Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA
Social Distancing 101
Social Distancing 101 So what does “social distancing” mean?  According to public health officials, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Here’s how you can help: Listen to and follow the directions  of your state and local authorities. Stay home  if you can and avoid any non-essential travel. Keep at least six feet away  from other people if you must go out in public. Remember your mask. Stay connected virtually with loved ones  through video calls, phone calls, texts or social media. Read  more tips  for coping with stress during COVID-19. ... read full article
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PTSA Board Nominations 2020-2021Kerri Miller5/12/20205/28/2020
PTSA Board Nominations 2020-2021
PTSA Board Nominations for 2020-2021   The nominating committee has worked diligently to select nominees for next years 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 28. Nominations will be accepted on the floor at that meeting as well.  For the office of: President : OPEN Co-Executive VP’s: Mary Blake & Kristi Rockenbach Secretary : Mara Gaukroger Treasurer: Nicole Dresser Co-VPs of Fundraising : OPEN Co-VPs of Communications: OPEN Co-VP’s of Membership: Jiaying Ni & Jessica Hagashi VP of Community Liaison: Julie ... read full article
WANTED: Thank You Notes for our Medical Community!3/31/20204/7/2020
WANTED: Thank You Notes for our Medical Community!
  Blackwell Letter & Card Drive!  Blackwell and our PTSA would like to host a letter/card drive to support the amazing health care teams at local hospitals. Next week, we will be sending letters and/or cards to the staff at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.  How can you and your children help?  Great question!  Create a letter or card expressing your thanks to the staff at the hospital Please focus on: the Environmental Service Team (approximately 80 people who are responsible for making sure all linens, rooms, hospital environment are clean) Nurses and Doctors Administration When complete, drop off your card to the ... read full article
Blackwell Yearbook Seeking Your Photos NOW!3/30/20205/2/2020
Blackwell Yearbook Seeking Your Photos NOW!
Blackwell Yearbook Looking for Your At Home Photos! These are unusual times - but our yearbook must continue and we invite you to share photos that capture how your Bobcat spent time at home during this time of isolation.   Please send your photos to blackwellyearbook@blackwellptsa.org.   ... read full article
Running Club is Back - February 24!2/20/20202/28/2020
Running Club is Back - February 24!
Running Club is BACK! The snow is over and the sun is shining bright! We will resume running club starting February 24 th and go until the end of May. While we aren’t guaranteed great weather all the time, please keep in mind that our goal is to run outside and so we will be running in some rain unless it is an absolute downpour or the field is unusable.  Please have your runner ready for rainy conditions with jackets.  Looking forward to seeing everyone out there on Monday!! ... read full article
YMCA Vendor Enrichment Session 3 - Register by December 20!12/11/201912/20/2019
YMCA Vendor Enrichment Session 3 - Register by December 20!
After-school programs held  AT BLACKWELL!  Wholly Lego-building, Batman! Did you hear about the after-school programs held right at Blackwell??    GYMNASTICS - BASKETBALL - LEGOS - ART - KITCHEN SCIENCE FUN!     YMCA VENDOR ENRICHMENT SESSION 3 SCHEDULE January 6 - February 28 Register HERE  by December 20! Monday - Gymnastics with Jet's Gymnastics - 3:50 PM Tuesday - Lego Engineering and Coding - 3:50 PM Wednesday - Aladdin with Small Hands on Art - 2:20 PM Thursday - Hoop it Up with the YMCA - 3:50 PM Friday - Kitchen Science! - 3:50 PM ... read full article
Blackwell Yearbooks on Sale NOW!11/6/20195/1/2020
Blackwell Yearbooks on Sale NOW!
