First Grade Students Visit Ashland Nature Center

On Friday, April 27th, Bancroft Elementary School’s first grade classes visited Ashland Nature Center. They looked for organisms living in the stream, the woodlands, and the meadow. The first graders found snails, tadpoles, millipedes and much more. The Ashland Nature Center volunteers showed the students their own animal collection of toads, frogs, turtles and snakes. Visiting these habitats in person helps to bring the students’ current science curriculum, plants and animals, to life. Everyone had a great time, despite the rain.

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Art Club

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades have an exciting time in Art Club under the direction of Bancroft Elementary School Art Teacher Mrs. Janice Finn. The students have worked on many different pieces of artwork, including colorful banners that are on display in the cafeteria for everyone to experience each day. Members of the Art Club have also created art for the Day of the Dead, and clay leaves and fall design projects for autumn. In addition to having fun, the students learn art processes through experiences and practical projects.

Art Club students and teacher

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Bancroft Reading Olympic Teams Challenge Faculty

Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade Reading Olympic teams have been competing against the school’s faculty team to sharpen their reading skills. They compete to simulate what the actual competition will be like when they go to the Chester County competition this May. Having another team to compete with strengthens their ability to work as a team and increases their love of reading. All the competitions have been extremely helpful and have provided many opportunities for unique experiences with their teachers. In order to assist the faculty team, the teachers are given special snowflake ‘lifeline’ cards they can give to a student not competing that day to answer for them. This not only helps the faculty, but also the students.

Bancroft Reading Olympic faculty team

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Raising Coins for Leukemia Cure

Congratulations and thank you for participating in Bancroft’s Leukemia Coin Drive! We have completed the challenge of helping The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society find cures for blood cancers. The money we raised will help make a difference. Stay tuned for our grand total. Now the results…

Congratulations on a great job with the Pennies for Patients coin collection! Our Bancroft families can feel very proud that we raised $843.87 to help people who are sick with Leukemia. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter or dollar you donated will fund research to find a cure and improve the lives of blood cancer patients. Thank you for your generosity!

Participation certificate

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After-School Sports

Bancroft Elementary School’s After-School Sports meets on Wednesdays with Mrs. Kamber Real and Miss Lauren Anderson. The group is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who enjoy playing sports and games that focus on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games the students play are capture the flag, kickball, dodge-ball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise and meet new friends, while learning how to get along with others. The spring session will begin the week of April 9th!

Students holding different sport balls

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PSSA Pop Ups Encourage Bancroft Students

Over the past two weeks, Bancroft Elementary School students have been hearing and utilizing PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) pop up vocabulary minutes to assist them in preparation for the PSSA coming in April. Vocabulary, definition, and examples for English/Language Arts and Math are read over the public address system to all students by a different teacher each day. Teachers can use these mini vocabulary lessons as teachable moments to review for the PSSA. Everyone agrees that these pop ups are fun ways to help students review for the upcoming assessments.

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Student Spotlight: Reading Olympics

Fifth grade students at Bancroft Elementary School have formed two teams to compete in the Chester County Reading Olympics in May 2018. The students have been reading, taking Accelerated Reader quizzes, and practicing every Tuesday after school with Mr. David Livergood, the school’s library media specialist and Reading Olympic coordinator. Student teams have been reading 45 books from different genres in order to compete at the county level. For the past six years, Bancroft Elementary School’s teams have all come home with blue ribbons – the highest award at the competition! Help us cheer our teams on to victory.

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Bancroft and New Garden Teachers Compete on the Court

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Bancroft and New Garden elementary schools’ teachers will play a basketball game from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Kennett High School gym. Doors will open by 6:30 pm. Come watch and cheer for your teachers in a friendly competition on the court. All proceeds will be split between the two schools.

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Bancroft Celebrates Read Across America Week

This week students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School will recognize Read Across America week with a special activity each day. Students will participate in activities that focus on reading. Below are the activities for each day.

Monday, February 26—Mystery Reader Day—a surprise guest will read to students

Tuesday, February 27—Buddy Reader Day—students read with their buddy class

Wednesday, February 28—D.E.A.R.–Drop Everything And Read day

Thursday, March 1—Books and Blankets Day—students read their favorite books on a blanket

Friday, March 2—Accelerated Reader Day/Bancroft Blue Day—students read and take as many Accelerated Reader quizzes as possible on this day.

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Second Grade Students Receive New Books

All second grade students at Bancroft Elementary School received a new book courtesy of Partners in Outreach and Barnes and Noble. Mrs. Kimberly Suydam, Bancroft Title I Intervention Specialist, partnered with Ms. Maryann Parsons of Partners in Outreach to provide this amazing opportunity for our students. After reading to each second grade class, volunteers distributed brand new books to each student. This activity helps to reach the goal of all students having books in their homes. First and third grade students each received new books in January 2018. Link to Partners in Outreach: http://www.partnersinoutreach.org/

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