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Welcome to Blowing Rock School
Reminder: WHS Pacer Clinic is Next Week
Please check out the announcement below for the WHS Pacer Clinic next week!
Ellis Island Immigration Reenactment -- Part I Traveling to America
Immigrant families, wet and tired, travel to America on a ship, an arduous journey that takes six days. Please change the video quality setting to 720 to improve the quality. More videos coming soon -- Ms. Ryan.
WinterFest Chili Cook-Off a Success!
What a fantastic turnout we had at last weekend's  WinterFest Chili Cook-Off!  The PTO hosted the event in conjunction with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. With18 proud chili contestants, we fed over 400 attendees and raised more than $2,500. These funds go to the Blowing Rock School PTO for the purpose of providing teacher and staff needs that aren't available in the operating budget. It was a quick and easy decision by the PTO to use part of these proceeds to purchase additional books for Laurie Gill, our Reading Intervention Specialist along with Mr Herman, Ms Winkler, the Kindergarten and 2nd grade teachers to use to strengthen early literacy skills.  What a powerful impact these books will have! A tremendous "Thank You" to Erin Dickson, Kevin Tincher, and Meris Gantt plus the many volunteers who did an outstanding job representing our school!  Among them are Nicole and Haylee Barker, Lloyd Buckner, Sam and Mike Croswell, Kristin and Santiago Espinosa, Stacy Everett, Stacey Gibson, Mike Jasper, Emily Nichols, Britt and Paula Medley, and Jenny Bachman. Photo courtesy of David Rogers, BlowingRockNews.com. Visit both blowingrocknews.com and blowingrocket.com for local coverage of this wonderful event. Photo L-R: Kevin Tincher, Erin Dickson and Lew Hendricks, winner of the “People’s Choice Award”.​
Pre-order your 2015-2016 Blowing Rock School Year book
The last day to pre-order your 2015-2016 Blowing Rock School yearbook is February 29th.  The cost is $30.00.  
Ellis Island Immigration Reenactment
The Ellis Island Immigration Reenactment was an amazing success! While I process all the photos and videos, please enjoy this great photo of 3rd grade teacher Lara Whiteside as the Statue of Liberty welcoming the immigrants to America --  Ms. Ryan
2016-2017 Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten Orientation for Blowing Rock School has been scheduled for April 25 and 26. Students must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016. Call the office at 828 295-3204 to sign up or find out more.
Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016 Lifetouch Picture
Hello Students and Parents, February 10th, 2016 will be our class picture day. The pictures will be made in the auditorium. Lifetouch ID: RF21501YO. Students will bring home a flyer from Life Touch with the information regarding photo selections. Send in monies or order online for pictures that you want your student to have made on February 10th, 2016 (info on form). Should you choose an individual packet, please send monies on that day.
Office has Shooting Stars/Talent Show Forms
Ms. Jann has forms for Shooting Stars/Talent Show. Forms for Performing Arts are due to Ms. Reis (directly or in her mailbox) by the end of Friday, February 12. Forms for Visual Arts are due to Ms. Postlethwait by Tuesday, February 23. These forms are those that would be sent to the county which the deadline dates reflect. If you need Ms. Ryan to help in getting music ready, please contact her soon -- brwebmaster@watauga.k12.nc.us. Ms. Ryan will be out of town after the 12th.
Blowing Rock School Joins Aiden's Army
On Friday, January 29, Blowing Rock School students and staff wore red in support of 1st grader Aiden at Hardin Park. Don't forget to wear a hat on Saturday, January 30 for $1 as a fundraiser for Aiden's health needs. Photos courtesy of 4th grade teacher Martha Trimble.
WHS Student/Parent Night Tuesday, February 9
Blowing Rock- Watauga High School Student/Parent Night will be on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30-6:30 in the Blowing Rock School auditorium This meeting is not mandatory and is intended to help parents and students that have unanswered questions or concerns about Watauga High School.
Winter Pacer Clinic for K-8 Students
When: Tuesday, Feb. 9th – Thursday, Feb 11th (Performances on Thursday, February 11th @ 5:00pm). Location: Watauga High School/Room 2305p; Time: 4:00 – 5:30p.m. (Check in on Tuesday at 3:45pm); Cost: $25 (includes clinic shirt & free admission for the dancer to the Pacer Show); (If you participated in the fall clinic and have a t-shirt, cost will be $15). The 3 day clinic will be held Tuesday through Thursday, at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Dancers will be grouped according to grade level and taught age appropriate dances by our Watauga High School Pacers. The Clinic dancers will have the opportunity to perform with the Pacers on Thursday, February 11th @ 5:00pm in the WHS Auditorium.  A t-shirt will be provided for the performance for the dancers to keep. Please visit the Pacer web page on the WHS website for registration information.
Ellis Island Recreation Moved to Wed., Feb. 3rd
An update on the "Ellis Island Recreation" from organizer & 3rd grade teacher Sue Walker on 1/26: "Plans are coming along for the Ellis Island Simulation for 3rd and 7th grades. We have postponed the event due to the weather this past week and the delay tomorrow. New date is WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3. I still need several volunteers. If you have the morning available would you consider being part of this inaugural event at BRS! email Sue Walker at walkers@watauga.k12.nc.us." Please contact Ms. Walker if you can help her recreate the Ellis Island experience for our students.
