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We would like to invite any of our BPE families to attend this full day training on “The 7 Habits of Successful Families”. This training works hand in hand with our school journey with the “Leader In Me” process. To learn more about the training, click here (7 Habits Flyer) and if interested, register here by Sept. 6, 2015. Space is limited. Child care will be provided for potty trained ages and up.

Quotes from parent participants at the Spring Family Training:

“Love the videos, sharing of stories, and sharing different ideas of how to apply the 7 Habits.”

“I thought the instructors were passionate about what they were presenting. I could see the emotion that they wanted to be here and believed in what they were saying, not just performing lip service.”

summer-readingCheck out this great list of summer reading resources. Reading is an important skill to maintain and grow during summer break. Summer Reading Resources

Be sure to visit our district’s Library Services website for more information.

registrationWelcome to Blackland Prairie Elementary!

Whether your child is transferring to our school from another school district, changing schools within Round Rock ISD, or starting school for the first time, visit the district’s Registration page to find out useful information.

volunteer 2If you plan to be a Watch D.O.G., go on a field trip, volunteer in the classroom, or work with students, you must complete the online application AND receive approval. Online Volunteer Application

enroll_tab2Round Rock ISD will offer a new alternative to paper enrollment this year, giving parents the option to enroll children online.

Information will be sent to households in a letter and through email by Aug. 17. Returning student online enrollment verification will become available the same day. Instructions on how to create an InfoSnap account and begin the enrollment process will be included in the emails and letters.

Enroll Online Today!

The Artist Circle: Lead by Ms. Gonser, Art Teacher

The Artist Circle is an art club which is open to fourth and fifth graders in the fall. Members are chosen through an application process. The Artist Circle meets for eight weeks on Thursdays from 2:45-4:00. Fall classes will begin on September 24th.  Applications can be picked up in Ms. Gonser’s room beginning September 9th and are due on September 18th.  A spring session will begin for fifth grade students in February.  This session will focus on creating clay bowls for The Empty Bowl Festival of Round Rock.  The Artist Circle was created in order to offer an opportunity for students to experiment with more complex art media and materials that may not be offered in the traditional class room setting. It also encourages students to continue their study of art in their personal life outside of school.


Computer Coding Club:  Lead by Valerie Rollans, Instructional Technology

2 six-week sessions, broken up by grade level, were offered in the spring of 2015.  Students learned some basic coding concepts including vocabulary such as algorithm, procedures, and code.  They participated in off-line hands-on activities to present these concepts in a concrete manner and practiced their skills using online resources.  Through the variety of activities, students understood that coding was a method of creating a set of instructions to solve a particular problem on the computer.


Go-Green Recycling Team:  Lead by PTA Coordinators, Amanda Heflin and Sharon Gonser

Are you interested in helping the environment?  Do you enjoy working with classmates and school friends? The Go Green Recycling team meets every other week to help promote recycling, sort the recycling bins and weigh collected items.  All grade level students are invited to join this after school club.  Our first meeting is on Wednesday, September 9th from 3-3:45.  Please plan to attend if you are interested in joining.  Applications will be in the front office.


Guitar and Piano Lessons:  Lead by Carianne Bernatis, Music Teacher

After school guitar and piano lessons are available at BPE. More information and registration can be found at www.midiforkids.com.  Click on link to register for classes and choose Blackland Prairie Elementary for more information.

Piano classes are offered on Tuesdays 3:15-4:00 (Grades 1-3 Beginners) and 4:05-4:50 (Grades 3-5 Returning Students)

Guitar classes are offered on Thursdays 3:15-4:00 (Grades 3-5 Beginners) and 4:05-4:50 (Grades 3-5 Returning Students)


Junior Master Gardeners:  Lead by Ms. Sellers, Fourth Grade Teacher

The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program helps our children grow and learn through “hands-on” learning experiences and activities. This program is designed to incorporate science, math, language arts, geography and other subject area disciplines into the “hands-on” gardening based activities. JMG curriculum is correlated to academic standards and has research supporting how the program improves academic success, nutrition, self-esteem, and leadership development. The club is open for third and fourth graders. Applications will be emailed out to parents of third and fourth graders by their classroom teacher in late September. Club will begin meeting after school from October – April on Mondays, 3:00 – 3:45.


Knitting Club: Lead by Ms. Beasley, Librarian

Knitting Club meets every Thursday afternoon 3:00 – 3:45 during the school year beginning with an informational meeting on the first Thursday in October. Anyone in grades fourth and fifth is welcome to attend.   We help each other enjoy our hobby of knitting and sharpen our saw with a fun and fulfilling craft.  Further information is provided at the meeting in October.


KBPE Broadcast News:  Lead by Meg Beasley, Librarian and Valerie Rollans, Instructional Technology

It takes a team of 7 students and two leaders to put on the news each morning!  Fifth graders have an opportunity to rotate in several positions to learn the art of news reporting.  The rotation includes time spent in positions of anchor, reporter, script writer, video director, AV director, and sound director.


