Bobcat Tracks - October 2015
Connecting our Community
PFC Board Update
Here are the highlights for current events and programs underway in our Operations Department:

Traffic Safety- Thank you to Aimee Gordon for leading our safety and traffic strategies to keep our students and families safe.  
We are asking for everyone's help in volunteering twice a year to help with morning traffic patrol.  This is the EASIEST way to volunteer and help make a difference in our school without fingerprints.  Please reach out to help and more information will be coming from your room parents.

Disaster Preparedness- Thank you to Stephanie Hall for leading our efforts in preparing for possible natural disasters.  She is continuing to work with the school leadership to implement standards to meet the needs for all students and faculty in a disaster.

Emerald Bristol, VP Operations
School Safety Guidelines
Traffic volunteers are needed for safe and efficient drop-off of more than 500 students.  Hundreds of vehicles come and go daily.  Vigilance is necessary to keep our students safe and the traffic lines moving.

To ensure the safety of our students, Bancroft relies on ALL families to help with traffic & morning greeter duty from 7:30am to 8:00am.  Starting Nov. 1, we are asking that each family volunteer two shifts per academic year. Each class will be assigned two weeks to provide traffic assistance.  Traffic Duty is one of the most important volunteer opportunities and only requires 30 minutes of your time! You do not need fingerprint clearance to fill this spot. The jobs are easy and are described here.

Your classroom parent will be sending specific information for your class and a link to sign up on Volunteer Spot or you can sign up now!  Thanks in advance for your help in keeping our kids safeContact traffic coordinator Amiee Gordon with any questions.

Walnut Creek Community Service Day Success

Thank you to all who volunteered at our school during Walnut Creek Community Service Day on October 10th! 

Volunteers built a new raised garden bed and trellis, weeded the garden, installed new bamboo fencing, did general cleanup of the garden area, refreshed our yellow paw prints throughout Bancroft school grounds and updated painted games in the playground area.  
Thank you to Mrs. Schuler, Jennifer Hill and Janelle Anderson for heading up volunteer efforts at our school.  Thanks also to the many Bancroft Families who came to help give our school grounds a facelift!

Look for more opportunities to volunteer in the school garden as the year goes on.
Don't forget to buy your Fall Fest Tickets in advance! 
Order forms are due Monday, October 19th.

You can also download an advance ticket order form here.

All proceeds from this fun, family event directly benefit next year's 5th grade outdoor education trip.  Your support will help ensure that all current 4th grade students will be able to participate in the exciting opportunity that awaits them in the 2016-17 school year!

The Fall Fest is Saturday, October 24, from 2-5 pm.

Fall Fest is approaching and we need your help to make this fun event a success for our Bobcats!  Each classroom has been assigned a station, with shifts scheduled in 30 minute increments.  
* Remember that finger-printing is not required to volunteer at Fall-Fest! *

Sign-Up for your class station on VolunteerSpot
Thank you so much! 
Your Fall-Fest Committee
Walk a Thon pledge money is due Friday October 23rd.
Walk a thon pledges can be turned in anytime, however must be turned in by this Friday October 23rd to be eligible for the class and individual prizes. Please return your pledge envelopes to your teachers.
Remember - there are great prizes available for students and classes with the most pledge donations collected! There is also a class prize for the first class to return the most pledge envelopes!!
Winners will be announced on October 30th.
Thank you for making the event a huge success for our school and students! Stay tuned for the November tracks with a follow up on the Walk A Thon Event!
Questions please contact:
Stefanie Lee or Jennifer McCullock at 925-938-4063
Art Appreciation Program
It was a busy first week of art in the STEAM room! 

Kindergartners learned about the Cave paintings of Lascaux and made their own painting on sandpaper.

1st graders learned about Greek Vase Painting and created their uniquely designed Vase
                                                               2nd graders learned about Roman Mosaics and made a paper mosaic design

3rd graders learned about Pre-Columbian Arand culture and made Huichol inspired Yarn Art

4th graders were inspired by the inventions in painting by DaVinci and painted a Landscape and 

5th graders will be sculpting inspired by Michelangelo on Oct. 30th.  

