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Charles E Lee Scholarship Program

September 28, 2021
By Toni Nanneman

Charles E Lee Scholarship Program

Blanchet Catholic School is pleased to announce the new Charles E. Lee Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program will offer financial assistance to deserving students attending Blanchet Catholic School and to support Blanchet's mission to ensure that students are prepared to excel, to lead, to serve and to inspire!

This program is named in honor of Mr. Lee's service and dedication to Blanchet Catholic School.   His passion for education and expertise in marketing and development have contributed significantly to the success of Blanchet Catholic over the last 27 years.  Chuck was a confident leader who shared the mission of Blanchet in everything he said and did.  He lived “by Courage and Faith” and his legendary stories about “the carpet in the gym “and “where there's’ a will, we want to be in it” will be long remembered, as will Chuck.

Born and raised in Seattle, Chuck Lee graduated from the Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington, where he majored in journalism. After graduation, he taught in the Edmonds School District and received his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Seattle University. At the age of 25, he became the Principal of an inner city Catholic School and began a 40-year career as the Principal or President of five different Catholic schools. During his 16 years at Blanchet, Chuck led the effort to raise over $17 million to purchase and renovate the facility and provide millions of dollars in financial aid. In 2013, Chuck was hired by Mountain West to help create the Career Technical Education Center in Salem.

Together, he and his wife Krina have six children and eleven grandchildren. Mr. Lee was elected to the Keizer City Council in 2001 and 2005, served three terms on the Salem/Keizer School Board and was also appointed by the Governor to the State Ethics Commission. Chuck received the National Catholic Education Award in 2009 and was inducted into Blanchet's Hall of Fame in 2017.

Chuck passed away on September 4, 2021 from complications of multiple system atrophy (MSA), a rare, neurodegenerative disease with symptoms similar to Lou Gehrig's and Parkinson's.

How to give

If you would like to donate to the Charles E. Lee Scholarship program, you can,

Make an online donation or pledge here or mail a check to Blanchet Catholic School at 4373 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301.  If you have any questions or need more information, please call Blanchet President Bob Weber at 503-391-2639 x224 or email bobweber@blanchetcatholicschool.com.

Buchheits Leadership Experience

September 16, 2021
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet senior Brooklyn Buchheit attended the National Youth Leadership Forum for Law & CSI over the summer.  In her own words, she shares her experience.

 

My NYLF Experience by Brookly Buchheit, Class of 2022

This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in an experience of a lifetime. At the beginning of 2020, I was formally invited to participate in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum for Law & CSI. I had seen that former Cavaliers had participated in different branches of the program and I reached out to them to see if they thought the program was really worth it.  After lots of researching and planning, I decided to enroll for this program. 

In the months leading up to the program, I worked hard to earn money towards the program. There were also some pre-program assignments I had to complete in order to be prepared when I arrived. With COVID and all of the restrictions around the virus, I was anticipating many of the attractions and experiences to be closed or unavailable. However, the teams putting together this amazing program made sure the scholars received the most fulfilling experience. 

This was my first time travelling somewhere far away on my own, let alone across the country. I had a layover both ways as well. I took this as an opportunity to see for myself if I could travel and live on my own somewhere distant, as I prepare for college. I had to rely on myself alone and continue my punctuality and responsibility as I was on my own. This was one of the most beneficial ways of proving to myself that I have the ability to go wherever is fit for me, no matter how far.

Once I arrived at the program, I found that all the other kids who had travelled to the program were just as nervous as me. This was comforting considering that I was in a room with 350 other scholars in the same boat as I was. It was eye-opening to be in a room multiple times a day with a group of scholars, the same size as my school, who are all interested in having a future in law or CSI. These scholars came from all over the world, making being from Oregon feel foreign, but also right at home.

I was placed in the Holmes group, named after Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a Harvard law graduate and Civil War veteran who advocated judicial restraint and developed the concept of “clear and present danger”, as the only basis for curtailing freedom of speech. This was a group of 16 other law interested scholars who lived as far as California, New York, and Wyoming. My roommate was from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The Holmes group was my family for the week and I could not have asked for a better group to enjoy my D.C. experience with. We have kept in touch every day since we left the camp, no matter the time difference.

The first few days, we spent time in our small groups learning and talking about the courtroom and the rules and etiquette regarding it. We also received the opportunity of listening to renowned speakers such as Mr. John Douglas. Mr. Douglas is a retired special agent from the Behavior Analysis Unit, a criminal profiler who interviewed many criminals, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Robert Hansen. He has also written many books, such as Mindhunter and The Killer Across the Table, and has been confirmed to have been the inspiration behind the characters of Jason Gideon and David Rossi in the popular television series Criminal Minds. The Netflix Original series Mindhunter was picked up from Mr. Douglas’ book as well. Another speaker was Marvin Anderson of the Innocence Project. Anderson was wrongfully convicted of many crimes with a sentence of 210 years. After John Otis Lincoln came forward to identify him as the actual assailant, the judge still refused to exonerate the conviction. Mr. Anderson served 15 years in prison and 4 years fighting parole until his innocence was finally proven. As Chief of Hanover, Virginia Fire Department, Anderson also works on the board of the Innocence Project to help those wrongfully convicted of crimes. 

