December News

A bit late!  December is almost over!  Wow!  Time flies!  Next week (December 17-21) is the last week of this calendar year!  Hard to believe!  There will be EARLY RELEASE on Thursday and Friday (December 20, 21) at 12:30pm.  There will be ASP those two days as well.  Check with your classroom teacher to see when Winter Celebrations will be in the classrooms.

Wednesday is the House Party for Max from 1:15-2:00pm.

There will NOT be snow cone day on Wednesday.  Look for information coming on the dates of the last two days.

There will be a Holiday Sing Along for first grade on Thursday, 12/21, from 9:15-10:00.


January 7th will the first day back from Winter Break!  See you all then!  Rest up and stay warm!

Canned Food Drive

The race is on!  Please send in the following items and deposit in the box that has your HOUSE name on it!  The HOUSE with the most items donated will win 200 tickets towards the next HOUSE party.  2nd place will get 100 tickets, 3rd place will get 50 tickets and 4th place will get 25 tickets.  Let’s fill those boxes!!

Send in:  Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing, Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Gravy (in plastic bottle, can with pop top lid, or dry packet)

Turn in all items by Friday December 7th.  Items will be donated to the MUST Ministries pantry at McClesky Middle School.  Thanks for your support!

November News

November and Fall are here!  Here are the latest happenings:



Nov 8 — Book Fair Preview during school

Nov 9 — Just Eat It!  WellStar In School Field Trip, Guy Day Friday

Nov 12-15 — Book Fair Open

Nov 13 — Thanksgiving Feast during Lunch, Pre-pay in lobby $3.75 each, please NO OUTSIDE FOOD!!

10:45-11:20   Bradford

10:50-11:25   Cortez

10:55-11:30   Dennis

11:00-11:35   G. Griffith

11:05-11:40   P. Griffith

11:25-12:00  Morley

Nov 15 — Turkey Bingo in Cafeteria, Chick Fil A am carpool (prepay only)

Nov 16 — Relay for Life T-shirt money due

Nov 19-23 — NO SCHOOL

Nov 28 — Snow Cone Day $1

Nov 29 — Tellus Museum Field Trip

Nov 30 — Parents Night Out Movie Night


October 29th – November 2nd 2018 is No Place For Hate Week

We are so lucky to live in a community that has ongoing dedication to reinforcing the concepts of kindness, acceptance, and tolerance.  To help us celebrate our No Place For Hate designation, please note the following themed days.


Oct 29, Monday:  No Place for Hate Kick off Day–We will hand out ‘No Place For Hate’ stickers. Fifth graders will get cool pins.  Today is the day students sign NPFH promise.  Wear No Place for Hate colors of black and yellow or a No Place for Hate shirt to show our commitment to being a safe place to learn.

Oct 30, Tuesday:  We’re All Different, We’re all the Same Day–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.  Wear your “house” colors or a Blackwell shirt.

Reminder of House colors:  Spike=Yellow/Gold    Max=Purple    Blackwell=Blue     Bulldog=Black/Silver

Oct 31, Wednesday:  Hello Day–We will focus on the importance of acknowledging others in our community with a greeting and a smile.  All students will be given nametags to wear so that we can all greet one another by name throughout the day.

Nov 1, Thursday:  Kindness Counts Day–Kindness is a huge part of our message to students every day and on this day classes will be doing random acts of kindness and reading books about kindness to emphasize the importance of respect and tolerance in our community.

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.

Nov 2, Friday:  Upstanders Rock Day–‘Upstander’ is the term used in place of bystander when we are referring to someone who doesn’t merely stand by…but someone who stands up for others.  Our focus at Blackwell is to reinforce the importance of knowing what to do if you see another who needs help (such as going to an adult, being kind to those who need friends, etc.)

Dress like a Rock Star to show that Upstanders Rock!!

Fall is here!

Fall is here!  Hopefully that means some cooler weather is coming soon!  We hope you all had a great Fall Break and are ready to rock and roll our way through October!

Here are some events happening this month:

October 2nd:  Buster the Bus presentation in the Media Center

October 3rd:  STEM Lab day

October 10th:  Early Release 12:20pm

October 15th – 19th:  Early Release 12:20pm every day.  ASP will still be available.

Parent-Teacher Conferences each day.  Look for more information to come home.

October 17th:  STEM Lab day

October 23rd:  Ben Franklin comes to Blackwell to talk to the first graders!

October 29th – November 2nd:  No Place For Hate Week  Look for more information to come home.

October 31:  STEM Lab day


CogAT Testing Sept 5th – 7th

Dear Parents,

From September 5 to September 7, 2018, first and third grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test, and from September 13 to September 18, 2018 third and fifth grade students will take the Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this communication is to inform you about the tests so that—with your support and encouragement—your child will do his or her best on the tests.

About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test

The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
  • Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.
  • Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
  • Remind your child to listen to the directions.
  • Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.


Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing.

September News

September 3rd–Labor Day Holiday–SCHOOLS CLOSED!!

September 5th–Progress Reports go home

September 7th–Fella Friday/Parent’s Night Out/Movie Night

September 11th–Kroger Math Night

September 15th–Stevie B’s Spirit Night

September 17th–National School Bus Safety Poster Contest entries due to Ms. McKeehan

September 19th–Snow Cone Day, Bring $1

September 20th–Chick Fil A Biscuits, AM Carpool, prepaid only!!

September 24th-28th–FALL BREAK, Schools closed all week!!

September 24th–Kid’s Corner PTA entry due–Respond to “What do you love about Blackwell Elementary?”


Don’t forget to get your Spirit Wear.  Contact to get yours!

Nurse Sheri’s Wish List:  Small plastic or paper cups, band-aids, Kleenex, baby wipes, plastic baggies

Welcome Back!


Welcome back to school!  We have finished our first full week of school and are so excited that you all have joined us for first grade this year!  There are a lot of exciting things happening at Blackwell this month.  Here they are:

Guidance and Media Center lessons and STEM lab start this month

August 20th-24th  Support the 5th grade end of year field trip!  Bring $1 for each themed day that you would like to participate in.

August 20th  Crazy Sock Day–Wear your wildest and craziest socks

August 21st  Crazy Hair Day–Wear your craziest hairdo.

August 22nd  Pajama Day–Wear your most comfortable, school appropriate pajamas.

August 23rd  Superhero and Princess Day–Come dressed as your favorite superhero or princess.  All props and outfits must be school appropriate.

August 24th  Hat Day–Wear your favorite school appropriate hat or cap.

August 29th  Fall Pictures (Look for more info to come home)  and  Early Release