Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bond Meeting January 24, 2012

Coffee and Conversation with Will Moore- The History and Future of the Banks School Bond

Tuesday, 1/24/12 at 7:30pm, BES Cafeteria

Mark your calendar & join us for an open discussion about the district facilities, past & future bonds, and how it affects YOU and YOUR kids. Take a tour of the Jr High & High School facilities to see the schools in person. Your questions, comments and input are important. All community members are invited. Childcare will be provided.

Winter Concert ~ Thursday December 15th

Winter Concert
Thursday, December 15th, 7-8pm
BES Cafeteria
Refreshments will be served.

Please bring non-perishable food and gently used warm clothing to donate to local families in need.

All are welcome and invited to come!  Thank you for your support.

Brick Sales- Buy a brick!!

Looking for a cool way to preserve your child's school memories?  Buy a brick!  For $40 you can purchase a brick and leave your imprint on the Banks Elementary campus.  Please contact bankselementarypto@gmail.com for ordering details. 

December/January Newsletter

Lots of exciting things taking part at BES!  Check out the latest with this link to our December/January newsletter.

Monday, November 7, 2011

November PTO Minutes

Keep up to date on all of the school happenings!  Check out this link to view the November PTO minutes.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest 2011 
Nov 10th 5:30 to 8:30pm

Every dollar raised goes to Math Textbooks!
Here are some ways you can help:

Admission, bring your friends & family: 
$5 punchcards (one punch per booth)
$5 UNLIMITED wristband (kids 0-4)
$10 UNLIMITED wristband, includes $2 food voucher (ages 5+)
(Hint: Bring extra cash for food, add-ons and bake sale!)

Handstamp Add-ons:
Game Truck $3 - All night access to mobile video game truck (15 min limit per visit). www.gametruckparty.com
Hair Salon $2 - One visit for hair jewels professionally applied by Absolute Hair Salon ($10 value!)
Balloon Animal $1 - one adorable balloon animal or hat

Candy Donations
Please donate 1 bag per child of individually wrapped candy. There is a Candy Collection Bin in the Office.
Bake Sale - Donate or Purchase
Drop off baked goods at the bake sale table near concessions anytime from 3-5:30 on Nov. 10th or just bring baked items with you when you come to the event. We'll have family size goods and individually wrapped treats!
Money 4 Math Bottle
Throw your extra change in the "Money 4 Math" bottle in the office, there will be a prize awarded for the person who guesses the closest amount at Harvest Fest!
Eat at Harvest Fest:  
Our menu this year is healthier and more fun than ever! 
Subway sandwich $2 
Subway sandwich meal $3 (includes sandwich, chips, lemonade) 
Popcorn $1
Cotton candy $2
Bottled water $1

Don't miss this year's party! See you there!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Newsletter

Lots of fun, new and exciting things happening this fall at BES....check out the latest in our newsletter here

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ordering Spirit Wear

You can now print a Spirit Wear form from this link and turn in your order to the front office any time.

*  Please note that page one of this on-line document is for BES Staff orders.  Page two is for all others :-)

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Harrison. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October Minutes

Please click here to view the October meeting minutes.  Thank you for all who attended!  :-)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 2011 Minutes

Please click here to read the minutes for September.  Thank you all for attending!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Textbook Pledge Drive

The Banks Elementary School PTO needs your help! Currently the textbooks that are being used to teach our children are severely out of date. The worst offenders are the math textbooks. The school’s current math books range from 9-13 years old. Why is that a problem? Most textbooks are updated every 5 years to keep up with teaching and testing standards. In the most recent state testing, only 74.61 % of BES students received passing scores on math tests. This is due in part to new state math standards being implemented and an increase in cut scores to meet those standards. Most teachers don’t even use the outdated and obsolete textbooks they have.

Doesn’t the School District Usually Pay For Textbooks?

As you may know, the state of Oregon has made drastic cuts to the state education budget. This has affected every school district, state-wide. The Banks School District was given considerably less funding this year than last year. In addition to this, the school district is also facing declining enrollment, which determines how much the state allocates to our district. For the 2011-2012 school year, deep cuts were required from the Elementary, Jr. High and High Schools. Banks SD is focusing the budget on keeping teachers (and therefore keeping class-sizes down as much as possible) and maintaining current programs. Based on this information, the Banks School District is unable to allocate any budget towards textbooks for the foreseeable future. It has become apparent to the BES PTO that the responsibility for funding new textbooks rests on the shoulders of parents and community members.

