Knights in the Know

January 31, 2020

Social and Emotional Learning

Thank you, Blanton PTA, for arranging an informative PTA meeting about Social Emotional Learning (SEL). There are many benefits for Social Emotional Learning in children including healthy relationships and problem solving with others.

We appreciate our guest speakers, Rebekah De Peo-Christner and Erin Turner, for their expertise discussing the emotional health of our children. Parents and educators speak often of the upward trend of stress in children. Practical suggestions for reducing anxiety were discussed by our panel, which included Jana Kay McHam. Thank you to all these speakers for sharing their knowledge and understanding with us.

We would like to share the benefits of SEL, stressors often seen in children, and practical ways to help. If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning program, please contact Mrs. Gow.

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Yearbook Cover Winners

The Blanton Yearbook Cover contest generated incredible entries! We are proud of our students for their endless ideas and artistic talents. The students listed below for Honorable Mention will have their entries represented in this year's yearbook. Congratulations to all of the students listed below:

COVER WINNER: Taytum Peet-5th grade

1st runner up: Peyton Underwood-- 5th grade

2nd runner up: Jaxx Gates-- 5th grade

5th grade Honorable Mention:

Zoe Hall

Allegra Scheuing

Isabella Walker

Ella Williams

4th grade Honorable Mention:

Lena Kim

Sienna Workman

3rd grade Honorable Mention:

Lily Schwartz

Addison Underwood

2nd grade Honorable Mention:

Jasmine Bustillos

Austin Rutledge

1st grade Honorable Mention:

Audrey McBride

Elizabeth Walker

Kinder Honorable Mention:

Eve Ebeling

Mark Wolters

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Music Students of the Week

Mr. Miranda is proud to announce this week's Students of the Week. These students have accomplished a goal or shown to have mastered a concept.

5th Grade: Peyton Underwood

Peyton was able to play 5th grade Blue Belt (Song - "Cut the Cake") by memory and also able to read the lines on the treble clef staff without the teacher's help this week.

4th Grade: Maxwell Rodgers

Max was able to play the 4th grade Blue Belt (Song - "Alabama Gal") by memory while showing the difference between low D and high D on his ocarina. He also created his own special ending to the song.

3rd Grade: Beckett Friedman

Beckett was able to play the 3rd grade Blue Belt (Song - "Kingsland") by memory. He also was able to spell out the letters C, A, G, E on his ocarina as an extra challenge.

2nd Grade: Lauren Nagel

Lauren was able to play this week the 2nd grade Blue Belt (Song - "Who's That Tapping at the Window?") by memory while keeping a steady beat.

1st Grade: Lily-Grace Abreu and Skyler Martinez

Lily-Grace Abreu and Skylar Martinez both used their singing voices during their greeting song "Bonjour Mes Amis" this week. They could also tell the difference between their quarter notes and eighth notes (nicknamed: ta and titi).

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Community Night of STEAM

We had such an amazing time at our Community Night of STEAM on Tuesday! There were stations led by 11 DISD schools, TWU, and the Explorium Denton Museum. Blanton had 65 students leading activities and they did an INCREDIBLE job! They have been working on their activity for weeks and got to shine on this night with our Denton community. We were BLOWN AWAY!!! If you would like to see pictures of some our students in action, take a look at the photos here:

Mrs. Krutka has spent months planning this event, inviting others to participate, securing a venue and funding. Her vision made this night a success! We are appreciative of her visionary thinking and ensuring it all came together as planned.

This night would not have been possible without the financial support of our Blanton PTA. Thank you so much for helping us make this happen for our students and the Denton ISD community! We want to thank our Blanton students that participated as leaders for this event. They are:

5th Grade- Zoe H, Camila G, Brooke B, Drew M, Matt M, Emma F, Finn P, Ella O, Mirabella T, Hannah K, Olivia S, Eva W, Claire C, Madeline R, Jaxx G, Ethan R

4th Grade-Tony A, Joshua O, Marcelo P, Deacon H, Brody R, Thomas W, Kinsley R, Lena K, Isabella L

3rd Grade-Lauren P, Lucy A, Holt R, Charlie B, Ethan M, Jacob T, Landon L, Henry T, Shane B, Kyla R, Isabella C, Christian C, Karina P, Amaya P, Addison U, Holly N, Lola A, Lily S, Teddy R

2nd Grade-Brek S, Rhett R, Matthew Y, Liam P, Bennett M, Kennedy P, Sophia, Reagan B, Jasmine B, Evvy R, Gentry B, Peyton B, Vivian D, Harper L, Hailey S, Alexis L, Eden E, Peyton D, Rachel P, Gaby R, Carson S

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Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Gow

Blanton Career Day is coming May 15th!

We are excited to host a fantastic Career Day again this year at Blanton. Because so many of our parents and community members have been willing to volunteer their time each year, we continue to foster some meaningful community, business and family relationships as well as create fun and educational memories for our students. This day has become one of our favorites!

This year our Career Day will be held on Friday May 15th and we are hoping to add even more presenters to provide ample opportunities for student learning as they develop their career interests.

As we begin to create our schedules for this day, we would like to collect some information from those of you who are interested in participating.

If you are interested and are available on this day, please click here to provide us more information as soon as possible and no later than March 4th.

We are excited about getting our community involved with our school through our Career Day events.

Thank you so much for your support!

Stacey Gow M.Ed

EXPO Referrals for Spring

Denton ISD's program for Gifted and Talented students is called EXPO. Gifted and talented students are those who excel consistently or who show the potential to excel in general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, and creative and productive thinking. These students require educational experiences beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. Students are identified through the use of multiple criteria specified by our district.

The spring semester referral deadline for EXPO is February 13th. Forms are available in the main hallway or on Mrs. Turner's website. We encourage you to contact Mrs. Turner if you have any questions.

