Blackford Elementary School

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Updated Thu, Nov 18th

Our district is partnering with YMCA Project Cornerstone.  This year our school would like to get back to having parent readers read the monthly Project Cornerstone ABC books and facilitate the classroom activity which goes along with each book title.  This can be done virtually via Zoom or in person.  If you are interested in being a reader for your child's classroom, please contact your child's teacher.  

Here is some more information about Project  Cornerstone.

YMCA Project Cornerstone

80 Saratoga Avenue

Santa Clara, CA  95051

(P) 408-351-6457 (F) 408-298-0143


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Updated Wed, Nov 17th

Our 4th and 5th grade Student Council members are visiting each classroom to talk with all our students about gratitude.  Every student will be tracing their hand, then they will write five things they are thankful for on the fingers.  Student Council members will help younger students trace their hands and write their thoughts.  Students will then post their cut out handprints on a schoolwide poster in our main hallway.

Updated Wed, Nov 17th

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NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. We recommend linking the underlined text (shown above) to our website,

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Updated Wed, Nov 17th
Dear Parents and Friends: 
We are excited to begin our See’s Candies online fundraiser - Yum-Raiser! We are raising funds to support STEAM programs and events for our students.
Since all of the students will benefit from this Yum-Raiser, we greatly appreciate everyone's participation. Help us reach our goal by visiting our online Yum-raising shop front to purchase your Holiday candy. Please forward the link to family, friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers so they can enjoy the delicious, American made, See’s Candies while supporting our fundraising effort!
Important dates: 
November 16 Yum-Raiser starts  
December 3 Yum-Raiser ends (all orders must be placed)
Helpful Hints: 
• Email shop link to at least 5 friends & family to help us hit our goal. 
• Buy all your holiday gifts and send directly to loved ones. 
• Leverage low shipping cost and free shipping for orders over a certain threshold. 
• Be sure to thank your supporters. 
Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

During our first recess, in the morning from 10:10-10:30, students may bring in a healthy snack to eat during the break.  We want to encourage healthy eating as much as possible, while recognizing students may time to time bring a special treat for recess snack.  As posted in our handbook: 


Students may bring a nutritious snack from home to be eaten at the first recess. It is strongly encouraged to avoid non-nutritious food items such as sodas, candy bars and high fructose drinks. Due to the fact that some food items contain red-dye, which can stain furniture, carpets and clothing, we are asking that students not bring Hot Cheetos or Takis to school. We appreciate all your efforts to support your child’s nutritional balance, which directly relates to their academic success.

If students bring in items such as Hot Cheetos or Takis, please note our staff may ask to hold the item in an effort to help students understand about healthier options.  Since we do not want students eating those kinds of items during morning recess, or at school, we will remind students to try to bring in a more nutritional snack.  Often times, our teachers offer a supply of various snack items for those students who do not have a morning snack and who may be hungry.  Our kitchen also offers fruit when available.

We  want to also remind families that we do serve breakfast at our site each morning from 7:40-8:10 AM.  Breakfast and lunch is served at no cost to families.  

Thank you for your understanding regarding the morning snack, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns.

Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

One of our highest priorities at Blackford is safety.  With 400 students arriving and leaving each day during a short period of time, all in front of our school, it is essential that everyone is keeping safety in mind.  While we do have staff supervising the gates, we need everyone's help to keep all our students and families safe in the parking lot.

Please review and follow these guidelines:

  • The speed limit in our parking lot is 10 miles per hour.  Go slow at all times.

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way.

  • Please park in our parking lot, and do not park in the drop off zone.  This creates an impact on the flow of traffic, and creates more safety issues.

  • Use the crosswalks and watch for oncoming vehicles.  Many people are coming from in between cars and we need all drivers to be watchful for pedestrians.

  • Drop children off in the lane closest to the school. This is the drop off lane.  Your child needs to exit and enter your vehicle from the curb (school side).

  • Be mindful of how you approach the curb to pick up your child.  Pull all the way in towards the curb so your vehicle is parallel with the curb.

  • Do not park in the handicap parking unless you have a placard.  

Please help us keep all of our students, staff, and community members safe on our campus. Thank you!

Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

Next Friday, 10/29, we will have a Halloween Parade for students from 8:30-9:15 AM through the hallways and on the upper grade playground.  Students will walk with their classes around the playground as other classes cheer them on.  Students can wear their costumes to school, but we ask that all students bring clothes to change into when the parade is over, or wear a change of clothes under their costume.  Please label all items and provide a bag for your child to place their costume in.  This year, the parade is for Blackford students only.  We promise to take lots of photos!  We are also considering livestreaming our parade via Zoom for parents/family members.  More info to follow if we are able to livestream.  Parents/guardians will be notified and sent a Zoom link via SeeSaw or email.

Please be mindful that the following costume considerations need to be followed:  

  • Students should wear appropriate costumes, which they can change out of by themselves.
  • Costumes should be grade level appropriate.
  • No weapons of any kind or costumes/masks which depict blood or violence.
  • Scary clown/horror film characters are not allowed.
  • Masks for COVID are still required.
  • Make-up or costume masks are not permitted.

The library will be open for students who do not wish to participate.  Upon completion of the parade, regular classroom instruction will resume. 

Teachers will communicate with families regarding any special events being held in the classrooms.  Any treats being sent in need to be discussed ahead of time with the teacher.  Please also note:  Any items being sent from home need to be store bought and pre-packaged.  Please be mindful about providing healthy treats as well.  

Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

Next Wednesday, October 20th, our PTA will be hosting our first Family Dine Out Event at Panda Express.  Please see attached flyers you can bring or show when you visit Panda  Express.  The event will be held from 10:30 AM-9:30 PM at the Panda Express located at Hamilton & Bascom PX 1700 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008  (408) 377-3092

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Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

Join us in dressing up next week, Ocotober 18th-22nd.

Updated 29 min 39 sec ago

Please join us for our PTA General Meeting held virtually via Zoom tomorrow 10/7/21 at 5:30 PM.

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