1/11 - Geography Bee School Finals (2:15 p.m.)
1/12 - Girl Talk Meeting
#MedfieldPS Chat (see details below)
1/16 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Blake Day of Service (see details below)
Blake Community Blood Drive (see details below)
1/18 - Superintendent's Advisory Council Meeting
1/19 - Blake PTO Meeting
1/20 - 7th/8th Grade Dance (7-9 p.m.)
1/27-1/29 - Blake Theater Performances
1/30 - All Chorus Extravaganza
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 the idea of 'telling one's story', our topic/question for the dinner table is: What is the story that you want to tell this year? Telling Your Story (Week of 1/8/17) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Girl Talk will be this Thursday after school in Room 104.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man whose goal was to make our country a better place for everyone. While his life was cut short due to assassination, MLK's goal to make our country a better place is still very much alive. On November 2, 1983 President Reagan madeJanuary 15th ( MLK Jr'.s birthday) a federal holiday, a day off for all. But a day off to support a man who gave his life to the betterment of our country did not really seem like a fitting honor so on August 23, 1994 President Bill Clinton signed a bill that moved the date of the holiday from MLK, Jr's birthday to the Monday after that day. The bill also stated that it was meant to be a day of service. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a not a day off, but a day on. To honor this day of service Blake Middle School will open its doors from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to give students an opportunity to serve their community. Some of the activity students will be doing during this day of service will be: beautifying the school, making Valentine's day cards, book marks and paper flowers, for soldiers and those living in the nursing home. Students will also be making bracelets, which we will give to Children's Hospital for ill children. We are always open to new ideas for how we can serve the community and support making Monday, January 16th a day on! If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail Cynthia McClelland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Middle School Sponsoring Blood Drive for American Red Cross
On Monday, January 16th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Blake will be holding its second MLK, Jr. Day of Service blood drive. Right now we desperately need donors, and I would like to invite you to come and donate on this day. Students at Blake have been educated on the importance of donating blood. We learned that one donor saves three lives and that every 2 seconds someone is in great need of blood. For those interested in donating, please enter your time on this Google Form: 1/16/17 Blood Drive Sign Up Form. Besides being a part of saving lives there is another perk (pun intended). You will receive a 5 dollar gift card for Dunkin Donuts in addition to enjoying the best treats a blood drive can provide courtesy of the student blood drive committee. I understand not everyone who would like to donate, can. And for those folks, please know that you can still save lives simply by asking someone you know to donate for you. Asking someone to donate in your place saves a life just as much as if you did it yourself. Donors can be as young as 16 years old. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. If you have any questions about the day of service or blood drive, please contact Cynthia McClelland at email@example.com. On behalf of the students at Blake we hope to see you there. Thank you.
#MedfieldPS Twitter Chat on 1/12/17
Our next district-wide Twitter chat is on Thursday, 1/12 at 8 p.m. with a focus on 'Reflection and Resolutions'. The goal of these chats is to bring the five schools together (staff and administration) to discuss pertinent topics in education, initiatives, and ideas to collaborate around and share. I encourage you to follow the hashtag #MedfieldPS during the chat and to participate...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Worthley, Guidance Content Specialist at email@example.com or call the high school at (508) 359-4367.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, January 9. 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.
Reminder about Locks
All Blake students are required to be using a combination lock to lock their hallway lockers. As this is the time of year when students can begin to be lax about using their locks and keeping them locked during the day, we appreciate your reminders at home as well. A photo of locks that fit on Blake lockers can be found on the school supply list page (School Supply Lists).
National Geography Bee at Blake
The grade level winners will be competing after school in the LMC at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11th to determine our school representative.
Reminder about Bus Notes
All students who would like to ride a different bus may do so for childcare purposes only and need permission from Central Offices. Students should bring a note from home that gives permission to ride another bus, along with the bus number. That note will be sent to Central Offices and approval is granted based on available space on the bus. It is best to have the notes dropped off before the school day starts so that we can get back to students promptly in case they need to make other arrangements. A back up plan is always good to have in case permission is not granted. If you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Montillo at Central Offices (email@example.com).
2nd Annual Blake Science Fair - Friday, March 10 - Save the Date!
Have fun with friends while learning and doing science! More information will follow immediately after winter break!
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!
NEW YEAR….NEW EMAIL ADDRESS 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 Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 pm in the Blake LMC