Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA
Nominate a Great Blackwell Educator and Volunteer
Nominate a Great Blackwell Educator - a Fabulous School Volunteer    Nominations are now being accepted!  Please help us recognize our outstanding volunteers and educators!  Blackwell Elementary's PTSA annually recognizes outstanding volunteer and educational service by awarding the Bronze Bobcat, Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Awards.   All recipients promote the mission of the PTSA: To enhance the educational experience of children and their families by working in partnership with teachers, educational staff, and local community. The PTSA gives each child a legislative voice while providing safe, fun and educationally enriched activities, supported by its own fundraising. A committee of past ... read full article
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Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee Oxbow Farm Invitation
Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee Oxbow Farm Opportunity! In conjunction with the Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee, we invite students to Oxbow Farm and Education Center on Saturday, June 8, from 1:30-3pm. This event is limited in space to foster a low sensory experience. To help pay for the educational programming provided by the Oxbow education staff, registration cost is $10 per child. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled for an unforeseeable reason.   Siblings who attend other schools are welcome to attend. Please note that this is NOT a drop off event-- adults should plan on ... read full article
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5/16/2019-6/1/2019

Math Challenge - The Final One!
Math Challenge #15 - Our Last Math Challenge of the Year!   WELCOME to our last and final Math Challenge of the year! #15.  A very big thank you to all the Blackwell students who participated and made this an amazing Math Challenge year!    We will hand out certificates to honor and recognize students who have participated in 10 or more challenges. Math Challenge solutions are due on 05/23  Solutions are out on 05/24. https://www.mathinaction.org/current-math-challenge.html Thank you for participating and we look forward to seeing participate next year! ... read full article
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Blackwell Grant Process - Parents & Students
Have Ideas? We Want to Hear From You!   Have Ideas?  We Want to Hear From You! Spring 2019 PTSA Competitive Grant - Student & Parents   We (the Blackwell PTSA) are very pleased to announce that  our annual 2019 Blackwell PTSA Competitive Grant Campaign  is in full swing!!   Funds raised through various events YOU SUPPORTED this year will soon be distributed through various grant processes, including one looking to YOU and YOUR BLACKWELL STUDENT for funding suggestions. What does this mean?  We want to hear your great ideas! Do you see an opportunity that would advance our Blackwell student community ... read full article
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Blackwell Art Chair is Needed!
Art is as Vital as Nourishment   As you enter Blackwell, one can't help but be drawn to the eye-popping student-produced art that dons the windows along the halls. It's beautiful!    This art is part of our Blackwell PTSA (classroom) Art Program and is run by Blackwell parents, whom we can't thank enough!    We are now calling out to our Blackwell community to help lead our Blackwell Art Program. Do you need to be artistic? No. Do you need to have an appreciation for art? Probably. Is it between 1 - 3 hours a week - YES!    ... read full article
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2019 - 20 Blackwell PTSA Board Member Nominations
2019 - 2020 Blackwell PTSA Board Nominations   The nominating committee has worked diligently to select nominees for next year's Blackwell PTSA Board.  The following slate is presented to the general membership.  The PTSA Board election will take place at the next General Membership Meeting on May 30.  Nominations will be accepted on the floor at that meeting as well. For the Office of: President:  Kerri Miller Co-Executive VP’s: Ericka Nash and Mary Blake Secretary: Mara Gaukroger Treasurer:  Charlotte Holm Olsen Co-VP of Fundraising: Leanne Nanakul and Kristi Rockenbach Co-VP of Communications:  Estra Silver and Tracy Militello Co-VP of Membership: ... read full article
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Nominate a Great Blackwell Educator and Volunteer5/14/20195/28/2019
Nominate a Great Blackwell Educator and Volunteer
Nominate a Great Blackwell Educator - a Fabulous School Volunteer    Nominations are now being accepted!  Please help us recognize our outstanding volunteers and educators!  Blackwell Elementary's PTSA annually recognizes outstanding volunteer and educational service by awarding the Bronze Bobcat, Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Awards.   All recipients promote the mission of the PTSA: To enhance the educational experience of children and their families by working in partnership with teachers, educational staff, and local community. The PTSA gives each child a legislative voice while providing safe, fun and educationally enriched activities, supported by its own fundraising. A committee of past ... read full article
Blackwell 20th Anniversary All School Run - April 26Estra Silver4/2/20194/3/2019
Blackwell 20th Anniversary All School Run - April 26
Blackwell Community! The Blackwell 20th Anniversary event organizers are very excited to produce another fun-filled activity celebrating Blackwell's 20th Birthday! We invite parents and friends to watch (and cheer at!!) our All School Run to be held Friday, April 26th from 2:50 - 3:30 ( PLEASE NOTE 5th grade parents: 5th grade will run at 2:30 - AN EARLIER TIME ) . Please make sure your child wears running shoes that day, as well as their Fun Run t-shirt or other Blackwell Spirit Wear. If you would like to help chaperone your child's class, please contact your student's teacher or Mrs. Anderson ( ... read full article
