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Upcoming Events

Students Connect with Space Station Astronauts

District students compete in international coding event.

Karen, who hopes to work for NASA one day, joined dozens of middle school students who took part in the Zero Robotics International Space Station (ISS) Finals with the astronauts last Friday, August 10th. Campbell Union School District middle schoolers competed in the Zero Robotics summer program and wrote code for moving mini satellites in zero gravity.

Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience with programming SPHERE (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). At the culminating event, 12 regional teams from around the globe watched live as astronauts aboard the International Space Station judged their team’s code in zero gravity.

This is the second year that Campbell Union School District summer program students have participated in Zero Robotics, thanks to the grant-funded After School Education Safety (ASES) program operated by our CUSD Extensions Department. 

Campbell Union School District students were featured in a National Geographic short film about it, called Zero Gravity.

For more about Zero Robotics, visit their website.

Welcome Back

Blackford Bobcats we are so excited to start the 2018-2019 school year. While we hope that you are enjoying the last couple weeks of summer we wanted to ensure that we are providing you with pertinent information to have an incredibly successful start to the year. 

Tentative Class Assignments:

  • On Tuesday, August 21st at 5:00 pm TENTATIVE class placements will be emailed to you. If you do not receive an email not to worry, we will have several people supporting on the first day of school to help you find your child's teacher.

School Schedule: 

  • First day of school:  Wednesday, August 22nd. This is a shortened day. (TK - 3rd grade will be dismissed at 1:50 and 4th & 5th graders will be dismissed at 2:00)
    • Start time: 
      • 8:35 (All Students) The warning bell rings at 8:32am and classrooms doors are opened.
    • Dismissal time Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:
      • TK-3 at 2:50; 4th & 5th at 3:00
  • Every Wednesday is a shortened day.  It is during this time in the afternoon that the teachers receive additional educational training and plan detailed instruction to best meet the needs of your children in the classroom. 
    • Wednesday dismissal time:
      • 1:50 for TK-3rd
      • 2:00 for 4th - 5th 

Breakfast Program 

  • A hot breakfast will be served for students choosing to participate between 7:55 and 8:25 A.M. Students who are not eating breakfast are welcome on campus at 8:20 a.m. with their parents. Only students eating breakfast may be dropped off between 7:55 and 8:15 a.m.

Parking and Traffic

  • Pick-up and drop-off can be a very busy time and we ask that you please support our efforts by adhering to our safety guidelines. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us.  
  • When dropping-off or picking-up your child, please use the appropriate lanes. In the front parking lot, the left lane is drive-through only and the right lane is for pick-up and drop off.
  • While in the right lane, please DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR.  Additionally, please do not let your child enter or exit your car from the left lane or have your child go through the parking lot to meet you out in front of the school.  
  • Children and families need to use the crosswalk at the corner of Stokes St. and Leigh Ave. with the crossing guard if they are being dropped off across Leigh Ave. or if they are walking to school.  
  • For the safety of your family and other families coming to school, DO NOT CROSS THE STREET OR PARK ILLEGALLY ON LEIGH AVE. We have asked for increased law enforcement prescence to help with this issue as we want to ensure the safety of every student.  
  • Lastly, if you are parking, please make plans to come early to get a parking place either in our parking lot or in the surrounding neighborhood.  Please help us to be a good neighbor, and don’t block or park in anyone’s driveway.

Lunch 

  • Hot lunch is offered in the cafeteria each day.  At Blackford we have a “cashless line”.  This means that students and/or parents need to bring lunch money into the office or give it to the teacher first thing each morning. Please place the money in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher, and amount enclosed.  You can also add money to your student's lunch card online via the district website. 
  • For the 2018-2019 school year, lunch will be $3.50. An application for free or reduced lunch will be included in your first day packet or you can apply online now at campbellusd.org

 Blackford PTA

  • We would love to extend an invitation for you to join our PTA!  Involvement in your child’s school provides them with a solid sense of the value of education.  The PTA here at Blackford contributes so much to each and every child’s education and we encourage  and invite you to take an active role in this school/home partnership!

Student/Parent Handbook:

  • This handbook will be sent home on the first day of school and can be found here on our school website to reference (resources > family involvement > 2018/2019 Blackford Student Handbook). Please take time to read this with your child as it contains important information about Blackford and our expectations. 

 

We are looking forward to an amazing year. See you soon!

Corrine Frese  &  Jen Jasper

Principal                Assistant Principal 

 

Important Dates in August and September

We hope you are enjoying your summer break! Please mark these important dates on your calendar and continue to check the website for important information or our Twitter page

Tuesday, August 14th  
FREE BACKPACKS- We will be giving away free backpacks to any Blackford Student (limit one backpack per student) that would like one on Tuesday, August 14th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00 pm-5:00 pm in the multi-use room.

Wednesday, August 15th  
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP - Watch your mail for more information about your appointment time for Kindergarten Roundup. This time will be for you to bring your Kindergartener for an assessment given by a Blackford Kindergarten teacher.  It will take approximately 20 minutes.

Wednesday, August 15th at 4:30 pm
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION – Please join the Principal, Assistant Principal, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten Teachers in the Multi-Use Room. Please join us for some information and to ask any questions you may have. If you are a previous TK student at Blackford you are certainly welcome to this orientation however it is not necessary that you attend due to your famliarity with Blackford school from last year. 

Tuesday, August 21st at 5:00 pm
CLASS PLACEMENTS EMAILED – This year, we will be emailing all students their classroom placement on Tuesday, August 21st at 5:00 pm. If you do not receive an email, we will have many people helping prior to the start of the school day on Wednesday, August 22nd who will be able to give you the name of your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, August 22nd
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – School begins at 8:35 am and ends at 2:50 pm (for TK, Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade) and 3:00 pm (for 4th and 5th grade). Wednesdays are minimum days at Blackford and TK through 3rd grade will be released at 1:50 pm and 4th and 5th grades will be released at 2:00 pm.

COFFEE AND KLEENEX –At 8:50 am, after you have dropped off your child in the classroom, feel free come to the Multi-Use room to meet other parents and hear from the Principal and Assistant Principal. This is very informal and is an opportunity to meet and greet as we know sometimes the first day of school can be hard on parents with saying goodbye to their little ones.

Wednesday, September 5th
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
6:00-6:40 pm: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades (in your child's classroom)

6:40-6:50 pm: Transition Time

6:50-7:30 pm: TK, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades (in your child's classroom)

Wednesday, September 12th
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Please join us for our Back to School Picnic. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a Blackford community and meet other families in a relaxed environment. Please bring your family and a picnic dinner to enjoy, and join us on the upper yard grass area from 5:00 pm-6:30pm on Wednesday, September 12th. See you there!

School Calendars are Online

Stay informed about school and district events by using the online calendar.

Watch this 54-second video to see how to use our online school and district events calendar.

Calling all Kindergarteners

We would like to welcome all of our new Kinder families to Blackford.  Very soon, you will receive information regarding our Kinder round-up event and Kinder orientation.

Kinder round-up is an opportunity for our kinder teachers to assess our incoming kinder students in order to gain an understanding of their academic ability and meet their needs in the classroom.  In the letter coming home, you will receive a time to bring your child in for assessment on August 15th.  If you have any questions or cannot make that time, please call (408) 978-4675.

Our Kinder Orientation will be held August 15th at 4:30 pm in the multi-Use room.  We will discuss important information regarding our school procedures, expectations, and answer any questions you might have.  Our PTA will also be there to share exciting information.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your child, and hope to see you there!