Bancroft Elementary
Principal's Message - April
Principal's Message

We are well into our final trimester of the school year with many more learning experiences and events underway. By now everyone has their Spell-a-Thon words and should be practicing the list and getting sponsor pledges. This is the last PFC fundraiser of the school year to help meet the 2014-2015 budget. Pledge envelopes are due back to school by April 22 and the Spell-a-Thon event will take place in classrooms on April 24. On April 27 students will receive back their pledge envelopes along with the results of their spelling tests. Pledge money is due on by May 8. Thank you to Mrs. Thurman, Spell-a-Thon chairperson, and her team of volunteers for their time and dedication to this event. Thank you to our teachers, students and parents for practicing, and all the school pride put forth into making this year's Spell-a-Thon another personal and school wide success!


The Bancroft School Site Council (SSC) now has two parent membership openings. Please take a few moments to learn a bit more about the role of the Bancroft SSC and consider nominating yourself or another parent for this leadership role in the school community.


Requirements of the SSC:

  • Develop and adopt a Comprehensive Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) including a budget aligned to the actions.
  • Recommend the SPSA to the local school board for approval.
  • Monitor implementation of the plan and evaluate the results.
  • At least annually, revise the plan, including proposed expenditures of funds allocated to the school through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

How is the SSC formed?

  • The SCC at the elementary level is made up of 10 members from two groups within the school; five staff members and five parent members. At secondary schools students also become part of the SSC. Each group carries out a ballot in order for that group to vote for the membership representation. Parents vote for parents, and staff and teachers vote for staff membership. The Principal is always one of the five staff members on the SCC. Each member at Bancroft, once elected, serves a two-year commitment except for the Principal who remains on the SSC. A member can be re-nominated for another consecutive term.

Please note at this time we have two parent membership positions open and this requires the nomination of a parent in order to be placed on the ballot. An election will take place in May.


The work of the Bancroft School Site Council:

  • This past year our SSC has held monthly meetings (currently these are after school on Thursdays in the School Library from 2:40-4:00. Children of SSC members are welcome to use the library during the meeting and are under the supervision of their parent). We do not hold a December or June meeting.
  • As we continue this school year, School Site Council will review the new budget for 2015-2016 and make sure that the expenditures are for professional development of teachers, College and Career and 21st Century Learning goals for students, Family involvement and engagement, supporting special populations (English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Foster Youth, Low Socio Economic students) within schools and providing equity for students and families.
  • SSC will review the School Technology Plan, The School Safety Plan, and the Single Plan for Student Achievement. These are all comprehensive plans that go through annual revisions and updates as well as monitoring for implementation.
  • Represent the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC).
  • A parent representative from SSC attends the monthly Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings.
  • All SSC members carry out the legislative role in plan development and support the principal and school staff to implement the school plan.
  • SSC meetings are open to the public, however only elected members of the SSC may take voting action on items.

This year School Site Council received demonstration lessons using Common Core standards and instructional practices to deepen understanding of the content rigor. School Site Council members work collaboratively and deepen their understanding of how the school implements action plans for student achievement.


As part of our School Site Council planning we will be holding a Family Science Night on April 21 for our Bancroft students and families. The evening will begin with a hot dog dinner served in our school courtyard. Science stations and activities will be located in the MUR and D Pod to explore. Teacher Deanne Giffin and SSC parent Melissa Horgan are planning the event, and we hope to have a great turn out. I am asking all teachers to only assign the Family Science Night for homework on Tuesday, April 21. A flyer will be distributed to our students so that parents can RSVP to the event. There are no fees or charges; however donations will be gladly accepted to help with costs for Bobcat Family Nights.


Please consider a role on the School Site Council and complete the nomination form and return to the school office by April 29.(Please download the form by clicking here, or pick one up in the office.) If you would like more information or have further questions, please contact Linda Schuler at


Over the next several months please review with your children the various expectations outlined in the Bancroft School Climate Handbook. It is expected that students use their life skills especially respect, responsibility, and safety as they work in their classrooms and enjoy recreational and social times with their peers. Over the last month we have begun to see a slight decline in student attitude and behaviors, which is typical in the spring especially as days become longer and spring sports and afterschool activities increase. Often when routines are changed, children feel it and it shows up in their "work" environment. While spring activities are great for the children, it can cause enough changes in routines in which fatigue and stress begin to set in. This is not the case for everyone; however it is up to the adults in our children's lives to be aware and mindful of changes that could be causing detrimental outcomes. Teachers and parents should be communicating regularly to make sure that extra-curricular activities are not impacting attitude and progress in school. We can all work together to support our children and giving them all the best in school and after school opportunities.


Please mark your calendars if you would like to participate in one of the various feeder pattern meetings taking place in April. These are conducted by our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nellie Meyer and will focus on the Local Accountability and Achievement Plan (LCAP). Dr. Meyer is a gracious, intelligent, and involved leader who listens to the communities in order to develop and sustain great programming for our schools. Our voices are making a difference. The Northgate Feeder Pattern meeting will be held at Northgate High School on April 29 or Ygnacio Valley High School on April 30. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm.


The following section about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is a message to parents from Dr. Nellie Meyer:


This spring, students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take part in the first statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests will replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math. The science tests will still be paper-based. The tests provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.


Students in MDUSD will take the test in grades three through eight, and eleven, from April 27-May 29. The Bancroft testing schedule is May 11- May 29 for grades 3-5 and 5th graders will take the paper/pencil Science test. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test website at:

Following the spring 2015 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student's achievement, level for English-language arts and mathematics, and other information. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories. No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools.


If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab on the CDE CAASPP website at If you have any questions regarding your child's participation, please contact Linda Schuler at


Thank you for taking the time to review the Principal's Message and all other communications at Bancroft School. Parent engagement with your child's learning begins with being informed and asking questions. I hope to see many of you at our Bobcat Family Science Night on April 21 5:30-7:00 pm.


Warmest Regards,

Linda Schuler, Principal 

April Life Skills of the Month

Cooperation and Patience


All the Life Skills are taught and used throughout every day at Bancroft School and students are given recognition and praise for being living examples of these skills (check out the Bancroft Best tickets to see all the Life Skills). Two specific Life Skills are focused on each month for more in-depth discussion and use. At the end of the month, two to three students are selected by their teacher for exemplary use of those skills and are honored with the Bancroft Life Skill Award.  Additionally, we hold a school-wide assembly for grades 1-5, and the students selected by their teachers are honored at this ceremony and presentation of awards. Parents of the students receiving recognition are provided with an invitation to attend the ceremony.


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


The Life Skill assembly for Cooperation and Patience will be Friday, May 1st at 1:55 pm in the Multi-Use Room. 


Upcoming Dates

4/14: PFC Meeting, 7 pm

4/16: Site Council Meeting

4/21: Family Science Night, 5:30-7pm, MUR

4/24: Spell-a-Thon

4/28: PFC Budget Meeting, 7pm

5/1: Life Skill Assembly

5/4-8: Staff Appreciation

5/12: PFC Meeting, 7pm

5/18-19: Kinder Acquaintance Days

5/21: Site Council Meeting

5/25: Memorial Day, No School

5/29: Life Skills Assembly

Visit the Bancroft online calendar for future dates.
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