Sneak-a-Peek this Week

This Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 2:00-3:00 pm., bring your child(ren) to visit their classroom(s) at Bancroft Elementary School before the school year begins on Monday, August 28, 2017. We can’t wait to see you and hope you can visit us for a quick peek at your new classroom for the 2017-2018 school year.

And, parents don’t forget to have your child(ren) complete their summer reading and math work.

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2016-2017 Final All-School Afternoon ‘Morning’ Meeting

Bancroft Elementary School’s students and staff celebrated the end of the 2016-2017 school year with an afternoon ‘morning’ meeting on Friday, June 9, 2017. Everyone had a great time singing the school’s song, watching their friends perform dance routines or read poems, listening to Principal Mrs. Leah McComsey read several fifth grade students’ Bancroft Proud essays, and watching the “End of the Year” movie and ‘What Bancroft Principal, Staff, and Teachers Do Over The Summer” movie. To view the movies, click on the movies link below. It was a fantastic way to end a wonderful 2016-2017 school year at Bancroft Elementary School. Everyone left Bancroft Proud!

Movies Link

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2016-2017 Book Poster Contest Winners

In May, students had the opportunity to enter a Literary Book Poster Contest. Students chose their favorite library book read this school year and created a poster about the book’s characters, setting, problem, and solution, and provided a short summary of the book. Then, students could be as creative as they wanted. Each grade level was judged by a three judge panel and awarded first, second, and third place ribbons. Posters were on display in our library media center for several weeks. The blue ribbon winners are pictured below.

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2016-2017 Read for the Gold Winners

As the 2016-2017 school year ended, Bancroft Elementary School students were still diligently reading and taking Accelerated Reader (AR) Comprehension Quizzes. Each book has a quiz worth varying points depending on the difficulty of the book, and the students knew that they still had time to win the trophy for top class and top student for each grade level. It was an exciting year of reading and our top class and student per grade level are featured above. Please join me, Mr. David Livergood, Bancroft Elementary School’s library media specialist and AR coordinator, in congratulating these diligent and intensely committed readers for a job well done!

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PA Department of Health Updates Immunization Policy

In March 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health amended its regulations regarding school immunizations. These regulations take effect August 1, 2017 and will impact students for the 2017-2018 school year. The amendments will affect many students in the Kennett Consolidate School District and any student who is not in compliance by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

Changes taking effect:

  1. The deadline for immunization verification is now the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, August 28th 2017. Previously, school administrators could work with students and families until well into the school year before a student faced exclusion. This is no longer the case. Any student who has not provided proof of immunization by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.
  2. Any student who has only received 3 doses of the polio vaccination will need a 4th dose by August 28, 2017. This amendment could affect students of any grade.
  3. For students entering the 7th grade, vaccinations remain the same (Tdap & Meningitis Vaccines), but are now subject to the new deadline of August 28, 2017.
  4. Seniors in the 2017-2018 school year will now need a meningitis vaccine by August 28, 2017. This is the second of two meningitis vaccines that are required for students.

Letters will be mailed to students informing them of their status. If you have any questions regarding where your child stands, you can contact your school’s nurse before June 14.

  • Bancroft Elementary – Ms. Maureen Orlando, or 610-925-5715
  • Greenwood Elementary – Mrs. Tricia Harlan, or 610-388-5993
  • Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center – Mrs. Kelly Hostetler, or 610-444-6285
  • New Garden Elementary – Ms. Patricia Body, or 610-268-6903
  • Kennett Middle School – Mrs. Diane Shannon, or 610-268-5874
  • Kennett High School – Mrs. Kathleen Eginton, or 610-444-6615 OR Ms. Jane Heemer, or 610-444-6615

After June 14, if you have any questions, please contact Diane Shannon, RNC, MSN, School Health Coordinator at

If you do not have access to health insurance, contact the Chester County Health Department:

313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380

The medical certificate must be signed by a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) or physician assistant (PA). If the child will be receiving the immunizations from the Chester County Health Department or other public health department, a public health official may sign the medical certificate.

Again, any student who is not up to date by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 – English

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 -Spanish

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Second Grade Students SPLASH at the Kennett YMCA

Bancroft Elementary School second grade students traveled to the Kennett YMCA to participate in the SPLASH program for three afternoons. Each student learned water safety and swimming skills individualized to their own swimming ability. While some were getting adjusted to the pool, others were learning jumping and swimming stroke techniques. As you can see, everyone had great fun!

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Bancroft Earns All Blue Ribbons at Chester County Reading Olympic Competition

For the sixth year in a row, all three of Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade Reading Olympic teams earned blue ribbons – the highest award – at the Chester County Reading Olympic Competition. The teams make us all “Bancroft Proud!”

Beginning in late September 2016, three fifth grade student Reading Olympic teams formed under the coaching of Mr. David Livergood, Bancroft’s Reading Olympic coordinator and library media specialist. Students began reading 45 books on the official reading list. They read, took comprehension online quizzes, wrote their own questions, learned strategy, and practiced competing as teams. They even competed three times against a Bancroft Elementary School faculty team.

At the Chester County competition, the Bancroft Elementary School teams competed against teams from across Chester County. As teams, they participated in three rounds where they answered various questions about the 45 books they read. Each round contained 20 questions per team, and if the opposing team missed a question, the other team could earn a point by answering the question correctly. After all three rounds, teams with 50 points or more were awarded blue ribbons as the awards ceremony at West Chester East High School.

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Kindergarten Students Visit Bancroft

Students from the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center who will be attending Bancroft Elementary School next year visited the school for a glimpse into first grade. They experienced first grade first-hand, starting with breakfast. Next the kindergartners visited first grade classrooms and spent time with current first grade students. They ended the day with a tour of the school before boarding the buses for the trip back to the Kindergarten Center. The next time they arrive at Bancroft Elementary School they will be first grade students.


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