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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  • School Office Hours

    • WEDNESDAY:  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 Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair - Please join us Saturday, May 15th at 9:00am for our Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair! During this time you will get the inside scoop on: - Recruitment Needs - Benefits - Licensure - School Culture AND SO MUCH MORE right from the RPS Staff! Register HERE!

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  • RPS Staff Reopening Conversations - We are excited to host a series of Staff Conversations to allow RPS staff to hear about fall reopening details and ask questions! These conversations are optional, you can also learn more about our reopening plans here

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  • #ReopenWithLove2.0 - RPS is excited to offer students the choice of in-person or virtual learning for the upcoming fall school year. Students choosing virtual instruction must complete the Virtual Enrollment Form (Formulario de intención de instrucción virtual) by June 1, 2021. Students choosing in-person do not need to do anything. Click here to learn more about reopening plans and your options.

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  • RPS 2021 Summer Programs - RPS is offering a variety of free summer programs for RPS students in Preschool through 12th grade. Click here to learn more and register.

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  • Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 11am-4pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is authorized for individuals age 18 and older. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Student & Family Community Conversations - We, as many of our families, are eager to open our doors to our students and staff this Fall! In preparation, check out the virtual, in-person, and community events we will be hosting throughout the Spring and Summer to ensure our communities are prepared, informed, and excited to #ReopenWithLove2.0!

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Wellness Opportunities for RPS Staff - Don’t miss "Mindful Mondays" and "Be Well Wednesdays" with our partners at SCAN and BareSOUL! Check your RPS email account for previously sent registration links.

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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 Helpline 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - May 14, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's updates: RPS in the News! – Many thanks to Ronald Carrington of the Richmond Free Press for shining a spotlight on our amazing teacher of the year, Ashley Bland, and for featuring the work of our Engagement Office! More Facilities Updates – Not only are we making health and safety upgrades throughout our schools, but we're also working to ensure that our students return to beautiful spaces that are conducive to learning. Check out this gorgeous mural at Blackwell Preschool created by local artist and frequent RPS collaborator Hamilton Glass.

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 13 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.

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