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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Bancroft Outside Play | Chalk Art, Hula Hoops + Soft Balls!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

At the start of the SPRING, I always like to make it a FUN EXPERIENCE as we prepare to make our way back OUT into the fabulous sun after a couple of months of the harsh Winter breeze. Spring officially hit us a bit later this year than we expected, but it finally appeared and let us just all agree — we were READY!

So needless to say, I bought a bunch of chunky chalk in all sorts of colors, hula hoops (because what little girl doesn’t enjoy a good waist exercise with a hoop?), and jumbo soft balls for our high-speed little boys in action!

Did they enjoy this?! Why yes, yes they did:

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Fall/Winter RECAP 2015: Parties, Outside Play + Adventure!

Hi Parents, Guardians, + Friends!

Welcome back and Happy New Year 2016! We surely hope that you all had an incredible holiday break — with family and with your dearest friends! So much has been going on and we are excited to update you!

As we prepared for our lengthy holiday break, the staff did an amazing job preparing fun Christmas and Winter activities for the kids 🙂 We colored fun sheets, discussed related themes (from snowflakes, Christmas trees, Santa Clause… to mittens and coats!) On our final day before the break, they crafted their very own Christmas tree ornaments. Take a look!

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End Of School Year Fun! See What Happened :-)

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

Charli here! I hope that you all have had a WONDERFUL summer! I have myself — from a little traveling to moving into a new place, to just having fun with with friends — this has been a terrific summer for me! But needless to say,

I miss all of our CES kids 😦

Let’s recap from the end of the 2014-2015 school year. During the last couple of weeks as we wrapped up the year doing absolutely nothing but FUN THINGS, we utilized a good bit of that time to enjoy the outside weather. We also spent a little of time inside doing arts + crafts 🙂

By the last day, we enjoyed a Popsicle Party and Chalk Art on our playground! Do you see your child?? Here’s what happened:

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Recap | Oh, How We Love Our Amazing Mothers!

During the week prior to Mother’s Day, each of our CES classes completed one big project, with mini coloring projects throughout the week. We made them really pink, really red… just really colorful — all for our amazing mothers!

If you’re a Kindergarten mother, you should have received a Mother’s Day DIY book full of their week-long hard work created by myself and Ms. Helene! If you’re a PK4 mother, you should have gotten a DIY tissue paper flower/vase (water bottle) with a cutesy bow created by Ms. Keith and Ms. Gladys. If you are a PK3 mother, you got quite a few really small DIY gifts created by Ms. Dela Rosa and Ms. Flores.

Take a look!

**Note, not all pictures from that week have been collected. Will update this post once received!

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RECAP | Black History Month + Valentine’s Day Projects

Hello Parents, Friends and Guardians!

Hope that everyone has been well and warm during the last few days of freezing weather — brrrr!

So last week was fun-filled (no surprise here!), as all of our classes got right to work celebrating Black History Month and our beloved LOVE holiday = Valentine’s Day!

Each class completed one project of each with our ever so crafty and creative teachers.

Here’s what happened!

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PS: Did you all enjoy your SNOW DAY this week?

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!

Welcome February 2015!

Hello parents, friends and guardians!

February has finally arrived (Wow, where has the time gone?) and while we’re trying to stay cozy and as warm as possible, I am happy to report that year 2015 has already been good to CES! We have 2 fun activities each week (Capoeira and Art) and we’ve also started our new partnership with JUMPSTART! To be discussed in a later post 🙂 This year, we are priding ourselves in keeping our students involved, engaged and interested in our program and its activities! Contagious energy, I tell you!

So far here’s what has happened:

With the help of myself and Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Helene, each week, they plan an exciting theme to study and discuss. Since November, they have studied:

  • planets/solar system
  • winter sports
  • the letter P (princesses, pirates and pizza!)
  • dinosaurs
  • water creatures

Sounds fun, right? Take a look!

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Pre-K 4 has also been having quite an exciting experience! Ms. Gladys and Ms. Keith each bring interesting crafts and activities for our little ones to enjoy each and every day (that is, when they aren’t busy with Capoeira, art and Jumpstart!)

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And lastly, our babies, Pre-K 3 keep busy with learning new activities and their many curious questions! It’s always fun to peek in on Pre-K 3 because they are so excited to share with me what they completed and learned how to do! (Can we say, pizza, puzzles and play-doh?!) But, we’re sure that you get your share at home each evening 🙂

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Christmas Projects (Kindergarten, Pre-K 4, Pre-K 3)

Hi parents! As you know, we were extremely busy during our last two weeks of After School before the Christmas break! Our students completed mini and large puzzles, holiday coloring pages and Christmas ornaments 🙂

**Thanks to one of our teachers, Ms. Keith (Pre-K 4) for introducing the boxed ornament craft project to us!

We are looking forward to beginning our Winter Wonderland inspired projects during the months of January and February.

Here’s what happened…

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