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)
Medfield Talks - Sarah Ward (see info below)
1/10 - Geography Bee - School Finals
1/15 - MLK, Jr. Day
Day of Service at Blake Middle School (see details below)
Blood Drive at Blake (see details below)
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 resolutions, beginnings, and renewal as we welcome in 2018, our topic/question of the week is: Please complete this statement: For 2018, I am committed to these 1-2 resolutions... Time for Renewal (Week of 1/1/18) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
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!
I am thrilled to announce that Sophia Slesar, 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 Sophia will be representing Blake and the community of Medfield.
Medfield Talks 1/9/18 - Sarah Ward (7-9 p.m.)
Come hear Sarah Ward's presentation, sponsored by SEPAC & MCPE as part of the Medfield Talks Speaker Series - 'Practical Strategies to Develop Independent Executive Function Skills in Students'. See the flyer below for more information.
Yearbook Sales have begun. All yearbook orders are due by Friday, January 12. The Yearbook costs $30. Checks should be made out to "Blake Middle School". Your child needs to submit the order to their Advisory teacher. Please order today because books ARE NOT available to order in June.
Tilden Village Thank You
We would like to thank the 8th grade students and parents for their support and service at the Tilden Village Dinner. The community service event was a huge success where 8th graders hosted and served a holiday meal including fresh Turkey Pies from Out Post Farm in Holliston. The residents of Tilden Village were serenaded by holiday music from Mrs. Evans' string ensemble as they ate their dinner and conversed with the servers. Thank you to families that participated in this special event during this busy time of year.
EveryDay Blakers - #HackHappiness
EveryDay Blakers Update! Heimtime & Techmonstah are at it again with another episode! This episode is jammed pack with our traditions of the pig race, theater production and we also wanted to spend time on Thanksgiving.... not only giving thanks but, how can you #hackhappiness!
Check out EveryDay Blakers Podcast! - #Hackhappiness Episode is out!
You'll hear from Tracy Allen the director of Elf, cast and crew members, segments from the Thanksgiving assembly, the Project Happiness committee (Kelly Ruminski, Kerrie Krah, Michael Gow), students from Ms. Fratolillo's advisory sharing about happiness and much more - take some time to listen either in advisory or in your own time!
Blake Winter Intramurals
Our winter intramurals are beginning - if you have any questions, please contact Matt Marenghi (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 made January 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 15th a day on! If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail Cynthia McClelland at email@example.com.
Blake Community Blood Drive
This month we are kicking off 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 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please complete the Google Form if you are able to donate: Blake Community Blood Drive 1/15/18
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
For the 30th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.
The champion of the Blake Middle School Nat Geo Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. All school champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the national championship May 20-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Blake students will compete in their Social Studies classes upon returning from Winter Break. Classroom level winners will compete in the grade level competition on Friday, January 5th. The grade level winners will then face off after school in the LMC at 2:15pm on Wednesday, January 10th.
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.
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/
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
Update from Blake PTO
HAPPY NEW YEARS FROM THE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Keven Gallagher email@example.com with any questions.
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