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Blanchet Wins 3rd Consecutive Shoe Battle

June 08, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

During Mrs. Bashaw's Leadership Class final via Zoom last week they received big news!  Laurie Shaw Casarez, the Youth Development and Prevention Coordinator with the City of Salem was a surprise guest and announced that the Leadership team, along with the entire Blanchet student body and Blanchet community, won the 1000 Soles Shoe Battle for the third consecutive year.

Watch the award announcement here.

One Thousand Soles is a teen-championed community shoe drive for children and teens in-need. Coordinated by the City of Salem, collections and awareness campaigns occur year-round.  Teams collect and donate new and clean, gently-used shoes along with new socks and new laces to win the 2020 Shoe Battle of the Schools. 

This year Blanchet had help from great schools and businesses who we would have not been able to achieve our goal without their help.  They include: 

  • Blanchet Catholic School
  • Abiqua Academy
  • Geppetto's Italian Restaurant
  • Holy Family Academy
  • Queen of Peace Parish and School
  • Les Schwab, Lancaster Drive
  • McNary Golf Club
  • Northwest Rehabilitation Associates
  • RE Building (Both)
  • Regis Catholic High School
  • Sacred Heart Parish and School
  • St Edwards Parish
  • St James Parish and School
  • St Joseph Parish and School
  • St Mary's Catholic School
  • St Vincent Parish and School
  • Salem Academy High School
  • Swegle Elementary

Blanchet and the Leadership team will be receiving a special plaque from the City of Salem in appreciation of their efforts over the last three years!  Thank you to Mrs. Bashaw and her Leadership class and the entire Blanchet community for supporting this great event to help out kids who need shoes!  By courage and faith!

Businesses of our Blanchet Community

May 13, 2020
By Tori Hittner

We as a Blanchet community are blessed. We are blessed to have our faith, to learn together, and to shelter in place in comfort--and we are blessed to have each other. 

Many of our current and former Blanchet families own their own businesses. While this “pause” on normal life has been stressful for all of us, it can be particularly uncertain for small businesses that cannot operate or cater to their customers in a regular manner. With this in mind, we decided to create a list of some local, Blanchet community-owned or operated businesses for other community members to support. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we’d love to continue to add to it! Please email us if you have a business to add.

A large part of what makes Blanchet so special is its community. We are surrounded by people of quality and kindness, people who support and bolster each other. If your family is interested and financially able, we humbly suggest the following companies to support with your business in the coming weeks.

Please be sure to check individual websites for updated hours and processes.


Food & Beverage


EZ Orchards

Farm Market
Taafe / Zielinski Families

Christos Pizzeria & Lounge



Hoy Family


Las Palomas

Anaya Family

Los Baez

Baez Family


Fast Food
Seaman / Pollard Families

Nanneman Farms

Fruit Stand
Nanneman Family

Scenic Valley Farms

Try their wine!
Millican / Ruiz Families

Sodbuster Farms

Look for local beers made with their hops!
Weathers Family



Fast Food
Adams Family


Nurseries & Landscaping Needs


Al’s Garden Center

Ruef Family

Bark Boys

Riecke Family

Bizon Nursery

Bizon Family

Coleman Agriculture

Coleman Family

EarthTech Landscape Solutions

Lopez Family

Fessler Nursery

Fessler Family


Green Acres

Kansky Family

N&M Herb Nursery

Sullivan Family


Russell's Landscape Service, Inc.



Health & Wellness


Harmony Salon & Spa

Cuff Family

Hope Orthopedics

Coen Family

Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy & Clark

Hopkin / Kennedy

Salem Radiology

Fromwiller Family

Trudeau Beauté

Trudeau Family


Auto, Home & Manufacturing Needs


7 Points Painting

Lopez Family

Baker & Baker Towing Service

Baker Family

Barry Bray Construction

Bray Family

Cascade Warehouse

Cantonwine Family

Geoff Wyatt Construction

Wyatt Family

Keizer Transmission

Welter Family


Mateo’s Mobile Car Wash

Mateo Borrego (alum)

