Bobcat Tracks - March 2021
Tue, Mar 16 4:58pm

Bobcat Tracks Monthly Newsletter - March 2021

Konstella and

President's Update

Hello Bobcat Families! 

It's been quit a year so far! Different and challenging in every way, but also silver linings, some awesome virtual community building, and new skill sets for our students. This Tuesday we will learn more about the remainder of the school year at the MDUSD School Board Special Meeting ( As Principal Dunn shared at the PFC meeting, many Bancroft families are eager to return to campus and many plan to stay in distance learning only through the end of the school year. She shared at the meeting and via her newsletters about all of the preparations taking place across the campus. Communication is so important right now, so please join the Reopening Parent Info Session Mrs. Dunn is hosting on Thursday night  - see Konstella calendar for log-in info.

As for our bobcats, please remind your students about the Bobcat Reading Challenge! Ms. Gomes has planned an awesome month of reading and a special reading inspired reward for EACH AND EVERY BOBCAT in April! Please record your daily reading through the form in Ms. Gomes' Virtual Library so she can keep track schoolwide!

This month is very important for the PFC and our school as it is when we draft the 21/22 budget and we solicit parent volunteers to fill Board positions! WE NEED YOU! Please consider how you can volunteer with the Parent Faculty Club for next year! At our April meeting we need to review the slate of candidates and the budget. Then it is off to voting and approval. In addition, we need to fill all of the various volunteer positions. As we've learned this year, many volunteer opportunities can be complete remotely, just a couple hours a month can make a HUGE difference in supporting our school.

We appreciate all you do! We have a lot of activities and updates for the month of March, so please keep reading below and reach out to volunteer or participate!


Mark Your Calendars!

March 2021

  • 3/16 - MDUSD School Board Special Meeting on Reopening, open session at 5:30pm
  • 3/17 - Story Night with Mrs. Dunn at 7:15pm
  • 3/18 - Return to School Info Night at 7:30pm
  • 3/23 - PFC 21/22 Budget Committee Meeting at 7pm
  • 3/23-3/24 - Shop to Donate at Kendra Scott (all day)
  • 3/24 - Dine to Donate at Gott's Roadside (all day)
  • 3/31 - PFC sponsored Staff Appreciation monthly lunch (contact this month's volunteer Stacy Scanlan to help out)
  • 3/31 - Bobcat Reading Challenge ends

April 2021

  • 4/2 - NO SCHOOL: Cesar Chavez Day
  • 4/5-4/9: NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess
  • 4/13 - PFC April Meeting at 7PM
  • 4/15 - Virtual Author Visit for 2nd/3rd grades at 11am
  • 4/20 - Virtual Author Visit for 4th/5th grades at 1pm
  • 4/21 - Virtual Author Visit for K/1st grades at 10am

May 2021

  • 5/3-5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Please reach out to Sarah Rhodes to volunteer to organize Monday's "stock the staff lounge", Wednesday's appreciation lunch, or Friday's "Dessertapoolza" 
Nomination Time
Our VP, Heather Salter is leading the nominations committee and looking for volunteers who will help on the committee, or are interested in a PFC Board position. We have a couple volunteers who have volunteered to stay in their position for a 2nd year, and those that have reached the 2-yr limit. Please consider volunteering:
  • President, Vice President, VP of Communications, VP of Fundraising, VP of Strategic Funds, Recording Secretary

Our bylaws require a slate be presented at the April meeting, please consider a role!

