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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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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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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This Is How We Celebrated LOVE Day At Bancroft!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

No holiday goes unnoticed at Bancroft Elementary! We’ve made it a tradition to spend at least one day (or even a week long) celebrating holidays in the forms of:

  • discussion
  • arts/crafts
  • music/dance
  • coloring/drawing
  • and more!

Such was the case for Valentine’s Day! One of my favorites, so we definitely had to spend a couple of days spreading the LOVE ❤ ❤ ❤  We also ended the day with white chocolate kisses + cupcakes!

Parents, what do ya think? Did they enjoy VDay 2017 or what?! We hope that you loved your personalized cards! Take a look:

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Happy Holidays + Happy New Year From Your Friends At Bancroft!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

Your friends at Bancroft are delighted to share with you holiday adventures from the last week of after school before the big break! We had such a great time listening + dancing to Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and many other songs! We also thoroughly enjoyed holiday themed yoga and creative movement with Ms. Ayana + Ms. Gigi!

And then there were craft parties 🙂 Special thanks to Ms. Keith and Ms. Destinee for offering their cool holiday ideas for our friends! Every year it gets better and better. This year however, we designed our very own Christmas Tree ornaments with glitter and cute, jazzy things. Our little friends truly enjoyed this one, and were very happy to create something special to hang on the tree at home!

Additionally, our older friends in Kindergarten were SO fascinated with Rudolph this year, so we let them create their very own reindeer and name them as they wish!

We hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and wishing each of you a Happy New Year! 2017… Yeeaahhh, bring it on! 

Here’s what happened at Bancroft:

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PK Chronicles: It Looks A Lot Like Christmas At JO Wilson!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, over at JO Wilson, that is! Looks like our little friends are in the holiday spirit and are ready for the long awaited extended break. There has been music, laughter, silly faces, story time, free play with blocks and puzzles…. and of course, CRAFTS! You know how much we love our creative adventures 🙂

Many, many thanks to all of our JO Wilson teachers and enrichment staff who truly have a passion for what they do and warm patience in working with our CES kiddos during after-school hours.

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PS: Be sure to check the Capital Educational Support website (www.capedsupport.com) over the holiday break for updates and announcements regarding the return after New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s What We’re Thankful For…

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

This year for Thanksgiving we only had two days for activities right before the extended break. On the first day, each class discussed the holiday and talked about their favorite part and favorite holiday food! We then colored turkeys only using the warm Autumn colors, as we’d previously studied the different colors of the leaves.

On the next day, we make THANKFUL TREES! The students were instructed to color and cut out (Kindergarten only cut; PK3 & 4 teachers helped cut for them) a tree bark and leaves; glue them down and write what they are thankful for on each leaf.

So many funny answers from the little silly gooses, but I think each and every one of the projects included “Mom and Dad” so they are DEFINITELY thankful for you guys! Take a look…

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Halloween Party 101: Character Day, Pizza + Pumpkin Crafts!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

Every year at Bancroft, we celebrate the Halloween season with a pizza party, candy, costumes + crafts! This year was no different. Special thanks to our Director, Mia Stewart for supplying the pizza and Ms. Rosales for introducing a fun 3D craft project creating very COLORFUL pumpkins! And how about the costumes?! We had so many different creatures, super-heros and princesses… let’s take a look!

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BANCROFT | Mother’s Day + Crafts Recap

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

On last week at Bancroft we celebrated our MOTHERS every single day! CES MOMS, did you receive at least 5 special somethings, well put together by your little one(s)? You should have! Because they worked so very hard on their mini projects in showing their love for you.

There were even some students creating double of the same project and I asked, “Oh are you making one for your grandmother too?!” Wellllll unfortunately that was NOT the case, and instead ALL for you, MOM!

**One thing about craft time at Bancroft, I instruct the teachers to allow their students to be creative in their very own way, by themselves. I think it’s important to watch and help from a distance in implementing fun + creativity; and also gives them some free space to come up with their own ideas!

Here’s what they did:

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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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