Bancroft Elementary
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Principal's Message - December
Principal's Message

Happy Holidays to each of you and your extended families around the nation and globe! We are so fortunate to be in a community that blends many traditions and cultures each day. Students have had the opportunity throughout classrooms these past two months to share and celebrate their traditions and family experiences with their peers and teachers. While the events, words, and decorations may be different, we can all find a common thread in our traditions among family, love, time-honored celebrations, and a devotion to giving our children rich and meaningful experiences.


During the month of December it is our tradition to set aside time with parents and students to share the growth and progress made during the first learning trimester of the school year. Thank you to the teachers who have prepared the reports of student progress and are setting learning goals for the new trimester. Thank you to parents who have promptly scheduled conference times with teachers and will work with the classroom teacher and your child(ren) on supporting the goals and growth presented during the conference. Thank you to our students who come prepared each day to learn and stretch to their potential. Bancroft School staff continues to serve students by believing in their capacity and capabilities to be successful learners and caring friends. Someday our children will tell stories of their childhood, and I believe that their Bancroft Bobcat years will bring back smiles, great learning memories, and the realization that between their home and school families, their sense of belonging with respectful relationships was the foundation to all their future endeavors and dreams.


As part of the December Principal Message I am including a document prepared by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for parents about Common Core. This along with your parent teacher conference this month will help provide more understanding as to the depth of instruction, varied strategies, and learning involved as we shift from just learning skills to applying and using knowledge in real life ways.


As we prepare for our final weeks of 2014, I am grateful for the many gifts in my own personal and professional life. It is a daily joy to come to Bancroft School and to share in the education of our children. I wish each of you all the best as you celebrate the winter break and holidays with family and friends and that the new year ahead treats us all with kindness, good health, and abundant joy!


Warmest Regards,

Linda Schuler, Bancroft Principal

MDUSD Parent Guide to the CCSS

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) show what students in PreK through 12th grade should know and be able to do in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Until now, every state had its own standards and different expectations of student performance. Now, the commonality of the standards will help all students across the nation learn the same skills. The goal of the CCSS is to provide a single set of clear and consistent educational standards in Math and English Language Arts. The standards include changes, or "shifts," in how teachers teach children to succeed in the topics and skills that matter most. This will ensure they are ready for college and careers. Forty-six states brought together experts, teachers and researchers to write the Common Core State Standards. The standards are well-matched for our classrooms and will help our students become 21st century learners.


Why do we need the standards?

Common standards will help ensure that all students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state. Common Core State Standards can provide parents with clear expectations for what children should know and be able to do when they graduate high school or advance in grade level. Common Core State Standards provide continuity for parents and students during transitions and allow parents to continue to support student learning regardless of where they live. In addition, the Common Core State Standards will more effectively prepare American students to keep up with their peers around the world.


What can you expect?

What will this look like? In mathematics, students will have time to really develop understanding and fluency with key mathematics skills and concepts. Students will continue to build on learning year after year. They will understand why the math works they way it does and will be asked to talk about and prove their understanding using math in real world situations. In literacy, students will have more time to focus on a particular text, reading and rereading it closely to gain meaning. Students will be expected to read more nonfiction and challenging text. When it comes to writing, students will be expected to do more than just tell a story, they will be expected to use "evidence" gathered from the text to support what they say. Through all of this, students will experience an increase of academic vocabulary. In both Math and ELA, the CCSS allow more time to focus on what matters most! Focusing on what matters most means teachers and students are able to slow down and go in depth with their learning. Prior to the Common Core, the structure of learning was built upon the ability to recall a broad amount of information. While students covered a lot of material, the level of knowledge about the material they covered was typically shallow. This shallow level of understanding will not prepare students for the level of success we want them to have in college or in their careers. The CCSS offers students opportunities to work through tasks and problems, to present their answers and positions backed by facts, and to work collaboratively with others to draw upon the collective knowledge of others.

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In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
12/8-19: Parent Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal

12/8-12: Fall Book Fair

12/12: PFC Holiday Cheer
6-7pm, MUR

12/13-14: Sports Basement 
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12/22-1/2: Winter Break

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