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 [email protected] 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

April & May News

April News

2nd-6th  No School Spring Break

11th  STEM Lab

12th  Chick Fil A am carpool

19th  Spring Pictures (Class Picture)

25th  STEM lab

27th  Field Day, Progress Reports go home

May News

4th  Aquarium Field Trip

9th  School Wide STEM Day

22nd  Early Release

23rd  Early Release, Last Day of School


Book Fair Egg-cellent Egg-stravaganza!!

Monday, March 26-Wednesday, March 28                  
Blackwell Front Lobby by the stairs
Purchase eggs for $1 each. Inside some of the eggs will be Golden Tickets!! If a child finds a Golden Ticket, they will return Thursday, March 29 and get a free egg. Inside 3 of those eggs will be a Gold, Silver or Bronze ticket. If a child finds one of those tickets in their egg, they will win a big prize!!



Book Fair is Here!

The Book Fair starts tomorrow, Monday March 26th and runs through Thursday evening. There was no preview this time for the students. (I also have a wish list ) There are different options that you have to view the book fair.

1. Come any morning with your student 7:20-7:50 or during their lunch time 11:21-11:51 and shop with them.
2. Stop by the Book Fair Monday thru Thursday from 7:20-2:20 and purchase books.
3. Set up and eWallet account for your student and let them shop on their own during the day.
4. Send money with your student and they will be sent down during the day.

Also, don’t forget that Thursday night is STEAM Night from 5-7pm.  The Book Fair will be open as well!

To set up and eWallet account:
With eWallet, you link a credit or debit card to a secure Scholastic eWallet account. When you come (or email us) to purchase, you let us know you have an account and we look you up and charge your account. You can put any amount on your account $10 and up. If you put more on your account than you use, the remaining amount will be put back on your card when the book fair closes on Friday.

Click here to set up an account for you and your child(ren). Scroll down to the green section


Penny Wars Has Begun!!

When:  Tuesday February 27th- Monday March 5th

Where:  Front lobby at Blackwell Elementary School each morning

What:  Pennies should go in your grade level bucket, all other money can be used to sabotage other grade levels (silver coins, bills)

Why:  Support Team Blackwell and the American Cancer Society as we raise money for further research, support, and care for those dealing with this illness.

The winning grade level will earn a popsicle party!

March is right around the corner!

Here are the upcoming events for March:

March 8th–PTA General Meeting and Talent Show

March 11–Daylight Savings Time Begins Turn clocks ahead one hour!

March 13–Cremafina Spirit Night, Little Red Hen/Nature in a Nutshell In School Field Trip

March 14–End of 3rd 9 weeks

March 15–Chick Fil A biscuits in am carpool

March 16–Fella Friday and Spring Dance

March 21–Report Cards go home

March 22–Career Day at Blackwell

March 22 & 23–Spring Book Fair Preview

March 23–Dads and Granddads in lunchroom

March 26-30–Spring Book Fair

March 28–Snow Cone Day

March 29–Blackwell STEM/STEAM Night & Night of the Arts, Book Fair Open, WellStar GermQuest In School Field Trip

February Fun!


February is here!

The Groundhog saw his shadow!  That means six more weeks of winter!


February 5th-9th–Glow Valentine Sales 7:20-7:50am

February 5th-14th–Lifeline Animal Shelter Drive

February 9th–Progress Reports go home

February 12th–In School Field Trip WellStar Poison Patrol comes to the individual classrooms

February 13th–Cremafina Spirit Night

February 14th–Valentine’s Day, STEM lab day

February 15th–Chick-Fil-A biscuits in am carpool line

February 16th–Moms and Grandmas in lunchroom

February 19th-23rd–NO SCHOOL

February 19th–President’s Day

February 20th–Sparkles Spirit Day

February 27th–Six Flags Reading Log due

February 28th–Performing Arts assembly on Sound, Snow Cone Day $1