June 2, 2017                            www.blainepta.com                                                      Vol. 2016-17, Issue 35
Upcoming Dates 
June 2-4
Into the Woods JR. - Musical Performance Presented by Blaine Middle School
Friday @ 7:00 pm; Saturday @ 7:00 pm; Sunday @ 2:00 pm
June 7
Tiger Trail Club - volunteers needed (Sign-Up Genius here)
June 8
Variety Show @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 for food)
June 9
June 13
Volunteer Appreciation Reception - @ 9:00am - 10:00 am in the Courtyard
June 15
Incoming Kindergarteners - Popsicles on the Playground @ 4:15
June 15
Spring Concert (Elementary Music, Middle School Band and Glee Club) @ 6:45 pm
June 16
Honor Roll Breakfast @ 8:00 am
June 19
Magnolia Elementary School Boundary Update Meeting @ 6:30 - 8pm - Blaine Cafeteria
June 21
8th Grade Promotion @ 5:30pm
June 22
Awards Assembly
June 26
Last day of School - 1 hr early release
In this Issue

  • Into the Woods JR. - Musical Performance Presented by Blaine Middle School
    • June 2 @ 7:00 pm; June 3 @ 7:00 pm; June 4 @ 2:00
  • Move-A-Thon - June 9th - Volunteers Needed.
  • Box Tops - due by June 9th
  • Gala Update - Parent Parties and Teacher Experiences - sign-ups.
  • Variety Show - June 8th @ 6:30pm (doors open at 6 for food sales)
  • 2017-18 PTA looking for Outreach Coordinators for family nights: Literacy, Math, & Cultural
  • Popcorn Fridays
  • Tiger Trail Club - Volunteers Needed
  • Announcing New Catharine Blaine Principal Ryan LaDage
  • Magnolia Elementary School Boundary Update Meeting, June 19 @ 6:30 - 8pm - Blaine Cafeteria
  • Advanced Learning Referral Window Opens May 15 to Sept 22. More info here
  • School Nurse - Lice Treatment info/Immunization Tracking/Free Dental Care Info
  • Office Reminders - No Student Drop Off/Pickup in Staff Parking Lot; Be mindful of the fire lanes and handicapped parking. Pop Mounger Pool Parking Lot is not a school parking lot.
  • SPS on-line resources for Middle School parents: Source and Schoology
  • Job Board - for parents to post for babysitting requests, etc.
  • Attendance Reminders.
  • Fall 2017 Cross Country Club info below

  • Magnolia Karate Academy - Summer Camp
  • Magnolia Soccer Club Fall 2017 Registration Now Open
  • Interbay Eagles - Fall Football & Cheer Registration
  • Free Creative Writing and Poetry program for 3-5th grade students at Magnolia Library
  • Ballard Girls/Boys Basketball - Summer Camps
  • Ballard HS Youth Football Camp
Catharine Blaine's Middle School Musical

Catharine Blaine K-8 Presents  "Into the Woods, JR"
Friday, June 2 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 4 @ 2:00 pm
Directed by Blaine's own Garrett J. Lander and to be performed by Blaine M.S. students, Into the Woods JR is the first Act of the Broadway play by the same name.  
"Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables."
Suggested Donation at the Door: Just $5 per person or $20 per family.
Contact: Ben Eckhart beckhart@outlook.com

Move-a-thon is only 1 a week away!
The kids are getting PUMPED UP with our daily drawings for fun prizes, just for being registered on PledgeStar. Don't miss out, it is easy to get started....
We know how busy the end of the school year can be, that is why we use PledgeStar to make managing the Move-a-thon as easy as possible. And it really is THAT easy to sign your kids up and send out donation requests. The system handles EVERYTHING - from emailing the donation request, following up, and even sending a receipt and thank you note! It's even easy when you have multiple kids because the system automatically splits lump sum donations between the whole family.
Log on to PledgeStar today!

