Mrs. Andrea Rozsits’ first grade classrooms have been observing the life cycles of both ladybugs and butterflies. Each classroom has a ladybug and butterfly habitat. The observation began with the larva form of each insect and students observed them as they change into pupae and chrysalises. Then just this past week the students were thrilled to see ladybugs and painted lady butterflies emerge. On Thursday and Friday, the students released their new classmates into the garden to help get rid of those garden pests – aphids. The students were sad to see the butterflies and ladybugs go, but were happy to let them have their freedom to start a new life cycle.
Mrs. April Maule’s fifth grade students spent this year reading about historical figures who made great changes towards civil rights, farm-worker’s rights, ending slavery, and the right for women to vote. This past week they got to celebrate their year’s worth of learning by becoming the important people they researched during the fifth grade Wax Museum. It was wonderful to see Bancroft Elementary School students dressed as some of the amazing activists who have helped change the world for the better: Rosa Parks, Henry “Box” Brown, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Following a new Pennsylvania state mandate, Mrs. Jan Turner, guidance counselor, has focused on career education for grades three, four and five. Students learned about preparing for the work world through education and training, acquiring a job, interviewing, and advancing in a career. They also studied entrepreneurship.
Two guest speakers, Mrs. Noelia Scharon, who co-owns La Michoacana Ice Cream Store and Mr. Ray Fernandez, assistant principal of Kennett High School spoke with the students. A culminating activity for fifth grade is an upcoming interactive visit to the Chester County Technical High School.
First and second grade students received classroom guidance lessons in following school expectations, including honesty and the difference between “tattling” and “reporting.”
“Branching out to include career awareness for elementary students has been rewarding,” Mrs. Turner says. “It’s never too early for our children to start thinking about future goals.”
Friday, May 31st (rain date: Monday, June 3rd)
Bancroft Elementary School’s Field Day sign-ups are HERE! We need parent/guardian volunteers to help lead superhero-themed games. Click the link below to see the games and sign up.
AM Field Day (9:30-11:30) 5th, 4th and half of 3rd grade homerooms-
Coppola, Craig, & Clendening ONLY
PM Field Day (1:05-3:05) 1st, 2nd and half of 3rd grade -Katherman & Pearson ONLY
Volunteers should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to start in order to review game instructions. Volunteers must also have clearances on file in order to participate!!!
Please email me if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to a great field day this year!
After reading a biography written about George Washington Carver and the many inventions that he and other important people used second grade students at Bancroft Elementary School brainstormed problems that they face as students. After a list of problems was generated, the students went home to create an invention that could solve one of the problems. Next, the students created a 3-D model of the invention and make a mini-poster to demonstrate how the invention works. Students will be sharing their inventions in an oral presentation.
Attention Bancroft students — our fourth bi-annual Book Poster Contest is underway. Select your favorite book this year from our school library and create a poster about your book following the directions below. Remember the deadline is Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by 3:30 pm. Then come see all the amazing posters during Bancroft Elementary School’s Open House on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Miss Erin Evans’ class is has been working hard to learn how to tell time to the hour and half hour. The students created their own clocks and practiced locating the hour and minute hands. They then enjoyed using their clocks to quiz each other on what time it was and writing the correct time on their whiteboards. They also played time matching games for extra practice.
The students were surprised at how time flies when learning is fun!
Fourth and fifth grade students in Miss Caitlyn Stratman’s music class have been working very hard to learn how to play the ukulele. This is the first year Bancroft Elementary School has introduced ukuleles in the music curriculum, and it has been a hit with the students. So far the students have mastered playing the open strings and are now beginning to learn basic chords. Soon, the students will be using these chords to play pop songs such as “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons in class!
Mrs. Sara Bender’s class celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd. The day’s activities were focused around the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and what each important word means. A video helped the students to make real life connections to how each of them can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The student created hats that they wore home to help their families remember the three Rs and they wrote Earth Day pledges promising to do their part to help.
Mrs. Bender’s class hopes that these choices to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle don’t just happen on Earth Day, but EVERYDAY!