Blackford Elementary School

School News

Updated Sun, Jan 29th

We are excited to have APEX Leadership return to Blackford this year!  Last year, together our community raised $10,000 which went towards supporting our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and programs.

On Tuesday, January 31st, our students will participate in the APEX Launch assemblies.  Then each day after that, through February 10th, the APEX Coaches, will visit classrooms daily to share leadership concepts.  This year the theme is X-FACTOR.

F= Fearless
A= Adapt
C= Care
T= Talk 'Em Up
O= Original
R= Realize


Our FUN RUN Event is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th.  Students will participate in running/walking with their grade level to help raise funds to support enrichment programs at Blackford.  See attached flyers for more information about our APEX Leadership event and fundraising efforts.  

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

Updated Wed, Jan 25th

We appreciate and value your feedback.  Thank you for taking some time to complete this survey, which will help us to better understand what we do well and where we need to make improvements.  Your input as a partner is so important.  Thank you for your support and help completing this survey.  See information below in English and Spanish.

Updated Sun, Jan 29th

If you have a child who will be in TK or Kinder next year, please join us for our Open Enrollment Tour next week on Thursday, February 2nd at 4:00 PM in our Blackford Library.  We look forward to introducing you to our school and programs, as well as taking you on a tour of our school campus!  We look forward to meeting you!

Updated Sun, Jan 22nd

Please join us for "Coffee with the Principals" this Friday, January 27th, 8:30-10:00 AM, in the Multi-Use Room. The Santa Clara County Public Health Dept. will be doing a parent workshop on “Shopping on a Budget” in which participants learn how to prepare a meal for 4 people with less than 10 dollars.  See flyer which also has information regarding additional workshops which will be presented for Blackford parents/guardians.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please complete this Google Form so this way the presenters have an idea of how many parents/guardians may be attending.  (Please know you can still attend even without completing the Google Form.)

The workshop will be presented in both English and Spanish.  Mariza Ramans, our wonderful Community Liaison, will be supporting us with Spanish interpretation.

Updated Sun, Jan 22nd

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.

Updated Mon, Jan 30th

Next week, January 23-27, our students, staff and families are looking forward to promoting compassion and kindness here at school, at home and in our community!

Last year our students and staff participated in many different activities during our month long event promoting kindness.  Our students made cards and wrote notes/letters for people they love and care about; created posters and thank you notes we secretly delivered to our district superintendent in her office to surprise her; each class had a "secret buddy class" they did special things for during the week; staff members had "secret pals" they gave small gifts and treats to throughout the week; we wore t-shirts which promoted kindness in words and images; our 5th grade students helped facilitate  a card making station during morning recess; and our District Office staff came over to relieve teachers of yard duty for morning recess as a "random act of kindness."  There were so many ways our staff and students, families and District staff showed kindness to each other.  It was heartwarming to see our Blackford and CUSD community come together to promote and share compassion and kindness.

Each day we had a focus of showing compassion and kindness to oneself, our classroom community, our school community, our family and our greater community around Blackford and beyond.

This year we are looking forward to continuing our tradition of promoting "random acts of kindness" towards others and kindness towards ourselves.  We will continue with some of the same activities we did last year, as well as encourage new ways we can demonstrate kindness for ourselves, others and the community beyond Blackford.  We hope you will join us in celebrating the joy of spreading compassion and kindness.

Please see attached flyers and parent letters.  Here’s to encouraging each other to complete as many kind acts as we can next week and beyond!  At Blackford and in CUSD, Kindness Matters!

Parent Letter  English  Spanish

Family Edition GKC Checklist

GKC Kick Off Video

GKC Info Letter  English  Spanish


Updated Wed, Jan 25th

Make your day delicious!

Dear Blackford Friends,

Blackford PTA needs your sweet support! We're selling yummy See's Candies for our latest fundraiser. Your purchase helps support enrichment programs for our students.

Visit our shop to pick and choose your favorites and buy your candy online. It's that easy!

Happy shopping, and thanks for your support

Browse our store

Updated Wed, Dec 28th

On behalf of the Blackford Staff,

we would like to wish all of you

a wonderful holiday and safe winter break. 

We hope you enjoy time with family and friends,

and get time to relax and do things you enjoy.  

We will look forward to all our students returning on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy New Year as well!

Updated Thu, Dec 22nd
Will be in person on Tuesday, December 13th @ 8:30 AM 
In the Library

Spanish version/class:
Wednesday  14th @ 6:00 PM
ZOOM Info: 
Meeting ID: 923 2406 3039
Passcode: 470447

Zoom Link

Updated Wed, Dec 21st

Please join the PTA for Cookies & Cocoa, and crafts in the

Multi-Use Room this Friday from 3-4:30 PM.  

Cookies & Cocoa free for students, staff & members, $2 per family for non-members.

Check Konstella for volunteer opportunities or email volunteerblackfordpta [at]

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