Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA

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. For more informations contact blackwellartchair@gmail.com

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

ReflectionsEntryForm Reflections Entry Form 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:
April

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.

Community

Material Distribution Day
Material Distribution Day

Chair:
When:
August 27th & August 28th

Families are scheduled a pickup time on either Thursday, Aug. 27 or Friday, Aug. 28th to collect their computer and other necessary text-based learning materials from school. This will be a drive through, curb pick up event. Families will wear masks and not need to get out of their vehicles.

Your Scheduled Pick Up Time:
• Thursday, Aug. 27th from 10:00-12:00 PM– Last names beginning with letters A – Fi
• Thursday, Aug. 27th from 1:00-4:00 PM– Last names beginning with the letters Fr-Li
• Friday, Aug. 28th from 9:00-12:00 PM– Last names beginning with the letters Lo – Se
• Friday, Aug. 28th from 1:00-4:00 PM– Last names beginning with the letters Sh – Z

We ask that parents come during their assigned time, wear a mask, adhere to social distancing norms, and stay in their vehicles.
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.
Bingo Night
Bingo Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
March

*Chair Open

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.

Before/After School

Brewer Basketball
Brewer Basketball

Chair:
When:
All year

Details for 2020-21 TBD

(Prior year info)
Calling all 3rd 4th & 5th graders! Come play basketball in the mornings before school!

Hoops starts at 8:15 with a warmup shoot-around. Followed by teaming up to play games. Teams are always made to be fair, so everyone gets involved in the games.

The last 10 minutes we play a big group game. All student athletes are dismissed at 9:05 to go to their class line up spots before the first bell.

All ability levels are welcomed and encouraged to come!

Tuesday 3rd grade (boys and girls)
Wednesday 4th grade (boys and girls)
Thursday 5th grade (boys and girls)
Friday 3rd – 5th grade (girl-power day)

The YMCA has the gym until 8:15. Please do not drop your baller off until 8:15 otherwise they will be waiting outside unattended and exposed to the elements of the weather.

Timing TBD

Cost is $65.00 for the year.
To register, click here


Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
When:
September - May

Chess club allows kids to experience the learning and competition of chess. Students in grades K-5 are invited to join. 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.
This year classes will begin online and are Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon sessions (pick one).
Dates: Monday September 28–May 17th (28 classes). No Class: 10/12, 12/21, 12/28, 1/18, 2/15, 4/5
Wednesday September 30- May 12th. (28 classes) No Class: 11/11, 11/25, 12/23, 12/30, 4/7.
Price: $308 (only $11.00 per session. Almost 20% off from last year). Class Meets Online Through Zoom.
Time: Mondays 8:00-9:00am | Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm
To register: http://theallaboutschool.org/schools.html and click on Blackwell Elementary Chess Class
For any questions please call 425-429-2289 or email theallaboutschool@gmail.com

Math Club- CLOSED
Math Club- CLOSED

Chair:
When:
2020-2021 (CLOSED)

*REGISTRATION CLOSED*
The Blackwell Math Club is for 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in math competitions or enrichment in math topics. This year, our team will participate in the following 5 math competitions:
1. AMC8
2. MOEMS (Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools)
3. Math is Cool
4. Math Kangaroo
5. Washington State Mathematics Championship (Blaine)
Details:
Dates: Every Friday, 9/ 11/2020 – 3/26/2021 (22 practices)
No Practice: October 16, November 27, December 25, January 1, January 29, February 12, March 12
Time: 8:00 A.M. – 9:10 A.M.
Cost: $100 (non-refundable)
We will meet once a week through Microsoft Teams.
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Running Club
Running Club

Chair:
When:
October - June

Running club details for 2020-21 TBD

Come and run laps after school with all your fellow bobcat runners!

All Blackwell Students K-5th are welcome to join.

We will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:50pm - 4:20pm on the Sand Field on the playground. Please be there to pick up your runner by 4:25pm.

The Fall session for Running Club will be September 30th - November 21st and the Spring Term will pick up in late February, weather permitting, through the end of May. The last day of Running Club in May will be a fun celebration for our runners!

Laps will be totaled each week with the runners earning awards to add to their running necklace for benchmarks they achieve over the year.

In case of bad weather we will be holding running club in the gym where we will play a big group game. You would then pick up your child at the gym by 4:25pm.

Start Date: TBD

Cost: TBD

To register, click here

Ski Bus
Ski Bus

Chair:
(none)
When:
January-March

* Details for 2020-21 TBD. Needs program chair!

Here are some details about the program:
The first day of ski bus is first Wednesday in January that we are back to school. Pick up is at school with our destination as Summit Central Area and continues for six consecutive weeks finishing in February, unless weather forces postponement. If a cancellation occurs, we automatically extend the program the number of trips missed.

Bus Times:
The bus loads at school at 2:30 PM (early release day) and returns at approximately 7:30 PM in the evening. Registration is limited to the first 35 applicants. Adult chaperones will be on the bus.

Who can participate:
This program is for second through fifth grade.

Classes:
Classes begin at 3:30 P M and are 2 1/2 hours long. Lessons are taught by SSCS (Snow Sports Consulting Service) with thirty five years of teaching experience in the greater Seattle area.

Yoga (A.M. Program)
Yoga (A.M. Program)

Chair:
When:
TBD

Details for 2020-21 TBD

YMCA Kids U Enrichment Pass
YMCA Kids U Enrichment Pass

Chair:
When:
2020-21

Details for 2020-21 TBD
YMCA Vendor Enrichment Programs (P.M. Programs)
YMCA Vendor Enrichment Programs (P.M. Programs)

Chair:
When:
Year Round

Details for 2020-21 TBD

Services

Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee
Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee

Chair:
(none)

Chair Open

The Blackwell PTSA Special Needs Committee provides unique low-sensory field trips for Blackwell Families
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:
TBD

Picture Day is run by PTSA volunteers. Students, staff and volunteers have their pictures taken by professional photographers. Postponed until 2021.
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.

Volunteers Needed:
If you are 1) an aspiring photographer 2) a professional photographer or 3) handy with your phone's camera, please contact us! We need photographers - all skill levels welcome. In addition, we are looking for someone who can serve in an administrative capacity (i.e. keep photos in order, etc).
For more information about the yearbook, contact communications@blackwellptsa.org.

Website
Website

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year Round

*Open Chair*

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:
(none)
When:
Spring 2021

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.

*Needs program chair!
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:
When:
January

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:
When:
Sept. 21 - Oct. 2

Our Fun Run will be conducted by NW Fundraising. They provide character building messages during the days 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. In 2020, our program is called the "Virtual Fun & Fit Drive."
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:
(none)
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.

*Open Chair*
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:
(none)
When:
School Year

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

*Open Chair*
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week

Chair:
(none)
When:
May

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

*Needs program chair!

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:
(none)
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.