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Published on Thu, Aug 26, 2004
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Superintendent's Welcome
By Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington

As I begin my second year as superintendent of the Blaine school district, I am extremely pleased to be connected with such quality schools and programs. Blaine is a school district on the move.
We have made significant progress during the 2003-04 school year in many areas. The accomplishments of the last year were possible because of the skill and dedication of a highly qualified staff and a vision of excellence in education in our community.

Many are involved in helping our children learn. The bus driver, the secretary, the principal, the business community, the cook, grandparents and senior citizens and teachers, and, most of all, parents make a difference in a child’s success or failure and, ultimately, in life.
This is your school district, a district on the move towards continuation of our educational goals. It takes a large group of participating adults to educate more than 2,100 Blaine students. Like other large teams, we gather strength, creativity and support from each other. Our decisions, relationships, generosity and commitment to students will help to determine the future. If we focus our talents on them, the youth will give us back a thousand-fold in energy and eagerness to learn and desire to contribute to a better world.

Visit our schools when patron tours are scheduled and witness first hand the excitement, enthusiasm and excellence in education that makes Blaine unique. The development of tomorrow’s citizens is in Blaine’s public schools today.

Blaine High School
By Dan Newell

It is indeed a privilege to work in this community with our youth. One of the goals of education is to prepare students for their future so that they may recognize and seize its opportunities, meet its challenges and avoid its pitfalls. Whether our students proceed to college, the military or directly to an apprenticeship or the workforce, it is our job to prepare them. We are fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable staff who care deeply for our students. We will work hard to make every minute count, to help them learn as much as possible and to prepare them for the future. We live in a world where change is measured not over the course of a century, a lifetime or even a decade, but over the course of minutes and seconds. Our great task as a school and as a community is to prepare our children, our young adults, our students, for the inevitable changes and challenges they will face. This is a task that requires the efforts of parents, teachers and community members working together. Not only do we need to help our students learn the content and skills that they will need on the job or in college, but we also need to help them learn to be responsible and thoughtful. We need to provide them with opportunities they can seize and challenges they can face and meet, both inside and outside of the classroom. We need to help them recognize all that they are capable of and then move them to realize their unique and extraordinary potential.

As a school, we are committed to meeting this challenge. We will strive diligently to increase student learning by providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, by maintaining an orderly environment where students may learn and teachers may teach, by fostering an atmosphere where everyone treats each other with mutual respect, and where everyone, students and teachers alike, work to continually learn and improve their performance. Working together we will provide our students with the fine education that Blaine desires.

Please help us by staying involved with your son or daughter’s education on a daily basis, sending a clear message that learning is important. We appreciate your assistance in making Blaine high school the wonderful place that it is for all concerned. Remember to check our website at, or be sure to stop into our offices with any questions.

Blaine Middle School
By Randy Elsbree

Welcome to the 2004-2005 school year! The start of the school year is always an exciting time for everyone: students, parents, faculty and staff. It is a time of transition that is filled with enormous possibility. It is a special gift to be part of a profession where one can literally start each year anew. Like our students (approximately 530 this year), we can all take advantage of the opportunity to start fresh and to grow and improve if we choose to challenge ourselves.

I am honored to serve as your principal and I am comforted in terms of my challenge to be surrounded and supported by so many friends, colleagues and community members. I am just as proud to be part of this school district today as I was in 1987 when I first came to work in the district. I know that will be the case for the returning and new members of our school who will discover that due to the quality of our staff and to the unparalleled support of the Blaine community, this is a school on the move.

As we move through this new school year, let us work extra hard to support each other, parents, teachers and students alike, as we work together to provide an exceptional education for our students who have the good fortune to attend school in a truly outstanding school district. I would simply like to welcome everyone to the start of a great new opportunity. I hope your school year is everything that you want it to be.

Our BMS office will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning on Monday, August 23 for new student registration, purchase student planners or ASB cards, pick up student supply lists, seventh and eighth grade locker sign up, and to assist with any other needs. All sixth through eighth grade student schedules will be mailed home on August 23.

Blaine Elementary School
By Deb Cummings

Thanks to the support and commitment of our community, parents, students, staff and school board, we continue to maintain small class size. Blaine elementary will have 19 classrooms with an average class size of 23. In an effort to maximize student achievement we will continue to expect every student to read at least 20-30 minutes every night. Earlier this afternoon a family swung by to show off their new puppy and the mom was talking about reading books on raising the puppy and sharing highlights of the book with her children. A perfect example of how reading can be fun and is part of every day life.

