The Blake Buzz

Week of January 11-15, 2016

Important Dates


11 Outer Loop Kroger Boxtops for Education Check presentation ceremony 4-5pm

12 Report Cards Go Home

12 Committee Meetings 4:00-5:00pm

13 ILT 4PM

13 PTA Board Meeting 4:15pm

14 Earthquake and Fire Drill

14 Spelling Bee in cafeteria 2:00pm for 3rd-5th to watch

14 SCM update training 4:15-6:15pm

15 Pay Day

16 Basketball game at The Brown School 11:15 a.m.

18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- No School!!!

19 Committee Meetings 4:00-5:00pm

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

21 Lockdown Drill

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

21 SBDM 4:15pm

25 Teachers update grade books

26 100th Day of School (unless snow days)


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

29 Pay Day


JCPS is requiring every employee to view an 11 minute video on harassment and discrimination and pass a quiz afterward. This is required for EVERY EMPLOYEE. There is a 5 question true/false quiz required after viewing the video. EVERY EMPLOYEE will need to log into a JCPS computer with their personal credentials, access the link below, then complete the quiz. Employees will need to know their 6 digit employee ID number when completing the quiz, available on your paystub and in JCPS & Me. In order to meet the requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), we must ensure EVERY EMPLOYEE has viewed the video. EEOC defines any employee as a paid employee (paycheck or stipend) whether full-time or part-time. JCPS is able to track this process and will let each principal know if there are employees who still need to take the quiz.

Teachers of Grades 3-5 only: There is also a mandatory 7 minute student video, intended for students in grades 3 – 12. There is no quiz required after viewing. Please send Susan an e-mail with the date, grade, and number of students who have viewed this video. I have to turn this in to JCPS Central Office.


The links for the EMPLOYEE QUIZ and the MANDATORY STUDENT VIDEO are in last week's Blake Buzz and in an email sent by Ms. Covington today.

Thank you to our entire staff for your professionalism last Friday. It was very reassuring to our students who came to school to see that you were here, learning occurred, and that all of us stayed safe. We have three Blake fathers who worked as "Watchdogs" that day, and they will be working one day a week starting this week. If you see one of these volunteers, please say hello and thank them for their service to our school.


Staff, don't forget to give out our Paws of Praise tickets every day. We will call our winners for the first week to the office for their recognition at 3:30 today. We will recognize this week's winners this Friday.


Please sign up for a committee by tomorrow morning if you have not already. We will be having committee meetings this Tuesday and next Tuesday from 4-5pm. Please elect a chairperson or co-chairs, and work collaboratively to delegate tasks, as we plan Family Math Night (Tuesday, Feb. 9), Family Literacy Night (Wednesday, March 2), Social Committee/Community Involvement activities (Cultural Fair, Career Day, Potlucks, Student motivation & rewards).


The PTA is planning a Valentine's Dance on Saturday, February 6, from 3-6 p.m. They will be asking for staff volunteers to help out at the dance, so if you are free that day, your help will be appreciated.


PLEASE UPDATE your frame this week with current student writing in the frame. Many frames do not have a piece of writing up, and this needs to be updated every month. It doesn't matter WHAT is in the frame, as long as it is a good sample of writing representing your class. THANK YOU!