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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014




Sign up for the Football Pep Bus to LeRoy on Friday night and the Soccer Pep Bus to Maroa for this week’s game is by noon TODAY in the office.  The football game is in LeRoy and the Soccer game is in Maroa.  Cost is $1 to ride plus admission to the games. 


A college rep from Western Illinois University will be here TODAY during 2nd hour.  Juniors and Seniors can see Mrs. Whitehouse for a pass. 


There will be a key club meeting TODAY in Mrs. Wieber’s room at lunch.


The Class of 2015 is selling spirit towels for $5.00 each.  These are a great way to cheer your favorite Blue Ridge team on to victory.  Students can see Justin Jamison or Katrina Medernach to make a purchase.  Parents can contact Amy Miller at 217-373-6772 or Tina Jamison at 309-261-5597.  Go Knights!


Jostens Freshman ring orders will be due TODAY at lunch and from 3-6pm in the Commons. Please bring a $60 deposit or check out the ring packet for 3 payment options.  There are extra ring packets in the HS office. Also, Jostens will be here next Thursday, October 30th during lunch to take all Senior graduation orders.  Please bring a $60 deposit or check your packet for 3 payment options.  Make it easy and order the Knight pack and receive a FREE cap, gown and tassel and get 10 FREE Photo credits!  Extra packets are available in the HS office.


The Key Club Haunted House is coming Friday, October 31st!!!!!  Enter through the North pool door.  5:30pm -6:30pm Lights ON … 6:30 -10pm Lights OFF.  Admission is $2 for students and $3 general admission.  All proceeds go to UNICEF and tickets will start selling today at lunch!


The Sweet 16 Knights Soccer team will play for the Sectional Championship on Saturday at 3pm in Maroa vs St. Thomas More.  Come on out and show them your support!  Good Luck Knights!


The Lady Knights Volleyball team lost a tough 3 set match to Tremont last night dropping their record to 24-8.  The Knights where led by Gabby Pearl with 7 blocks and 7 kills; Megan Tsevelekos with 16 digs and 2 aces and Jessica Gilbert with 5 assists.  Cheer on the Lady Knights next week as they start regional play at Fisher on Tuesday.  Go Knights!


Hot Lunch Menu for TODAY:  Yogurt Parfait or Grilled Chicken or Cheeseburger w/bun, Green Beans, Oven Fries, Pears, Juice and Side Salad


Thank you and have a great day! Wink






High School Parent Teacher conferences will be held on October 28th from 3:30pm - 7pm.  The 2nd night is November 6th from 3:30pm - 7pm.  Please call the office to make your appointment!  928-2622


Please remember to check on your family lunch account balances often.  If your family lunch account is negative your student will be receiving a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk in the lunch line.  Please call Mrs. Hardesty at the HS for any questions.  928-2622


FRESHMAN will be meeting with JOSTENS for class ring orders.  Orders for class rings will be due on Friday, October 24th at lunchtime and from 3pm - 6pm in the Commons.
SENIORS gradutation announcements, cap/gowns, etc. will have a  meeting with JOSTENS on Thursday, October 23rd at 9am in a class meeting.  Orders will be taken during lunch on Thursday October 30th. 


Christmas is just around the corner and Angel Tree is here to help.  If your family needs help this holiday season, please pick up an application at the High School office. Any questions can be directed to DeWitt County Samaritan Room/Farmer City Angel Tree.   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



OPERATION SLEIGHBELL has helped families for 30 years have a better Christmas.  Operation Sleighbell will begin taking appointments by phone on November 24th, 2014.


New Coats  $5 donation New Jackets  $5 donation

New Jeans $1 donation Blouses & Shirts $1 donation

New Toys $1 donation and much, much more!


Telephone numbers are:

217-531-2005 217-531-2006 217-531-2007 217-531-2008

~ Phone lines are shut down when appointment slots are filled!

~ Online appointments will also be taken at www.operationsleighbell.com

November 3rd - November 21st & follow directions given.

~ You may call for a shopping appointment on November 24, 25,26 and December 1,2,3,4.

 NOTE:  Call between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00pm.  Calling before November 24th will only "jam" the phone lines.  It will be difficult to get through ~ KEEP TRYING!  It may take days to get through.  Pay no attention to recorded message asking for a PO Box number, just hang up and try again. 


   Piatt County Sales Tax Proposal Information

Informational meetings regarding the Piatt County Sales Tax Proposal will be held at Blue Ridge Intermediate and Jr. High School, 107 S. McKinley St., Mansfield, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. in the art room. All are welcome to attend to hear how this affects Blue Ridge Schools. Additional information is posted at www.blueridge18.org.

Here is a link to an video that provides an overview of the sales tax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLN9yacb4dE 
The Blue Ridge Education Foundation (BREF) is selling Travel Mugs (picture attached) to raise money to help fund the annual teacher/classroom grant program.
·         16 oz. Mug
·         Stainless Steel interior
·         Screw on lid with a flip(locking) spout
·         Perfect for Hot or Cold
·         $15 each or

·         Discounted rate of 2 for $25

Who needs one
·         You, your spouse
·         Grandparents
·         Students
·         Your child’s teacher, teacher aid, librarian, secretary, principal, favorite lunch lady, school bus driver
·         Blue Ridge Alumni
·         Perfect gifts for birthday, Christmas, BR staff appreciation, YOU APPRECIATION;-)
How do you get one?
·         Contact a BREF member: Darbi Buchanan (217) 714-1712; Kendra Shaffer (217) 390-7893 or Michelle Kramer (217) 489-2603
·         BREF will be setting up at various school events as well. For example the Jr High Girls Pack the Place on 10/28
·         The mugs are on hand so we can supply them as quickly as you demand them. No waiting for an order to come in.

Thank you for your support of The Blue Ridge Education Foundation! 



Keeping up-to-date on the latest information from around the School District is easy. There are several ways to stay informed:


Board of Education Meetings: Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Education. Meetings usually fall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (with a few exceptions). The meeting dates and locations are posted atwww.blueridge18.org. Meeting agendas are published at least 48 hours prior to each meeting.

Facebook: “Like” our Facebook page at “Blue Ridge CUSD 18”

Public Email List: Sign up for our public email list. Go to www.blueridge18.org and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner and enter your email address.

SchoolReach Calls/Emails: Parents of current students - make sure your contact information, including telephone and email addresses are accurate in Skyward. We upload this information each night so it is always current for SchoolReach calls. If you need to make corrections, contact your child’s school. 

SchoolReach Text Message List: For select information we send out text messages (snow days, monthly superintendent’s message). If you would like to be included on this list you have to “Opt in” by notifying your child’s school.

Media: Local newspapers and radio stations provide coverage of school-related events and information.

School Newsletters: Sign up for the email newsletters from BRIJHS and BRHS (contact the school secretary). Schneider School sends their newsletter home to all PreK through 3rd grade students on the back of the lunch menu each month. Announcements are also posted on each school’s webpage at www.blueridge18.org

PIE/Boosters:  Become active in Partner’s in Education (PIE) for grades PreK-6, Jr. High Boosters for grades 7-8, BRHS Boosters for grades 9-12, and BRHS Parent Advisory Committee. Groups usually meet each month. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

Website: Visit our website at www.blueridge18.org





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