Blanche Sprentz Newsletter
March 15, 2023
BSE's Head Custodian, Kerry Wedel, Named FCUSD's Classified Employee of the Year!!! CONGRATulations!!!
Grades 3-5 Begin CAASPP Testing March 7, 2023 & ELPAC begins March 28-29, 2023
Grades 3-4 take the English Language Arts and Math tests. 5th graders take English Language Arts, Math, and Science.
ELPAC testing includes Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The first 3 sections are completed in a whole group, and the Speaking portion will be completed by district personnel.
- Attendance Matters - Please allow plenty of time to arrive to school ON TIME
- 8:00 AM (AM Class) & 11:24 AM (PM Class) - Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten
- 8:15 AM - Grades 1-5
- 2:45 PM Dismissal - M, T, W, F
- 1:15 PM Dismissal on Thursdays
- TK & K Families - Mark Your Calendars for All-Early Days: March 24
- TK Families ONLY- All-Early March 30th
- Kinder Families ONLY- All-Early March 31st
- 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
- JOIN US!!!- PTO Meeting tonight 3/15 at 7pm in the Library or on Zoom.
- Volunteers needed this Thursday 3/16 from 3:00-5:00PM- PTO will be setting up our St.Patricks Day decor and balloons and we still need a lot of help! If you can come by the school between 3-5pm (Room 2), we would appreciate it!
- Friday, April 14th 8:00a-12P: DaVinci Day is back!- This STEAM-centered event for our 1st-5th grade students celebrates the many contributions made by Leonardo DaVinci and other scientists in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is going to be a super fun, hands-on event during the school day from 8am-12pm. If you would like to volunteer please email Ashley Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Garden Workday- All this rain is great, but we need our garden area to dry out before we can really get to work. Stay tuned for a new date in mid-April!
- Celebrate our BSE Staff & Teachers- Staff and Teacher Appreciation week is coming up on May 1-5th. We can't wait show our staff and teachers just how much they mean to us and our students. We still need volunteers for this week-long event. IF you can help out please email Christie Shea at email@example.com.
- Get Cleared to Volunteer - We have some exciting volunteer opportunities coming up. If you haven’t filled out the form to become a district cleared volunteer, do it ASAP so you can help out! https://www.fcusd.org/Page/30094
- Spirit Wear - Our Spirit Wear store has new inventory available and ready to be delivered to your child's classroom. We are so appreciative of local artist Brian Wallace who designed an updated logo for our Spirit Wear. Wanna check it out? Go HERE!
- Mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, March 15th (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) at 7:00 in the Library 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: https://www.fcusd.org/Page/45808
- Follow along with us online:
1. Website: fcusd.org/BlancheSprentzPTO
2. Facebook: facebook.com/BlancheSprentzPTO
3. Instagram: instagram.com/BlancheSprentzPTO
Thank you for your support and partnership!
Jenna Schuette, Principal
Open House coming up for Transitional Kindergarten
March's Character Trait is Courageous
Registration for 2023-2024!
PTO Meeting on March 15, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
Parent Teacher Organization Board
Mark Your Calendar!
Friday, March 31, 2023 - Minimum Day for Grades K-5 ONLY (K - 11:21 AM & 1:21 PM Dismissal, TK is All Early on Thursday, March 30)
TK/Kinder ALL EARLY March 24
Dismissal: 11:21 AM
TK ONLY all early day March 30th
Dismissal: 11:21 AM
Kinder only all early day March 31st
Dismissal: 11:21 AM
In March, we honor & celebrate: awareness of people with disabilities & Women in History. Click the pictures below:
Sly Park Teachers Visit 5th Graders with Outdoor Science Lessons
A Focus on Learning
BSE School Goals
- Increase Student Math Proficiency by 5% on the Renaissance Diagnostic
- Increase Cultural Awareness Proficiency Among Students, Staff, and Families
- 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
School Attendance Presentation
Reporting absences is easy!
