TheBorderite ReportOctober/November 2007

Published on Thu, Oct 11, 2007
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The Borderite Report
October/November 2007


School Calendar

October
15 Learning Improvement Day – no school
17 H.S. Honor Society New Members Inductions
17 PSAT Exam
21 Super Size Me Movie – Public Invited 4 p.m. @ PAC
22-26 National School Bus Safety Week
22 School Board Meeting
23 Elementary Run
26 H.S. Senior Portraits Due for yearbook
27 Middle School Dance 7 p.m.
30 Primary Picture Retakes
31 Halloween / Blaine Neighborhood Fall Festival @ Middle School
Cafeteria
5:30 p.m. For ages up to 6th grade.

November
1 Primary School “Tears of Joy” Assembly
2 Middle School Sports Awards
4 Standard Time – turn clocks back 1 hour
5 Middle School 2nd Sports Season
7 Elementary Picture Retakes
8 7th/8th Grade Concert
12 Veteran’s Day – no school
12 High School Winter Sports begin
14 Middle School Book Fair
14 Support Professional Day
14 ASVAB Exam
15-21 K-8 Conference Early Release
15 Bedtime for Books @ Primary Library
17 Arts and Jazz Event
19 K-12 Early Release
22-23 Thanksgiving Break
26 School Board Meeting
29 5th Grade Concert

Family Service Center

The Family Service Center is an important part of the Blaine School District. Most social service resources are located in Bellingham, so the Service Center is the first stop for many families in our community who are in need. There are two part-time employees, Andree Marcus and Larissa Dhanani.  They are open for drop-in during the school year, Mon/Wed 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tues/Thurs 8 a.m. - noon and Fri 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  They are also available, by appointment, at other times of the day.

The Family Service Center has an abundance of school supplies available for students who need help with those items. They also have a good used clothing bank and household cleaning & personal hygiene supplies. If a family needs information about medical insurance, counseling, housing, furniture, or many other areas of need, they can get referrals at the Service Center. Andree is also the Blaine School District Homeless Liaison and connects our homeless students with transportation and other help in order to make it easier to stay in school.

Another aspect of the Service Center is their connection to the Community Assistance Program in Blaine during the school year and especially at Thanksgiving and to Stafholt Good Samaritan Center for the Giving Tree program. The Family Service Center is located on H Street, above the Middle School gym. Their phone number is 332-0740.

Blaine Neighborhood Fall Festival

The annual “Blaine Neighborhood Fall Festival” will be hosted by local churches, businesses and parents. The event will be held on Halloween Night, Oct. 31st in the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. This event is for all ages up to 6th grade. There will be games, a jump house, candy, prizes, cake walk and much more in the middle school cafeteria.

Tickets for the games will cost 5 for $1, which can be purchased at the door. Pizza and soda will be offered at a reasonable price. Candy, cake walk items and volunteers are need. Please contact Kim at 739-8785 if you would like to help or can donate an item or two.

High School

Advertise in the yearbook

Help your student remember the 2007-2008 school year as he/she sees it - IN COLOR! Blaine High school will be producing the first-ever ALL COLOR yearbook this year, commemorating the year’s activities, academics, athletic achievements and awesome student body. Each of the 165 pages, including advertisements and senior dedication ads, will be in color, which means copies are selling fast. Both advertising space and the number of books available is limited, so order yours today!

Books can be purchased in the high school office for $45. If you’re interested in advertising your business or congratulating a graduating senior, call the high school office at 332-6045 or email the yearbook adviser at vbleecker@blaine.k12.wa.us.


New Super Communication System

It’s not very often that something comes along in education that causes everyone to go “Wow.” But, Blaine High School’s new internet-based student information system (Duxdata) is already getting rave reviews from students, parents, and teachers. This is a new system that connects teachers’ electronic grade books and the school’s database into a user friendly information sharing site. Students, parents and teachers can easily check information on grades, assignments, attendance and state testing results.

The students like how easy it is to check on their current grades and missing assignments without going to all their teachers. Duxdata also helps them get organized and make them more responsible for their learning. Post high school planning is encouraged with sites that explore their interests, and guides them through activities that help them plan for their future after high school. The library has already noted an increase in students coming to check their grades. The site is already registering up to 600 logins per day.

Parents have expressed their appreciation of how easy it is to check on student progress and attendance. Because of this, they can be a more informed, active participant in supporting student success. Duxdata combined with e-mail simplifies the lines of communication.

Teachers are very excited because they now have more information to help set up plans for success. This system will help foster conversations with students and parents based on student performance and take the guesswork out of where problems are. They can communicate with their students through the system which makes it convenient to give personal support more often. This includes sharing with other teachers because all of the student’s classes can be accessed.

Duxdata is sure to change how communication between students, parents, and teacher is done for the better.

Middle School

Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge is committed to the message of Rachel Scott to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Just one month before she was killed at Columbine High School, Rachel Scott wrote “ I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” After the Rachel’s Challenge assembly in September, students were invited to accept and sign the banner. The middle school is trying to keep the idea of a chain reaction alive by creating paper chains in each classroom. Over 70 middle school students have expressed an interest in being part of a Friends of Rachel Club which will be focused on continuing the positive messages.

Halloween Dance

Blaine Middle School’s PTSO is sponsoring a Halloween Dance in the middle school gym from 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. Students are encouraged (but not required) to dress in a creative costume. This dance is for 6th-8th grade students only. Pizza will be sold during the dance and candy will be given to the students. Tickets are $5 or $4 with a can of food for the Food Bank. Tickets will be sold during lunch on Wednesday-Friday before the dance and also at the door the night
of the dance. If you would like to help make this a great event for the kids, please drop off a bag of candy at the middle
school office.


Elementary School

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation grant

Mike Coffey, Blaine Elementary Music Specialist, was recently awarded a generous grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in order to repair and purchase new instruments. The grant is awarded in recognition of outstanding instrumental programs and a dedication to music education.

Marvelous Math Night

What do you get when you mix students and parents, teachers, math, pizza, pop, and fun?

The answer is: Marvelous Math Night! Blaine Elementary is having their annual Marvelous Math Night on October 11th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Pizza will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Fun Math Games from 6 -7 p.m.

Food Drive

The Blaine Elementary School will have their yearly food drive for the Blaine Food Bank October 22nd. thru October 26th. Last year we collected 2569 lbs. of food, this year we're hoping for 2800 lbs. Please help us by supporting our local food bank.


Primary School

Thank you

On September 20, 2007, the Blaine Primary Parents for Kids (PFK) Organization and the parents of primary school students hosted a wonderful Mexican Feast dinner for the staff. The 20th was Open House for the primary school, to honor staff members, including our families. The food was delicious and the company was wonderful. It was so appreciated by the entire staff and their families! Thank you to all who donated and took care of us!!