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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please do not bring your child to school earlier than 8:50AM.

No student will be permitted to enter the building earlier than 8:50AM effective immediately. There is no supervision available for students before 8:50AM.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Marianne LeDonne

The Students and Staff at Patterson Primary School are so excited for Jasmine, Maya, Gavin and Devin as they get ready for the Special Olympics. Every staff member and student signed the banner to wish them Good Luck!!!


*May 4 – Rainforest Assembly

*May 9 – PTO Assembly


*May 12 – NO SCHOOL

*May 17 – Spring Concert at Blackhawk High School @6:00 p.m.

*May 18 – 2nd Grade Field Trip

*May 19 – Career Day

*May 22 – Field Day 1-3:15

*May 26 - Kindergarten Field Trip/Science Olympiad 1st & 2nd grade

*May 29 - No School/Memorial Day

*June 1 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL dismissal at 12:45 Breakfast and Lunch will be served



*April 6 ~ PTO Candy pick up 6-8 PPS cafeteria

*April 7 ~ Wear Blue/Autism shirt for Autism Awareness Month

*April 12 ~ April 17 NO SCHOOL/Spring Break

* April 19 ~ PTO @ 6:30

*April 28 ~ First Grade Field Trip

                ~ Special Olympics

*April 29 ~ Parent/Child Dance Sponsored by PPS PTO (HMS from 6-8PM)


Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am currently responsible for the students and staff at Patterson Primary School and the K-4 students and staff at Blackhawk Intermediate School until further notice. The education your child receives will not be interrupted nor affected by this addition to my original responsibilities.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

I will share more information if/when this arrangement should change.

Thank you for your continued support.

Marianne LeDonne

Hot Readers Program

Blackhawk Primary School Hot Readers

2016-2017 Program

All Blackhawk Primary school students are invited to participate in the Hot Readers Program! Students may choose either the Accelerated Reader program or Hot Readers which involves completing projects that reflect what they have read. We want to celebrate our students’ love for reading and their individual accomplishments.

Each grade level has a personal reading goal for students. Every book read by a student, or by an adult to a student, earns that student a reward. These books are added to a class total toward a prize that the entire class will share. Each class total is then added to a schoolwide goal which will result in a school-wide celebration! The class and school wide celebrations may range from an afternoon of games, to a movie and popcorn, dressing as a favorite character for the day, cookies and milk with the teacher, or lunch with Mrs. LeDonne, to name just a few.

Described below are the options for parents/students choosing to validate their reading by completing a project instead of the AR program.

Kindergarten Students

· Parents/Guardians who have read a book to their child, will complete the Reading Log form verifying the two read a book together. Each form records ten (10) books. Students have 9-weeks to read 10 books with an adult. Each book is added to the student’s thermometer which is added to the class goal. Each class total is added together for the school goal!

· For every book read, a student earns a red sticker or colors their thermometer indicating a book. These books can be “read” by Mom, Dad, Grandma, babysitter, or friend while the student looks on. Students who are emergent and beginning readers, benefit from listening to books read aloud to them. This close relationship provides him/her with a reading role model who will support him/her as they develop this new skill.

· Students filling their thermometer can earn a special badge, bookmark, extra recess, special seating in class, or free time to name a few incentives.

First Grade and Second Grade Students

· The goal for First and Second grade students is to read 25-books in a semester.

· The child should now be reading aloud while parents support with word help, by reading the sentence first only, or by taking turns reading paragraphs. Please know that reading silently and then discussing what each has read is a great option and a more authentic way of reading for meaning.

· The student completes the assigned book report and the parent signs the report to verify the book was read together. The reports will be provided to the student in books of 25. Once the 25 reports are completed, students will submit them to the teacher to receive their 25 badges for their Brag Tags!

· Students will receive Brag Tags with badges which will be displayed inside the classroom for every 25 book they read. Just like the thermometer, this is a tangible reflection of the books they have read. The collection of reports is another tangible achievement the parents and child can celebrate together!

· First grade students will complete a traditional book report that describes the story they read. This activity gives the students practice identifying the parts of a book: author, illustrator, and plot which are included in the First Grade curriculum.

· Second grade book reports are more in-depth embracing aspects of the reading curriculum, as well as paragraph writing.

The Hot Readers Program and forms for participation will be ready for students starting October 1, 2016. Teachers will have the forms and booklets ready to distribute to your child in class. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like your child to participate.

