Blanche Sprentz Newsletter

November 30, 2022

TK & Kindergarten Students Enjoy A Puppet Show Teaching Dental Hygiene

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Principal's Update


  • Attendance Matters - Please allow plenty of time to arrive to school ON TIME
  • 8:00 AM - Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten
  • 8:15 AM - Grades 1-5
  • 2:45 PM Dismissal - M, T, W, F
  • 1:15 PM Dismissal on Thursdays
  • TK & K Families - Mark Your Calendars for All-Early Days: 12/15/22 & 12/16/22
  • Minimum Day for Grades 1-5: 12/16/22
  • Please do not use the front loop for dropping off/picking up. This is a designated Bus and After School Care Loop only.
  • Every Friday is School Spirit Day - Wear BSE gear OR red
  • SAVE THE DATE: December 15, 2022 - Evening Starstruck Student Dance Performance

PTO Announcements

  • Dine & Donate at Mountain Mike's Pizza Monday, December 12
    Purchase dinner at Mountain Mike's in Commonwealth Square (717 E. Bidwell St.) and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to our school! If you're hoping to see your Blanche friends, plan to dine-in during Social Hour from 5:00-6:00pm
  • The BOOK FAIR is coming up December 5th-December 10th- This is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for children, cousins, family, and friends! Proceeds from our book fairs go right back to Blanche. Volunteer sign-ups went out in last week's Red Bear folders and we still need help. Return the yellow paper to your teacher asap if you are available!
  • You can purchase Spirit Wear for your child (or yourself) here: Orders will be delivered to your child's class within 7 days.
  • Join us at our next meeting January 18th (the 3rd Wednesday of the month) at 7:00 in the Library and on Zoom. * Please note the room change from Room 6 to the Library.
  • Las reuniones de PTO seran cada tercer Miercoles del mes. Interpretacion en Español disponsible, solo por peticion. Contacta a Veronica Pesavento (916)913-9300.
  • Join the PTO here:
  • Follow along with us online:
  • 1. Website:
    2. Facebook:
    3. Instagram:

Thank you for your support and partnership!

Jenna Schuette, Principal

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TK/Kinder ALL EARLY December 15th!

Arrival: 8AM

Dismissal: 11:21AM

Grades 1-5: 8:15AM-1:15PM

Minimum Day December 16th!

TK/Kinder- ALL EARLY- 8AM-11:21AM

Grades 1-5- 8:15AM-1:21PM

A Focus on Learning

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Visit Our BEAUTIFUL Folsom Library

11/15/2022 Blanche Sprentz Site Council virtual visit

Folsom Public Library

Address: 411 Stafford Street


Hours: Tue-Wed 10 am – 7pm, Thu, Fri, Sat 10am - 5pm

A Folsom Public Library card is free and provides you with access to books, eBooks, eAudio books, online databases, DVD’s music CD’s, Games, 3d printers, Chrome Books, Hotspots, and State Park passes. The library has 22 computers available for public use and printing is available for a small fee. The library also has a free magazine exchange and a free puzzle exchange.

How to get a library card

It is easy to get a Folsom Public Library card! California residents can get a library card by completing an online application and providing a photo ID and proof of address.

The library has a My First Library Card program. Every school year, librarians visit all FCUSD kindergarten classes and distribute library cards to students. The cards can be activated by a parent or guardian when visiting the library. Kids also get a free book to keep with activation of their card.

Programs for children

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten: an early literacy program encouraging families to read 1,000 books with their children to prepare them with the skills they need for kindergarten. Each 100 books read receives a progress badge. At 1,000 books, kids receive a backpack, a free book and certificate of completion. While 1,000 may seem like a large number, if you read just 3 stories each day you will reach your goal in one year!

  • Storytimes: daily stories and songs program for children ages 0-6

  • Legos: The library has a large collection of Legos - kids come together to build and put their creations on display. Weekly on Saturdays from 2-4 pm. Ages 5-12

  • Book clubs: Kids Graphic Novel Book Club meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday at 1 p.m. Copies of the monthly selection can be checked out from the library. Grades 2-5

  • Craft programs: weekly DIY craft boxes offered on Friday afternoons from 2-4:30 p.m. Crafts include making bookmarks, paper airplanes, origami, yarn crafts and more.


Free, live, online K-12 tutoring with your library card. Get homework help in math, reading, writing, science, social studies and so much more. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.

Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Tagalog

Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help. Tutoring sessions may be monitored for completeness and effectiveness. All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree.