Creating S.P.A.C.E. for your Child's Inner JoyEstra Silver3/21/20193/28/2019
Creating S.P.A.C.E. for your Child's Inner Joy
Creating S.P.A.C.E. for your Child's Inner Joy Thursday, March 28, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Blackwell Elementary     The Blackwell PTSA is proud to sponsor CREATING S.P.A.C.E FOR YOUR CHILD'S INNER JOY. How to put joy before achievement while still cultivating motivation and personal success.   Lecture Overview Anxiety and depression have skyrocketed amongst our student population. There may be smiles on their faces, but there is sadness in their eyes. Many people are quick to point their finger at social media, but that is only one piece of the puzzle.Another underlying cause is that we, as a society, are so focused on high-octane ... read full article
LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Mtg - March 193/14/20193/19/2019
LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group Mtg - March 19
LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group (SNG) Tuesday, March 19   We are pleased to announce that, at our next LWPTSA Council SNG Monthly  Meeting, we will also show a short video on service animals produced by our school district! The video will be shown at 6:55pm. General Meeting Information The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at LWSD Resource Center.  Meeting opens at 6:30pm with coffee, cookies and networking - don't miss this chance to meet and chat with Dr Shannon Hitch, Director of Special Services, and her Associate Directors - and continues at 6:55pm with a presentation of a short service ... read full article
Boo Fest Wrap UpEstra Silver11/9/201811/16/2018
Boo Fest Wrap Up
Survey Says . . We want to hear from you!  A HUGE thank you for all who attended this year's Boo Fest! We are always looking for ways to enhance and improve our events. To that end, we need to hear from you! Please take a (quick!) moment to complete this BRIEF  survey about Boo Fest  - and thank you! ... read full article
Reflections Program 2018-19 : Entries due Nov. 5!Estra Silver9/15/201811/5/2018
Reflections Program 2018-19 : Entries due Nov. 5!
 CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  All students are welcome to participate!!  Your Blackwell Student is invited to participate by entering an original piece of art based on the theme ("Heroes Around me") in the form of  literature, music, visual arts, photography, etc.   This is a wonderful opportunity for students share their talents!   Entries are due Nov 5th in the main office.  Rules and entry forms are also available in the main office as well within this article. Details! 2018-2019 THEME: Heroes Around Me How to Compete Have your student create art based on this year’s theme and following the rules,  that are ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee Oxbow Farm Invitation5/16/20196/1/2019
Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee Oxbow Farm Invitation
Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee Oxbow Farm Opportunity! In conjunction with the Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee, we invite students to Oxbow Farm and Education Center on Saturday, June 8, from 1:30-3pm. This event is limited in space to foster a low sensory experience. To help pay for the educational programming provided by the Oxbow education staff, registration cost is $10 per child. Registration fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled for an unforeseeable reason.   Siblings who attend other schools are welcome to attend. Please note that this is NOT a drop off event-- adults should plan on ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Special General Membership Meeting4/22/20195/8/2019
Blackwell PTSA Special General Membership Meeting
Blackwell PTSA SPECIAL General Membership Meeting Wednesday, May 8 at 9:25AM Please join us in the library for a very special General Membership Meeting that will include proposed changes to the PTSA budget. These amendments focus on supporting our Spring Blackwell Teacher/Staff/School Grant process, but we need our membership's approval. If you want to have a say in how and where our funds are directed, please attend!   ... read full article
Blackwell Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week4/18/20195/2/2019
Blackwell Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Blackwell Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week! May 6 - 10   This is a wonderful time when we LOVE to show our Blackwell Staff & Teachers our gratitude and appreciation (all week long!) for all they do all year-round! Check-out what's been organized for this year!   Grab your Passports! Destination: Staff Appreciation Our Teachers make a 'World of Difference' with everything they do! Let us take them on a global tour of appreciation! We invite all students and parents to participate. Monday, May 6:  Fragrances of the world Bring flowers for your teacher Tuesday, May 7:  World of Thanks Give ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Talent Show - May 23/10/20194/19/2019
Blackwell PTSA Talent Show - May 2
SAVE THE DATE!       BLACKWELL PTSA TALENT SHOW IS MAY 2!      Bobcats, it’s time to have your moment in the spotlight because Blackwell Talent show is coming soon, May 2nd! We are looking for performers of all types and all grades. In past years we have seen dancers, singers, jugglers, karate acts and much more, so be creative.        TALENT REGISTRATION is CLOSED. **Thank you to all those students (and parents!) who submitted their forms!** TALENT SHOW AUDITION GUIDELINES ARE  HERE ... read full article
Math Challenge 5!Estra Silver11/17/201811/29/2018
Math Challenge 5!
