In the fall, winter and spring a group of first and second grade students gather together after school to participate in Bancroft Elementary School’s Jump Rope Club. This club promotes physical activity, cooperation, and FUN! The fall session was a huge success with students learning the basics of how to jump rope as well as more complex skills and tricks. Each week the students learned something new such as partner jumping, group jumping, and using a Chinese jump rope. There was so much interest in Jump Rope Club this year the winter session is already filled with students who were not able to participate in the fall. First grade teacher Mrs. Stacey Hoernig looks forward to teaching new group of students the ins and outs of jumping rope!
Bancroft’s choral and Orff ensembles are working hard to prepare for their winter concert, which will be held at school on December 12, 2017. This year’s concert will feature several popular Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter songs. They will even be sneaking in the popular “You’re Welcome” from Moana.
The chorus will sing in both English and Spanish, and the Orff ensemble will accompany them on drums and xylophones as well as performing their own standalone instrumental pieces. These groups have been working diligently since September and look forward to showing their classmates and family members what a little hard work can sound like!
“In general-music classes,” Mr. Green says, “Bancroft students get the opportunity to sing, dance, and play instruments in almost every 50-minute class! The xylophones and drums have been at the center of the music curriculum for years. However, we are very excited for a few new additions into the music classroom. Both music rooms have been outfitted with brand-new Polyvision boards for interactive technology-based lessons. And with the purchase of 12 new ukuleles, we now have enough of these fun string instruments for every student in any given class to have the opportunity to play together.”
Band teacher Mrs. Strickland adds that the band has 49 fourth and fifth graders participating this year. “Our focus is on music literacy, new notes and fingerings, and the embouchure—the facial muscles used in producing and sustaining a sound. You may not know that a correct embouchure is vital to playing any wind instrument and needs to be worked on daily so that growth may occur. I am excited for the students to share what they have been learning. My advice for all band students remains the same: keep practicing! Daily practice helps make permanent the skills you are learning to become a better player.”
The orchestra is working hard on preparing for their upcoming Winter Concert on January 23. The beginning strings students have been focusing on learning how to use the bow and are very excited to be playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Good King Wenceslas.” The second and third year classes have been perfecting their concert songs, which include a fiddle song, a holiday song, and our crowd favorite, “String Explosion.”
We hope to see everyone at the concert!
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.
Bancroft Elementary School students are learning or reviewing how to behave in their school. After a summer break from the school routine, students benefit from these lessons on positive behavior. Students learn how to safely walk in a line through the hallways and stair cases, how to act in the cafeteria, how to safely use the playground equipment, and how to behave during assemblies. Students also learn the expectations for their classroom and small group areas, as well as how to behave correctly on the school bus. Everything revolves around Bancroft Elementary School’s rules to “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Always Be the Best You Can Be.” As you can see below, they are quick to learn or remember these behaviors. Once the rules are adopted, students are ready to learn the academics in school.
May’s Student Spotlight is Bancroft Elementary School’s Art Club. Art Club runs in two sessions – fall and spring – and projects vary by session. Throughout their time in Art Club, students use a variety of art mediums including clay, pencils, and paint. Each session begins with a large group project that adorns the hallways of the schools. Students work together in small groups to create one large project. This year club members made turtles, lightening bugs, snakes, and more to decorate for the book fair’s camping theme. Currently, the young artists are making Pharaoh Masks using paper mache.
Every fall and spring a group of first and second grade students gather together after school to participate in Bancroft Elementary School’s Jump Rope Club. This club promotes physical activity and cooperation while encouraging fun. The fall session was a huge success. Students learned the basics of how to jump rope, as well as more complex skills and tricks. Each week the students learn something new such as partner jumping, group jumping, and Chinese jump rope. There was so much interest in for Jump Rope Club this year that the spring session is already full with students who were not able to participate in the fall. Thank you to Cory Hogan who was Mrs. Stacey Hoernig’s honorary assistant this past session. Mrs. Hoernig looks forward to working with a new group of students this upcoming spring!
Bancroft Elementary School’s After School Sports meets on Wednesdays with Mrs. Kamber Real and Mrs. Mallory Smith. The group plays sports and games that work on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they play are capture the flag, kickball, dodge-ball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.
Bancroft Elementary School’s Mindfulness Club is a group of 25 students in grades 3-5. The group practices yoga through mindfulness, meditation, and journaling. The students share and discuss ways to be kind to themselves and those around them as they learn to understand their mind and body through movement.