Blain Update

April 2021

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

Important Upcoming Dates:


Thursday, May 6 – 5th Grade Middle School Visitation

Week of May 10 - ELA PSSAs (Grades 3-5)

Week of May 17 - Math PSSAs (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, May 20 - Blain Elementary PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

Week of May 24 - Science PSSAs (Grade 4)

Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day - No School


Thank you! We would like to thank our Blain families for your continued support throughout the year! We are so proud of everything our students have accomplished so far this year, and we greatly appreciate your partnership in their education!


Reminders:


If you are picking up your child at dismissal, please send a note with your child or call the school before 2:00 PM. If there are any changes or you will not be at the school by 3:35 PM, please notify the office as soon as possible to avoid confusion at dismissal time.


As we near the end of the year, please be reminded to keep your child home if he/she is not feeling well or if a member of your household is being tested for COVID-19. Please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Smith, with any questions or concerns (ssmith@westperry.org or 717-536-3219).

MRS. O'TOOLE'S READING CORNER

Rediscover your public library!


Libraries are great resources for families with young children. You can find books, entertainment, educational and cultural enrichment, literacy tips, and other valuable information. Here are the top reasons to go visit your public library:


Free programs and activities: Libraries offer programs with kid appeal. Some libraries offer story times where children can hear a story being read aloud, play games, sing songs and make crafts. Teens or older children may be able to participate in a Lego Club or other activities that center around their interests.


Books: Librarians are happy to make recommendations and most public libraries have a special section just for children's books.


Computers: Most public libraries offer free Internet access, computers with educational games for kids, and valuable online resources for teenagers. In addition, many libraries have computers for adults, too. The library director can also assist with many computer questions.


On-line resources: Do you read your books on a Kindle, tablet, or other mobile device? Get a library card and you will have access to thousands of free online books. The best part is that you never need to worry about late fines or returning them to the library. They just disappear from your device when your time has expired.


Looking for a library near you? Visit www.pecoinfo.org.


Bloomfield Public Library
23 E McClure Street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068

(717) 582-7426


Community Library of Western Perry County

104 E. Main Street PO Box 56

Blain, PA 17006

(717) 536-3761


Have you “caught” your child reading at home? If so, snap a picture and send it to me sotoole@westperry.org. Your child will have his/her picture displayed on my bulletin board and will earn a free book. Congratulations this month to: Sadie Moore, Lily Moore, Clara Taylor, and Jacob Innerst.


Family Reading Challenge: Create your own scavenger hunt. Write down 8-10 things that your child might find outside. Give him/her a bag or container and the list of items. Then, go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with your child. Look to see how many items you can find. Feel free to share any pictures with me.