Math Challenge 5 is online today.  https://www.mathinaction.org/ current- math -challenge.html   Students can turn it in by November 29th . The solution is out on December 7th.  ... read full article
Bobcat Spirit-Wear Store is Open!Estra Silver11/2/201811/16/2018
Bobcat Spirit-Wear Store is Open!
THE BOBCAT SPIRIT - WEAR STORE IS OPEN! Blackwell spirit - wear is available now through November 30th!  You can order from our new online store.   Click here  and select Blackwell Elementary from the list of schools. Most selections have an option for staff and some items can even be personalized.   When ordering, please include your child's name in the designated field so we know how to distribute.  All orders will be delivered to the school. Please contact Carolynn Kaiser, at carolynn.kaiser@yahoo.com with any questions.  Let's show our Bobcat pride! ... read full article
PTSA Boo Fest 2018Estra Silver10/4/201810/8/2018
PTSA Boo Fest 2018
  BLACKWELL PTSA PRESENTS, BOO FEST! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 5:30 PM - 8:00PM   Mark this date on your calendar and get excited as we are offering a new twist on our old tradition! Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and celebrate a night of Family Fun with the PTSA! Interested in more details? Click here . . . if you dare!       ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA International Night12/4/20181/17/2019
Blackwell PTSA International Night
  Blackwell PTSA International Night Thursday, January 17! Join us as we celebrate our students, their heritage and our diverse community! Get introduced (or re-acquainted) with various countries represented during this festive night. Expect delicious food, music, dance and more! Tables to represent countries are now full as is our performance line-up! Expect a memorable (and fun!) evening! Please contact Melanie Vertrees at mvertrees@lwsd.org if you have any questions related to this upcoming event. Click here for our event flyer!   ... read full article
Math Challenge - The Final One!5/14/20195/28/2019
Math Challenge - The Final One!
Math Challenge #15 - Our Last Math Challenge of the Year!   WELCOME to our last and final Math Challenge of the year! #15.  A very big thank you to all the Blackwell students who participated and made this an amazing Math Challenge year!    We will hand out certificates to honor and recognize students who have participated in 10 or more challenges. Math Challenge solutions are due on 05/23  Solutions are out on 05/24. https://www.mathinaction.org/current-math-challenge.html Thank you for participating and we look forward to seeing participate next year! ... read full article
Blackwell Grant Process - Parents & Students5/14/20195/28/2019
Blackwell Grant Process - Parents & Students
Have Ideas? We Want to Hear From You!   Have Ideas?  We Want to Hear From You! Spring 2019 PTSA Competitive Grant - Student & Parents   We (the Blackwell PTSA) are very pleased to announce that  our annual 2019 Blackwell PTSA Competitive Grant Campaign  is in full swing!!   Funds raised through various events YOU SUPPORTED this year will soon be distributed through various grant processes, including one looking to YOU and YOUR BLACKWELL STUDENT for funding suggestions. What does this mean?  We want to hear your great ideas! Do you see an opportunity that would advance our Blackwell student community ... read full article
Blackwell Art Chair is Needed!5/14/20195/28/2019
Blackwell Art Chair is Needed!
