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Upcoming Events

Reminder about Back to School Night

Please join us tonight for our Virtual Back to School Night!

We hope you will be able to join us for our "Back to School Night" event which will be held tonight (9/16/21).  Grades TK-2nd will be held from 6:00-6:45 PM, and Grades 3rd-5th will be held from 6:45-7:30 PM.  This year our event will be held virtually through Zoom.  Please check with your child's teacher if you have not yet received the Zoom link for your session with your child's teacher.  If you have questions regarding "Back to School Night," or if you need assistance accessing the Zoom link for your child's classroom Zoom session, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school office.  We are happy to help!  We look forward to seeing you virtually tonight at Blackford's Back to School Night!

Announcement from our Blackford PTA

Our PTA is launching an app called Konstella to help with communications.

Dear Blackford Community,

We are excited to launch a new, secure and private parent communications platform for Blackford families called Konstella. This user-friendly platform offers a website and an iPhone app and an Android app and includes: 

- PTA and school-wide announcements
- Classroom updates
- Event reminders (syncs to calendar)
- Volunteer sign-up opportunities 
- Private messaging
- Searchable directory
- Social groups and committees
- Sales and donations 
- File and photo sharing
 
To get started, please accept the Konstella invitation that is headed your way from PTA. (See invitation link at the end of this message.)

Click on the link to get started. https://www.konstella.com/cd/SGLPNA

Below are two short videos overviews of Konstella and a one-page Cheat Sheet to learn more about Konstella.
-2 minute high-level video
-6 minute video deep dives into 3 features
-One-page cheat sheet that helps you navigate
 
Our hope is that Konstella will streamline and centralize previous means of communication to create a great experience for everyone in our Blackford community. We look forward to hearing what you think about it!
 
Sincerely,
Blackford PTA

Konstella Invitation

Everyone Makes a Difference

Thank you for wearing a mask when you come on to campus!

This year our school theme is "Better Together" and together we know we can all make a difference in keeping our students, staff and each other safe.  In that spirit, we are asking  all parents and family members to please wear a mask when arriving on campus.  We ask that everyone wears a mask when they exit their vehicle and when they walk on to the front of campus, in the parking lot, and on school grounds, which includes the very front of the school before you enter the gates.

If you do not have a mask, we ask that you do not enter campus through the gates.  We do have adult masks in our front office, as well as student masks in case your child forgot their mask for the day.

Thank you for helping us keep students and staff safe by taking the extra precaution of wearing your mask in the parking lot, drop off zones, and front entrances of our school.

School Site Council in need of Representatives

Our School Site Council (SSC) has openings to be filled by our parents.

Do you enjoy being part of a team and making decisions?  If so, then we have a role for you!  Blackford needs five new School Site Council members. The Council is one of the most important decision-making groups at our school and is composed of five parent/community members and five representatives from the school’s staff.

The Council reviews the school LCAP plan (Local Control Accountability Plan) and budget annually, makes modifications as necessary, and assists in the evaluation of the school’s programs.  Members are elected by the groups that they represent.  Parent and community representatives and alternates are elected for a two-year term.  If you are interested, please email me a short description (see example below) about why you'd like to be on the School Site Council and I will add your name to the ballot.

SAMPLE:

**______Hi! My name is XXXXXXXXX I have two children at Blackford (in Kinder and 5th Grade). I would like to be on the School Site Council because I feel it is a very important job that helps the school and the student body on a short term and long-term basis.  I feel that I can be an asset because I am often on campus serving our community as part of the PTA.  I know many people in our community and I appreciate this opportunity to contribute further to ensure every student has their needs met.**

Please consider becoming a candidate for the School Site Council. All interested parents should contact me at aajlouni [at] campbellusd.org () for more information. 

Our first SSC meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom, on September 30th from 3:00-4:00 PM.

 

Centennial: Wonder Wednesdays Bring 100 years of Learning into Focus

Monthly series to feature District’s history and student design challenge

Classrooms across the district tuned in to the 2021-22 Wonder Wednesday series this week and developed a clearer picture of how different school is now compared to decades past. The monthly series will also support student teams that participate in the 2021-22 Design Challenge in which students will create exhibits to display at the Campbell History Museum in April.

front of Campbell Grammar SchoolIn the September 15 episode, Campbell History Museum Director Kerry Perkins shared photos showing what schools were like when the district was formed over 100 years ago. She described how rural this region was and how schools grew from one-room school houses where students from all grades were together with one teacher into bigger schools with a room and teacher for each grade. 

Campbell Union School District Superintendent, Dr. Shelly Viramontez, spoke about her experience in the district, which began as a kindergarten student in the late 1960s.

old photo of students sitting in rows     students in flexible seating

With photos, she described the differences between what going to school was like for her versus what students experience today. 

“We didn’t sit on balls or have furniture that could be moved around easily. We sat in rows at our desks and moving around was frowned upon,” she said. She added that students didn’t use Chromebooks or apps. “Our technology was a pencil.” 

Wonder Wednesdays are a monthly online feature aimed at inspiring students’ curiosity and creativity. Information is online at https://cusd.link/3zbt0dr.

  Save the Date!  CUSD Centennial Celebration!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Featuring Students’ Design Challenge Exhibits in Campbell History Museum

Student Art and Music Performances

Downtown Campbell Concert (with two professional bands)

More information and photos on our Centennial Website.