Leadership Council:  Lead by Courtney Williamson, 4th Grade Teacher and Lori Keller, 4th Grade Teacher

Students in fourth and fifth grade are nominated by their teacher to participate in this year-long club.  Students who serve are those who exemplify the seven leadership habits that are part of the BPE culture.  The Leadership Council takes on service activities such as leading a clothes drive project and hosting visitor tours and information sessions.  After school meetings are held twice a month from 3:00 – 3:45 pm.


Math Pentathlon:  Lead by Ms. Conrad, TAG Teacher and Mr. Bilski, Intervention Teacher

Our club uses a national program of interactive problem-solving games to help students strengthen basic math concepts and skills and stimulate creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills. We meet on Tuesdays after school until 4:00 p.m. There is a group for second and third graders and one for fourth and fifth graders. Meetings begin in October and anyone is welcome to attend to learn about the five fun games we play in competition. Parent volunteers are essential to help our groups run smoothly. In January, only students who wish to attend the tournaments in April and May are asked to attend. Parents must commit to attend a certain number of sessions so they will be ready to be game monitors at the tournaments. Complete details will be available shortly after school begins. Please visit Ms. Conrad’s website for more details.


No Place for Hate:  Lead by Crystal Kahle, Counselor

No Place for Hate is a coalition of students and educators that “helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice.” (from Anti-Defamation League website, www.adl.org). Students will plan and carry out projects to earn our school a No Place for Hate designation and banner.  At the beginning of the school year, fourth grade teachers will nominate 12 students who exhibit leadership, respect, collaboration, creativity, dependability, and punctuality to be in the No Place for Hate coalition. Students must be able to attend before-school meetings and sometimes perform on morning broadcasts from 7:25 – 8:00 a.m. one – three times per month throughout the school year. Most meetings are held during September – November and January – March.


Paws for A Cause:  Lead by Coach Eileen Sanchez, Wellness Teacher

Beginning in October, Paws for A Cause will return and will offer both boys and girls in third through fifth grade an opportunity to participate. Boys and girls groups meet on different days from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. at BPE. Lessons will be focused on healthy choices and healthy lifestyles. Each week students will run, jog and walk to practice for a 5k that will be held in December. Students who choose to participate will be expected to attend the weekly practice as well as the 5k. Parents are asked to provide transportation to and from the 5k as well as moral support. Your son or daughter will need a comfortable pair of shoes, a water bottle and a snack for each practice. The only costs involved will be the registration fee for the actual 5k and a shirt.


Photography Club:  Lead by Ms. Scott, Fourth Grade Teacher and Lori Corbett, Fifth Grade Teacher

Are you a fourth or fifth grader who enjoys taking pictures? The Photography Club is the PERFECT club for you. The members will be encouraged to broaden their knowledge of photography through the exploration of various themes. Fifth grade members will meet twice a month in the Fall and fourth grade members will meet twice a month in the Spring.


Safety Patrol:  Lead by Coach Rodriguez, Wellness Teacher

Fifth grade students who wish to help with our car rider pick up and drop off in the front and back lines are invited to sign up for this activity.  Students should arrive by 7:30 am and stay for about 10 minutes after school.  20 students are needed for a 4-week shift.


Spelling Bee:  Lead by Ms. Cortez, Kindergarten Teacher 

The Spelling Bee Club meets on Tuesdays until 4:00pm. Our club is a member of The Scripps National Spelling Bee which is an educational promotion sponsored by The E.W. Scripps Company in conjunction with sponsoring organizations around the world. Its purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Meetings are spent playing computer games, learning dictionary research skills, peer study interaction, and competition spelling games in preparation for our school and eventually for one winner our district competition. We love to learn and enjoy our time together. Our club members are 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders recommended by grade level teams. Once a student becomes a member, they are welcomed members until they move on to middle school. We begin within the first month of school and end soon after the local Scripps Spelling Bee competition in late winter or early spring.


UIL Contest:  Lead by BPE Teacher

The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation. It offers more than any other UIL division in terms of activities, with 22 high school and 18 elementary and junior high contests. More than a half million students participate in UIL academic contests.  BPE Students compete in 1 of 6 categories.  Students try-out for limited spots and meet once a week after school.  The contest is held in the spring.

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Blackland Prairie Elementary School
2005 Via Sonoma Trail,
Round Rock, Texas 78665
Sue Hildebrand, Principal
Mark Fleming, Asst. Principal

Phone Numbers

Main: 512-424-8600
Fax: 512-424-8690
Nurse: 512-424-8610
Attendance: 512-424-8601

Hours of Operation

Students: 7:45am – 2:45pm
Office: 7:30am – 4:00pm