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

What:

  • 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 www.raceroster.com/16016 before April 30th to guarantee a meal.

Tickets will be sold the day of while supplies last.

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

The Blackberry Creek PTO is once again planning for teacher appreciation week.   Every year we honor our hardworking and dedicated teachers and their outstanding support staff during teacher appreciation week.  This year we are planning a big luncheon and several other surprises and gifts!  We need your help though!  To make this happen we need donations!  Please visit the webstore here to donate to this cause.  Teacher appreciation week is 5/7-5/11 this year.  We are already starting to shop/book/order things, so the sooner people make donations the better.  We are so blessed at Blackberry Creek to have such a wonderful group of teachers and staff.  Let’s show them how much we appreciate them!

 

 

Blackberry Bolt Sponsors

The Blackberry Creek PTO would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Blackberry Creek Bolt 2K/5K.

Platinum Level Sponsors
CG Cookie
Rich Wrap
Taco Heaven

Gold Level Sponsors
True Knack Graphics

Silver Level Sponsors
J&R Herra
MP logistics
Kristy Sreenan with Baird Warner
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency

Bronze Level Sponsors
Drendel & Janson Law Group
Melissa Johnson with Remax Excels
Uncle Duff and Dave’s Landscaping Service
2G Exteriors
The Spin Cycle of Geneva
Erik Weidner of Allstate Insurance
ASV Insurance
Ragamuffin
Paisano’s Pizza and Grill
Elburn Parks Commission
Meijer

Mile Markers
Abbington Banquets
Wazio Orthodontics
NRK Welding

Water Station
Kriss Jones with Shear Image
Culligan
Fisherman’s Inn
Bob Jass Cheverolet

 

 

 

Blackberry Bolt 2k/5k Race Information

To make this event successful we need TONS of helpers!  Please click on the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help!

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 and one meal ticket. 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 15th-4/29th 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!

 

 

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!

School toolbox

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Follow the link here to order.

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.