Bobcat Tracks - April 2021
Tue, Apr 20 3:33pm

Bobcat Tracks Monthly Newsletter - April 2021

Konstella and


President's Update

 Hello Bobcats! We only have about 6 weeks of school left and staff, students, and parents are all hard at work through the end of the year.  A huge thank you to Stacy Scanlan and the 5th grade room parents for organizing March's staff appreciation lunch!

The first week of May is staff/teacher appreciation week at Bancroft! You should have seen two drop-off volunteer opportunities come through your Konstella feed to "Stock the Staff lounge" or participate in "Dessertapalooza" by dropping off items on campus! This year we are kicking off the week with a special Dine to Donate event. On Sunday May 2nd from 2-4pm Kona Ice will be parked at school entrance. We are encouraging all families to come on down and grab a sno-cone and to bring signs of appreciation for teachers and staff to help us decorate campus for the coming week! Big thank you to parent Jacqueline Sindoni for reaching out last month and volunteering to organize the staff appreciation lunch for Wednesday May 5th!

May is a busy month for the Parent Faculty Club as the May meeting is when the PFC Board for next school year is approved via vote and the budget for the next school is approved via vote.  Please join us on May 11th to participate.

~ Sarah Rhodes

Mark Your Calendars!

April 2021

  • 4/20 - Virtual Author Visit for 4th/5th grades at 1pm
  • 4/21 - Virtual Author Visit for K/1st grades at 10am
  • 4/21 - Earth Day Story Night with Mrs. Dunn, 7:15pm

May 2021

2021-2022 Bancroft PFC Proposed Budget

  • Please review the Proposed Budget (attached) for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year which will be voted on at the May 11th PFC meeting. For any questions or concerns, please contact any of the PFC Executive Board Members in advance, or feel free to ask at the upcoming PFC meeting.
  • Now that we have returned to a hybrid learning model, and are hopefully optimistic for a return to in-person learning next year, we would like to restore some level of funding for IA’s for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year but do not anticiapte enough income to restore all 7 positions from 2019-20. The currently proposed 2021-2022 Budget includes 2 IA’s. While this is a solid start, it is well short of our previous IA funding levels, but this adjustment was made in recognition of the lower income for this present 2020-2021 school year.
  • The chart below shows the Income vs. Expense actuals for the four past school years, and the current YTD. While the current YTD is 2 months short of the prior year actuals, it nonetheless shows the marked decrease in income for the past school year.  In order to restore our operating budgets to pre-COVID-19 levels, we will need the continued collective support from our PFC community.

2021-2022 PFC Board - Slate of Candidate

The PFC nominations committee was excited to present a full slate of candidates for 2021/2022 board positions at our April meeting. Several volunteers will be staying on in their current position for a second year and others have shifted roles. We also have a few new members volunteering to join the Board as well. Here is the current slate of candidates that will be submitted for PFC vote and approval at our May meeting. 

 Slate of Candidates for 2021-2022  Volunteer Parent


Heather Salter

Vice President (Activities)

Melissa De Porras

VP Fundraising (Ways and Means)

Dory Barnard

VP Communications (& Konstella Admin)

Irina Rivera


Ben Nie

Financial Secretary

Cyndi Joly

Recording Secretary

Gail Strohl


Jennifer Enson


2021-2022 Additional Volunteers Needed for PFC Roles!!

Though we have a full slate for the Board positions, there are still so many volunteer roles that we need to fill for the 2021/2022 school year. Many of the opportunities for involvement can be done completely remotely and/or in just a few hours of your time each month. Please reach out to any of the current or upcoming board members to find out more about how you can get involved. As we know, many hands make for small work. You are very much needed to make big things happen for our Bancroft kids.

