April 4 - Opening Day Spirit Day at Blake
April 6 - No School
April 10 - CSA Mtg at 9:30 a.m. in Blake LMC
April 10 - Royal Pizza Night for Blake
April 11 - Yoko Watkins Presentation for Grade 7
April 12 - Grade 6 Geology Field Trip
April 13 - Grade 7 Bingo
April 16-20 - April Vacation
April 30 - Tacky Tourist/Crocs and Socks Day
May 1 - When I Grow Up...
May 2 - Funky/Mis-matched Prints Day
May 3 - Formal/Professional/Business Dress Day
May 4 - Lax Bro/Medfield Sports Day
May 4 - High School Musical (7 p.m.)
May 5 - High School Musical (7 p.m.)
May 11 - 1/2 Day for Students
May 18 - 7th/8th Grade Dance (7-9 p.m.)
May 22-25 - 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C.
May 28 - Memorial Day; No School
Sports Teams Dates
April 10 - Baseball/Softball @ Millis (3:45 p.m.)
April 12 - Baseball/Softball @ Weston (3:45 p.m.)
April 24 - Baseball/Softball vs Dedham (3:30 p.m.)
April 26 - Baseball/Softball @ Ashland (3:30 p.m.)April 29 - Track vs Ashland
April 30 - Baseball/Softball vs Hopkinton (3:30 p.m.)
May 3 - Baseball/Softball vs Wellesley (3:30 p.m.)May 3 - Track vs Miscoe
May 8 - Baseball/Softball vs Millis (3:30 p.m.)May 8 - Track vs King Philip
May 10 - Baseball/Softball @ Wayland (3:30 p.m.)May 14 - Track @ Hopkinton
May 15 - Baseball/Softball @ Dedham (3:30 p.m.)
May 17 - Baseball/Softball vs Ashland (3:30 p.m.)May 17 - Track @ Westwood
May 21 - Baseball/Softball @ Hopkinton (3:30 p.m.)
May 30 - Baseball/Softball @ Hopkinton (3:45 p.m.)
May 31 - Baseball/Softball vs Wayland (3:30 p.m.)June 1 - Track vs Franklin
As noted above, I want to thank and acknowledge all of the individuals from our community who participated in Career Day: Kelly Reilly, Robert Morrill, John Madej, Richard Crowell, Barbara Preussner-Bryant, Kathy Davidson, Ann Thompson, Paula Quatromoni, Cathy Curbow, Peter Hunt, David Bento, Michelle Bento, Rich Gotham, Dave Darmofal, Wendy Friend, Carl Gustafson, Shawn Farrell, Kathryn Boole, Scott Greenwald, Mark Ockerbloom, Doug Whitla, Lynne Miller, Cynthia Bero, and Michael Pratt. We sincerely appreciate your time, support, and commitment for our students.
Opening Day Spirit Day
Please join Student Council in celebrating the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, baseball's Opening Day, by dressing to support your favorite team this Wednesday, April 4.
Course Selection Forms
All 2012-2013 course selection forms for incoming 6th and 7th grade students were due last week. Please make sure that students have turned them in.
7th Grade Food Drive
The 7th grade food drive is running from April 2-13. Items being collected include jelly, quart/gallon size baggies, tall kitchen bags, canned chicken, canned fruit, and juice boxes or juice bottles. Items should be brought by students into advisory.
17th Annual Student-Faculty Art Exhibit
The Medfield Public Schools’ K-12 Visual Arts Faculty is once again pleased to announce The 17th Annual Student-Faculty Art Exhibit, presented at Medfield’s very own Zullo Gallery, 456 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052.
The Student-Faculty Art Exhibit is an exciting opportunity for a selected group of student artists from grades K-12 to display and view their work in a professional gallery setting, alongside the work of our Visual Arts faculty. Each year approximately sixty pieces of exemplary student art work are shown during this exhibit at the Zullo Gallery. Representing our Blake Middle School this year are: Emily O’Grady, Jenevieve Erickson, Jackie Giggi, Rebecca Ju, Laura Wallace, Evan Lautz, Nick Harrison, Annie Phipps, Austin Sumrall, Natasha Salas, Jacob Einbinder, and Brian Stolzenbach.
This year’s Art Exhibit will be up from April 7th – 29th, and is available for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 5:00 PM. We will be hosting an Artists Reception on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
This exhibit is an event designed to give special attention to the artistic accomplishments of our students from all grades, within the context of our K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum. We look forward to another very successful exhibit this year. It should be noted that this exhibit does not take the place of our individual School Art Shows that happen in the spring, in which the work of all our students is displayed in their respective schools.
