Blanche Sprentz Newsletter

September 26, 2022

Principal's Update


  • Attendance Matters - Please allow plenty of time to arrive to school ON TIME
    8:00 AM - Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten
    8:15 AM - Grades 1-5
  • 2:45 PM Dismissal - M, T, W, F
  • 1:15 PM Dismissal on Thursdays
  • Please do not use the front loop for dropping off/picking up. This is a designated Bus and After School Care Loop only.
  • Every Friday is School Spirit Day - Wear BSE gear OR red
  • TK & K Families - Mark Your Calendars for 3 All-Early Days: 9/30/22, 10/14/22, & 10/31/22
  • SAVE THE DATE: December 15, 2022 - Evening Starstruck Student Dance Performance

PTO Announcements

  • Bear Run this Friday, September 30th 8am-12pm- Don't forget to turn in permission slips!
    Our largest fundraiser of the year is just 5 days away! All donations (cash, checks, and online) are due this Wednesday September 28th. There are a lot of classes SO close to earning a popsicle party- you can do it! To make a donation online or to see how close your class is to earning a popsicle party (classes who earn $1000 total), click here:
    We still need cleared volunteers on the day of the run! If you are available, please Email Jen McKinney at
    FRI: BEAR RUN DAY!!! Bear Run shirts will be given to teachers and distributed to the students on the day of the run. Make sure to wear comfy shoes.
  • DINE & DONATE this Tuesday 9/27 at NUYO- make sure to mention you're there for Blanche Sprentz or show your flyer.
  • Mark your calendars for Spooky Sprentz- Friday, October 28th 5:00-7:00pm!
  • You can purchase Spirit Wear for your child (or yourself) here:
    Orders will be delivered to your child's class within 7 days.
  • Join us at our next meeting October 19th (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) at 7:00 in room 6 and on Zoom.
  • Las reuniones de PTO seran cada tercer Miercoles del mes. Interpretacion en Español disponsible, solo por peticion. Contacta a Veronica Pesavento (916)913-9300.
  • Join the PTO here:
  • Follow along with us online:
  • 1. Website:
    2. Facebook:
    3. Instagram:

Thank you for your support and partnership!

Jenna Schuette, Principal

Buster the Bear Came to Visit on Friday, September 23, 2022

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A Focus on Learning

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BSE School Goals

Blanche Sprentz has three site goals for the 2022-2023 school year:

  1. Increase Student Math Proficiency by 5% on the Renaissance Diagnostic
  2. Increase Cultural Awareness Proficiency Among Students, Staff, and Families
  3. Increase Student Proficiency in Grit by Setting Long-term Goals in Academics & Activities

Families Support School Goals By:

  • Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts at home
  • Play games with cards, dice, counting
  • Practice measurement with kitchen tools, rulers, measuring tape
  • Share your family heritage and traditions with others
  • Support your student's family heritage projects at school
  • Follow our monthly Heritage Awareness activities and resources
  • Set and Track Reading and Step Count Goals with Students

Volunteers needed!

We need volunteers to help with the Mileage Club during recesses. Email Kandice White at to get started.

Bear run spirit week! 9/26-9/30

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Silly Sock Day

Wednesday: Sports Day

Thursday: Crazy Hair Day

Friday: Bear Run Day*

*Each child needs to wear comfortable pants/shorts and shoes.

Don't forget to turn in permission slips!

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Everyone is Welcome at Blanche Sprentz Elementary!

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Friday, 9/23/22, a police dog joined our lower blacktop unexpectedly.

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Can you help a 5th grader attend Sly Park Environmental Camp this year?

Each 5th grade student is invited to attend a 5-day field trip experience to Sly Park Environmental Camp. The cost for each student is $250 or $50/day. If you would be willing to sponsor a student's trip or sponsor a day, please call or email Mary Anne Reed at 916-294-9110 or
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Help Make Arrival/Dismissal Safe

2022 Fire Prevention Poster or Video Contest

Student Submissions DUE October 21, 2022

Students can submit a 1-3 minute video OR an 8.5 x 11 poster. Posters and videos should promote the Fire Prevention Week theme: Fire won't wait. Plan your escape.

Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, October 7th is Picture Day

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Mrs. Peterson's TK class came to sing to Mrs. Amazing (Mrs. Reed) for her birthday.

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The Calming Corner ~ Social-Emotional and Community Supports

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness, shift public perception, and share vital information on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, text or call 9-8-8 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). For Spanish, dial 1-888-628-9454. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

Talking to children about someone who died by suicide can feel like an overwhelming undertaking. These guidelines offer suggestions based on the age of the child.

Scarlett Stoppa, LCSW, is the Mental Health Specialist on staff at Blanche Sprentz. If you have mental health concerns regarding your student, she can help connect you to therapeutic resources. Call 916-294-9110 x 640329 or email for more information. Alternatively, FCUSD Students and families can find community mental support through CareSolace.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics' Screen Time Guidelines

Internet and cell phone addiction in youth

Kelly Richardson, Marriage and Family Therapist, spoke on dangers our youth face with electronic media and how internet addiction affects our children.

To view the recorded presentation from May 2022 in its entirety, please click HERE

You can enable closed captioning in both English and Spanish

Links below were also provided at the May presentation, providing information and resources parents can use for keeping their children safe online.

Child readiness for cellphone chart

Guide to Snapchat 2021

How to Really Prevent Screen Addiction

Keeping Children Safe on the Internet - Services and Devices

Parents Guide to Snapchat QR codes for Internet Safety Links

Attendance Matters!

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No Food Sharing School Policy

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Non-Edible Birthday Items Encouraged

Due to several students will severe allergies, as well as for equity, all food items, including birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream are not allowed to be shared with classes at school. IF you would like to celebrate your student's birthday at school, consider sending non-edible items such as pencils, erasers, etc., for teachers to send home with the class. PLEASE communicate with your student's teacher about plans to bring in non-edible items to recognize a birthday. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.

Parent Teacher Organization Display Board

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Our campus will be under construction from June 2022 through June 2023!

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September 27 & 28 and October 5 are days to come check out the construction!

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