Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA
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MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
MLK Day - NO SCHOOL

Date:
Monday, January 15
9:00a General Membership Meeting
General Membership Meeting

Date:
Thursday, January 18
Time:
9:00a - 10:00a

coffee & pastries
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Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Date:
Mon 1/22 - Fri 1/26
9:05a Java with Jim
Java with Jim

Date:
Monday, January 22
Time:
9:05a - 10:00a
Where:
Library

Grab a cup of coffee and get filled in on the latest campus news and events. Come fill up on a warm cup of coffee and the latest news and events from Blackwell. This morning gathering is designed specifically for parents to hear directly from Mr. Eaton about what’s happening here at Elizabeth Blackwell. Mr. Eaton will also be available to field questions about our school, the district, and the state of education in Washington. It’s also a great time to meet other parents and hear from the PTSA.
Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Date:
Mon 1/22 - Fri 1/26
Elementary Conferences
Elementary Conferences

Date:
Tuesday, January 23

Noon release
7:00p IMS Parent Info Night
IMS Parent Info Night

Date:
Tuesday, January 23
Time:
7:00p - 8:30p
Where:
Inglewood Middle School
Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Date:
Mon 1/22 - Fri 1/26
2:30p Kindergarten Orientation & Registration
Kindergarten Orientation & Registration

Date:
Wednesday, January 24
Time:
2:30p - 3:30p
Where:
Library
Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Date:
Mon 1/22 - Fri 1/26
Elementary Conferences
Elementary Conferences

Date:
Thursday, January 25

Noon release
Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Date:
Mon 1/22 - Fri 1/26
Elementary Conferences
Elementary Conferences

Date:
Friday, January 26

Noon release
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PTSA General Membership Meeting

Please join us on Thursday January 18th at 9:00am for our PTSA General Membership meeting. We will be electing our nominating committee for next year’s PTSA board and discussing fundraising options for next year. We will discuss other topics such as after school enrichment activities and upcoming events. Your input is so important! Please contact Cherish Fitterer at president@blackwellptsa.org with any questions.


Fundraising Committee

We are looking for any members who are interested in being on a committee to decide our school fundraiser(s) for the next school year. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact Cherish Fitterer at president@blackwellptsa.org as soon as possible. 


Used Book Fair
PTSA Used Book Fair: January 24 - 26
 
Out with the old and in with the USED! It’s time to go through your dusty bookshelf and pull out the ones your kids have outgrown. Each year we collect several thousand books, games, and puzzles. The two classrooms that collect the most books get first pick at the book fair. Load up your bags and boxes to bring in your used books from January 16 - January 22. Books will be sold for only 50 cents and each student is entitled to one free book.
 
Please remember that we do not accept computer games, adult books, or any magazines. 

Puzzles and board games are great if they have all the pieces and are sealed so no pieces are lost along the way.

This is a really fun (and easy!) event for volunteers. You can volunteer for just an hour or for a couple of hours over a few days.

Volunteers are needed for the following:
 
Sort Books: January 16 - 22 , 9 - 10 am
Set Up: January 23rd (9 - noon)
Selling Books:
January 24: 8:45 - 4:00pm
January 25: 8:45-9:30am and noon-4pm
January 26: 8:45-4pm
 
Anyone interested in helping with this event should contact Carolyn Payne at cpayne_9@me.com.

Blackwell Family STEM Night

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 8th

We’ve taken the best of the Science Fair and Math Nights and combined them into one fantastic event!!!

STEM Night is an evening of hands on science, math, and engineering activities for students and families to complete together. The event includes a range of activities covering different topics and connections to various careers. Students are invited to participate by designing and completing their own Science Fair experiment to be showcased at the event.

Registration forms and the information packets can be found on the PTSA website. Registration forms will be due January 19th, 2018.

STEM Night will be held on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. We would love for all of our Blackwell families to come be a part of this hands-on event!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either chair Elle Spikes spikes.elle@gmail.com or Sarah Breen smbreen96@hotmail.com

 

Parent packet info

Student Packet 2018

 

Volunteers Needed! Sign up >>> HERE


Math Club

On November 14, 2017, 34 Blackwell students participated in the AMC 8 contest organized by the Mathematical Association of America.  The AMC 8 is an individual competition covering middle school mathematics up to 8th grade.  This year over 102,000 students took the test worldwide.

