Blain Update

October 29, 2021

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

It has been a busy and fun month at Blain Elementary! Earlier this month, our students were treated to a special assembly presented by Rand Whipple from Box of Light. The assembly, Burble, Fizz, KaBoom, explored molecules, phases of matter (solids, liquids, gases), chemical solutions, and reactions in a series of fun, active demonstrations using volunteers from the audience. We would like to thank the Blain PTO for bringing Mr. Whipple to Blain!


This week our students participated in Red Ribbon Week which is a national drug prevention campaign. Each day this week, our Student Council members shared a special message during our morning announcements. Each message connected our daily spirit day to a reminder about the importance of keeping our future drug-free.


Throughout the month of October, students were recognized for their efforts related to academics, attendance, and attitude and earned tickets to celebrate their accomplishments. Together our students earned over 250 tickets, which meant that our students earned a school-wide trip to the "Blain Pumpkin Patch." We would like to thank the Blain PTO, Mrs. Hansbury, Butcher's Market, and the Neff family for making this such a great celebration for our students!


On October 22nd, we conducted a safety drill that involved our students evacuating the building. This drill was conducted in coordination with Perry County EMA, Blain Fire Department, and Blain EMS. We would like to thank all involved for their participation in this safety activity.


Fall Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 10th (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM) and on Thursday, November 11th (12:00 PM - 8:00 PM). If you have not already done so, please register for conferences by visiting: https://westperry.meettheteacher.com/ or by calling the school office.


Important Upcoming Dates:


November 5: Report Cards Distributed

November 10: Conferences 4PM – 8PM

November 11: Act 80 Day - No School for Students

November 11: Conferences 12PM – 8PM

November 12: Trade Off Day - No School

November 24 - 29: Fall Break – No School

December 1: Picture Retakes

ATTENDANCE

We recognize that due to COVID-19 and other illness/events that are out of a family's control, there are times that our students must miss school; therefore, we encourage everyone to minimize other absences whenever possible. If you have questions about whether or not you should send your child to school, please contact Mrs. Smith, our school nurse.
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HELPING HANDS

As a school, we have connections with many organizations and individuals who are looking for ways to help our students and their families. If you find yourself in need of help and are having difficulty getting resources for your children or your family, please reach out to Mrs. Jones, your child's teacher, or our school counselor.


Last year, several organizations donated new winter coats, hats, and gloves to our school. If you would like us to send any of these items home with your child, please let us know. We would like to get these items to our students before it gets cold.


If you are packing up Halloween costumes and know that they will not be used again, you may want to consider sending them to the school. Next year, we would like to be able to pass these along to other students who may want to dress up but do not have costumes.


We are very fortunate to be part of such a caring community and hope to be able to help pass along the kindness of others!

FROM THE NURSE

Hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs.


What is the Best Way to Wash Hands? Here is how to scrub those germs away. Teach this to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:


1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands.

2. Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Any soap will do.

3. Make sure you get in between your fingers, on the backs of hands, and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don't forget the wrists!

4. Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.


When Should We Wash Our Hands?

· before eating and cooking

· after using the bathroom

· after cleaning around the house

· after touching animals, including family pets

· before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives

· after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing

· after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)


It is the time of year when temperatures start to drop and the weather can often be unpredictable. Dressing your child in layers is one good way to help them accommodate the fluctuations in temperature that fall brings. As fall progresses and it becomes colder, please send your child with a knit hat and gloves to keep them comfortable and safe during recess. The children go out for recess daily except in extreme temperatures and should be dressed appropriately to enjoy their time outside.

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."