Blanche Sprentz Newsletter
January 11, 2023
January's Character Trait is RESPECT
Registration for 2023-2024!
THANK YOU, BSE Families & PTO!!!
Starstruck Dance Instructor, Zane, Models for Students
- Attendance Matters - Please allow plenty of time to arrive to school ON TIME
- 8:00 AM - 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: 01/09/23 & 01/10/23
- 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
- Mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting January 18th (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) at 7:00 in the Library and on Zoom. We have a lot of events planned for the remainder of the year and need lots of help!
- Dine and Donate at Skipolini’s on Thursday, January 19th from 11am-8pm! Social hour will be from 6-7pm. Come see your friends and eat delicious food all while raising money for our school! See you there.
- 100th Day of School is coming up on Friday, January 20th! Students and staff are encouraged to show school spirit by dressing like they are 100 years old! We can’t wait to see their creative outfits.
- Friendship Grams are coming later this month. You can send a friendship bracelet and note to your closest friends, favorite teachers or whole class! Parents are also welcome to send one to their child/children. Friendship Grams received by 1/31 will be delivered 2/3. Friendship Grams received by 2/7 will be delivered 2/10. Individual grams are $1 each or you can purchase for your whole class for $15. More information will be coming home in your red folder the week of 1/18.
- 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
No school Monday, January 16th for Dr. Martin Luther King Day!
Brunolli/Nettleton's 1st Graders Share Their Dreams
TK/Kinder ALL EARLY January 12 & 13, February 9 & 10, March 9 & 10, April 20 & 21, May 11 & 12
Dismissal: 11:21 AM
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
2nd Graders Practice Splitting Words by Syllables
3rd Graders Write Advertisements for Snowman for Hire
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!
Kinder Students Dabbing For Mrs. Schuette :)
Can you help a 5th grader attend Sly Park Environmental Camp this year?
Help Make Arrival/Dismissal Safe
Mark Your Calendar!
Starstruck performances December 15th!
Is It Too Early to Think About Summer?
ONE ~ For kids age 7 to 17 who are all about the water, Sacramento Aquatic Center offers a great assortment of Youth Boating Camps. Mark your calendar: Sign-up starts in February.
TWO ~ For your aspiring thespians, Sutter Street Theater never sleeps! They've got camps, drop-ins, and semester offerings already scheduled through November. If your kids love Dr. Seuss or Frozen, sign up now for these summer workshops. Limited space available! Sibling discounts: 10%.
THREE ~ For a wide range of programming, including your kiddos' favorite sports, register with Folsom Parks and Recreation now for spring and summer break camps and after school programs.
FOUR ~ Many local churches offer programming and resources, including camp! Blitz has been hosted at Lakeside Church since 2005, is set to happen again June 6 to the 9th, and discounted registration opens April 3rd.
If you know of other spring break, summer break, or after school programs, please email the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it to our website. It takes a village to raise these children!
Stay Dry Out There,
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