1/24 - #MedfieldPS Chat - 8 p.m. (see details below)
1/30 - Medfield Choral Extravaganza
2/1 - Tri-County Interviews
1/2 Day for Students
Professional Afternoon for Staff
2/5 - Blake Site Council Meeting (3:30 p.m.)
2/7 - Stars to Worcester Art Museum
2/8 - Stripes to Worcester Art Museum
2/9 - Eagles to Worcester Art Museum
2/13 - SEL Task Force Meeting
2/14 - Happy Valentine's Day!
2/16 - Blake Volleyball Tournament
2/19-2/23 - February Vacation
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about improving the learning environment, our topic/question of the week is: What are the 'things' we should be thinking about to improve the learning process and our school? What Are The Right Things? (Week of 1/21/18) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
#MedfieldPS Chat - 1/24/18 at 8 p.m. - 'Resolutions, Reflection, & Growth'
Our next district-wide Twitter chat is Wednesday, 1/24/18 at 8 p.m.
Maker Mondays with Mrs. Horvath (@techmonstah)!
On this past Saturday, January 13 students from both Blake and Medfield High School accompanied some of our ADL Peer Leaders to the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference at Framingham State University. They participated in team building and workshops with other youth from the MetroWest area, all in celebration of Dr. King's memory and legacy.
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.
Term 2 Interim Reports
Next 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.
Blood Drive Wrapup
I want to once again thank and recognize Cynthia McClelland for her leadership with the Day of Service and blood drive. It was wonderful having all of the students and staff who came helping out on their day off from school. For the blood drive, 66 units of blood were collected - our best year yet!
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 2017-2018 survey in early February in the hopes of gathering the data by February vacation. Stay tuned!
Boston ECG Project - 2/10 at MHS
Please see important content (video and attachments) below for ECG screening performed by Boston ECG that is being offered to all Tri-Valley League schools and their families (ages 12 years and older). Medfield High School will be hosting the 1st of these screening on Saturday, February 10th from 10am-6pm in the MHS cafeteria. Please register by emailing Cindy Glennon at:
Video link: EKG Screenings Can Protect Young Hearts
On February 1, 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.
Parent Information Nights - Mark Your Calendars!
2/28 - 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 2018-2019 academic year's iPad Initiative will take place during this evening as well.
3/6 - 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.
3/15 - 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.
Technovation Challenge - Androids Needed!
For the past 3 years, Blake has had teams compete in the Technovation Challenge. It is a global competition for middle and high school girls to learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. In the process, they learn how to code their own app using MIT App Inventor, which at the moment only works on Android devices. We are looking for donations of old android phones to test and present their apps at the competition's pitch night. Here’s a list of compatible phones:
* Google: Nexus One, Nexus S * Motorola: Droid, Droid X, Droid Incredible * T-Mobile: G1 * HTC: Incredible, Hero, Desire Any help is greatly appreciated!
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.
8th Grade Families - Save the Date!
March 1, 2018 at 6:00 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.
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!
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).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
There is a collection box outside the Blake library for items for two homeless shelters, Father Bill's in Quincy and Mainspring in Brockton. We would like the students of Blake Middle School to help out these families because we believe nobody should be homeless. Please support these shelters by donating items such as the following... New winter coats, heavy socks, sweatpants or sweatshirts Toiletries like Shampoo, toothbrushes & toothpaste etc Dish soap and kitchen cleaning products Baby products And Gift cards to Target, Walmart and grocery stores All items should be placed in the box outside the LMC but please give any gift cards to the office. A complete list of the items needed can be found on the flyers you will see hanging throughout the school. The donation deadline is February 9th! The Service Stars and Father Bill’s and Mainspring thank you for your support!
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
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
The annual MCPE Treasured Experiences Auction opens on Thursday January 25th! We have over 160 items to bid on across the 5 schools. A few highlights from Blake include: 6 VIP Tickets to 8th grade graduation and Starbucks with Mr. Vaughn! The auction closes at 8pm on Friday February 2nd. Bid often and good luck! To register to start bidding visit https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/mcpe-treasured-experiences-auction-2018-3710 Bid site can also be accessed from our website www.medfieldcoalition.org