Just want to make sure you all know that SPRING BREAK is almost here! There will be NO SCHOOL next week, September 24th – 28th. Have a fun safe week! Remember to read, read, read over the break; study your math facts and write about something fun you did over the break! See you all back in class on October 1st!
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 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 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
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
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!!
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 http://www.scholastic.com/bf/blackwellelementaryschool3
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!
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 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