4th Gr- Miss Sartor

What we are working on in Miss. Sartor’s Class

D-6 is working on many creative and fun end of the year assignments and projects. In math we are learning about symmetry. Symmetry is a mirror image that has identical patterns on both sides of the image. We looked at symmetrical images and practiced identifying what images are symmetrical or not. After we practiced, we began a symmetry project where the students got to create their own symmetrical designs. The designs they created needed to be colorful and include shapes. The designs I have seen so far are complex and elaborate designs that the students are very proud of.

In reading we have been reading the chapter book “Save Me a Seat” by Sara Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. This book is about two students named Joe and Ravi who are both school students but have two different school experiences. We read two chapters everyday independently first and then as a class. Once we have learned more information about the story and the characters’ lives, we write down characteristics of the characters and answer higher level response questions about specific parts of the book. The students love this book and make connections with the characters about their experience with school.

In social studies we are focusing on PA government. This week’s topic is PA symbols and we have been making our own PA symbols brochures. The students have been researching different PA symbols. In the brochure, the students are drawing the PA symbols they researched and writing facts about that symbol. This assignment allowed the students to learn a little more about Pennsylvania and what items they are known for.

In writing we are doing a very exciting project. We are doing biographies. The students are very excited because they got to choose a famous person they look up to and research information about them. Not only are we recording facts about the famous person they chose, but they are also creating google slides with those facts and next week we are presenting them to the class. This project took us a little over a week, but they look incredible, and we are learning so many new facts about famous people.

As a class, the students have been learning about a lot of exciting information that they are truly enjoying. They are practicing many skills such as writing, reading, research, drawing, and more importantly learning to be confident in their own work.

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1st grade -Miss Evans

Here’s a message from Miss Evans, “First graders in A6 have been learning about vertebrates. This week they specifically learned about the amphibian frogs and they demonstrated their knowledge of a frog’s life cycle by creating a craft of its stages of metamorphosis. 🐸”

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Our Garden Club

The garden club learned about soil and composting to get our beds ready for planting. With the help of many hands, we planted radish, peas, spinach seeds and lettuce seedlings. Our First Graders also helped to plant spinach and broccoli seedlings.

By the end of May we should have some vegetables ready to harvest!

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Mrs. Termini – Guidance Counselor

Hello Bancroft families! 

We are so excited to announce that we will be having the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County come to Bancroft to teach Bullying Prevention lessons this May. We have had the Crime Victims’ Center come to Bancroft in the past and are looking forward to having them back to teach some very important lessons to our students. Please see the information below that has more details on lessons that will be taught. 

Lesson Descriptions

First Grade:

Through discussion and story-telling, positive interactions that can lead to a safer school community are presented by demonstrating the impact a student’s choice can have on classmates. Presenters reinforce that there is no such thing as a bad person, just a person who makes a bad choice. As a follow-up activity, students will listen to short scenarios and decide whether the children involved are making good or bad choices. A coloring activity will be completed as the scenarios are read.

Second Grade:

After an introductory discussion on welcome and unwelcome behavior, students will listen to a story that focuses on friends while addressing stereotypes and gender bullying. Students will learn how their choices and actions affect others on a daily basis. In addition, they will discuss strategies for helping a friend who is getting hurt by another student. Following the story, students will participate in a game in which they actively respond to friends in need. As the students model friendly behavior, they will advance in the game.

Third Grade:

Students will identify physical, visual, and verbal examples of bullying. Group discussion will explore why a person might make hurtful choices, as well as the significance of the reactions of both the victim and the bystanders. Students also learn effective strategies for dealing with bullying situations. Finally, students will practice the strategies while engaging in an interactive game.

Fourth Grade:

Students will review the types of bullying addressed in previous years and will also consider new concepts such as gender, social, and cyber bullying. The game is the framework for discussion on a variety of topics, such as why a person chooses to bully, the role of bystanders in bullying situations, and strategies for anyone who is getting hurt by a bully. They will then participate in a role-play activity in which they can be active bystanders to prepare them for doing so in their everyday lives.

Fifth Grade:

As students get older, it is important for them to understand the roots of bullying in our society. This program looks at Stereotypes and how individuals are targeted for being different or acting outside of the norm. Students break down stereotypes that they see and discuss how they can be active bystanders in addressing discrimination.

Queridas Familias de Bancroft,

Estamos muy emocionados al anunciar que el Centro de Víctimas de Delitos del Condado de Chester, vendrá a Bancroft en mayo, para enseñar lecciones sobre la Prevención del Acoso Escolar. El Centro de Víctimas de Delitos ha venido a Bancroft en el pasado, y esperamos tenerlos de regreso para enseñar algunas lecciones muy importantes a nuestros estudiantes. Consulte la información a continuación que tiene más detalles sobre las lecciones que se impartirán.

