Blaine Newsletter – Week of 10/22/2018

Week of 10/22/18
Noche Hispana, Thursday, October 25th
LSC Meeting, Tuesday, October 30th

End of Quarter 1, Thursday, November 1st

No School, School Improvement Day, Friday, November 2nd
 Camp Tecumseh, November 6th and 7th No School, Veterans Day, Monday, November 12th
Report Card Pick Up, Wednesday, November 14th
Dear Families,
Thank you to all who supported this year’s Friends of Blaine Walk-a-Thon/Run ‘n Fun!  We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Blaine community, and are excited about the opportunity to fund several important health and wellness initiatives as a result of your support.
We are pleased to welcome everyone to several exciting events this week.
Blaine’s Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) is hosting the annual Noche Hispana this Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. Noche Hispana celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, and features a professional dance showcase, a raffle and a dinner with delicious food, provided by local restaurants.  All are welcome to attend this wonderful community event.
Additionally, next Tuesday, October 30th, Mr. Russell and I will be presenting the State of School Address to the Blaine community at our monthly LSC meeting. Please join us at 6:15 p.m. in the Auditorium to learn more about our areas of strength and growth as a school, as well as strategic plans for the upcoming year. We hope you can join us for this very important community event.
Thank you for the many ways you support our wonderful school–let’s make it another great week at Blaine!
Ms. Brito
There are just 4 days and a little less than $9,000 to go to meet our Run ‘N’ Fun goal. If we meet our goal, every Blaine student gets to go to the Music Box Theater AND gets to witness an unforgettable Lip Sync Battle between Ms. Brito, Mr. Russell, Mr. Sikes and Ms. Harms.


DONATE ON FUNRUN.COM: Sign up if you haven’t. Or add more to your existing donation.

WRITE A CHECK: Drop off a check made out to Friends Of Blaine in the office or have your student give it to their teacher. Put your student’s name in the subject line to count towards rewards and class goals!

USE YOUR COMPANY MATCH: Check to see if your company matches. If they do, reach out  to and we’ll help you make it happen.

HIT UP FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 50% of donations have come from Blaine Families’ extended networks. It’s easy with the tools on FUNRUN.COM or send a personal email. It works!

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 Wednesday – 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 Wednesday. Students cannot wear masks, carry look-a-like weapons, wear inflatable suits, 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!

The event is in need of volunteers:

1. Students to walk in the Parade of Nations: students are welcome to walk in clothing indicative of their cultural background, or in their regular clothes

2. Food Servers & Art Liaisons: parent volunteers are needed to serve the yummy food in the cafeteria or help out with shepherding the performers.

3. Dessert Potluck: Noche Hispana is also soliciting for desserts that can be shared. Representatives from BAC will be collecting dessert donations on Thursday, October 25th at student drop-off in the morning and student pick-up in the afternoon at Door 1 on Grace.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the above, please sign up HERE.

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 and pay your annual $25 membership fee on Member Hub!
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.

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.

Don’t worry if you didn’t turn in your Blaine Fall Spirit Wear order form… The deadline has been extending to Wednesday, October 24th! You still have time to order the cool new athletic pants, a fun blue tie-dye sweatshirts, a cozy full-zip fleece jacket, and more. Don’t forget about the orange Blaine anti-bullying shirts that will let your kid “stand against bullying”. Shop for a cause! All proceeds go to Blaine Booster Club to support Blaine sports and programs.

Download the attached form, fill it out, return it with payment to your teacher or in the main office by Wednesday, October 24th. Orders will be delivered in early November.

Items come in both adult and youth sizes as indicated on the order form. The following guide will help you determine a size for your child.

Youth XS = size 2-4

Youth S = size 6-8

Youth M = size 10-12

Youth L = size 14-16

Youth XL = size 18-20

 Please click here to print the order form
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 schools who apply to Amundsen or Lake View through GoCPS will be guaranteed admission, regardless of where they live. Complete details here.



GROWCommunity Parent Panel THIS SATURDAY
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