Blackwell Yearbooks are on sale through May 6! Blackwell Yearbooks are on SALE NOW!   Our Yearbook ID Code:  5479420   For those of you who are new to Blackwell and/or yearbooks, our annual Blackwell yearbooks are hard-copy books published at the end of the year that feature Blackwell students participating in fun and memorable (organized or unorganized) activities in and around our school during the 2019-2020 school year. It's a wonderful keepsake and full of fun memories to look back on and to share with friends and family.    Purchase yours today!  Blackwell Yearbooks are on  SALE NOW!   Our ... read full article
BOO FEST - OCTOBER 25 (5:30-8pm)10/8/201910/26/2019
BOO FEST - OCTOBER 25 (5:30-8pm)
Boo Fest 2019 - Friday, October 25 IMPORTANT NOTE: 5:30 - 6:30PM - (kindergarten through 1st grade only & family, older siblings may join here) 6:30 - 8:00 PM (all grade levels & families join)   Hold on to your witchy hats (and candy bags!) because Boo Fest is just around the corner and promises to be an evening of frightful fun for the entire family!!   Our Boo Fest committee has been brewing up an evening of fun! Activities include: Carnival Games Face Painting Pumpkin Decorating Trick or Treating Monster Mash Dance Haunted Hallway Low-Sensory Room making the event ... read full article
Blackwell Art Docents Needed!9/20/201910/4/2019
Blackwell Art Docents Needed!
  Blackwell's Art Program Seeking Art Docents: No Experience Required! Help keep this program running strong and please consider volunteering your time as a classroom art docent. You don't need to be a PTSA member, or even be artistically inclined! Really! You just need to be interested in helping keep our art program vital! Time commitments are flexible and up to you!  OR if you do have a passion for art and would like to share your knowledge with other parents, please let our Blackwell art chair, Adriana Klansnic know if you have a specific medium that you would be willing ... read full article
New Blackwell Family Pizza Dinner8/27/20198/27/2019
New Blackwell Family Pizza Dinner
Attention New Blackwell Families! New Blackwell Families! Remember, our PTSA New Blackwell Family Welcome Dinner is Tuesday, August 27 from 6:30PM - 8PM at Blackwell. Bring the entire family! Meet other new families joining Blackwell! Learn more about your student's new school and Blackwell's PTSA! ... read full article
Social Distancing 1013/31/20208/27/2020
Social Distancing 101
Social Distancing 101 So what does “social distancing” mean?  According to public health officials, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Here’s how you can help: Listen to and follow the directions  of your state and local authorities. Stay home  if you can and avoid any non-essential travel. Keep at least six feet away  from other people if you must go out in public. Remember your mask. Stay connected virtually with loved ones  through video calls, phone calls, texts or social media. Read  more tips  for coping with stress during COVID-19. ... read full article
Blackwell Math Challenge3/5/20203/18/2020
Blackwell Math Challenge
  Math Challenge #11 Math Challenge #11 is coming Friday, March 6 - you will find it  here!  Due Date: March 18   Some things to remember: 1. Please make sure the student's name is written on the worksheet. 2. Please staple all the pages together if the name is not written on each page. 3. Math Challenge worksheets submitted on or after the Friday when the solution is available online will not be counted towards the prizes or certificates. Questions about the program? Please contact our Math Challenge Chair, Grace Le at mathchallenge@blackwellptsa. org ... read full article
Pantry Pack Food Drive March 16-203/5/20203/20/2020
Pantry Pack Food Drive March 16-20
Help feed our local community! Last year Blackwell Elementary donated over 200 pantry packs for food insecure children on the Eastside. The Blackwell Student Leadership 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 COLLECTION:  Pantry Packs Food Drive starts on Monday March 16 and ends on Friday March 20th. Student Leadership will be creating the packs on Monday March 23rd.  We need 10 parent Volunteers to assist student council on Monday March 23rd.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AA5AD2DAA8-blackwell   Please use the ... read full article
Attention Incoming Inglewood Families....Join the PTSA Board1/22/20203/1/2020
Attention Incoming Inglewood Families....Join the PTSA Board
Join Inglewood PTSA!   To All Incoming Inglewood Parents,   Excited, nervous and apprehensive about middle school??? Here at Inglewood PTSA we extend our warmest welcome. Most of our interactions with kids and teachers happens via PTSA sponsored activities.  Being a part of our PTSA really helps you understand and engage with the administration on ideas and experiences for extracurricular activities, fundraising for school projects, tap our parent network and make new friends.    We are currently seeking volunteers for positions on our Board. If you're interested or would like to learn more about being more involved in your child's ... read full article
Thankful Blackwell Bobcats!12/17/20191/10/2020
Thankful Blackwell Bobcats!
