Bancroft Elementary
Bobcat Blast - Week of Feb 16
your look at the weeks ahead
Get Your Auction Tickets!
This is the last week to get your early admission tickets! If you buy them by Friday, February 20th they are $45, after February 20th they will be $50. 

Get a table of 10 people to purchase their tickets and email all 10 names to Cherisse and you will be entered into a raffle for the VIP table!

Remember there is no online auction this year, so you must come to the event to bid on our great deals!

Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL
Monday, February 16th
Monday the 16th is Presidents' Day and there will be no school.  Diane Adair will be closed. 
Enjoy the long weekend! 

TWDI Information Meetings
Tuesday, Feb 17

There are two remaining Parent Information Meetings about The Two-Way Dual Immersion Program:


February 17: Willow Creek Center, MUR, 5:30 - 6:30
February 23: Bancroft Library,  6:30 - 7:30

The Two-Way Dual Immersion Program is accepting applications for New Kindergarten students during the 2015-16 School Year at Bancroft Elementary School. For further information contact Jeanne Alessandra Duarte, Director of English Learner Services (925) 682-8000 x 6218

After School Enrichment
Registration DUE by Thursday, Feb 19th
After School Enrichment brochures have been sent home, please look for them in your child's folder or backpack. 

We have three new classes: a new science class, a public speaking class, and a basketball class. Registration will continue until February 19th, or until the class is full, whichever comes first. Classes start the week of the 23rd.

eScrip - February Drive

Please visit and join eScrip today. Bancroft Parent Faculty Club can earn more funds for valuable projects, plus, if you sign up in February, you can win one of 5 $100 VISA gift cards! Full details here. 

Life Skill Assembly
Friday, February 27th

The 1st-5th grade assembly honoring students selected by their teachers for the life skills of Friendship and Caring will be Friday, February 27th at 1:55 pm in the Multi-Use Room. Parents of the students receiving recognition are provided with an invitation to attend the ceremony.


Look for our Life Skills of the month listed in the Principal's Message or visit the school's website  for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind Competition
Saturday, February 28th
Good luck to our Bancroft teams competing on Saturday! 

We have two primary teams and four elementary teams that have been working hard to prepare for this day!  

You can see the September Tracks for an article about OotM.
Scottsdale Swim and Tennis Club

Opened on July 4th, 1964, SSC started out as a fun and safe place where families could gather to socialize, play, and swim.  Through the years SSC has been a central part of neighborhood families' summer.  Whether your children want to swim on the Swim Team or you just want to lounge by the pool,  SSC provides a fun and relaxing environment for our members and their guests.  Please visit our website for an introduction to SSC and the Scottsdale Squids Swim Team!


Or come to our New Member Informational Coffee on February 25, 2015 from 9:30-11:00 am. It will be held at the home of Robin Piantidosi, 960 Tumwater Court. Please visit SSC Website for sign-ups, or contact Meghan Pariso, Membership Director for additional information. 


And thank you to Scottsdale for donating a membership to our Auction! Come on the 7th to bid on it!


Oak Grove Swim and Tennis Club

The Oak Grove Swim and Tennis Club invites you to join our kid-friendly swim and tennis association and spend the summer with us at our beautiful tree-lined swim and tennis club.  We are a non-profit, member-owned swim and tennis club that is a great place for families to come and enjoy summer activities. Our relaxed, family-oriented culture creates a sense of community that is unique to our club. There are no swim teams so the club is open for members 7 days a week during the spring and summer, and the tennis courts and play area are open all year round.


We offer swim lessons, tennis lessons, and we have a number of social activities throughout the year, including an annual fiesta, 4th of July BBQ, and family movie nights.


Since we are limited to a total of 125 families, we often have a waiting list to join. If you are interested in becoming a member of our club, please contact


And thank you to Oak Grove for donating a membership to our Auction! Come on the 7th to bid on it! 


Rancho San Miguel Swim Club

Are you ready for your summer of fun in the sun? Spend your summer with the Rancho San Miguel Swim Club Family! We have many fun events planned this summer that the whole family can enjoy. From movie under the stars for the kids to adult only events, we have something for everyone! This year Rancho San Miguel is waiving their membership fee ($300 dollar value) and we have many other incentives for all families, new and old. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit our website.


Valley Vista Swim Team

Valley Vista Swim Team is a family friendly swim team located at the beautiful Club Sport Valley Vista! Pre-season starts April 13th! Our award winning swim team members enjoy many benefits such as:


* Great coaches

* Pre season learn-to-swim Cuda Program

* Accommodation for swimmers of all abilities

* Lots of fun social events for the whole family 


We are proud to offer our Cudas learn-to-swim program for kids not yet ready for swim team. Please come by for a free assessment at Club Sport Valley Vista on Monday, March 25th from 3:30 - 5:30 or March 26th from 3:30 - 4:30. The Cudas program runs from April 13th through May 15th.


Our program includes everything for a fun summer: swim meets, games, breakfasts, barbecues, group outings, children's activities, family functions, awards and incentives. 


We look forward to seeing you!


Check out our website or our flyer for more information about our team.  Membership questions: Noreen Schimmel (925) 818-3415 or


Next Blast Release
Sunday, Feb 22

Articles due
Thursday, Feb 19

Submit articles to 
Upcoming Dates
(please note that many march dates listed last week were actually april dates!)
2/16: President's Day - No School

2/19: 5th Grade Picture Day

2/26: Site Counsel Meeting - ALL parents invited

2/27: Life Skills Assembly

2/28: Odyssey of the Mind Competition

3/7: Auction Night! 

3/10: PFC Meeting, 7pm Library

3/13: Teacher in Service - No School

3/25: 5th Grade Science Fair

3/26: Site Counsel Meeting

3/27: Life Skill Assembly

Visit the Bancroft online calendar for future dates.
Ongoing Fundraisers

Earn cash for our school!
Collect Box Tops and drop them in the collection bin in the office.
Shopping at Amazon? Click on the link on our homepage and Bancroft will receive a percentage of your purchase!

10% off everything every day and 5% back to Bancroft.  Just mention Bancroft when you check out.
Contact Us
Bancroft Elementary
For prior Blasts, Tracks, and Principal's Messages
Please refer to the PFC website's archive