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PLAYGROUND HELP Needed Sat 20th, 2014
11-2:30 PM-Saturday, Sept 20th, 2014
Bring Shovels, Gloves, Lunch!  Help! Please help!
Lady Rockets Successful in Opening Game
Congratulations to the Lady Rockets in their win at Valle Crucis on Tuesday, September 16th.
Town Tavern PTO Spirit Night
Blowing Rock School Parent Teacher Organization and the Blowing Rock Town Tavern are teaming up on the Last Wednesday of Every Month for a day of fundraising. A portion of the proceeds on that day will go to the Blowing Rock School’s Main PTO fund. The PTO provides funds for teacher requests, special school projects, children’s scholarship funds for activities and events, purchases of classroom materials and a whole host of school related funding requests which cannot be made by the State or County due to funding constraints. Please show your Support for the Blowing Rock School and Community and thank the Town Tavern for helping us raise the extra funds necessary to enrich the lives of our students and provide the teachers with that extra bit of help. Thank you, Kevin Tincher, PTO President 
Huge Hemlock Treehouse Posts Installed
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 13. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at ​, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!
PTO Email
The email is again functional.
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 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

Girls Volleyball Games Coming Soon!
The 2014-2015 Lady Rockets will make their debut performance on Tuesday, September 16 at 4 pm at Valle Crucis. The first home game will be Thursday, September 25th. The schedule is available on the Hardin Park website under Athletics on the side navigation.
Busy Saturday at Blowing Rock School -- Photos by Phyllis Shore
Saturday, September 6 was a busy day around Blowing Rock School. Volunteers worked on the rock retaining wall on the playground and BR staff members Carol Critcher and Travis Flippin raised money through parking for their technology classrooms. Matthew C., Ava C., Evan C. and Mr. Flippin's adorable kids (youngest 3 kids -- twins and younger sibling) helped sell lemonade. Blowing Rock School Grandparent and professional photographer Phyllis Shore took some great photos and documented each. See all the photos at ​, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!
Raffle Drawing at Town Tavern -- Photos by Kristen Espinosa
Blowing Rock School parent and professional photographer Kristen Espinosa captured all the fun from the Spirit Night at Town Tavern and the drawing for the 1931 Model A Roadster. Visit Kristen's facebook page "Elias Photography" and look for the photo album "BRS Spirit Night" to see all 37 photos. Thanks Kristen!
2014-2015 PTO Board In Place; A Few Openings Remain
PTO President announced additions to the PTO board for 2014-2015. The board now consists of President: Kevin Tincher; ​Vice President: Mary Kelly Glidewell; Sponsorship: Mollie Shanly; Grade Parent Coordinator: Jennifer Bartok; Secretary/Member at Large: Ed Tausche and Principal Sukow. As of 9/5/2014: We still need a treasurer, another member at large and/or secretary​. Please email Kevin at if interested. Thanks! More information on the PTO can be found on the PTO General Information page under Parent Resources. 
Girls On The Run -- Only 3 Spots Left!
Update from Coach Gocke (aka "Coach Sparkle") and Coach Bryant (aka "Coach Diamond"): "We are so excited to get an email that 12 of the 15 slots available for Girls on the Run at Blowing Rock have been filled!!!! If anyone is considering signing up their 3rd to 5th grade daughter and hasn't done so, you might want to go ahead. Once we're at 15, registration is closed. GOTR starts at Blowing Rock on Monday, September 8th from 2:45 - 4:00 and will continue each Monday and Wednesday until the ZAP Fitness High Country 5K on December 6th."
4th Grade Recorder Forms Due Friday, September 12th
4th grade recorder forms are due to Mrs. Reis in music class on Friday, September 12th. Forms should be filled out and signed by parents. Please turn in forms on time so that our class can start playing the recorder together in October. See Mrs. Reis if you need another form. Thank you, Mrs. Reis
1931 Model A Roadster Raffle Winner Is ....
Jimmy Robbins! The winner has been contacted at his 828 area code number. Mr. Robbins lives in Lenoir and is in the carpentry business. Update: click here to see the nice article and photos by Jeff Eason of The Blowing Rocket. Thanks, Jeff!
Parents Working on Playground August 30th
Thank you to all the parents, kids and our awesome custodian Lloyd Buckner that turned out to work on the playground on Saturday, August 30th. The kids pitched in selling lemonade on the parking lot corner (and it was delicious). Update: these kids raised over $300! Thank you kids ... that's awesome!
Playground Work Day Photos by Phyllis Shore
Saturday, August 30th, 2014  was a day of intense volunteer work on the playground. Professional photographer and Blowing Rock School Grandma Phyllis Shore (grandma to Bella E.) captured a number of people and aspects of what took place on Saturday. See all the photos at ​, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Photos are chronological, so Saturday's photos are the last dozen or so. In addition, Ms. Shore has been kind enough to post these photos on the Blowing Rock School PTO Facebook Group with text identifying people and what is taking place.
Cafeteria Checks
Cafeteria Staff Member Brenda Prim wants to ask parents to make sure their phone number is printed or written on all checks going to the cafeteria. Thanks!
Blowing Rock School PTO August Newsletter
Click here to view the PTO August Newsletter that should come home soon with your student. The PTO needs officers and volunteers at some events coming up soon. Email Kevin Tincher at or Mary Kelly Glidewell at if you can help. Thanks! Update:  In addition to the open positions listed in the newsletter, Sponsorship Coordinator is also open.
Previous 2014-2015 Announcements & Photos
Older announcements can be found on the "Archived 2014-2015 Announcements" page (see side navigation). 
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