Fifth Grade Students Tackle STEM Challenges

Mrs. Mallory Smith’s fifth grade students started the year with exciting STEM challenges. STEM encourages collaboration, communication, and problem solving. The students had a blast with their first STEM challenges of the year and are looking forward to more!

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Tracking Student Book Returns Encourages Timely Returns

Bancroft Elementary School students are now able to track how their class returns library books. The ice cream pictograph in the library illustrates ow each class is doing when it comes to returning library books on time. Each week students have the opportunity to check out new library books. If they return all books on time their ice cream pictograph will remain tall. But, if some students do not return books on time, the ice cream on the class’ cone will ‘melt.’ Each month the class with the largest ice cream cone will be able to check out as many library books as they can carry. Book exchanges began Wednesday, September 4, cream cone tracker

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Family Literacy Night

Bancroft Elementary School’s Title I Family Literacy Night will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Come out to celebrate literacy with fun, hands-on activities that you can do at home. Each student in attendance will receive a free book! We hope to see you there.


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Ladybugs and Butterflies Fill the Classroom

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.

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Fifth Grade Student Research Historical Icons

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.

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Focusing on Career Education and Guidance Lessons for Students

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.”

guidance counselor reading a book to students

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Super Hero Field Day!

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!!!

Click Here to Sign up!

Please email me if you have any questions,

We are looking forward to a great field day this year!


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