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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
Coach D Is Getting Married!
It's shaping up to be a good weekend to take the plunge!  Tomorrow (Saturday, October 2nd) is the big day for Coach D and his sweetheart, Brooklyn.  Next time you see him, congratulate him on his marriage!
In memory of Lauren JaQuays
     I had the pleasure of working with Lauren from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  When she moved to middle school, I continued to have the opportunity to see and speak with her in the hallways.  Our last conversation was last Spring when we talked about our summer vacations.  I happened to be out of town at the time of Lauren's passing.  I was honored by her family's request that donations be made to my classroom as well as Doug Herman's.  Thanks to those donations made by family, friends, and businesses in her memory, we have been able to purchase much needed math kits for grades 4-8 and devices for use with a computer reading program for grades 3-8.
     Not only do Doug and I want to thank everyone for their donations but also thank Mr. & Mrs. JaQuays and their daughter, Anna for thinking of us as such a difficult time in their lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
                                    Marcia Winkler
                                    Doug Herman
PTO Reports That First Submission of Box Tops Earns $704!
From the BR PTO, about the Box Tops September Collections: What a great start toward our Box Top fundraising target!  Our first submission is on its way and will earn $704 for the PTO. This will go far in funding upcoming teacher requests.  Keep clipping our way to our $1,000 goal!  Thanks!
A team of Blowing Rock support teachers was awarded a generous Watauga Education Foundation grant to buy small tablets to run Learning Ally, an audio book app designed for students who have a harder time with print, but are capable of improving their reading and can, right now, listen to books at a much higher level than they can read.  This is part of a school-wide goal to increase the use of audio books.  Be on the look-out for more apps that will play audio books, many of them coupled with text that is highlighted as the words are read aloud. This promotes reading progress on many levels.  The team will help classroom teachers implement this app in student's classes on an as-needed basis. Grant recipients will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on October 12th at 6 p.m. Pictured here are: Meagan Johnson, Laurie Gill, Doug Herman and Rob Smith.
Celebration in the School Cafeteria
September 30th is WORLD  SCHOOL MILK DAYl
There will be a Lucky Tray Day for students!
The lucky student from each grade level
Will win a free prize from the cafeteria if a ‘sticker’
Is found on the bottom of the student tray!
Parents Help PTO Raise Money at the Blowing Rock Music Festival
Wow! What a great money-making day we had last Saturday at the Blowing Rock Music Festival!  The PTO raised $760 to fund upcoming teacher requests.  A big thanks goes to The Blowing Rock who donated $300 towards our efforts, Coke for donating our soft drinks, and Food Lion of Blowing Rock for donating bottled water and ice.  We couldn't have made it happen without the hard work of Susan and Gaines Kiker, Kevin Tincher, Cheryl Gocke, and Paula Medley.
Blowing Rock School Spelling Bee Winner!
Congratulations Sam!
On Monday, September 21st after an exciting competition, 6th grader Sam B. was declared Blowing Rock School's Spelling Bee champion.  Sam will go on to compete at the county level held at Watauga County School's central office.  Best of luck Sam!  We know that you will represent Blowing Rock School well.  We are proud of you!  First runner up was 5th grader, Griffin D.  who is also a terrific speller.
Competitors in the Spelling Bee were:
4th graders:  I.W. and Ben L.
 5th graders:  Olivia R. and Griffin D.
6th graders:  Sam B. and Christian H.
7th graders:  N. S. and Libby G.
8th graders:  C.J. C. and Lindsay A.-E.
Congratulations to you all!
Fall Scholastic Book Fair
 An amazing selection of books is headed our way! 
At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. 
The Book Fair will be open from Tuesday, September 29 to Friday, October 2 at 7:30 a.m. except for Wednesday when we will open at 7:00 for a fun family event.  While there parents can register for a book basket.  The Book Fair will close each day at 3:30 except for Friday when it will close at 12:00 p.m.
The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. 
Here's a brief video that highlights the big dreams that can be realized through family reading: 
See you at the Book Fair! 

