Important Back to school Dates

Key Back-to-School Dates – Please mark your calendars

August 1, 2019 Elementary homeroom information available on Tyler (afternoon)
August 8, 2019 Kindergarten and new student orientation (5pm)
August 9, 2019 Transportation information available on Tyler – be sure to review on August 13, 2019
August 12, 2019 Curriculum Night/Supply Drop Off (4-6pm)/Ice cream Social
August 14, 2019 Registration Fees Due (please pay on-line through Tyler/Web Store)
August 14, 2019 First Day of School (no Early Childhood)
August 19, 2019 First Day of School for Early Childhood
August 25, 2019 Taste of Kaneland at KHS 3-7 p.m.
August 26, 2019 Board of Education Meeting

Blackberry Bolt Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors  

(click on the logos to visit our sponsors website!)

Gold Sponsors

True Knack Graphics
Kane County Sheriff
The Macino Team with @properties
Tanna Landscape Services
Siwy Homes with Keller Williams

Silver Sponsors

J&R Herra
Athletico Physical Therapy
Melissa Johnson, RE/MAX broker
MP Logistics Inc.
It’s Sweet Bakery
Kristy Sreenan with Baird and Warner

Bronze Sponsors 

Airtime Inflatables Inc.
Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons for Northern Illinois
Culligan of Geneva
CG Cookie
Shear Image Salon and Spa
Elburn Car Wash
Brogan’s Painting
Sign Fx
Paisano’s Pizza and Grill

Water Station

Tanna Landscape Services
Drendel and Jansons Law Group
Eyes on Elburn Ltd.
Wazio Orthodontics

Mile Markers

Shodeen Homes

Other Contributors

Fuse Gym
Fisherman’s Inn
Dr. Tom Dentistry Elburn

Blackberry Bolt 2K/5K Race Information


Blackberry Creek PTO is hosting its 2nd Annual Blackberry Bolt: May the Course be With You; 2K/5K Walk/Run!!!  This is our PTO’s biggest fundraiser! The race will be held Saturday, May 4th at Blackberry Creek Elementary School.  The 2K will start at 8:30 am and the 5K will start at 9:00 am.  This event is open to students, families, friends, and community members.  All 2K registrants will receive a cotton tshirt.  All 5K registrants will receive a dri-fit tshirt and 1 food voucher. New this year: Chipped timed race! The food this year will be provided by Lodi Tap House and It’s Sweet Bakery.  Tshirts can be upgraded and extra food vouchers can be purchase on the registration link found below.  Besides the race there will be tons of family fun!  There will be a Silent Auction with awesome baskets, and a 50/50 raffle.  Raffle tickets can also be purchased on the registration link. There will also be several family fun activities also going on at the Blackberry Bolt.  Activities like a visit from Midwest Garrison, a Star Wars costuming group, a DJ, face painting, balloon animals, games, crafts, and more! Please register today to join in on the fun!  Early Bird rates are available until March 31st! Online registration available until May 1st.  After May 1st registration rates will be raised again.  You can view the Blackberry Bolt flier here.  Thank you for supporting our students and PTO!
*Costumes encouraged, but not required!  This is a community wide event, so please spread the word!

KAI seeks volunteers

KAI Seeks Volunteers
What better way to communicate our volunteer positions than by showing our events for the whole season. As most of you know, with each volunteering time slot, you are awarded a free ticket to one of our shows. Check back often as these events continue all the way through August. Feel free to make this a family affair, by entering any additional volunteers in the comments. If you don’t see an event that you are able to attend, please contact and let her know how you would like to help.

5 essential parent survey

Beginning in November , students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the
annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner
workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important
elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by
UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict
important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that
affect and predict school success are:
● Effective Leaders
● Collaborative Teachers
● Involved Families
● Supportive Environments
● Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these
“5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those
that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be
generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports
will be sent to schools and districts in March 2019 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, Kaneland will provide the 5Essentials parent survey that should take no longer than 20 minutes. If at
least 20 percent of Kaneland parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent
data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school
and guide our improvement efforts. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will
never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and staff will be conducted November 15 through December 21, 2018.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for parents will be conducted October 23 through December 21, 2018 .

While students and teachers will not begin taking this survey until November, the parent survey is already available.
To take the survey please click here,  and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

Dr. Todd Leden
Kaneland School District

Hassle Free Fundraiser

The Hassle Free Fundraiser is back!  Don’t bother your neighbors or buy things you don’t want.  Your donation will help with any of the many things that the PTO  funds:  assemblies, birthday books, family fun knights, field trips, parent directory, playground equipment and so much  more!  If our fundraising goal is met by September 6th there will be a 52′ inflatable obstacle course at Run for Fun!  Click on the photos below for more info!  Visit the webstore here to make an easy online donation.

Newsletter sign up

The Blackberry Creek PTO is a great way to get information about the PTO and school happenings.  To sign up for the newsletter please fill out the form below. Even if you have subscribed in the past, you still need to fill the form out to receive the newsletters.

Blackberry Bolt End of the Year Picnic

What Do You Get When You Add the Spring Picnic to the Blackberry Bolt?

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!!!

The Spring Picnic will be at the same time as the Blackberry Bolt! Come participate in the Fiesta even if you or your family are not running in the Blackberry Bolt.

When: Saturday, May 5th 9:00a.m-12:00p.m.

Where:  Blackberry Creek Gym


  • Face Painting
  • Pinatas
  • Pie Face
  • DIY Maracas
  • Taco Heaven Food*
  • Silent auction 50/50 raffle
  • Games



*We strongly encourage you to purchase food tickets for Taco Heaven at before April 30th to guarantee a meal.

Tickets will be sold the day of while supplies last.