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For Tuesday, January 27th, schools are closed for students and it is an annual leave day for teachers.  The snow day program at Hardin Park will open at 9:00 a.m.
 
Welcome to Blowing Rock School
Parent High School Orientation for this year's 8th Graders is February 16
WHS Parent Night for Blowing Rock parents of rising 9th graders (current 8th graders) will be Monday, February 16th 5:30-6:30 p.m. More information to be posted soon.
2015-2016 Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten orientation for next year is scheduled for April 30 and May 1. Please call the office at 295-3204 to schedule a date for your 2015-2016 kindergarten student. More information (residency requirements, age, immunizations, etc.) can be found on the WCS county website (look under "Parent & Students" in upper right and select "Forms, Menus & Other WCS Information"). During these two days, this year's kindergarten students will not be attending school.
Old Yearbooks Available
The following extra yearbooks are available for a $10 playground donation. Please see Ms. Jann in the office. 1 2009-2010; 1 2006-2007; 1 2003-2004; 3 2004-2005; 4 1969-1970; 1 1996-1997; 1 1995-1996; 3 1994-1995; 5 1993-1994.
Final Home Basketball Game Wins
Congratulations to both basketball teams on wins on January 22nd -- their last home game!
Shooting Stars Information for Blowing Rock School
Shooting Stars forms are available below. The entry form and parent permission are due to Ms. Reis by Wednesday, February 18th. If music is to be used, it needs to be to Ms. Reis by Wednesday, February 18th. More information about music CDs will be posted soon.

Forms due Wednesday, February 18th (all forms & music)
Tryouts are Wednesday, February 25th during school (snow date Friday, February 27th)


2015 Shooting Stars 2015 Performing Arts Entry Form and Parent Permission Form 
2015 Shooting Stars Schedule & Guidelines 
WHS K-8 Winter Cheerleading Clinic

 
WHS K-8 Winter Pacer Clinic
PTO Needs Chili Entries & Volunteers for Winterfest's Chilly Chili Challenge
The Blowing Rock School PTO is looking for volunteers and Chilly Chili Challenge entries for the Winterfest Festival which will be held Saturday, January 24 from 11 am to 2 pm in the school gymProceeds from this event benefit the PTO and the school. Click here to sign up online to volunteer Shout out to Virginia Powellthe current signed-up volunteer!  Click here (or on the form thumbnail) for the form to enter your Chili in the festival.  These chili entry forms can be sent to PTO President Kevin Tincher via the school – or just drop off with Jann in the office so the forms can go to the PTO mail box. Click here to visit the Winterfest Chilly Chili Challenge web page. 
Boys Basketball in the News
Visit Blowing Rock News website ​http://blowingrocknews.com/satterfield-leads-blowing-rock-survival-run-past-bethel-26-17/ for an in-depth article about the recent boys basketball game with Bethel. A slideshow with many pictures taken by Editor David Rogers is included.
Scholastic Mid Year Book Fair
Blowing Rock School's Mid Year Book Fair is next week.  The schedule will be January 20, Tuesday:  7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; January 21, Wednesday: 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; January 22, Thursday:  7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and  January 23, Friday: 7:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m. On Wednesday morning we will have the Family event, Muffins for Moms and Doughnuts for Dads! Link to Book Fair online:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/blowingrockschool1.
Square One Art Fundraiser a Big Success!
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Square One Art Fundraiser – especially parent Susan Kiker for her coordination of the project. This fundraiser made $976 for the Blowing Rock School PTO!
Sold Out alcohol abstinence assembly for Middle School Students
On Wednesday, January 14th, Middle school students will attend the Sold Out School Alcohol and Drug Education School Assembly Program.
Taken from the program's website:
"Since the spring of 2012 we have spoken to almost 30,000 middle and high school students challenging them to be alcohol and drug free, while building critical life skills into their lives to assist schools, parents, and communities in helping students be more prepared for success in life."  More information can be found at http://www.soldout-tv.com/ or by contacting the office.

