Blackford Elementary School

School News

Updated Mon, May 23rd

Blackford was honored to recognize the following people:


Blackford Teacher of the Year

Jeanne Miranda, Kinder teacher


 Blackford Classified Staff of the Year

Concepcion Gonzalez, Campbell Care Site Manager


Blackford Volunteers of the Year 

Julie Tate-Judge, our current PTA President 

Audrianna Correa-Jimenez, our PTA Treasurer and former PTA president 


Each one of these people have given so much of themselves, their talent and their time to help serve the students, families and community of Blackford.  These past couple of years have been very challenging as everyone knows, and these honorees have worked tirelessly serving students and the community through the pandemic and have helped Blackford in so many different ways; from providing a safe space, the Learning Lab, for students to learn; to making sure students were provided engaging lessons throughout Distance Learning; to making sure the PTA was still running smoothly and serving the school.  These are among a few examples of why these honorees were chosen as this year's nominees.  Each honoree shares a committment to helping children and is dedicated to making Blackford a special, caring, engaging place for students to learn and thrive.

Updated Thu, May 19th

Reminder, that tonight, Thursday, May 19th, from 6:00-7:00 PM we will be hosting a virtual Parent Workshop on the topic of "Zones of Regulation" presented by Pacific Clinic's (formally known as Uplift) School Based Intervention Team (SBIT). This year our Blackford staff was trained on "Zones of Regulation" in an effort to increase our students' social emotional skills in the five core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. In an effort to bridge these competencies across school and home, we are offering this parent workshop. Please see attached invitation and Zoom link. The workshop will be offered in both English and Spanish, with an interpreter.

Invitation (English/Spanish linked here)

Updated Thu, May 19th


Reminder:  Come join us for "Stories Under the Stars," an event where staff read their favorite books aloud for students and families.  Our event will take place on Friday, May 13th from 6:00-7:30 PM in person at Blackford.  Students are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket.  Teachers and staff will be reading across the campus, in various spaces around the school.  Readers will be reading their books four times throughout the evening, giving students and families the opportunity to move around to hear a variety of readers.  A schedule will be provided at the event.  Our Book Fair will also be open for in person shopping.  The Book Fair will be located in the library.  At 7:00, our event will culminate with refreshments hosted by the PTA in the eating area.  We hope you can join us for this fun family event!  Please RSVP via the attached Google form for planning purposes.

Stories Under the Stars RSVP

Updated Tue, Apr 26th

Next week our students in Grades 3-5 will begin their State Testing.  The test is referred to as the SBAC Test.   The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the state testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP.  Our students will be participating in this testing through May 19th. 

Testing will take place in the mornings from 8:30-10:10 AM.  Testing can be stressful for students, and we make every effort to help prepare them for the stamina of testing.  Teachers are completing practice tests and helping students with growth mindset in an effort to help students feel positive towards the testing process.  Parents can help by making sure their child gets a good night's rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time each day.  We also ask that parents schedule appointments for later in the day, or even better after testing concludes in May.  It is critical for every student to be present each day for testing.  Missing sections of the test administration can increase the stress level for a child.

Parents can review the testing format and sample questions by logging in to the following links below. 

See the following information and resources provided for parents/families. 

https://ca.startingsmarter.org/

Parent Guides 

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Updated Tue, Apr 12th

Please join us for "Coffee with the Principals" on Friday, April 1st 9:00-10:00 AM via ZOOM.  Our Math TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), Shanti Lipari, will be joining us to talk about math instruction in the District and at Blackford.  We will also talk about activities and events which have taken place recently and also speak about events which will be coming up after Spring Break, such as State Testing for our 3-5 grade students, the PTA Ice Cream Social, Spring Book Faire and Stories Under the Stars.  We hope to see you this Friday morning!

Updated Fri, Apr 22nd

In an effort to ensure safe return to school after Spring Break, the Governor’s office provided enough tests for every student and employee to receive two at-home COVID tests.

This week our school will be distributing test kits to each student and employee as part of the strategy to detect any spikes in the virus. The at-home tests are provided to allow students and employees to test the day prior to returning from Spring Break (test on April 10) and then again two days later (April 12).  

Any positive cases should remain at home, isolate and report the absence to the school.

Your child will receive their two at home test kits by Thursday, March 31st. Teachers will be passing out the kits to students to bring home by Thursday.  We realize some students already brought theirs home yesterday.

Updated Tue, Apr 12th

Blackford will begin state testing on April 19th through May 19th.  All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will participate.

Please make sure your child arrives to school on time each day.  Testing can be stressful, and being late to school causes additional stress.  We want each of our children to have every advantage to do well!  

So that our students may have their best opportunity to succeed and demonstrate all that they’ve learned this year, we ask that you...

  • Have your child get a full night of sleep during this time period.
  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast and arrive with a healthy snack.  A breakfast which is high in protein and low in sugar is best to build stamina for testing and helps promote focus.
  • Make it a priority to arrive on time.  The first bell rings at 8:13 AM, and testing will begin at 8:30 AM on testing days.
  • Schedule all activities and appointments after school hours.
Updated Fri, Apr 8th

We need your help! The garden is growing and so is the students' interest. We can't keep up without you. Email blackfordpta [at] gmail.com or friend us at Blackford Elementary PTA on Facebook to get involved! :)

¡Nosotros necesitamos su ayuda! El jardín está creciendo y también el interés de los estudiantes por él. No podemos seguir sin usted. Si usted desea ser voluntario/a o necesita más información y participar en este proyecto, mande un correo electrónico a blackfordpta [at] gmail.com o agréguese como miembro del PTA de la Escuela Primaria Blackford en Facebook ! :)

Updated Fri, Apr 8th
Our PTA is busy creating an amazing school yearbook for our Blackford Bobcats. 
Please note: the PTA has changed the vendor they were previously working with and will now be working with Lifetouch.  New order forms will be coming home with your child this week.  All previous online orders, purchased through Inter-state company, are being refunded and all families who paid online have been notified of their refund.  The PTA is honoring any payments made previously through cash/check.  All previous payments will go towards the purchase of a Lifetouch yearbook.  The yearbook cost will remain the same at $20.00.

Please order your 21-22 school yearbook online  at ybpay.com, using the Yearbook ID Code: 14707022

Updated Fri, Apr 8th

Please join us for a Family Math Night on March 30th from 5:30-7:30 PM.  The event will take place in person at school.  

Come learn some important tips and strategies for supporting math at home.  Then join Blackford teachers and staff to play some math games which you can play with your child at home.

Each family who signs up will receive a math kit, with supplies and directions to play all kinds of fun math games at home, plus an additional prize!

Limited space available.  Please sign up in the office or on the attached digital sheet.

Sign Up (English/Spanish)