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 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Dr. Todd Leden
Kaneland School District

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 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
Don McCue Chevy

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
Paisano’s Pizza and Grill
Elburn Parks Commission
Brogan’s Paint

Mile Markers
Abbington Banquets
Wazio Orthodontics
NRK Welding

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




Blackberry Bolt 2k/5k Race Information


Calling all business owners! Would you like to get exposure for your business and support your child’s education simultaneously? Maybe you need a last minute tax write off. The PTO is looking for your support. This Spring we will be hosting our 2nd annual Blackberry Bolt 5k/2k and we are now accepting donations from sponsors.  Contact Lisa Tingler at kbcpto@gmail.com for more information.

Click here for more information on sponsorship.

Teacher Appreciation Dinner

Wednesday, November 1st the Blackberry Creek PTO would like to provide our teachers with a dinner during conferences.  We will be accepting donations through the webstore here to help offset the cost of the dinner.  Please consider making a small donation to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.

Charleston Wrap


This ONLINE ONLY sale runs all year!!  There are a wide variety of items to choose from including high quality double sided wrapping paper, personalized gifts, kitchen items, holiday cards and more! Something for everyone on your list!

Click here to register your student so they can start selling (Blackberry Creek school code is 11792)! You can also find more information in the parent letter by clicking here.

Feel free to contact Nicole Burke at kbcptofundraising@gmail.com with any questions and stay tuned to learn more about fun classroom incentives for the top selling class!

support our school fundraiser!

PTO reimbursment form

Please complete this form to be reimbursed or request a check for future purchase. After the form is filled out, please email a picture or pdf of your receipt to the KBC PTO Treasurer at kbcptotreasurer@gmail.com to complete your request.



Volunteer Appreciation Night


To all those who have generously given their time and effort by volunteering for Blackberry Creek Elementary PTO committees and events, the BBC PTO invites you to a volunteer appreciation gathering!

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 (6:30-8:30pm)
Where: Schmidt’s Towne Tap (107 N. Main Street in Elburn)

*Cash Bar-non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers will be provided by the PTO.