Friday, May 10, 2013
The event showcased many types of student artwork created during the school year.
Family and friends of Blackrock Elementary School students came out in droves on Monday night for the school's "Night of the Arts", held at Coventry High School. Visitors were able to view exhibits of student artwork from various grades and listen to musical selections from the 4th and 5th grade bands, 3rd and 4th grade recorder ensemble and chorus.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Blackrock students exceeded their Pennies for Patients collection goal for the sixth consecutive year.
From March 11-28, students at Blackrock Elementary School, along with friends and family members, rounded up their loose change for a good cause. This was the school's sixth year participating in the Pennies for Patients collection that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's efforts to find a cure and provide a better quality of life for cancer and blood disease patients and their families. Keeping with tradition, the faculty challenged students to meet a $2,500 monetary goal, and for the sixth year they succeeded, this time with a grand total of $3,992 at the end of the three-week program. As a reward for their hard work and generosity, Blackrock students were treated to school-wide bingo games on April 30, during which Principal …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Studying the brain of a cow offered students a hands-on opportunity to better understand how their own minds work.
Apart from the everyday care of Blackrock Elementary students, School Nurse Melissa Thibodeau also teaches lessons about health, fitness and well-being to fourth and fifth classes. Throughout the school year, Thibodeau designs lessons that provide students with important information to help them not only lead healthy lifestyles but to also understand how their bodies work. She also incorporates national health initiatives into her teaching, like American Heart Month in February, which inspired a hands-on anatomy lesson using a real pig heart that was a big hit with students. Because May is Mental Health Month, Thibodeau decided to utilize another interactive learning tool which came in the form of a cow brain. On the afternoon that …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Studying the heart of a pig allowed fourth and fifth grade students to gain a better understanding of their own anatomy.
Apart from the everyday care of Blackrock Elementary students, School Nurse Melissa Thibodeau also teaches lessons about health, fitness and well-being to fourth and fifth classes. Her recent lessons have focused on personal health, including basic anatomy and physiology to provide students with a better understanding of how their bodies work. Thibodeau shares with her students ways to improve and keep healthy their hearts and other organs through proper diet, water consumption and exercise routines. In honor of February being American Heart Month, Thibodeau obtained a pig heart from a local butcher to use as a visual aid during several classes. Because a pig heart is quite similar to a human heart, it allowed students to identify the …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The efforts of students will benefit members of the Coventry community in need.
Throughout the month of November, students at Blackrock Elementary School brought in food items to be donated to the Coventry Community Food Bank to benefit local families in need during the holiday season. Each grade level was asked to donate specific types of food items, allowing for a varied collection of goods that are frequently in need at the food bank. Pre-K and Kindergarten students were asked to donate boxed pasta; first grade collected soup; second grade students brought in canned pasta, third graders collected peanut butter and/or jelly, the fourth grade collected canned fruit and fifth grade students donated canned vegetables. Principal Alicia Castle asked students and there families, to If possible, collect the healthier …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Students were thanked for their good deeds and awarded with discount scholar cards.
Alan Shawn Feinstein, one of Rhode Island's most notable philanthropists, made stops at Coventry elementary schools this week to recognize students for their good deeds and deliver Feinstein Junior Scholar cards. During his Tuesday morning visit to Blackrock Elementary School, Feinstein congratulated the students for their holiday canned good drive and $1 Slipper Day that will provide nonperishable food and fresh produce to the Coventry Food Bank and its 'Tis the Season campaign. Blackrock faculty members will also be participating in the Adopt-A-Family program this year. "You spearhead our campaign to fight hunger and for all the good deeds you do, you deserve a big reward," said Feinstein to students during the assembly. He went on to…
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Massachusetts-based children's act gave two performances at the school on Thursday.
If you were standing outside the doors of Blackrock Elementary School's gymnasium on Thursday, you may have thought there was a rock concert going on inside. To the school's, Pre-K through fifth grade students, this very well may have been the case when they were visited by the "Toe Jam Puppet Band" for two one-hour performances. The two-man band featured Tom Poitras as the plaid-suited singer and songwriter and Vinny Lovegrove as the silly emcee. Poitras played acoustic guitar and banjo while singing original songs like "I Need a Car Wash", "Green Light A Go-Go" and "Don't Scare the Aliens". Lovegrove got the kids on their feet while singing, dancing and acting out the songs with student volunteers and a seemingly endless supply of …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The fifth Annual Buzz-A-Thon is the school's only major fund-raiser each year.
Blackrock Elementary students from Pre-K through fifth grade, along with teachers and parents walked more than 100 total miles around the school's 1/8-mile asphalt track on Thursday for a good cause. The occasion was the Fifth Annual Buzz-A-Thon, a fund-raising event (named after the school's bumblebee mascot) during which students in grades Pre-K through two walk 20 minutes around the track and grades three through five walk 30 minutes while wearing their Buzz-A-Thon t-shirts in varying colors depending on grade level. The event was started to replace the typical candy, candle or cookie dough sales done in the past. Students get pledges from family members and friends beginning about two weeks before the event to support the Blackrock …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Blackrock students surpassed their Pennies for Patients goal, earning themselves an entertaining reward.
Friday, June 22, 2012
On the last day of school, Blackrock teachers made good on their promise to students for raising over $2,500 for Pennies for Patients during the March. Students were treated to watching a Wipe-Out type obstacle course designed by Physical Education Teacher, Derek Hitte. The course involved obstacles that required teachers to be quick and skilled. The final obstacle (pictured) was to walk across a balance beam over pools to the finish line. Each teacher was timed individually through the course with the fastest time getting bragging rights. Fourth grade teacher Christyna Bousquet won the event with a time of 1:19. Blackrock has been actively participating in the Rhode Island Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Faculty and students joined together for a school-wide Flash Mob Dance on Friday.
To wrap up their portion of the district-wide Wellness Week, students, teachers and even a few parents from Blackrock School came together on the sports field to perform a well-rehearsed "Flash Mob Dance" on Friday afternoon. Participants grooved to a Kidz Bop version of the hit song, "Party Rock Anthem", and incorporated fitness moves like high steps and jumping jacks into their dance. And of course, as the song suggests, there was a lot of 'shuffling'.