Trailblazer Parents,

We will once again partner with the Kraft YMCA to bring the 21st Century Learning Program to BRES.  The program is open to all students K-5.  Students will have the opportunity to work on homework, receive direct instruction in reading and math, and practice skills for the assigned grade level.  Additionally, students will participate in the Y curriculum.

The program is held at BRES after-school from 4:00 until 6:00.  There is the opportunity for transportation depending on location/node.  Enrollment is open, but space is limited.  This is a FREE program.

Interested in learning more? Two parent information sessions are scheduled for next week, Thursday July 31st at 8:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Both sessions will be held in the Media Center.

 

School Messenger July 23, 2014

Trailblazers,
This is Mrs. Graf with important information for our school community:
This week our students fell seamlessly into routines and did an outstanding job of demonstrating their Banks Best each day. I want to give a “hats off” to our 3rd graders on Tracks 1, 2, and 3 who took the BOG on Wednesday. Scores will be reported back to schools on Monday tentatively. Parent letters will go out on Monday afternoon. Information about Read to Achieve will be coming home shortly with our 3rd grade students.
Tomorrow is Picture Day for students on Tracks 1 & 3! Bring your smiles and wear your Sunday best. All students will be photographed for the school year book. All Fall pictures are prepaid. Parents can choose to send back the picture envelope with payment or pay online at www.strawbridge.net. The code you will need is 1069. This is our school code.
Welcome back Track 4! Your first day of school for students on track 4 in first grade through fifth grade will be on Monday, July 28th. Kindergarteners on track 4 will only attend school on their assigned staggered entry date. The Kindergarten Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Friday, August 1st from 4-5:30 p.m. At the Kindergarten Meet the Teacher you will be able to meet your classroom teacher, join our PTA and purchase spirit wear items. Additionally, you can sign up for a carpool tag and learn more about our YMCA before care and after care programs.
Looking ahead to next week:
July 29: Join us at 5:15 p.m. for our Back to School Blast sponsored by our PTA. Family fun and games will include hula hoops, jump ropes and water squirters! Pelican’s Sno Balls and Raleigh K-9 will be on site as well to provide a cool treat and keep us entertained. You do not have to be a PTA member to join in the fun! Our General PTA Meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the 2014-2015 events planned to support BRES and vote on the budget. I hope to see everyone join in the fun at our Back to School Blast!
Looking into August…please mark your calendars for the following:
August 4: First Full Day of Kindergarten for K students on Track 4
August 4-8: Read to Achieve Camp for select students
August 7: Ident-i-Kid Program on site for students on Track 4
August 13: Beginning of Grade Assessment for 3rd Grade Track 4 students
August 14: Open House T1/T3 from 5:45-6:30; T2/T4 7:00-7:45; 6:00-6:30 3rd Grade Parent Meeting (AIG)
August 14: Fall Pictures for students on tracks 2 & 4
August 18- 22: Read to Achieve Camp for select 3rd grade students
August 25-29: Read to Achieve Camp for select 3rd grade students
Trailblazer Parents and Families, We are reaching out to you in multiple formats. It is one of our goals to be informative and to engage you, our school stakeholders in our school. We are using the Principal’s Desk blog, which you can access from our main school website page, Twitter for bus arrival/departure and information, as well as the Banks Road ES Twitter account where I share photos of the learning and teaching process, links to articles and reminders about upcoming events. Additionally, we are looking for other ways to communicate with you. If you have ideas about how you want to see this, please email me at cgraf1@wcpss.net.
That’s it Trailblazers. We are off to a wonderful start and I know that will continue to learn and grow as we travel down the path to success. Always Trailblazer Proud, Mrs. Graf

School Messenger July 10, 2014

 Trailblazers,

This is Mrs. Graf with important information for tomorrow and next week. It’s hard to believe, but we have almost completed our first week of school for students on tracks 1, 2 and 3!

