Farewell! Wishing Each of You a Very Happy Summer 2017!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

The time has finally arrived for us to wish you and all of our CES crew a very HAPPY 2017 SUMMER! We can’t believe how fast the year ran through — WOW.  It’s like the FALL season was just here a couple weeks ago. Nevertheless, I am so proud of each of our CES kiddos who are moving up and moving on 😦 Sad, but proud.

Again, we’d like to thank all of the parents who have supported us not only during this school year, but during the previous years as well.  In case you missed it, here’s a note from our Program Director:

As many of you know, CES will not be returning to Bancroft ES next school year. This decision was not that of CES, however, the school administration of Bancroft and the PTO have decided to move forward with another after-school enrichment provider.

We have enjoyed having been a part of the Bancroft Elementary School family for the past 5 years, and will forever be grateful for the opportunity to provide high quality after school enrichment services to your children.

Have a great Summer!!

Take care 🙂


We will deeply miss our Bancroft family, but will continue to keep watch!

During the last week of school, we ended our fun by doing a couple of Father’s Day activities and celebrated the last day together with our annual  popsicle party!! It was so overwhelming for me to say the least, that I didn’t get around to taking many pictures! However, here’s a little peak at what happened:

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Also, thank you to our enrichment staff for help making this program a success! Have a safe and FUN summer!

-Ms. Charli

End Of Year Recap On All the FUN STUFF! (Yoga, Creative Movement + Snack Time)

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

We are approaching the end of this school year (2016-2017) and I simply can not believe it! Like, WOW where did the time REALLY go?! But I guess that saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun” can live up to its meaning. This year has definitely been one amazing trip.  I’m so excited to see all of our CES camp excel to the next grade level — they’ve earned it! Although I will really miss my Kindergarteners who’ve been hanging out with me since they were in PK3 🙂

Any who, I’d like to think that a few of our memories from this year will stem from Yoga (with Ms. Ayana), Creative Movement (with Ms. GiGi), free play + snack time. In all classes, there’s nothing like seeing the smiling faces of joy when it’s time to do those activities. And since the weather has been generally nice + beautiful, they prefer to eat their snacks outside, sitting on the benches in the courtyard. How could I say “no” to that?!

Take a moment with me in recapping all of the tons of fun that we’ve had this school year:

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Mother’s Day Stuff With Our Friends at Bancroft!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

Happy belated Mother’s Day to ALL of our wonderful mommies who help make our program a success by allowing your child to share moments with our Bancroft + JO Wilson staff in after school! This has been one extremely fun year and as we prepare to say goodbye to the 2016-2017 school year, we surely made plans to help celebrate you all. This year, all CES after-school classes opened their creative boxes and colored, cut, glued, and pasted some LOVELY projects! Each class made their very own Mother’s Day cards; some for mommies and others for grand mommies! They really took their time and made sure to create something meaningful and express just how much they truly feel about you!

Additionally, we also spent that week reading books centered around mommies (Mama Bears, Mama Bunnies… among others).

Did you love your card? Make sure you pin your coloring sheets up somewhere visible for gentle reminders of just how much you mean to your child(ren)! Oh, but DADS… you’re next!

Here’s what happened…

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DCPS Summer School Learning + After School Information For 2017

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends,

A lot of you have inquired about summer school and if there will be any after-school once summer school lets out for the day. I’m happy to provide you with additional information regarding summer school for DCPS.

If you have registered your child for summer school 2017 please take note of the following:

  • Dates: Monday through Friday, June 26 through July 28 (except for July 4)
  • Times: 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Grade levels: Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Location: Brightwood Elementary (1300 Nicholson Street, NW)
  • Food: Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Enrollment fee: none (registration is currently closed)

To inquire about your child’s registration information and/or site, please email dcps.summer@dc.gov


If your child is registered for summer school learning, after-school WILL BE provided for our CES students who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. However, CES will NOT be providing the after-school services.

Please note that ONLY DCPS students registered for summer school from 8:00am until 1:00pm are eligible to participate in after-school from 1:00pm until 5:30pm each day.

For additional information regarding the community partner for after-school, please contact dcps.summer@dc.gov

Thank you!

Easter Outside Play 2017

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

I’m delighted to share with you all some pictures of our Easter adventures held on Good Friday 4/14! Every year, I plan fun week-long activities and an Easter Egg Hunt to close out the week. This year, our CES crew enjoyed various Easter coloring pages, one bunny/egg art + craft and the biggest piece of all — you guessed it, the hunt!

Each class (PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten) had their very own egg hunt in the Bancroft (Sharpe) courtyards at specific times. CUTENESS OVERLOAD as the staff and I watched them search for colorful plastic eggs. Some were even dressed in glitter that contained different prizes!

