Bancroft Elementary
Bobcat Tracks - February
Letter from our PFC President
Howdy y'all ~


Boot Scoot and Boogie the Night our annual auction, dinner and dance fundraiser. This year our theme is a "Hoedown for Education" and it will take place at Heather Farms Community Center - March 7th at 6pm. All are welcome to mingle, bid, eat or dance the night away. Daycare will be provided (for a fee) at Diane Adair. Please see Stephanie Lee for registration.


This year at the event there will be a silent and a live auction. The online auction is not available this year. So please join us on March 7th to be able to bid & win some wonderful gifts. All while helping to support Bancroft PFC and the wonderful enrichment support we provide to our students, faculty, and school.


Some exciting items to bid on at the event are Principal for a Day, Librarian for a Day, VIP Parking, Teacher Outings (for each grade level), class baskets, and dessert auction. All proceeds benefit the school.


Diane Adair Enrichment Center is also donating to the auction three - 1 week of Summer Camp. It is a total Value of $300 and it includes: Registration/Activity Fee ($75), Week of Camp ($200), and Kidz Night Out Pass ($25).


Ticket sales are $50 per personand cocktail tickets are $1 a piece (cocktail purchase are between 1 & 5 tickets). Purchases can be made at the school office or online at


There is a raffle for a VIP Table which includes 2 bottles of wine, dessert, cowboy hats for each table guest, and special table decorations. Thank you for getting your tables together early. The winning entry will be announced next week. 


Of course I want everyone to join us, but I understand there might be other commitments on March 7th. Please consider making a donation to the fundraiser and/or sponsoring a teacher. This too can be made at the school office or online as referenced above.


I look forward to this event every year. This is will be my 5th year in attendance and each year I enjoy it even more. It is such a fun night to be enjoyed as adults among friends.


Please let me know if you have any questions.


See you at the Hoedown-


Lisa Guarnaccia

PFC President

Auction: RSVP TODAY!


Bancroft Elementary Hoedown for Education

Saturday, March 7th

Purchase your Tickets Now! Come join us for a fun evening and bid on awesome auction items. Some of the fabulous items include:

Scottsdale Swim Club Membership, a week of Summer Camp & more at Diane Adair, several hotel packages, and the ever popular Bancroft VIP Parking, grade level baskets, and teacher outings. There is no online auction this year so the only way to purchase these items is to come to the Auction! Ticket prices go up Tuesday, February 24th.
** Again, don't forget to mark your calendars for our Spring Auction ~ Dinner, Dancing, Drinks and Southern BBQ

March 7, 2015 6:00-11:00 pm

Heather Farms Community Center Lakeside Room

Odyssey of the Mind

Exciting Things Are Happening with Bancroft's Odyssey of the Mind Teams! 


At the end of January many of our Bancroft students attended a practice Odyssey tournament event, called Spontania Mania. In this practice event, parent volunteers and coaches gave team members a wide variety of problem solving exercises (see photos). The teams were asked to solve problems that ranged from building structures out of various materials given in an allotted time to collaborating and illustrating while telling a story with their teammates.


Then on Saturday February 28th, six Bancroft Bobcat Odyssey of the Mind teams will compete for Bancroft at Concord High School for the San Francisco Bay Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.  


If you would like to come watch our teams perform and show them your support check the tournament schedule.  


Attending an Odyssey of the Mind Tournament is a great way to see how students can approach the same problem differently and really think out of the box. Only the top two teams in each Division and Problem will advance to the State Competition at UC Riverside at the end of March (excluding K-2nd grade/Primary Division who do not advance).  


Students who have expressed an interest in joining an Odyssey team next fall should try to attend this Regional event, as it will give them a better understanding of what our Bancroft teams are working toward each season. We will be having our next team sign-ups in Fall 2015.


So, we hope to see some friendly Bobcat faces in the crowd on Saturday February 28th. Good luck to our Bobcat teams! Last but not least, a BIG THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteer coaches, tournament judges, tournament volunteers, and parents who lend a hand! Without our parent volunteers our Bobcats would not be able to have this wonderful Odyssey experience!


