10/28 - Blake Picture Retake Day
10/29 - Second turn in day for magazine orders
10/30 - 8th grade to Salem
Magazine drive ends
10/31 - Happy Halloween!
Costume Day at Blake
Google Workshop for Parents (see details below)
11/3 - Navigating Social Media with Your Tweens/Teens (see details below)
11/4 - Grade 7 Egypt Presentation
11/6 - Student/Staff Basketball Game (see details below)
Go Fresh Night for Blake
11/8-11/12 - No Homework Weekend
11/10 - MWAHS Administration (see details below)
Student Trivia Challenge (see details below)
Royal Pizza Night for Blake
11/11 - Veterans Day (No School)
11/14 - MCPE Community Trivia Event
11/18 - Subway Night for Blake
11/19 - CSA Mtg (6:30 p.m. in Blake LMC)
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help bring the ideas of 'sharing ourselves' into the conversations this week, our Topic/Question(s) for the Dinner Table this week is: Do you know which parts of your private life you will share, and to whom those parts you will share?
Term 1 Interim Reports
All outstanding interim report signature sheets must be turned into the advisory teachers.
Blake Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Annual Blake Pumpkin Decorating Contest is taking place in homerooms. Students will design a pumpkin, to be voted on by the Blake Staff the morning of Halloween (October 31st). Prize to the winning advisory - see the Student Council website for more information!
Costume Day at Blake
Student council invites Blake staff and students to join in "Costume Day" on Friday, October 31st. Reminders that costumes must be school- appropriate, no masks that cover a student's face, and no weapons (real or fake)!
Google for Parents
As part of our continued efforts to engage and support parents in our mobile learning initiative, we are offering a Google Workshop 3-part series. Our first two workshops on Friday, 10/17 and Friday, 10/24 went well - we encourage you to join us for session 2 and 3! Come work with Diane Horvath (@techmonstah), our Technology Integration Specialist, and learn about the power of Google. We hope to share lessons about Google to help you with your own learning and to better support the learning of your students. All sessions are at 10 a.m., and the dates are as follows:
10/31 - Google Drive
Please bring your own device, an established Gmail account, any questions you have, and a willingness to learn! Please RSVP via our Google Form: Google Workshop Series for Parents Fall 2014
Navigating Social Media with Your Tweens/Teens - Save the Date!
Monday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Blake auditorium
Please join us for an evening with Dr. Elizabeth Englander from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridegwater State University. Dr. Englander was part of our two-part series on technology use last fall and received very positive feedback about her practical and engaging strategies for parents children in the age of social media.
Parents of children of all ages are welcome to attend!
The administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey for all Blake students is scheduled for Monday, November 10 (MWAHS Letter 2014). If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Susan Cowell, Wellness Content Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Ski Club
Sign ups for the Nashoba Ski and Snowboard Club opened on Monday, October 27th. Spots are limited to availability of seats on the bus. Please sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the program. See the ski club website for important sign up information, pricing, and chaperone sign ups.
iPad Student/Parent Survey Fall 2014
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete the Fall 2014 Student/Parent iPad Survey. For those of you who have not had a chance, my hope is that you will be able to find some time this weekend. As of Tuesday morning, we have received 317 responses (out of 631): 6th Grade Parents - 109 (out of 202); 7th Grade Parents - 105 (out of 216); 8th Grade Parents - 103 (out of 213). Students will be taking the survey in school. We sincerely appreciate your honest responses and are hoping for 100% participation from the student body and parents. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Your sincere responses are essential to our information-gathering vision and mission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Link to the survey Student/Parent iPad Survey Fall 2014
5th Annual Student/Staff Charity Basketball Game
The 5th Annual Student/Staff Charity Basketball game will take place Thursday, November 6, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Middle School gym. Tickets cost $3 each. All money raised goes to benefit Christmas in the City, a non-profit organization which receives donations each year to throw a Christmas Party for homeless children in Boston. This year, 8th grade students and teachers will spend two days helping to set up the party and purchase gifts for homeless children. Students can purchase tickets during advisory or at the door the day of the event. Any additional donations are welcome.
The Blake Magazine Drive ends this Wednesday, October 29th. The Magazine Drive helps us raise needed funds for special special student activities, field trips, outside speakers and more. Plus, 30% of the 8th-grade sales help 8th-graders offset the cost of the Washington, DC trip. Magazine orders, as well as orders from the new photo products catalog, qualify. Thanks for your support!
