Knights in the Know
January 17, 2020
Blanton Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Branch will be Blanton's nominee for the Denton ISD Teacher of the Year. We wish her all the best as she moves forward in this process. She will be honored at the district level later this spring.
Blanton Community Service Opportunity
January 13th – 31st Blanton Elementary will be collecting Preschool/Infant Items to benefit DentonISD’s Fred Moore Day Nursery School/Fred More at Gonzales School for Young Children.
At this point in the school year these schools tend to run low on certain items needed for the infants and toddlers that they take care of each day.
We would like to help restock their nursery this year!!!
If you would like to donate, please send the following items with your child to school.
There will be boxes available in the front foyer for drop off.
Diapers- sizes 3-6
Fitted crib sheets
Formula (all kinds)
baby food ( single fruit and veggies)
disposable sippy cups
paint brushes with thick handles
teethers (cold to necklaces)
Blankets for naptime
Thank you for helping our Blanton Knights learn to serve our community!
Community Night of STEAM
Blanton students and staff will be a part of the Community Night of STEAM on January 28 at the Greater Denton Arts Council. We love the STEAM activities we do and skills we build at Blanton and will have the opportunity to share this with our greater Denton ISD community on this night.
What are the goals?
- To provide our students a platform to demonstrate their STEAM knowledge and guide others in completing activities and challenges.
- To allow members from throughout our community to see the fun things that go along with STEAM learning.
- To provide educators the chance to try out new resources, get inspired, and get connected.
- To have fun!!!
We have several groups of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who will be leading activities that evening. There are groups from other Denton ISD schools and a TWU group as well! If your student is leading an activity that evening, we will be so excited to see you there! If your student is not leading, we want you and your students to come and join in on the STEAM fun, too! Please see the image below to get more information about this exciting event.
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Krutka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about an opportunity for donating to the STEAM resource giveaways for teachers: bit.ly/STEAMnightINFO
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 11th. 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.
Honor Choir News
Our Honor Choir group of 10 students had their first area practice this week. They practiced along with 60 students from the South side schools of Denton ISD. The students performed a difficult 6th grade level repertoire and represented their schools in their practice and performance. We look forward to their concert on February 21st, 2020 at Ryan High School.
Mrs. Dorrell ~ Future Goals Teacher of the Month
Mrs. Dorrell will receive two tickets to a Dallas Stars game and be entered to win the NHL's Most Valuable Teacher Award.
Common Sense Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Media: Weekly Tech Tips
You can sign up for a weekly tip from Common Sense media about practicing healthy media habits at home. Follow this link: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/techbalance and see the image above for more information!
Student Spotlight ~ Reflections
Carson Stone is advancing in the Music Composition category. His piece is titled "Hope Rising". Madoline Haddon is advancing in the Film Production Category, and her film is titled "Pumpkin, Spice, Color Your Life".
We are so proud of all the students who participated in the Reflections Program, and will acknowledge their creativity and participation at the PTA meeting in March.
Thank You, Watch DOGS!
PTA Meeting Change ~ Social and Emotional Learning
The next General PTA meeting will be Thursday, January 30th at 6PM. (This is a date change from previous communications.) We will have a couple of special presenters speaking about 2 related topics:
1) Social and Emotional Learning: Denton ISD’s Focus on Educating the Whole Child
2) Recognizing and Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Your Child
We look forward to seeing all of our Blanton parents there! (You do not need to be a PTA member to attend.)
Kroger Card Linked to Blanton PTA
Save the Date ~ Fun Run is March 27th
Jan. 20 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 20 ~ Knights Night at Palio's Pizza Cafe
Jan. 28 ~ Community Night of STEAM at Greater Denton Arts Council
Jan. 30 ~ PTA Meeting 6:00 in Cafeteria
Jan. 31 ~ Last day to register for the Daddy-Daughter Dance
Feb. 3-7 ~ Counselor Appreciation Week
Feb. 7 ~ Daddy-Daughter Dance
Feb. 11 ~ Deadline for spring EXPO referrals
Feb. 14 ~ Valentine Parties
Feb. 17 ~ Student Holiday
Feb. 21 ~ Honor Choir Performance; 6:15 p.m. at Ryan High School