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 12 - Student/Faculty Exhibit at Zullo Gallery (see info below)
April 13 - Grade 7 Bingo
April 16-20 - April Vacation
April 24 - Subway Night for Blake
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 15 - Baseball/Softball @ Dedham (3:30 p.m.)
May 17 - Baseball/Softball vs Ashland (3:30 p.m.)
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
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 30 - Baseball/Softball vs Hopkinton (3:30 p.m.)
May 3 - Baseball/Softball vs Wellesley (3:30 p.m.)
May 8 - Baseball/Softball vs Millis (3:30 p.m.)
May 10 - Baseball/Softball @ Wayland (3:30 p.m.)
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.)
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/8th Grade Food Drive
During the month of April, seventh and eighth grade advisories are collecting food for the Medfield Food Pantry. In their advisories, students have discussed the community's level of need during these difficult economic times; and, in order to promote interest and enthusiasm, each seventh grade advisory has been paired with an eighth grade advisory for a competition. All food and household items have been assigned points, and point totals for each advisory are being calculated each week. Students are competing to prove that their grade and room is the more generous. The Medfield Food Pantry has requested the following items: canned pasta, juice, jelly, snacks, canned chicken, four packs of toilet paper, cereal, Saran Wrap or Handy Wrap, coffee, and canned fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail). We are hoping the seventh and eighth grade food drive will be a great success.
Medfield Teachers Association Cookbook to Benefit Scholarships
The Medfield Teachers Association has published a cookbook in an effort to raise funds for scholarships for the class of 2011-2012 graduating seniors. Recipes were donated by Medfield teachers and artwork was donated by Medfield students of all ages. All funds raised go directly to the scholarships awarded to graduating seniors. Sample copies will be available in the main offices at all schools to look at prior to ordering.
If you are interested in purchasing a cookbook, please fill out the MTA Cookbook Order Form with payment. Please send in orders by Friday, April 13th to your son/daughter's homeroom teacher. Cookbooks should be ready before Mother's Day. These would make the perfect gifts!!
Thanks in advance for your support in our efforts!
Medfield Teachers Association (MTA)
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.
8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip
All consent and medical forms for the Washington, D.C. trip are due this Friday, April 13th. This trip takes a lot of preparation and planning, so please help us by getting your child's forms in on time. Completed forms can be handed into the main office, guidance and/or your child's advisory teacher. 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. Please plan accordingly.
April is Autism Awareness Month
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. For more information from the 'Autism Society', please click on the following link: http://www.autism-society.org/about-us/national-autism-awareness-month/
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.
High School Musical Ticket Info
Tickets for High School Musical will go on sale to the performers on April 23rd at rehearsal. Tickets are limited to 2 per person and cost $10 per ticket. Performers have until Friday, April 27th to purchase their 2 tickets. General public tickets will go be on sale from 2:10-2:30pm starting Monday, April 30th until they are sold out.
High School Musical Practice Schedule
We are rapidly getting closer to our May 4th premiere. Joan Leonard and I would like to ask that we the cast come to the rehearsals and that we have the stage crew as often as we can in the coming weeks. During our Tech Week (April 30-May 3) we expect all cast and crew to be available from 2:30-6pm. An e-mail with more information will be coming.
Monday, April 9: 3-4pm Musical Practice, 4-5:15pm Scenes 7&8 (Bop to the Top, What I've Been Looking For - Jack Scott, Kelsi, Ms. Darbus, James, Susan, Cathy, Cyndra, Ryan, Troy, Sharpay, Ryan)
Tuesday, April 10: 3-4pm We're All in This Together dance rehearsal, 4-5:15pm Scenes 7-9 (All Cast and Ensemble)
Wednesday, April 11: 3-4pm Getcha Head in the Game dance rehearsal, 4-5:15pm Scenes 10-12 (Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay, Zeke, Jocks, Brainiacs, Chad, Taylor)
3:15-5pm - Stage Crew w/ Annie O'Connor
Thursday, April 12: 3-3:30pm Bop to the Top dance rehearsal, 3:30-5:15pm Scenes 1-12 (All cast, all ensemble)
Friday, April 13: 3-4:30pm Stage Crew w/ Annie O'Connor
Monday, April 23: 3-4pm Musical practice, 4-5:15pm Scenes 13&14 (Jocks, Brainiacs, Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Martha, jason, Kratnoff)
Tuesday, April 24: 2:45-3:30pm We're All in This Together dance rehearsal, 3:30-5:15pm Scenes 15 &16 (We're All in This Together performers, Taylor, Chad, Troy, Jack Scott, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan, Gabriella)
Wednesday, April 25: 3-3:30pm Getcha Head in the Game rehearsal, 3:30-5:15pm Scenes 17 & 18 (All cast, all ensemble)
3:15-5pm - Stage Crew w/ Annie O'Connor
Thursday, April 26: 3-3:30pm Bop to the Top rehearsal, 3:30-5:15pm Scenes 13-19 (all cast, all ensemble)
Friday, April 27: 3-4:30pm Stage Crew w/ Annie O'Connor
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.
News from the Medfield Public Library
Teen Poetry Contest
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Celebrate by entering our Teen Poetry Contest!
Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems between now and April 27, 2012. Poems may be between three and thirty lines long. One winner and two runner ups will be chosen in each of the following categories: Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Prizes will be awarded to the six finalists and poems will be published in the library’s newsletter. Stop by the library to pick up an entry form or submit your poem online at http://medfieldpubliclibrary.org/teen-services.
Teen Writers’ Club *NEW*
Thursday, Apr. 19
3 pm – 5 pm in the Conference Room
You are invited to join the new Teen Writer’s Club at the library! Whether you are just beginning to explore writing or have been writing for years, this group is your opportunity to connect with fellow writers, unleash your creativity, get feedback, and have fun with writing.
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. There will be a box at the guidance office to collect any donations, and thank you to everyone.
Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE)
Reminder: Buy your SPRING FLING tickets today!
Have you purchased your MCPE Spring Fling Fundraiser tickets yet?
COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP- DATE CHANGE: To all 7th Grade families who participated in the cookie dough fundraiser please note a date change regarding pick up of your orders. The delivery date is now after April vacation: TUESDAY April 24th from 2-6 pm.Orders will not be available for pick up on April 12th as previously scheduled.
COMING SOON….Blake Summer Reading Book Sale! After April vacation, the Blake Middle School CSA will launch its annual Blake Summer Reading Book Sale through Park Street Books in Medfield. Park St. Books will generously donate 40% of all sales to the Blake CSA. Watch your child’s backpack and the Dale St./Blake websites beginning late April for the list, an explanation of the summer reading requirements and an order form.
Royal Pizza Night! Tuesday, April 10th, is our Royal fundraiser for Blake Middle School CSA. Please stop by Royal Pizza for supper of delicious pizza, subs and salads this Tuesday and a contribution will be made to Blake CSA. Use Royal scrip and an additional percentage will be donated. Thank you for your support.
Subway Night has been moved to Tuesday, April 24 because of spring break.