Kona Ice and Staff Appreciation Week Kick-Off
Stop by campus the afternoon of May 2nd and grab a sno-cone! Please wear masks and observe all social distancing requirements. 
Bring your homemade signs of appreciation for our teachers, our staff, and our school. We will have tape and clothespins available to hang your signs and school and help us decorate to kick-off Staff Appreciation week!
Bancroft Reads!
🌟 Bobcat Reading Challenge 🌟
The final tally for our Bobcat Reading Challenge in March is here: Bobcats read 143,840 minutes all together -- that's more than 3 full months of reading time! WOW! While the number is impressive, the most exciting (for me) was seeing students' "I love reading" notes and hearing from families making an extra effort to read together. That's what it's all about!
A huge thank you to everyone who promoted the challenge and encouraged our superstar students to read, read, read! 
- Ms. Gomes
🎉 Celebrating with Author Visits 🎉
It is time to celebrate our Bobcats' reading accomplishments with our Virtual Author Visits! All students will also receive a copy of the book featured during their visit -- thank you, PFC!! Ms. Gomes is in the process of getting books to teachers to send home with students.
  • Kinder and 1st grade will meet Peter H. Reynolds, who will be sharing his book The Word Collector, this Wednesday, April 21 from 10am-10:30am. Look for a Zoom link from your teachers!
  • 2nd and 3rd grade had a wonderful visit with Sandra Markle last Thursday, who shared her book What if You Could Sniff Like a Shark? and many more! We were amazed by some fantastic "science magic"!
  • 4th and 5th grade will visit with Jen Bryant on Tuesday, April 20, from 1-2pm. She will talk more about Six Dots: The Story of Young Louis Braille, which we read together in celebration of the CA Young Reader Medal nominees. Look for a Zoom link from your teachers!
🌻 Virtual Spring Book Fair: This week only! 🌻
Our Virtual Spring Book Fair is here! All purchases directly benefit our school -- in fact, two of our Virtual Author Visits were purchased with Scholastic Rewards Dollars earned from previous Book Fairs. The Virtual Book Fair is open April 18 through April 25. You can click here for a tour and click here to visit our fair. Thank you for your support!
📑 Library Books 📑
Put a spring in your step with some great books from our Bancroft library! Please note that request deadlines and book pickup days have changed. When you come to pick up books, be sure to return any library books you currently have so others can enjoy them too! 
Find more information on how to place a hold here: 
Ms. Gomes ( is happy to answer any questions!
May Book Pickup & Returns
Hold request deadline: Monday, May 3
Pickup/returns date: Wednesday, May 5
(This will be the last library book pickup date of the year!)
How Does Our Garden Grow? - April Edition
  • Spring is in bloom. I invite you and your family to check out the book Bloom Boom! by April Pulley Sayre. Seed packets are available for pick up along several fence lines. May is a great month to plant seeds and seedlings. It's not too late. Enjoy the wonder of a seed sprouting and emerging through the soil. It's still magical to me. 
  • In March we were challenged to read! read! read! Hopefully you have discovered an outdoor spot to enjoy reading. Two wonderful outdoor books are Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman and Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More! by Carole Gerber. 
  • The Bancroft garden fish hatchery released 28 young trout (fry) into Heather Farms creek over spring break. 
  • April 22 is Earth Day! Let's celebrate by discovering additional ways we can care for our planet. Reminder: the 4 R's are reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose. Students were given an oak leaf to record an Earth Day pledge. They may return the decorated leaf to school or keep at home. Thank you for supporting the garden and our planet.
"No job is too big, and no action too small, the care of our Earth is a job for us all.
The garden and Mrs. Burns
 Fundraising Update

Thank you to all who have donated to the Dollar-A-Day (DAD) Campaign and the Move-a-thon! 

Have you asked your employer yet if they will match your donation?? Bancroft PFC is a 501c3 non-profit. Here is the information you may need for that paperwork:

  • Bancroft PFC Tax-ID#: #68-0014955
  • MDUSD’s NCES District ID#: 0626370
  • Bancroft’s NCES School ID#: 062637003935 
Ongoing "Shop for Bancroft" Fundraisers

Click here for more information on the little things you can do that add up for our school! Download these Apps today to generate easy money for the school at not additional cost to you!

DROP OFF YOUR BOXTOPS! Please drop off unexpired clipped boxtops to the office at your next material pick-up day!