Descripción de la Lección

Grado 1 :

A través de la discusión y la narración de historias, se presentan interacciones positivas que pueden conducir a una comunidad escolar más segura, al demostrar el impacto que la elección de un estudiante puede tener en los compañeros de clase. Los presentadores refuerzan que no existe tal cosa como una persona mala, solo una persona que hace una mala elección. Como actividad de seguimiento, los estudiantes escucharán escenarios cortos, y decidirán si los niños involucrados están tomando buenas o malas decisiones. Se completará una actividad de colorear conforme se lean los escenarios.

Grado 2:

Después de una discusión de introducción sobre el comportamiento bienvenido y el inapropiado, los estudiantes escucharán una historia que se centra en los amigos,mientras abordan los estereotipos y el acoso de género. Los estudiantes aprenderán cómo sus elecciones y acciones, afectan a los demás, a diario. Además, discutirán estrategias para ayudar a un amigo, que está siendo lastimado por otro estudiante. Después de la historia, los estudiantes participarán en un juego en el que responderán activamente a los amigos necesitados. A medida que los estudiantes modelen una conducta amigable, avanzarán en el juego.

Grado 3:

Los estudiantes identificarán ejemplos de acoso físico, visual y verbal. La discusión en grupo explorará por qué una persona puede tomar decisiones hirientes, así como la importancia de las reacciones tanto de la víctima como de los espectadores. Los estudiantes también aprenden estrategias efectivas para lidiar con situaciones de acoso. Finalmente, los estudiantes practicarán las estrategias mientras participan en un juego interactivo.

Grado 4:

Los estudiantes revisarán los tipos de acoso tratados en años anteriores, y también considerarán nuevos conceptos como el género, el acoso social y cibernético. El juego es el marco para la discusión sobre una variedad de temas, como por qué una persona elige intimidar, el papel de los espectadores en situaciones de intimidación y estrategias para cualquier persona que esté siendo lastimada por un acosador. Luego participarán en una actividad de actuación en la que puedan ser espectadores activos, y prepararlos para hacerlo en su vida diaria.

Grado 5:

Conforme los estudiantes crecen , es importante que comprendan las raíces del acoso en nuestra sociedad. Este programa revisa los estereotipos y cómo las personas son atacadas por ser diferentes o actuar fuera de lo común. Los estudiantes analizan los estereotipos que ven y discuten como pueden ser espectadores activos para tratar la discriminacion.

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Meet our amazing ELD Team!

Meet Bancroft’s English Language Development (ELD) Team!

With over 45 combined years of experience, Courtney Smith, Lori Lattanzio, and Catherine DeFranza work with English Language Learners. They work on foundational skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Students are provided services in small groups in the ELD classrooms as well as in their homerooms.

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2nd Grade

Mrs. Koko’s class is learning all about different genres using the Fountas and Pinnell curriculum. Currently, students are learning about biographies! Through stories, students travel around the globe reading about famous people such as Celia Cruz, Jacques Cousteau, Snowflake Bentley, and Zora Hurston. The students discuss the lives of these famous people and connect their own experiences to the ones shared in the stories. Kids are truly enjoying reading and learning about the lives of the famous people!

 
 
 
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Miss Kivlin

A message from Miss Kivlin:

“Students have been exploring the Engineering by Design model. Students have completed STEM challenges following the process: Step 1. Ask, Step 2. Imagine, Step 3. Plan, Step 4. Create, Step 5. Experiment, Step 6. Improve. Students conducted many challenges, but their favorite has been building a satellite to orbit the moon. Below are some pictures of what they created.”

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Music with Miss Ford

ABOUT ME: Miss Ford is one of our General Music teacher here at Bancroft! Miss Ford is a graduate of Temple University, where she studied Music Education and Opera Performance. Miss Ford is the director or our 4th and 5th Grade Chorus, and Orff Ensemble. She enjoys baking, fitness, and playing piano and guitar. In her music classes, you can expect to do lots of singing, creating, and learning how to play lots of instruments!

What are we doing in music class? 

“In 1st Grade we are currently practicing reading rhythms and our new solfege notes, Sol, La and Mi!

In 2nd Grade we are learning about 16th Notes and how to play a simple pattern on the xylophone.

In 3rd Grade we are identifying dynamics in music and listening for them in music!

4th and 5th Graders are continuing to play the ukulele, and learning about different genres of music”. 

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