November 16


Second grade will be having a Holiday Breakfast on Wednesday, December 2oth from 9:30 to 10:30 as their holiday celebration. Please watch the blog and Tuesday folders for more information to come.Room mom’s will be contacting you for donations and helping hands.

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November 16


The children are very excited about the  Thanksgiving holiday. We have heard about many of your families traditions and favorite dishes. Chicken nuggets or Macaroni and cheese still seem to be the favorites. There were not many fans of cranberry sauce though. We hope that you have a safe and restful week enjoying your families.

Thank you all for coming to our Blackwell Feast!! The children love having you share this special event. Great memories were made.

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November 3


You are cordially invited to attend Blackwell’s

Thanksgiving Feast in the Café! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Guests (parents, grandparents, non-Blackwell siblings, etc.) should prepay in the lobby prior to entering the cafeteria. Guest lunches cost $3.75 each. We respectfully request that NO outside food be brought to the luncheon from restaurants such as McDonald’s, Subway, etc. Lunch times are as follows:

12:00= 12:35- Mrs. Ferrier

12:05- 12:40 – Mrs. Hays

12:10 – 12:45 – Mrs. Nelson

12:15 – 12:50 Mrs. Richardson

12:20 – 12:55 – Dr. Stevenson

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November 3


no school kids
Tuesday, November 7
This is a staff professional learning day.


PTA meeting/5th grade Salute to Veterans
Thursday, November 9
6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria


Blackwell Book Fair is the week of November 13th -17th.

The book fair will be open during the feast for students and parents.

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November 3


food drive
is HERE!!! November 1st-10th

Blackwell is collecting food to go to the McClesky MS food pantry which helps families in need that are in our area.  The food drive this year is also a competition between our HOUSES!  The HOUSE that collects the largest number of toiletries or food items will win 50 tickets towards the next HOUSE party!! Please deposit your food in the box with your HOUSE name on it.  The boxes are located in the front lobby by the office.  Here are the items assigned:
Kindergarten:  Cereal, PopTarts, Granola Bars, Oats, Grits
1st grade:  Rice, Pasta, Dried Beans, Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce, Chicken or Vegetable Broth
2nd grade:  Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Canned Soup, Canned Cranberry, Canned Chicken
3rd grade:  Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Lotion
4th grade:  Boxed/Bagged Mashed Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing, Boxed Macaroni and Cheese, Gravy (in bottle, can or dry packet)
5th grade:  Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Tuna, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup
IF POSSIBLE:  Buy cans with pop top lids and plastic jars instead of glass.  Turn all items in by Friday, November 10 so we can count items!!  Thank you for showing kindness to those in need!!

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November 3



Dear Parents,

We desperately need your help!  Attached to this letter you will find a turkey.  Please help your child’s turkey safely pass Thanksgiving by disguising him.  Some ideas include: ballerinas, a football player, farmer, hula dancer, etc.  Attached to your turkey must be a piece of informational writing.  We are working on our spider research now, so the children should know how to do this.  For example, if you make your turkey into a ballerina, your informational writing would be about the profession of ballet, or a specific professional ballerina.  You can give your turkey a unique name based on the research/writing you do.

Please have fun and be creative!  You may use anything to disguise him/her.  You may cut your turkey out and glue it onto another piece of paper.  Sample materials could be craft feathers, tissue paper, wallpaper scraps, pictures of clothing from magazines, pipe cleaners, stickers, markers, etc.

Your disguised turkeys are due Friday, the 10th.  Thank you so much for your help!  Hopefully they will all survive the holiday!

Second Grade team


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October 20

Thank you!

We have enjoyed shared the progress your children are making in second grade this week.  Please continue to read at home with your children. We need to keep focusing on mastering their addition and subtraction facts to 20 throughout the school year. Please contact  your child’s classroom teacher if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you for making conference week a huge success!

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October 20


Next week is Blackwell’s “No Place for Hate Week'”. Please take the time to ask your child these questions to reinforce the culture that kindness and tolerance makes the world a better place.

Thanks for making our community a great place to live!!

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.
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October 5


Just a quick reminder that conference week is quickly approaching. We have all sent a Signup Genius link home for you to choose a time to discuss your children’s progress. Be sure to double check your email for the link.

Remember that conference week is an early release every day at 12:30

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