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Thanksgiving Holidays

We would like to wish all of our students, parents and families a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

We will see you on Monday, November 27th, 2017.


Red Ribbon Week

We will be celebrating being DRUG FREE/RED RIBBON WEEK starting on Tuesday, October 24th through Tuesday, October 31st. Each day we will celebrate being drug free by wearing a special item.

Tuesday, Oct. 24th Drug Free & Proud Wear RED SHIRTS

Wednesday, Oct. 25th: HIDING From Drugs - Wear Camouflage

Thursday, Oct. 26th: SOCKING it to Drugs - Crazy Socks

Friday, Oct. 27th: Too much SPIRIT for drugs. - BLC or EC Shirts

Monday, Oct. 30th: America Monday - Wear Red, White, Blue

Tuesday, Oct. 31st: Book Character Day - Dress as your favorite book character. 





Pumpkin Decorating Contest

1) Pumpkins will be displayed in our cafeteria. 
2) Judges will be from our Community & EC School System. 
3) Judging will held on Tuesday, Oct. 31st. 
4) Winner’s photos will be placed on School Website, Facebook & in the Local Newspaper.





In November we will have our yearly Scholastic Book Fair.  We have many exciting events planned during the week of November 6th-10th.  We hope you are able to join us and enjoy some quality time with your child.  You will pay for your meals/desserts the day of the event.  We ask that you complete the form attached and let us know how many are coming so we have an estimate of how many to prepare for. After enjoying your meal and time with your child, we encourage you to go to the book fair with your child. 

Click for a list of events:




Happy Birthday Pre-K


Your Child’s in Pre-K Now What…

What: Pre-K Parent Meeting

When: Thursday, August 31st

Time: 6:00pm

Location: PJBLC Cafeteria


This meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions and review school policies and procedures.


This meeting is for parents only, students do not need to attend. 


Door Prizes & Light Refreshments




Community Helpers

BLC Pre-K students have been learning about   Community Helpers.  We have learned about fire safety, keeping ourselves healthy and keeping ourselves safe. 



District Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Parents/Guardians:  Please join us for an important District Parent Advisory Committee meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to seek methods to actively involve families and the community in school improvement initiatives at the primary, elementary, middle, and high school levels. 


Date:  Thursday, March 23


Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Where:  Board of Education - Staff Development Room


For additional information, contact Dr. Fran Floyd at 706-213-4514 or



We would like to thank all of our Special Readers who came to help us celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday & Read Across America!

Mrs. Teresa Barnett  -  Mrs. Dawn Hill 

Mrs. Susan Fortson  -  Mrs. Laura Evans!


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Pre-K Holiday Program Procedures


To ensure the safety of all students after the program we ask that you follow these procedures:


Parents are asked to REMAIN SEATED in the gymnasium until you are released by Dr. Barnett.


Receive your child’s name card in the gymnasium from BLC Staff. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD WITHOUT THIS TAG!!


Once you have been released by Dr. Barnett, we ask that ONE PERSON from each family walk to the classroom to pick up your child.


Your child will be located in their regular classroom.


Each Pre-K teacher will have their class roll and a sign-out sheet.


Please present your child’s name card to the teacher.


Pick up belongings & sign your child out with their teacher. DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT SEEING YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER & SIGNING YOUR CHILD OUT.


Once you have signed your child out and received their belongings, your child is free to start their Holiday Vacation.


Upcoming Holiday Activities:

Tuesday, December 13th:

Holiday Shop: 9:00am-11:00am

Christmas Parties  Each classroom will send home information, be sure to check folders.

Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 2016- Christmas Program 

•Classes: Moon/ T. Brown/ Turner/ Stowers/ Mewborn will be performing at 8:30am.

•Classes: Macris/ Douglas/ L. Brown/ Seawright/ Almond will be performing at 10:00am.

Thursday, December 15th & Friday, December 16th: Early Release Days

•School will release @ 1:00pm. 


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2017-2018 Academic Calendar Survey for School District Staff and Parents

The Elbert County School District is inviting school district employees and parents to participate in a calendar icon 2017-18 Academic Calendar Survey. The survey will run from Wednesday, January 4 through Friday, January 13. Those participating in the survey will select one of three calendar options that have been developed by the school district. Using survey results, Superintendent Chuck Bell will make a calendar recommendation to the Board of Education at its Monday, January 16 regular meeting.  


Each of the three calendar options may be viewed by clicking on this link: 2017-18 Calendar Options


Vote online at:

Leaping Into Kindergarten - 2017-2018 Parent Orientation

When: Wednesday, February 22nd @ 1:00
OR Thursday, February 23rd @ 6:00


Where: Blackwell Early Learning Center Cafeteria


What: An event for parents of incoming* kindergarten students hosted by and highlighting Elbert County Primary School’s Kindergarten Program. (*Children that will be 5 on or before September 1, 2017)


Why attend?
 You are your child’s voice and advocate.
 You are your child’s first teacher.
 You will receive free tips on how you can help your child be successful in kindergarten.
 You will get to see, first hand, the curriculum expectations for kindergartners.
 We will explain attendance requirements.
 We will share arrival/dismissal procedures.
 You will have the opportunity to meet the principal, assistant principal, instructional lead teacher, and some kindergarten teachers from Elbert County Primary.