All week our newest Trailblazers have come to school during staggered entry. Tomorrow the Kindergarten Meet the Teacher is from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. This is a floating style meet the teacher. There will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s assigned teacher, speak with PTA Officers and purchase school spirit wear!

On Monday, Kindergartners will attend their first full day of school. I am asking that you be patient with us as we get our new students in from morning carpool and patient in the afternoon as we teach our new students the afternoon carpool routines and expectations. On Monday morning, the PTA is hosting a Kindergarten Kick Off Celebration in the Media Center from 8:45-9:15 a.m. This is for all rising Kindergarten parents. After you drop your child off in class, join us in the Media Center to mingle with other new Trailblazer parents as well. Light refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday BRES will serve as a Polling Station for the Second Primary Election. The Y students will be dropped off and picked up through the Media Center entrance. Please be mindful and aware of citizens crossing our parking lot to the MPR.

On Thursday, BRES will once again have Ident-a-kid here on site for their safety program. Information regarding the safety kits for students will come home in Friday folders.

Looking ahead, here are important dates for you to be aware of for July.

 July 11 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher 4-5:30 p.m.

July 14 First Day of Kindergarten Tracks 1-3

July 14 SIT Meeting

July 14-18 Read to Achieve Camp Track 4

July 21-22 Read to Achieve Camp Track 4

July 23 3rd Grade Beginning of Grade (BOG)

July 28 First Day of School Track 4

July 28 Staggered Entry Track 4 Kindergarten

July 29 PTA Back to School Blast 5:30 and General PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m.

It is going to be an outstanding school year Trailblazers. I can’t wait to continue to blaze the path to success with you. This message has been posted on the school website and will go out on the Principal’s Desk blog as well. Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 919-890-7333.

☺ My Banks Best, Mrs. Graf

 

School Messenger July 7, 2014

 July 7, 2014

Trailblazers,

 What a great first day of school for students on tracks 1, 2, and 3! All students participated in our conduct assembly during specials today where they learned about school wide expectations and our Blazer Buck system. Additionally, we are already planning our Back to School Blast with our PTA. It is sure to be a great event! As soon as the details are finalized, I will send out more information.

Our theme for the school year is Magnify the Possibilities! This is a message that can be carried over into the lives our students and to you-our parents and stakeholders in our school. Imagine a school where students could not fail, where learning was maximized each day and where parents and the school were truly partners in the educating students…that is what we want Trailblazers! Let’s make it happen in 2014-2015! Imagine the possibilities and then do all that you can to MAGNIFY the possibilities for our students.

Looking ahead, here are important dates for you to be aware of for July.

July 7:  First Day of School & Expectations Assemblies

July 7-10 Kindergarten Staggered Entry Tracks 1-3

July 11 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher 4-5:30 p.m.

July 14 First Day of Kindergarten Tracks 1-3

July 14 SIT Meeting

July 14-18 Read to Achieve Camp Track 4

July 21-22 Read to Achieve Camp Track 4

July 23 3rd Grade Beginning of Grade (BOG)

July 28 First Day of School Track 4

July 28 Staggered Entry Track 4 Kindergarten

July 29 PTA Back to School Blast 5:30 and General PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m.

It is going to be an outstanding school year Trailblazers. I can’t wait to continue to blaze the path to success with you. This message has been posted on the school website and will go out on the Principal’s Desk blog as well. Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 919-890-7333.

☺ My Banks Best, Mrs. Graf

 

Meet the Teacher Information

One last reminder about Meet the Teacher for Grades 1-5 ALL tracks will be Thursday, July 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. floating.  You will have an opportunity to register for carpool tags, find out lunch account information, and meet the specialists and teachers.  Kindergarten Meet the Teacher for Tracks 1-3 will be Friday, July 11th from 4-5:30 p.m.   Staggered Entry for Kindergarten begins Monday, July 7th.  All families were given a date/time for staggered entry at Kindergarten Orientation.  Have questions? Please call teh school at 919-890-7324.  Thank you.

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