Blain Update

September 2020

News from the Office

We are extremely excited to welcome our students back to Blain full-time! It has been wonderful to see our students reconnecting with each other and making the best of our current "new normal." We would like to thank all of our students and families for the support and patience you have shown as we have navigated through many changes this past month.

During September, we kicked off our Character Education program with our first trait of Respect. We cannot begin to express how proud we are of our students ... they are truly leading by example. This trait will continue to be our focus in October with a special incentive coming soon!

The Blain PTO is hosting a Walk-a-Thon fundraiser on October 7th. We are very happy to be able to continue offering this event. Your child will have the opportunity to log as many laps as they can around the Blain Elementary Walk-a-Thon track while they are cheered on by teachers and fellow students. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, family members will not be able to walk with their children this year. All forms and donations should be sent to school by Friday, October 2nd.

Extra Yearbooks ~ If you missed ordering a 2019-2020 yearbook last year and would still like to purchase one, please contact our school office. We have extras available for $5.00 each.

Important Dates:

Friday, October 2nd - Early Dismissal (1:15 PM)

Wednesday, October 7th - Fall Walk-a-Thon

Monday, October 12th - In-Service (No school for students)

Thursday, October 15th - Blain PTO Meeting (6:30 PM)

Friday, October 16th - Fall Picture Day

Friday, October 30th - Early Dismissal (1:15 PM)

Mrs. O'Toole's Reading Corner

Greetings from the Reading Specialist! My name is Mrs. Stacy O’Toole and I am excited to be starting my fifth year at Blain Elementary (my 24th year with the West Perry School District.) While this year will definitely be unique, the one thing that hasn’t changed is how much Blain Elementary teachers and staff love working with your children. While I may not work directly with your child, I am always available if you have any questions regarding your child’s literacy development. Providing our children with positive literacy experiences is one of the best things we can do to help them become successful readers. Learning to read takes practice. Loving to read takes enthusiasm. Read with your child often and create a sense of enjoyment, wonder, and a passion for reading. I would love to see pictures of students that are reading at home. When you catch your child reading, snap a picture and email it to me at I will post the pictures on my reading wall and your child will earn a free book!

A Message from the Nurse's Office

Please be sure the school has up to date phone numbers for you and your child’s emergency contacts. If your child becomes sick or injured, we need to be able to reach you quickly and easily. If you have not done so already, please update your child’s information using the 2020-2021 Student Data Form link on the District’s website.

If you find your child experiencing any new health issues or medication changes throughout the year, please keep the nurse informed so that symptoms or issues can be managed appropriately.

A doctor’s order is required for all medication administration by the school nurse. This includes any over-the-counter medications (oral and topical).

For the safety of our students, please do not send in bags of cough drops for your child’s desk. Cough drops are considered a medication and must be dispensed through the health room with parental consent. Cough drops can be a choking hazard and are a short term fix for soothing a cough. Sending in a clean water bottle for your child to sip on during the day is a more effective way to comfort an irritated throat and cough.

Encourage GOOD HANDWASHING as it is the BEST way to prevent any illness. Provide your child with a clean face mask daily for school to discourage germs.

Clues that may indicate that you child is ill and should not attend school include: fever – over 100 F, unidentified rash, vomiting, diarrhea, red eyes with drainage and uncontrollable cough. Your child should be symptom free for 24 hours without medication intervention before returning to school.

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132 Blain Road

Blain, PA 17006




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