The Bulldog Bulletin

Blake Elementary School Family Newsletter

September 1, 2015

Dear Blake Families:


We have had a great start to the school year as our Blake Bulldogs got back to learning in August. Our staff love working with your children each day and we can already tell that 2015-2016 is going to be a fantastic year at school! We have welcomed a new assistant principal this year, Ms. Leslie Covington. Ms. Covington has an extensive background in elementary education and is a wonderful addition to our staff. She is enjoying working with our amazing students and looks forward to meeting our families at Open House on Tuesday, September 15, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We will meet in the cafeteria first where all of our staff will be introduced. You will also get to visit your child's classroom to see what he or she has been learning since school began.


We are happy to announce that Blake now offers English as a Second Language (ESL) to students who qualify. We welcome diversity look forward to the learning benefits of cultural enrichment for all of our students. If any of our ESL families need assistance, please contact Ms. Judiet Falls, our bilingual associate instructor, or Ms. Aria Bailey, our ESL teacher, at 485-8210.


The staff at Blake want to keep you informed of school happenings in a variety of formats. Please check your child's take-home folder and/or agenda for daily messages. We send home a school wide Wednesday folder with important information for parents. All of our staff members may also be reached by email, and you can find their email addresses on our school website. Our teachers send home weekly newsletters and many of them use Class Dojo or the Remind app to keep parents in the loop. If you are into social media, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you would like to be added to our school wide distribution list to receive this monthly school newsletter electronically, please complete the form attached and return it to school.


If you are interested in being a volunteer in your child's classroom or in our school, contact your child's teacher or the school office at 485-8210. We greatly appreciate help from all our parents, grandparents and guardians, whether it be on a weekly basis or every now and then. All volunteers must complete a background check to assist in the school or chaperone students on field trips. You can access the background check here: https://webapps.jefferson.kyschools.us/Volunteer/


It is my pleasure to serve the students, families, and community as the principal of Blake. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.


Susan Glenn, Principal

Family Resource Center News

IMPORTANT FORMS NEEDED: PLEASE complete and return your green and white free/reduced lunch forms even if you feel you do not qualify or do not want to give that information. There is a section to mark that option. We don’t want to lose any Family Resource or Title 1 funds that provide programs and services to all of our students.


2nd/3rd Grade KARATE CLUB: The Karate Club begins on Tuesday, September 2, after school from 4:15-5:15 for 2nd/3rd grade students. 44 students turned in forms, so names were drawn at random for the 20 spots we had. If your child's name was not drawn, don't worry. We will have more opportunities for extracurricular activities for all grade levels throughout the year.


HEALTH FORM REQUIREMENTS: Please remember to turn in your immunization certificates, and physical, dental, hearing and vision screening forms required for all kindergarten students and those students new to JCPS.


FREE DENTAL EXAMS: If you want your child to receive a free dental exam, please return the dental forms. Please provide your insurance on the form (if you have insurance) for billing purposes. If you do not have insurance, your child can still receive a dental exam at no cost to you.


If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me at 485-6011.


Jill Banta, FRC Coordinator

Follow us on social media

If you would like your student to be allowed in pictures and/or video clips on our school accounts, you must turn in a photo/video release form. Students' last names will not be used on the Internet.

Student Telecast Online Daily

If you would like to see our school telecast, it is available online at our Vimeo account below. You may also access the telecast, as well as online books and resources, at blakelibrary.weebly.com

September Events

15

  • Open House 5:30-7PM
  • Boy Scout Signups 6:00-7:30PM

16

  • Picture Day (Uniform Break Day)

23

  • SBDM Meeting 8:00AM

25

  • Stranger Safety Assembly K-2nd grades 1-2:15PM; 3rd-5th grades 2:30-3:15PM

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program

Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables? We have great news! In addition to our free Breakfast in the Classroom and free lunches for all students, Blake will now be serving fresh fruits and vegetables in the classrooms on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons beginning 9/4/15. Blake Elementary received grant from the Federal government to expose students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and provide a healthy snack for students. Students will also learn about the nutritional value of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.