Mega Markdown Outlet

McClaughry Family

Pacific EMS

Foster / Granatir Families


Raffensperger Family

Smart Green Cleaning LLC

Saldana Family


Suburban Garbage

Buchheit Family


South Town Glass

McNally Family


Professional Services


Boldt Carlisle + Smith

Tax / Accounting
Darst Family

Charlotte Eugenio - Realty One Group, Willamette Valley

Real Estate Broker
Eugenio Family

Fischer, Hayes, Joye & Allen

Tax / Accounting
Hayes Family

Heltzel Williams PC

Smith Family

Hittner & Associates

Business Consulting
Hittner Family

Hillwood Properties

Property Management
Smith Family

J.R. Frelich & Associates

Business Consulting
Frelich Family

Laura Gail Gwyn Properties

Real Estate
Gwyn Family

Phillips Agency DBA Legacy Real Estate

Real Estate
Phillips Family


Mannix Law Firm

Mannix Family

Neighborly Ventures

Property Management
Tokarski Family

Overall Real Estate

Real Estate
Overall Family

Richard Hansen, Allstate Insurance


Rick Lewis Country Financial


Retail, Arts & Entertainment


Hawk Hummingbird Moon Designs

Hemstreet Family

Once Upon A Child

Scanlan Family

Salem-Keizer Catholic Neighbors Magazine

Schindler Family

Trevino Entertainment

Michael Trevino (alum)


Club Spotlight: DECA

April 28, 2020
By Eileen Virden

Small Chapter, Big Results


What is DECA?

DECA is an international nonprofit organization for students studying marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in secondary schools. DECA is endorsed by the US Department of Education and chartered through state departments of education. 

DECA is primarily a co-curricular activity where students conduct marketing research projects, promotion plans, start-up businesses, and encounter realistic workplace challenges. The experience-based activities require students to use both basic and higher academic skills such as writing, math, economics, social science, communication, presentation, research, and data analysis. 

DECA is a fun way to take what is learned across all classroom subjects and put it to practical use. Students first learn the basics of business attire, handshakes, and etiquette. From there they can choose from a broad range of competitive categories based on their interests. Most beginners compete in business case study role plays, where they are given a real-life business problem and must come up with a plan of action that they present to a judge. Other advanced projects require months of research and preparation to complete before the State competition, which is at the end of February every year. Finally, DECA is an opportunity for students to network with others from all over Oregon at the State level, and around the world at the International level. Blanchet has had an active chapter since 2006. 

2020 DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC):

This February, Blanchet brought 29 students to SCDC. To be eligible to attend the conference, students must prepare by taking practice tests and business case study role plays. These practices paid off with multiple awards on stage at the Grand Awards session. Members Lila Bray and Brooke Foresee will continue on to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held in Nashville April 29 - May 2. 

Update: ICDC has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are sure to see some of these students as qualifiers next year.

SCDC Results:

Lila Bray (10), Ripley Carson (10) & Brooke Foresee (10) - 3rd place written business operations research project

Lauren Kennedy (11) - 4th place overall finalist - business case study and exam, Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Abby Weber (9) - 4th place overall finalist - business case study and exam, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Sienna Abbott (11) - 4th place overall finalist - business case study and exam, Quick Serve Management

Brooke Foresee (10) - 2nd place in business case study #2, Human Resources Management

Ellie Fromwiller (9) - 2nd place in business case study #2, Restaurant & Food Service Management

James Moore (12) - 3rd place in business case study #2, Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Other notable results include: Sam Schindler (10) - 11th place overall, Business Finance; James Moore (12) - 11th place overall, Retail Merchandising; Max Hoskins (10) - 6th place in business case study, Hotel & Lodging Management; Aliya Suri (11) - 5th place in business case study, Retail Merchandising; Emma Snawder (11) - 10th place in business case study, Retail Merchandising; Randy Gilland (11) - 8th place in exam; and Kayla Greenwood (11) - 7th place in exam.

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2020
By Tori Hittner

April 22 marks Earth Day each year--and social distancing doesn’t have to prevent your participation. You may not be able to attend a group tree planting or beach cleanup this year, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate our planet. Here are 10 easy ways to honor Earth Day from your own home.

