Knights in the Know

September 15, 2017

Watch DOGS

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for students and to enhance school security. Currently this program is in 46 states with 2,800 active programs. Blanton has had this program for several years and we are excited to have it again on campus.

We encourage all fathers and father figures who are interested in partnering with us this school year to attend the Kick-off event on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 in the Cafeteria. We will have volunteers available to engage your children during the meeting. After the meeting, we invite dads and children to have pizza. We hope to see you there.

The Watch DOG program was featured on the Today Show. If you are interested in that interview, please use this link. You can also use the same link to find out more information about the Watch DOG program.

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Student Spotlight

Our student spotlight this week is Logan Heuer. He is in 2nd grade and also celebrating Childhood Cancer Awareness month as he is also a cancer survivor. Logan was diagnosed with liver cancer when he was just 1 1/2 years old. This is very rare and occurs only in 1 out of a million children. Logan has had 4 surgeries to help him with his cancer and had chemotherapy. He is now 5 years off of chemo.

Logan is an active second grader and loves school. His favorite subject is math and he likes solving problems. We are grateful for his positive outcome and wish him all the best in the future.

International Dot Day!

Today was International Dot Day and students celebrated in style. Lessons were held this week based on the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds which challenges students to "make their mark it see where it takes them." They were encouraged to use their talents, gifts, and energy to make the world a better place. It was fun to see all the dots worn to school this week.

What did your child take away from this week of lessons?

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Meet Our First Grade Team

We have some fabulous first grade teachers who really enjoy teaching the little ones. They work well together and collectively believe that teaching foundation skills to mastery is crucial to further learning. They plan engaging lessons geared for these eager learners.

What do Blanton 1st grade teachers enjoy about teaching 1st graders?

Mrs. Branch ~ " It is such a pivotal year for learning to read!"

Ms. Dodson ~ "I am able to make an impact on students' love for learning and school at an early age."

Mrs. Shoemake ~ "I have the opportunity to inspire students. It's so rewarding to watch first graders grow in knowledge, confidence, and skills."

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Box Tops and Used Markers

Just a reminder that we collect Box Tops for Education each Friday. Please send those in so that PTA can count them, turn them in for money which helps to support our PE program.

This year we are also collecting dried-up markers of any kind. These will be recycled with the Crayola company. Mrs. Dorrell has a box in the gym for the collection. No need to write your teacher's name on the box tops (as it says below).

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 16 ~ Cornhole Tournament sponsored by T-Rock from 3-7

Sept. 18 ~ Crazy Sock Day to celebrate Socktember!

Sept. 18 ~ Virtual Author visit for 2nd-5th grade classes with Tom Roberts

Sept. 18 ~ EXPO Parent Meeting in the Science Lab at 4:45

Sept. 20 ~ Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 27 ~ Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 27 ~ NNAT2 for 1st Grade

Sept. 28 ~ PTA/Watch DOG Pizza Night 6:00

Sept. 29 ~ End of 1st 6 Weeks

Oct. 5 ~ 5th Grade Camp Parent Meeting

Oct. 10 ~ 4th Grade Field Trip to Clear Creek