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:

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Second Grade Students Adorn Hallway With Staff Portraits

Second grade students created portraits of Bancroft Elementary School’s staff to adorn the main hallway. After reading Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest in their Storytown reading series, students wanted to re-create what the main character did in that story. In the story, Jamaica saw that the subway walls were drab and people needed cheering up so she started hanging up portraits. When she did, people became happy and started interacting with each other. Just like in the story, the second grade students saw how everyone at Bancroft Elementary School began talking about the portraits and that they were happy, too!

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Second Grade Students Create Original Books

Second grade students at Bancroft Elementary School spent the last few weeks becoming authors and illustrators. The students started with an outline to plan the plot for their books. Then, after much writing, editing and revising, each student created a final hardback book. Finally, they added illustrations and their books were complete and ready to share.

To share their books, they held an Author’s Celebration in the second grade pod. Students read each other’s stories and wrote helpful reviews telling something they liked, noticed, thought or wondered about each book. It was an exciting day and students were so proud to share their work. Books will be on display and available to read on a special bookshelf in the Author’s Corner of the second grade pod throughout the year. Students obtained the hardback books through a grant from the Kennett Education Foundation that was requested by second grade teacher Mrs. Sherri Donnell.

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Fourth Grade Movie Night Features The Boss Baby

Ready for an exciting night of food, prizes, and a movie? Then come to Bancroft Elementary School’s fourth grade movie night and watch The Boss Baby while having a chance to win some great prizes!

Join us this Friday, February 16 for the excitement; doors open at 6:30 pm. Proceeds will help the fourth grade with their class trip to Harrisburg.

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Instrumental Concert Enriches Students

Bancroft Elementary School’s Instrumental Winter Concert amazed everyone in attendance. Students gave a dress rehearsal to all students in the morning and the formal concert to students and their families in the evening. Songs performed included Walking Along, Buckeye Salute, Ode to Joy, Tokecang, Obwisana, and String Explosion, a student favorite. Mrs. Elisa Mata and Mrs. Michelle Strickland directed the student musicians while Mr. Ryan Battin was the accompanist.

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Harlem Wizards David Paul Excites Bancroft Students

Harlem Wizards player David Paul led an exciting pep rally for Bancroft Elementary School students and staff. David showed some amazing basketball moves while encouraging students to attend the Wizards vs. Bancroft teachers basketball game on February 10 at Kennett High School’s gym. The Harlem Wizards player even gave personal basketball lessons to one special Bancroft student.

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