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 5Β 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 freshΒ 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 πŸ™‚

Take a look:

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

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At the start of the SPRING, I always like to make it a FUNΒ 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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Bancroft Fun ‘N the Sun | Easter Outside Play + Egg Hunt!

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

EASTER is one of my favorite holidays! And this year (similar to last year), I prepared and hosted an Easter party + egg hunt for our CES kids. They were absolutely thrilled about the party the entire week and I almost cried on that Thursday because rain was forecasted for Friday (the day of the party). BUT, to my surprise and gratefulness, the rain HELD OFF for the entire day πŸ™‚

During that week, we did coloring activities and a quick craft (making the Easter bags); and on the day of the party, we began our after-school activities with Easter inspired chocolates + cupcakes and proceeded outside for the Egg hunt.

Each class had their own egg hunt of course, during their scheduled outside play in which each child was instructed to find exactly 3 eggs to put in their bags. And towards the end of the day, all classes got to participate in one last hunt together. Boy did we have some fun!

Here’s what happened:

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**And SPECIAL THANKS to those parents/nannies who allowed their child to stay longer that day to indulge in their egg hunt findings and play πŸ™‚

Come Take A Quick Look Into Jo Wilson Elementary School

Hi Parents, Guardians + Friends!

A couple of months back, we announced that one of our Kindergarten co-teachers, Ms. Helene Fisher would be moving on to coordinate the CES program at Jo Wilson Elementary School. Although we miss her each and every day, we’re here to let you know that all things are going well for her in her new environment with new friends!

She has had two opportunities to visit with the Kindergarteners at Bancroft, but sadly we have not received the same opp to visit with her 😦

But don’t fret! Here are just a few photos that she has offered to share with us. Enjoy!

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

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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“Oh The Places You Will Go!” — Our Week Exploring Dr. Seuss!

Despite these two snow days, this past week was ALL ABOUT the brilliant…

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On the three days that we shared together, we explored, read and celebrated his birthday with fun activities and crafts. Special thanks to our staff members, Ms. Helene and Ms. Keith for loaning their special collection of Dr. Seuss books so that our kids could truly get a taste of his catchy phrases and colorful creatures!

From the classics, “Green Eggs & Ham”Β and “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish”, to the more modern “Horton Hears A Who”, and “The Lorax”… Oh these are the places we’ve gone!

** Not to mention, Monday was pajama day πŸ™‚

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RECAP | Georgetown University Children’s Theatre Visits To Perform “The Race That Took the Cake”

On last week, we had the pleasure of attending a special children’s theatre performance put on by Georgetown University! Special Thanks to Ms. Cristina for the invitation, what a fun adventure it was πŸ™‚ A few members of the theatre troupe performed what was especially written for elementary kids, “The Race that Took the Cake”!

It starts off with an elderly woman telling the story about a past experience that she had when she was considered one of the fastest sledders in the land; and all of the challenges (fun challenges) that she faced during that period of time. This play was centered around the themes of obedience, healthy nutrition, right/wrong as well as a few others to be understood by elementary aged school children.

Our CES kids surely enjoyed themselves and we’ve been told that we shall have other experiences such as this one in the future!

Here’s what happened…

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