Principal's Message - October
Thu, Oct 12 10:25am
Bancroft Elementary


Principal’s Message

October 2017

Dear Bancroft Families,

There is no doubt for me, that my favorite season of the year is fall. The colors, the change in weather, the celebrations and traditions associated with these months and most of all, the joy of being back in the full swing of learning, and community building at Bancroft School are the highlights of October, November and December.  Classroom visits reveal that students are comfortable with routines and procedures and responding in positive ways to the community and relationship building circles. We strive to do our teaching, learning, and friendship so that students know they are loved, safe, and a have a sense of belonging.  I have always maintained at Bancroft we “love first and teach second." Thank you, to our amazing, talented teachers who live this philosophy with me each day on Parish Drive!

 

 During drop off and pick up times on all school days, please use the  “No Left Turn on Claiborne” traffic flow process. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be improved when everyone works together to use this procedure, thereby taking the left turn back to Treat two more blocks up onto Arkell, then left on Shannon, and a  right onto Carriage to access Treat Blvd. Thank you.

 

 Our Life Skills of the Month are Sense of Humor, Flexibility, and Kindness. We hope that your children are talking to you about these skills and that as a family you all take time to recognize the growth in these areas for your children. Our next two assemblies will be October 25 for first and second grades and October 27 for third, fourth, and fifth grades. All Life Skills Assemblies start at 8:10 a.m. I continue to present the certificates to the Kindergarten students in their classrooms.

 

 Please note that October 17- November 17 begins the MDUSD open window for intradistrict transfer applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Families who wish to apply for a transfer to another school within the district may do so using this process. I am including the same information in the Principal’s Message that is also on the district web site. For your reference, the window this year has been shortened and is from October 17-November 17, 2017. Parents who need access to a computer and internet to complete the application for transfer can come to the Bancroft STEAM Lab after school on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 October 17-November 14. Incoming Kindergarten students will need to first be registered at their home school starting February 6, 2018 and may apply for a transfer during the February 6- March 1 window. Parents who have questions or need assistance, can contact me, Linda Schuler at schulerl@mdusd.org.

 

School Site Council (SSC) is beginning to take shape with new parent and staff membership. At this time the following parents are nominated: Brian Espinosa, Sarah Rhodes, Marissa Oliver, Stefanie Lee and Sandra Heinen. The Staff members on SSC are Linda Schuler, Principal, Janet Gay, Librarian, Linda Krikorian, Kindergarten Teacher, Kathline Gomes, Kindergarten TWDI Teacher, and Laura Bogni, Second Grade Teacher. Please complete the SSC ballot and return by November 1 to elect parent representative membership. Thank you.

 

October 14 is the annual Walnut Creek Community Service Day. Due to the poor air quality, the repainting of the classroom and blacktop Bobcat Paw prints and  the Bancroft School Garden projects will be rescheduled. 

 

 Parents, continue to use RazKids in grades K-3 as another way to practice reading. In Kindergarten-Fifth Grade, iReady practice is recommended at 45 minutes per week to see consistent growth. Reading and math practice is recommended using the various ideas provided by the classroom teacher. Homework is review and practice and should not become a family struggle and the efforts should not typically last for over 45 minutes. If you are experiencing homework struggles, please contact the classroom teacher for ideas and adjustments to support a steady way to practice that is practical and engaging.

 

The Bancroft S.T.E.A.M. and Maker Space is now operating in A-1 and A-2, formerly the computer lab. Students in Grades K-2 are using a shared Chromebook model in the classrooms that is acting like a whole class computer lab. There is more flexibility using the Chromebook in the classrooms. Many of the desktop computers were issued out to Pod Centers to create small computer work stations. The S.T.E.A.M. Lab still has a bank of desk tops to access when the students are in Lab. More trainings and equipment will be added through the course of the year to develop maker projects and video production. Thank you to the Strategic Funds from the PFC that were used to increase Chomebooks inventory, and to update instructional projector and interactive whiteboards in the Library, C-4 and C-1 classrooms.

 

The students have had two assembly programs since the opening of school; Bucketfillers and The Best Me. Both assemblies are part of our focus on creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for everyone at Bancroft.  Teachers were given the  resources to access more ideas and information  to encourage and increase the use of Bucketfilling and making healthy choices to be The Best Me, like getting exercise, drinking water to hydrate, and limiting screen time each day.

 

Please see the information about wearing costumes to school on October 31. All students will come to watch the Kindergarten Parade at 10:30 and 1:45. Please look for information from your classroom teachers and room parents regarding any class events and celebrations. Everyone is invited to the Bancroft Fall Fest on Saturday, October 28.

 

Fifth graders will attend the Exploring New Horizons Science School in Loma Mar near Half Moon Bay. The students will experience four days of school in the Redwood Forest and Coast as they hike, explore tide pools, study pond, stream and forest environments and habitats. The students will have fun at the Barn Yard Boggie and build and deepen their experiences as Bancroft Students. This trip is funded primarily through family donations, and the previous years annual Fall Fest. 

 

Dates to note:

  • School Site Council Meeting- October 12
  • Community Service Day- October 14, Bancroft project will be rescheduled
  • Walk a Thon- October 17
  • Parent Speaker Series Begins- October 17 at Mt. Diablo High School 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Kidz Night Out- October 20 (preregistration required at Diane Adair)
  • Fall Fest- Saturday, October 28
  • Lifeskills Assemblies- October 25 and 27
  • K-5 Costume dress up- October 31
  • School Picture Make Up Day- November 8
  • Veteran’s Day- School Holiday- November 10
  • Fifth Grade Exploring New Horizon’s Field Trip- November 14-17
  • November 14- PFC Meeting
  • Thanksgiving Break- No School November 20-24
  • November Life Skill Assemblies- November 29 and December 1
  • School Site Council November/December Meeting- November 30
  • PFC Holiday Cheer Community Night- December 1
  • Book Fair- December 11-14
  • Parent Teacher Conference – December 11-22 minimum day schedule grades 1-5 M, T, TH, F – dismissal will be at 1:30.  Wednesday dismissal will continue to be 12:22 during conference.  Kindergarten parents – please see information from teachers. All parents are requested to sign-ups for conferences as soon as teachers send their information out.

 

Thank you for you engagement in all aspects of school learning, community building and service at Bancroft School.

 

 Warmest Regards,

Linda Schuler, Principal