News from the Blake Fine Arts Department
The Blake Fine Arts department would like everyone to "Follow" our Twitter account for the latest information about News & Events surrounding our program and our students' accomplishments.
Also, please check-out our "Medfield K-12 Fine Arts" Facebook page for additional information. Lastly, if you haven't visited us yet, please take a look at our district K-12 Fine Arts website to see what is going on at Blake and the rest of our schools. While you are there, leave a comment or respond to our Blogs. We'd love to hear what our parents think. Go to: www.medfieldk12finearts.net , or you can follow the Parent Link from the Medfield.net website.
Blake Spring Intramurals
Intramurals will begin this week. Please note that Walk in the Woods and Dodgeball have a later starting date. All intramurals will run from 2:15 to 3:15 unless otherwise noted.
8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip
All medical consent forms need to be completed by a parent/guardian in pen and returned to school as soon as possible. Please note: A physician's signature is required on the included medication form for all prescription as well as over-the-counter medications you plan to send on the trip including Tylenol,Advil,Motrin,Tums, allergy/cold/cough medication,etc. All forms need to be completed and returned to school by Friday, April 13th, the day before April vacation. Please plan accordingly.
Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illnesses Community Prevention Forum
The Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee has organized a Community Forum on Prevention of Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Illnesses on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 at The Center in Medfield.
The forum will feature 3 speakers who will address how Lyme Disease and other Tick Borne Illnesses affect both humans and pets: Dr. Lester Hartman, MD, Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics; Jean Sniffin, Public Health Nurse; and Dr. Jessica Young, DVM, Medfield Veterinary Clinic. Discussions will focus on prevention and protection.
School Dress Guidelines
As we welcome the warmer weather early this year, please take a moment to review the Blake dress guidelines with your child. As you may remember, Mrs. Campbell did convey this message to students during our welcome assembly at the start of the year. As a review, page 4 of the Student Handbook states "We are confident that good judgment on the part of students and parents will result in the wearing of clothing which will contribute to a respectful academic environment and educational atmosphere. Each student will abide by the guidelines of decency, cleanliness, and safety at all times. In accordance with our expectations for school dress, students are required to wear clothing that does not show the 4 B's : boxers, breasts, buttocks, and belly buttons. We do ask students not to wear hats, healies, halter tops, short shorts, midriff cut jerseys, and T-shirts or any other clothing that displays obscene language, violence, sexual references, or commercials for alcohol or other types of drugs. "
Please keep in mind that undergarments and cleavage should not be visible and skirts/shorts should generally be mid-thigh length. Students should be reminded that some clothing choices are great for the beach but not practical or appropriate for the school day. Please expect that students who arrive at school dressed inappropriately will be reminded of appropriate dress and parents will be contacted to bring a change of clothes to school.
Blake Track Team
The Blake Boys and Girls track team begins practice on Tuesday, April 3. Sign-up packets have been handed out but it's not too late to join. Extras are available in the library. Practice is held Tuesday through Friday from 2:15-3:15. Meets begin at 3:00. The program serves as an introduction to track and field - come on out and give it a try!
Technology Spotlight - March 2012
The March Technology Spotlight for Blake highlights the Stars and Red clusters. Thank you to Jess Durdel and Teri O'Brien for providing this information and for sharing the good work that is taking place.
Student Council Spirit Week - April 30-May 4
Students are invited to join the Blake Student Council in a show of school spirit in 5 themed days throughout the week:
4/30 - Tacky Tourist/Crocs and Socks Day
5/1 - When I Grow Up...
5/2 - Funky/Mis-matched Prints Day
5/3 - Formal/Professional/Business Dress Day
5/4 - Lax Bro/Medfield Sports Day
High School Musical Practice Schedule
There is a study hall every rehearsal day in the cafeteria from 2:15-3 p.m. and music/dance practice from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium. Rehearsal is from 4-5:15 p.m. All cast members need to be off-book and know their music.
