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    Dear Parents and Guardians of Blackhawk Primary Center Students,
    It is hard to believe that the summer is coming to a rapid close and the hustle and bustle of a new school year is fast approaching. With this reality brings a great deal of excitement and anticipation for the changes that the new school year brings. On that note I would like to welcome all new and returning families to the Blackhawk Primary Family and introduce myself as Dr. Erika Johnson, the new principal of Blackhawk Primary Center. Although new to Blackhawk, I am not new to the School District 163 family where I have had the pleasure to serve the families of Park Forest and Chicago Heights for the past 10 years. I am anxious to get to know the Blackhawk Families and build relationships with you as we embark on new and exciting journeys this school year.
    This year you can expect your students to be challenged to think critically in all subject areas, to develop their character in ways that contribute to a society of individuals who care about their others, and to analyze and question information daily. You might think that sounds like a lot to accomplish at the tender ages of five through nine, but if we don’t start now, then when??? To that end, our staff is resting up and getting ready for a journey with young minds that is sure to produce scholars of tomorrow. Parents are you up for the challenge of the new school year?”
    I am excited to be a part of the Blackhawk family and to lead our staff and students to new heights. Additionally, I am grateful to be entrusted with your children each day. As a parent of two daughters, I know the worries that come with sending our children to school to grow up and be great in society. Thank you for entrusting me with the task and feel free to contact me at your convenience. My door is always open and I can be reached at 708-668-9501 or ejohnson@sd163.com. Continue to help your students complete their summer packets and enjoy the remainder of your summer. I look forward to seeing each of you on August 24, 2017.


    Dr. Erika Johnson
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    Principal,
    Blackhawk Primary Center

     

School Information

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    Please review the following information.  If you have any questions, please call Blackhawk Primary Center at 708.668.9500

    1. All visitors are required to enter through the main door and check in at the main office.  If visiting a classroom, you will be required to show identification (State ID), receive a name tag to wear while in the building.
    2. Safe arrival and dismissal of our students is a top priority for us.  With this in mind, please note that students should not arrive to school earlier than 7:45AM—there is not adult supervision prior to this time and should be picked up by 3:05PM.  Breakfast begins at 7:50.
    3. Car riders - In order to ensure the safety for all students at Blackhawk Primary Center, we ask that you drop off and pick up your child on “school curb side” of Blackhawk Drive during the hours of 7:45 to 8:15 to ensure safe entry and exit for our busses.
    4. If you drop students on the opposite side of the street, we ask that ALL students walk to the crossing guard—to ensure safe crossing.  This request is in accordance with the Park Forest Police’s guidelines.
    5. Students who ride our busses are expected to follow all rules at all times—most importantly being seated while the bus is moving and departing at his or her own bus stop. 
    6. Students arriving late—after 8:15—must report to the main office for a tardy pass.
    7. Parents are required to call 708.668.9550 before 8:30 to report an absence.
    8. Lunch – in an effort to keep orderly classrooms and lessen disruptions, students should check with the office for lunches brought in after the start of the school day. 
    9. We ask that all students dress appropriately for the school day including closed toes shoes to participate during recess and gym shoes for gym.
    10. Phone Messages – please restrict all phone messages for children to emergency or extremely important matters. 
    11. Dismissal - Instruction ends at 3:00.  Students who ride busses will be dismissed first, followed by day care, car riders and walkers.

    The district uses a “Tagging System” for all students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Students will receive these tags on their first day of attendance.  Blackhawk’s colors will be as follows: Yellow for Day Care, Blue for bus, Green for walkers and Red for car riders

     

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