J.H. Blackwell Elementary School

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Principal Anderson

  • Principal Anderson Dear James H. Blackwell Community:


    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my excitement about being at James H. Blackwell Elementary School. I am a native North Carolinian, a product of an outstanding K-12 public education and have been an educator for twenty-one years.
    This year, I look forward to having the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you virtually. I know this is not a traditional opening to school, however my commitment to students, faculty, and teachers is unwavering. We will provide a quality education for your child. Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 9:15 AM. We realize these are unprecedented times for all educators across all nations.
    As we move into virtual learning I ask that you provide yourself, your child, and us some grace and compassion as we navigate this new platform for learning. In addition, as your child’s partner in education, we look forward to working together, speaking the same language, and carrying the same focus and message throughout our year together, I am excited to present the four E’s:
    Equity – Are all children in our schools receiving the attention they need to grow to their full potential? How can we at James H. Blackwell ensure that students are not falling behind because of unequal access to support and resources? Have we provided the professional development and training to ensure that all of our teachers are successful?


    Energy – With all that is asked of us as parents, teachers, and administrators it is easy to let our energy flag not shine! Yet it is essential that we find the strength to rekindle our passion for our work, our children and use our energy to motivate and stimulate those around us. A school that hums reflects ownership of learning and success.


    Expectations – What expectations have we set for ourselves, our students, and our school? Without setting high standards, there is little chance of ever reaching them. Have we fostered an environment that celebrates a proactive behavior? Are our expectations clear and are they based on data, input and participation? Can we all articulate our expectations and do our expectations focus on the needs of students and their success in the 21st Century?

    Ensemble – No one can create a great school on one’s own. It takes a dedicated group of people whose talents and interests are being tapped in the right way. Remember that just as each individual child needs to be nurtured in order to grow and develop, so do we as a faculty, parents and students.


    I will be in the office at James H. Blackwell on Monday and Wednesday, so please feel free to call 804.780.1570 or email BlackwellElementarySupp@rvaschools.net. Our door is open for parents, students, and community members by appointments only on Monday (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and Wednesday (12:00 PM – 5:30 PM). When you visit us please make sure you wear a mask, utilize our hand sanitizer, and maintain 6 feet distance in the office area.


    Student hours in K- 2nd grade is 9:15 AM – 3:00 PM and 3rd -5th is 9:15 AM – 3:30 PM. Every Wednesday all students will be dismissed at noon.

    Our theme this year is better together, however, we are stronger and better with all of your support. Please enjoy the rest of your summer and know we are working hard to make 2020-2021 a GREAT year!

    Sincerely,

    Teresa K. Anderson, Ed.D.
    Principal

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Announcements

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  • School Office Hours

    • THURSDAY:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

    At this time an appointment for service is preferred.  Please wear a mask when visiting the school. You can also email us for assistance:  BlackwellElementarySupp@rvaschools.net

    Phone:  804-780-5078   804-835-4230    804-835-4524

     

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District Announcements

  • RPS Civic Voices Town Hall - Please join us on our Facebook page at 6pm Wednesday, December 2nd for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall! The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color.

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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

     
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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

     
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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

     
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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 30 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! In addition to losing multiple games of football keep-away with my boys, I got some much-needed sleep. All ready for December! Please see below for a few time-sensitive reminders: Winter Break Meal Packs – TODAY is the deadline to reserve meal packs for Winter Break. You can place your order in English or Español. Open Enrollment – The deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is TOMORROW at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. Please also take a look at our Enroll RPS videos in our Family Academy Virtual Library. DonorsChoose Bonus – If you make a donation to a DonorsChoose project TOMORROW it will automatically be doubled. So a $20 donation instantly becomes a $40 donation! Teachers, whether you need extra books or a new piece of tech for your virtual classroom, now is a great time to create a project on DonorsChoose. Community members, if you'd like to support RPS teachers, please consider donating here! Civic Voices Town Hall – Please join us via the RPS Facebook page at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 2, for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall. The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color. Click above to continue reading!

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 30, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that seven staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19: Academic Office – 2 staff members (last at City Hall on 10-28) J.L. Francis Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Maymont Preschool – 1 staff member (not physically present this academic year) Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Richmond Alternative School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) River City Middle School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-17) Thomas Jefferson High School – 2 staff members (one was last there on 10-21) and 1 student (not physically present this academic year) YMCA Facilitated Learning Center at Miles J. Jones Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-24; as a result, entire site closed until 12-9) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501.

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