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Announcements

MySchoolBucks & Blythe Donations

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Backpack for Parents

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Mental Health & Social-Emotional Learning Support

PTA Cares about you and your child’s Mental Health!

Blythe PTA has received a grant from the National PTA funded by TikTok in the amount of $5000 to support our PTA and mental health and social-emotional learning. 

What is social-emotional learning? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines it as "the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

We will be sharing on e-blasts and social media the tools, books, and curriculum to support you, your child, and your teacher’s mental health purchased with these funds.

And Save the Date! On Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm - tune into Blythe PTA’s FB Live for the first of a series with Dr. JaQuinda Jackson, psychologist and family/child counselor, to discuss how you can better navigate these challenging times with your children.


Boosterthon Dance Fit

Flyer for Boosterthon Dance Fit

It's that time of year again!!! Check out the Boosterthon Dance Fit below! 

Boosterthon Dance Fit Video


A Message from Dr. Griffin, September 10

Parents, please remember that school begins at 7:45 am and ends at 2:15 pm.  This is a change from last year.  Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

A few car-line reminders:

Please also remember that Blythe Drive becomes a one-way street during our dismissal time each afternoon.  If you pick your child up in the front car line, you must turn right as you leave the Blythe driveway.   Please note the one-way sign posted on Blythe Drive. 

Thank you for helping to make this a great start to the new school year!


A Message from Dr. Griffin, September 9

Playgrounds and use of playground equipment opened for Greenville County Schools as of September 8.   As you know, the Blythe playground is jointly owned by GCS and the City of Greenville.  The City is replacing our main playground structure this fall.   Delivery began on Tuesday.  Removal of the old playground structure will begin later this week and installation will begin early next week.    As soon as the installation is complete, we will revise our recess schedule to give all classes access to the playground and new play structure.  We are very excited to be able to offer this new opportunity to our students this fall!!!

Parents, please remember to contact me immediately if your child or anyone in your family has tested positive for or has been exposed to COVID 19.  This information is needed to ensure the safety of our students and staff members.

We have had a great beginning to the school year and our first day on Attendance Plan 2 went very well.  Thanks for your continued attention to our safety and procedural protocols. 


A Message from Dr. Griffin, September 4

SC State Recommended Hearing and Vision screenings will begin on September 8th, 2020 and continue throughout the school year. 

Recommended grades for vision screening are as follows: 4K, 5K and Grades 1, 3, 5, & 7. 

Recommended grades for Hearing Screening are as follows:  3K, 4K, 5K and Grades 1, 2, & 3. 

All COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed during screening, including disinfecting ear phones after each hearing screening.   

Priority will be given to K3 through 1st grade, On Track screening and parent or teacher request (On track screening and parent/teacher requests require a written parent request). 

If you do not want your student to participate in state recommended hearing and vision screening, you should submit a signed letter opting out of the screening program.  These letters should be sent to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Should a student fail a vision or hearing screening, they will be retested.  If the student does not pass a screening after subsequent attempts, the parent will be contacted. 

 


Parents: Notice Before Withdrawing

Notice before withdrawing to attend non-public school: 
Before withdrawing a student to attend a private/homeschool co-op it is HIGHLY recommended to check the accreditation on the possible enrolling institute. If your student returns to Greenville County schools from non-accredited (e.g., non-AdvancED) institution (home-school, private school, international school, out-of-state school, etc.), he/she must demonstrate proficiency in the credit bearing courses they are transferring in for HS credit. If a school is unsure whether the institution is accredited, they can use the accreditation agency list and Lookup to determine whether they are accredited.


A Message from Dr. Griffin,September 2

There is no school on Monday, September 7, 2020 due to the Labor Day Holiday. 

We will move to the 2 day attendance model on Tuesday, September 8.  Monday and Wednesday students (blue & green) will attend on Wednesday that week.  Tuesday and Thursday students (red & purple) will attend on Tuesday and Thursday of that week.  Friday will be an eLearning day for all. 

Beginning with the week of September 14, blue and green groups will attend school on Monday and Wednesday, and red and purple groups will attend on Tuesday and Thursday.  Friday will be eLearning for all groups.  This will continue as long as we observe Attendance Plan 2. 

Please be reminded that school hours this year are 7:45-2:15.  Please be here no later than 2:15 to pick your child up each afternoon that he/she attends school. 

