Dear students, staff, families and community,
We are officially closer to December than October now, with Thanksgiving around the corner. Next week is a short week, with full school days on Monday and Tuesday. All students K-12, will have early release at 12:50 on Wednesday, November 23rd. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, with holidays for Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day.
STAY HOME WHILE SICK
Across Whatcom County there are a lot of colds and viruses at this time, and the healthcare system is strained. We want to remind everyone to please stay home from school when sick. Please remember that students should not return to school until 24 hours have passed without the need for fever reducing medication and since experiencing diarrhea. We know many families have experienced more than one bout of sickness making its way through their household recently, and we know how hard that can be on everyone. Make sure to communicate with your student’s teacher(s), so they can work with you to help your student catch up from missed time.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 500 FREESTYLE
Hailey Ferrell represented Blaine in the State Championships this fall, and she represented our school district in a big way! She was seeded in 4th in the 50 Freestyle and 5th in the 500 Freestyle before the State Championships. After qualifying for the finals on Friday, Hailey won the State Championship in the 500 Freestyle by over 2 seconds. Her time was also a personal record for her for the year by over 8 seconds. Not only did she take Gold in the 500 Free, but she also took Bronze in the 50 Free, losing Gold by only .85 seconds. Congrats to Hailey, her teammates, and her coaches on a great year!
SUPPORTING BLAINE FOOD BANK
The district is currently holding its annual “Blaine Gives Back” campaign to support the Blaine Food Bank. Our coin drive and monetary donation collection coincides with student food drives across the district, so we can make the biggest impact possible to help our community members experiencing food insecurity.
There are lots of ways you can support our students’ efforts. Students in grades K-5 can send food donations into the schools by this Monday. Blaine Middle School will be collecting food donations through this Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. Students, staff and community members can bring spare change to contribute to the coin drive through Wednesday as well. Those donations can be delivered to any school office or the district office.
Donations can also be made directly to Blaine Food Bank online at their website www.blainefoodbank.org. Please add a note “Blaine Gives Back”, so we can help our students track their efforts. We look forward to all coming together to give back.
UNDER THE SEA
This weekend there are still opportunities to see the culmination of all the hard work put in by our student thespians. Don’t miss their performance of The Little Mermaid tonight and tomorrow at 7 P.M. and Sunday at 2 P.M. Their production is staged at the Performing Arts Center and tickets are available at the door.
November 23rd - Blaine Gives Back Food Bank Campaign extended
Wednesday November 23rd - All grade level early release @ 12:50 pm
Thursday November 24th - Thanksgiving Day - No School
Friday November 25th - Native American Heritage Day - No School
It’s a great night to be a Borderite, and as always, a great night to be your superintendent.
Dr. Christopher Granger
Each Student. Each Day.