Art is as Vital as Nourishment   As you enter Blackwell, one can't help but be drawn to the eye-popping student-produced art that dons the windows along the halls. It's beautiful!    This art is part of our Blackwell PTSA (classroom) Art Program and is run by Blackwell parents, whom we can't thank enough!    We are now calling out to our Blackwell community to help lead our Blackwell Art Program. Do you need to be artistic? No. Do you need to have an appreciation for art? Probably. Is it between 1 - 3 hours a week - YES!    ... read full article
SPECIAL Java with Jim - May 215/14/20195/21/2019
SPECIAL Java with Jim - May 21
Java With Jim - May 21   Java with Jim this month will include a targeted focus on Special Education.  Our Associate Director of Special Education, Stacey McGrath  will be at Blackwell to answer any questions about our district and building program.  If you have a special education student or want to know more about these services, this would be a great chance to learn more!          About monthly Java with Jim meetings Each month, Java with Jim meetings are scheduled with our principal.  These meetings serve as an opportunity to hear directly from our principal. Typically, the meetings include a brief presentation ... read full article
2019 - 20 Blackwell PTSA Board Member Nominations5/2/20195/30/2019
2019 - 20 Blackwell PTSA Board Member Nominations
2019 - 2020 Blackwell PTSA Board Nominations   The nominating committee has worked diligently to select nominees for next year's Blackwell PTSA Board.  The following slate is presented to the general membership.  The PTSA Board election will take place at the next General Membership Meeting on May 30.  Nominations will be accepted on the floor at that meeting as well. For the Office of: President:  Kerri Miller Co-Executive VP’s: Ericka Nash and Mary Blake Secretary: Mara Gaukroger Treasurer:  Charlotte Holm Olsen Co-VP of Fundraising: Leanne Nanakul and Kristi Rockenbach Co-VP of Communications:  Estra Silver and Tracy Militello Co-VP of Membership: ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Talent Show - Thursday May 24/21/20194/25/2019
Blackwell PTSA Talent Show - Thursday May 2
                                                             Blackwell PTSA Talent Show                                                                        Thursday, May 2 Don't miss our Blackwell PTSA Annual Talent Show; an evening dedicated to showcasing the many and amazingly diverse talents of our students. Music, dance, martial arts and so ... read full article
Washington State PTA - A Force in Olympia3/10/20194/5/2019
Washington State PTA - A Force in Olympia
Keep Up-to-date on What Happens During the Legislative Session in Olympia   Blackwell PTSA, along with many other PTA groups around the state join together to support the advocacy for our Washington State students.    WSPTA has been active testifying on more than 30 house and senate bills so far. Here's a sample of the action just from February:     HB 1272 - school lunches SB 5853 - school construction HB 1184 - simple majority for bonds SHB 1139 - teacher shortage SSB 5313 - enrichment levies     SB 5736 - closing the gap with strategic K-12 investments SB ... read full article
NEW CHALLENGE: Math Challenge 11!2/5/20193/21/2019
NEW CHALLENGE: Math Challenge 11!
Math Challenge #11! Explore! Try new things! Print out this week's Math Challenge for your Blackwell student and see what happens! Do it together! The more, the merrier! https://www.mathinaction.org/current-math-challenge.html Solutions due: March 21. Solutions will be out: March 22   ... read full article
SAVE THE DATE Blackwell PTSA BINGO Night - March 7!1/26/20192/2/2019
SAVE THE DATE Blackwell PTSA BINGO Night - March 7!
More details coming your way soon! ... read full article
Pantry Pack Food Drive - Get Ready!1/23/20192/1/2019
Pantry Pack Food Drive - Get Ready!
      Pantry Pack Food Drive - February 4 - 8, 2019   Help feed our local community! Last year Blackwell Elementary donated 275 pantry packs for food insecure children on the Eastside. The student council and PTSA Sharing is Caring is sponsoring another pantry pack food drive with the goal of making 300 packs. If you are interested in learning more about Pantry Packs:  https://www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks.html Pantry Packs Food Drive on February 4-8, 2019 .    Student Council will be creating the packs on Friday the 8th.   We need 10 parent Volunteers to assist student council on Friday, ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Used Book Fair 1/1/20191/2/2019
Blackwell PTSA Used Book Fair
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Blackwell PTSA Ugandan School Supplies DriveEstra Silver11/17/201811/26/2018
Blackwell PTSA Ugandan School Supplies Drive
New and Used School Supplies Drive for Blackwell's Ugandan Friends   This year we are very excited to once again partner with Sister Schools in an effort to collect much-needed school supplies for Ugandan elementary students. We are excited for the drive and ask that you consider participating - it's a lovely way to give and perfect teaching moment. Thank you.   This is a modified supply drive, we are only looking for small items that will fit in a drawstring backpack.  Our drive is in two parts this year: November 16-21 – Modified School Supply Drive Specific Items needed ... read full article
Math Challenge Tournament! Estra Silver11/4/201811/27/2018
Math Challenge Tournament!