1. Plant a seed.

Does your family have a vegetable garden or even some flower beds that need tending? Weather permitting, grab a trowel and start working on your green thumb. Spring is the perfect time to plant and gardening can be a fun activity whether you’re going solo or with a buddy. If the rain keeps you inside, consider filling a windowsill planter with herbs or other house-friendly plants.

2. Create a compost bin.

Be efficient with your food scraps and create or buy a compost bin. Compost is an easy way to get rid of waste without actually wasting it. Instead of creating more refuse at a landfill, you’ll end up with some great fertilizer.

3. Shoot for the stars.

We may have cloud cover this week, but if we luck out with a clear night, make sure to hop outside for some stargazing. We’re in the midst of the Lyrid meteor shower, so your chances for spotting a shooting star are high!

4. Become a local expert.

Go for a walk this week and keep your eyes peeled for native plants. Use a site like Native Plant Finder or apps like iNaturalist or PlantSnap to identify and learn about plants in our local area. 

5. Catch the Earth Day Network livestream.

The Earth Day Network, one of the largest organizations associated with Earth Day, will be livestreaming activities, musicians, and speakers between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. PDT on April 22. If you’re interested in environmental activism or global climate politics, this event is for you!

Other livestreams to catch include the American Museum of Natural History’s family-friendly EarthFest and NASA’s #EarthDayAtHome.

6. Grab some local produce.

The next time your family needs fresh produce, run to a farmer’s market or stand instead of the big box grocery store. Buying locally sourced produce is not only better for the environment, it’s better for the local economy. Support our farmers and small business owners by shopping small. Some local favorites include EZ Orchards and Aspinwall’s--and most are offering delivery and curbside pickup!

7. Utilize as many reusable items as you can.

Hydro flasks are more than just essential Oregonian accessories. Challenge yourself to use as many reusable items and products as you can throughout the day. Drink from reusable water bottles, store food in Mason jars or Tupperware instead of plastic baggies, and take cloth grocery bags to the store with you. (Just remember that most stores are making you bag your own groceries if you bring your reusable bags!)

8. Be conscious of your water use.

Water conservation isn’t a new concept, but it can be a difficult one to implement in your own household. Try to take a shorter shower or be conscious about leaving the faucet on while washing dishes in the sink. Even better? See if you can identify and fix any leaks in the house. According to the EPA, the average household can waste up to 180 gallons of water per week due to leaky appliances. Take care of the planet and make your parents happy about a smaller water bill, all in one fell swoop. 

9. Choose your wheels wisely.

We’re all doing our best to stay home as much as possible. But sometimes, you or a family member inevitably has to make a grocery or essential items run. If you live close enough (and the Oregon weather permits!), consider riding your bike or taking a walk to your local store. Exercise and environmental benefits? It’s a win-win.

10. Read up on recycling rules.

When our county recycling restrictions changed, many residents were confused about what could and couldn’t be tossed in their recycling bins--and many still are. It’s important to only toss permitted recyclables into your bin so that the whole load isn’t sorted as trash. Visit your sanitation company’s website for the exact guidelines regarding recycling. Here’s one such handy guide, provided by Loren’s Sanitation.

Virtual Wellness Week

April 17, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet is partnering with 18 other local area schools to promote next week as Virtual Wellness Week.  Below are some ideas to help you have a week of mindfulness, movement, and creativity.

Monday, April 20 - Meditation and Movement

Tuesday, April 22 - Play Break

Wednesday, April 22 - Move it! Move it! Move it!

Thursday, April 23 - Smile and Laugh

Friday, April 24 - Sing Out

Virtual Adventures

March 23, 2020
By Tori Hittner

Find Your Own Fun this Spring Break

Spring Break 2020 looks quite a bit different from what many of us expected. And while the health and safety of our community is a top priority, we understand how disappointing it is to cancel fun vacations and trips. But that doesn’t mean your Spring Break has to be dull! Here are a few ways--virtual and otherwise--to create your own adventures this week.

Louvre to See It

Dozens of top-notch museums around the world offer virtual tours of their collections. Explore paintings from Dali or van Gogh at the MoMA, or view the Mona Lisa without all the crowds. Turn to Google Arts & Culture for more visual content, tours, and activities related to famous works of art.


