BLAINE NEWSLETTER – WEEK OF 9/24/2018

 
Week of 9/24/18
UPCOMING EVENTS
LSC Meeting: Tues, Sept 25th, 6:15 pm (Auditorium)
Blaine Flix: Fri, Oct 5th, 7 pm (Blaine Field)
Quarter 1 Progress Reports Distributed, Friday, October 5th
High School Information Night, Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
FOB Walk-a-Thon, Thursday, October 18th
Scholastic Book Fair, October 15th – 19th (Pedway)
Noche Hispana, Thursday, October 25th
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Dear Families,
 Thank you to all who attended Blaine’s Open House last week–it was great to see so many familiar faces, and we truly appreciate your support!
As we move into the fourth week of school, we are reminded of the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between staff and families. If you have a question or concern involving your child, please discuss the matter directly with your child’s teacher.  If you have had the opportunity to meet with the teacher, and are unable to find a resolution or have concerns addressed, a meeting with myself or Mr. Russell can be arranged.
Thank you for your cooperation in honoring our communication policy–we believe in the importance of strong parent-teacher relationships to best support the needs of students!
Sincerely,
Ms. Brito
STUDENT FEES DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING
Get something crossed off your To Do List and pay your student fees!  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 3 convenient ways to pay:
1. Click here to pay online by selecting the Student Fees to pay the $250.
2. Visit the Student Fees table at the Open House on September 20th from 6:00 to 7:00 to pay by credit card or drop off your check.
3. 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 due no later than September 30th.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.

JOIN US FOR TONIGHT’S LSC MEETING
Please join us for the first LSC meeting of the school year, tonight (September 25th) at 6:15 p.m. in the Blaine Auditorium!  Agenda items include upcoming fundraisers, student fees discussion and the monthly principal’s report.
THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who was able to take time during the Open House to come see the newly re-fabbed auditorium and incredible Library Lab with its innovative Makerspace.

Other improvements made over the summer were a fresh new look for the cafeteria and, in partnership with our PTA, a remodeled lounge for our deserving teachers.

We’re delighted to announce the WINNER of the Friends Of Blaine Open House Sweepstakes for a Premium Gala ticket. Congratulations to Sheryl Campbell!

And, a big hand to all the Blaine families and community who generously support Friends of Blaine. Because when we’re able to come together to fund projects like these, the real winners are the kids.

CPS MEDICAL COMPLIANCE DEADLINE APPROACHING
 We are fast approaching the October 15th mandated deadline for all health records to be turned in to the main office. If a doctor’s appointment is scheduled after the deadline, please provide an appointment card/documentation regarding the appointment date. For religious/medical waivers or any questions pertaining to medical records, please contact the CPS school nurse, Lindsey Carey at llcarey@cps.edu

Please see below for requirements by grade:

Pre-K (New Students Only): 

Physical Examination (dated within the last calendar year)

Immunization record showing proof of:

Dtap
Polio
Varicella
Hepatitis B
HIB
Pneumococcal
MMR

Kindergarten:

Physical Examination (dated within the last calendar year)

Immunization record showing proof of:

DTap
Varicella
Polio
Hepatitis B
MMR

Sixth Grade:

Physical Examination (dated within the last calendar year)

Immunization record showing proof of:

TDap booster

Meningitis Conjugate vaccination (MCV4)
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.
PTA BLAINE FLIX – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH
Please join us for our first community event on the new field–Blaine Flix is scheduled for Friday, October 5th! The PTA, K-Fund and the 8th Graders will be sponsoring concessions and games starting at 6pm.  Don’t forget to bring your blankets for the movie (starting after dark around 7pm). Blaine students will be voting on the movie soon – stay tuned for more information!
CALLING ALL BAKERS!
Calling all bakers! Kindergarten Fund is looking for bake sale items to sell at the BlaineFlix Concession Stand on 10/5. We would love to have your delicious treats. All items need to be nut-free. We are also looking for gluten-free and egg-free items. Store-bought is ok, too! Please wrap items individually (or 2 cookies per bag). And label if they are allergen-free. We will be available to take your baked goods at morning pickup on 10/4 and 10/5, from 7:30-8:15 on Southport and by the Main Door on Grace. You can also drop off any time before 10/5 at 1pm at 3813 N. Southport’s doorstep or 3814 N.Greenview.
Thank you!!
KFund 2018/2019
Click here to sign up
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Parent volunteers play an important role at Blaine and contribute to our ongoing success.  We encourage parents to continue their support of our school by being an active participant in their child’s education and safety and we thank those parents who regularly volunteer. We absolutely need parent support through volunteering to maintain the experience that Blaine students have become accustomed to – and deserve.

In order to be considered as a Blaine volunteer, parents must complete the on-line application and in most cases, submit to a TB test and background check through fingerprinting.  The process takes a couple of weeks but helps ensure that all adults who interact with students have been held to the highest level of scrutiny, providing safety and security for all.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.  Right now, we especially need help in the following areas:

Kiss & Go / Parent Patrol

7:40-8:05am – Assistance is needed every day that school is in session

For more information or to sign up please email teolsen@cps.edu

Lunchroom/ Recess Assistance

10:15-12:15pm – Assistance is needed every day that school is in session.

For more information or to sign up please email teolsen@cps.edu

Classroom Assistance

Varies – Room Parents and Teachers determine based on current class needs.

For more information or to sign up please contact your child’s teacher or Room Parent.

With Walk-A-Thon, Blaine Flix, and the Book Fair all coming up within the next thirty days, there will be many more opportunities to help. Please consider volunteering this year.  Your help makes a world of difference.

Become a volunteer now

SAY CHEESE!
It’s almost time for school pictures!

On October 4th, Pollack Photography will be returning to Blaine for this year’s school pictures. Preschool through seventh grade photos will be taken during the school day. Be sure to send your students in picture-appropriate clothing.  No money is needed on picture day – when proofs are available they can be ordered on-line.  All Blaine students (Pre-K – 7) will be photographed.  Additional information (including pricing) is in the flyer to be sent home this week.  Note: Eighth grade graduation photos will be taken in the spring.

BLAINE FIELD UPDATE
The process of installing the turf is almost complete and testing is scheduled for Thursday to ensure the field is safe for students.  We hope to have access to the field very soon, and will provide you with additional updates as they come available. Thanks to everyone for your patience and flexibility!
SAFETY REMINDERS
We are fortunate to have our Crossing Guard, Joanne, at the corner of Southport and Grace each morning and afternoon. Please honor her important responsibilities of keeping our students and families safe by respecting her directions when crossing the street.  As a reminder, bikes and scooters should be walked across the street. We would also like to remind all of our families that “No Turn on Red” signs have been placed at the corner of Grace and Southport. Additionally, arrows indicate corresponding turning lanes. Please be mindful of the new safety procedures at this intersection.  Finally, our wonderful Kiss-n-Go volunteers support our entry procedures by helping every student get to school safely and on time. We ask that you be respectful and cooperative of their directions to ensure morning smooth transitions.