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Blanchet Virtual Auction How To Guide

March 02, 2021
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet's Virtual Auction How To Guide

This year we celebrate Blanchet’s 24th annual benefit auction.  Traditionally this has been an in-person event with a silent and live auction and delicious, festive dinner held at Blanchet Catholic School.  With COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings, this year’s auction will be held virtually.  Both the silent and live auctions will be online, and we invite the entire Blanchet community to join us!

SILENT VIRTUAL AUCTION

  • Opens Monday, March 8 at 12:00 PM
  • Closes March 13 at 8:00 PM

LIVE VIRTUAL AUCTION

Auction sponsorships are still available until March 5, for more information CLICK HERE! The auction catalog will be mailed to all registered bidders on March 5 and will be available online on March 8 at www.blanchetcatholicschool.com/auction.  Below are some helpful tips for participating in the virtual auction.  

Register to Bid

  • All guests who wish to participate in the online bidding must be registered at blanchet.ggo.bid.  
  • Click on the 'Get Started' button in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  • Follow the instructions for registering including verifying your email address.

How to Bid

  • All bidding takes place at Blanchet’s online bidding page: blanchet.ggo.bid
  • When the auction is open, you will receive an automated ‘Welcome’ text with your bidder link.
  • After clicking the link in the text, begin searching for packages by name, number, or category.  
  • Select the package you wish to bid on.
  • You can Bid the next increment or Bid More than the next increment
  • If you choose to Bid More, you can choose to set your Max Bid. If your max bid is the highest, the system will automatically bid in your favor until you are outbid or until the silent auction closes. If your bid is lower than the highest max bid on that package, you will be prompted to enter a higher bid.
  • To purchase a package at the Buy Now price, select the Buy button.
  • To “watch” a package, select the star icon on the package.
  • To make a donation, select the Donation button on your home screen and choose a preset amount or select the Custom Amount button to enter the amount you wish to donate.
  • If you’re out-bid at any point before the silent auction closes, you will receive a text message.
  • To view packages you are bidding on, click the menu button and select Bids.
  • To view packages you are watching, click the menu button and select Favorites.
  • Once the auction closes, the guest with the highest bid will win.
  • Under the Bid's area you can check your winning packages.

How to View the Livestream Event

  • The link to connect to the livestream event is: https://vimeo.com/50618139
  • The livestream pre-show begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13.
  • The livestream live auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.
  • We recommend that you have two devices for the live event.  One device (laptop, computer, SmartTV) to view the live event and another device (Smartphone, tablet) to bid.

How Live Items will be sold

  • The live items will be auctioned off in groups of 4 during the live stream event.  There will be four groups of four items each in the live auction.  
  • The Embrace the Potential appeal for tuition assistance will take place between groups 2 and 3.

Item Pick Up

  • Winning items can be picked up at Blanchet Tuesday, March 16 through Friday March 19 from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm at Blanchet Catholic School (4373 Market St NE).  
  • When you arrive, call us at 503-400-1933, and we will deliver your items to your vehicle.

For help with bidding and registration
call our Auction Help Line at 503-400-1933.

Ways to Support Blanchet

February 01, 2021
By Toni Nanneman

We are often asked how best people can support Blanchet Catholic School.  While financial assistance is always needed and appreciated, there are many other ways individuals can support the school.  For example...

  • Write a positive review on Facebook, Google, Yelp, Great Schools or Niche.
  • Follow us and Like us on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo or LinkedIn.
  • Share the good news about Blanchet with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.
  • Participate in a rewards program that gives back to Blanchet (see below).
  • Keep us in your prayers!
  • Participate in Rewards Programs

Blanchet Catholic School has partnered with several large companies' reward programs, and they are absolutely free to you!  If you shop at Amazon.com, Fred Meyer or RiteAid you can help us earn money just by signing up for their rewards programs and linking your account to Blanchet!  For more information, see the details below!  Your support is always appreciated!!

Amazon Smile Donations

Here's how to sign up for AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Search for and select Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet School.  Then start shopping!
  4. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
  5. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1171184 and Amazon donates to Blanchet Catholic School.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can help Blanchet earn donations by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer donates over $2 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Blanchet at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.  You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number KL485.

Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Blanchet earn a donation!

RiteAid

The program is free for participants to use and Blanchet will receive funds at the end of each quarter based on the number of prescriptions filled and qualifying purchases that its registered participants make.  Getting started is easy. Just follow these three easy steps:

Support Blanchet Catholic School by completing the registration form at the following link: https://support.rxfundraising.com/BlanchetCatholicSchool

Register for a Rite Aid wellness+ rewards number (if you don’t already have one).

Transfer your existing prescriptions to Rite Aid and start using your Rite Aid wellness+ rewards number to accrue funds for us on prescriptions and qualifying purchases. RXfundraising will automatically give funds to Blanchet for 36 months if you continue to fill prescriptions and shop at Rite Aid using your wellness+ rewards number.