Our goal is to inform families of ways to promote readiness for Kindergarten.


For more information:



Elbert County Pre-K Registration 2017/2018 School Year

Pre-K Registration will be held at P. J. Blackwell Learning Center on Wednesday March 1st and Thursday March 2nd 2016 between 8:00am-2:00pm. A child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be eligible for the program.


Parents/Legal Guardians, along with your child, bring the following:


• Child’s Certified Birth Certificate
• Child and Parent Social Security Card
• Child’s Current GA Immunization Record(3231)
• Parent’s Current Utility Bill, and Current Lease/Mortgage with parent name and physical address.
• Child’s Health Ins Card
• WIC, TANF, Foodstamp Card (if applicable)
• Household 2016 W-2 Forms or 2016 Income Tax Form 1040 or Current SSI Documentation


********Prepare to spend 1 1/2 hours registering********


Please call Jennifer Downer at P. J. Blackwell Learning Center  (706-213-4400) if you have any questions.


Pre-K Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are as follow...


Wednesday, May 3rd:



Thursday, May 4th:

Macris/Moon/T. Brown/L. Brown


Information will sent home this week.





Pre-K Acceptance & Orientation

If you received an acceptance letter from EC Pre-K / PJBLC please remember that your child has been CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED into the Elbert County-Georgia Pre-K Program at Paul J. Blackwell Learning Center for the 2017/2018 school year.


To receive Full Acceptance, the parent or guardian MUST attend Pre K Orientation @ 6:00pm on the scheduled date that was listed on your acceptance letter. Please bring all forms that were checked on your acceptance letter. Parents only, children DO NOT need to attend.


After receiving Full Acceptance, you and your child will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, teacher assistant and see the classroom at Open House on Tuesday, August 1st from 4:00pm-7:00pm.


The first day of school is Thursday, August 3rd.


We look forward to a successful school year working with you and your child.


We still have openings, if you have not registered yet. Please visit the EC BOE to pick up all necessary paperwork.


PJBLC Faculty and Staff



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* Send 2 towels with your child for nap time. We will send these home every other week to be washed. Please return them on Mondays.

* Make sure you have read, signed and returned the Student Handbook Forms.

* Check your child's folder everyday.

* Make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack.

* Sign up for our text based remind system. All you have to so is text @6hggf7 to the number 81010.

* If your child is wearing a dress or a skirt please allow them to wear shorts underneath the dress/skirt.

* Remember we do have a daily exercise program. Tennis Shoes prevent falls/slips and injuries. Flip flops, sandals and boots can cause injuries to your child.

* If your child has a medical condition, please talk with your child's teacher and or our school nurse, if you have not already.



September is Attendance Awareness Month


Research shows that two to four missed days in the first month of school can predict chronic absence throughout the year.


Click on the image above to view a video that offers practical, every day steps parents can take to help their children attend school. The video also highlights ways schools and communities can help reduce barriers to attendance.


Thank you for partnering with us to improve attendance at all Elbert County schools!

Substitute Teacher Training To Be Offered In December


The Elbert County School District is interested in recruiting and developing high quality substitute teachers for its PreK-12 classrooms. The district will be hosting training for individuals interested in substitute teaching on Tuesday, December 12th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The training will be held in the Staff Development Room at the Board of Education Office. 


subThis training is for anyone that is not currently on the district's substitute teacher list. Trainers will discuss procedures and best practices for substitutes at this training and participants will complete all required paperwork.  All interested individuals will need to have an email set up and bring $39.75 to have a background check completed. 


Anyone interested in substitute teaching that may have questions should contact Ms. Judy Hudson – 706-213-4063 / or Mr. Jon Jarvis – 706-213-4012 /

Framework for Success -

The Elbert County School District's 2016-2021 Strategic Plan      



Elbert County's Strategic Plan is a blueprint designed to keep us focused on achieving our goals. Many of the action steps in the plan are recommendations from the Georgia Vision Project, a collaboration between the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia School Boards Association. By including these Georgia Vision Project recommendations, we envision transforming our current system into one that is more relevant than ever for today's students.


The Elbert County School District is committed to creating a world-class school district founded on teacher and leader quality, innovative practices, and overall academic excellence.  I invite you to read and review the Strategic Plan by clicking on the image to the right. You may also access the Strategic Plan by clicking on the "About Us" button above and then clicking on "Framework for Success." Thank you for joining with us as we work to serve "Every Student, Every Day." 

Pre-K Registration for 2017 - 2018 School Year

We still have openings! Register NOW before we fill up!