Informal Parent & Student Night for 8th Graders for WHS Information
We are having an informal BR-WHS parent and student night at BR on Tuesday, January 19 from 5:30-6:30 in the auditorium. There will be high school personnel here to answer any questions students and parents may have regarding the high school. Snow date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Update Jan. 18 7:30 pm: The BR-WHS parent- student night will be rescheduled at at later date due to the frigid wind chills and potential for inclement weather this week. We will let you know as soon as a new date has been scheduled.​
Summer Engineering Camps in Hickory; ASU Summer Camps
Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College are joining with North Carolina State University to offer several week-long summer camps with the goal of introducing engineering to students through hands-on activities and exploration. These camps are in Hickory for rising 3rd - 10th graders.  Visit ​http://nccet.appstate.edu/future-engineer-camps-information​  for more information. Appalachian State University summer camp information can be found at ​http://conferences-camps.appstate.edu/youth-camps, though the only camp for K-8 students appears to be the Animal Studies camp for rising 1st-2nd graders. Most camps offer a handful of scholarships for students whose parents ask for assistance.  Some will ask for a small percentage of the total fee for the week.  Others will waive all the fees.  Usually the paperwork to request scholarship help is very simple.  You don't have to provide a financial statement.  You just have to state that you have need.
Blood Drive Sponsored by Junior Beta Club
A blood drive is scheduled for Friday, February 12th, 2:00-6:30 in Room 128. This drive is sponsored by the Junior Beta Club under the guidance of Ms. Stepuch. More information will be added as to how appointments are made.
Pre-order a school yearbook
Deadline to pre-order a Blowing Rock School yearbook is February 26th.  Click the yearbook
 link the far left side of the fusion age for the easiest ordering method.  Yearbook cost: $30.00
Grades 3 and 7 to Experience an "Ellis Island" Recreation
On Wednesday, January 27, grades 3 and 7 will learn about and experience the process immigrants went through when they entered Ellis Island -- complete with a mock boat ride, checking in, tagging, health inspection and interview. Between 1892-1954, Ellis Island served as an immigration inspection station for millions of immigrants arriving into the United States. What was it like to enter the United States through Ellis Island? Parent and community volunteers are sought to help with this presentation -- especially individuals who speak foreign languages. Please contact 3rd grade teacher Sue Walker if you'd like to be a part of this exciting learning experience -- walkers@watauga.k12.nc.us.
Free Hearing Screening for K, 1, 3, 5 & 7 February 5
ASU will be conducting a free hearing screening for all Kindergarten, first, third, fifth and seventh grade students on Friday February 5. If you would like your child to NOT be included in this screening, please contact Amber Dollyhigh, Speech-Language Pathologist at Blowing Rock School (dollyhigha@watauga.k12.nc.us).
Shooting Stars Performing Arts Dates & Deadlines
Tryouts for Shooting Stars at BRS will be Thursday, Feb.18 at 8:30-2:00 in the auditorium. The snow date is Friday, Feb.19. These are the school SS tryouts and 10 acts will be chosen to go on and audition at the county level. Please get a form from Mrs. Reis. All performers must turn in completed forms by Friday, February 12th to secure an audition time. The school talent show will be Thursday, February 25th at 6:30.
Shooting Stars 2016 Visual Arts Deadline
Calling all talented artists! Visual Art submissions for Shooting Stars are due to Mrs. Postlethwait no later than Tuesday, February 23rd. Pick up an entry form and permission slip from Mrs. Postlethwait if you are interested in participating.
A Message from our Reading Specialist Laurie Gill
Believe it or not, this box of books and educational materials came from one family today with two younger students who attend our school! I recently put out a plea to ask folks to think about going through their children's bookshelves at home and if everyone has really squeezed all they can from the books, box them up and donate them to BRS. Why? We always need books and budgets to buy them have shrunk mightily over time. Most literacy funds these days must needs go to buying devices and e-book subscriptions vs. real books. Yet, as teachers, we still need MANY real books in our students' hands. In fact, given my continuing reading of the research, children need to read more books than we ever thought in order to do as well as possible on required tests, but even more important, in order to become good readers who will choose to read over the many other temptations out there for them to pass their time. We at BRS are indebted to this family that gave us all these books. If you have books you would like to donate, please contact me by email or phone (gilll@watauga.k12.nc.us, 828-406-6018). Text messages are fine. Or, like this mom did, it would be awesome if you could deliver the books to school and ask Ms. Jann or Ms. Wendy where the "Old PreK room" and take them there. I'll check there at the end of each day for the next several weeks and make sure they are all being corralled in the same area. At our next faculty meeting, I'll ask Mr. Sukow for a few minutes to ask my fellow teachers how best to proceed. Thank you so much for reading this -- Mrs. Gill (You can also bring the books to my room--room 321 down the hall towards the 2nd-5th grade hall.) Note: if you are a member of the Blowing Rock School PTO Facebook group, Ms. Gill has posted more on reading and some exciting possibilities for ways donated books might benefit our students.
Reminder on Old Announcements
Before announcements are deleted from the main page, they are copied into an archive page under "Old Announcements" on the left side navigation menu. Announcements with deadlines that have not yet expired are kept on the main page.
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