Blackberry Bolt 2k/5k

Do you like to run? Have a need for speed? Come out and join us for our first annual Blackberry Bolt 2k/5k walk and run. This is a race to enrich our students. We, the PTO at Blackberry Creek Elementary School are constantly finding new ways to challenge our community and raise funds to expand and enrich the existing curriculum. With your support, we can bring new opportunities to the children and enhance their social educational experiences.

This family fun event will take place on Saturday May 5th, 2018. Our morning will kick off at 8:30am with a 2k walk followed by a 9am start for the 5k race. Special features not to miss include a variety of amazing baskets for silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, authentic Mexican cuisine for finishers as well as extra food tickets for sale and fun activities planned for the kids.

Registration is open now!  Register here for the race!

Early bird rates (before April 1st): $30/5k, $15/2k

April 1st-May 4th: $35/5k, $20/2k.

May 5th (race day entry): $40/5k, $25/2k

All participants will receive a t-shirt and 5k participants will also receive a finishers medal. There will be awards given for the top 3 males and females in each age division for the 5k (7 & under, 8-11, 12-17, 18-35, 36+). Please note: participants that register after April 1st are not guaranteed their t-shirt size/medal.

Pre-race day packet pick up at Blackberry Creek Elementary School on Friday, May 4th from 3:30-7:00pm.

Additional food tickets available for $10. Meal includes 1 Chicken taco, 1 Beef taco, rice, beans, chips and salsa!

50/50 Raffle tickets available for purchase here!

Silent Auction will be open for biding beginning April 1st via 32Auctions. Please check back soon for prize details!

Attention! Seeking sponsors! If you are a business owner and are looking for new ways to gain exposure please consider sponsoring this event. There are many sponsorship levels available and we would like the opportunity to present your business to our school community and beyond! Please click here to view more information about sponsoring this event!

You can view/print the Blackberry Bolt flier here!

 

 

2017-2018 Volunteer Opportunities

The PTO is looking for people to sign up to be their child’s Lead Classroom Parent and Classroom Photographer.  We are also looking for a couple of parent volunteers to Chair some committees.  The descriptions of each job can be found below.  Please sign up by September 1st.  Your help is truly appreciated!  The PTO cannot host events without parent volunteers.  Thank you so much!

Lead Classroom Parent:

The Lead Classroom Parent is responsible for planning and facilitating the 3 holiday parties, communicating with teacher and parents as needed throughout the year, and organizing the themed basket fundraiser for your child’s classroom in the spring.  There will be a Lead Classroom Parent meeting September 6th at 9:30 am.

**Note: Early Childhood does not have a Lead Classroom Parent.  They do have a Basket Coordinator only.  There is 1 Basket Coordinator for all 4 of Early Childhood teachers.  They are required to go to the Lead Classroom Parent meeting on September 6th at 9:30 am to learn about the Classroom Basket Fundraiser.

Classroom Photographer:

The Classroom Photographer is in charge of taking photographs at the three holiday parties and uploading them to the yearbook page as well as taking pictures as needed by the classroom teacher.

**Note:  Early Childhood does not have a Classroom Photographer.

***NOTE:***  Parents can only sign up to be either a Lead Classroom Parent or a Classroom Photographer in 1 classroom only!  You cannot sign up for either position in the same classroom or multiple classrooms!

Reading Night Chair(s):

The Reading Night Chair people will be in charge of planning a fun filled “Reading Night” for our students to enjoy. You will have a committee to help you with your planning.

Science Night Chair(s):

The Science Night Chair people may help the school plan an interesting “Science Night” for our students.

Fun Night Chair(s):

The PTO is always looking for new and fresh ideas for Family Nights for our students.  You will be in charge of planning what ever kind of Family Night you would like to have.  Our students and families enjoy theses Nights so much!

Please click on the Sign Up Genius to volunteer today!

 

 

Epic Air Family Fun and Fit Fundraiser

Join us Thursday, March 1st from 4pm-7pm for a fun night of jumping, dodge ball, or even a game of HORSE on the trampoline basketball court!

Location: Epic Air, 1675 North Lancaster Road, South Elgin * 847-608-0600 * www.epicairpark.com

Cost: $9 FOR A 1-HOUR JUMP (REGULARLY $14)
$14 FOR A 2-HOUR JUMP (REGULARLY $20)

Epic Air will donate $2 for every jump purchased back to Blackberry Creek.  Just mention that you are with Blackberry Creek when you arrive.  All jumpers are required to wear grippie socks which can be purchased for $2. (All jumpers also must fill out a waiver).

 

Classroom Baskets

What are Classroom Baskets?
Each classroom has chosen a theme for a gift basket that will be raffled off at the Blackberry Creek Open House on March 8. Students are invited to bring in an item to make one great basket!

How Can I Contribute to the Basket?
Students may bring in an item related to their theme to contribute to their classroom basket February 1-23. Each classroom will have a collection bin. Click here for a list of classroom themes.

How Can I Win a Basket?
Come to the Blackberry Creek Open House on March 8. Raffle tickets will be for sale for $1 each.

