Knights in the Know

September 13, 2019

Public School Foundation Grant Winners

Today the Denton Public School Foundation Prize Patrol visited Blanton Elementary!!! Each year the Foundation awards and scholarships grants to staff members. This year they awarded over $130,000 in Grants, Scholarships, and School Wide Grants. This is a record for the Foundation!


We had 5 staff members receiving Prize Patrol visits today:


  • Mrs. Michelle Elizalde ~ $300 for Versa-Teaching from CoServ Grant to Teachers 2011/12
  • Mrs. Thea Turner ~ $989.98 for "Did you Say Robots? That's Our Cue!" from CoServ Grant to Teachers 2006 and CoServ Foundation Grant 2019
  • Mrs. Becky Jones ~ $1000 for "Boogie into Writing with Boogie Boards" from Groundhog Day Gala Grant to Teachers 2017 and 2019
  • Mrs. Bonnie Bynum ~ $1000 for a scholarship to "Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Conference" from Gregory Family Scholarship
  • Mrs. Megan Chaffin ~ $215 for "Reading A to Z: Inspiring Lifelong Readers to Be" from Denton Chamber of Commerce New Hire Grant



We are grateful for these grants and proud of our teachers for submitting them. Please congratulate them when you see them.

Blanton Knights Serve Others

One of our goals at Blanton is to teach our students ways they can “choose happiness”.

One way to do that is to serve and give generously to others in need.


Here are several upcoming opportunities that Blanton has planned to serve our community and beyond this school year. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information about each of these events.


October: Socktober benefitting The Salvation Army of Denton.


November: Halloween Candy Donation benefitting The Salvation Army of Denton.

Mission Moms Thanksgiving Food Drive benefitting DentonISD families


December: Sadie’s Sleigh benefitting Sadie Keller Foundation for Childhood Cancer

Mission Moms Christmas Food Drive benefitting DentonISD families


January: Preschool/Infant Items benefitting DentonISD’s Fred Moore HS/Gonzales School for Young Children


February: Jump Rope For Heart/Kids Heart Challenge benefitting American Heart Association


March: Fun Run PTA Fundraiser


For more information about the health benefits of volunteering and ways to get your family more involved in community service visit this site:

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm

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Guyer High School Pals

The Guyer High School PALs (Peer Assistant Leadership) program is up and running for the 2019-2020 school year and we, again, have a FANTASTIC group at Blanton!


The PALs are junior and senior students at Guyer High School who positively represent their school and strive to be a positive influence in the lives of others. They have demonstrated the potential to be great listeners, and are trustworthy, empathetic, caring, and responsible.


The program is based on the belief that students can make a significant change in the lives of others by helping other students to have a more optimistic outlook and therefore make a definite impact on our district and community. PAL students will provide both individual and group support to help others make informed and responsible decisions, improve behavior and school attendance, and most importantly provide a listening ear.

Dot Day

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. We think it is important to recognize and celebrate the importance of the arts in our students' lives”


Dot Day

On September 13th we celebrated International Dot Day inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. In art students will discuss their different strengths and how they will

leave their “Dot” or their positive mark on the world. Dot Day was celebrated all week

throughout the school.

Parent Connection - Student-Led Conferences

Our next Parent Connection meeting will be on Monday, September 23rd from 8:00-8:45am in the cafeteria. We will cover student-led conferences and what you can expect to see from your student.


Click HERE to RSVP

Lantana Cub Scout Pack 802 Bear Den 1

Thank you to our students of the Lantana Cub Scout Pack 802 Bear Den 1 (Third Grade) for helping maintain the area around the school and the outdoor learning center!

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Knight's Night

We are excited about our first Knight's Night for this school year, on September 25th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. If you are new to Blanton, Knight's Night is a special evening when our PTA partners with a community business. The business will provide a portion of the evening's proceeds to our PTA.


Our first Knight's Night will be at Panda Express. Please note that for this event, you will either need to show them the digital flyer (below) or a paper flyer. Panda Express is generously donating 20% of all sales from people who show the flyer to our school. Please share the flyer with friends, neighbors, and family members who are might be able to participate at the Flower Mound Panda Express.

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Stream Clean

Please Join Blanton in this years Stream Clean!

You can make a difference in our community by volunteering for Stream Clean, an annual event that improves the appearance of our city and impacts our quality of life by targeting specific waterways in and around Denton. When litter makes its way into our storm drains and drainage ditches, it doesn't stop there - it ends up in our lakes, streams, and rivers.

Please view the link below and print out a waiver for you and your child. Please return these to Mrs. Gray NO LATER THAN September 18th. Parents MUST be present during the entire activity and must have a waiver to participate. Mrs. Gray will pick up shirts and pass them out prior to October 5th.

https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/residents/make-a-difference/sustainability/stream-clean

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There are lots of ways to make a difference in the Denton area. Here are some options for community service and volunteering options.

No Parking at Madison and Juniper Entrances

Please remember that the entrances to these two neighborhoods are no parking or standing zones. Please help our students to be safe as they are walking home by meeting your children at the park or parking on other streets in those neighborhoods. We appreciate all our parents are doing to help keep our students safe as they are walking home.

PTA Update

Visit blantonpta.org often to get all the latest information on what’s going on with Blanton PTA!

1) Yearbooks are on sale now! This is the lowest price you’ll get all year so be sure to order today, September 13th, before the price increases. We also have a new app to upload photos for the yearbook. Links for purchases and the app are both located on the PTA website. If you have any additional questions, email yearbook@blantonpta.org.


2) PTA Meeting and Watch DOGS Kickoff

Calling all dads! Come with your students to the Watch DOG Kickoff pizza party on Thursday Sep. 19 at 6PM to hear about the Watch D.O.G.S. program and some improvements being made this year. You can also enjoy a fun pizza dinner with your kiddos! Please note, Watch DOGS registration this year will only be available to those with COMPLETED background checks. Please visit https://www.dentonisd.org/volunteer, to complete your background check today! Once completed (turnaround this week has been 1-2 days), please email the confirmation to watchdogs@blantonpta.org. Information on signing up for a Watch D.O.G.S. day will be discussed during the Kickoff meeting.


3) If you haven’t done it already… Join the PTA! The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help our school. By joining PTA you also get access to the PTA Facebook group where you get lots of great information and timely news about what’s happening at Blanton! We also have an online student directory coming soon for PTA members! More details soon.

Please Support Blanton Elementary (see flyer below)

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 15 ~ Deadline to order a Yearbook

Sept. 18 ~ "Dress Like a Pirate" Day

Sept. 18 ~ Pirate Musical

Sept. 19 ~ PTA Meeting and Watch DOG Pizza Night 6:00 p.m. in Cafeteria

Sept. 23 ~ Parent Connection 8:00 a.m. ~ "Student Led Conferences"

Sept. 24 ~ EXPO Information Meeting 5:30-6:30

Oct. 7 ~ Wear "Blue" for World Bullying Prevention Day

Oct. 9 ~ Fall Pictures

Oct. 11 ~ Student Led Conferences

Oct. 11 ~ Report Cards available in Home Access Center

Oct. 14 ~ No School for students (PLC Day for teachers)