Knights in the Know

November 1, 2019

Blanton's Hawkeye Teacher of the Year

It is with pleasure that we name Tamarra Thiessen as Blanton’s Hawkeye Literacy Teacher of the Year. Each year, Denton ISD elementaries nominate a teacher that is doing an outstanding job of implementing literacy instruction in their classroom and is inspiring a love of literacy with their students.

Tamarra Thiessen is a learner and continually seeks to improve her craft. Language Arts is her love and she teaches the subject passionately inspiring her students. Mrs. Thiessen has been inspired by the training she has received from Homegrown, Assessment for Learning, Summer Seminar and the DFW area “just in time” training from Teachers’ College. She participates in discussions about literacy with her colleagues (grade level and building wide) sharing her new learning. Mrs. Thiessen sets personal goals, refines those goals based on data, and keeps moving forward. She teaches her students to do the same which helps them to further develop their literacy skills.

Congratulations, Mrs. Thiessen.

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Socktober Update

Thank you for your generosity and participation donating socks during the month of October. We collected 655 pairs of socks. They will be delivered to charity next week.

We began our candy collection today. Our goal is to collect 500 lbs of candy. This candy will be donated to the Salvation Army to put in stockings for children who are in the shelter during the holidays. You can donate any individually wrapped candy. You can also buy some candy on sale and donate a bag! We collect until Nov 8th! Thank you for helping those in need.

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Veterans' Day Celebration at Blanton

We are looking forward to hosting our annual Veterans' Day Lunch on Monday, Nov. 11th. If you have missed the deadline for attending with your veteran, please contact Mrs. Gow at or at 940-369-0700.

Dyslexia Event

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Strength Spotlight

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Coming Soon ~ Storybook Parade

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Thank You, Watch DOGS!

Sadie's Sleigh

We are so excited to partner once again with the Sadie Keller Foundation during this special time of year. Sadie’s vision last year was to collect 10,000 toys for the brave cancer fighters in the hospital over the holidays. Last year, Sadie surpassed her goal by collecting more than 12,000 toys with the support of friends, family, our amazing community, and businesses around the area. With your help, Sadie hopes to collect even more toys this year. Sharing the magic of the holiday season positively impacts the lives of those affected by cancer and is a goal dear to Sadie’s heart.

Our school will support Sadie’s Sleigh by collecting new unwrapped toys during the week of November 4 through December 2nd. A collection box will be available at the (front office, hallway, etc.) The (classroom/hallway/grade level) that collects the most toys will receive (extra time during recess.)

Please help Sadie today by donating a new unwrapped toy!

Additionally, the Sadie Keller Foundation would like to invite you and your family to Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7th at the Harpool Middle School Cafeteria. Details will be posted soon on the Sadie Keller Foundation Facebook page and promoted throughout Lantana.

To learn more about Sadie and her foundation, please visit

Thank you for your support!

Mission Moms

From November 4th to November 15th, Blanton Elementary will be collecting the following items for Mission Moms as they will serve holiday meals to Denton County families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Each family will receive a holiday meal and food to help during the holiday break.

Please send the following items with your child, November 4th - November 15th, if you would like to help as we partner with Mission Moms this holiday season. We will have labeled collection bins at the end of each grade level hallway.

Kindergarten: Boxed Mashed Potatoes

First Grade: Cornbread/Stuffing Mix

Second Grade: Canned Fruit

Third Grade: Boxed Desserts

Fourth Grade: Canned Corn

Fifth Grade: Canned Green Beans

Please contact Stacey Gow at if you have any questions.


UNITE is the Fall Fundraiser for the Blanton Elementary PTA. It’s a super fun event for the whole family, and by participating you help support all the great things the PTA does for Blanton students and staff.

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Mother-Son Night is Nov. 15th

We are excited about our upcoming Mother-Son Night! This event is always a lot of fun and our PTA is including even more things for our teams to do that evening. Please mark your calendars and visit and purchase your tickets prior to Nov. 1st.
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Upcoming Events

Nov. 2 ~ UNITE at Harpool field and behind Blanton 2-6 p.m.

Nov. 7 ~ EXPO Family Game Night 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cafeteria

Nov. 11 ~ Veteran's Luncheon

Nov. 12 ~ Parent Communication: Intervention and Enrichment 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Nov. 14 ~ Camp Chaperone Meeting 6:00 in Mrs. Passon's room

Nov. 15 ~ Mother/Son Night

Nov. 20 ~ Makeup Pictures

Nov. 25-29 ~ Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 2 ~ EXPO Data Date Night in Cafeteria 6:00

Dec. 5 ~ Nursing Home Tour for Choir

Dec. 6 ~ Holiday Tree Lighting in Denton; Choir and Ocarina groups perform

Dec. 9-13 ~ EXCITE in PE

Dec. 11-13 ~ 5th grade field trip to Camp Grady Spruce

Dec. 13 ~ 3rd grade field trip to TWU for the Nutcracker

Dec. 17 ~ Holiday parties for all grade levels

Dec. 17 ~ Winter Musical performance 6:00

Dec. 18 and 19 ~ Early Release at noon each day

Dec. 20-Jan. 6 ~ Winter Break for students

Jan. 7 ~ School resumes for second semester