Every article or book I read on parenting, top-notch schools and leadership reinforce our school motto, “Together We Make A Difference.” Just this past weekend in the USA Weekend insert in the Bellingham Herald, the headliner article opened with the title of this article and the following quote: “In reviewing more than 50 recent research efforts - that when families, schools and communities work together, children will perform better academically, stay in school longer and enjoy the process of learning more.”

I am sure you have all heard of No Child Left Behind and WASL. These are policies and procedures which held schools accountable for high achieving students. This is a great thing; however, we cannot do it without parents of students and the community at large. We need you to join us in “making a difference.”

Staff are already coming into school in preparation for the exciting 2004-2005 school year. I am anxious to hear stories from students and parents about their adventures of summer. Our office opens on August 23. As September 1, the first day of school, approaches think about stopping by the school ahead of time to: pick up a school supply list, or purchase the prepackaged ones sold by our parent involvement committee, purchase the school planner or deposit money into the school lunch account.

Here’s to wishing every student, parent, community and staff member an exemplary 2004-2005 school year!

Blaine Primary School
By Nancy Bakarich

Welcome to the 2004-2005 school year. We at the primary school are excited for the start of this year. We have some staff changes we would like to let you know about: Kim Baker will be returning after a leave of absence, Leaf Schumann will be returning as the primary school counselor and Katy Ackerson has been hired as our new librarian. We welcome our new and returning staff members.
Each grade level will consist of six classes with the average of 22 students per class. We are able to maintain our small class size by the continued commitment of small classes from our school board – thank you!
We feel very fortunate to have the continued support of our parents and community. Please feel free to visit and/or volunteer in the school. Whether you have children in our building or not, we would love to have your assistance. We are committed to a high standard of excellence and know that we need your assistance to achieve this goal.
We are looking forward to this year and would like to remind you of some safety issues. When dropping off or picking up your children in front of the school, please remind them to look both ways as cars don’t always see our little ones. Also please use the parking area next to the sidewalk as a drop off area only. There is additional parking in the rear of the building and the doors are open on both sides of the office. Also please be aware that there is no supervision on the playground until 8:45 a.m., so if you could avoid dropping your child off prior to that time it would be appreciated.
Blaine primary school will hold a kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night on Monday, August 30 from 6 – 7 p.m. This will be a perfect opportunity to decrease the first day of school jitters and meet your child’s kindergarten teacher. At 6:15 p.m., your child’s kindergarten teacher will meet with parents in the classroom to discuss important information regarding the school year while children have a story time in the library. You can purchase lunch/milk tickets in advance at the office. Lunch prices are $2 each and milk tickets are $10 for 25 milks or $4 for 10 milks. Please note that first and second grade classes will have an open house on September 23 at 6 p.m.
I am looking forward to a great year. On behalf of the staff and myself, we are looking forward to September 1 and the start of another great year here at Blaine primary school!

