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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
March of Dimes Fundraiser Continues through Friday
Ms. Stepuch wants to remind everyone that the March of Dimes fundraiser will continue through Friday, For $1, a balloon is placed on the wall near the school entrance. She'd love to fill the whole hall with balloons!
Weather Station Donated by Blowing Rock News
Visit http://blowingrocknews.com/blowing-rock-school-receives-weather-station-blowing-rock-news/​ to read about the Weather Station donated to Blowing Rock School by Blowing Rock News.
Fifth Grade Native American Projects

Fifth Grade students recently completed study of Native American tribes.  These projects reflect their research.
Ms. Sink Shares Insects with 2nd Graders
Ms. Sink presented an insect science lesson recently for second grade students. They learned about insects and observed crickets and Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in action. Each group of students performed an experiment with the crickets to see which of two habitats the insects preferred -- a light habitat or a dark habitat. Update: click here to see all the photos.
Introducing the Square Feet for Small Feet Campaign!
The Playground Rejuvenation Team has just set in place a fundraising effort to fund the safety surfaces needed to cover the playground with a combination of sub materials, poured in place rubber, artificial turf and specialized, stamped concrete. This is a major fundraising effort, but the result will be a playground surfacing guaranteed for at least 25 years, unlike mulch which last only a few years and has not been of sufficient depth, according to safety standards. There are close to $5,000 in prizes for students who sell 25 square feet or more. Click on the flyer for to view the flyer in full size. To make a donation, visit https://fundly.com/square-feet-for-small-feet. It is important that your student’s name (or a specific classroom – like “Ms. Felt’s 2nd grade classroom”) is entered in the comment box that reads “Add message to campaign wall (optional)”. This information is what will be used for the prize drawings to be held after the December 1st deadline. Prizes will be awarded before the Christmas Break. Prizes are: 1. Sell 25-49 square feet – Chance to win one of ten $50 Walmart Gift Cards; 2. Sell 50-99 square feet – Chance to win one of ten $100 Walmart Gift Cards; 3. Sell 100+ square feet – Chance to win one of three 32GB Ipad Airs; and 4. Sell 500+ square feet – Chance at a single Grand Prize of $1000.00 cash! Prizes are provided by an anonymous donor. Note: flyers will come home with students on Friday, 9/26. That original flyer has a tiny error -- For students selling 100-499 square feet, they are entered in drawings #1, #2 and #3 NOT #1, #2, #3 and #4.
Parent, Kid Volunteers Needed Saturday, 9/23 8 am to2 pm
Volunteers of all ages are needed to help rake soil around the new cement base under the picnic shelter and around the new sidewalk by the retaining wall. It's been wonderful to see more and more families come out to help! If you have and hour or so, come out and bring rakes and shovels. Thanks!
Rockets 1st Home Games are on Thursday 9/25
The Rockets play their first home volleyball games on Thursday. Games start at 4 pm. There is a minor cost (forget what it is now -- maybe $3 for adults). Home games are a lot of fun! Come out and cheer on the girls, Coach Dellinger and Coach Lindenmuth! Concessions will be sold to go toward a great cause!
Oh no! Animal Tracks Found on New Cement under Picnic Shelter
Oh no ... the photos tell the story. Possible deer tracks appear on the newly poured cement flooring under the expanded picnic shelter. ​Visit the Blowing Rock PTO Facebook group to see all the photos and text that Blowing Rock grandparent and professional photographer Phyllis Shore shared on September 23. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at ​http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!​
Old Equipment Getting a Makeover; Large Treehouse Under Construction!
Kevin's Scratch & Dent Repair/Auto Body Work of Boone is giving the old equipment a makeover. Hardin Creek Millwork and Timber are busy working on the awesome tree house. Visit the Blowing Rock PTO Facebook group to see all the photos and text that Blowing Rock grandparent and professional photographer Phyllis Shore shared on September 23. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at ​http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!​​
Playground Treehouse Structure Taking Shape
Visit the Blowing Rock PTO Facebook group to see all the photos and text that Blowing Rock grandparent and professional photographer Phyllis Shore shared on September 20. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at ​http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!​
Jr. Beta Club Sponsoring March of Dimes Fundraiser
The Jr. Beta Club is starting the fundraiser on Monday, September 22 and ending it Friday, October 3rd. Please contact Ms. Stepuch for any questions -- stepuchh@watauga.k12.nc.us. Thanks!
Lady Rockets Successful in Opening Game
Congratulations to the Lady Rockets in their win at Valle Crucis on Tuesday, September 16th.
Parent Portal Access and New School Fusion Parents
Parent Portal Access is now available to all Blowing Rock parents.  If you used the system last year, just log on as usual and your student's information will be available.  This includes grades, attendance, and detailed assignment information.  If you are new to the system, you can pick up access codes from the front office beginning tomorrow, 9/10/14.  You will need to show your photo ID because of the private information available.  

School Fusion has also been updated.  Parents new to Fusion will have a default username of your last and first names together, along with a password of wcsparent.

To reset any password or if you have questions concerning access, please email Mr. Flippin at flippint@watauga.k12.nc.us or calling the school office.
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Our eighth grade yearbook staff has started working to produce a memorable yearbook. Don't forget to pre-order your child's yearbook and preserve precious memories from this school year. Order before November 25th to pay $26.00. After this date the yearbook price becomes $30.00.  Please remember that yearbooks must be pre-ordered because there will only be a very limited number of extra yearbooks ordered. We don't want anyone to be disappointed this spring if we sell as out as we have done in the past. You may contact Mrs. Critcher if you have questions.

To order a yearbook, you may access the Online School Fee Payment option or click on the link below:
Book Fair is coming!
 

Blowing Rock School’s Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon during the week of

September 30th - October 3rd.   

Your children will be able to attend the Book Fair during the times that their classroom teacher chooses on a schedule. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Book Fair will be open from 8:00 a.m. until  4:00 p.m. On Wednesday the Book Fair will have special early shopping time from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. While there enjoy Muffins for Mom/Doughnuts for Dad and register to win the contents of a book basket (baskets not included).  The book baskets are full of  books and fun things.  There is a K-2 level basket, a 3-5 level basket and a 6-8 level basket.    Parents can register at other times that they attend the Book Fair as well. On Friday we will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 12:30 for pack up of the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing you there.
Click on the link to find our Book Fair Homepage
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/blowingrockschool

 
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