Blain Update

September 30, 2021

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

Thank you to our students and their families for a great start to the 2021-2022 school year at Blain! It has been wonderful having our students back in the building and watching them quickly transition into the routine of a new school year and to see their excitement for learning. Our focus this year with our students will be on the 3 A's ... Academics, Attendance, and Attitude. As we move through the year, we are hopeful that you will begin hearing your children talk about their successes in these areas. As we start October, our teachers will be recognizing our students' efforts and achievements in these areas with a goal of earning a special schoolwide reward at the end of the month! Stay tuned for more information.


We would like to thank everyone who supported our students and school in this year's Blain PTO Walk-a-thon. With your support, our students were able to raise over $5,000 that will be used for school events and activities. The students did a great job walking their laps and were able to enjoy a fun time together outside. Thank you!!!


Important Upcoming Dates:


Friday, October 8, 2021: Early Dismissal - All students (Pre-K - 5) will be dismissed at 12:45 PM.

Monday, October 11, 2021: No School

Friday, October 15, 2021: Fall Picture Day

Friday, October 15, 2021: PM Assembly

October 25 - 29, 2021: Red Ribbon Spirit Week

Attendance

We are excited to share that we have had a 96% attendance rate this week, and 98% of our students were in attendance today! Can we get to 100%?


Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college (Attendance Works).
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FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

It’s the time of year again when the temperature isn’t stable inside or out. Please dress your student in layers to accommodate the changes in temperature throughout the day. As the temperature becomes cooler, the students will still be going out to recess. Please keep this in mind when selecting outdoor wear in the mornings. We have a very limited amount of jackets and coats to share with students who don’t come prepared. Hats and gloves will be needed as fall progresses. If your child does not have appropriate outerwear at home and you are unable to provide it, please reach out as we may be able to help.


If your child has a persistent cough, cold-like symptoms, rash, diarrhea or is running a temperature anytime within 24 hours of the start of school, please keep them home. If you are unsure whether your student should stay home, err on the side of caution and keep them home, then call the health room and speak to the nurse for guidance.


Please remember to keep the health room up to date on any new medical issues or changes to existing issues, as well as changes to medications. The best way to keep your student well and doing their best is to work together.

MISS ROTH'S COUNSELING CONNECTION

This month at Blain Elementary, I met with students to discuss the role of a school counselor. Check out the information below for some parent info about the school counselor!


The school counselor has a Masters Degree in school counseling and is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. School counselors are trained in human behavior and relationships, career development, and child development. Their goal is to help students best meet their academic, career, social, emotional, and personal needs. Check out the information below to learn more!


Services Provided:


-Individual counseling

> Grief and loss

> School related

> Expressing emotions

> Behavior management

> Social skills

> Conflict resolution

> Self-esteem

> Family concerns


-Group Counseling

*availability of groups may vary

> Social skills

> Grief and loss

> School related

> Organization

> Divorce and family

> Anger management


-Classroom counseling lessons

> Character education

> Personal safety

> Career education

> Bullying


-Consultation

Counselors often meet and consult with:

> Parents

> Teachers, staff, administrators

> Outside agencies

> Community resources


These relationships are encouraged in order to provide the best and most appropriate support for our students.


How Do Parents Contact the Counselor?

Parents are encouraged to call or email the counselor with concerns they may have for their children. If needed, a personal meeting can also be arranged.


Why Do Parents Contact the Counselor?

Parents can contact the counselor for many different reasons, some include:

> Family concerns

> Student's social or emotional difficulties

> Academic achievement

> Crisis or traumatic event

> Parenting information

> Referrals for resources and support


How Can a Student See the Counselor?

> Teacher, staff, or administrator referral

> Parent request

> Self-referral

> Stopping by the counseling office

> Appointments made by counselor


Confidentiality

The school counselor maintains strict confidentiality in accordance with the code of ethics and practice standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association (PSCA), school/district policies, and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

CONNECT WITH US

Blain Elementary School

132 Blain Road

Blain, PA 17006

717-536-3219


Website: blain.westperry.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blainelem

Instagram: @blainelementary


"Alone we are strong ... Together we are stronger."