2004 - 2005 Blaine School Calendar

30 Primary/kindergarten open house, 6 – 7 p.m.
1 First day of school
6 No school - Labor Day
7 HS picture day
8 MS 1st sports season begins
8 Senior parent planning night, high school library, 7 p.m.
9 Sixth grade band parents night, cafeteria, 7 p.m.
9 ES open house, PAC, 7 p.m.
10 Point Roberts picture day
13 District ITBS Window for grades 2 – 9 from 9/8 to 10/1
14 MS open house, PAC, 7 p.m.
14 MS staff and student individual pictures
16 ES open house, PAC, 7 p.m.
22 Blaine primary picture day
23 Primary 1st & 2nd grade open house, 6 p.m.
23 MS academic awards assembly, PAC, 10:30 a.m.
23 Primary-alternate kindergarten picture day
27 No school - learning improvement day
27 School board meeting
28 Point Roberts open house, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
28 ES fall after school enrichment begins
5 MS picture retakes
6 ES picture day
7 ES Marvelous Math Night, 5:30 dinner/6 – 7:30 games
8 MS, 7 - 8 grade dance
13 Title 1/LAP Reading Night, 5:45 p.m.
18 No school - learning improvement day
22 Fine Arts chili feed, cafeteria/PAC, 5 p.m.
27 BPS picture retake day
29 ES Halloween carnival, 6-8 p.m.
29 – 31 MS play
1 HS winter sports parents meeting, PAC, 6:30 p.m.
1 SJMEA Sr. Honor Festival at Blaine
3 ES picture retake day
4 HS fall concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
4 Senior portraits due for yearbook
5 – 7, HS play, cafeteria, 7 p.m.
9 MS 7th & 8th grade fall concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
9 HS parent/teacher conferences, cafeteria. 1:30-3:30 & 5 –7, early release
11 No school - Veteran’s Day
12 No school - non-student day
15 MS boys/girls basketball & HS winter sports begins
18 HS Roman banquet
18 – 24 K-8 parent/teacher conferences, 1 p.m., early release
19 – 21 HS play, cafeteria, 7 p.m.
22 School board meeting
25 – 26 No school – Thanksgiving break
2 PS winter concert, PAC, 1:15 p.m.
9 MS first trimester academic awards assembly, PAC, 9:30 a.m.
9 Point Roberts winter concert, community center, 6:30 p.m.
14 HS community holiday, PAC, 7 p.m.
15 7th & 8th grade holiday concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
17 ES winter concert, PAC, 1 p.m.
17 MS 7 & 8th grade dance
20-Jan. 2 Winter break - no school
17 No school - Martin Luther King Day
24 School board meeting
26 HS solo ensemble fesitval, PAC, 7 p.m.
27 6th grade concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
29 Blaine Fine Arts Assoc. Arts and Jazz, PAC/cafeteria, 7 p.m.
29 SJMEA Senior Solo/Ensemble Festival
1 MS 3rd sports season starts
2 BPS class picture day
3 Primary Alternate class picture day
5 HS NW math championship at Blaine high school
7 No school - learning improvement day
9 ES class picture day
12 SJMEA Junior Solo Ensemble Festival
14 HS spring sports parent meeting, PAC, 6:30 p.m.
15 ELL family night, 6 p.m.
16 HS winter concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
16 HS staff and 6th grade class pictures
19 Close-up garage sale, cafeteria
21 No school - President’s Day
22 School board meeting
24 ES Love of Reading night, 5:30 dinner, 6 – 7:30 activities
1 7th & 8th grade winter concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
3 – 9 K-8 parent/teacher conferences, 1 p.m. dismissal
10 – 11 No school, mid-winter break
19 WA state math championships grades 5 – 8, Blaine
25 6th grade spelling bee, PAC, 9 a.m.
25 – 27 HS play, PAC, 7 p.m.
28 No school - learning improvement day
29 – 30 SJMEA senior large group festival
30 MS 2nd trimester academic awards assembly, PAC, 9:30 a.m.
31 Kindergarten registration, primary multi-purpose room, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1 SJMEA senior large group festival
1 – 3 HS play, PAC, 7 p.m.
4 MS 4th sport season begins
5 HS parent/teacher conferences, 1:30 – 3:30, 5 – 7 p.m.
11 – 15 Spring break
18 ES after school enrichment begins
18 WASL window 4/18 to 5/6 grades 3 – 8 and 10th. State ITED grade 9
21 Point Roberts kindergarten registration, 10 a.m.
21 ES volunteers ice cream social, multi-purpose room, 3 p.m.
23 HS prom
25 School board meeting
29 HS revised senior portfolios due
29 WMEA Ensemble and solo contest
29 ES talent show, PAC, 1 p.m.
3 HS spring concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
6 Blaine primary/first grade Mother’s Day tea
7 SJMEA junior honor festival
12 8th grade bay area trip
13 MS medieval feast
13 – 15 MS play, PAC, 7 p.m.
17 – 18 Senior boards, grades 9 – 12, noon. Early release
19 Evening of the Arts, cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
20 7/8th grade Ski to Sea junior parade, 6 p.m., Bellingham
21 Close Up talent show, PAC
23 School board meeting
24 HS recognition night, PAC, 6:30 p.m.
26 MS spelling bee, 9 a.m.
26 Point Roberts field day, 12:30 p.m.
26 6th grade concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
27 ES spring concert, PAC, 1 p.m.
28 HS marching band Ski to Sea grand parade, noon,
30 No school – Memorial Day
1 MS honor level field trip
2 PS spring concert, PAC, 1:15 p.m.
3 8th grade field trip
7 All choral concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
8 ES transition night, elementary school library, 6:30 p.m.
9 MS awards ceremony, PAC, 9 a.m.
9 7/8th grade spring concert, PAC, 7 p.m.
10 ES awards assembly, PAC, 1:30 p.m.
10 HS graduation, new gym, 7 p.m.
13 7/8th grade dance
14 8th grade tea
15 Last day of school
27 School board meeting

Who to Call

Administrative Offices 332-5881
Point Roberts Primary School 945-2223
Blaine Primary School 332-1300
Blaine Elementary School 332-5213
Blaine Middle School 332-8226
Blaine High School 332-6045
Family Service Center 332-0740
Food Services, Laurie Pike 332-0468
Maintenance, Jim Kenoyer 332-6613
Special Education 332-5213
Transportation, Carl Wagelie 332-8933
Superintendent Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington
For e-mail and more information, please check
the school website at