Come out to support the kids on June 9th! While you are there, volunteer to count laps, fill the water cooler, or pass out prizes. Sign up here. You don't have to commit to the whole day, just come out for your kids' grade level(s). The schedule is here.
Thank you for your time, your talents, and your generosity!
Blaine Fundraising
Questions? Email fundraising@blainepta.com
Box Tops Time again!
Catharine Blaine collects Box Tops for Education to earn money for recess equipment. All you have to do is cut the Box Tops logos from participating brands, save them up throughout the year, and send them into your child's class. This is easy, free money that goes directly to our school to benefit our kids.
Our last collection deadline for the year is June 9th.
The class with the most Box Tops will earn a party at the end of the year.
The Top 5 classrooms so far are:
  • Clothier-Sharman
  • Cristobal
  • Rogers
  • Johanson/Rudolph
  • Megard
PTA Membership - Thank you for your support!!

Congratulations to Catharine Blaine PTA 6.15.45 on achieving the Platinum Level Membership Award with Washington State PTA!
We have grown Catharine Blaine PTA 6.15.45 by 20% over last year. I am so proud of our efforts! Our membership growth is integral to our mission* of being a powerful voice for our children.

Jenna Sylvester
2016-17 PTA Board

It's Golden Acorn Time!
It's hard to believe that the end of the year is almost upon us -- but it is right around the corner!
  Every year,  Golden Acorn Awards are presented by local PTAs to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth. Since the beginning of this program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington State.
If you would like to nominate a member of our Blaine community to receive a Golden Acorn Award please send the individual's name and a brief description of their service record to president@blainepta.com.
Golden Acorn Awards will be presented at the Awards Assembly on June 22nd.
June 8th 2:30 pm K-5 assembly
June 8th 6:30 pm (show will run 2 hours approx.) - Doors Open at 6:00 for food
COME HUNGRY: pizza, hot dogs and lots of sweet treats available for purchase. All proceeds from the food sales go towards next year's 5th Grade ISLANDWOOD Camp experience.
The annual Variety Show offers our very talented Catharine Blaine students the chance to
perform on stage in front of friends and family.
Last Menchie's Mondays of the Year!!
Monday, June 5th, after school!  $3 - Cash only.
A portion of all proceeds go towards Catharine Blaine ASB.

2017-2018 Incoming Kindergarten -
Popsicles on the Playground
Thursday, June 15
Blaine's Playground (behind the school)
We are excited to have you and your family join our Blaine community. Please join us for our first Kinder event... Popsicles on the Playground
Come meet new classmates and their families. Principal Heather Johnson and the Kindergarten teachers will be there too!
If you're unable to join, please make sure to sign up for Kinder Communication Email at http://bit.ly/blainekinders
Sign up for Blaine School Newsletter "Tiger Tracks" http://www.blainepta.com/tiger-tracks/
Playdate at Bayview Park
Sunday, July 23 @ 4pm-6pm.  
Playdate at the Magnolia Community Center playground
Thursday, Sept 7 @ noon-2pm

