The Blake Buzz

Week of February 1-5, 2016

Important Dates


*February is Black History month. Please ensure that your students are reading about African Americans and their contributions to our world! It would be great to see student writing, posters, etc. displayed in the hallway. Many of you will be updating your bulletin boards soon anyway. Please include the standard with your display of student work, no matter what it is.

The PTA Valentine Dance is this Saturday from 2-4p.m. Your help and presence would be appreciated by the PTA Board if you can make it. Feel free to bring your own children if you come.

Next Tuesday is Family Fun (Math) Night. Help is still needed for this event. Please let Melissa Culver or Ashley Snawder (Math Committee chairpersons) know if you are wiling to help out. It should be a lot of fun! All activities are being held in the gym and cafeteria.

1-5 National School Counseling Week *I know Mrs. Johnson would appreciate cards, drawings, and notes from students.

1 Send copies of your weekly newsletters to the office

2 Faculty Meeting- All teachers bring MPA2 scores with item analysis so we can look at standards not mastered and strategize interventions for students in vertical teams. Melissa Culver and Ashley Snawder will lead us and share knowledge from U of L DREAM cohort. See email from Leslie Covington for details.

3 JCPS Principals' Meeting

4 JCPS Asst. Principals' Meeting

4 Principals' PLC Meeting at Camp Taylor (Susan will be sharing school MPA2 data and ways we are helping our students meet standards).

4 Drama Club (2nd-5th) 4:00-5:30pm

5 JCPS Counselors' Meeting

5 **TPGES Student Growth Goals common formative assessments given**

6 PTA Valentine's Day Dance 3-6pm (Saturday) Volunteers needed. See Angel if you would like to help out the PTA. The money raised goes toward playground fund.

8 Send copies of your weekly newsletters to the office

9 We LOVE Math Night (PTA Meeting 5:30-6. Activities 6-7:30 p.m. Volunteers needed).

11 Drama Club (2nd-5th) 4:00-5:30pm

12 Pay Day

12 Classroom Friendship Parties 2:30-3:30pm- *Please send copies of communications to parents to the office staff so we know how to answer parent questions.

15 Teachers update grade books

16 Committee Meetings 4:00-5:00pm **FAMILY LITERACY Night 15 days away

17 ILT 4:00pm

17 LG&E Engineering Club 4:00-6:00pm

18 SBDM 4:15pm

18 Drama Club (2nd-5th) 4:00-5:30pm

23 Faculty Meeting- Bellarmine Literacy Project presentation

25 Drama Club (2nd-5th) 4:00-5:30pm


29 SNOW MAKEUP DAY *Parent-teacher conference day will be rescheduled to two evenings. Watch e-mail for more info.


Congratulations to OLIVIA HUST, who is our Staff Superhero of the Week for Jan. 25-29! In the words of Bethany Hardesty, "Olivia dealt with a difficult situation with such positivity! She stayed focused on the child and what he needs the entire time, and was a champion for her student."

TOSHA FIELDS was also nominated by Kristen Brumfield. She says Mrs. Fields is a big help in math because she pulls a group of students in addition to her ECE students to work with them in a small group.

Thank you to these two, and also to all of our unsung heroes. If you would like to nominate a colleague for Staff Superhero of the Week, the forms are in the office next to the large bookshelf.

Welcome to Blake, Mr. Leith!

Today we welcome another new teacher to our staff, James Leith. Mr. Leith is originally from England and was a teacher in Texas before moving to Kentucky. Our first grade team is thrilled to have him join their team.

Jennifer Larkins began her new job at the Ky Department of Education today. We wish her luck and happiness in her future endeavors.