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Kindness Week is February 10-14

Kindness Week is coming soon. Here is a sneak peak at our themes for the week:

Manners Monday. Theme: “We are Crazy for Kindness” *Crazy hats/socks. We will have an activity about manners.

Take the Time Tuesday. Theme: “Can’t Hide From Kindness” *Wear Camo. Take the time to say “Hello” activity.

What Can I Do To Help Wednesday. Theme: “Dreaming of A World Full of Kindness” *Wear PJs. Helping Activity.

Thank You Thursday. Theme: “Throw Kindness Like Confetti” *Wear Bright Colors. Students will visit the Appreciation Station during the day.

Friendship is Fun Friday. Theme: “Kindness is A Work Of Heart”. *Wear Pink or Red. Friendship activity/Valentine’s Day.

5th Grade Research Panel Discussions

Our 5th Graders presented their research findings about whether or not we should sell chocolate milk during lunch through panel discussions today. Students have researched articles for and against this issue. They have shared their findings in small groups, researched to gather more information, and formed their own opinion based about this question. Today students led panel discussions to further discuss their understanding.

They did a fantastic job!! We are so proud of how much they have grown in understanding the value of researching all sides of an issue, and forming opinions based on facts learned. What side of this issue is your 5th grader on?

We can't wait to find out what issue they next choose to learn about.

Thank You, Watch DOGS!

Keep Denton Beautiful Opportunity

DB's 32nd Annual Great American Cleanup is Saturday, March 21. Please make plans to join us for Denton's largest and longest-running citywide litter cleanup!

Cleanups will begin at 9 a.m. at locations around Denton (Mrs. Gray will let you know where to meet), followed by a volunteer appreciation party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center/Quakertown Park (321 E. McKinney St.).

The volunteer party will feature a free lunch. In addition to lunch, enjoy educational activities, music, kids' bounce houses, and more!

Last year, we had more than 2,400 volunteers register, and cleaned more than 3.5 TONS of trash and recycling from our city's streets, waterways, and public spaces! Help us clean up litter that has accumulated in our community during the winter months. Let's keep Denton clean and free of litter!

*ALL registered volunteers MUST have a completed volunteer release form in order to receive supplies and a t-shirt (first come, first served). Please note that EACH volunteer must complete the release.

Please fill out a Waiver and Return the Release form to Mrs. Gray by March 2nd.

Printable PDF versions are available on the GAC Volunteer Information webpage.

Please see Mrs. Gray (3rd grade) if you need more information.

Daddy - Daughter Dance

Get your boots, your bows or your ballgown ready! It's almost time for the Daddy Daughter Dance. The dance will be next Friday, February 7 from 7:00-9:00 PM. It's always a wonderful time for each of the girls and the special man in their life! Last day to purchase tickets is TODAY, Friday, January 31st.

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Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

Congratulations to our Yearbook cover winners! We have some very talented Knights who did some "Out of this World" artwork!!

Make sure your child has a way to remember their amazing year at Blanton by purchasing them a yearbook. Last chance to pre-order yearbooks and purchase shoutouts is Friday, February 7th. Yearbooks are $35. We will only have a few yearbooks available for purchase when they arrive at the end of the year so make sure to get yours today! Purchases are through Josten's website ( but you can also link to it through the PTA website.

Winter Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is now on sale at the Blanton PTA website. Here is a peek at the new designs.
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Save the Date for FUN RUN!!

Fun Run is the primary fundraiser for Blanton PTA. We don't sell wrapping paper, candy, or cookies... we just ask that you make a simple donation and ask a few friends and family, too! We will have a new online pledge system this year which will allow to you very easily send the donation link to friends and family as well as track your student's donation progress.

We have a large goal of $25,000 in student donations this year. These funds allow the PTA to continue to provide special programming for students, grants for teachers and the school, as well as the fun family events we are able to provide. We want to continue to do amazing things for our staff and students and all it takes is a donation. If just each Blanton student could get $50 in donations we would meet our goal.

Be on the lookout during February for details on the pledge system and individual student pages. We'll also be unveiling all the super cool prizes students can win!

We are currently looking for corporate/business sponsors for Fun Run. If you, or someone you know, owns a business or works for a business that would like to be a sponsor, please visit the Fun Run link on for more information on sponsor levels and benefits.

February Menu

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 31 ~ Last day to register for the Daddy-Daughter Dance

Feb. 3-7 ~ Counselor Appreciation Week

Feb. 4 ~ 4th and 5th Parent Strength Training (part 1)

Feb. 6 ~ Jump Rope for Heart begins

Feb. 7 ~ Daddy-Daughter Dance

Feb. 10-14 ~ Kindness Week (dress up days each day)

Feb. 10 ~ 5th Grade Transition Meetings at middle school

Feb. 11 ~ 4th and 5th Parent Strength Training (part 2)

Feb. 11 ~ Spring and Class Pictures

Feb. 13 ~ Deadline for spring EXPO referrals

Feb. 14 ~ Valentine Parties at 2:00 in classrooms

Feb. 17 ~ Student Holiday

Feb. 18 ~ 4th and 5th Parent Strength Training (part 3)

Feb. 21 ~ Honor Choir Performance; 6:15 p.m. at Ryan High School

Feb. 24-28 ~ Musician in Residence

Feb. 27 ~ Ocarina Karate Performances in Cafeteria

Mar. 2-6 ~ Teacher Appreciation Week

Mar. 3 ~ EXPO STEM Night in Cafeteria

Mar. 6 ~ End of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 9-13 ~ Spring Break

Mar. 16 ~ No School for Students

Mar. 18 ~ Report Cards available in HAC

Mar. 4-5 ~ Tae Kwon Do in PE

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