Knights in the Know

September 8, 2017

Dot Day is September 15th!

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. What will you do this week to recognize and celebrate the importance of the arts in your child’s life?”

Dot Day

On September 15th we will celebrate International Dot Day inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. In art students will discuss their different strengths and how they will

leave their “Dot” or their positive mark on the world. Dot Day will be celebrated all week

throughout the school but especially on September 15th so make sure you have your students wear polka dots to show some Dot Day pride.

Vote Saturday, September 9th in the Tax Referendum Election!

Saturday is Election Day! We encourage you to vote during the Tax Referendum Election. For more information, please check out the district website with this link: TRE

Cornhole Tournament is Next Week

We are so grateful to T-Rock Roofing and Construction for hosting Lantana's first annual Cornhole Tournament. It is next Saturday, September 16th from 3PM to 7PM. There are games and activities for the whole family. There are still spaces for teams so come on out and support this fundraiser to benefit our Library's Creation Commons. You can register at this link:
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Meet the Kindergarten Team

We are delighted to introduce our Kindergarten team for this year. They are a dedicated group of educators who work enthusiastically day in and day out with our youngest students. We are excited to have them as a part of our Blanton staff.

Why do they love to teach Kindergarten?

Mrs. Elizalde ~ "... because it's a year of tremendous growth in the students and I love to instill a love of reading in their hearts!"

Mrs. Ellis ~ "... because the students are so many things: enthusiastic, sweet, and much like sponges. I feel honored to teach children to read, and it;s a huge bonus to get to use silly voices while reading to my students in the process!"

Mrs. McDonald ~ "... because I love to teach them how to read and write and set them up with a strong foundation for lifelong learning."

Mrs. Woodfin ~ "... because everything is new and exciting to my students. I love the oohs, ahhs, and joyful giggles I get to hear each day!"

Blanton News Team

The Blanton Morning News began its daily broadcasts this week. This team of 5th graders not only tell students about important events around campus, but they also write a special news feature each day. This week they spoke to the student body this week about the special relationships of children and their grandparents. Great Job, News Team!

KORT Students at Work

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Where is Mr. T?

Our wonderful Assistant Principal, Mr. Turrubiarte, is a member of the National Guard and has been working tirelessly in Houston helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. Although we miss seeing him around Blanton, we are so proud of the service he provides for our country. Way to go, Mr. T!! We are hopeful he will be able to return home soon.
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Go Gold!

WOW! We had a lot of GOLD in the building this past Wednesday in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sadie has been presenting facts each morning on the news helping us all to be more aware. She has also begun her presentations to students which includes a short video about her journey. We are off to a great start! Thank you all for wearing gold each Wednesday during September.
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Veteran's Day Plans

Veteran’s Day is observed on Friday, November 10th this year.
We, at Blanton, would like to honor the veterans in our community/family with a Veteran’s Wall of Honor in our hallway, extend an invitation to speak in a related student’s classroom, as well as provide a lunch on November 10th.

Some information that would be appropriate for classroom presentation might include:

  • who the veteran is,
  • how they are related to the student in the class,
  • rank and branch of the military,
  • reason for serving,
  • responsibilities during service,
  • places traveled,
  • age-appropriate experiences,
  • how service in the military changed the veteran in a positive way.

Please contact Stacey Gow by September 29th, if you or someone you know would like to participate in one or more of these Veteran’s Day activities.

If you would like to pay tribute to someone on the Wall of Honor, you will be asked to please provide a picture no larger than 8x10 with current contact information on the back, a notecard with information including name, rank, branch of the military and time of service no later than October 10th.

Thank you so much,

Stacey Gow, M.Ed

Blanton Elementary School Counselor

Arriving Early? Computer Lab and Gym Open

Arrival time can begin at 7:15. For those students who ate breakfast at home, we now have two options of places on campus they can go before it is time to head to class. As you are aware, the gym has been open for movement activities for all grade levels. Beginning next Monday (Sept. 11), we will also have the computer lab open for students in grades 3-5 where they will be able to come in and explore Istation and/or Imagine Math. Mrs. Sewell will be in the lab each morning helping students if needed.

Grandparents' Week!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 13 ~ Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 15 ~ Dot Day--Wear your dots!!

Sept. 16 ~ Cornhole Tournament sponsored by T-Rock from 3-7

Sept. 18 ~ EXPO Parent Meeting in the Science Lab at 4:45

Sept. 20 ~ Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 27 ~ Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 27 ~ NNAT2 for 1st Grade

Sept. 28 ~ PTA/Watch DOG Pizza Night 6:00

Sept. 29 ~ End of 1st 6 Weeks

Oct. 5 ~ 5th Grade Camp Parent Meeting

Oct. 10 ~ 4th Grade Field Trip to Clear Creek