Fundraiser for next year's Islandwood Adventure.
Hallway across from Lost and Found
$1.00/bag (suggested donation)
Lunch Recess K-5th
Students will get a chance to run or walk the "Tiger Trail"- the Tiger paw prints that encircle the Blaine playground every Wednesday moving forward at lunch recess. If your student(s) wish to participate, please make sure they are wearing sneakers- it makes it much easier on their feet!
Students can earn "feet" at milestones such as 1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles and so on. All students that ran last year have their laps and mileage carried forward.
Volunteers are appreciated (sign up here). Tiger Trail Club is every Wednesday (12:05pm-1pm) through the end of the year so lots of opportunities to help! And of course- if you aren't able to commit for the whole hour- we really need help during the K-1 recess (12:05-12:30pm).
Thanks, and Go Tigers!  Becky Shields
New Catharine Blaine Principal for Fall 2017
Ryan LaDage has been selected to be the new principal of Catharine Blaine. Mr. LaDage was selected because of his extensive experience as a principal, including opening a new school, working with professional learning communities, and experience with diverse populations. The interview team, made up of staff, parents, and central office administrators, was particularly impressed with his focus on designing and leading professional development and experience implementing positive behavioral support systems.
Mr. LaDage will be joining Seattle Public Schools from the Moorhead school district in Minnesota, where he has served as the principal of Ellen Hopkins Elementary since 2013. Under his leadership, the school implemented a new teacher evaluation tool and new literacy and math programs; he oversaw and promoted a Spanish Immersion Program for the district; and guided the development of a caring and collaborative educational community for a diverse school. Prior classroom and school leadership experience includes the development of school-wide learning communities, developing school improvement plans, and extensive experience in social-emotional learning. 
Mr. LaDage earned his Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Louis University; his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bradley University; and holds a national Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Louis University. Principal LaDage is excited to relocate to the Seattle area and looking forward to joining the Blaine community.
His official start date will be July 1, 2017. We will be scheduling opportunities for staff, families and students to meet Mr. LaDage before the end of the school year.
Thank you to Ms. Johnson for your service, and welcome Principal LaDage to Catharine Blaine!
Dr. Larry Nyland, Superintendent 
Magnolia Elementary School to Open Fall 2018
Community Meeting @ Blaine
Monday, June 19 @ 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Boundaries for new school being established; will affect surrounding schools.
Magnolia Elementary School (2418 28th Ave. W.) is scheduled to open as an attendance area elementary school in Fall 2018 to help relieve capacity challenges and accommodate future growth in Queen Anne and Magnolia.
An attendance area will have to be established for Magnolia Elementary School to assign students to the new school. This means that the existing boundaries for Catherine Blaine, Coe and Lawton will likely be changed.
Please join SPS Enrollment Planning and the principals of Catherine Blaine, Coe, and Lawton at the upcoming community meeting to learn more about boundary changes and share feedback with district staff. Interpreters will be available.
Will your  K-7th Graders be returning to Blaine next Fall?

Please let SPS Enrollment know whether your K-7th graders plans on returning to Blaine next Fall. It is important to keep close tabs on our enrollment so that we can properly plan for next year's teacher/class assignments.
In order to unenroll from SPS, please complete the "Not Attending" form online. If you cannot complete on-line please submit a written request to the office and the office can unenroll your student(s).
Parking Reminders

Pop Mounger Pool is Now Open!
As a reminder to our families, please do not park in the Pop Mounger Pool parking lot at any time during the school day. This lot belongs to the City of Seattle. You may be towed if it is determined that you are not a pool patron.
Emergency vehicles need to be able to get into and out of the community center parking lot in front of the school. This lot belongs to the City of Seattle. It is NOT the school parking lot. You may be towed if you are parked illegally.
Please do not park in marked disabled parking spots. If you do not have the appropriate parking permits (placards, license plates, and tabs), you may be towed if you are parked illegally.
Please do not pick up or drop off in the 32nd Ave W Bus Zone during designated times. These spots need to be available for the safe arrival and departure of our bus students.
While we understand that parking can be difficult, we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Music News
Incoming Ballard Freshman Meeting. 
Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 PM, Ballard High School Performing Arts Center. 

It is a time to meet the teachers, learn about the program, hear from current students, and meet other 8th graders that will be in the program next fall!  We will also be talking about next year's calendar of events and answering many questions that people often have as they enter the music program.  
Courtney Rowley, Director of Choirs, Ballard High School
Advanced Learning Referral Window Open May 15 - Sept. 22, 2017

Seattle Public Schools provides opportunities for academically advanced students to qualify for Advanced Learning programs and Highly Capable services. Eligibility testing for the 2018-19 school year begins in September 2017.

Advanced Learning referrals for the 2018-19 school year of students currently in kindergarten through 7 grade will be accepted online beginning Monday, May 15. Parents will select testing date, time, and location. Paper forms in nine languages will be available online and at schools.

