December Newsletter

Blain Elementary School

A Message from Mr. Young

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break. As we enter the month of December, we have a number of events and activities planned at Blain. Please see an entire list in the Dates to Remember section below.

Goodies with Grandparents is scheduled for Friday, December 6 (times are listed below based on grade levels). We ask that all grandparents wishing to attend be registered with the office by Wednesday, December 4. All grandparents will enter the building through the main office and then make their way to the gym. Each guest will be required to sign in to the building and may be asked to show photo identification.

The Blain PTO/Blain Public Library's Gingerbread House Night will occur on Friday, December 13 beginning at 7:00. This is the second year these two organizations have collaborated in bringing this event to our community. I encourage you to add this to your calendar.

Blain's Winter Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM. Our 4th grade class will be presenting their play and our school's chorus will also be performing. This is always a wonderful event that helps put you in the spirit of the season.

May each of you have a safe, joyous, and peaceful holiday season!

A few reminders:

- As the seasons change and the weather begins to get colder, please have your

child dress appropriately for colder temperatures.

- Please remember to send a note regarding your student’s absence the day

he/she returns to school. Any excuse that has not been received within three days of the student's return to school will be marked as unlawful.

- Blain Elementary’s S.T.A.R. Reading Challenge – Encourage your

student to be reading each evening and remember to sign their reading


Mrs. O'Toole's Reading Corner

There’s no better app than your lap!
For many of us, technology is a central part of our lifestyle. It’s fun to play games on our devices, text with friends, and post pictures on social media. There are so many doors that technology opens for children and adults, alike. Videos and virtual field trips allow us to visit and explore places that we may never get to see in person. When we need to know more information, we just ask Siri or Google it. As parents and teachers, we have found educational apps to help boost our child’s math and reading skills. The tricky part is balancing our “screen time” with play and personal interaction and conversation. As we are entering the holiday season and you are starting to think about gifts for your children, don’t forget some of these fun items: board games, books, sleds, snow toys, etc. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your child! Just think of the things he/she may tell you as you talk, laugh, and play!

The following students were caught reading during the month of November: Heath Bidwell, Evan Salazar Cernas, Austin Salazar Cernas, Lauryl Fedder, Adam Noel, Brantley Pierce, and Brayden Smith. Congratulations on earning a free book! I would love to see your child reading. Snap a pic and email it to me at I will put your child’s picture on my reading wall and also let him/her choose a FREE book.

Winter Concert

Monday, Dec. 16th, 7pm

132 Blain Road, Blain, PA, USA

Literacy Night

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd 2020 at 6pm

132 Blain Road, Blain, PA, USA

Goodies with Grandparents Schedule

Please plan to arrive 5 minutes before your grandchild's grade level's scheduled time.

11:40 to 12:00 - PreK and Kindergarten

12:10 to 12:30 - 1st Grade

12:40 to 1:00 - 2nd Grade

1:10 to 1:30 - 3rd Grade

1:40 to 2:00 - 4th Grade

2:10 to 2:30 - 5th Grade

Big picture
Friday, December 6 - Goodies with Grandparents Event

Friday, December 6, 3:00-6:30 PM - PTO Candle Fundraiser pick-up

Friday, December 13, 7:00 PM - Gingerbread House Night

Monday, December 16, 7:00 PM - Winter Concert

Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1 - School Closed

Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Literacy Night