Monday - 4/2
3-4 p.m. Music Practice
4-5:15 p.m. -Scenes 1+ 2 - All cast and ensemble
Tuesday - 4/3
3-4 p.m. - We're All in This Together Dance Practice
4-5:15 p.m. Scenes 1-3 - All cast and ensemble
Wednesday - 4/4
3-4 p.m.- Getcha Head in the Game Dance Practice
4-5:15 p.m. -Scenes 4-6 - dancers, jocks, brainiacs, Coach Bolton, Troy, Chad, Ms. Tenney, Sharpay, Gabriella, Ryan, Taylor, Jack Scott
3:15-5 p.m. - Tech Crew w Annie O'Connor
Thursday - 4/5
3-4 p.m. Bop to the Top Dance Practice
4-5:15 p.m. Scenes 1-6 - All cast and ensemble
Monday - 4/9
3-4 p.m. Music Practice
4-5:15 p.m. Scenes 7-8 - Jack Scott, Kelsi, Ms. Darbus, James, Susan, Cathy, Cyndra, Ryan, Troy, Sharpay
Dollars for Duke
As part of the Medfield HS Jazz Band's "Dollars for Duke" effort to raise
funds for the Essentially Ellington trip to Lincoln Center next month, band
members will be playing around Medfield and collecting donations (cash or
check) this Saturday, April 7, at the following locations and times: Blue
Moon -- 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Needham Bank (front) -- 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Lovell's
-- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Gazebo -- Noon to 1:30 p.m. All performances are
rain or shine. Checks should be made payable to Medfield Music Association,
and "Dollars for Duke" should be noted on the check. MHS families are
encouraged to catch the band while running errands or doing Easter shopping.
Donation checks can also be mailed to MMA, P.O. Box 115, Medfield, MA 02052.
Donations for Ethiopian Children
We are collecting items for the millions of children orphaned in Ethiopia.
The need was brought to a student's attention when she found out her uncle's
neighbor in Brooklyn was adopting one of these orphans, named Tola, who is
due to arrive in New York in April. There are many orphanages there and so
much they need for these children. Many kids in Africa feel as if they may
not have a chance at survival. Millions of children alone are affected by
AIDS or have died due to it. The basic items requested would either make a
child safer, healthier, or happier. The fact that you could bring a little
joy and hope into a child's life is motivation for you to participate in
this fundraiser. The items collected for the children in Ethiopia in the
orphanage will be greatly appreciated. The orphanage wish list is attached
below in this newsflash. There will be a box at the guidance office to
collect any donations, and thank you to everyone.
Crop for a Cure
Help classmate, William Johnson, fight SMA by joining in the 8th Annual Super Scrapbooking Sunday to benefit Families of SMA. Bring your photos and your creativity April 22nd, 9-5, at the Pfaff Center. Please see the registration form in the Thursday packet for more details.
Medway Homeless Shelter
The Medway Homeless Shelter Needs Your Help! Every year the Medway Homeless Shelter provides a home for 12 families in need. They are currently helping several families with babies and young children. Please join the 6th grade Community Crusaders to provide the shelter with goods and/or donations. By donating the following goods we can help families get back on their feet.
Children: Diapers - size 3/4 and 5, Baby Wash, Bubble Bath, Baby Wipes, Toothpaste (Children), Toothbrush (Children)
Adults: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Soap, Shaving Cream, Toothpaste
The Community Crusaders will be collecting donations outside the Blake Middle School before school March 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd. Donation boxes will be available and your help is needed.
Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) Reminder: Buy your SPRING FLING tickets today!
The entire Medfield community is invited to participate in MCPE’s biggest fundraiser: Spring Fling! Join us April 27 from 7-11PM at the Endicott Estate (656 East Street, Dedham) for a night of dancing, drinks, hors-d’oeurves, and auction: All in an effort to plant seeds of enrichment in the Medfield Public Schools. The invitation and all ticket information can be found online at [ http://www.medfieldcoalition.org/ ]www.medfieldcoalition.org .
*Please note: Per town/venue regulations, ALL drink tickets must be purchased in advance through the on-line ticket form*
Tickets are limited, so buy yours TODAY before they sell out!! Fun things up for auction: Guys Poker Night to be held at a premier Medfield “man-cave” – appetizers and drinks included! (live auction item)...Spring Cleaning package – includes gift certificates toward home organizing, house cleaning, and a landscape project (silent auction item)…and much more!
Teacher Luncheon – the CSA would like to thank all the volunteers for making the teacher luncheon last Tuesday a huge success. All the baked goods and dishes were greatly appreciated and much enjoyed!
Scrip - Blake will be selling scrip at Lord's on Friday April 6th from 9:30-10:30.
CSA Meeting - Please join us for the next CSA meeting at 9:30am on Tuesday, April 10th in the Blake library.