Volunteer Reactivation Reminder

All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013-2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet.  Access to the volunteer system is:  WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration.

  • After October 31, 2014, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.  To avoid unnecessary costs to the school system, principals and their staff should encourage continuing volunteers to reactivate early in the school year – and no later than October 31, 2014.
  • The volunteer system will be open daily for reactivation/registration through October 31, 2014.
  • From November 3, 2014 through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays:  December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.

School Messenger October 21, 2014

Happy Tuesday Trailblazers! This is Mrs. Graf with important information:

We are magnifying the possibilities here at BRES. Today, our Kindergarten classes on Tracks 2 & 4 went on their first field trip! It was a good time to be had by all.

Our PTA is magnifying the possibilities with a great family event this week!  Family Fitness Night is this Thursday evening! I know that Thursday is a popular day to go the State Fair, but if you have a choice Trailblazers, I would that you will stop in to our Multipurpose Room for some family fitness fun!  Our PTA has partnered with the Kraft YMCA to bring fun and fitness together!  Join us in the MPR from 5:30 to 7:30 learn about healthy lifestyles, fitness and have some fun.  Please wear comfy clothes and shoes in order to participate in the demonstrations. Vendors include the following:  CrossFit, Jazzercise, The Strong Center, Jess Dance Fitness and more.  Admission is FREE for our Trailblazer students and families.

Looking ahead to next week:

October 28th:  Spirit Night at Interskate Rink on 401.  This was our highest attended Spirit Night last year with a total of 477 Trailblazers students and families in attendance!!! Event time is from 6-830 pm.  It is $12 for a family of 4 or $3 each. This includes skate rental, 1 slice of pizza and 1 drink. The donation we receive is 70% back!!! The more we have the more we get!!! Come one, Come all! Make sure to mention this is for Banks Rd Elementary when purchasing tickets.

October 28th:  3rd Grade ITBS Testing Track 1

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: September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

It’s Make It Happen Monday Trailblazers and this is Mrs. Graf with a weekly update. 

First things first, a big thank you goes out to our teachers and staff who helped up our first Parents Are Connected event last Thursday evening together.  Our full staff was here on hand passing our Banks Book of the Year, leading teaching stations, guiding parents to locations, and “making it happen” for our students and families.  We had a total of 177 stakeholders in attendance.  Thank you to our parents who traveled out to school to spend your evening with us.  I hope that you were able to ask your questions regarding literacy and get useful information to support learning at home.

The next BIG thank you goes to our PTA.  They did it once again—another successful Fall Festival!  There was so much fun on Friday evening; everyone had smiles on their faces.  The dunk tank was a hit and a big thanks goes out the teachers who dared to be dunked.  A thank you also goes out to the two Dads that braved the dunk tank in support of their child’s classroom and grade level.  The Silent Auction was successful and there was some fierce bidding wars going on for some items.  J This night would not be possible without the work of many parent, teacher and student volunteers.  Thank you Trailblazers for once again pulling together to support our school!

Updates and Important Events This Week:

  • Case Benchmarks have been mailed off and results should be back within the next 10 days.
  • Welcome Back Track 1! Enjoy your track out Track 4!
  • 9/30:  Read to Achieve Parent Session 6:30 in the Media Center
  • 10/1  Track 1 Case Benchmark Grades 3-5 Math
  • 10/2  Track 1 Case Benchmark Science Grade 5 Only
  • 10/2 4:15 Girls on the Run practice
  • 10/3  3rd Grade Tracks 1 & 3 Field Trip to Marbles Museum

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: September 15, 2014

Good evening Trailblazers,

This is Mrs. Graf with your Monday message.

First things first, we have much to celebrate at BRES. I want to welcome our newest staff member on board, Ms. Stalker. Look for a bio of Ms. Stalker on the Principal’s Desk blog in the near future. Additionally, we have made great progress on our sprucing up on grounds in preparing for our annual Fall Festival. Thank you to our PTA and all of those who came out to school to help spread mulch and plant in the courtyard.

On the student front, we have much to celebrate. The staff and I recently reviewed student acheivement data on our first early release day. We are making progress in closing the achievement gap. I am so proud to share that BRES reached all of our AMO targets. More information about student achievement data will come out on the Principal’s Desk blog.

Looking at our events this week:

9/15 PTA Spirit Night: Wingin It! Fuquay Varina location. This is an ALL day spirit event, so be sure you receive a receipt and place it in the Bank Road box so that our PTA receives credit (15%) for your purchase!
9/19 Grade Level Raffle Basket items due!
9/25 Parents Are Connected Night-Please plan to attend our first English Language Arts Curriculum Night. PAC stands for Parents Are Connected and we want you parents! We have thoughfully planned engaging activities in which you can learn about strategies to support your reader at home. This night is not just for students who may be challenged in reading or ELA; it’s a night where you can dive into the curriculum, explore learning as your child does and learn more about the components of the reading process here at BRES.
9/26 Fall Festival: Fun for all with the cake walk, tattoos, games and more! Our Fall Festival is becoming a Banks Road ES tradition that you don’t want to miss!

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

3rd Grade Read to Achieve Parent Session Information

Good evening Trailblazers,
This is Mrs. Graf with a special message for 3rd grade parents. Our first Parent Information Session about Read to Achieve will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. This session is open to all parents who want to learn more about the Read to Achieve legislation and those who received a special invitation. Please call the school with any questions about this parent information session. Thank you, Mrs. Graf

School Messenger: September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014
Happy Labor Day Trailblazers! This is Mrs. Graf with your weekly school messenger.
On Friday, your child will came 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:
9/2 Boomer’s Practice at 8:00 a.m. in the Music Room
9/2 Read to Achieve Track 2 Camp
9/3 Kindergarten Dental Screenings
9/3 Case Benchmark Testing for Grades 3-5 Math
9/4 Case Benchmark Testing for Grade 5 Science
9/5 Character Kickoff: Responsibility & Early Release: Dismissal begins at 1:15
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.
9/15 PTA Spirit Night: Wingin It! Fuquay Varina location. This is an ALL day spirit event, so be sure you receive a receipt and place it in the Bank Road box so that our PTA receives credit (15%) for your purchase!
9/19 Grade Level Raffle Basket items due!

What’s going on at BRES?
Trailblazers, we are magnifying the possibilities in classrooms and throughout our school community. Check out our new addition of willow trees and crepe myrtles on the 3-5 play-ground. We are eagerly awaiting the installation of our art sculptures in the Café. I will be sure to tweet out pictures of both new enhancements to our building and grounds. Also, please be on the lookout for new technology in our Media Center and BIG enhancements to 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. You can send in coins any day between the 2nd and the 10th. The class that raises the most money per track will receive a party of their choice: popcorn, popsicles, pizza or icecream. 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 to count change for each morning at 10:30 a.m. If you can help come on out. 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. Class baskets are raffled off at the festival and all proceeds will go towards the grade level field trip fund. Ask your teacher about the theme of their grade level basket and how you can contribute. All basket items are due by 9/19. The BIG question is will there be a DUNK tank again? Come on out and see at our annual Fall Festival!
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

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