March Newsletter

Blain Elementary School

A Message from Mr. Young

It appears as though the weather is beginning to turn, which means Spring will be here soon. I know the staff and students are looking forward to warmer weather. We all continue to work diligently every day to embrace new challenges, put forth our best effort, and display a positive attitude. Our students continue to display the character traits we have been working on this school year: Respect, Responsibility, Self-control, and Forgiveness. It has been encouraging to see our students display these character traits in school and outside of school. The final two traits we will be focusing on this year are Compassion and Determination. Through displaying these traits, our students will be productive and helpful members of our community, country, and world.


At the February PTO meeting, we were able to hold our Parent and Family Engagement meeting. Led by Mrs. O'Toole, all in attendance were able to view our School and District policies on Family Engagement, as well as our Home/School Compact. During the month of March, all Blain families will be receiving an email regarding an online Parent and Family Engagement Survey. We would appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey as it will help in creating our Schoolwide Comprehensive Plan.


As always, please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any questions or concerns.

Character Trait Focus

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

Mrs. O'Toole's Reading Corner

Let’s celebrate! March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
Did you know that Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodore Geisel? Under his pen name of “Dr. Seuss,” he wrote more than 60 books. It was quite by chance that Geisel began writing for children. Returning from Europe by boat in 1936, he amused himself by putting together a nonsense poem to the rhythm of the ship's engine. Later he drew pictures to illustrate the rhyme and in 1937 published And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, his first children's book. Many critics regard it as Geisel’s best work. It is the story of a boy whose imagination transforms a simple horse-drawn wagon into a marvelous and exotic parade of strange creatures and vehicles.


Let’s see if you can name some of Dr. Seuss’ other popular books. If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win one of two coupons for a free $5 book from Scholastic, complete the puzzle (see image below) and send it to sotoole@westperry.org.


Reading is not always a preferred activity; however, it is really important that our children be engaged in reading both at home and at school. Congratulations to Camden Burnside, Avarie Mitten, and Brantley Pierce! Their families caught them reading last month! I’d love to catch your child reading at home! When you see your child reading at home, snap a quick picture and send it to me at sotoole@westperry.org. Since we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I am offering extra incentive to read at home. If you send me a picture of your child reading a Dr. Seuss book, I will let him/her choose TWO free books! I want everyone to be able to participate, so just send me a note or email if you need to borrow one of my many Dr. Seuss books! Even fourth and fifth graders enjoy reading Dr. Seuss’ silly words! If you are looking for more fun Dr. Seuss activities, visit https://www.seussville.com/.

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time starts on March 8. Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Jump Rope for Heart

Blain Elementary was able to raise $1,599.62 for the American Heart Association. Thank you to all those who donated!

PSSA Testing Dates

Students will be testing on the following days:

Grades 3, 4, 5

ELA - April 21, 22, 23

Math - April 27, 28


Grade 4

Science - April 29, 30


Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

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Wednesday, March 11 - Blain PTO Science Night (6:00 to 7:30 PM)

Thursday, March 19 - PTO Meeting, 7:00 PM

Friday, March 20 - No School

March 23, 24, 25 - Kindergarten Registration

Friday, March 27 - End of Third Marking Period