all of you, and thank you for all of your support.
Sincerely,
Ms. Brito
RUN ‘N’ FUN CHANCE TO WIN BEARS TICKETS – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Be sure to go to FUNRUN.COM to sign up for the Run ‘N’ Fun Walk-a-thon to help raise money to benefit health and wellness initiatives at Blaine.

Sign up by tomorrow, Wednesday October 10th for a chance to win 4 Bears tickets for your family!

Blaine students heard all about it with classroom visits from our 7th and 8th graders on Friday and today. Ask them about the exciting details.

BLAINE HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEETING
The first meeting of the Wellness Committee will be held on Monday October 15th in the Cafeteria from 8 AM- 9 AM. The Wellness team is in charge of working together to achieve the CPS Healthy Schools status. Parents, teachers, and administration will meet quarterly to plan ways in which the Blaine community can collaborate on health initiatives to implement for the 2018-19 school year. We are guided by  LearnWell which is a CPS initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. LearnWELL is an initiative of the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to support schools in aligning with local policy guidelines that promote healthy environments in which students can learn, play and achieve their full potential. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please join us on October 15th.
NOCHE HISPANIA
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!
BLAINE FLIX
Please join us for our first community event on the new field- BlaineFlix- THIS Friday, October 12th. PTA, Kfund & the 8th graders will be sponsoring pizza, candy, baked goods, hot chocolate, games and more starting at 6pm. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs for Incredibles 2 (it won by a landslide!) starting when it gets dark after 7pm.

PTA is looking for a few volunteers to help sell pizza & hot chocolate- grab a pal and volunteer for an hour before the movie starts! Sign up here: Insert link for sign up here

BLAINE PICNIC BLANKETS STILL AVAILABLE!
 
Did you get your Blaine Picnic Blanket yet? We are selling them at Blaineflix on 10/12 at the KFund Bluejay Concessions Stand for $40. Pre-purchase now for $30!
Go here to order and pre-pay KFund:
FALL BOOK FAIR RETURNS!
The Book Fair returns!! We hope to see you in the pedway October 15th through 18th (Monday-Thursday) 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.

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 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 next week!!!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME DRIVE
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.
GO CPS APPLICATION IS LIVE!
High school applications for the 2019-20 school year at Chicago Public Schools are now available on GoCPS! All students in 8th grade will be receiving 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 go.cps.edu. 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’S HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT
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 adrussell@cps.edu for more information.
GROW COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL FAIRGROW COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL FAIR
All Grow Community elementary school families are invited to attend the annual Grow Community High School Fair on Thursday, October 11th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Amundsen High School.  Visit with various public and private high schools to learn more regarding admission for the 2019-2020 school year!  This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about Grow Community neighborhood high schools, Lake View and Amundsen.
To better accommodate crowds, they are asking that schools arrive at staggered times:
4:30 p.m. – Blaine, Bell, Audubon, Budlong, Greeley, Hamilton, Jahn, Jamieson, Waters
5:30 p.m. – Burley, Chappell, Coonley, Hawthorne, Inter-American, McPherson, Nettelhorst, Ravenswood
BEND IT LIKE BLAINE AND CHILI COOK OFF

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-off

Show 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.