From the School Nurse
Lice Treatments
Here is some information to share with the community regarding lice and lice treatment. I am passing along this information as it is an alternative to toxic lice treatment and, therefore, may be a desirable alternative to treating lice.   
Cetaphil for use in lice has been peer reviewed and with a study (the article was in a American academy of pediatrics or the like.) Rite Aid sells a generic brand of Cetaphil.
Change in Immunization Record System
 Seattle Public Schools is in the process of changing the way we track vaccination records and will begin using an online immunization system called School Module.
This system, created by the Washington State Department of Health, allows us to view your child's immunization record quickly and determine if your child has all the required vaccines needed for school.
Seattle Public Schools values the health of each and every student. As necessary by state law, we ensure students are up-to-date with required vaccines, so they are protected from disease and come ready to learn.
Some of the benefits of changing our practice are: more accurate records; and quicker follow up with you and your child for incomplete immunization records
If your child was born and vaccinated in Washington, your child's records are already in the state system, and can be accessed by School Module. You can access your child's records at any time by registering for MyIR on the Washington State's Authorized Record Access System website.
For those students whose immunizations records are NOT in the state database, the district will be conducting the necessary data entry to migrate the information into the state registry database.
As we move to this new record-keeping system, the school nurse may ask you for additional information about your child's immunization dates.
Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the school nurse at your child's school.
You may also email HealthServices@seattleschools.org with questions

Online Tools to Support Student Academics for Middle School Students and Parents

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Login to The Source
Through The Source parents, guardians, and students may view student schedules, assessment scores, attendance, library information, and secondary student grades.  Read more about the Source.

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Login as a Student 
Login as a Parent or Guardian 
Log in as a Staff Member
Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) tool that teachers may use to communicate with parents, guardians, and students about day-to-day coursework, such as dates, assignments, and homework submission. Read more about Schoology.

JOB BOARD for Parents to Post & Students to find work.

Parents looking for extra help can now post their needs on the Student Job Board. Yard work, pet sitting, before/after school child help, babysitting, etc. If you have a need, a student will be looking for ways to help you and earn some extra money.
The Job Board is located across from the office.
If you want to post a job, please use the provided 5x7 index card to write your FULL NAME, job description and contact information and post to the wall.


If you need to report your student late or absent, please call the Attendance number at 206-252-1924 or email  CatharineBlaine.Attendance@seattleschools.org.
We appreciate your cooperation as we are required to call on all students absent to ensure their safety.  
Catharine Blaine Office Staff
Latest Enrichment News

An updated schedule can be found here as well as posted on the Enrichment Board outside the main office. 
Please sign-up now for our second season of K-8 XC running at Catharine Blaine. The final roster is not due till September, but help us plan now!
Please email coaches Mike McNaul and Jodi Wade at  blainexc@gmail.com  to let us know if your K-8 Blaine student is interested and also if you are willing to volunteer. We are looking for parents to come out and help us make practices and meets safe and fun, all speeds of runners are needed.  Also, this year we want to add a second day of practice each week so more kids are able to make one practice and still do their other activities.  We need one or two adults willing to coach that practice.
Once-a-week practices begin September and run through mid October in Discovery Park . Students will need transportation to practice. We will participate in approximately 3 meets with the wildly popular CYO  Cross Country  meets in Woodland Park .  Last year was an amazing season of fun and growth for about 40 Blaine students.  Cost is about $60, to cover t-shirts and meets. More information to come.
All abilities and levels of experience are welcome!
Our motto is " Run hard and have fun!
Magnolia Karate Academy
Summer Camp

Registration is open for Magnolia Karate Academy Summer Camp (ages 6-11).
No Martial Arts experience necessary! A desire for FUN is required!

Magnolia Soccer Club Fall 2017 Registraton Now Open

May 15 to July 4th*
Go to www.magnoliasoccer.org and click on the Registration tab.
For U10-U18 (ASSOCIATION) the cost is $150.
For U6-U9 (MOD) the cost is $125.
*Late fee of $35 for registrations after July 4th.  
Please consider volunteering to Coach or Co-Coach with another parent and register at this time, too.  **Our program does not succeed without volunteers!**
Registration Questions: assistant.registrar.2@sysa.org
General Questions: info@magnoliasoccer.com
Registration is now OPEN for the INTERBAY EAGLES -Youth Football League
We are a non-profit organization and franchise member of the Northwest Junior Football League, NYFL.
The NYFL is the premier youth tackle football league in Western Washington and has over 75 youth teams participating.
For 2017, the Seattle Interbay Eagles will field: 6 youth football teams, ages 8-14 (teams will be limited to 22 players), a flag football team for 6&7 year olds, and 2 Pep Squads, ages 8-13.

