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Sign Your Kids Up for the Seattle Kids Marathon

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students, The Seattle Kids Marathon is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 29, 2014. This is an optional event that I coordinate for participating Blaine students. Please read the attached brochure detailing registration, training tips, and the course map. Please note that this event takes place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I coordinate the mail-in registration process. If

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Skate Night This Friday!!

SKATE NIGHT This Friday, October 17 6:30 – 8:30 in the Catharine Blaine Gym   Please bring your own helmet and skates, if you have them. There are a limited number of quad skates available.   $5/person or $20/family   Skate night proceeds to benefit the Catharine Blaine Physical Education Department.   Concessions will be available for purchase to benefit this year’s 5th

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Ye Olde Book Faire Looketh for … aw, forget it – just sign up to help

The Book Fair is right around the corner – October 20th – 24th. Volunteers are needed to make sure the event is a success. Any time you can volunteer is greatly appreciated. Take a look at the options to see if any work with your schedule.  Here’s the link to SignUpGenius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea4ad2da64-book Please email Shanna Ertell with any questions.

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Parent Ed Night: Come Learn About Writer’s Workshop

You’re Invited to Parent Ed NightWednesday, October 15 at 6:30 pm in the Blaine LibraryFree Childcare Provided Join Principal Heather Johnson for a discussion about Writer’s Workshop on Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 pm. Principal Johnson will cover a variety of topics including an history of the program, an overview of the curriculum and sample lessons. She will also outline expectations for

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Giving Campaign Donations Update!

The Giving Campaign is excited to announce that a member of the Catharine Blaine community has offered to match the next three $1000 donations. If you would like to double your money, please email your commitment of $1000 or more to GC@BlainePTA.com and we will work with you to facilitate your donation and double your money! We are officially at the half-way

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Blaine Boasts Award-Winning Writers: Eric and Anya Souza-Ponce and Chloe Fontenot!

Congratulations to Eric and Anya Souza-Ponce, winners of the Museum of Flight’s Star Wars Writing Contest! The Force was definitely with two Blaine siblings when they won the Museum of Flight’s “The Empire Writes Back” writing contest as part of its “Star Wars Reads Day III” festivities. Eric Souza-Ponce won the Grade 6 contest with his “Skate Park Yoda” story. And Anya

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Lost and Found is Piling Up!

Hard to believe it, but the LOST AND FOUND racks are filling up quickly again (and the lunchbox bin is literally overflowing)! There are two things you can do to help: Please label every item that your child brings to school that isn’t connected to his/her body (lunchboxes, backpacks, and certainly sweatshirts and coats). Soon your awesome ASB kids will begin returning

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Scholastic Book Fair, Oct 20-24

Mark your calendar for the Blaine Scholastic Book Fair, coming to the Blaine Cafeteria from Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24. New this year – Online Shopping Days are Oct 12 – Nov 1. Specific shopping details including hours of operation can be found on the Scholastic web page. Volunteers needed! Please sign up using this link from SignUpGenius. All proceeds

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Get Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets in the Office

Car Wash Tickets Available in the Office! 1 FOR $6.006 FOR $30 ($5/EA)15 FOR $60 ($4/EA) Please make checks payable to:Catharine Blaine PTA

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Calling all Blaine Beautificationers!

Calling all Blaine Beautificationers! We have an opportunity for a district supported grounds clean-up on Saturday, 10/18, but we need your help!  Please help us get the word out and bring a buddy (or two!) down to school anytime from 9am-Noon. Sign Up Genius to follow. If you could be a point person for a short time that day, please let us know.

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Sign Up for Yummyology – Ms. Jenkins’s Cake Decorating Class

  Second – Fifth Graders Learn how to decorate cakes and other goodies. Become an expert cake decorator as you impress your family and friends with these little edible delights. You will be able to add your own creative touches to all of your masterpieces. Work with the same equipment that professional bakers use! The cakes and other treats will be here

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Update from SDOT City Traffic Engineer on All-Way Stop Request

Dear Magnolia and Catharine Blaine community members: My name is Dongho Chang and I am the City Traffic Engineer.  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently received a request to review the intersection and school crosswalk at 32nd Avenue West and West Raye Street from a concerned parent.  I understand this issue also came up at the most recent Blaine PTA meeting.

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Superintendent Meet and Greet Opportunities

Hello Seattle Families, Dr. Larry Nyland, who was appointed by the School Board in June to serve as Interim Superintendent, has outlined several opportunities this fall to meet with community members. These informal gatherings will include a few short remarks from Dr. Nyland, followed by time for an open question and answer period. “I look forward to continuing to get to know

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Watch D.O.G.S.: Free Pizza and “The Reptile Man” Show for Kids and Dads on Oct 7

The PTA and Watch D.O.G.S. invite all Catharine Blaine students to bring their father or other special guy to school the evening of Oct. 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. After a free pizza dinner together, kids will enjoy a show by “Reptile Man” and his traveling zoo while dads discover more about this year’s Watch D.O.G.S program. Last year more than

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Change in Curriculum Night

Change in Curriculum Night Due to our increased enrollment and the complexities of scheduling, we are excited to announce a CHANGE IN CURRICULUM NIGHT.  This will allow for more meaningful conversations with your student’s teacher(s). Tuesday, September 23rd K-5 only6:30 – 8:30 Thursday, October 9th Middle School6:30 – 8:30 This is your opportunity to meet your student’s teacher(s) and hear from our

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African American Family Gathering on September 23

Seattle Public Schools Central and Southeast Regions will be hosting an African American Family Gathering on September 23 from 6 to 8 pm at John Muir Elementary School Library, 3301 S Horton St, Seattle, WA 98144. The goals are to improve education for African American students and improve school and family partnerships! Please join us in a powerful evening sharing ideas to

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Movement Grows for Installing 4-Way Stop Signs at 32nd Ave W and West Raye St

(The following is a letter from Blaine parent Pat Craft) Re: Installing “4 Way/All Way Stop Signs” at 32nd Ave West and West Raye St., Magnolia Neighborhood We call it the “Near Miss” intersection. We would like “4 Way/All Way” Stop Signs installed now, to protect the community.  We are pursuing the City of Seattle (SDOT) process, as others have done before

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Crossing Guard Position Still Open!

Seattle Public Schools Transportation DepartmentEmployment OpportunitiesHourly Adult Crossing Guards Essential Functions:Safely crossing students to and from school at locations thathave been identified as hazardous or complicated to crosswithout the assistance of an adultStanding for extended periods of time(in all types of weather) at intersections and roads Qualifications:High School diploma or GED equivalent.Criminal Justice Fingerprint or Background CheckLove Children Pick up Application:2445 3rd

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Join us this Friday for the “Welcome Back” Spaghetti Dinner & Games!

Join us this Friday for the “Welcome Back” Spaghetti Dinner & Games! Friday, September 19Blaine Cafeteria6-8pm Dinner + Drink: $8/person or $30/family (Spaghetti from Buca Di Beppo) Game Tickets: $1/ticket (Most games = 1 ticket, Face painting = 2 tickets, Dump the bucket on the teacher = 6 tickets) Cash and checks (made out to Catharine Blaine PTA) only, please Proceeds from

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A Note from the School Nurse – When to Stay Home

It is our goal for students to attend classes every day school is in session. However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and/or the health and safety of others. Below are some guidelines to help families decide when to keep students at home: Diagnosed Strep Throat or Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Must stay home 24

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