No Place For Hate Week is Next Week!!

October 23-27 2017 is No Place For Hate Week



MONDAY: ‘No Place For Hate’ Kick off Day:

  • Focus: We will hand out ‘No Place for Hate’ stickers (and 5th graders will get cool bracelets). Today is the day students sign NPFH Promise.
  • You can wear: Students & staff can wear No Place for Hate colors of black and yellow of a No Place for Hate shirt to show our commitment to being a safe place to learn.

TUESDAY: We Are All Same, We are All Different

  • Focus: In our diverse world we all have things that make us unique and things that we have in common. We will focus on how we are all part of different houses (Spike, Max, Blackwell and Bulldog), but we are all part of the Blackwell Elementary family.
  • You can wear:   You can wear you “house” colors or a Blackwell shirt. Reminder of house colors: Spike=Yellow/Gold  Max=Purple     Blackwell=Blue   Bulldog= Black/Silver

WEDNESDAY: Be Someone’s Hero Day:

  • Focus: Being someone’s hero means that you stand up for them when they need help. We’ll focus on how we can improve being an upstanding member of our community.
  • You can wear: You can dress up as Super Hero or as a Community Helper Hero.

THURSDAY: It’s a “Wonder”ful Day #choosekind

  • Focus: The movie “Wonder” is coming out soon. The theme of the movie is acceptance and kindness, so that’s our focus for the day. Mrs. Shackleford will be reading the children’s book called “We are all Wonders” by RJ Palacio to emphasize the need for tolerance in our world and in our school.
  • You can wear:   Wear a shirt with a positive message today. If you don’t have one, you can make a sticker or sign with a message reflecting kindness and acceptance.

Friday: Diversity Day

  • Focus: Each student at Blackwell comes from a unique culture and heritage. We will be celebrating all of the differences that make our community unique. Each class will be celebrating this day with different activities and opportunities to share.
  • You can bring:   Each classroom teacher might have a different way to celebrate diversity day. Students can bring something special they want to share about their heritage/culture. This can be a photo of a family tradition or a CD of music special to your family.

October is Just Around the Corner!

Don’t forget that next week, September 25-29, is Fall Break!  There is no school!  Enjoy!!


October 2nd-6th is Themed Dress Up Week Fundraiser for the 5th Grade Trip to Rock Eagle.  Each day is a different theme!  Bring $1 each day and dress as that theme to help the 5th grade class!

Monday October 2nd—Crazy Hair Day, wear your craziest hairdo

Tuesday October 3rd—Wacky Wardrobe Day, wear your wildest outfit

Wednesday October 4th—Pajama Day, wear your most comfortable, school appropriate pajamas

Thursday October 5th—Hat Day, wear your favorite school appropriate hat or cap

Friday October 6th—Sports Spirit Day, show your support for your favorite sports team

Friday, October 6th is the PTA FALL FESTIVAL.  Come on out for a fun time!  Silent auction, games, bouncies and lots of vendors!  Look for more info to come home to pre-purchase tickets!  Hours are from 4:30-7pm!


October 12th is Early Release.  Don’t forget dismissal at 12:20pm.  ASP will begin promptly at 12:30pm if you need to use that service.  It is $7/day and $10 registration if you are not already registered.

October 16-20 is Conference week.  Early Release the entire week.  Look for info to come home regarding your conference with your child’s teacher.

Look for more information to come as it gets closer.
All proceeds benefit the Kell High School Band Program
Register at and click on link
$25 preregistration/$35 day of race
All ages welcome!


No Place For Hate Week is October 23-27!  Look for more information to come home regarding this fun, informative week.

On October 24 Ben Franklin will be visiting with first grade!  We are so excited to have him come and spend time with us!  Each class will spend 45 minutes with him hearing about his life on Milk Street, growing up and all his inventions, contributions, character traits and the impact he had on America.  This is a free in-school field trip!

September is here!

We hope everyone is having a great year so far!  We are halfway through the first quarter!   Can you believe it?!  Four and a half more weeks to go until the end of the first quarter.  Progress reports went home on September 6th.  The end of the quarter is October 6th.  Report cards will be distributed during parent teacher conferences.  Look for more information to follow regarding conferences, which will be the week of October 16th – 20th.  Don’t forget that that week will be early release as well, 12:20pm dismissal time.

CogAT testing is almost over.  Testing started on September 6th and is finished for first graders on September 8th.

September 1–T-shirt money was due!

September 15–Fella Friday in am carpool

September 16–5th grade Car Wash fundraiser (information was sent home).  Come out and support the 5th grade class as they raise money for their big trip at the end of the school year.

September 19–Family Math Night @ Kroger…Watch for more information to come home regarding this fun night at Kroger!!

September 20–PTA Snow Cone Day, if not prepaid, send in $1 to purchase one at lunch time.

September 25-29–Fall Break  NO SCHOOL


Solar Eclipse

There will be a solar eclipse on August 21st between the hours of 1pm and 3pm.

What exactly is a solar eclipse?  Click here for a short video.

What should you do to be “safe” during the solar eclipse?  Click here for a short video.

Cobb County will have extended school that day.  We will dismiss beginning at 3pm that day.  If you would like to check your child out early that day, you MUST DO IT BEFORE 2pm.  There will be NO checkout after 2pm.  We will be having activities planned to tie in with the eclipse, along with a live streaming from 1:45-2:45pm.  Kindergarten, first and second graders are NOT permitted to go outside to view this, per CCSD.  If you have any other questions about this, feel free to contact the school at 678-494-7600.


Field Trips

Throughout the year, we will have in school field trips as well as trips outside the building.  If there is a fee for these field trips, you will be notified and permission slips will go home as well.

Upcoming in school field trips

August 21-25  Cobb Water will be working with us as we teach about the Water Cycle

October 24th  ‘Ben Franklin’ will be coming to visit with us and tell us all about his life and accomplishments.

Look for more information throughout the year as we confirm scheduling of future events.

What is happening at Blackwell!

Lots of fun things are going on at the school this year.  PTA has some great activities and fundraisers planned.  There are also some important school events to note.  For the month of August, here is what is happening:

August 17  Stevi B’s Spirit Night and Chik-fil-A Biscuits in the carpool.  These are PREPAID only!

August 23  Snow Cones $1 during lunch

August 24  Fall Picture Day–look for more information to come home shortly.

August 25  School Store Opens and Dad/Granddads in the lunchroom

August 29  Growth Mindset Night–Look for more information to come home shortly.