The Borderite Report March - April 2008

Published on Thu, Mar 6, 2008
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The Borderite Report
March - April 2008

Brought To You By The Blaine School District

Diane Berge, Editor
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School Calendar

6-7 Mid-Winter Break – No School
10 K-8 3rd Trimester Begins
10 PS – PFK Penny Drive Begins
10 MS – PTSO Meeting 7:00p.m.
10-13 HS WASL Testing – Writing and Reading
11 Remember to Vote by 4:45p.m.
11 PS – PFK Meeting 6:00p.m.
12 Pt. Roberts Primary – Showcase Fair 2:00p.m.
13 ES - Group Pictures
15 ES – SJMEA Choir Festival
21 MS - Academic Awards -PAC 2:20p.m.
24 Learning Improvement Day – No School
24 School Board Meeting
27 PS – Kindergarten Registration 10a.m.
28 PS – Sock Hop – MS Café 7:00p.m.
31 Komatsumeihou HS Band – PAC
31 MS – 4th Sports Season Begins

3 ES/PS – Musical – PAC 1:00p.m.
3 HS – Senior Portfolios Due
7-11 Spring Break – No School

Bond and Levy Election

March 11 is the deadline for ballots to be mailed for the Blaine School District Bond and Levy initiatives. We hope that each of our parents and patrons have had an opportunity to review the details of these two important issues. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Blaine School District Office at 332-5881, or our website at Don’t forget to vote by 4:45pm on Tuesday, March 11!

Change in Vaccine Requirements

All children attending kindergarten after July 1, 2008, must show the following documentation on their CIS form:

• Dates of two doses of varicella vaccine, received on or after the child’s first birthday and at least 28 days apart, OR

• Provider diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease (signed note from health care provider),OR

• Date of blood test (titer) showing proof of immunity to varicella, OR
Exemption from immunity based on medical, religious, or personal reason.

Parental documentation of history of chickenpox (varicella) will no longer be accepted for these students.

All children who attended Kindergarten or 6th grade during either the 2006-2007 or 2007-2008 school years will continue with their requirement of either 1 dose of varicella vaccine, date of titer showing proof of immunity, personal/medical/religious exemption, or parental documentation of history of disease. If a parent is unsure about a child’s chickenpox history, a vaccine is advised. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

2008 Winter Ride Students

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors:  BP, Shane Lewis, Jeff and Holly Mulryan, Martha and Jon Bengen and Beachwood Resort. A special thank you to all of our bus drivers for getting us safely to the mountain and home each Saturday. Thank you to our parents for giving your children the opportunity to participate in this awesome program. Thank you! 


Rick Bender, a nationally known antitobacco educator, spoke to Blaine High School and Middle School students on Feb. 25th. Mr. Bender began using chewing tobacco at age 12 and was diagnosed with cancer, as a result of his use, when he was 26 years old.  The cancer cost him 1/3 of his tongue, 1/2 of his jaw, 25% loss of the use of his right arm - and almost his life.  Mr. Bender states, “I really feel my presentations have a big influence on the decisions people make about using tobacco. I want to give them something else to chew on”.

Washington Assessment of Student Learning(WASL)

WASL – The Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is a series of tests that helps make sure our students learn the foundational skills and knowledge that educators, parents and community leaders say are important to their success in life.

As we support our students to do their best and show what they know on the WASL, parents and family members play a key role. Be sure your child gets a good night sleep the night before the night of the test. Provide a healthy breakfast the morning before the test. Praise them and let them know you believe in them and know they will do well.

The WASL testing schedule:
High School: March 10 -13 – Writing and Reading, April 15-18 Math and Science
Grades 3-8: April 14-May 2
For more information, contact your child’s teacher, school principal or Deb Cummings (District Assessment Director at 332-0720).

High School

Magic Show benefit to send Blaine students to Washington DC
Local Teenager and World Teen Champion of magic, Sterling Dietz will be performing the evenings of March 14th and 15th at the Blaine Performing Arts Center. The Close-Up Foundation plans to raise funds through ticket sales and sponsorship of this two night event, to send fourteen students along with advisors from the Blaine School District and community to Washington DC. Over the past 18 years Blaine High School has sent over 440 students to Washington DC as a hands on approach to civic education. For tickets contact Teri Price @ 360-961-2542

Trade/Tech Fair
The morning of Wednesday,  February 13,  Blaine High School sponsored a Trade/Tech Fair in the Ken Waters gymnasium. This event featured well over twenty different technical colleges, trade schools, community colleges, apprenticeship programs, and career informational programs. Among the informational tables present were the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Fire Department, Vancouver Film School, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Universal Technology Institute, DeVry and WYO Tech. There were local schools and programs from Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Skagit Valley College. Also apprenticeship programs such as plumbers and pipefitters, electrical and sheetmetal workers. These are just a few of the presenters in attendance. High school students had an opportunity to browse, gather information, and ask questions that could lead to many different career opportunities after high school.  BHS counseling and career center sponsors this event every other year.

A Community Math Event!
Blaine School District hosted the Northwest Math Championship on February 9th and our community helped make it successful once again!  The NWMC is a state-wide math contest for high school math students in grades 9-12. This year 95 teams came to Blaine! One of our Blaine High School team earned the highest score out of all Whatcom County 11-12th grade teams!

This competition was successful because a lot of people came in to help.  Each classroom needs a proctor and our list included parents of Blaine High School seniors, members of the Semiahmoo Men’s Club, former Blaine School District Superintendent Gordon Dolman, and our mayor, Mike Myers.  Many of these volunteers help out every year.  Conoco Phillips also helps every year as our sponsor, with a generous donation and with help organizing the competition.

Blaine School District also hosts the 5-8th grade Washington State Math Championship and we could use your help for this one too. This year it will be on Saturday, April 19.  Volunteers are needed. If you are interested please call Mrs. Gail Wildermuth at 332-0363 or Todd Apple at 332-0409.  

Elementary School

Garth the Iguana
Garth the Iguana, beloved pet of Blaine Elementary School, passed away peacefully at her home in the BES Library on Monday, February 18, 2008. Garth came to Blaine Elementary School with her brother Wayne from Arizona about 14 years ago. Garth enjoyed visiting with students and sunning herself in the courtyard. Garth was an integral part of the library and she will be greatly missed by students and staff alike.

Miss Rocchi’s class visited the Pacific Science Center Van Presentations in January. They learned about the brain and other human body functions.

Primary School
The Blaine Primary “PFK” hosted its annual Family Fun Night on February 8th, 2008. It was a full night of bingo, prizes and plenty of free food. The event had many donations from our local community. Those business were Blaine Bouquet, Petal Attractions, The Blackberry House, Ferndale Haggen’s, The Tingley Family, and Cindi Haws. A big thank you goes out to everyone that contributed to the wonderful night for our primary students.