Click on the  link to register for Football and Cheer.
Your Magnolia Summerfest is coming August 4-6th.
It's become a tradition. You meet in the village with family & friends to grab some coffee and great seats for the parade. Or you meet up in the beer garden to toast summer, and whatever else. Your kids are bouncing away in the bounce houses, while you browse the craft booths.
This is your event. A group of volunteers have been meeting over the past few months to get things organized, but we can't do this without your help. Can you spare two hours?
Here are some of our needs:
  • Set-up/tear-down: 8-10 people, 2 hrs., Friday am & Sunday pm
  • Beer & Wine Garden: many folks, 2.5 hr. shifts, Friday-Sunday
  • Parade: 10-12 people, 2-4 hr. shifts, Saturday 8am
  • Roamers/Clean-up: 2 hr. shifts, Saturday & Sunday
Grab a friend or two, or make it a family activity, and see if you can find an hour or two to help out. Plus, kids earn bonus community service hours.
For more information about our volunteer needs, go to our magnoliasummerfest.org/volunteer
Questions? Please email Jason (jason@magnoliachamber.org) or Doug (chair.magnoliasummerfest@gmail.com), and we can help.
It's your Magnolia Summerfest. We can't do it without you. Thanks!
Jason Thibeaux, Executive Director Magnolia Chamber
Doug Kaimakis, Chair, Summerfest
The Magnolia Library has a free Creative Writing and Poetry program for 3-5 th grade students coming up.

Four Teen Service Learners are running this workshop on creative writing and poetry. They will teach some poetry and creative writing basics as well as help the participants discover their voice through prompts and activities.
Poetry and Creative Writing will be an option for all four dates which are:
  April 29th from 2 PM to 4 PM
May 13th from 2 PM to 4 PM
May 27th from 2 PM to 4 PM
June 10th from 2 PM to 4 PM
Come to one or all four, but please register by visiting or calling the branch at 206-386-4225 so that we know how many to expect each week.
Thank you-
Teen Services Librarian I Magnolia Branch
2801 34th Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98199
P: 206.386.4225 I F: 206.733.9825 .
Ballard Girls Basketball Summer Camp July 10-14
Registration is now open for the Ballard Girls Basketball Summer Camp: July 10-14 from 9am-3pm!
For girls 3rd through 9th grade (beginner to advanced), this camp is a fun way to improve your ball handling, shooting, passing and defense. Lots of games and inspiration provided!
Questions? Please send email to Sara Wetstone at wetstonesara@yahoo.com

Ballard Boys Basketball Summer Camp July 17-21
Registration is now open for the Ballard Girls Basketball Summer Camp: July 17-21 from 9am-3pm!
For boys entering grades 3rd through 8th grade), this camp is designed to provide individual skill instruction and team concepts in a fun and safe learning environment. Camp with be enthusiastically directed by Ballard High School coaching staff and players.
Cost: $190 (t-shirt, camp photo & certificate); Early bird $160 register before May 1st.
Register at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2902344 (not available on mobile devices)
Questions? Please email Mike Broom mrbroom@seattleschools.org
UW Summer Youth Program

This summer we are offering a variety of STEM-focused courses (Green Energy, Engineering Design, Robotics, Microbiology, 3D Printing, Coding in Java, Web Design) as well as a variety of arts and humanities classes, creative writing classes, fashion, mosaic arts and more. 
For dates, times, locations and other logistics please visit our website at: http://www.summer-camp.uw.edu/
Please note that limited financial aid is available while funds last.
2550 34th Avenue West Seattle, Washington 98199 Office: 252-1920 Attendance: 252-1924 or  email
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