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Welcome

Welcome to Bancroft Community School!

We are committed to providing all our students with a fine, well-rounded education. Our staff is a caring team working together to provide high-quality learning experiences in a nurturing and safe environment.

Bancroft’s primary academic focus is literacy in reading, writing, and mathematics. Learning activities are also integrated in history/social science, science, physical education, and the arts. The staff provides a balanced academic program to help all students have a happy and successful future.

We believe that parents are the most significant influence in their children’s lives. We want our parents to be involved to help us do the best job possible for our students. Parents can participate in many ways—as classroom volunteers, by attending Back-to-School Night and Open House, by participating in parent education activities, and by serving as members of the School Site Council and the PTA Board.

Bancroft is proud to be a PeaceBuilders school!  As PeaceBuilders, we notice hurts, give up put-downs, right wrongs, praise people, seek wise people, and help others. 
Throughout the year, we also emphasize developing specific character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, self-discipline, and perseverance.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, compliments, or concerns. We’d love to hear from you!

Kim Libenguth, Principal 

Why You'll Love Bancroft

  • Centrally Located in the Middle of Spring Valley
  • Wonderful Partnerships with San Diego County Office of Education, Health and Human Services
  • A Citizen’s Academy in Partnership with San Diego Probation
  • New Mentorship Program with the Local DA office of San Diego
  • An Energetic Campus
  • Full of Heart for Students

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Important Information:

Our Mission Statement …

Bancroft Community School will educate each child to high standards of achievement through dynamic programs that respond to individual needs and create opportunities for success.

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Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Before and after school, the area in front of the school marquee is designated as a student drop-off and pick-up area or "loading zone." This means cars may not park in this area between the hours of 7:45 am–8:30 am and 2:15–3:00 pm (1:00 pm–1:45 pm on Tuesdays). Cars may pull along this curb for student drop-off and pick-up but may not park during those specified times.

If you pick up your children after school, please meet them ONLY at the following places:

  1. On the playground near the Peace Circle.
  2. In front of the school, near the marquee, in the car pick-up zone.
  3.  At the classroom door. (Kindergarten parents only)

If you prefer to stay in your car, please use the car pick-up zone by the marquee. Just line up with the rest of the cars, and school staff will supervise your children until your car reaches the pick-up zone.

If you prefer to park on the lower dirt field when you pick up your child, PLEASE DO NOT tell your child to meet you down there. Please leave your car and meet your child on the playground near the Peace Circle. All students who are not bus riders, who are not in ESS, or who are not picked up in the car pick-up area in front of the school will be taken by their teachers to the playground near the Peace Circle. This is the spot where parents should pick up their children.

Please do not tell your children to meet you at any place except in the car pick-up zone or on the playground.

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Can my child receive free/reduced lunch?

You can apply for the Federal Free/Reduced-Price Lunch Program ANY time during the school year. Lunch applications are always available in the school office. If your household size goes up, income goes down, if you start receiving Food Stamps, FIP, FDPIR or other benefits, or if there is a job loss you should consider re-applying.

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What to Do if You’re Concerned about Your Child at School

Steps to take if you're concerned about your child at school:

  1. Make sure your child gets 10-11 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Make sure your child receives nutritious meals daily.
  3. Make sure your child is at school on time every day.
  4. Have a consistent homework routine.
  5. Talk to your child. What does your child feel he/she is struggling with?
  6. Talk to your child's teacher. Does the teacher also have concerns?
  7. Talk to the counselor or the principal.
  8. Consider a medical evaluation. This step can help rule out any medical issues that could affect school success (vision, hearing, allergies, asthma, ADHD, etc.) 
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Technology at Bancroft!

We are excited about new technology applications at our school!

Each sixth grade classroom now has a SmartBoard (interactive whiteboard). Our teachers are learning all the amazing things they can do to engage students in learning using the SmartBoards.

Our third graders each have access to an iPod Touch in class. They use a variety of math, reading, and writing apps to strengthen their skills.

All of our teachers in grades 2-6 have audio systems that help the students hear the teacher better. The teacher wears a microphone, and a speaker is located in the back of the room. We have also ordered these systems for our kindergarten and first grade classes, so they will arrive soon. An additional microphone can be used by students when they make presentations to the class.  

Each of our classrooms also has a special projector which connects to the teacher laptop. This enables the teacher to project a variety of things on the screen for the students to view. These projectors take the place of old film and slide projectors, DVD players, VCRs, and even the big-screen televisions. 

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Run Club

Bancroft's new Run Club started on January 18. Every morning before the Peace Circle begins, the lower field will be open, and ALL students will run or walk around the area. Thanks to our PE teacher, Mrs. Perry, we have a scanner system that keeps track of each student's miles. Students will earn tokens for their miles. Our playground attendants and ESS staff supervise our students during the Run Club. Parents are invited to participate along with their children.

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District News

#LMSVHeart

Enjoy this video compilation of footage from students and teachers from all of our school sites showcasing our district values of equity, inclusion and HEART.

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Sonic Expressions at Spring Valley Academy

At Spring Valley Academy, the innovative Sonic Expressions music course combines creating music with social skills. As the saying in Sonic Expressions goes, "When words fail, music speaks."

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Bancroft Community Health Fair

The leadership team at Bancroft Elementary School organized a Community Health Fair at Open House to bring health and community services to families that included book give aways, dental screenings and informational booths.

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