Please click on link below to order online
Welcome Chelsie Eldreth, our new CTE Staff Member!
My name is Chelsie Eldreth and I am very excited to be teaching middle school Career and Technical Education classes. This year I will be working at Valle Crucis, Cove Creek and Blowing Rock. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a degree in Advertising and Marketing and I will be completing a graduate certificate in middle and secondary level education in December 2015.  I am married and I have two children, Kylie, 7 and Easton, 1. I am excited to teach your children about different technologies as well as explore high school career and technical education classes! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you. -- Chelsie Eldreth, 
Congratulations to Lloyd Buckner, Recipient of the Servant's Heart Award
Our beloved & most appreciated Custodian Lloyd Buckner was awarded the Watauga County School System’s Servant's Heart Award at the board meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015. Mr. Buckner has been our Blowing Rock School Custodian for 14 years, following 6 years of service with the Town of Blowing Rock. In Mr. Lloyd’s words, his gift in life is to help. He goes out of way to help students and staff as well as volunteer activities through his church. It was Lloyd Buckner that came out and volunteered to work on the playground on many weekends when Playground Construction Manager Ron Cutlip had no one else who could help. Please visit the WCS District website for more information. Congratulations Mr. Lloyd and Happy Birthday (9/15)!
Oct. 8 Health Fair & Oct. 20 Mobile Dentist
On Thursday, October 8th the school nurses will be hosting a Health Fair during PE classes. Students will have the opportunity to learn about many health topics including hand- washing, germs, dental health, nutrition, and much more. The school nurses will also be doing vision screens for students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grade. On Tuesday, October 20th Smile North Carolina the Mobile Dentist will be at Blowing Rock School. The mobile dentist is only for children who do not attend a dentist regularly. If your child sees a dentist regularly, continue to go to that dentist.  The dental forms were sent home with students at the beginning of the year and must be turned in NO LATER than Monday, September 21st. If you have any questions please call Smile North Carolina the Mobile Dentists at 1-888-833-8441. They can answer any questions about insurance, billing or services offered. -- Ashley Greene, RN, BSN, WCS Nurse
WHS Pacer Flyer & Registration Form
The WHS Pacer Dance Clinic for students in grades K-8 will be held October 6-8 with a performance on October 9 at the WHS football game. Click here for a full size information flyer. Click here for the registration form.
Three Teachers to be "Pied" on Friday, October 2nd!
Parents – you may have heard your students talk about “throwing a pie at a teacher”. Well – it’s true! It is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, sponsored by Blowing Rock’s Jr. Beta Club. From Monday, September 21 through Thursday, October 1, students will be able to bring in money to put in a jar to vote for their favorite teacher to be “pied” on Friday, October 2. The top three teachers with the greatest amount of money raised will be selected. Students can also buy a raffle ticket go get a chance to throw a pie at one of the selected teachers. The raffle tickets will cost $1.00 each. The jars and the raffle tickets will be located in the lobby of the school each morning. Jr. Beta Club members will be on hand in the morning to answer questions and help students as needed. Let’s get behind this worthwhile cause and help the March of Dimes as they help babies live longer and healthy lives.
Playground Volunteers & Donated Mulch, Plants & A Fence
Over 200 hours of volunteer time was expended this past weekend on the Playground. According to Playground Chairperson Cheryl Cutlip, much was accomplished by the hard-working volunteers: 30 yards of mulch was spread, Ron Cutlip and Britt Medley have placed huge rocks throughout the landscaping, Lloyd Buckner performed weed-eating magic, Billy Chick loaded lots of gravel, MIke Allen helped plant junipers, The Mustard Seed (owned by parents Danielle & Robb Stewart) delivered mulch and shrubbery, Melinda Latendresse organized the delivery of 10 yards of mulch and the Powell family, the Cheves family, and the Cutlip children showed up to lend a helping hand. Thank you to the Mustard Seed for the donation of 10 yards of mulch and 50 blue junipers and to Lowes for the donation of 30’ of fencing and 92 junipers. Volunteers are needed this coming Saturday, September 19 to distribute mulch above the retaining wall.
Box Tops for Education & Campbell's Labels for Education
Hey Parents! Now that we're back in the routine of morning alarms and homework, let's get back into the routine of clipping those Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education. Each Box Top earns our school 10 cents and the Labels for Education earn us credits towards free educational resources. Our goal for this year is to earn $1,000 to use to fund teacher requests and appreciation efforts.  We count on you to help make that happen! Scout participating products for Box Tops and Campbell's Labels for Education, clip them (along the dotted lines, please), and submit them anytime to the drop-box located in the school office. Thanks, The Blowing Rock PTO.
Mark your calendars: Christmas Chorus Concert is December 3rd
The Christmas Chorus concert will be Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30. The chorus will be rehearsing on stage the month of November-December 3rd from 1:00-2:30.
ASU Mountaineer Summer Reading Program Forms due!
It is time to turn in your ASU Mountaineer Summer Reading Form.  All readers should bring their reading log and give to their teacher who will turn it in to the Media Specialist.  
If you read this summer, recorded the books that you read and turn in your reading log, you will have an opportunity to win great prizes!
 Do you love ASU Basketball?  All readers that completed a reading sheet will win a complimentary ticket to a designated 2015-2016 Appalachian State Basketball game (date TBA).  There is also a chance 
to win an exclusive tour of the locker room, to make a high-five tunnel for the team, and be recognized in-game at a designated Appalachian State Basketball game, date TBA.  
The top reader in each grade group (1st-2nd3rd-4th5th-6th7th-8th) from each county will be invited to participate in Education Day at Appalachian Football with a tour of the locker room, a tailgate presented by the Reich College of Education, and in-game recognition as App State host Troy on Saturday, October 31st, 2015. 
If you lost your information, below are links that will give you information and a form to record the books that you read this summer.

Yearbooks on sale!
Yearbooks are on sale now!  Pre-ordering is recommended as we only order a small number of extra yearbooks.  There are two options for purchasing the yearbook.  One option is to complete the order form that will come home with your child or can be found on the link in this announcement.  Or you may click on the Yearbook link on the left side of the Fusion page and order directly from Jostens. If you order online you do not need to submit this form. The yearbook will cost $26.00 if you submit your order by Novermber 24th.  After that the cost will increase to $30.00

Yearbook Order Form
2015-2016 PTO Officers, Volunteers & Grade Parents
Update from PTO Parent Mike Jasper: The PTO is looking for new board members. The board has multiple openings, and I know you've got some great skills to share to make BR School even better! For more information, send an email to or leave a comment on the matching post on the Blowing Rock PTO Facebook group. Thanks!​
Welcome to New 2015-2016 Staff Members
Welcome to new staff members Chelsie Eldreth CTE, Laurie Gill Reading, Meagan Johnson Reading, Lindsey Postlethwait Art, and Robert Smith ITF. As new staff members come on board, we hope to share more info on our new staff members.
Cafeteria Meal Prices
WCS  Cafeteria meals will be as listed for 2015/16 school year are:
Grades PK-8 $1.50
Grades 9-12 $1.50
Adults a la carte prices
Reduced Breakfast – All Grades FREE
Grades PK-8 $2.40
Grades 9-12 $2.60
Adults $3.50
Reduced Lunch – All Grades $0.40
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