The Blake Buzz

Week of September 7-11, 2015

Blake Family:

I hope you all enjoyed your 3 day weekend. The weather certainly was beautiful. The children will probably be tired today, but I know that they will be happy to be back with the kind, caring adult role models at Blake. YOU are making a difference in hundreds of lives and impacting the future!

Tip for English Language Learners (ELLs):

ALLOW FOR WAIT TIME: Wait time-the length of time you give a child to think about a response before calling on him or her-is important in any class. It affords more students the opportunity to participate and allows children time to formulate deeper responses. Wait time is especially crucial for ELLs. When you orally ask a student a question, they're probably not going to respond immediately. It takes time for them to process what you're asking, gather the words they know, and figure out how they are going to say it. The next time you pose a question, allow a few more seconds than usual (up to 10) before inviting student responses.

What's Happening This Week?

Monday, September 7- No School, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8- Faculty Meeting- ELL PSPs, Student Growth Goals, Bellarmine Lit.

Thursday, September 10- SCM training 4:15-6:15PM

Other Important Dates this Month:

Monday, September 14- Boy Scout Assembly 1st-3rd 2PM, 4th-5th 2:15PM

Tuesday, September 15- Open House 5:30-7PM

Wednesday, September 16- Picture Day

Monday, September 21- Girl Scout Assembly K-2nd 2PM, 3rd-5th 2:15PM

Tuesday, September 22- Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, September 23- SBDM Meeting 8:00AM

Friday, September 25- Stranger Danger Assemblies K-2nd 1:20-2:15PM, 3rd-5th 2:30-3:15




Felisha deserves the Superhero Award because she goes that extra mile for her students. She has such a positive learning environment. Her super strength is behavior management. Her approach is proactive, not reactive. Her openness to try different strategies is most appreciated. I heard wonderful things about her last year while she was out on maternity leave. When I saw her in action, I was amazed. A big thanks to Ms. Jackson for being a super role model and superhero! (Nominated by Angel Murphy)

Other Nominees:


Debbie graciously agreed to switch her morning duty for my afternoon duty on Fridays so that I can go to Goldsmith Lane Elementary for my second school assignment. Thank you so much, Debbie! I really appreciate the help and I am sure everyone else in the car rider line will appreciate it as well. (Nominated by Melissa Spayd)