We can’t wait to get started! Please keep track of the all the books you are reading together as we prepare for the new option because those books can be added to the lists/forms once you receive the forms!

Camp Invention Highlights


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Patterson Announcements
Last Day of School - Thursday, June 1 - Release Times Reminder
Last day of school is a 1/2 day.  Release times for each school are as follows:

BHS = 11:00 am
BIS = 11:30 am
HMS = 11:40 am
NPS = 12:45 pm
PPS = 12:45 pm

Breakfast is available for all grades. Lunch will only be served to grades K-2nd.
NOTICE from the CAFETERIA -- Lunch Account Balance Payments
Attention Parents!
Please check your student's outstanding cafeteria balances and pay them off before the end of the school year. You can look online under the parents link on the website.  Click here:  or you can also call (724) 846-6600 x1016 for your student's balance.

NOTE: Any UNUSED money left in the student accounts at the end of the year WILL carry over to the next year.
Greenhouse Plant Sale -- 9:00 - 2:30 Monday-Friday!
The BHS Greenhouse is OVERFLOWING! Come out and buy some amazing plants and vegetables grown by our very own Ag Science students. Greenhouse will be open Monday - Friday 9-2:30 for the next two weeks. Click "read more" for pricing 
Special Olympics Pictures
Check out the fun our students and staff had at the 2017 Special Olympics held on Friday, April 27! Click for photos! 
Basketball Camps for All! Check out 3 camps coming up for Boys & Girls
Lil' Cougars Under the Lights - Boys Grades 4-7 -- click read more...
Coach Lodovico's Girls Basketball Day Camp - Girls Grades 4-8
Little Dribblers Mini-camp - Boys & Girls Grades K - 3
Blackhawk Boys Youth Basketball Camp - June 5-7 - Grades 2-8
Register now for camp! Camp is open to boys from any school district. Please direct any questions to Coach Roorback at [email protected] or 724-622-8942 
KINDERCAMP is back - July 31-Aug 4! Sign up now! Spots are limited!
Spots are quickly filling for this year’s KinderCamp at Patterson Primary School! 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.  
Camp Invention comes back to BLACKHAWK! July 10-14
Sign up now for a $15 discount on a week's worth of inventing! Camp Invention is full of science, engineering, problem solving, tinkering and just plain FUN! This year's camp is directed by Mrs. Brest and other BSD teachers. Camp is open to KINDERGARTEN - 6TH GRADERS and is held at BIS! To register go to or call 800-968-4332. Use code DISCOVER 15 for the $15 discount. 
The Little Free Library comes to Blackhawk!
The Little Free Library is an outdoor library unit available for use by all of the Blackhawk Community, specifically featuring literature for children to enjoy and read!  The Little Free Library is available for use after school hours, in the evenings, on the weekends and during holidays. The Little Free Library belongs to everyone! Take books…leave books…share books!  READ MORE about how YOU can help The Little Free Library @ Blackhawk! 
New immunization requirements have come out from the State. Please click READ MORE for details. Students directly impacted by the changes will be contacted with further information. Please note those who are required to get further immunizations will need to submit by AUGUST 15, 2017 to attend school for the 17/18 school year.

All questions must be directed to BSD School Nurses - Ms. Hullihen RN 724-846-9600 x2005 or Mrs. Haddox RN 724-843-1700 x3004
Mark your calendars! 2016-17 PTO meeting schedule is now available. The Patterson PTO Facebook site is the best way to keep up to date on all things Patterson PTO! Like the page to keep informed!  
Upcoming Events
Memorial Day - No School
Mon May 29 2017
Jun 1 - LAST DAY - 1/2 day!
Thu Jun 1 2017
School Board Working Session
Thu Jun 15 2017
School Board Voting Session
Thu Jun 22 2017
School Board Working Session
Thu Jul 13 2017
School Board Voting Session
Thu Jul 20 2017
Accelerated Reader Enterprise
One of the great new features of AR Enterprise is that the library no longer has to buy the AR quizzes. Quizzes may be taken on books from the public library as well as books you may have purchased as long as there is a quiz available. To check on a title, click on AR Bookfinder below and follow the directions.

AR Bookfinder - click here to search for AR titles.
Please note, Patterson library does not have all of the books listed on AR Bookfinder

Destiny Library Catalog - click here to search the Patterson library catalog at home.

AR Home Connect
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Blackhawk School District:
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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