January Newsletter

Blain Elementary School

A Message from Mr. Young

Happy New Year! I hope all of our families were able to spend time with one another over our holiday break. It is hard to believe that we are only about 2 weeks away from the end of the 2nd marking period and mid-point of the 2019-2020 school year. Staff and students will quickly get back into their daily routines here at school. Many new challenges and learning opportunities await. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or myself if any questions or concerns may arise.

During the month of January, our Character Education focus will be on the character trait of self-control. We will be working with students to help them make appropriate choices, think before they act, control their emotions, and build healthy habits. Look for our next Character Education Newsletter to come out in a few weeks.

We have several events and activities planned for the coming weeks. Information will soon be coming home for our annual Jump Rope for Heart to support the American Heart Association. Literacy Night is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, January 22 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. We had a great turn out last year and are excited to host this event again this year. Information regarding Girls on the Run was sent out before break and registration is now open for our Spring GOTR team.

Thank you for all of your support as we continue to strive to make Blain a safe and happy place for all of our students.

Mrs. O'Toole's Reading Corner

Libraries are a great FREE resource for families! You can get a free library card at the Community Library of Western Perry County in Blain. With this card, you will have access to all kinds of free digital content, books, computers, DVDs, and more!

Do you read your books on a Kindle, tablet, or other mobile device? Get a library card and you will have access to thousands of free on-line books on the Capital Area Overdrive system. The best part is that you never need to worry about late fines or returning them to the library. They just disappear from your device when your time has expired. What a great way to get your children to read more! Download books to their tablet or mobile device!

Thank you to all of the families that participated in the Christmas Trivia Book Raffle. Ten students were randomly chosen to receive a free book. In addition, the following students were "Caught Reading" by their families and received a book: Kiernan Brady, Ryan Brogan-Spacht, Lauryl Fedder, Atlanta & Dominik Garman, EmmaJo Mitchell, Luke & Alice Neff, Ava Pierce, Caleb Reisinger, Madisyn Smith, and Kloe Strong! I would love to see your child reading. Snap a pic and email it to me at sotoole@westperry.org. I will put your child's picture on my reading wall and also let him/her choose a FREE book.

Families Should Read "A Latte!" Guess the Missing Drink! Return this completed trivia quiz, write the answers on a slip of paper, or email sotoole@westperry.org for a chance to win a free book!

1. It Looked Like Spilt ____________________ by Charles G. Shaw

2. All Because of a Cup of _________________ by Elisabetta Dami

3. The _____________________________ War by Jacqueline Davies

4. Snow Monsters Do Drink _______________ by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

5. Miss Spider’s ____________________ Party by David Kirk

Name_________________________________Teacher _____________________________

Literacy Night

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

132 Blain Road, Blain, PA, USA

Student Council Penny Drive

The Blain Student Council is sponsoring a penny drive during the month of February to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Funds will be collected from February 3 through February 25. The grade level that collects the most funds will receive a reward. Start collecting your loose change now!

Girls on the Run

Blain Elementary will again be hosting our own Girls on the Run team. This activity is open to all girls in grades 3, 4, and 5. For additional information and to register your student visit


Registration is currently open.

GOTR is held at Blain on Mondays and Wednesdays (3:00 – 4:30) beginning February 24.

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Thursday, January 16, 7:00 - PTO Meeting

Friday, January 17 - Early Dismissal - 11:30 AM

Monday, January 20 - No School for Students

Tuesday, January 21 - End of 2nd Marking Period

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