2/3 - Term 2 Interim Reports go Home
2/6 - Blake Site Council Mtg (3:30 p.m.)
2/7 - 1/2 Day for Students
Professional Afternoon for Staff
2/14 - Happy Valentine's Day!
2/15 - Strings SIDE Concert
2/20-2/24 - February Vacation
3/1 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night (6:30 p.m.)
3/9 - Incoming 8th Grade Parent Information Night (6:30 p.m.)
3/16 - Incoming 7th Grade Parent Information Night (6:30 p.m.)
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about adversity, resilience, and our response, our topic/question for the dinner table is: What are your areas of strength? Naming Your Strengths (Week of 1/29/17) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Term 2 Interim Reports
This Friday students will be bringing home their interim reports for the second term. They will be spending time in their advisories reflecting upon the work they have accomplished thus far, and setting healthy/measured goals for the second half of the term. Our hope is that this communication tool will give you an update on the progress your child is making in school. If you have any questions about your child's work or the reports, please start by having a conversation with your own child. If questions still exist, you should contact the teacher directly to gain more insight.
Career Day for 8th Grade
Planning for the 8th grade Career Day is underway. Career Day will be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017, which is also a half day for students. On this day we will have a morning of presentations given by a variety of professionals from many different occupations. Year after year people return to share their careers with our students but we need additional volunteers to help make this event successful. We invite you to volunteer to participate in this exciting program to enlighten our students about your occupation and career opportunities.
Please consider sharing your experiences regarding your present occupation, stories of interest and personal insights with eighth graders in three informal sessions of approximately 35 minutes each. The sessions run between 8:45 am and 10:35 am. If you are interested in participating, please contact Debbie Avery in the Blake Middle School Guidance Office at 508-359-2445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for helping make our Career Day a continued success. We count on the community to make our program a rewarding and enriching experience for our students.
Blood Drive Follow Up
As the teacher overseeing the Red Cross Blood Drive Committee, I would like to personally thank everyone who participated. This year’s drive collected 66 units of blood, greatly impressing the Red Cross. Due to the high number of participants we did have wait time issues, and the Red Cross was very responsive to my concern over these issues. During our meeting they assured me next year they will have enough employees to support our blood drive. The Red Cross also expressed that they wished all blood drives had this kind of support from students and their parents. I could not help but feel a sense of pride in our students, and parents of Medfield, and to that I simply stated, “Medfield is a town of excellence in all that we strive to do.” Thank you for everything Medfield community, you made a great difference.
Theater Follow Up
This weekend, Blake Theater finished three successful performances of It's a Sign and Yearbook. A virtual standing ovation goes out to all those who supported the cast and crew members. Our parent volunteers, led by Kim Price and Laura Mulready, helped keep the cast and crew members fed, safe and looking great in their makeup. Thanks to the volunteers and to our wonderful audience members. We look forward to performing for the Medfield community again in April (Shrek - April 7-9).
The Blake Site Council has taken time to review the data collected from last year's survey and an Executive Summary will be distributed to families in the coming weeks. Focus areas on the survey centered on the topics of school culture, academic workloads, stress, and habits. Our intent is to distribute the 2015-2016 survey in early February in the hopes of gathering the data by February vacation. Stay tuned!
Tri-County Interview Information for 8th Grade Families
On February 8th, Tri County will be hosting their interviews for applicants. The interviews are approximately 15-20 minutes. Sample questions can be found here http://www.tri-county.us/node/271. The purpose of the interview is to clarify the student’s reason for attending Tri-County, choice of program areas, career goals, interests and motivation. In the case of student absence on the interview day, or in the case of a late applicant, the interview schedule will be mutually agreed upon between the Director of Guidance and the student’s counselor and/or parent(s)/guardian.
Blake Science Fair
The Blake Middle School Science Fair will be held on Friday March 10th. Come show your enthusiasm for science by participating in this event. Sign up sheets are available in your advisory classrooms. Come to the information session on January 30th after school in the cafeteria. All are welcome to participate!
Parent Information Nights - Mark Your Calendars!
3/1 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.
This night is for all parents/guardians of incoming sixth grade (current fifth grade) students. We will be presenting information about the 6th grade program of studies and curriculum, previewing the students' experience that they will have next year along with an overview of the middle school. A more detailed presentation about the logistics of the 2016-2017 academic year's iPad Initiative will take place during this evening as well.
3/9 - Incoming 8th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.
This night is for all parents/guardians of incoming eighth grade (current seventh grade) students. We will be presenting information about the 8th grade program of studies and curriculum, previewing the students' experience that they will have next year.
3/16 - Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.
This night is for all parents/guardians of incoming seventh grade (current sixth grade) students. We will be sharing information about the 7th grade program of studies and curriculum, previewing the students' experience that they will have next year. We will also be presenting information about the 7th grade's field trip to Nature's Classroom.
8th Grade Families - Save the Date!
March 2, 1017 at 6:30 p.m.
High School Auditorium
Please join members of the high school faculty as they present an overview of the Medfield High School academic curriculum. Additional information will be sent home as the date becomes closer. If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Heather Mandosa, Assistant Principal at email@example.com or Stephanie Worthley, Guidance Content Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the high school at (508) 359-4367.
Reminder for All Families
Students should not be bringing coffee or outside beverages (beyond water) in school to start the school day. Students should finish their beverages and toss out their cups before heading to first period.
Blake is always looking for substitute teacher applicants. Applicants need not have teaching licensure but should be energetic, flexible and enjoy working with children. For more information or to apply, please visit medfield.net and find applications under the tab "employment opportunities", the. Professional Staff Openings. Please contact Kelly Campbell at email@example.com with any questions.
Book Discussion Group for Parents
The next Blake Site Council/Blake community book is The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik. We will be discussing the introduction and parts 1-3 (about 85 pages of reading) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 6. Hope you can join!
I am thrilled to announce that Sarah Boyd, one of our eighth grade students, has been selected as Medfield's ambassador for Project 351. Project 351 is a statewide community service project that brings an eighth grader from all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth together on one single day to perform a service project. Ambassadors should embody the ethic of service and associated values -- humility, integrity, compassion, commitment, and generosity of spirit. In essence, Project 351 celebrates and encourages students' leadership and commitment to others. We are proud and honored that Sarah will be representing Blake and the community of Medfield.
Message from Blake PTO
TOWN WIDE BOX TOPS CONTEST Memorial, Wheelock, Dale Street and Blake Middle School…Which school will win by bringing in the most Box Tops before March 31st? The school that brings in the most Box Tops will win a special prize for the entire school. Please start cutting out your Box Tops and bringing them to school. Please contact Jane Barr mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Let the competition begin!
STAY IN TOUCH Our email address has changed to www.medfieldk8pto.com. Make sure you don't miss out on important posts sent throughout the week. Please LIKE us on Facebook Medfield K-8 PTO and follow us on Twitter @MedfieldK8PTO.
PTO MEETING Please join us at our next PTO meeting on March 15th at 9:00 am in the Blake LMC.
Message from MCPE
Treasured Experiences Auction
The MCPE’s annual Treasured Experiences Auction is live from Monday 1/30 at 10 a.m. through Friday 2/3 at 8 p.m.! Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to build a memory and support the Medfield Public Schools!
The MCPE LCR Community Event
Block out the night of Friday March 24 and gather a table of 10 for a crazy great time with your friends and the face paced game of Left- Center-Right. Prizes, scratch ticket raffle, DJ, snacks and a cash bar. Two sessions, $350/table of 10. On this night you don’t have to be smart- just lucky! Details at www.medfieldcoalition.org