 

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One School, One Family - Blanchet's Annual Appeal

December 11, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet is a school that is blessed with an incredibly supportive community because of the difference it makes in the lives of our students and, through them, in the world. It is this support that allows us to keep our tuition among the lowest of similar schools in the Oregon.

To say that 2020 has been an unprecedented year may be an understatement.  But at Blanchet Catholic School, we remain steadfast and hopeful in our courage and faith.

We are thankful for our teachers who have developed innovative ways to continue providing our college-prep education through digital learning protocols and who remain dedicated to finding creative ways to stay connected with our students.

We are exceptionally proud of our students who log into classes daily and have remained on course as they discover inventive ways to study, collaborate with peers and demonstrate strong academic growth.  

We continue to provide opportunities for students to come to campus in small groups to develop bonds with their peers through socially distanced retreats, athletic workouts and socials.  We provide prayer and announcements to the entire student body with inventive videos each day to serve as a constant reminder of the holy presence of God in our daily lives.

We all work daily to ensure that the Blanchet experience remains in the hearts and minds of our students so that no matter what life brings, they can draw upon its lessons to weather any storm. Blanchet graduates are prepared: ready to excel, ready to lead, ready to serve and ready to inspire!

Blanchet strives to keep our doors open wide, welcoming students of all backgrounds and financial means. This year, we awarded tuition assistance to over fifty percent of our students. With your help, we can make a Blanchet education accessible to every family who seeks one.

Please join us in support of our annual operations; these donations go directly to the school, helping us pay for academic programs, operational costs and teacher salaries, to name just a few items. We appreciate your support of our students, our faculty and our school.  A donation to Blanchet is an investment in our mission to prepare students for college and for life, to form individuals of faith.  

Thank you for helping to transform the world by supporting the young people entrusted to our care.  With your help, we can all make a difference in the lives of our students.

One School, One Family - Blanchet's Annual Appeal

December 11, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet is a school that is blessed with an incredibly supportive community because of the difference it makes in the lives of our students and, through them, in the world. It is this support that allows us to keep our tuition among the lowest of similar schools in the Oregon.

To say that 2020 has been an unprecedented year may be an understatement.  But at Blanchet Catholic School, we remain steadfast and hopeful in our courage and faith.

We are thankful for our teachers who have developed innovative ways to continue providing our college-prep education through digital learning protocols and who remain dedicated to finding creative ways to stay connected with our students.

We are exceptionally proud of our students who log into classes daily and have remained on course as they discover inventive ways to study, collaborate with peers and demonstrate strong academic growth.  

We continue to provide opportunities for students to come to campus in small groups to develop bonds with their peers through socially distanced retreats, athletic workouts and socials.  We provide prayer and announcements to the entire student body with inventive videos each day to serve as a constant reminder of the holy presence of God in our daily lives.

We all work daily to ensure that the Blanchet experience remains in the hearts and minds of our students so that no matter what life brings, they can draw upon its lessons to weather any storm. Blanchet graduates are prepared: ready to excel, ready to lead, ready to serve and ready to inspire!

Blanchet strives to keep our doors open wide, welcoming students of all backgrounds and financial means. This year, we awarded tuition assistance to over fifty percent of our students. With your help, we can make a Blanchet education accessible to every family who seeks one.

Please join us in support of our annual operations; these donations go directly to the school, helping us pay for academic programs, operational costs and teacher salaries, to name just a few items. We appreciate your support of our students, our faculty and our school.  A donation to Blanchet is an investment in our mission to prepare students for college and for life, to form individuals of faith.  

Thank you for helping to transform the world by supporting the young people entrusted to our care.  With your help, we can all make a difference in the lives of our students.

2020 Student Raffle Begins

October 28, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

The Blanchet development team works with student leadership to plan a Student Raffle each year!  This is the 17th year of Blanchet’s Student Raffle fundraiser and our theme is “Captain Cavalier’s Student Raffle”.  Our goal is to raise $48,000 for Blanchet programs and students such as New Student Orientation, CAV Spirit Day, Class Retreats, Grandparents Day, and many more.  Tuition alone does not cover the cost to educate a student and these fundraisers like the raffle and are crucial in continuing Blanchet’s day-to-day operations as well as support our student programs.

Student participation in this fundraiser is required and encouraged.  We offer incentive prizes for students to sell tickets.  Although each student is only required to sell 10 tickets, we encourage students to sell as many tickets as possible to support the school and earn prizes.  The more they sell, the more they can earn.

When you purchase a Blanchet Student Raffle ticket, you are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the prizes listed below.  The drawing for the prize winners will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020, at 8:45 a.m. via a live video.  Winners need not be present to win.