 
Middle School Chorus Holiday Chorus Photos
Photos courtesy of Ms. Walker.
Jr. Beta Club
The Jr. Beta Club will not meet this afternoon (1/7), but will meet next Wednesday, 1/14, at 2:30-3:15.
An Update on the Playground Rejuvenation
In the recent past weeks, work has continued on the playground. Over 300 bulbs, donated by parent Robb Stewart at The Mustard Seed, were planted. New steps were cut into the mound closest to the picnic shelter as well as a pad for the "climbing bolder" to be placed. The bolder arrives January 12th. The picnic shelter roof was completed. The craftsman that installed the twigs on the tree house returned to measure  openings to make sure all were within regulations. A big green slide has been assembled and will be mounted soon. A smaller slide was installed. Hopes are high that the remaining funds will be raised to complete the project in the spring! Photo by Phyllis Shore. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!
Blowing Rock Students Excel in Regional Science Competition
Twelve sixth grade students from Blowing Rock School successfully participated in Regional Science Competitions held at Appalachian State University Tuesday, with five students winning special recognition for their work. Read the press release on the WCS District Home page by clicking here. Click here for an article in Blowing Rock News. Click here for an article in the Blowing Rocket.
Jr. Beta Club Blood Drive will be Friday, February 13
Mark your calendars -- Jr. Beta Club is holding a blood drive on Friday, February 13th at BRS in the gym. More information will be added closer to the event.
Congratulations to 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Band & String Students
Congratulations to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on their very fine performances in the 2014 Holiday Concerts!!  The crowd was packed both nights, and a special congratulations to the 5th and 6th graders for their great sounding first concert! Fantastic attendance.  -- A special thanks to Mrs. Orr for behind the scenes support and Gary Smith, Blowing Rock's professional theatre and Artistic Director for Ensemble Stage.-- Kyle Hernandez-Adams, Band and Orchestra Director
2014 Fall Girls on the Run
2014-2015 Boys Basketball Team
2014-2015 Girls Basketball Team
Jr. Beta Club Caroling at the Davant Extended Care Center
Smile Dental Clinic rescheduled for December 18th
The Smile North Carolina Dental Clinic scheduled for December 4th has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 18th for Blowing Rock School. If you have any questions please email our school nurse Ashley Greene, RN; greeneas@watauga.k12.nc.us
Blowing Rock School Faculty vs Student Basketball Clip
Enjoy this short clip of the exciting game!
2014 Winter Band and Orchestra Concerts
Come and enjoy the 2014 Winter Program at the Band and Orchestra Concerts December 16th and 17th! The 5th and 6th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert will be Dec. 16th from 6pm-7pm; the 7th and 8th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert will be Dec. 17th, 6pm-7pm. Students will be performing holiday and sacred selections in large groups, small groups, and even duets! Come and see them play in the Auditorium at 6pm! Thanks! Kyle Hernandez-Adams, Band and Orchestra Director
Ashley Greene, Blowing Rock School's Nurse
A belated welcome to Ashley Greene, our school nurse. Ms. Greene is at Blowing Rock School part of every school day, sharing her time with Parkway School. Ms. Greene grew up in Blowing Rock (Ashley Suddreth) and attended Parkway School. Welcome Ms. Greene!
Future is Bright for a Spring Playground Re-Opening
We are so grateful for all the donors, volunteers and businesses that have contributed to the playground rejuvenation project. Click here to read the recent press release that local media shared -- from the blowingrockschoolplayground.com website.  Visit the blowingrockschoolplayground.com website "Businesses"page for a list of businesses that have contributed to the project. Funds for the playground surfacing are not complete, but a recent donation from the Farris Foundation have made a spring re-opening a real possibility. Visit ​https://fundly.com/m2/square-feet-for-small-feet to view the remaining goal. Thank you!
Blowing Rock Students complete successful football season
6th Grade Science Fair In the News
Visit the Blowing Rock News website for a very interesting article on the recent 6th Grade Science Fair organized by Blowing Rock Science Teacher Allyson McFalls. --http://blowingrocknews.com/science-fair/. The photo above shows Lakin B. explaining her science project to Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliot. Photo credit: David Rogers.
Playhouse Tree House Work Continues
Work continues on the playground tree house with the installation of ​rhododendron twigs by a skilled artisan. The photo was taken by Blowing Rock School Grandparent Phyllis Shore. See all the playground photos Ms. Shore has taken at http://sticksnstonesimagery.com/, click on Clients and use the password of playgroundimages. Thanks Phyllis!
Middle School Chorus Concert Scheduled for December 18
Our 6-7-8 chorus concert will be Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium (after the basketball game). We will present the holiday musical, "We are Lights" by John Jacobson. The performance time is around 45 minutes. Our snow Date: Friday, December 19th 9:00 AM.
New Limited Bus Route Information
When announcing limited bus routes this year, the two options will be Limited Bus Routes A and Limited Bus Routes B.  The links to these can be found on the left side of the home page under both General Information and Parent Resources.  Just follow the links and choose the correct option.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
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.
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