Any questions, please contact Ali Kegebein at kbcpto@gmail.com

Yearbook Picture Submissions

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We are looking for pictures throughout the 2017-2018 school year for the yearbook!

Submissions of ALL pictures: Class party / events / 5th grade baby (child) photos
PASSCODE: blackberry  (all lowercase)
Submissions are requested within 2 weeks of an event. Please only submit  up to 10 quality photos per event.
Photos require at least 3 students per photo. Unfortunately, due to space issues, we can’t use all the photos that are submitted.

 

Family Knight Out

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Whether you enjoy mingling with friends, or just enjoy an evening of no cooking and great food, the Family KNIGHT Out events will have something for everybody! Come out to feed the troops and support your school.  It has never been easier than this to help in a fundraiser!

2017-2018 Family Knight Out dates:

Thursday, September 7: Potbellies, Geneva Commons (5-8pm)
Thursday, September 21, 2017: Ambrogi’s (all day)
Friday October 6, 2017: Chuck E. Cheese, Batavia (4-9)
Tuesday October 31, 2017: Ambrogi’s (all day)
Thursday November 9, 2017: Aurelio’s (All day)
Monday, November 20, 2017: Chick Fil A, Batavia (all day) 
Thursday, December 14, 2017: Charming Charlie’s (all day) (flier for Charming Charlie)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018: Chick Fil A, Batavia (all day) 
Thursday, January 18, 2018: California Pizza Kitchen, Geneva Commons
Thursday, February 8, 2018: Potbellies, Geneva Commons
Thursday, February 22, 2018: Portillo’s, Batavia (flier)
Thursday, March 22, 2018: Buona Beef, St. Charles
Friday, April 13, 2018: Chuck E. Cheese, Batavia (4-9) 
Thursday, April 26, 2018: Ambrogi’s, Elburn (all day)
Thursday, May 10, 2018: Portillo’s, Batavia
Monday, May 21, 2018: Chick Fil A, Batavia  (all day)

Do not miss your opportunity to help the students and have some great food! Mark your calendar TODAY!

Amazon Smile

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When in Amazon, choose Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary as your charity and .05% of your purchases will be donated back to the PTO!  Click the link here to be taken directly to amazon smile to start shopping and earning!

Ozzie’s Reading Club

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Ozzie Reading Club Information

What is Ozzie’s Reading Club?

  • An 8 week reading program starting January 14th
  • You can earn a ticket to see a Kane County Cougars Game, along with a drawstring bag, hot dog and drink
  • Blackberry Creek students and families will be seated together
  • Game will be Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 pm

Instructions:

Print off the Parent Verification Form

Students read (or be read to for younger students) the required minutes every two weeks.

  • 120 minutes for Early Childhood, MidValley, and Kindergarten
  • 150 minutes for grades 1 & 2
  • 200 minutes for grades 3-5

Record reading minutes and parent signs the form every two weeks.

Return the entire form to the homeroom teacher by March 16th.

Order forms will be given out the week of March 19th and are due April 6th.

Please email kbcpto@gmail.com with any questions.

Box Tops and Tyson Project A+

Help our school earn funds by submitting codes or coupons off of participating products!  Check out the great lists below!

 

Box Top$ for Education

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Box Tops coupons are located on hundreds of General Mills products. Simply cut out the coupons (preferably on the dotted lines) and submit them into school. Each coupon is worth 10 cents which quickly adds up. For every 50 Box Tops your child submits they will earn a small prize to be passed out during lunchtime a couple of times a month. When submitting Box Tops please make sure your child’s name as well as teacher and grade are clearly written on the envelope. Also, no expired Box Tops can be used so please check before you submit. A great way to collect as many Box Tops as you can is to get family and friends involved. Make them aware that your child’s school is collecting and ask them to save as well. Grandmas from across the country have mailed in Box Tops to help out their grandchildren at Blackberry. It’s an easy fundraiser that has earned Blackberry Creek thousands of dollars. Please spread the word and start collecting today!  To view the list, please click to visit their website.

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Tyson Project A+

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This convenient program earns your KBC PTO 24 cents per label submitted!  Simply clip the label and turn in to school.  To view the list of participating Tyson products, please visit their website.

Yearbook Cover Contest

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This is your chance to show off your creative side!  Submit a design for the 2017-2018 yearbook cover contest!

Your artwork must:
● Include the school name: Blackberry Creek Elementary
● Include the school year: 2017-2018
● Be in portrait or vertical format
● Have correct spelling
● Be neat (Be on an 8X10 PLAIN sheet of paper (NO line paper or notebook paper)
● Be original
● Be created in color – crayons, colored pencils, or markers ONLY NO glued/taped attachments
● Be hand ­drawn
● Be outlined in thin black marker for a more dramatic effect
● Have name and teacher written in pencil on the b​ack​side

Anything with inappropriate material, or those that do not follow the guidelines listed, will be automatically removed from contest! The decision will be made at the discretion of the Yearbook editor!

DUE: March 9th! (NO EXCEPTIONS!!)

Questions?  Email kbcpto@gmail.com