Thirteen Blackwell students scored in the top 25% of test takers in all grades: Hongning Wang, Christopher Dickman, Advaith Vankamamidi, Arthur Gong, Sneha Sharma, Nathan Gong, Brooke Lin, Karkit Chew, Guhan Kumar, Samantha Ryan, Ryan Chung, Vaishnavi Annamraju, and Angela Dong. 

Hongning Wang and Christopher Dickman scored in the top 5% of students who took the test.

Congratulations to all the students who participated, and many thanks to Ms. Chen for proctoring the exam!


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Important! Lake Washington Tandem Calendar
LWSD Calendar (filtered to Blackwell)

Blackwell PTSA STEM Night
 

Support the Bond and Levies!

We need to inform our community and encourage all registered voters to return their ballots. 

Save the dates for these important (and fun!) community-focused events:

January  29 is sign waving for Blackwell families

Please join us to wave signs for the bond/levies at the morning commute on Sahalee Way

When:  8:15-9:15 am (or whenever you can during that time!)

Where: Corner of Sahalee Way NE & NE 36th St

We will supply signs, but why not make your own!  Bring your kids!  

Thank you to Floret Richardson, who will be supplying coffee!

January 29 is also Red Monday-- wear red and have your kids wear red in support of the bond/levies.

February 12 is sign waving with the awesome Blackwell Teachers!   We will be doing before AND after school sign waving, at Sahalee Way and NE 37th Way.  Check out the sign up for details!

Let us know you'll be there, for either or both of these events, by signing up >>> HERE 


Upcoming Bond and Levies Community Open House
Want to learn more about the upcoming Bond and Levies on the February 13 ballot? Join us for one of our upcoming Community Open House meetings to learn more:
 
Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Redmond High School
Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Lake Washington High School
Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Eastlake High School
Wednesday, January 24 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Kamiakin Middle School
 
Learn more about the proposed bonds and levies by attending of these events or by visiting our Bond and Levy webpage.

Spotlight on Advocacy

January is going to be a busy month for Advocacy! Please consider getting involved. Every voice helps to advocate for students!

Here are some ways you can help:

Support the LWSD Bond and Levy: We need PTSA members to promote the LWSD bond and levy measures! Here are some ways to help:

- put up a yard or car sign
- help with calling/doorbelling
- sign waving opportunities: Mark your calendars: January 29th we will get out on the streets to wave signs to raise awareness. More details to follow soon. 

Contact Elaine Cox laineypc@outlook.com, if you would like to put up a yard or car sign or help with calling and doorbelling!

Connect with your state legislators: Jan 29, 2018 Focus Day and Jan 29- Feb 5 Advocacy Week
Focus Day occurs in Olympia and is a great opportunity to meet face to face with legislators.
Advocacy Week will provide opportunities to call and email state representatives regarding PTSA priorities.
Look for more details to follow.


Pantry Pack Food Drive

Did you know that 740 children in the Lake Washington school district would go hungry without Pantry Packs over the weekend? Hopelink’s Pantry Packs program provides weekend packs of food for approximately 740 LWSD students who are identified as being “food insecure.” With community donations of kid-friendly food and funds, 40-50 volunteers come together each month to “pack the packs” at Hopelink’s Kirkland/Northshore warehouse. Volunteer drivers then deliver the packs to schools where the packs get into the hands of hungry children.

Help feed our local community! The Student Council and PTSA Sharing is Caring is sponsoring a Food Drive to benefit Hopelink Pantry Packs. In order to fill the pantry packs we are asking for specific donations to be dropped off outside each classroom in plastic bags. Click HERE to see the list of each grade. 

Pantry Packs Food Drive on February 5-9, 2018. Please bring extra plastic bags for packing. Student Council will be creating the packs on Friday the 9th.  We need parent volunteers to drive the pantry packs to Hopelink in Kirkland on Monday February 12th at 9:30am. Please contact Maggie Hunkins (maggiehunkins@gmail.com) if you would like to be a volunteer driver.


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