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 21st 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 101 ½ year old son Owen will be in sixth grade at Highland Park Middle School this, our 10½ year old daughter Sydni, will be in fifth grade at HPE and our 2.5 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 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
Planners are used daily in my classroom. They are a way for us to communicate with each other and it helps to provide structure and organizational skills for my students. On Mondays we’ll write the word wall words for the week in the planner. The weekly words will also be in Blat's Bulletin. Each day the students will write their homework in their planner. Please check the planner daily for homework and announcements. The planner also helps document behaviors that occur at school. 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 written in his or her planner please note that they had at least 2 warnings prior to writing in their planner. 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 in their planner and may lose some of recess or choice time. If a student moves to blue they will write in their planner again and may take a break in another room. If your learner stays on green the entire day they will have a “stamp” in their planner 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 10 stamps they can look in the prize bin and get a prize. Check your learner’s planner every day for homework and please sign the planner over the weekend so I know that you’ve seen the planner.
I will use Classtag for communication this year. This app allows you to receive classroom information in the format that best fits your needs. It also allows me to set up things like wish lists, volunteer needs and other things. This is my first year using the app so there will be a learning curve.
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.
All students need shoes for gym. Please make sure that your learner has their gym shoes with them on gym days or they will be unable to participate in gym class. Our preps rotate two days for each prep; 10 days Chinese, 10 days Art, and 10 days Gym. We also have computer and library one day a week.
If your learner would like a snack at read aloud time, please send a healthy snack for them such as fruit, crackers, juice, or pretzels. No chips or cookies please. If you choose to send birthday treats we do birthday treats at snack time. If you learner has a summer birthday, feel free to send treats on their half birthday. I give each student a birthday treat as well.
September 23rd – Book Orders are Due – There are a lot of great deals. All orders provide points that I use to add to our classroom library.
Our code is GRD92.
October 17th and 18th - MEA - No School
October 25th – Conference Prep Day – No School
Breakfast and School Start Time
Breakfast at H.P.E. starts at 9:15 am, we have Breakfast-to-go, free for all students, where students eat breakfast in the classroom. Students are not allowed in school until 9:15 as there is no supervision for the students. School starts at 9:30 am. Students coming to class after 9:30 am are marked tardy.
Volunteers – Wonderful Worker Wednesday
We are always looking for volunteers to work with individual students, or small groups, work on small projects and to join us on our field trips. You can choose to schedule a time or just drop by on Wednesday. I hope to have different things for you to work on; you could choose to work with students or on a project. Thank you so much!
Please send $5 to cover the cost of the planner. Thank you!
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.