Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA

Community

Back to Business Day
Back to Business Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
August

Back to Business Day is an event coordinated by PTSA volunteers to provide one stop access at the start of the school year for parents to fill out necessary school paperwork, learn who about new teachers for the school year, sign up for PTSA, learn about before and after school activities, and learn about volunteering opportunities.
Membership
Membership

Chair:

A strong membership enables our PTSA to be a force in decisions involving the welfare and education of children at the school, council, state, and, ultimately, national level. Members are the lifeblood of PTSA and provide the passion, leadership, and hard work needed to fulfill PTSA’s mission.
Advocacy
Advocacy

Chair:
When:
Year Round

As advocates of our students, staff and school, PTSA seeks to get involved with legislative work that pertains to education. Our school participates in Legislative Assembly and our advocacy volunteers attend a yearly Focus Day in Olympia. Please send questions to legislative@blackwellptsa.org.
Apparel / Spirit Wear
Apparel / Spirit Wear

Chair:
When:
School Year

PTSA volunteers work with an outside vendor to provide an assortment of apparel with Blackwell Bobcat school colors and logos. Program Chair manages orders of Blackwell Spirit Wear multiple times during the school year and ensures, once orders are received, that merchandise is distributed to the appropriate classrooms.
Bingo Night
Bingo Night

Chair:
When:
March

Family Bingo Night is coordinated by PTSA volunteers. This event is a huge hit with the entire community and includes 400+ prizes and raffle baskets. Teachers serve as game callers.
Gingerbread House Display
Gingerbread House Display

Chair:
When:
December

Students and families are invited to create gingerbread houses for display in the school library. Houses are categorized by grade level, and classes are encouraged to come through to view and vote on their favorite creations. Small prizes are given to grade level winners.

Enrichment

Art Smart
Art Smart

Chair:
When:
Entire Year

Art Smart is a PTSA sponsored program that brings art enrichment directly to the classrooms. Once a month, volunteer docents visit the classrooms to teach students elements of art and design while exploring a range of art techniques. Student artwork is displayed in the hallways throughout the school year and highlights are showcased at a combined Music/Art event in the spring. One or more volunteers per class are needed. Volunteers are not required to have an art background, just a love for helping children express their creativity. Curriculum and training support are provided.
The Program Chair supports and manages the art program and ensures supplies are stocked and volunteers are staffed to support various art initiatives throughout the year.

Art—Glass & Clay
Art—Glass & Clay

Chair:
When:
Entire Year

The Glass & Clay program is a part of the volunteer-run Art Smart program at Blackwell. It provides students with materials and instruction to exercise their creativity with these fun materials. Blackwell has a kiln purchased by PTSA funds and maintained by PTSA volunteers.
The Program Chair supports and manages the clay/glass program and ensures supplies are stocked and schedule for kiln and volunteer support is established and managed.
Reflections Art Program
Reflections Art Program

Chair:
When:
School Year

The Reflections Arts in Education program is a National PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme. The program begins at the local PTA level and entries can progress through council, state and national rounds of competition.
Program Chair promotes Reflections art program to students, collects submissions and organizes an evening reception for students to share their work. S/he also submits all entries to district Reflections competition, and follows up with any entries that receive special recognition.

Math Challenge
Math Challenge

Chair:
When:
September-June

Math Challenge is a volunteer-run program designed to give students K-5 opportunities to sharpen their mathematical problem-solving skills. Fifteen Math Challenges are published throughout the school year.

Every other week, a new Math Challenge is available to download from Math in Action (www.mathinaction.org) and print at home. Students must submit their solutions to each Math Challenge by the due date, either to the office or to their teachers. PTSA volunteers correct all worksheet. Then, every student who achieves the required number of solutions in their grade level receives a prize provided by PTSA funds.

STEM Night
STEM Night

Chair:
When:
February

PTSA volunteers organize an evening event of STEM related games/activities for Blackwell families to enjoy. Outside vendors/groups are brought in to provide additional STEM activities/materials.
Special Needs
Special Needs

Chair:
(none)
When:
Entire Year

PTSA volunteers serve to advocate for Special Needs at Blackwell.

Before/After School

Mandarin / Spanish
Mandarin / Spanish

Chair:
When:
2017-18

Blackwell PTSA will be offering language classes for the 2017-2018 school year. We will be using the Sponge school program and will offer both Mandarin and Spanish before school 2 days per week from 7:50-8:50am.
Spanish class will be on Tuesday & Thursday
Mandarin class will be on Wednesday & Friday

YMCA Kids U Enrichment Pass
YMCA Kids U Enrichment Pass

Chair:
When:
2017-18

Welcome to the Kids University program at Blackwell Elementary School. Make the most of after-school time with active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Choose from a menu of multi-week experiences taught by caring, certified YMCA staff like sports, arts and other hands-on learning activities! The After-School Enrichment Pass guarantees you early class selection each session.

Includes early release days. Does not include no school days.

The vendors that are being offered for Session 2 (Oct. 2 – Nov. 22) are:

Tuesdays: Code with Robots (TechVenture Kids)
Wednesdays: Small Hands on Art presents Aladdin
Thursdays: Intro to Public Speaking (Grasshopper Enrichment)
Fridays: Arts and Logic (Archana Dubey)



Brewer Basketball
Brewer Basketball

Chair:
When:
All year

Join Jon Brewer for basketball mornings.