Thank you to all the art volunteers working so hard and cooperatively to bring this special hour every month to the kids!

A special thanks to Dan Dicarlo and Julie Fustok for their support, dedication and energy!  

If you would like to volunteer, please email Lana.
Book Fair 

Don't Miss Our Fall Book Fair!

November 16 - 19

Will Be Open for Shopping After School

Plus:  Special Family Event - Story Hour w/ Mrs. Gay on Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 12:30 PM
Bancroft Elementary School - Multi-Use Room

Volunteers Needed!  Please sign-up to volunteer, CLICK HERE

Our online book fair is available from November 8th to 28th
at this website

For more information, please contact:
Let's Luau!
Do you or anyone you know have something great to donate?

Big ticket items!                                                         
  • Lodging near great cities or attractions Tickets to area events                       
  • Limo Services
  • Pixar, Google, or Facebook tours
Who do you know?
  • The manager of a local restaurant?  Next time you dine, ask them if they will donate.
  • An owner of a timeshare, cottage, cabin or condo?  Let them know that by donating, they qualify for a 2016 tax deduction.
  • The concierge or manager at a hotel you frequent - business will often donate 1-2 night stays.
Other donation opportunities!
  • Unused airline miles or hotel points
  • Unused gift cards
  • Wine, liquor or spirits                                  
Host a buy-in party!

A buy-in party is where several families or friends co-host a party or activity.  At auction, attendees can "buy-in" or purchase a spot to attend.
  • Ladies Parties (spa party, themed cocktail party, game night party)
  • Men's Party (sports, pool, ping-pong, poker)
  • Kid's Party (tea party, sports day, swim party, movie night, 5th grade grad night
If you are interested in donating to the auction please contact Lianne Bosko or visit the auction website 

Harvest of the Month 
Thank you to everyone who helped out with HOtM in October! - the kids had a great time learning about and tasting three colors of Bell Peppers
Be sure and ask your child which one was his/her favorite!

We still need volunteers for next month or future lessons. As a HotM lesson leader, your commitment is about an hour to prep the produce and lead the class - all materials and the produce will be provided for you. For November, we plan to sample Persimmons!

If you are interested in leading or assisting with a lesson, please email Kristin.

Thank You for making our First Dine2Donate (D2D) of this school year very successful!

With your support, our fundraiser at Rocco's Pizzeria generated $407 and Yogurt Station $70.  

What a great start that will help support our school. 

If your family frequents a restaurant that you think would be a good place to host a future D2D fundraiser, please contact Elizabeth Real. 
I welcome new places, tips and ideas.

Hope to see you at the next one!

Putting Your Best Paw Forward 
Are you looking for an easy way to raise funds for our school? 
And a fun way to get our kids involved in the fundraising?  Then please join us in the quest to exceed our goals for COLLECTING Box Tops and Labels for Education off of the items you already buy!

Every month, the classroom with the MOST labels collected will be awarded the honor of having our new "rotating bobcat trophy" grace their classroom (and the class photo with trophy will be displayed at the front of the courtyard to celebrate their school spirit!).  And, if that class collects more than 150 labels, it will also be awarded EXTRA recess time (the kids' favorite!).  At the end of the year, the class with the MOST labels collected will also receive EXTRA recess time and popsicles!

As a bonus, we will have a monthly raffle to win a Bancroft paw print for students that have collected a minimum of 15 labels that month!  

Just a few easy steps to collect:

Step 1:  When grocery shopping, look for Box Tops and Labels for Education on your favorite products

Step 2: Before recycling the box, can, or packaging, cut off the label

Step 3: Save the labels in an envelope

Step 4: When ready to turn them into Bancroft for "free" money for our school:
       - count your labels,
       - put them in an envelope or plastic bag,
       - write your student's name, teacher's name, and # of labels              on the envelope and
        - leave in the Box Tops / Labels for Education box in the office           for your student's class.