To go along with the egg hunt, students got to make very their own bags, which served as our mini craft that week. Did you hear about all the fun we had?? If not, check the pictures below to see for yourself:

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Celebrate With Our Yoga Instructor, Ms. Ayana On Her NEW Books!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

As many of you may know, one of our enrichment instructors, Ms. Ayana, teaches the yoga class at Bancroft and JO Wilson. Our students absolutely love when she’s present for a little wind down, meditation time. And hey, the staff enjoy it also; and we’ll never be able to thank her enough!

However, what we CAN do is support her new journey as an author! Ms. Ayana and her daughter recently debuted their children’s books, “10 Little Beautiful Souls” and “ABC’s Of Yoga”.

Soon you’ll be able to purchase them online! I’m not sure about you, but I am ready to get my copies and see what else Ms. Ayana has in store 🙂 Stay tuned for additional information about supporting her new books.

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Team Building + Team Work Time In Kindergarten!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

As aftercare instructor for Kindergarten at Bancroft, I’m always coming up with ideas on how my students can better understand what it means to be kind to others, correct manners and knowing the difference between right and wrong. Well, last week, we took the entire 5 days together to read and study a book called, “7 Habits of Happy Kids” by Sean Covey. 

Kindergarten absolutely loved this book, but probably not as much as me! If you haven’t checked out this book yet, read about it below:

In The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Sean Covey uses beautifully illustrated stories to bring his family’s successful philosophy to the youngest child.

For the Seven Oaks friends, there is always something to do. Whether they’re singing along with Pokey Porcupine’s harmonica or playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit, everyone is having fun and learning all sorts of things. These seven stories show how practicing the 7 Habits makes this possible for the whole Seven Oaks Community.

From learning how to take charge of their own lives to discovering how balance is best, the Seven Oaks friends have tons of adventures and find out how each and every kid can be a happy kid!

So we discussed so many topics from showing kindness towards others to distinguishing from right/wrong (but in a FUN way!) So after finishing 5 of the stories, we spent the last day team building which included taking a task and completing it as one team. They also enjoyed free drawing their favorite part of story of the book. See what happened below!

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Bancroft Celebrates… DR. SEUSS Week + Birthday! March 2, 2017

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

We hope that you all are staying safe and warm after “Winter Storm Stella”! I guess I spoke too soon when sharing my excitement about the warmer spring-like weeks that we were getting. Sigh. Mother nature sure knows how to play tricks on us!

Any who, didn’t I tell you guys that the Bancroft crew LOVES to celebrate holidays??? Well, Dr. Seuss is also one of our *faves*. I mean, who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss illustrations and the super silly, tongue twisting rhymes that come with?

This year, we did something a tad bit different. Since each day during Dr. Seuss week was specifically themed by DCPS, we decided to play along; with Wednesday being the most exciting day! Wednesday was “Thing 1 & Thing 2” Day 🙂 Students were encouraged to dress like twins on this day, and in after school, we proceeded to make “Thing 1 & Thing 2” paper bag puppets! The kiddos partnered up and one created a Thing 1 puppet, while the other created a Thing 2 puppet.

Wellllllllll…… let’s take a look at what was created. Do you see your Thing 1 or Thing 2???

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THERE Is NO After-School On March 13, 2017 + Potential Snow Day (Winter Storm Stella)

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

This is an announcement just to alert you that there will be NO aftercare at Bancroft Elementary (Sharpe) on Monday, March 13, 2017 due to the Standing Ovation Award Ceremony where our Bancroft staff members will be honored.  With that said, all aftercare students will be placed on the 3:30pm bus at the school’s regular dismissal time.

Additionally, please make sure to follow Winter Storm STELLA watch this evening in the chance of a potential snow day for tomorrow, March 14th. The weather channel is reporting at least 4-8 inches of snow to begin this evening around 9pm.


**Please note that if DCPS closes due to a snow day, CES aftercare is also closed. As always, reach out to us via email/phone with any additional questions and/or concerns!

FUN Outside Play On Our “Warmer” Days

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

The winter season this year has surprisingly been quite kind to us. Specifically the month of February where winter tends to hit us the worst. However lately, we’ve been getting much warmer temps than expected — therefore, why not spend those days OUTSIDE?!

We love to give our students a nice 30-40 minute enjoyment period outside where they can scream, jump, laugh + run as much as their little hearts desire! And hey, even sometimes, you’ll catch me running around playing too 🙂 My favorite activity is joining them in a game of tag on the jungle gym!

Do you see your child below???

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