Find Some Monkey Business

One positive of the coronavirus-related closures? Lots of zoos have been able to give their adorable residents the chance to explore outside their habitat boundaries. For example, did you see that viral video of the Shedd Aquarium penguins?! Tag along on their explorations, view live web cams, or virtually join a zookeeper for some incredible animal experiences.

Travel in Style

You may not be able to hop on a plane right now, but you can hop online to experience fabulous sights and sounds from around the globe. Whether you enjoy history, hair-raising adventures, or beautiful vistas, there’s a virtual travel experience that fits your interests. Check Google Earth for new tours added daily. In this case, armchair anthropology could be just the ticket.

Beat Board-om

Board games, trivia, and puzzles may seem old-fashioned, but there’s a reason they remain popular activities! Amazon is still delivering, so it’s not too late to add some updated offerings to the family collection. 

Or, take your own spin on a classic like Guess Who (like this Blanchet edition we created). 

Get Crafty

If you have younger siblings, you know it can be difficult to find activities suitable for the whole family. Use your own creativity and brain power to keep younger ones entertained. Create a scavenger hunt around your own house or yard to get the whole family hunting for clues (this article offers some tips for getting started). If you and your siblings enjoy more hands-on experiences, raid the kitchen (with parental approval!) to make your own slime, bath bombs, tie-dye shirts, or yes, even soap!

Turn the Page

Would we really be a school blog if we didn’t mention reading as a Spring Break option? If you’re not a natural avid reader, don’t despair! We guarantee there’s a book out there you’ll enjoy, and the folks over at SparkNotes agree. Take their quiz to receive customized options to place on your reading list.

Grow Up

Everyone could use a breath of fresh air, and plants help deliver that in spades! Now is the perfect time to begin planting vegetables like bell peppers, peas, lettuce, and tomatoes. Use a planting calendar (like this region-specific one from the Farmer’s Almanac) to determine which seeds can be planted directly in your garden, and which need to be started inside.

If you and your family use lots of herbs and spices when cooking, consider starting your own indoor herb garden. It’s a great introduction to gardening and growing your own food. You can even find starter kits online.

Cooked to Perfection

Family meals are important, but you can extend the bonding time beyond the dinner table. Ask the typical cook of your household if you can help prepare a couple meals this week. Even if you don’t feel comfortable in front of the stove or navigating a complex recipe, you can always help with prep work like chopping or measuring. Contributing to a meal that your whole family gets to enjoy can be incredibly rewarding--and you may be surprised by how much fun you have in the kitchen!

Need some inspiration for easy-to-prep dishes? Pinterest is always helpful, but why not look locally? Several area restaurants are sharing recipes and ideas on their social media accounts during the closures. Some, like Epilogue, are even offering recipes based on what you personally have in your pantry and fridge!

Take It Outside

Need a break from the indoors? If our Oregon weather cooperates, step outside to enjoy activities that get you moving. Organized sports may be temporarily suspended, but that doesn’t mean you can’t muster up some competition in your own household. Most of these games can be created using items you’ll have lying around the house or garage. Sometimes, the sillier the better.


Digital Learning at Blanchet

March 18, 2020
By Tori Hittner

With school closures extended through April 28 across the state, Blanchet students will be relying on our digital learning platform longer than many may have expected. In addition to our students’ safety, their ability to continue learning is our top priority. At Blanchet, we’re doing everything we can to keep our community’s educational experience top-notch, and allow our seniors to graduate on time. 

Our students and staff have benefited from already having a Digital Learning Day protocol in place, which uses RenWeb as a central portal for learning and communication. We will continue to build out our online curriculum around these guidelines. With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on learning digitally.

How are teachers communicating with their students?

Our teachers did an admirable job quickly transitioning their curriculums to a digital format, and were able to communicate expectations with their students the Friday before closures went into effect. Students will continue to receive regular communications from their teachers containing updates, links, and assignments, either via email or directly through RenWeb.

Faculty have been asked to be available via email from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each digital school day for questions regarding assignments or instructions.