We will be counting collections every month in order to award the classroom prizes!
For any questions, feel free to reach out to your coordinators:

Box Tops for Education: Alyson Ogden
Labels for Education: Debbie Bourne
Macy's Charity Shopping Day Tickets on sale at the Fall FestSave 20% and benefit PEAK Education Foundation Schools

The new downtown Macy's is officially reopening on Saturday, November 21st and is partnering with PEAK Education Foundation to celebrate the occasion and support our schools.   

PEAK will be selling Charity Shopping Day Passes at Carnival for $5 each.  The Pass entitles you to 20% off both regular, sale and clearance purchases throughout the store plus $10 off a single purchase of $25 or more!* 

In addition there will be special events starring our students including a fashion show, musical performances, demonstrations, give-aways and more.  PEAK receives 100% of the proceeds from Shopping Day Pass sales.  

Look for the PEAK table at the Fall Fest to get your tickets.  
This is a great way to save on your holiday shopping while supporting our schools. 
(* Some restrictions and brand exclusions apply; see Pass for details.)
The 23rd Annual Turkey Trot is coming:  
Run ~ Have Fun ~ Volunteer!

Join your friends and family at the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot
This family fun event, with 10K, 5K and Kid's Runs, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your community and your schools.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot, sponsored by Forma Gym, benefit both PEAK Education Foundation and the Walnut Creek Education Foundation as well as other charitable organizations dedicated to helping improve the health and well-being of children and families. 

Over the past 4 years, the Turkey Trot has raised over $70,000 for Walnut Creek schools

You can be part of the fun even if you don't run. 
We need help handing out race materials beforehand, checking in participants, water stations, race guides etc. 
It takes over 200 volunteers so we need YOU!  

For more information about the race or to register online, CLICK HERE, or to volunteer, CLICK HERE

Scrip Fundraising Coming Soon!
Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that enables families to raise money for their non-profit organization (NPO).  Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards.

You purchase gift cards from your organization at face value, and your coordinator orders those cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a reduced price. 

The difference is an instant rebate for your organization. It's really that simple!

Great Lakes Scrip Center covers over 300 of the country's biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. 

Just by using scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. It's time to put your shopping dollars to work!

Look for our customized Vendor list and order form in the next few weeks! If you have any questions please contact Cherisse Riney.
Upcoming Dates
10/19: Fall Fest Advance Ticket Sales Deadline

10/20: Girl Scouts Meeting

10/23: Cake Walk Donations Due

10/24: Fall Fest

10/27: Make Up Picture Day
Soul Shoppe Parent Ed Night

10/28: Kinder Parade

11/2: Parent Math Education Night, Grades K-2, 7-8pm

11/6: Life Skills Assembly

11/9: Parent Math Education Night, Grades 3-5, 7-8pm

11/10: PFC Meeting

11/11: Veteran's Day

11/16-20: Book Fair

11/17-20: 5th grade Outdoor Ed

11/23-27: Thanksgiving Break

Visit the Bancroft online calendar for future dates.
Thank You!
Thanks to all the Brancroft Families who made it out for The Ice Cream Social and made it such a fun night! Thank you to Rachel Gould and all the volunteers who helped make it possible. Thank you to Stefanie Lee and Jennifer McCullock for organizing another successful walk-a-thon and to all of the parent volunteers who supported this event. Thank you to Elizabeth Real and Roxanne Suzuki for organizing fun Dine2Donate fundraisers in September and October. Thank you to Stephanie Hall for heading up Spirit Wear sales. Muchas Gracias to Marga Marshall and Clara Ives for translation services en Espaņol. 
Budget Update

For prior Blasts, Tracks, and Principal's Messages
Please refer to the PFC website's archive
Ongoing Fundraisers
dollar a day

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.
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