Access online tutoring at

What a visit to the library might look like for your family:

  • Enjoying stories and songs at the library while attending a storytime together.

  • Experiencing your child getting excited about selecting their own books to read.

  • Parents finding new books to read aloud to their children.

  • Children playing games on the early literacy computers that support school readiness.

  • Use of the public computers for a school assignment.

  • Enjoying the toys at the library and cooperative play with other children.

  • Shared family time in an environment that seeks to instill the love of reading for all ages!

Contact info: Debbie Centi, Youth Services Librarian (916) 461-6132

BSE School Goals

Blanche Sprentz has three site goals for the 2022-2023 school year:

  1. Increase Student Math Proficiency by 5% on the Renaissance Diagnostic
  2. Increase Cultural Awareness Proficiency Among Students, Staff, and Families
  3. Increase Student Proficiency in Grit by Setting Long-term Goals in Academics & Activities

Families Support School Goals By:

  • Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts at home
  • Play games with cards, dice, counting
  • Practice measurement with kitchen tools, rulers, measuring tape
  • Share your family heritage and traditions with others
  • Support your student's family heritage projects at school
  • Follow our monthly Heritage Awareness activities and resources
  • Set and Track Reading and Step Count Goals with Students
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KIND is December's Character Trait

KIND people:

  • give to others
  • listen to others
  • forgive others
  • keep their word

Volunteers needed!

We need volunteers to help with the Mileage Club in the mornings from 8AM to 8:12AM. Email Kandice White at to get started.

Mentors Needed!

Blanche Sprentz has partnered with Folsom's Hope who sends mentors to come have lunch with select students once a week.

The only requirement is for mentors to have a heart for kids! Once cleared through the District, adult mentors are paired with a student referred to the program, and they have lunch once a week. This is on Wednesdays during their lunch hour, and build relationships over the course of the school year. The time commitment is less than an hour a week, but mentors do need to be committed to being there each week, as consistency is essential.

Volunteers do need to be cleared through FCUSD as category 2 volunteers, and then there are some additional requirements for mentors because of the intimate nature of mentoring: Folsom's Hope application, online training, and mandated reporter training. Salwa Kasabian, Executive Director from Folsom's Hope will walk volunteers through all of this. If anyone is interested, they need simply to contact Salwa so she can assist them in the clearance process. She's also happy to chat with anyone with questions or wanting to know more.

Salwa Kasabian

Executive Director, Folsom's Hope

(916) 259-7261

Everyone is Welcome at Blanche Sprentz Elementary!

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Can you help a 5th grader attend Sly Park Environmental Camp this year?

Each 5th grade student is invited to attend a 5-day field trip experience to Sly Park Environmental Camp. The cost for each student is $250 or $50/day. If you would be willing to sponsor a student's trip or sponsor a day, please call or email Mary Anne Reed at 916-294-9110 or
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Help Make Arrival/Dismissal Safe

Mark Your Calendar!

Book Fair coming soon!

Monday-Friday, December 5th-9th, 8AM-3PM


Saturday, December 10th , 8AM-12 noon

Theme: Cocoa – Coffee – Characters (no Santa Breakfast due to no Multi.)

Click the link to browse and purchase:

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Starstruck performances December 15th!

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The Calming Corner ~ Social-Emotional and Community Supports

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The American Academy of Pediatrics' Screen Time Guidelines

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Internet and cell phone addiction in youth

Kelly Richardson, Marriage and Family Therapist, spoke on dangers our youth face with electronic media and how internet addiction affects our children.

To view the recorded presentation from May 2022 in its entirety, please click HERE

You can enable closed captioning in both English and Spanish

Links below were also provided at the May presentation, providing information and resources parents can use for keeping their children safe online.

Child readiness for cellphone chart

Guide to Snapchat 2021

How to Really Prevent Screen Addiction

Keeping Children Safe on the Internet - Services and Devices

Parents Guide to Snapchat QR codes for Internet Safety Links

Attendance Matters!

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No Food Sharing School Policy

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Non-Edible Birthday Items Encouraged

Due to several students will severe allergies, as well as for equity, all food items, including birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream are not allowed to be shared with classes at school. IF you would like to celebrate your student's birthday at school, consider sending non-edible items such as pencils, erasers, etc., for teachers to send home with the class. PLEASE communicate with your student's teacher about plans to bring in non-edible items to recognize a birthday. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.
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Parent Teacher Organization Display Board

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Our campus will be under construction from June 2022 through June 2023!

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Blanche Sprentz Bistro Tent Adds Heaters and Windows for the Winter Cold

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