Please mark the following important dates on your calendars:


A Message from Dr. Griffin, August 28

It was a great first week of school!  Our students came in happy and confident each day.  They worked on reviewing and mastering technology skills related to use of their Chromebooks and Google Classroom.  They met their attendance group friends, reviewed and learned school procedures and safety protocols, and (due to the smaller numbers each day) were able to begin making meaningful relationships with their teachers.  We are excited to welcome them back next week!

We will move to the 2 day attendance model on Tuesday, September 8.  Monday and Wednesday students (blue & green) will attend on Wednesday that week.  Tuesday and Thursday students (red & purple) will attend on Tuesday and Thursday of that week.  Friday will be an eLearning day for all.

The graphic below illustrates DHEC Regulations with regard to returning to school after exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms, being exposed to someone who has tested positive or negative for COVID 19, or testing positive for COVID 19.  Please note that the first step in each case is to notify the school.  Please call the school at 355-4401 and ask to speak to the principal to make a COVID report.  This information is critical to help the district track COVID cases and exposures, and to make more informed decisions regarding school attendance models that ensure the safety of our students and staff as we move forward. 

A graphic explaining the steps to returning back to school after exhibiting COVID 19 symptoms


A Message from Dr. Griffin, August 25

Parents, I want to clarify a misrepresentation of our school on a local TV station. 

Earlier today, it was reported that a student enrolled in Blythe Academy tested positive for COVID-19.  What the station failed to report is that this student is participating in the GCS Virtual Program, and has therefore not been present on our campus. 

Please remember that we will notify you if a student or teacher at Blythe tests positive for COVID-19 and was in close proximity to your student.  This means if your child was in class or an extracurricular activity with the positive case during the time he or she may have been contagious, you will receive a personal phone call. 

Because we are taking so many precautions, such as social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent cleaning and handwashing, school-wide notification will be made by listing all cases under the title Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases on the GCS website’s Parent Resource Page. 

Again, the Blythe student who tested positive is not a part of our in-person attendance program. We value you and know transparency is essential to maintaining your trust, so we are committed to sharing as much information as possible, within the bounds of privacy.


A Message from Dr. Griffin, August 25

Parents, please be reminded that international travel comes with a 14-day self-quarantine requirement.  This means students or staff who recently returned from out of the country should not be physically present in our schools until 14 days after they arrive back in this country – and then only if they are well and healthy. 

Also, please be reminded that students should be screened at home daily for COVID-19 symptoms – especially a new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, and a loss of taste or smell. If a student takes a COVID-19 test because he/she is symptomatic, the student should not be physically present in our school until the test results are returned.


A Message from Dr. Griffin, August 24

Please remember to contact the school immediately if your child or anyone in your family is diagnosed with or exposed to COVID 19.  Please do not send your child to school if anyone in your family is COVID positive or if your child has been exposed until you have spoken with the principal.  This is critical to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Academic Expectations – Attendance Plans 1 & 2


A Message From Dr. Griffin, August 20

Please remember that elementary school begins at 7:45 this year!  There can be no drop off of students prior to 7:00 am.  

IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT ATTENDING LEAP this week and you have not already picked up his or her Chromebook, please do so tomorrow between 9 am and 3 pm.  

A Few Final Reminders for the New School Year:

• Know your child’s color group/attendance track, and know what day your child is to attend school.  Students cannot attend on any day other than their assigned day.
• “Blue” students whose last names begin with the letters A-D will attend on Monday.
“Red” students (letters E-K) will attend on Tuesday. 
“Green” students (L-Q) will attend on Wednesday.
"Purple” students (R-Z) will attend on Thursday. 

• We are suggesting staggered arrival times and drop off locations for this year as indicated below:
o 7:00-7:15 – front car line only
o 7:15 -7:45 front car line & bus loop available for car drop off
o 7:15-7:45 front car line – 4K, 5K, Grades 4 & 5
o 7:15 -7:45 bus loop – Grades 1, 2, 3

• Send an unbreakable, refillable water bottle with a closing lid to school with your child.
 

Ordering Take Home Student Meals

Beginning the week of August 24 as students attend their first day of school, they are eligible to order take home meals for the school days they do not attend in person.  On the current attendance plan of 1 day per week, students are eligible to order take home meals for four days.  This includes breakfast and lunch for four days.  Students will be charged for these meals according to their free and reduced meal status (students receiving free meals, receive free take home meals; students receiving reduced price meals, receive take home meals at the reduced price; full pay students will pay full price for take home meals).  

We look forward to the new school year!  Thank you for your support of Blythe Academy!