How are staff and students being held accountable for at-home teaching and learning?

Each teacher has posted a brief weekly plan or calendar on RenWeb, which will be updated every Monday morning. All assignments and instructions will be posted on RenWeb no later than 9:30 a.m. the day they are needed. 

All classes will require at least one digital deliverable per week, although some teachers may require more at their discretion and depending on the nature of the course. These assignments must be submitted by the deadline established by the teacher, or they will be considered late work.

What kind of workload should students expect?

The duration of assignments will depend on the class; students may have a series of smaller assignments or a longer assignment intended to take place over the course of the week. Potential home-based assessments may include online quizzes, papers, projects, videos, and online discussion posts. 

Students should expect to spend up to 45 minutes per class per digital school day, or about 4 hours for each class per week. Students in AP, honors, and dual-credit classes should expect to spend up to 60 minutes per day per class, or about 5 hours per class each week.

What happens if students are ill or lose access to the Internet?

If a student is unable to engage in digital work due to illness or Internet disruption, parents/guardians should call (503) 391-2639 or email Faculty will provide extensions or exemptions as needed per their usual practice regarding absences.

If a student does not have regular access to the Internet at home, parents/guardians should contact the school as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements.

Will the school be in regular contact with families?

Yes! Continued communication between administrators and parents is vital. We want to ensure that the current digital learning process is working as smoothly as possible for all our students. “Announcements” will continue to be posted on RenWeb, as needed. Our parents will also continue to receive weekly e-newsletters with updates, as well as other directly emailed communications from Mr. Weber as needed.

What other steps will Blanchet be taking to provide a positive educational experience?

We are committed to maintaining a sense of community throughout this unprecedented time. Our administration is currently looking for ways to continue featuring our student clubs and organizations, and is working diligently with coaches and club advisors to create potential at-home workouts and activities. Stay tuned for more information as we begin to make these programs available.

As always, follow our social media accounts for updates, information, and helpful tips and activity ideas. Our school community is full of bright problem solvers, and we look forward to being able to showcase their resiliency and creativity in the weeks to come.

If you encounter any questions or difficulty utilizing our digital learning platform, please feel free to give the school office a call or email

School Closure & Digital Learning Information

March 16, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

Based on the latest guidance and updates from Governor Brown, Blanchet Catholic School will be making a major adjustment to our school schedule beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Blanchet will have a full day of school today with dismissal at 3:10 p.m.  


Here is a list of the adjustments we will be making starting on Monday, March 16:

Blanchet will implement our digital learning protocol for all students for the week of March 16-20.

The week of March 23-27 our community will be on Spring Break.

Blanchet will return to digital learning for Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.

Blanchet students will return to classes on campus on Wednesday, April 1.

As stated yesterday, all activities, events, practices, competitions, meetings, and performances are postponed at this time and will remain postponed until further notice.

Blanchet will continue to monitor updates and guidance from Gov. Brown on this situation, and adjustments to this plan may be necessary.

We will have our main school office open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday through the end of March.  Please let us know if you need any assistance.  


By implementing our digital learning protocol, students will be able to stay on track academically, and it will help us avoid adding school days to our academic year.  Our teachers will be sharing information with classes today about what to expect for the digital learning process.  


While we are using our digital learning protocol, students will need to access information from their teachers on the RenWeb system.  If you are having difficulty navigating the RenWeb system, please refer to the attached information for assistance.  If you are still having difficulties, contact the school by phone (503-391-2639) or email.  Please make sure your child brings home books, notebooks, and materials for all classes so that they have the necessary tools for the coming weeks.  A few students have asked about the possibility of checking out a device to use for the digital learning days.  If you are in need of borrowing a device from the school please contact the school office to make arrangements. 


These are unprecedented times for our city, state, and school. I know these adjustments cause difficulties for our families, and I hope that the coming weeks are manageable for all members of our community.  I appreciate the continued support and understanding of our school community as we work to keep our students, employees, and community safe.  


If you have questions or concerns about this plan, please contact myself or Robin Smith.  

By Courage & Faith,
Bob Weber                                    Robin Smith
President                                       Principal