Blake Theatrical Productions
All week students will see and hear clues that could lead them to the names of our two theatrical productions. If your student thinks he/she knows what musical or what play we are doing, have them fill out this form by Thursday, October 30. The first to correctly guess will win 2 tickets to one of the performances of that show. Good luck!
Guess the Blake Production!
6th Grade Food Drive
The 6th grade is collecting for the Medfield Food cupboard in the month of October. The following are the Medfield Food Cupboard current needs: cereal, soup, juice, pasta sauces, canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, applesauce, canned veggies and fruits.
Memorial Playground Dedication
Come help celebrate the opening of the newly updated preschool playground at the Memorial School on Thursday, November 6th at 4 p.m. The improvements were made possible, in part, by the generous donations made in recognition of Angie Typadis, "Mrs. T," on her retirement after 24 years of devoted service to the Medfield Public Schools as a preschool teacher. As a result of these donations we were able to purchase four brand new pieces of equipment: a twisting adventure tunnel, a mountain climber, a climbing wall, and a 4 person spring a-bout. O'Brien and Sons also generously donated a digger for our new sandpit. Please join the Memorial staff for cookies, juice, and some playground fun as we show our appreciation to Mrs. T, who will be there for it's Grand Opening, and to show our thanks to everyone who generously contributed to this wonderful playground.
Music at Blake - Guess the Blake Pandora Jockey
In an effort to continue finding ways to foster a positive school culture and make connections between students and adults, we are continuing our Blake Pandora Jockey contest this year. Each week I will ask a different staff member to be the DJ, or PJ (Pandora Jockey) for Blake Tuesday-Thursday. The teacher will select different music 'stations' to be played and students will be able to cast their votes for who the Blake PJ of the week is. We have established an online voting system, Blake Pandora Jockey Form, and all entries must be registered by Thursday evening at 8 p.m. An 'electronic selector' will highlight a winner each week, and the winning student will be the Blake PJ for the following Monday. Each student may register only one vote. Encourage your students to participate!
This marks the halfway point in the training program. You have until 11/3 to register at the early bird rate and receive the t-shirt to wear proudly on December 7th. Here is your routine to do 3 times this week. Three cycles of 8 minutes of running followed by 2 minutes of walking. MedfieldFoundation.org
SEPAC Fundraiser - KIDSTUFF Coupon Book
Medfield SEPAC is offering the KIDSTUFF Coupon Book for sale. The book offers many great discounts and coupons for stores in the area. The coupon book is $25.00 and 50% of the sales go to SEPAC. SEPAC devotes these funds for family and community events, it provides assistance to teachers, and awards scholarship to graduating seniors. If you interested in purchasing a KIDSTUFF Coupon Book please contact email@example.com.
Don't forget to clip those box tops.
The CSA is hosting a New Field Day Spring Fundraiser. They are looking for committee members to help with this fun day for our students that will take place in the Spring on a 1/2 day. Please contact Joellyn Ripp at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate your time, ideas and expertise. We want to make this the best of all field days. Any amount of time you have for any part of this new fundraiser we'll take. Planning, procuring, volunteering the day of, etc. many thanks!
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN YOUR TEACHERS? Find out at the Student Trivia Challenge on Monday, November 10th in the high school cafeteria.
Blake students can test their trivia knowledge against Blake teachers. High School students can go head-to-head against MHS teachers. Anna Lall, Mary Adams, Ashley Estes and Monique Goodrow Trach have a team! Don't see your favorite teachers listed? Challenge them to enter a team! All students who participate will be registered to win a $50 Visa gift card. Concessions will be available. Invite your friends! Register your team today! With no school on the 11th, come relax and have fun with your friends!
Needham Bank will give $100 to MCPE for every new checking account opened, when the patron mentions MCPE. Consider opening an account for students who will be working this summer or heading off to college. Accounts can be opened for minors with an adult co-signer. This is also a great opportunity for Girl Scout Leaders and room parents to open accounts. It's an easy way to help MCPE raise money. Please stop by the Medfield branch before 12/31 and open an account. Please be sure to mention 'MCPE.'
E4E (Entertaining for Education) Remember to register your E4E party today at www.MedfieldCoalition.org! All registered hosts will receive an E4E party pack to help with the party planning. It includes a special gift to you for hosting! Want to see how much fun everyone is having at the E4E events? Check out pictures at #MedfieldE4E. Be sure to post pictures from your E4E event!
* Too busy to host a party, but still want to help? Please go to our web site and give to our annual appeal: http://www.medfieldcoalition.org/donate-now. Thank you for supporting MCPE and helping to fund enrichment programs in our Medfield Public Schools.
For more information on all of the above, please click on MedfieldCoalition.org.