2020 Raffle Prizes include:

  • $500 Cash
  • iRoomba with Echo dot — value: $350
  • Microsoft Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi — value: $299
  • Field & Stream Blade Kayak & $50 Dicks Sporting Goods Gift Card (Value $279)
  • Acer Chromebook 14 — value: $240
  • Ring Video Doorbell with Echo Dot — value: $199
  • Electric Pressure Washer — value: $155
  • Instant Pot Duo 80 — value: $140

Blanchet Welcomes Seminarians

October 28, 2020
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet Catholic School is blessed to partner with Mt. Angel Abbey as part of their Pastoral Formation Field Education program.  For the last 6 years, Mt. Angel Abbey has sent two seminarian students to participate in Blanchets' Christian service learning efforts during the school year.  The seminarians interact with the religion classes, retreats, and service opportunities. The Field Education experience provides the ideal opportunity for seminarians to grow in pastoral charity and to serve as a bridge for youth to connect with their faith.  Whether in religion classes, at retreats, or community events, the seminarians help provide a spiritual, human, and academic dimension to faith and spirituality at Blanchet.

This year, our seminarians include Richard Ordos and Scott Borba.  With our digital learning protocols in place, the seminarians participate by joining Zoom classes, virtually attending retreat planning sessions, and giving theological insight for classroom lessons.  

The staff and students enjoy working with these gentlemen, and we would like to introduce them to the Blanchet community.  Please keep them in your prayers and welcome them to Blanchet Catholic School.


 

Take-Home Science Kits

October 28, 2020
By Tori Hittner

Diack Ecology Grant Allows for Exploration at Home

Blanchet science teacher Dr. Micki Halsey Randall knew that she needed to find a creative solution for keeping students engaged in the midst of digital learning. With all the screen time required in a distance learning environment, she wanted to give her students a breath of fresh air--literally!

“When we decided to go back digitally, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, how do I get kids engaged outside, because I don’t want them staring at a screen the whole time?’” Dr. HR explained. “Even the idea of them coming back but being socially distanced--how do we do microscope work if they can’t share a microscope?”

The solution? Take-home science kits with portable equipment to help students conduct observations in their own backyards. Dr. HR turned to Mike Weddle at Diack Ecology for help funding the large undertaking. The Diack Ecology Education Program provides grants and resources for teachers and students in Oregon to encourage field-based science and ecology studies. Through her work with the Outdoor Learning Environment, Dr. HR had already received several grants from the nonprofit. 

“This is a company that loves to get kids outside,” she said. “With my Outdoor Learning Environment, it was this natural marriage between what I needed and who they wanted to give money to.”

The take-home kits were delivered to all of Dr. HR’s eighth graders in Integrated Science 8 and freshmen/sophomores in Biology--about 100 students in total. Mid high students received handheld lenses to identify specimens of rocks, soils, insects, and plants. As a class, they will be creating a map of their locations and comparing/contrasting the items discovered in their backyards. 

High school Biology students received handheld microscopes instead of lenses, which they are using to explore habitat characteristics, looking closely at insects and plants. The information they gather will be used to design a plan for improving the habitat of the OLE once on-campus learning resumes. All kits included a journal, colored pencils, whiteboard, and markers. 

“I’m a big fan of whiteboards,” Dr. HR said. “There’s new research that says kids are more likely to engage on a whiteboard than they are on pencil/paper because it’s so easy to erase if they make a mistake. There’s no permanent record, so they’re more willing to take those risks to try to answer things and brainstorm.”

We’re proud to have a dedicated, creative teacher like Dr. HR as part of our Blanchet family, and look forward to seeing all the wonderful observations and discoveries that stem from our students’ outdoor learning experiences!

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Art Teacher Keeps Creativity Flowing

October 07, 2020
By Megan Johnston

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools this past spring, Blanchet’s teachers quickly adapted their teaching methods to help students continue their learning online.  It took a lot of planning, communication and creativity to finish out the school year. 

Luckily, Mary Heintzman, Blanchet’s visual arts teacher, is the embodiment of creativity.  She thought outside the box and helped students learn art concepts in a whole new way.  How do you teach pottery when students don’t have an art studio at home?  You use the resources they do have and challenge students to learn shape building and form with paper, plastic, and anything else they can get their hands on.  Mary worked with students to find new and clever ways to excel in drawing, painting, pottery, and photography.

Armed with her knowledge and experiences from last school year, Mary used the summer break to prepare her art classes for her current students.  She created take home art supply packets that students can use for at home learning as well as in-person classes.  She thought out every lesson she planned to teach for the year and found the items students would need to be successful.  If you stopped by her classroom this summer, you would have seen all the items she carefully curated and individually packed for each student. 

  

Mary also set up a special recording studio to allow students to follow her step-by-step instructions while learning online.  Her preparation for each lesson takes countless hours of set up and forethought.  She is dedicated to offering Blanchet students the opportunity to participate in the elective classes they love through online learning.    

And, if that wasn’t enough, she also spent part of her summer break working on a new art addition for Blanchet’s press box overlooking the courtyard of Mountain West Stadium.  Next time you are on campus, we highly recommend you check out the Blanchet shield and motto Mary painted for all the Cavaliers to enjoy.