January 2021 Banner Tracks

Banner. You belong here.

It's a great day to be a Bobcat!

Make sure you are keeping up with the weekly announcements! It's the best way to stay on top of what is happening at Banner! It's also a great way for you and your student to have a conversation at the dinner table!

2020 Coming to a Close

Happy New Year, Banner Families!

If someone would have told me we would have been able to sustain in-person school as well as remote in the way we have all through the month of December, I would not have believed it. Thank you to the efforts of our parents, students, and staff, we have been able to provide great learning opportunities for students in BOTH venues! Let's reflect on those things in 2020 that were positive and look forward to better things in 2021!

~Mr. Fairchild

Holiday Collection for the Children's Home of Peoria


Our total for this year was $5,827.10!! The outpouring of generous donations (no matter how large or small) was overwhelming! Banner Nation comes through for everyone no matter what the situation is! You all truly made a difference in the lives of SEVERAL children in need!

Our current playground total is.....

....nearly $19,300!! What an exciting number to announce! We are so very close to closing in on our goal of $25,000! Just over $5,000 to go to reach our goal for installation!

PTO News

460 Pizza Fundraiser (all day) - Thursday, January 14

PTO Monthly meeting - Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM via Zoom

PTO Silent Auction (virtual style)

  • This is coming in February of 2021!!


It's beginning to get a bit cold outside! Please make sure you send your child with clothing that can be worn outside as we take students outside for some fresh air and recess every day if the temperatures (including the windchill) is 15 degrees and above. Also, please make sure to clearly label your child's winter clothes so they don't end up in the Lost and Found!

Virtual BINGO!!

In a "normal" year, we would be having our PTO Family Movie Night on Friday, January 8; however, with COVID restrictions, that is not possible this year.

In place of the family movie night, I will be hosting a VIRTUAL BINGO night on Friday, January 8 via ZOOM. There are no prizes - just a fun evening of playing BINGO and connecting with ALL of our Bobcats! HERE is how we are going to do this:

  • Students will be sent home with four BINGO boards to fill out (K-1 will also be given some pictures to cut and glue to form their BINGO boards for one round).
  • Remote students - BINGO boards will be emailed to you the week of the 4th of January for you to print out, OR you may come to the foyer during school hours to pick up a board and/or pictures if you are a K-1 student.
  • There will be THREE time frames that are grade specific:
  • ~K and 1st grade - 5:30 - 6:15 PM (picture AND traditional BINGO)
  • ~2nd and 3rd grade - 6:30 - 7:15 PM (traditional BINGO - fill out your own card/s)
  • ~4th and 5th grade - 7:30 - 8:15 PM (traditional BINGO - fill out your own card/s)
  • Use the ZOOM link below. Please log onto the Zoom link at your assigned time (see above). You may join via phone if you have a bad internet connection using the passcode 12345.
  • Let's have a BLAST!

Topic: BINGO Night

Time: Jan 8, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 882 9438 2063

Passcode: 12345

Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 for in-person students.


  • Pictures will be at Banner between 3:15 PM and 4:30 PM on January 28.

Spelling Bee Canceled in 2021

Unfortunately, we will not be having a spelling bee this school year. We hope that we are able to have it the following school year!

Winter Break Dates

Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 5. Happy New Year!!

Your child is going to be absent?

Please either call the office (309-243-7774) OR email Mrs. Barber at lbarber@dunlapcusd.net by 8:15 AM at the latest if your child is going to be absent. Thank you for your help with this!

Birthday Treat Guidelines

Unfortunately, we will not be allowing any birthday treats due to the COVID restrictions.

January Lunch Menu

See the following link to view our January Lunch Menu! We LOVE our food! Our cooks do an excellent job preparing it!

Upcoming Events to get on your calendar

  • Winter Break - Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4
  • Teacher's Remote Instructional Planning Day (no school for students) - Monday, January 4
  • Students return from Break - Tuesday, January 5
  • BIGNO NIGHT - Friday, January 8 (see details above)
  • School Improvement Day (11:15 AM Dismissal) - Friday, January 15
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL) - Monday, January 18
  • PTO meeting - Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
  • School Board of Education meeting - Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 PM
  • Great Kindness Challenge Week - Week of January 25
  • Picture Day - Thursday, January 28
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How to connect with us!

We have many ways in which to connect and interact with us at Banner! In order to be fully informed about what is happening at Banner, I encourage you to join our Facebook page!