March 2018 Bobcat Tracks
Tue, Mar 20 7:56pm
Bancroft Elementary

  Bobcat Tracks  

March 2018

Connecting our Community


Letter from our PFC President

Hi Bobcat Families,

We are on track to make the 2017-2018 a successful, school year.   We need your help to make the next school year a success by participating in the PFC.  No volunteer job is too small! Every little bit of help goes a long way. The PFC nominations committee is meeting on 3/22 at noon.  If you are interested in holding a position on the PFC, helping with next year’s events, or the joining the nomination committee, please contact me at In addition, we will be holding the first budget meeting Thursday 3/22 in the office beginning at 8am, to start drafting the budget for next year. The draft will be presented for review at the next PFC meeting on April 17th.

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Go Bobcats!

Sandra Heinen

President, Bancroft PFC


Upcoming Dates - Please Mark Your Calendars!

Please visit Konstella or the Bancroft PFC website for the full calendar events and all event details!


  • 3/20 - Instrumental Music Performance (Band)
  • 3/21 - Tile Wall Paint Night #2, 5:30-7:30p, MUR (Volunteers Needed)
  • 3/22 - PFC 2018-2019 Budget Meeting, 8am
  • 3/24 - AUCTION, 5:30-11p, Heather Farms (Volunteers Needed)
  • 3/27 - Instrumental Music Performance (Strings)
  • 3/28 - Dine 2 Donate, 4-7p, Panera and Guanatos
  • 3/29 - Tile Wall Paint Night #3, 5:30-7:30p, MUR (Volunteers Needed)
  • 3/30 - NO SCHOOL, Cesar Chavez Day


  • 4/2-6 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • 4/16-19 - Spring Book Fair
  • 4/17 - PFC Meeting
  • 4/19 - OPEN HOUSE & 50th Anniversary Celebration, 4-7p
  • 4/27 - Mathletics


Fundraising Update

We are currently at 82% of our fundraising goal. We look forward to your participation in the Auction, Mathletics, and our other fundraising activities through the end of the year to help us meet our goal and provide the needed support to our school and teachers.

Totally 80's Auction Coming - THIS SATURDAY, 6p Heather Farms Community Center

Hello Bancroft Families!  The annual auction fundraiser is on Saturday at Heather Farm Community Center.  At the time this is written only 4 tickets remained! We could really use any help we can get with working at the auction.  Particularly if you can assist with closing the auction from 8-11:30pm. Please refer to Konsella or contact auction co chairs Suzanne Yahiro Leibowitz or Lianne Bosko to sign up.  Thank you for supporting Bancroft.  

Tile Wall Mural - Paint Nights, March 21 and 29, 5:30-7:30pm, MUR

Bancroft is turning 50! To commemorate this major milestone, we are installing a painted tile wall mural at the front entrance (see taped area and mock up next time you are on campus) . The first paint night for the tile wall mural was a success!! There is still time to get in on the action!

Join us March 21st or March 29th to paint your tile for the 50th anniversary commemorative mural! Be remembered at Bancroft for YEARS to come! Tell your friends and neighbors - all past, present, and future staff and students are welcome to participate.  

The wall will be unveiled at this year's Open House and 50th Anniversary Celebration, April 19th, 4-7pm. For more information:

Volunteers are greatly needed to ensure both nights are successful and efficient for all participants, please sign-up if you are able!

Family Science Night with Assemblywoman Baker, 3/29, 5:30-7:30, WCI

Assemblywoman Baker will be hosting a Family Science Night in partnership with Walnut Creek School District, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Thursday, March 29th at Walnut Creek Intermediate School from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Flier attached. Please RSVP online at OR call Assemblywoman Baker's District Office at 925.328.1515.

Bancroft Elementary is Turning 50!!

At this year's open house (April 19) we will celebrate Bancroft's Golden Anniversary! If you have any old Bancroft alumni/teacher/staff connections, old year books, etc - we'd love to hear from you. Please contact Ms. Andrews.

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Dine 2 Donate

PFC invites you to dine at Panera and Guanatos on Wednesday 3/28 for a delicious FUNdraiser. Mention Bancroft and a portion of your sale will go directly back to our school!

Spring Book Fair, April 16-19, Bancroft MUR

Our Spring Book Fair is coming soon! We need volunteers - sign-ups will be posted soon on Konstella.

  • Mon. 4/16: 2:45-4p
  • Tues. 4/17: 2:45-4p
  • Wed. 4/18: 11:30-2p
  • Thur 4/19: 2:45-3:30p and 5-7:30p (during Open House)

For more information, please contact Melissa Horgan ( or Katy Schultz (

For more information:


Mathletics, April 27

Our students are getting excited for Mathletics on April 27th!  Join the fun during this important Academic Fundraiser where Bancroft students get the opportunity to showcase their math skills!  The goal is for every student to do as many math stations as possible within the allotted time frame. Students will tackle the challenges at a variety of stations which have been created by classroom teachers to use and build on their knowledge in math concepts, critical thinking and perseverance. At the conclusion of the Mathletics competition, students will proudly present their accomplished tasks for pledge collections.  Pledges can be made for a lump sum amount or for a certain amount per math station.
Watch for volunteer opportunities on Konstella as we will need several volunteers in each grade level to manage the stations.   Not only is this a really fun event, but volunteers this year have an opportunity to win a prize for helping out…so stay tuned!
Important Dates

  • April 9th  – Pledge envelopes will be sent home so students can collect pledges
  • April 20th  – Pledge envelopes are due back to the school
  • April 27th  – Mathletics Competition Day!
  • May 11th  – Pledge envelopes and donations are due back to the school

For more information:

Odyssey of the Mind - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Through some whacky weather and hail, on Saturday, March 3rd , 2018 Bancroft Elementary had all of our 7 teams compete at the SF Bay Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament. Despite the storms, our 7 team’s spirits were not dampened. That night, the gym at Concord High was packed for not just one, but three separate AWARD CEREMONIES. Over the last five months our teams have: worked hard, problem solved, built, decorated, collaborated, had stuff break, repairs to make, duct taped, brain stormed, disagreed, agreed, laughed, some cried (that the season was over), succeeded, failed, practiced, wrote their own scripts, made their own costumes, backdrops, props and some even made structures out of balsa wood, these teams focused, goofed off, learned and saw problems as an opportunity to try something different. In the end, our teams found the real “win” in doing Odyssey of the Mind is in the problem solving process and teamwork… not just shiny medals.

BIG THANK YOUS to our entire volunteer parent group of coaches and judges! Without you Bancroft would not be able to have Odyssey of the Mind at our school. A full article, including judges comments will posted shortly on our website:

 Box Tops for Education

Congratulations to the students of Ms. Bogni's class for bringing in the most Box Tops in January! 

Look for Box Tops on your grocery and household packages, then bring them to Bancroft in a bag or envelope or Box Top sheet labeled with your teacher's name. 
Here is a link to all the products that carry Box Tops for Education:
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to our Box Tops for Education coordinator Alyson Ogden at


Ongoing Fundraisers - Click here for more information on the little things you can do that add up for our school!