A big shout-out to the LWSD for featuring some of our Blackwell Bobcats sharing what they were thankful for this past Thanksgiving holiday!  Well done, Bobcats! https://www.facebook.com/LakeWashingtonSchools/videos/1387037184803510/?v=1387037184803510      ... read full article
Halloween Candy - Be Gone....Sweeten a Soldier's Day!10/31/201911/5/2019
Halloween Candy - Be Gone....Sweeten a Soldier's Day!
  Many things are lovely in moderation, including Halloween candy! If you're looking for a local Halloween candy fairy to take your "extra" candy off your hands, look no further!  Bring your "extra" Halloween candy directly to Blackwell! Drop off boxes will be available through November 5 and located just outside the school office.   All candy donations will be sent to Operation Gratitude. To learn more about Operation Gratitude . . keep reading! Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude sends individually addressed care packages (around 200,000 packages) to United State soldiers around the world.  Curious about the program? Go here for ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Teacher & Staff Monthly Luncheon - October 2310/15/201910/23/2019
Blackwell PTSA Teacher & Staff Monthly Luncheon - October 23
What are PTSA Teacher & Staff Monthly Luncheons? There are many ways throughout the year we enjoy showing our appreciation to our wonderful Blackwell teachers and staff. One way we do this is through food! :) Each month, the Blackwell PTSA organizes a special lunch for all who work and support our Blackwell students.    October Lunch is scheduled for October 23! We are in the midst of organizing our October 23rd lunch - - a hot potato bar - - and would LOVE to have your support with this effort! If you'd like to participate (drop off food or clean-up or set-up), ... read full article
Catch the PTSA Ski Bus!10/5/201910/10/2019
Catch the PTSA Ski Bus!
 PTSA Ski Bus! A Message from Snow Sports Consulting . .    Hello Snow Sports Families,   We here at  Snow Sports Consulting Service LLC  ("SSCS") hope your summer was fantastic! If you are planning on enrolling in a Snow Sports program, you have until 12/15/19 to purchase your season pass at a discount.   Blackwell Snow Bus Coordinator Your program coordinator is Lucas Forschler 408-893-6446 or at  forschler@gmail.com . Thank you, Lucas! Registration HERE  is your current registration form. This can also be downloaded from our  website . Once we receive your information and payment you will be sent a ... read full article
October is Walk to School Month!9/30/201910/14/2019
October is Walk to School Month!
Walk to School month in October is an internationally-recognized event that encourages students to walk before and/or after school. It's also a great opportunity to build a stronger sense of community!    Let's Get Started! Hopefully, an October "Walk to School Month" calendar tracker made it home from school! Look for that and help your student track how he/she travels to and from school. Prizes handed out for our biggest walkers - and look for fun activities all throughout the month! NOTE: For those kiddos who take the bus, we understand! Walking to and from your bus stop counts as ... read full article
Kindergarten Parents! Blackwell PTSA Coffee 8/27/20199/8/2019
Kindergarten Parents! Blackwell PTSA Coffee
                                                                Kindergarten First Day! Oh my goodness - those little kindergarteners will be starting their FIRST DAY of ELEMENTARY school Friday, September 6. It's a big day for students - and parents alike. The kiddos will have a blast, but the parents? You'll be fine too. In fact, after drop off, look for your Blackwell PTSA table just in front of Blackwell's front doors. We'll have coffee and treats ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Summer Playdate Series!7/4/20198/20/2019
Blackwell PTSA Summer Playdate Series!
