Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - The Pennsylvania State University Master of Science - Bemidji State University
Hi, my name is Jenni Blat. I'm very excited for a new school year at Highland Park Elementary. I attended St. Paul Schools and graduated from St. Paul Central in 1990. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State I was on the fencing team and we won four National Championships. I earned my Master of Science degree from Bemidji State University. This is my 22nd year teaching in St. Paul. I live in White Bear Lake with my husband Bob, who is a 4th grade teacher at Battle Creek Magnet in St. Paul, our 12 ½ year old son Owen will be in seventh grade, our 11½ year old daughter Sydni, will be in sixth grade and both are at Highland Park Middle School this and our 3.5 year old chihuahua, Tuzi. I enjoy reading, shopping, baking, training for races, and spending time with my family. I'm looking forward to a fun and rewarding year!
Blat's Bulletin Daily Newsletters
Learning goals, homework and thoughts from our day is e-mailed home daily in Blat's Bulletin. Information regarding events and reminders will be in our monthly newsletter, which is emailed to you. I will also use email to send out updates and important announcements as needed, so please make sure I have a working email address for you.
Planners and Discipline Plan
For Distance Learning, I will use Seesaw and email to communicate lessons and expectations. We will use Class Dojo to earn individual and class rewards. Please see the reward sheet that is attached to the newsletter.
I ask all of my students to treat each other with respect. I reward good behavior and provide consequences for poor behavior. If your learner has something concerning behavior noted in Class Dojo please note that they had at least 2 warnings prior to the note.
When we return to HPE I will use a visual behavior chart, each day everyone starts on green. If their behavior does not follow our essential agreement they will be given a verbal reminder. If another behavior occurs they will change their card to yellow and take a break at their desk to think about how they can change their behavior to follow our essential agreement. If the behavior continues the learner will change their card to red and write what they were doing on reflection sheet to bring home. The learner may lose some of recess or choice time. If a student moves to blue they will write in their reflection sheet again and may take a break in another room. If your learner stays on green the entire day they will earn 5 class Dojo Points to signify that they had a great day. Each week students start with a purple card. If the purple card is kept for the entire week, meaning the student has turned in all classwork and has not changed their color they will get to choose a special reward such as cartoon lunch, help a teacher or extra recess. After 50 Class Dojo points students can look in the prize bin and get a prize.
One app that we use for Distance Learning is SeeSaw. Every Monday morning there will be a schedule of the work for the week and Google Meet times. Please make sure that your second grader is logged on at the appropriate time each day.
We will have Google Meets for social-emotional learning and Google Meets for academic learning.
There will be synchronous and asynchronous learning throughout the day. We will also do some work on i-pads, and some work on paper. Since we are doing work off-line they will need their school supplies. We will use those supplies throughout the year so please keep them in a safe place.
Some things you can do to help your student be successful is to make sure that they have a quiet work space without distractions, that they are able to sit up and use a table to write on, make sure their supplies are stored in a organized fashion and that their i-pad is charged.
There will be daily lessons in Math, Reading and Inquiry. Writing will be 4 days a week. Phonics is 3 days a week and Science is taught every Friday. I use Mystery Science for my Science instruction. The materials for the experiments are things that you can find at home. I will try to give a week notice on supplies that your second grader will need.
Students will also hear these terms in our lessons this year – “Ignite” – the teaching point, “Chunk” – the content that is being taught, “Chew” – active engagement and work time, “Review” – the check in at the end of the lesson. Other apps that I use for instruction are Epic Books, RazKids and Freckle.
My hope is that your second grader can do most of the work independently and know how to contact me for help.
Google Meet Expectations
Join: Use the code to join the meet on time. Second graders should wear clothes appropriate for school. Second graders should be in a quiet place away from distractions such as TV, pets, etc. Second graders should be sitting up and ready to learn.
Mute: As soon as your second grader joins the meeting they should mute themselves and stay muted until called on.
Come Prepared: Second graders should have their supplies, questions and remarks ready when the meeting starts.
Questions: Second graders can raise their hands in the meeting and wait for me to call on them.
Do: Join on time, mute yourself immediately, keep your video on, sit up and pay attention, dress appropriately, hang up at the end of the meet.
Don't: Have distractions nearby, enter the meet disrespectfully, leave the meet early, share your screen unless told to, umute yourself unless told to, eat or chew gum
September 25th – Book Orders are Due – There are a lot of great deals in the flyers. All orders provide points that I use to add books to our classroom library. You can order online and have the books shipped to your house. Our class code is GRD92.
October 15th and 16th - MEA - No School
October 30th – Report Card Day – No School
November 20th – No School – Possible Day Conferences
Units of Inquiry in Order
4 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Responsibility
Step Up to the Plate – Nutrition, Exercise and Healthy Eating
Mapping: Lost and Found
Lights, Camera, Action! – Drama
Community Faces and Places
Plantastic! – What plants need to grow and stay healthy
A stylus is also helpful for your learner to use to practice proper grip of a pencil while writing on the i-pad.
Thank you in advance for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life. If you have any question please call or email me, I will get back to you as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check out our school website at http://highlandel.spps.org.
Homework Policy (When we return to in-person class at HPE)
St Paul District expectation is that second graders have about 30 minutes of homework daily. I am trying something new with homework this year. Classwork that is not finished in class will be sent home to be completed that night. Homework reinforces what we learn during the school day. Your learner should also read a book at their level for 20-30 minutes a day, including weekends. Please let me know if you are having any problems with the homework.