School Messenger: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014

Happy Tuesday Trailblazers! This is Mrs. Graf with your weekly school messenger.

On Friday, your child will come home with their Quarter 1 interims for students on track 4.  You should have also received your beginning of the year mClass Parent Home Connection letter and a letter from me explaining the assessment process.  Please take a moment to review the mClass report and interim.  We want to be sure you are informed of your child’s progress.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding mClass.

This week:

8/26 Read to Achieve Track 2 Camp

8/27 Ident-i-kid Make Up Pictures (select students only)

8/29 Read to Achieve Track 2 Test Day

9/1 No School Holiday

9/2 Boomer’s Practice at 8:00 in the Music Room

9/6 PTA Beautification Day at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out and help us spruce up our campus.  There will be a compass coin given to the class with the most participation.

What’s going on at BRES?

Trailblazers, we are magnifying the possibilities in classrooms and with our stakeholders.  Please be on lookout for enhancements to our campus on the 3-5 playground, in our Café, in our Media Center and in our computer lab.  Our PTA and our Kraft YMCA partnerships are supporting us in strengthening our student and staff access to technology, beautifying our campus and grounds and putting relevant and meaningful curriculum materials into classrooms.

Speaking of the good work of our PTA, our PTA Coin Drive begins on September 2nd.  All coins brought in are put towards the grade level fund and helps pay for field trips, grade level orders.  The PTA is looking for volunteers to help out with the coin drive.  Please visit the PTA website for more information.

Lastly, the Fall Festival is just a few weeks away. Mark your calendars for September 26th.  There will once again be fun activities for the young and the young at heart.  Classes are already accepting donations for their class baskets for the raffle.  All proceeds will go towards the grade level field trip fund.

That’s it Trailblazers!  All of this information will be posted on the school website and will go out on the Principal’s Desk Blog.  Please call the school with any questions.

Always Trailblazer Proud,

Mrs. Graf 

School Messenger August 12, 2014

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August 11, 2014

Happy Monday Trailblazers! This is Mrs. Graf with your weekly school messenger.

On Friday, your child should have come home with their Quarter 1 interims for students

on tracks 1-3. You should have also received your beginning of the year mClass Parent

Home Connection letter and a letter from me explaining the assessment process. Please

take a moment to review the mClass report and interim. We want to be sure you are

informed of your child’s progress. Please feel free to contact me with any questions

regarding mClass.

This week:

8/13 Track 4 3rd Grade BOG

8/14 Track 2 & 4 Picture Day & Make Ups/Retakes: Wear your favorite outfit and bring

your best smile! This day will also be the make-up day for Track 1-3 students if you

missed your original day, as well as, an opportunity for any retakes. Please remember

you must bring back your original picture package if you are choosing to participate in

picture retakes.

8/14 Open House: Let’s Go Trailblazers! It’s Open House time. This will be floating time

to see your child’s classroom, view student work, and find out more about your child’s

learning day. This is a “floating” style program. There will also be a parent meeting for

all 3rd grade parents to learn more about the AIG program and the required testing

components. Track 1 & 3: Please join us from 5:45-6:30 and Tracks 2 &4 join us from

7:00-7:45. Ms. Foxworth will be sending information out specifics about the 3rd grade

AIG sessions.

8/18 Read to Achieve Camp Track 2 Begins

That’s it Trailblazers! All of this information will be posted on the school website and

will go out on the Principal’s Desk Blog. Please call the school with any questions.

Always Trailblazer Proud,

Mrs. Graf

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

 

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