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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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 with any questions that you may have!

Thank you! 🙂

On Fridays At Bancroft, We Build Things!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

On last week, we had some pretty great weather! Actually, the last couple of weeks we’ve had fairly warm weather considering that it is now the very end of January.  So of course our friends had to take much advantage of it! We spent a lot of time outside from 3:30-4:00pm. However, I had to remind them that they still must wear their jackets/sweaters.

“It’s not quite Spring yet friends!” 🙂

This week, the temperature will return to the mid thirties, so I am really glad that we got a chance to revisit the sunshine if only for a couple of days.

On Fridays, the kindergarten class and I have a adopted a theme where we play a bit with our imagination(s).  On the last few Fridays we’ve talked about sea creatures, different types of fruits/veggies, and a discussion on bullying.  Last Friday, the class as a whole, decided to create and build something with the use of their imaginations. With that in mind, they broke up into groups and built:

  • a dog house
  • a barbie/doll house
  • airplanes
  • boats/ships

We also had a couple of our friends who opted to hang out in the reading corner and read books centered around “construction”. Let’s take a look!

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***Announcement: Parents, I have received a few calls regarding lost items such as jackets, scarves, hats, etc. Most times, I am able to retrieve the items by looking around the classrooms. There isn’t an official Lost & Found location in the school, but as always, I will keep my eyes open and hope for a speedy return!

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! A Time To Reflect…

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

As most of you know, Bancroft takes much time in teaching students HISTORY. This could be American history and/or history centered around specific holidays. Most importantly, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Last week, we prepared for the holiday by celebrating our dear Civil Rights’ activist. We followed suit and 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 inspiring history.

***Please stay tuned for additional photos of MLK activities from last week!

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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.

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 ( over the holiday break for updates and announcements regarding the return after New Year!

Mittens, Scarves + Coats! Is Your Child Bundled UP For Winter??

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

December has arrived which means no outside play unless your child is BUNDLED UP! Some days are warmer than others, but for the most part, the very cold DC weather has made its landing. The rule is: no coat, no play! We certainly do not want any of our little friends getting sick before the holidays 🙂

Don’t they look warm + cozy?!

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Come Find Out What’s Going On At J.O. Wilson!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

We’re back and delighted to share a snippet (or two, three) of our LITTLE FRIENDS over at J.O. Wilson Elementary! They have  been having tons of fun and cool adventures with Site Coordinator Ms. Helene and staff; along with enrichment instructors, Mr. Dale (Capoeira) and Ms. Ayana (Yoga).

It also looks like our friendly Kindergarten faces had a friendship-bracelet and necklace making party! At CES, we truly love arts + crafts because that’s the perfect time to let our students be creative and artsy in their own way; and with their own imagination! Let’s take a look:

PS: Ms. Helene, your friends at Bancroft say HEY!

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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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