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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
Section of Main Street Closed October 27 - 31
During the week of October 27 - 31, a section of Main Street will be closed. Click on the following link to view a map: 
http://www.townofblowingrock.com/supdoc/10-27-14.pdf. Traffic heading to and from the Boone direction can always take Sunset Drive up and around to Possum Hollow Road and come out near Tanger Outlet shopping area to possibly avoid some of the 321 congestion.
Weather Station Article in the News
Visit ​http://blowingrocknews.com/weather/ to see live weather information (including Radar and a 10 day forecast) on the Blowing Rock News website -- all coming from the new Blowing Rock School weather equipment. Visit/read the Blowing Rock News article at  
http://blowingrocknews.com/blowing-rock-school-receives-weather-station-blowing-rock-news/ to learn more about the new Weather Station set up by Middle School Teacher Liz Tincher (with a little help from Principal Sukow).
Volunteers Needed Sat. 10/25 8-1; Costumed Kids Definitely Desired!
Volunteers are needed Saturday, October 25th anytime from 8 am to 1 pm. Ron Cutlip is trying to get vinyl cleaning done on some of the older equipment. Then head downtown for the Blowing Rock Halloween Parade at 2 pm. Mrs. Ryan will post every photo of kids (in or out of costume ... parents optional) helping with the playground on Saturday on the Blowing Rock School website. Just send me a pic at brwebmaster@watauga.k12.nc.us. Thanks!
Pumpkins and Math in 2nd Grade
Principal Patrick Sukow joined second grade teacher Mary Catherine Felts help the students apply a little math to the fun of cutting up pumpkins. Photo by Kim Soucek. Visit/read the article David Rogers wrote on the Blowing Rock News website -- http://blowingrocknews.com/snapshot-learning-math-carvin-pumpkins-blowing-rock-school/.
School Closed for Students; Early Release Days
Reminder: Friday, October 24 is a no school day for students. Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31st are early release days due to parent/teacher conferences. For early release days, K-8 students are released at noon and high school students at 1 pm.
Costume Day is Friday, October 31st
Costume Day will be Friday, October 31st which is an early release day. The dress code still applies, though hats are allowed. Masks, faux weapons or weapons, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed. Thanks!
Blowing Rock School Weather Station now active
The Blowing Rock School weather station is now active thanks to a donation from the Blowing Rock News.  You can receive updates from Weather Underground or by navigating to Mrs. Tincher's 7th grade science page.  

 
Playground Photos from October 11
What a great photo of the playground taken October 11, 2014 by Phyllis Shore. You can see our custodian Lloyd Buckner working in the left part of the picture. He has given so much of his time to this project. We appreciate you so much, Lloyd! See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!
Reminder: Shoe Attire for Gym
Students need to wear appropriate shoes (sneakers, etc.) for gym. Flip flops, boots and dress shoes are not allowed. Thanks!
Boys Basketball Tryouts 10/20 & 10/21; Physicals Required Before Tryout
2014 7th-8th Grade Boy's Basketball tryouts will be held October 20th and 21st from 4:30-6:00. Players must turn in an updated (within the last calendar year) physical to Coach Dellinger before the tryout date, or they will not be allowed to tryout.
Blowing Rock Athletic Wear -- Announcement from Coach Luke Dellinger
NOW ON SALE!! From October 8th-20th you can order Blowing Rock shirts from our new online store. Shirts come in Adult and Youth sizes. A portion of the sales will go to Blowing Rock Athletics. Get your shirts today and support the Rockets! If you have any questions contact Coach Dellinger at dellingerl@watauga.k12.nc.us. Store Link: http://teamwearexpress.com/store/blowingrockbb
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Your 2015 Blowing Rock School Yearbook is on sale now.  Buy before November 25th to receive yours for $26.00. After that date, yearbooks increase to $30.00.  You may pay using the new OSP option, click on the URL below or contact Mrs. Critcher.  View the presentation below to see some of the fun that will be inside the new yearbook.
 
8th Grade Students Raising Funds
On Saturday, Phyllis Shore captured some 8th graders and parents doing parking duty. It is believed they are raising funds for some future 8th grade function.
2014 Fall Pacer Clinic October 21st-23rd
Students from grades K-8 are invited to participate in the Fall Pacer Clinic with a performance on October 24th at the WHS Football Game vs. Patton (PINK OUT Night). The clinic will be held Tuesday, October 21st, Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd with the Performance on Friday, Oct. 24th. The clinic is held in the Dance Room 3205 at the Watauga High School from 4 pm - 5:30 pm. Please check in on Tuesday at 3:45 pm. The cost is $25 which includes a clinic shirt and free admission for the dancer to WHS Football game on Fri, Oct 24th. Click here to download the registration form. The WHS Pacers is an awesome dancing group that performs at WHS football and basketball games.
Thank you!
Thanks to everyone for coming to our Scholastic Book Fair!  You made it an amazing success!  If there are still some books that you would like to get, you may go to the following link and order at our Online Book Fair until October 15th:
 
 
Congratulations to these moms whose names were pulled to win the contents of the book baskets at our Fall Scholastic Book Fair!

K-2 Basket:  Mrs. Jen Moretz
3-5 Basket:  Mrs. Kim Soucek
​6-8 Basket:  Mrs. Gail Sears
Middle School Girls Basketball Tryouts
Middle School Girls Basketball Tryouts October 20th! Be thinking about the opportunity to play. Your coach is Kelly Gilliam! Times for tryouts and group meeting to be announced later.
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.
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!​
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:
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