Bobcat Reading Challenge -- read, read, read for the month of March!!!
As of Thursday, March 11, we have logged 33,520 schoolwide minutes for our Bobcat Reading Challenge! That's over 23 full days of reading - wow!!! Remember that we are aiming for EVERY student to read at least 20 minutes every day, and we can use ALL the minutes we can get! 
Here's how to participate:
Aim for the stars, Bobcats!!!
Bobcat Reading Challenge -- April Celebrations!
In April, we will celebrate all of our students' reading during the Bobcat Reading Challenge with Virtual Author Visits! All students will also receive a copy of the book featured during their Virtual Author Visit -- thank you, PFC!! Stay tuned for more info on book distribution and Zoom links. 
 April Virtual Author Visits:
  • Kinder and 1st grade will get to meet Peter H. Reynolds, who will be discussing his book The Word Collector, on April 21 from 10am-10:30am. 
  • 2nd and 3rd grade students will be visited by Sandra Markle, who will dive into her book What If You Could Sniff Like a Shark?, on April 15 from 11am-11:30am.
  • 4th and 5th grade students will hear from Jen Bryant, who will talk more about Six Dots: The Story of Young Louis Braille, which we have been reading together in celebration of the CA Young Reader Medal nominees. This visit will be April 20, from 1-2pm.
  What If You Could Sniff Like a Shark? (Library Edition): Explore the  Superpowers of Ocean Animals (What If You Had... ?): Markle, Sandra,  McWilliam, Howard: 9781338356083: BooksSix Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
Library Book Pickup (& Returns!) This Week
Put a spring in your step with some great books from our Bancroft library! Place holds by the end of the day Tuesday, March 16, to pick up new library books this Thursday or Friday, March 18 or 19. Be sure to return any library books you currently have on Thursday or Friday, too, so others can enjoy them! 
Find more information on how to place a hold here: Ms. Gomes ( is happy to answer any questions!
Story Night with Mrs. Dunn - 3/17
Join Mrs. Dunn for Pirate Story Night on March 17 at 7:15pm!
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How Does Our Garden Grow? - March Edition
 Students and families have shared the excitement of discovering broccoli buds, lettuce leaves and aphids on their cool season seedlings. Spring is just around the corner. Time to begin planning your warm season garden. Seed packets will soon be available for pick up. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who put together seed packets. You are "seed"-sational.
 Bancroft bobcats rocked the Kids Create with Oats Cooking Challenge. Peach granola crisp, oat chila, granola, overnight oats, granola bars, oat muffins, apple crisp, oat pancakes, protein balls, oat bread, and of course, oatmeal were some of the delicious culinary creations created by students. Wonderful photos and well designed google slide shows were also shared. Thank you. 
 In March we are being challenged to read! read! read! The garden partnered with Ms. Gomes to send home a reading/garden kit. We hope you enjoy a cup of tea (hot or iced) while being read to. Don't forget to record your reading minutes. 
 The Bancroft garden fish hatchery received rainbow trout eggs in late February. The main trout lifecycle stages are as follows: egg, alevin, fry, adult. When our trout become fry, they will be released at Heather Farms Pond. Stay tuned for further details on the release date.
 A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket - Chinese Proverb
 Stay healthy be happy and dig into a good book.
 - Mrs. Burns
$$$ Fundraising Opportunities & Updates $$$ 
Shop to Donate - 3/23-24 online and in-store
Get your Mother's Day gifts early! Shop at Kendra Scott on March 23 & 24 and 20% of the proceeds will go to Bancroft!
Dine to Donate - 3/24
Head downtown to Gott's on March 24 (maybe after shopping at Kendra Scott?) and Gott's will donate 10% back to Bancroft! No flyer needed, and this includes all DoorDash, phone and online orders. 
Gott's Roadside is coming to Walnut Creek in December
4th Grade Fundraising
Bancroft students typically go on an Outdoor Ed multi-day overnight field trip in the 5th grade. We hope that will be a possibility again next school year. In previous years, this trip has cost upwards of $450/student (around $45,000 for all students). The trip is paid for entirely through family payments and donations on behalf of their student! In order to help offset costs, families band together to begin fundraising for this effort in 4th grade. We have two exciting fundraisers this month!

2021 Spring Fundraising Catalog

  • 3/29 Dinner Takeout: Must pre-order by 3/27! Chef Jeff and Roma are at it again! Order your $15 meal box that includes Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Vegetable and Chips & Salsa. All HOMEMADE and DELICIOUS! Pick up between 4-6pm at 860 Bancroft Road (kitchen at Faith Christian church). Contact Roma/Jeff at 408-667-6298 to place your order.
More information on Outdoor Ed camp will be shared with 4th grade families via their teacher in the coming months!
GrowFit Spring Break and Summer Camps
(See attachment) GrowFit camps are designed to provide a safe and exciting environment for children to discover new passions and engage in a variety of sports and games.  Use the code: bancroftsb and 10% goes back to Bancroft. For more info: 

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!