February Newsletter

Blain Elementary School

A Message from Mr. Young

As you might have heard, Blain Elementary School has been recognized as a 2019-2020 Distinguished Title I School. This recognition was accompanied with a 2019-2020 Keystone Award for Academic Excellence from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Blain is one of less than 100 other schools to be recognized across the state.

The State's Division of Federal Programs used the following criteria, based on the previous two years of academic performance (PSSA) data: Schools that were in the top 5% in Achievement in the two most recently completed academic years OR schools that were in the top 5% for Growth in the two most recently completed academic years. Blain qualified based on our outstanding growth data, that has us rated at a maximum 100 on ELA, Math, and Science.

This recognition and award was earned by our fantastic students and amazing staff. These groups have shown that hard work, determination, perseverance, and a positive attitude allow you to achieve greatness.

Mrs. O'Toole's Reading Corner

Did you know that children spend approximately 80% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school? That’s why educating children takes a team effort! You, as parents, know your children THE best! You know their likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. YOU were their first teachers – showing them how to walk, teaching them their first words, colors, shapes, and letters! When your child enters school, it is important that WE all work together. Parent & Family Engagement is a shared responsibility in which families and schools commit to working together to support and educate students. One of the best ways we can work as a team is by having good communication. Emails, phone calls, newsletters, notes home, and face-to-face talks during conferences are just some of the ways that we can keep the lines of communication open.


Congratulations to Gregory Loy and Ryan Brogan-Spacht for completing last month’s challenge “Guess the Missing Drink!” They both earned a free book. Congratulations are also extended to Brantley Pierce, Caleb Reisinger, Brayden Smith, and Kloe Strong for getting “caught reading!” They, too, got to choose a book and have their pictures hanging out in the hallway. When you catch your child reading at home, snap a picture and send it to me at sotoole@westperry.org.

Character Trait Focus - Forgiveness

During the month of February, our character education focus will be on the character trait of forgiveness. Check out our Character Education newsletters for more information!

You're invited to attend our annual parent engagement meeting!

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM

Where: Blain Elementary School Library


This meeting is being held in conjunction with the monthly PTO meeting. We will review our parent engagement policies and share our ideas on how we can better help our families and students.


Refreshments and child care will be provided.

News from the Nurse

By keeping your child home when they show signs of illness, you are minimizing exposure to other kids and preventing further spread of illness.

If your child has any of the following, you should keep him home unless symptom-free for 24 hours or on antibiotics for the same amount of time:

  • Fevers (anything greater than 100 F). Please refrain from giving Tylenol or Motrin and sending your child off to school anyway; that is not really the best thing for your child or the kid who sits next to her at school.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea more than twice in a day.
  • Coughing with significant mucous production or difficulty breathing.
  • Strep throat or signs concerning for strep throat including fevers, sore throat and headache.
  • Eye infection Please send a doctor’s note stating the child is no longer contagious.
  • Rash When a rash is accompanied by fevers or a general sense of malaise, it is usually best to see the doctor.

Outdoor Recess

A reminder to parents that we do try to get the students outdoors when possible. Please continue to send students to school with the appropriate attire (winter jackets, hats, gloves, etc.). The decision on whether to go outdoors or not is based on the following guidelines:

- any "feels like" temperature at or above 32 degrees = normal outdoor recess

- "Feels like" temperature between 25 and 32 degrees = limited outdoor recess (half out, half in)

- any "feels like" temperature under 25 degrees = indoor recess

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Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6 - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, February 12 - Spring Picture Day

Friday, February 14 - No School (First Snow Make-Up Day, if necessary)

Monday, February 17 - No School (Presidents' Day)

Thursday, February 20 - PTO Meeting / Parent Engagement Meeting

PTO Science Night

Wednesday, March 11th, 6-7:30pm

Blain Elementary School, 132 Blain Road, Blain, PA