MATH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT!   The Fall2018 Math Challenge Tournament (MCT) student registration is NOW OPEN!  You can register your student at   http://www.ellipsisacademy.com/mct-2018-students-registration.html     Select the location closest to you (that is not private) and register for that location.  Seats are limited and first come first served. The locations are:  November 29: 6:30pm at Margaret Mead Elementary ,  1725 216th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074 Dec 7 or Dec 8: 5:30pm at   Ellipsis Academy Overlake Center, 2763 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052                 (FULL) Nov 30th 6:30pm at Norman Rockwell Elementary, 11125 162ns Ave ... read full article
Literally! There's a Literary Pumpkin Carving Contest!Estra Silver10/24/201810/26/2018
Literally! There's a Literary Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Literally! There's a LITERARY PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST and it's just around the corner! Check out the details here ! Pumpkins can be dropped off at the shelter, next to Mrs. Brown's room on Friday, October 26 until 3:50PM. Good luck!   ... read full article
Enchanged Forest Scholastic Book Fair!Estra Silver10/9/201810/10/2018
Enchanged Forest Scholastic Book Fair!
Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair has begun!   Shop for a variety of titles and deals in the Blackwell library. The Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair has begun!! Come visit the fair before or after conferences for a wide selection of books within the enchanted fairyland. Family Night is on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30-8:00 pm with special guest readers reading their favorite books and raffle prizes awarded throughout the evening. You don’t want to miss out on the fun! Can’t visit the fair till Monday, October 15 th . Go ahead and begin shopping now for all your favorite books ... read full article
Volunteers Needed!Estra Silver9/15/201810/5/2018
Volunteers Needed!
Outstanding People Needed - Like You! Volunteers Needed!    Have you considered volunteering but your time is limited? No problem! We completely understand and have an opportunity for you!   These opportunities are perfect if you would prefer to tell us which day works for you! So, grab a friend or make some new ones and let's work together to make sure these terrific Blackwell traditions continue!     Click here to learn about being an Art Docent or the Blackwell Launch Kindergarteners Read Program!   ... read full article
Stay tuned for the latest and greatest!Estra Silver8/6/20188/8/2018
Stay tuned for the latest and greatest!
Stay tuned for the latest and greatest! School may be out, but rest assured your Blackwell PTSA team is hard at work crafting a plan to help make our 2018-19 school year a terrific one for students and families! Stay tuned for updates regarding exciting PTSA Blackwell Programs, including: Before- and After- School Programs for your students New Family Pizza Night - August 28, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - CHECK OUT THE LINK!! Meet and Greet socials for the entire family Fundraising Events Volunteer Opportunities  In the meantime, get yourself plugged in by liking our Blackwell PTSA Facebook page and subscribing ... read full article
School Supplies! School Supplies! School Supplies!Estra Silver7/11/20189/3/2018
School Supplies! School Supplies! School Supplies!
    To learn about school supplies for the 2018-19 school year, please  click here!       ... read full article
Feed Washington Pantry Pack Program Winter Drive12/2/201812/16/2018
Feed Washington Pantry Pack Program Winter Drive
Have you heard of Lake Washington School Foundation's (LWSF) Pantry Packs program? The LWSF Pantry Packs program was developed to help the 800 students in the LWSD (including, 160 in Sammamish) who have been identified as food insecure, which means that food in the house is not always a given. Pantry Packs are provided over the weekend to be sure that qualifying students can count on at least one-well rounded meal a day.  Click here  to see the flyer for additional details about this much-needed drive! If you would like to participate in this program by providing a contribution, please ... read full article
PTSA Ski Bus 2019!11/19/20181/11/2019
PTSA Ski Bus 2019!
Blackwell PTSA Announces: Ski Bus 2019! Greetings! The Ski Bus is full! Thank you and have fun! Check-out the frosty details by clicking here! ... read full article