2017-18 Flier

[Sign-up: /Packet/Brewer Basketball]]

Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
When:
October - April

PTSA offers a school chess club at Blackwell. The club runs October through April, allowing kids to experience the learning and competition of chess. Students in grades K through 5 are invited to join the club. Chess is excellent at teaching kids mental discipline, to focus, to look at all their options, to compete under time pressure, to play fair, that mistakes have consequences, to not give up when behind, and many more life lessons.
Running Club
Running Club

Chair:

Running club every Monday & Thursday 3:35-4:05 pm
Meet outside by the sand field

2017-18 Flier

Sign-Up

Ski Bus
Ski Bus

Chair:
When:
January-March

PTSA volunteers coordinate a weekly bus trip for students to the mountains where they can take ski lessons.

Services

General Volunteer Pool
General Volunteer Pool

Chair:
When:
Year Round

This program is to establish a general pool of volunteers.
Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:
When:
October

Picture Day is run by PTSA volunteers. Students, staff and volunteers have their pictures taken by professional photographers, usually in October.
Newsletter
Newsletter

Chair:
When:
Year Round

The Bobcat Bulletin is a newsletter, run by PTSA volunteers, and published weekly to provide you with the latest news from the Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA. If you have an article please send it to communications@blackwellptsa.org.

Reader Board
Reader Board

Chair:
When:
School Year

The reader board outside Blackwell is maintained by PTSA volunteers. School and community announcements are typically posted weekly. If you want to announce something on the reader board, please send your request to communications@blackwellptsa.org.
Social Media
Social Media

Chair:
When:
Year Round

PTSA volunteers schedule daily updates to the Blackwell PTSA Facebook page. Please send requests to communications@blackwellptsa.org.
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
Year Round

The Blackwell yearbook is compiled and published by PTSA volunteers, with the help of our vendor LifeTouch. For more information about the yearbook, contact communications@blackwellptsa.org.

Website
Website

Chair:
When:
Year Round

The Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA website is run by PTSA volunteers. Posted on the website you'll find information about school events and programs, fundraising, legislative updates, and a calendar of events. If you would like to add something to the website, please send a request to communications@blackwellptsa.org.
Directory
Directory

Chair:
When:
Sept - October

A directory of Blackwell parents, students, and staff is published yearly by PTSA volunteers. The online directory is fully searchable from the Blackwell PTSA website. Paper copies are available as well and distributed in the late fall.

Family

Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:
When:
April

The talent show is an annual event run by PTSA volunteers where students show off their talents at an evening show for Blackwell families. Students participate in an “audition” and dress rehearsal where they are guided by staff members and volunteer leaders.
Halloween Carnival
Halloween Carnival

Chair:
When:
October

PTSA volunteers organize and run a carnival with games and activities for students to enjoy with their families to celebrate Halloween. Prizes are given at each game. Decorations are placed throughout the gym, commons, and hallways. A pizza dinner is available for purchase.

Dads & Donuts
Dads & Donuts

Chair:
When:
May

PTSA volunteers invite dads and their children to have a donut and coffee and mingle with other families. Coffee is donated by Starbucks and donuts are purchased from Krispy Kreme.
International Celebration
International Celebration

Chair:
(none)
When:
May

Blackwell families are invited to host country-specific tables where students can learn about other cultures. PTSA volunteers bring entertainment that demonstrates cultural activities (arts, sports, etc).

Fundraising

Fun Run
Fun Run

Chair:

Our Fun Run will be conducted by the FundRunners company. They provide character building messages during the week leading up to the fun run, starting off with an energetic kick-off assembly, as well as providing daily and overall incentives related to the fundraiser for classes and individuals.
Boxtops for Education
Boxtops for Education

Chair:
When:
School Year

Blackwell families are encouraged to collect Boxtops from household products with the Boxtops symbol throughout the school year. PTSA volunteers coordinate class competitions to encourage Boxtop collection prior to submission dates.
Program Chair promotes the collection of Boxtops to Blackwell families throughout the school year, has class competitions to encourage Boxtop collection prior to submission dates, and organizes collected boxtops and paperwork to be sent to company.
Used Book Fair
Used Book Fair

Chair:
When:
January

Blackwell students donate their used books to be sold during spring conference week. Books are collected daily for one week and categorized by volunteers. The book sale takes place in the commons for three days. Volunteers help set-up, sell, and take down book fair.
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair

Chair:
When:
October

PTSA volunteers coordinate with Scholastic Books to host a book fair during fall conference week.
Program Chair organizes volunteers to help set-up, sell, and take down materials during the sale.

Staff

Teacher Luncheons
Teacher Luncheons

Chair:
When:
School Year

PTSA volunteers provide themed luncheon each month for Blackwell staff members.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week

Chair:
When:
May

PTSA volunteers coordinate daily treats for teachers and staff members to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Health & Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
When:
September

PTSA volunteers work with the Blackwell Principal to update emergency supplies of food, water, etc. to match the current needs of the school.
Lost & Found
Lost & Found

Chair:
When:
School Year

PTSA volunteers organize lost and found items so that students/parents may easily retrieve them. We periodically donate unclaimed items to a local charity.
Vision and Hearing Screening
Vision and Hearing Screening

Chair:
When:
November (one day)

PTSA volunteers work with the Blackwell nurse to help with vision and hearing screening of students.
Walk to School Month
Walk to School Month

Chair:
When:
October

Walk to School Month gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. The event at Blackwell is coordinated by PTSA volunteers.
Program Chair coordinates promotional materials and activities to encourage students/families to walk to school during National Walk to School month. Chair also creates calendar for students to monitor their transportation methods and provides prizes (donated and purchased through small allotted budget) to students whose names are randomly drawn from turned in calendars.

Outreach

Sharing is Caring
Sharing is Caring

Chair:
When:
Various times throughout year

With the help of our school principal, the school counselor, and the student body, PTSA volunteers coordinate outreach projects for students to participate in at various times throughout the year. These include candy drives, food drives, school supply drives, and exchanges with Sister Schools.