TheBorderite Report

Published on Thu, Nov 30, 2006
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The Borderite Report

December 2006

Snow Phone: 332-0789

School Calendar

Dec. 4 - Girls Basketball
Dec. 5 - Boys Basketball against Ferndale
Dec. 7 - Wrestling against Lynden
Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor day
Dec. 7 - Pt. Roberts concert @ Pt. Roberts
Dec. 8 - Boys Basketball against Elgin Park
Dec. 8-9 - Wrestling “Battle at the Border”
Dec. 13 - Girls Basketball against Nooksack
Dec. 14 - HS concert
Dec. 16 - Girls Basketball against Mt. Baker
Dec. 19 - Girls Basketball against Ferndale
Dec. 19 - 7th-8th grade concert
Dec. 21 - Elementary concert
Dec. 21 - First day of winter
Dec. 24-Jan. 6 - Winter holiday break
Dec. 25 - Christmas

Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day
Jan. 4 - Wrestling against Meridian
Jan. 5 - Boys Basketball against LC
Jan. 9 - Boys Basketball against Nooksack
Jan. 12 - Girls Basketball against Squalicum
Jan. 1-31 - School Board recognition month
Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Day-no school
Jan. 16 - Girls Basketball against Mt. Vernon
Jan.16-19 - Elementary enrichment registration
Jan. 20 - Boys Basketball against Meridian
Jan. 23 - Girls Basketball against Sedro Woolley
Jan. 23 - HS solo concert
Jan. 25 - Wrestling against Bellingham
Jan. 25 - 6th grade concert
Jan. 27 - Boys Basketball against Burlington
Jan. 30 - Girls Basketball against Sehome
Jan. 30-31 - Pacific Science center @ Primary

High School

Senior Parents: On December 7 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm Blaine High School along with Ferndale High School will be having their annual FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid) information night. This meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Ferndale High School. This is an important meeting about information to help your student get financial aid for college. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Shockey in the Career Center.

Beginning November 27 through December 8, the Blaine High School will be hosting a toy drive contributing to the Starlight Starbright Foundation. They will be collecting toys, games, and CD’s from students at the school as well as members of the community. These items will go towards terminally ill children in hospitals around the state. Please no stuffed animals. If you would like to donate any items, there will be a box in the high school office. Thank you for your support.

The Blaine High School Wind Ensemble has once again been invited to the Funabashi Music Festival in Japan from February 7th through the 16th. Funabashi is located in the Chiba Prefecture just east of Tokyo. Each year the Festival invites one international student performing group to be involved in a community celebration of music. This will be the second opportunity for the Wind Ensemble to perform at this prestigious festival. The tour will provide students with amazing opportunities for cultural exchange as they will stay in the homes of Japanese host families. They will also be visiting museums, shrines, and government buildings. Two of the schools they will visit have been here in Blaine to perform for our community and school and it is our hope that this tour will continue to build a shared message of communication and peace through music.

The High School Roman Banquet was once again a huge success! A big thank you is extended to the efforts of principals, staff, students, teachers, parents, grandparents and many more. We couldn’t do it without you. Mike Grambo heads up this special event and has been doing so for the past 18 years, which involves the entire sophomore class. Students are in groups of six and they work on their projects at home, after school, and over the weekends. The Roman Banquet was a full day event in which students, faculty, and parents are properly attired in Roman togas. The event begins with students giving oral presentations including visuals and later explains the food that they have prepared for the wonderful feast. Before the feast began, Dan Newell (Principal Caesar) was introduced by trumpets blasting and then gave a speech, followed by a toast for all. To conclude the day, students watched a special movie presentation about the Roman Empire in the PAC while the parents (Roman slaves) cleaned up the mess. The Roman Banquet project creates an exceptional learning opportunity for all students that they remember for a lifetime. Test scores and overall grades go up one half to an entire grade during this project. To quote a famous Chinese proverb: Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.

Middle School

The Blaine Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) has been very busy this past month. It sponsored a Monster Mash Dance Party with over 200 in attendance, collecting 102 pounds of food for the Blaine food bank. A special teacher appreciation buffet dinner was organized last Thursday for the staff during their longest day of conferences. The group has compiled a contact list of parents and community volunteers to be contacted for classroom support, special projects and a variety of other needs and events. To add your name to this list, please call the BMS office @ 332-8226. The next PTSO meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11th at 7:00 pm in the BMS library. Upcoming events and fundraisers being discussed include a middle school movie night, a Blaine Borderite Community cookbook, and an evening of Dodgeball Mania with teachers and community members. All are welcome to join this growing group of volunteers and students.

Elementary School

Mrs. Gallaher's fifth grade class recently completed a study of ancestry and cultural pluralism in America. To celebrate, families provided samples of breads from the many cultures that make the United States the rich, diverse country that it is today. Students sampled Krumkake from Norway, Dutch spaetzle, Ukranian ravioli, Greek pita bread, Icelandic brown bread, and much, much more. No one went hungry!

Washington State has been given this year’s honor of providing the Christmas tree that stands in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Schoolchildren in Washington State were asked to contribute handmade ornaments for the tree as “gifts from Washington State”. Pictured here are students from Mrs. Gallaher’s class who chose to make Orca whale ornaments created from wood. They will be a wonderful addition to the tree and the tree lighting ceremony will be held on December 6th.

Congratulations to the Elementary School for their efforts on the food drive. They collected 3,477 items totaling 2,569 pounds of food. The food goes to our local food bank and will help many families during the holidays.

Primary School

First graders became ship builders as they created
replicas of the Pilgrim’s ship The Mayflower. As the children learned about the first Thanksgiving, they spent some time learning about the ship and what life was like while sailing to America.

I started teaching at the Blaine School District in 1975 and have felt truly fortunate to have been a part of the staff at the Blaine School. I couldn’t be more blessed than to have been here for 31 years loving what I do. I can’t imagine my life not being surrounded with high school kids and being a part of their trials and tribulations. They make me laugh everyday and help keep me updated on everything from fashion to technology. It’s hard to believe a chapter is closing, but I am excited for the next one to begin. Thanks for the wonderful send off and for allowing me to be a part of “Borderite Pride” and fulfilling my teaching dream.

The American Red Cross is recognizing the heroics of three Blaine School District related people. Todd Berge, School Board Member, is part of a team of three that developed a Mass Casualty trailer for use at BP and in the community; Dawn Corcorran, Primary School secretary is being recognized for her quick thinking when a 1st grader was choking and she administered the Heimlich maneuver; Mary Baker, School Nurse, saved a 15 year old Seattle boy’s life when his arm was severed off in a boating accident in a remote part of B.C. Congratulations to these heroes, we are lucky to have them as part of our team!