Primary Team- Wacky Weather (2nd Grade)

Coaches-Mari Mielcarski, Kaori Hornbaker, and Christy Paloutzian

Sarah Osness

Abby Lewis

Cian Horgan

Sydney Mielcarski

Cole Mielcarski

Colson Hornbaker

Claire Paloutzian

Carter Paloutian


Primary Team-Wacky Weather (1st and 2nd Grade)

Coaches- Kriss Bridgham and Lynn Drinkwater

Carly Rosenblatt

Ava Corrigan

Eva Trujillo

Becca Bridgham

Kim Bridgham

Pepper Drinkwater


Problem 1 (Vehicle) Team- Run Away Train (4th Grade)

Coach,-Alphina Zapantis

Athena Zapantis

Aisha Batu

Alana Marks

Ashley Welday

Alysse Barreuther

Naomi Townsend

Isabella Gollehon


Problem 2 (Technical) Team - Experiencing Technical Difficulties (4th grade)

Coaches-Jim Click, Christina Bowen and Krista Reeg

Lucas Click

Jack Bowen

Wyatt Reeg

Timothy Lambert

Cal Easom-Oakley

Sharan Puchakatla Sairamesh


Problem 4 (Structural) Team -Lose Your Marbles (3rd Grade)

Coaches- Justin Seligman and Dan Vardell

Kaleb Seligman

Corwin Vardell

Connor Jones

Evan McKnight


Problem 5 (Theatrical) Team- Silent Movie (5th Grade)

Coach- Leslie Lafedo

Nicholas Lafredo

Liam Iglesias

Jonathan Yu

Ryder Short

Seiji Kosinski

Zen Van Dusen


GO BOBCATs!!!!! 

Congratulations and Best Wishes Mrs. Burke!

On February 27, 2015, Mrs. Esther Burke, Bancroft Kindergarten Teacher, will take her final steps into B-4 classroom as one of our many beloved Bancroft teachers. Mrs. Burke will begin her retirement effective February 27 and will be missed by the children, staff and families at Bancroft School. We thank her for her years of dedication and wish her all the best in the days ahead as she adjusts to retirement and delves into the many interests and hobbies she so dearly loves. We love you, Mrs. Burke!


If you would like to have your child prepare a special note or card, please bring it by the school office by March 5 and we will be certain to get these to Mrs. Burke.


We welcome our new teacher, Ms. Danielle Lovejoy to B-4, and the Bancroft Family. She has been working closely with Mrs. Burke since January and has developed a wonderful rapport with the B-4 students. The transitions between teachers will be very smooth as the routines, procedures and relationships are well established.  


Thank you for your support as we say both farewell to Mrs. Burke and Welcome to Ms. Lovejoy!

A Great Family Movie Night!

The pouring rain on February 6th didn't stop over 60 Bancroft students and their families from enjoying a fun movie night in the Multi Use Room! Kids brought their bean bags, blankets, sleeping bags and chairs and spread out with their friends to watch The Aristocats. Everyone enjoyed popcorn and other snacks while watching this family favorite movie. It was a great time - thanks to everyone who came and helped make this such a fun night!  

Spring Book Fair - Save the Date

Save the Date for our Spring Book Fair!

  • March 31 - April 2, 2015
  • Bancroft Elementary School - Multi-Use Room
  • Volunteers Needed!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Melissa Horgan  or Katy Schultz.  

Read Across America
Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read! March 2nd we will kick off Read Across America. This year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.


"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."


5th Grade Outdoor Ed Wrapup

Exploring New Horizons - The Outdoor Education Program for Our Bancroft Fifth Graders
It has been an action-packed year for all of us fifth graders, and one of the big highlights so far has definitely been the four days of Outdoor Education at "Exploring New Horizons" in Loma Mar, California.  After all of our families' hard work fundraising and collecting contributions, 85 of us
took the two hour trip to Loma Mar (southeast of Half Moon Bay) the week before Thanksgiving last November.