What Is Being Done?

The PTO has implemented a Textbook Adoption Fundraising Committee. The purpose of this committee is to try to raise money towards a new K-6 Math curriculum. The cost of one of these curriculums is upwards of $60,000. The committee is actively applying for grants from local foundations and corporations. We are also asking local businesses to help. Our goal is to raise $40,000 through grants and business donations. In addition to fundraising, the committee will also be sending out a letter to our representatives with a petition asking that funding be reinstated to the education system. You will have an opportunity to read and sign this letter at the Back-To-School Barbeque in September.

What Can You do?

We are asking each family to consider a donation of $100 or more toward new Math books for our children. This can be done several ways—through online payment, a one- time payment or a $10/month installment plan. If all families participate, we will raise $20,000 toward new Math curriculum.

As parents and concerned citizens, we welcome you to support this mission in any way you can! To make a donation now, click on the yellow “donate” button to the top right of this page. Thank you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 World Expo and Art Fair

What a fun night! The BES staff and students put on a phenomenal World Expo and Art Fair this year- you all did an amazing job!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fun at the BBQ....

Thank you to all who joined us at the BBQ on Wednesday! The students had a great time even though the sun didn't come out for us :-)

Friday, May 6, 2011

BBQ Luncheon, May 11th

Come join us for an outdoor BBQ on Wednesday, 5/11/11

Where?  Playground (weather permitting) or cafeteria

Times are as follows:

11-11:30:  Kinders and Guests
11:30-12:00:  1st and 2nd graders and Guests
12:00-12:30:  3rd and 4th graders and Guests
12:30-1:00:  5th and 6th graders and Guests

Banks students lunch will be deducted from their lunch accounts as normal.  Adults and children will need to purchase a ticket at the door (cash only). 
Adult Guests:  $3.50 each
Children:  $2.25 each

BBQ Menu

Hamburger or Hotdog
Beans, Potato Salad, Fruit, Chips, Cookie and Drink

Double your Contribution!

Do you work for a community-minded company that offers an Employer Match Program?  If so, your contributions could have twice the impact on our school by participating in your company’s matching program. How cool is that? 

Just fill out the form on your corporate web site or request one from your HR contact.

We’ll do the rest.

If you would like to make a donation to Banks Elementary, please contact any of the board members via our Contact Us page.

Thank you, every dollar you contribute makes a huge difference.

Labels for Education

Our school participates in the Labels for Education program.  For each participating label you turn in, our school will earn points in which teachers can purchase classroom resources- anything from crayons to globes, math manipulatives, science kits, reading supplements and more.
All you have to do is save your labels in a ziploc bag and have your child turn them in to the school office or their teacher for redemption.
Visit www.labelsforeducation.com to view a comprehensive list of qualifying products.

Box Tops For Education

Did you know……
  • For each box top you clip and save, Banks Elementary earns 10 cents?
  • It may not sound like a lot, but we are proud to report that we earn approximately $1000 each year from students collecting box tops! 
  • Each year we earn enough money to treat the students to an all-school assembly.
  • And, it’s a fun project for your kids to help out with…each year every class holds a fun contest to see who can collect the most box tops…and are awarded with ice cream or popcorn parties.  Check out www.boxtops4education.com for additional information and sign-up for coupons, samples and more.
Please remember to cut out each box top "neatly" in the exact size of the box top itself.  This will prevent double-work of our volunteers having to re-cut them before we can submit them for payment. 

Kindergarten Round-Up May 12th

Please join us on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 pm for Kindergarten Round-Up held in the cafeteria.  During this time you will meet the school principal, Mr. Huston, and hear about what the Fall season will bring for your Kinder.  Your Kinder will also get to meet the Kinder teachers while they check out the classrooms and do a fun activity. 

PTO board members will also be presenting some important information during the night we hope you find helpful. 

Please take this time to ask questions and become familiar with all Banks Elementary has to offer :-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Brave Run 6-4-11

Remember to support the first annual Brave Run coming up June 4th.  It's a wonderful 5k/10k fundraiser with 100% of proceeds going towards much needed new technology at the school.  For more information and registration information, please visit Signmeup.com.