Visit Our BEAUTIFUL Folsom Library
11/15/2022 Blanche Sprentz Site Council virtual visit
Folsom Public Library
Address: 411 Stafford Street
Hours: Tue-Wed 10 am – 7pm, Thu, Fri, Sat 10am - 5pm
A Folsom Public Library card is free and provides you with access to books, eBooks, eAudio books, online databases, DVD’s music CD’s, Games, 3d printers, Chrome Books, Hotspots, and State Park passes. The library has 22 computers available for public use and printing is available for a small fee. The library also has a free magazine exchange and a free puzzle exchange.
How to get a library card
It is easy to get a Folsom Public Library card! California residents can get a library card by completing an online application and providing a photo ID and proof of address.
The library has a My First Library Card program. Every school year, librarians visit all FCUSD kindergarten classes and distribute library cards to students. The cards can be activated by a parent or guardian when visiting the library. Kids also get a free book to keep with activation of their card.
Programs for children
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: an early literacy program encouraging families to read 1,000 books with their children to prepare them with the skills they need for kindergarten. Each 100 books read receives a progress badge. At 1,000 books, kids receive a backpack, a free book and certificate of completion. While 1,000 may seem like a large number, if you read just 3 stories each day you will reach your goal in one year!
Storytimes: daily stories and songs program for children ages 0-6
Legos: The library has a large collection of Legos - kids come together to build and put their creations on display. Weekly on Saturdays from 2-4 pm. Ages 5-12
Book clubs: Kids Graphic Novel Book Club meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday at 1 p.m. Copies of the monthly selection can be checked out from the library. Grades 2-5
Craft programs: weekly DIY craft boxes offered on Friday afternoons from 2-4:30 p.m. Crafts include making bookmarks, paper airplanes, origami, yarn crafts and more.
Free, live, online K-12 tutoring with your library card. Get homework help in math, reading, writing, science, social studies and so much more. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.
24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.
Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:
Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help. Tutoring sessions may be monitored for completeness and effectiveness. All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree.
Access online tutoring at www.library.folsom.ca.us/youth-library
What a visit to the library might look like for your family:
Enjoying stories and songs at the library while attending a storytime together.
Experiencing your child getting excited about selecting their own books to read.
Parents finding new books to read aloud to their children.
Children playing games on the early literacy computers that support school readiness.
Use of the public computers for a school assignment.
Enjoying the toys at the library and cooperative play with other children.
Shared family time in an environment that seeks to instill the love of reading for all ages!
Contact info: Debbie Centi, Youth Services Librarian (916) 461-6132
Blanche Sprentz has partnered with Folsom's Hope who sends mentors to come have lunch with select students once a week.
The only requirement is for mentors to have a heart for kids! Once cleared through the District, adult mentors are paired with a student referred to the program, and they have lunch once a week. This is on Wednesdays during their lunch hour, and build relationships over the course of the school year. The time commitment is less than an hour a week, but mentors do need to be committed to being there each week, as consistency is essential.
Volunteers do need to be cleared through FCUSD as category 2 volunteers, and then there are some additional requirements for mentors because of the intimate nature of mentoring: Folsom's Hope application, online training, and mandated reporter training. Salwa Kasabian, Executive Director from Folsom's Hope will walk volunteers through all of this. If anyone is interested, they need simply to contact Salwa so she can assist them in the clearance process. She's also happy to chat with anyone with questions or wanting to know more.
Executive Director, Folsom's Hope
Everyone is Welcome at Blanche Sprentz Elementary!
Help Make Arrival/Dismissal Safe
Mental Health Specialist, Scarlett Stoppa prepares Calming Charts
The Size of the Problem
1: They can't reason until their body and brain are calm again. Use distractions, deep breathing (in through the nose first), or checking in with their senses to help them re-regulate their system.
2: Reflect ~ say in your own words ~ what they seemed to be upset about.
3: When they're back to calm, talk with them about the size of the problem and the size of their reaction. See image below.
Generally, tiny or small problems are situations they can solve themselves. Medium and big problems may need adult support. And a HUGE problem is a significant loss or emergency ~ either someone is hurt, sick, or in need of immediate help. Think "emergency!"
Sometimes it is easier said than done, but the size of our response should match the size of the problem. And one step to getting there is asking ourselves, "What is the size of this problem?" This activates our thinking brain and slows down our emotional responses, which sets us up for solving problems as they arise.
Scarlett Stoppa, Mental Health Specialist
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
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