Led by the experienced Exploring New Horizons naturalist staff, we spent hours looking through tide pools near the coast and exploring Pescadero Creek.  We walked through amazing redwood forests, dodging banana slugs and sliding down hillsides.  And in the evenings we took night hikes with our counselors, hung out with our teachers and friends around an indoor bonfire (it was raining that night!), and even danced the night away on the last night at the Barnyard Boogie.


For many of us, this was our first big experience being away from our families.  And although we may have been nervous about leaving, we got past our jitters, had a great time, and came home sleepy, happy, and with several loads of laundry.  This experience really helped build our confidence and independence and was a great experience as we get ready for middle school.


We are excited for the current Bancroft fourth graders as they get ready to take this step next November. There is an upcoming informational meeting on March 31 for all fourth grade families to hear more from the fifth grade teachers and Principal Schuler about the experience.


Go Bobcats!

~ From the Bancroft fifth graders

Faculty Spotlight - Ms. Purcell


Cal State Northridge, Child & Adolescent Development. Brandman, Teaching Credential.


I am the Resource Specialist, and it is my second year at Bancroft. I am here 5 days a week and support approximately 50 students.


I am a special education teacher. Students are sent to me if they are struggling with reading, writing or math and I assess whether it is a learning gap or a learning disability.   Students come to my room for help with foundational skills and help with classroom work. The hope is after all this intervention we will see the gap begin to close. If the student shows that they need continued support, we may assess the student to determine if they have a disability then I will help implement an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and develop specific learning goals to help the student be successful in the classroom.


Special Education teachers are placed at schools by the special education office at the district level. I am so fortunate to be placed here at Bancroft as this is a wonderful place to teach.


The kids and the teachers! The teachers all really work as a team here, and the kids at Bancroft are really motivated to learn.


I love trying to figure out how to teach each student so that they can achieve their full potential.


My mom was a special ed teacher, so I grew up helping her in the classroom. I always knew I would work with students as a career.


My schedule! I work with quite a few students at Bancroft and it can be challenging to figure out when it is best to see them.


To try my best to help the students I see succeed.


A nurse.


I like to read and cook. I'm really into funny books right now. And I cook everything - except I don't bake!


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling - It isn't very high brow, but it is funny!


My aunt. She's a retired professor who has done a lot in her field of literacy research. She's accomplished so much, and on her own, and I've always looked up to her as well as learned a lot about literacy from her.

Third Grade Curriculum Spotlight
Submitted by the Third Grade Team

Third grade is a great team. We all work together closely to provide the best program for all third graders.


Language Arts - We have been using Engage New York Common Core materials. We read about the power of reading and why people will go to great lengths to have access to books. This will be our theme throughout the year.


In addition to reading Engage New York materials, we have supplemented by reading historical fiction.


We are all using the "Being a Writer" series adopted by our district. Currently we are learning about personal narratives and the children are writing theirs. We also have been practicing good paragraph writing, as that is a skill necessary in life.


Besides the above, in language arts we have been learning about sentences, parts of speech, and correct punctuation.


In math we have been using the Engage New York modules that have concentrated on multiplication and division, integrating measurement.


Since 3rd grade social studies encompasses the history of Contra Costa County, we all look forward to the field trip to Shadelands Ranch where we will see life around here in the early 1900s.


Science for the first trimester is biomes and how plants and animals adapt to their biome.


Finally, third grade enjoys the read aloud together. We also had a holiday project making "ice castles." Using sugar cubes and special frosting, third graders built their own "castle" and decorated it with brightly colored candy.

Upcoming Dates
2/25: Science Festival

2/26: Site Council Meeting

2/27: Life Skill Assembly

2/28: Odyssey of the Mind Competition
3/2 - 3/6: Read Across America

3/7: Hoedown for Education Spring Fundraiser 

3/10: PFC Meeting

3/13: Teacher In Service (No School)

3/19: Site Council Meeting

3/27: Life Skill Assembly

3/31 - 4/2: Under the Sea Book Fair

Visit the Bancroft online calendar for future dates.
Thank you!
* Thank you Jill Collins and Jenn Boswell for organizing our second annual family movie night. 
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Monday, March 16, 2015
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Wednesday, March 11th
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