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KinderCamp at Patterson Primary School is now FULL! Camp will be July 31-August 4 from 9 to 10:30am. This camp is for Blackhawk School District students entering kindergarten this fall. Campers will focus on a common core based reading, writing, and math curriculum with social skills components. Students will be excited about beginning kindergarten with some new friends! The directors of the camp are Blackhawk kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Sharek.  
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We are so excited to begin this new school year at BIS with all of you.  This year will be full of first's for all of us.  As many of you may know, this year is the 1st year on the NWP PTO board for Karen and I.  We are blending well with Nicole and learning the ropes as fast as we can.  There's a great support system in the PTO so we're getting it done!  We want to make this school year awesome for ALL of our little cougars!  Please check this page and our facebook group to stay up to date with all things NWP PTO.  If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.  We look forward to working with you &  thank you for your patience. 

 
-Patricia Campbell  email: patriciamariecampbell@hotmail.com






NEW VOLUNTEER POLICY 2016-17


And the LINKS to everything you’ll need



We know how frustrating the District’s new YEARLY volunteer clearances policy is, but please keep in mind that it's for our children's safety.  So the policy now states that you will need to RESUBMIT CLEARANCE FORMS at the beginning of EVERY new school year.

 

Obtaining a NEW Criminal Background Check yearly.  NOTE:  You will NOT NEED TO PAY FOR THIS CLEARANCE!  They have added a patch for unpaid volunteers on the criminal background check.   Just click on that and you are good to go! (Child Abuse clearances only need done once every 57 months.)  

 

So what does all of this mean, you ask?  It means you'll be expected to turn in forms at the beginning of every new school year to the school secretary AT EVERY SCHOOL YOU PLAN TO VOLUNTEER AT in order to stay current as a volunteer.

 

And it also means that our kids are being protected by holding our volunteers to the highest of safety standards.

 

We cherish all of our volunteers and we’d like to make this process as easy as possible for you.  So we're including the policy as it reads on the site as well as direct links at the bottom of this email for ALL the items you’ll need.  These are important documents, so we recommend that you make copies for yourself and keep them safe in a folder.  And write your keystone ID and Password on that folder for future use. (You’ll be glad that you did!)   We hope all of this helps.

 
 

Policy From District Webpage:

 

VOLUNTEER CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR 

 

** August 30, 2016 UPDATE: The district will NOT require the PA Child Abuse Clearance to be obtained yearly for volunteers who have submitted a Child Abuse Clearance in the past 57 months.

 

Upon clarification from the State, an $8 fee is required if the clearance is applied for within 57 months of a previous issuance. Due to this cost, Blackhawk will not require the re-submittal each year.   NEW Volunteers will still need to obtain the clearance. The FIRST TIME application is FREE. 

 

All Volunteers WILL need to update the PA State Police Criminal Background Check on an annual basis. This is free. **

 

 UPDATE -- NEW DISTRICT GUIDANCE FOR 2016-17 VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

 

District Administration has implemented a new YEARLY CLEARANCES RENEWAL POLICY.

For the safety of our students BSD will now require each volunteer to submit NEW clearances each year.  

 

If you have NEVER volunteered with BSD in prior years you are required to submit the following:

1. 2016-17 BSD Volunteer Clearances Submittal Form -- no cost

2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113) -- no cost for 1st time.

3. Pennsylvania Criminal Record checks (SP4-164) -- no cost

4. Federal Bureau of Investigations Criminal Background Check -- $27.00

 

If you HAVE volunteered with BSD in prior years you are required to submit the following:

1. 2016-17 BSD Volunteer Clearances Submittal Form -- no cost

2. Pennsylvania Criminal Record checks (SP4-164) -- no cost

3. Unpaid Volunteer Affidavit -- no cost

 

All volunteers must have clearances on file BEFORE their first day of volunteering with our students! If you do not have clearances on file, you will not be allowed to volunteer at BSD schools.

 

LINKS:

BSD Volunteer Clearance Submittal Form

 

2016-17 SY Signed Affidavit Form

 

PA State Criminal Check (Yearly)

 

FBI Criminal Background Check (done once for NON district residents within last 10 years)

 

PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Update every 57 months)

 

These forms can be turned in personally to the school(s) secretary, or mailed directly. We've included the address & phone number of each school for your convenience.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.  Thank you.

 

Blackhawk High School   

(BHS) 

500 Blackhawk Road

Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: 724-846-9600

 

Highland Middle School

(HMS)
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: 724-843-1700

 

Blackhawk Intermediate School

(BIS) 

635 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: 724-843-5050

 

Northwestern Primary School

(NPS located at BIS)
635 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: 724-843-5050

 

Patterson Primary School

(PPS) 

701 Darlington Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: 724-843-1268

 



CHECK THIS OUT!

 

We hope to see you at our very 1st NWP PTO meeting.  It's very informative concerning upcoming NWP events and your chance to sign up for committees. Mrs. LeDonne will be in attendance as well.  Bring a friend.  Children are welcome.  

It will be held  on Wednesday 9/7/16 @ 6:30pm In the BIS Cafeteria


 
 

  Be sure to check us out on FACEBOOK! 

                         We have a NEW group!

 

Now you can stay on top of everything that's happening at Northwestern, and ask questions to other NW moms about anything, from events to simple questions pertaining to homework assignments.  It's a great way to communicate and stay informed. 

 

Just search for our group and request to join:  Northwestern Primary PTO 2016-17  We are now a closed group for privacy reasons and PTO board members screen who joins to make sure it's ONLY parents of our students.  Note:  Please refrain from posting pictures of students or tagging people in images unless you have permission from ALL people in the photo.

 

Any questions please contact Patricia Campbell.  patriciamariecampbell@hotmail.com

 
 











PTO Executive Board 2016-17
Northwestern @ BIS PTO board members

                                          Northwestern @ BIS PTO Board Members 2017-2018

PRESIDENT: Patricia Campbell  triciacampbell84@hotmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT: Karen Anderson  karenlpn07@yahoo.com

SECRETARY: Elizabeth Onuska        eaw1004@gmail.com

TREASURER: Nicole Feely  nicole_elizabeth@hotmail.com
 
Parliamentarian :  Melisa Richardson  melrich20@gmail.com
 
If you have any Questions please contact Patricia Campbell !!


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