12/20 - Grade 8 Tilden Village Dinner
12/22 - 1/2 Day for Students and Staff
12/23-1/1 - School Vacation
1/1 - Happy New Year!
1/2 - School Resumes
1/5 - Geography Bee - Grade Level Finals
1/8 - Blake Site Council Mtg (3:30 p.m.)
1/9 - SEL Task Force Meeting (3:30 p.m. - MHS)
1/10 - Geography Bee - School Finals
1/15 - MLK, Jr. Day
Day of Service at Blake Middle School
No School for Students
1/18 - Blake PTO Meeting (7 p.m.)
1/19 - 7th/8th Grade Dance (7-9 p.m.)
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about protective factors and the ways that we can make Blake an inclusive and improved learning environment, our topic/question of the week is: What can you do to make Blake Middle School a safe and productive learning environment for everyone? Protective Factors (Week of 12/17/17) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Christmas in the City Recap
Last Friday our eighth grade students took a field trip into Boston to help set up Boston's Christmas in the City festivities for homeless families. I encourage you to check out the link below about the event...
Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children
Thank You to MCPE and PTO
Thank you to the Blake PTO and MCPE (Medfield Coalition for Public Education) for their generous support of our endeavors/grants. We greatly appreciate the contributions as we look to provide unique and innovate experiences for our students!
Term 1 Report Cards
All outstanding Term 1 report card signature sheets should be turned into advisors.
MHS Alumni Visit Blake
This Wednesday, 12/20 during 8th grade science classes, students will hear talks from Medfield graduates who are majoring in or working in the field of STEM. Twelve recent graduates have volunteered to come to Blake and talk on topics including computer science, medicine and chemistry. We are excited at the opportunity for our students to listen to and learn from these graduates. Special thanks to Orla Berry for her help organizing these visits!
Blake Winter Intramurals
Our winter intramurals begin in the new year - if you have any questions, please contact Matt Marenghi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Got Bird Food?
Mr. Gow is looking to replenish his bird food supply for his Exploration Citizen Science Class. With Winter knocking on the doorstep of our region, more and more birds seek the bountiful supply of bird seed at our feeders in order to survive the harsh Winter weather. Currently, he is in need of black-oiled sunflower seeds. If you are interested in donating bird food, please either drop off the donation at school or email him at email@example.com.
BMS Science Fair - 3/2/18
The third annual BMS Science Fair will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday March 2, 2018. All BMS students are invited to participate as individuals or in groups (single or multi grade) and show their passion for or interest in answering some question or learning more about a particular topic. More information will be forthcoming in the New Year. Check out this resource for some ideas on - How to get kids to love science!
Blake Community Blood Drive
This month we are kicking of our annual Martin Luther King Jr. blood drive. Currently we are putting together a committee of students who will work to promote, organize and then run the blood drive. Please consider donating blood, or if you cannot, help find another who may be able to. It is important this blood drive receive high support from the community for us to continue to hold it on a holiday. Hosted by the American Red Cross this blood drive offers an incredible opportunity, so please come out, and donate blood. The drive will be held in the middle school gym Monday, January 15th, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
Community Service Club Information - Coat Drive
The Community Service Club of Blake is holding its annual coat drive right now. The drive will conclude in early January. Please donate new or gently used WINTER coats. The donation box can be found at the front of the school. All coats that are donated will be delivered to Medfield's Anton Cleaners who sponsors the drive.
Lost and Found Items
The number of items in our Lost and Found has increased. Please remind students to come take a look, as there are a number of items that are unlabeled that have been collected. We will be clearing out the Lost and Found during the winter vacation.
Girl Talk is a national program where high school girls mentor middle schoolers. Ainsley Marshall and Morgan Caro have come together to continue Girl Talk at Blake Middle school. Their goal is to help you deal with the triumphs and trials of the early teen years. Anyone is welcome! We encourage you to follow our instagram account: https://instagram.com/p/BcIr4LoFzXu/
Blake's Kindness Month
The five year anniversary of the tragic events in Newtown will be upon us shortly. At Blake we are continuing a tradition started four years ago by honoring those who died that day by asking everyone in the Blake community to participate in
Blake's Month of Kindness. You will see the acts of kindness are not 'big', nor are they complicated, yet each can make an impact on someone, including each of us. We encourage you to print out the document and post it in a public spot (i.e. refrigerator) for your entire family to reference during the next month. We are going to document these days and put them together in a way that we can refer back to easily and remind ourselves that kindness is something we all can practice every day. I encourage you to check out the links for Blake's Month of Kindness on Mrs. Gumas's website - mrsgumas.com. During this stretch of time, if you see your student partaking in an act of kindness and could take a picture or video, please send it to Marissa Gumas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post it to post it to Blake's Kindness Padlet 2017.
Blake Winter Intramurals
The Winter Session Intramural offerings will be available this week. Contact Matt Marenghi (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Reminder for all Blake Students and Families
This is a reminder that as a school we will not be orchestrating 'Secret Santa' type activities for students in which gifts are being purchased and/or given. For a number of reasons, school is not the proper forum for the exchange of gifts, and we appreciate your understanding and support.
Recess Reminder for All Parents/Guardians
This is a gentle reminder to families that students are going outside for recess and should bring weather-appropriate clothing like winter jackets and gloves so that they will be warm outdoors.
Blake is on Facebook!
Blake is adding Facebook to our social media repertoire! You can now follow our page for the latest announcements, sharing of our school life, glimpses into special events and learning with FB Live and more...
Click this Link: www.facebook.com/BlakeMiddleSchool/ or search for @BlakeMiddleSchool
SEPAC - KidStuff Coupon Book
The KidStuff coupon book fundraiser is underway. Your support helps SEPAC fund workshops, events for kids and families, and scholarships. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please contact Kate Tormey at Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update from Blake PTO
GET YOUR MEDFIELD WARRIOR SIGNS, COASTERS, TRAYS, ETC! Rustic Marlin Designs has designed a line of wood-based Medfield Warrior products (signs, coasters, flags, trays, blocks, etc.) that will be carried exclusively at Be Charmed, a new store in town! Be Charmed is located at 70 North Street. 75% of the profits from the sale of the Warrior line will go to both the PTO and MCPE! It’s a great way to get Warrior merchandise while supporting a new local shop and raising money for our schools! GET YOURS TODAY!
ONGOING BLAKE APPEAL - We need your help so we can continuing funding enrichment programs and future initiatives for the 2017 - 2018 school year. We are requesting a contribution of $50/child this year. This is a suggested amount but we will gratefully accept any amount you can contribute. Making a donation is easy. Simply click on the link http://www.medfieldk8pto.com/blake.html and scroll down to the end of the page or send a check made payable to Blake Middle School PTO to Blake at 24 Pound St. Medfield, MA 02052. Thank you in advance for your support of the Blake PTO. Please feel free to contact Claudia Rosen email@example.com or Keven Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
STAY IN TOUCH Please like us on Facebook Medfield K-8 PTO and follow us on Twitter @MedfieldK8PTO. And for more information and calendar of events, please check out our website medfieldk8pto.com
Update from MCPE
There are just two short weeks remaining until we bid farewell to 2017. We hope you might consider a donation to the MCPE as you plan your year-end gifting. We have raised over $52,000 towards our 30th year fundraising goal and are so appreciative of all the generosity this community has already shown. Can you help us get to $75,000??? You can donate via our website www.medfieldcoalition.org or using tax ID 04-2978701. Thank you!