Along with those amazing speakers, I was able to participate in a simulated Supreme Court Trial, and a criminal mock trial as well. These are experiences I had never participated in before this program and I found how beneficial they were to increasing my understanding of the American government. I learned how to be on the prosecuting side for both of these cases. I especially enjoyed the rebuttal I was able to take part in regarding the evidence we obtained and the defendant’s arguments. I was especially fascinated by the Supreme Court Trial simulation. I enjoyed having to fight for my “client’s” rights regarding the constitutional amendments and different Acts in the Constitution. The Mock Trial taught me to stay on my toes considering the evidence and the expert witnesses were not announced until the night before.

The Envision program also included a tour of many of the monuments in Washington D.C. I was able to visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Capital Building, Reflection Pool, and the Smithsonian Castle. As an American, you always see pictures of these buildings but it is incredible to be able to physically visit them. It is a goal of mine to be able to go back to Washington D.C. and visit the rest of the monuments and the museums. 

This program was the most incredible experience I could have asked for. I now have friends from all over the country. I have experiences to share with my friends and family.  I have the ability to confirm what I want to do in college and as a career. The Envision program has given me the opportunity to learn more about my interests and encourages me to be a leader in my community through the strengths that I have created. If you were to ask me if I think the National Youth Leadership Forum was worth the expense, I would tell you to absolutely go. You not only create amazing experiences for yourself, but you make amazing friends and get the ability to show who you are and what you are interested in. 

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Cuff Named to All-Star Baseball Team

July 16, 2021
By Megan Johnston

Freshman Dylan Cuff recently traveled to Reno, Nevada to participate in the National baseball tournament.  His North Valley Select team tied for third place overall out of 20 teams from all over the United States.  For his efforts on the field, Dylan was selected by the opponent coaches to be one of 26 athletes who will compete on an All-Star team and play in a showcase tournament later this summer. But, that wasn’t enough for this Cavalier athlete.  Dylan stepped up to the plate and swung away in the home run derby contest.  He took home the third place award.  Way to go, Dylan!

Are you a baseball player looking for some fun and camaraderie?  Check out Blanchet’s baseball summer camp scheduled for next week (July 19-23).  You can learn more and register at www.blanchetcatholicschool.com/athletics/summer_camps.cfm

Blanchet Science Olympiad Team Does Well

April 21, 2021
By Toni Nanneman
Congratulations to Blanchet's Science Olympiad team who competed on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  We were up against 15 other Oregon schools; twelve of whom are 5A and larger. 
 
Blanchet's team finished a respectable eighth of the fifteen teams.  Our team had top ten places in twelve of the twenty-one events.   A silver medal was earned by Denavae Randall and Sophie Schindler for their second place in Disease Detectives.  Denavae and Sophie also finished 5th in the AgriBio event. 

The other top ten competitors are:

  • Jackson Mucken and Max Quintero 6th in Ornithology;
  • Logan Day and Tanveer Singh 6th in Digital Structures;
  • Ben Alley, Rieve Randall and Tanveer Singh 7th in Experimental Design;
  • Holden Prine and Max Quintero 7th in Circuit Lab;
  • Logan Day and Aliya Suri 8th in Forensics;
  • Emma Lutz and Sam Richards 8th in Fossils;
  • Logan Day and Aliya Suri 8th in Chem Lab;
  • Diego Diaz-Diaz and Hannah Estrabo 8th in Sounds of Music;
  • Diego Diaz-Diaz and Hannah Estrabo 8th in Designer Genes;
  • Holden Prine, Max Quintero, and Rieve Randall 10th in CodeBusters. 
This was a great showing for a team made up of mostly first time competitors with everyone placing at least tenth or better in one or more events.  The team was coached by Mr. David Shultz.  We'd also like to thank Mrs. Churchill for helping with this year’s team and supervising on Saturday.
 
Science Olympiad functions much like an athletic team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set allowing for an apprentice and mentoring system.
 
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
 
For more information about Blanchet's Science Olympiad teams, please look up Science Olympiad on our Club Web page by clicking here!

Teacher Recognized by City of Salem

April 07, 2021
By Megan Johnston

Middle school teacher Sherrie Bashaw was selected to receive the City of Salem’s Youth Achievement Award from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and the Salem City Council. The award recognized Sherrie’s volunteer service with the 1000 Soles/Shoe Battle of the Schools Shoe Drive. Sherrie was honored during the November 23, 2020 City Council meeting when they hosted an award ceremony for local volunteers. She and one of her students were personally presented the award from Mayor Bennett.

Sherrie and her Leadership classes have worked tirelessly to help local homeless youth find shoes through 1000 Soles/Shoe Battle of the Schools Shoe Drive. Over the past three years, the Blanchet Catholic School community has brought in over 2,700 pairs of shoes for the organization.   Also over the past three years, Blanchet Catholic School has won the Shoe Battle of the Schools trophy.
Laurie Shaw Casarez, the Youth Development and Prevention Coordinator with the City of Salem, said this about Blanchet Catholic School’s impact on local homeless youth, “Thank you in a huge way for your heart to help your peers in this community. Particularly kids who just need a decent pair of shoes on their feet every year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You inspire me.”

 

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.

 

Blanchet Catholic School ~ 4373 Market St NE ~ Salem, OR 97301 ~ 503-391-2639 www.blanchetcatholicschool.com

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.