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

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!

JO Wilson Parents, Register TODAY For Upcoming DAY CAMP!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

The CES Team over at JO Wilson are happy to announce that there will be a fun-filled DAY CAMP coming soon! We will later provide additional details about the camp, but for now, if this sounds like something you’d like for your child to partake in, you may register now via the official CES website, CapedSupport. Or perhaps, simply click the clink the link below the banner.



The registration form is accessible via the JO Wilson page of the CES website and looks familiar to the After School registration form. Just fill it out and click submit at the very end.

As always, please contact Director Mia Stewart via email/phone at mstew20018@yahoo.com/202-957-1331 with any questions that you may have!

Thank you! 🙂

Brrrrrrr!! It’s COLD! Here’s What Happens When Our Friends Stay Inside + Warm (Bancroft/JO Wilson)

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

We know how much you all prefer that your child get a breath of fresh air during outside play while hanging out with us. We understand and we do just that majority of our afternoons together. However, winter has finally become consistent, temperature wise and I bet that we all could agree that most days it is just WAY TOO COLD for outside play. Especially since after-school hours start around the time that the sun and temp are both beginning to descend for the evening.  Our rule is that if it’s below 35 degrees, we stay inside where it’s nice + warm.

But no worries! The staff at Bancroft and JO Wilson still allow inside play for our little friends (not as much running around), but  just as feasible + fun!

Generally, we’ll give them FREE PLAY — meaning that we set up fun centers around the classroom and break them into groups. After about 10-15 minutes, they proceed to the next center, and so on.  And I personally like to have KIDS BOP playing in the background also! To give you an idea, centers may consist of (but not limited to):

  • Puzzles
  • Free draw/coloring/crafts
  • Legos
  • Tying shoe strings practice (Kinder)
  • Magnets (building blocks)
  • Reading corner
  • Chatting with teacher (which they get to tell us ALL about their day or whatever else they’d like to share!)

Take a look:

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**ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be no school nor after-school on next Monday, January 16, 2017 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

CES Welcomes New Curriculum Specialist, Ms. Janice Harper + EARTH DAY

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

You may have noticed a *NEW* face around our parts during the After School programs at both Bancroft + JO Wilson. Yep, that’s right — we have a new staff and her name is Ms. Janice Harper. She came on board last week to serve as our Curriculum Specialist and we absolutely just LOVE her presence, energy and helpful tips! She’s a former educator and her connection with the kids is like none other. Simply put, she reminds me A LOT of my very own mother who’s also a retired educator. Ms. Janice brings a breath of fresh air and warmth to the program and treats the children as her own.

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Also on last week, we celebrated EARTH DAY! Our kids love Earth Day and if you ask them all about, please plan to take a moment to hear them out — because they will have quite a lot of engaging things to say!

Thanks so much Ms. Jan (as we call her) for coming in to read to our students about Earth Day. They really enjoyed it!

And let me just commend our kids on their coloring! Isn’t it wonderful? They have surely improved from the beginning of the year 🙂

Take a look:

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Introducing Our *NEW* Kindergarten Co-Teacher + Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Project

Hello Parents, Guardians + Friends!

As you discovered in our previous post about Ms. Helene moving on to facilitate our CES program at JO Wilson Elementary, an additional change also occurred. Most of you have seen/met her, but if not — please welcome Ms. Shamiyah to our program! She replaced Ms. Helene and will be co-teaching with Ms. Angie (aka Ms. Soliz) for the remainder of this school year.

Ms. Shamiyah came on board in full force as she has plenty of years of experience working with younger children.  Our kindergarten class became immediately attached 🙂 If you see her, say hello!

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Also during that week, as we prepared for the holiday, we celebrated our dear Civil Rights’ activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We joined the entire Bancroft Elementary family in giving lessons about his leadership, life and death.  It’s important to us that we not only have lots of fun in our program, but also take time to teach our kids history.

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Grant Eligibility For Our After-School Program

Parents, we are happy to have received our grant for qualified families again this year! For those of you who are registered with no fee, we will need to finalize eligibility. We will meet with you this week (October 27-29) and next week (November 2-4) from 5PM-6PM in the Teacher’s Lounge to finalize the process.


Please bring the following documents that apply to you:

Proof of Citizenship (All documents presented to verify legal status must be an original or copy certified by the issuing agency)

  • Birth Certificate (Parent)
  • Green Card
  • Visa
  • Documentation from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Social Security Card
  • Drivers Licensed

Proof of Residency (Individual documentation)

  • Current, official rent receipt (on company letter head)
  • Current mortgage payment statement in applicant’s name
  • Current utility or home telephone bill
  • A notarized letter from the person with whom the applicant lives
  • E-bills for utilities
  • Documentation of active TANF, Medicaid or Food Stamp status
  • A referral from a district government agency such as foster care or child protective services.


  • -3 Pay stubs
  • -Gross salaries or wages of one or both parent/guardians
  • -Net income from self-employment
  • -Any social security or veteran benefits
  • -Income of children receiving subsidized care (child support or social security)
  • -Unemployment Compensation
  • -Alimony
  • -Portion of an educational grant that is specifically designated for living expenses

If you have any questions, please call our Director, Mia Stewart directly at: 202-957-1331 

Charli Holbrook
CES Site Coordinator
Bancroft Elementary

Welcome Back! News, Announcements + Other Things :)

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

What a LONG, over-due post to welcome each of you back to our CES Before & After School programs at Bancroft Elementary! We are officially two months in, and well on our way to having an exciting, fun-filled school year.


Along with After-Care, we have also extended our services during the early morning hours, before school (7am-7:50am)! Should you need to get to work a bit earlier, we have a monthly fee option ($40) and a drop-in fee option ($8).  For an application, you can find me at Bancroft in the morning, (7am-8:30am) or during the afternoon (2pm-6pm).


In addition, we are also beginning Enrichment this week for After-Care! As of now, we will have Capoeira on Mondays and either Creative Movement/Yoga on Fridays 🙂

**Please check back here towards the end of the week for pictures!

Have an amazing day!

— Ms. Charli

Great News! Georgetown University Theater Will Be Performing On Friday

Hi parents, friends and guardians!

We are excited to let you all know that we will be sitting back and relaxing on tomorrow to enjoy a special performance from Georgetown University’s theater troupe! They will be visiting Bancroft’s after school programs from 4:30pm-6:00pm to showcase a little entertainment and fun during our time together.

You are welcome to come and visit with us during this time — please join us in the gymnasium as we will journey there after our snack time in the cafeteria!

Until next time, stay warm!

-Ms. Charli

Reminders + Important Dates For the Month Of February

Good morning parents, friends and guardians!

Just wanted to keep you all updated and informed about upcoming dates that will affect our After School program.


  • Friday, February 13, 2015: (Professional Development Day for DCPS) There will be NO school or aftercare for CES students.
  • Monday, February 16, 2015: (Presidents Day) There will be NO school or aftercare for CES students.
  • Monday, February 23, 2015: (Parent/Teacher Conference Day) There will be NO school or aftercare for CES students.

Also, for this week, with the help of our staff members, we will be doing one (1) Valentines Day craft project and one (1) Black History Month project with our CES art teacher!

Happy Tuesday and have a great day!