Registration by Appointments Only


Appointments will start on April 17th through May 5th.


Call Jennifer Downer at 706-213-4400 for more information and to schedule an appointment.



Developed by educational researchers, Ready4KGA is an evidence-based text messaging program for parents of newborns, 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds provided at no cost that are customized for Georgia. Each week, you will receive fun facts and easy tips to boost your child’s learning.


Ready4KGA activities build on the things that you already do with your child — like getting your child dressed, meal time, and bath time — to make boosting your child’s learning fast, fun, and easy.


The research behind Ready4K shows that receiving fun facts and easy tips can significantly increase children’s learning.

Partnering with Parents to Improve Student Attendance

Research shows that two amto four missed days in the first month of school can predict chronic absence throughout the year.


Click on the image above to view a video that offers practical, every day steps parents can take to help their children attend school. The video also highlights ways schools and communities can help reduce barriers to attendance.


Thank you for partnering with us to improve attendance at all Elbert County schools!


PJBLC would like to congratulate Ms.Renada Burton. Ms. Burton was recognized tonight as EC School System Classified Employee of the month. We are so proud of Ms. Burton and so glad we have her at BLC.

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2017-2018 Academic Calendar Approved

The 2017-2018 Academic Calendar has been approved by the Board of Education and may be viewed by clicking on the image below.  The calendar will also be accessible anytime by going to the "Parents" button at the top of the district webpage.



Community Helpers


Elbert County Sheriffs Office 
Elberton Police Department 
Elberton Fire Department 
Elbert County EMS
Elbert County Utilities/Public Works.

Our students had a great morning leaning about different community helpers. We learned about their jobs and the vehicles they use to help us!


For the safety of all our students and staff: 

Place your child's car seat on the right side (passengers side) of your car. This will keep staff and students from having cross the car lanes during morning drop off. 


Afternoon Dismissal: When you see your child's line coming STEP OUT OF YOUR CAR and assist them in getting in the car and buckling up correctly. 




I Thought My Kid Didn’t Need Preschool. I Was Wrong...


Back when I was a first-time mom who knew everything about stellar parenting (yes, I’ll wait while your eyes finish rolling), I was sure my son didn’t need preschool. I mean, what could he possibly learn there that he didn’t already know? At 4 years old, he was able to read anything on his bookshelf. He knew all his shapes. He knew all his colors. He could count as high as anybody asked him to. I stayed at home with him and enriched his little brain with developmentally appropriate activities whenever I could. He would be bored if I sent him to preschool, I reasoned.   So I didn’t.....

Pre-K Literacy Parade "Animal Museum"

Pre-K Students took a tour of the Animal Museum. We would like to thank Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Jodi, Ms. Tracy, Ms. Quindra, Mrs. Harper and their students for their hard work in creating this amazing adventure.


Also a BIG THANK YOU to all of our parents who sent in milk jugs to create the igloo!!


From Ms. Stephanie: 
Throughout the month of February, we focused on animals and their habitats. With using the idea from my previous place of employment, we changed our environments in ways that are visible to our students. Along with changes to the environment, we made crafts using appropriate objectives. Our students’ hard work, determination, and the classroom that participated with us placed into making our animal museum successful!





For more pictures see our Facebook Page or click on the photo album link. 



Student of The Month Celebration

We would like to say a big thank you to ECCHS student athletes who came to enjoy lunch with our students of the month for the months of February, March & April.

Special Thanks to:

Turner Banks
Daniel Lavender
Dawson Dye
Colton Moon
Zach Brady
Mari Cruz Villagomez-Gonzalez
Michelle Medellin
Emily Laguna

Jason Kouns, ECCHS Principal 
Mrs. Cristal Akin, Athletic Coordinator

School District Seeking Parent Input on School Uniforms

Parent Survey

The Elbert County School District is surveying parents to gather feedback and determine levels of support for implementation of a school uniform policy for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for making your voice heard by going to the link below to complete the short survey.


Parental feedback will be reviewed with the Board of Education at its work session on Monday, February 13, 2017.

MLK Parade

We had a wonderful time honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the parade on Sunday, January 15th, 2017.


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK




Pre-Kindergarten Supply List for 2017-2018

• 2 Containers of Baby Wipes

• 2 Containers of Lysol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
• 1 Box Ziploc Bags (Small Sandwich Size)
• 1 Box of Kleenex
• 6 Glue Sticks
• 1 Book Bag - Large enough for towels & folders - No Wheels
• 2 Small Standard Towels - NO BEACH TOWELS / NO BLANKETS
• Seasonal Change of Clothes to Stay at School

*Please label ALL SUPPLIES with child’s name including coats, jackets, and extra clothes.*


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Paul J Blackwell Learning Center  |  373 Campbell Street  |  Elberton, GA 30635
Phone:706-213-4400  |  Fax:706-283-1162