American Education Week Begins With Schoolwide Sustained Silent Reading

Students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School kicked off American Education Week on Monday with schoolwide sustained silent reading. Students and staff took time to silently read their favorite book together in the first-floor main hallway. It is a great way to show the importance of reading to students.

We will have a special activity each day this week to promote American Education Week. Tuesday is Read Me Day, where everyone will wear something with words on it. Wednesday is Math Day, Thursday is Guest Reader Day, and Friday is our famous Door Tour Day. Look for more website posts each day this week.

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Students and Staff Celebrate American Education Week With Read Me Day

On Tuesday, students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School wore clothes with words on them. This was another way to emphasize the importance of reading to our students during American Education Week. Remember: Wednesday is Math Day, Thursday is Guest Reader Day, and Friday is the school’s famous Door Tour Day.

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Bingo Night at Bancroft

Bancroft Elementary School students, parents, and staff had a great time playing Bingo last Friday night. Students won prizes and the proceeds from the Bingo games benefited the school.

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2018 Citadel’s Heart of Learning Seeks Favorite Teacher Nominations

2018 Citadel’s Heart of Learning is looking for your nomination of a special teacher. Have you always wanted to see your child’s favorite teacher recognized for their excellence in the classroom? This is the way for you to make a difference and show that amazing teacher that you recognize their dedication to education and children. Contact Citadel’s Heart of Learning at for complete details. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017. Don’t delay, make that nomination today!

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Student Spotlight: Special Friends Club Meets for First Time

The first meeting of Bancroft Elementary School’s Special Friends Club was held in October. The Special Friends Club is funded by a Kennett Education Foundation Mini-Grant. The mission of the Special Friends Club is to create opportunities for the school’s life skills students to make connections with their peers. Through this club, students are able share in activities and games, giving students a chance to build relationships.

For the club’s first meeting, thirteen students from first through fifth grades gathered for Morning Meeting in Mrs. Sara Simasek’s class. After introductions, students participated in a greeting and read the Morning Message. The students then joined together in a Responsive Classroom activity called “Just Like Me.” Statements were read by Mrs. Simasek, such as “My favorite school lunch is pizza.” The special friends then responded “Just Like Me” if they agreed with the statement. Through this activity, the students discovered that they have many things in common!

After the Just Like Me activity, the students shared materials to create a pumpkin craft to take home. Everyone smiled as they displayed their finished pumpkins. The club will meet each month to continue to build understanding and friendship.

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Third Grade Students Learn Fire Safety Rules

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Bancroft Elementary School third grade students had an ‘at school’ field trip with the Avondale Fire Company. The Avondale Fire Company has been coming to the school for several years. During the fire company’s visit, the students learned fire safety rules like stay low in a fire and find a family meeting place outside their home. The firefighters demonstrated various pieces of equipment, including a fire suit and oxygen tanks. Students were able to climb inside of the fire truck and an ambulance. The Avondale firefighters also gave a presentation inside the common area of the third grade pod where students had the opportunity to ask questions.

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Bancroft Celebrates Spirit Week

This week Bancroft Elementary School students and staff celebrate Spirit Week. Come to school ready to celebrate each day this week. A handy flyer is included below.

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