The Blake Buzz

Week of March 21-25, 2016

What's Happening this Week?

Monday, 3/21

  • Send copies of classroom/team newsletters to office

Tuesday, 3/22
  • Faculty Meeting Topic: Val-Ed 360 Survey. Please bring your laptop to the library, or you may go to your rooms after directions are given to complete this survey.

Thursday, 3/34

  • Report cards go home
  • SBDM Meeting 4:15 p.m.

Friday, 3/35
  • Career Day 10am-2pm *Follow schedule distributed by Marion Johnson

We will have a fire drill one day this week, weather permitting.


Congratulations to Ashley Snawder for hosting a very smooth and successful Mayor's Cup Academic Competition for Blake, Wilkerson, Sanders, and Kenwood Elementary Schools. Blake did not win the trophy, but everyone had a great time and many of our students won individual medals for written assessments! Nice job, Ashley! Thank you for your leadership and work in this huge undertaking. Thank you to Kathy King, Leslie Covington, Angel Murphy, and Jill Banta for volunteering to work with Ashley and me all day last Saturday.

Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make the PTA Walkathon a great success, especially Angel Murphy, and board members Lionel Fleming and Jeremiah Gritton. They have put in many volunteer hours doing lots of things to raise funds. Our students had a FANTASTIC time dancing, doing yoga, and walking for a good cause. The PTA wishes to thank everyone who has contributed toward the playground fund!! The PTA has applied for several grants and are on their way to funding Phase 1.

Teachers and instructional assistants, thank you for your thoughtful plans of action for deepening/fine-tuning STANDARDS-based learning as we get ready for statewide assessments. Retention of knowledge is highly supported when we use a spiraling approach to teaching-and-learning, particularly if we focus on retaining essential standards for each grade/subject. Thank you for encouraging your students and finding ways to keep them engaged and having fun while learning.

Employee Transfers

The online process for both certified and classified employee transfer requests opens on Friday, March 18, and closes at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18. Before beginning the transfer process, employees should be sure that personal contact information on file in the Employee Self Service Database is accurate. This is the information used by principals to contact people for interviews. A memo with instructions for the complete transfer process will be placed in your mailboxes on Monday.

JCTA will offer Teacher Transfer workshops on the following dates:

· March 16 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

· March 21 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

· March 24 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

· March 29 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

· April 11 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

· April 13 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Teachers may register to attend on the JCTA website.

Attendance – Take Your Daughter to Work Day – April 28

Due to changes in board and state policy, we will no longer be able to use the attendance code that we have used in the past. Parents can still take part in this activity but the “Present” status will no longer be applicable. Parents will have two choices, Absent Excused (counts against perfect attendance) or Absent Exempt (does not count against perfect attendance).

.In order to get Absent Exempt, the parent will have to have a form filled out and approved before the actual day which is April 28. This is the only option to have the absence not count against them for perfect attendance. These have to be pre-approved by the principal, so we will send something home well in advance to give families time to prepare if they need the absent exempt status. Parents can also just bring in a note from their company stating that the student was at their place of business with their parent all day. This will result in an Absent Excused day and will count against perfect attendance.