Well, hello there! Summer is in full swing and we're hoping you and your Bobcat are enjoying some sunshine, fun activities and all things summer!   We are very excited to present the Blackwell PTSA Summer Playdate series for families who are 1) new to Blackwell and would enjoy getting acquainted with other Blackwell families and students 2) desperately in search of activities to keep your student active 3) would welcome a fun diversion and enjoy seeing some familiar faces 4) a combination of the above!   Whatever your reason, we invite you to join us for some fun on ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA Teacher & Staff Monthly Luncheons Need YOU!10/30/20193/26/2020
Blackwell PTSA Teacher & Staff Monthly Luncheons Need YOU!
    Some Background Our Blackwell teachers and staff are simply amazing! Providing positive energy and inspiration to our kiddos on a daily basis. It's a big job!  Remember how hard summer break was (well, for some of us)? There are times where we just can't thank our Blackwell teachers and staff enough! For that, we have Blackwell Monthly Teacher & Staff Luncheons! A marvelous opportunity to show our appreciation throughout the school year! The easiest volunteer opportunity that will instantly warm your heart! Simply sign up using this form for any one (or all - or some) of our ... read full article
AMC 8 Math Competition (4th & 5th Graders) - Register by October 23!9/28/201910/23/2019
AMC 8 Math Competition (4th & 5th Graders) - Register by October 23!
We are happy to announce that this year Blackwell Elementary School will again host the AMC 8 math competition, which will be held on Tuesday, November 12, between 8:00AM to 9:00AM. Targeted participants are 4 th and 5 th grade students with a passion for problem-solving. What is the AMC8? The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in ... read full article
Blackwell PTSA 2019 Fun Run9/10/20199/26/2019
Blackwell PTSA 2019 Fun Run
Blackwell PTSA 2019 Fun Run   Blackwell Fun Run - Wednesday, September 25 Our biggest, BIGGEST, fundraiser is upon us, our annual Blackwell 2019 Fun Run and we're getting excited - and we want you and your Bobcat to get excited too!  Find Your Student's Pledge Sheet! Parents just need to enter their student's name  here  to access their student's pledge page to enter pledges!!    Encourage your student to collect pledges from friends and family.  **Contributions can be given a boost through corporate match programs.**   Volunteers! If you're interested in helping with this event, we would love to have you ... read full article
Blackwell Green Team Initiative12/4/20192/29/2020
Blackwell Green Team Initiative
From Your Blackwell Green Team: It's OUR PLANET and OUR RESPONSIBILITY!   NO MORE SINGLE-USE WATER BOTTLES AT BLACKWELL (please!)   Great news! Blackwell's Green Team is launching its first initiative and we feel like you are going to be just as excited about it as we are!  At some point, each of us has either read or seen how single-use plastic bottles are wreaking havoc on our oceans, its sea-life and, on a local level, taking up a significant amount of landfill space. We need to do what we can to help! TOGETHER , let's do our part and move ... read full article
Ellipsis Academy Math Challenge Tournament10/23/201912/14/2019
Ellipsis Academy Math Challenge Tournament
Calling All Mathletes Grade 2 - 5 The student registration for the Math Challenge Tournament this year is now available! All students in grade 2 to 5 are invited. Below are schools nearby us that are hosting the tournament and the links to register. Don’t miss it! Seats are limited. Information about the tournament (format, awards, and divisions) can be found here: MATH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT   NOTES Fee : $20 per student Once you've registered, you will immediately receive  an email confirmation containing a link  to download practice materials (2018 MCT papers).   If you didn't see the confirmation email, please ... read full article
Lost & Found Donated Tuesday, October 2210/15/201910/22/2019
Lost & Found Donated Tuesday, October 22
Have you seen our school's Lost & Found? It's full of an amazing assortment of  . . well, just about everything - except for your car keys.  So, if you're missing something, consider looking for it at our school's lost & found!  Check it out before everything is donated on October 22! ... read full article
Edu Kits: School Supplies for 2019-20!7/4/20198/16/2019
Edu Kits: School Supplies for 2019-20!
Attention: Blackwell Families! Who needs school supplies?? Of course, you do - and we offer the convenience of one-stop shopping and it's just a click away! All supplies are school approved too (a huge and important bonus). Check this out!   ... read full article