December 2020 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

Banner Families,

I cannot express how happy I have been with our students, teachers, and parents. This year has certainly been like no other, and we have made the very best of it! Our remote students are rocking their learning! Our in-person students are as well! I couldn't be more proud of our Banner Nation as a whole. If you could see the every day workings of our teaching staff, you would be even more amazed at what they do on a day-to-day basis. As we close this year out, I just want to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who is a part of our Banner Community. Every person is so critical to our goal of making students feel welcome while learning each day! Let's move past 2020 and get a running start into 2021!

Holiday Collection for the Children's Home of Peoria

Unfortunately, we will not be taking our students shopping as a school as we have done for nearly 20 years; however, that does not mean that there isn't a need. We will be collecting for the Children's Home of Peoria from now until December 15. Our goal is to collect $2,500 to help at least 50 children. Every $50 donated will provide a child with a gift. A check will be presented to the Children's Home on Thursday, December 17. Thank you for your amazing generosity in a strange time!

Playground Update

See the graphic and information below! What an exciting number to announce! We are so very close to closing in on our goal of $25,000!
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PTO News

Dine Out Night at Potbelly - Monday, December 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

  • 25% of sales (carry out, curbside pick up, or drive thru).
  • Show the flyer that was emailed out

PTO Monthly meeting

  • Monday, December 14 at 6:30 PM via ZOOM

PTO Silent Auction (virtual style)

  • This is coming in 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!

Winter Break Dates

Our first semester ends on Friday, December 18. Students will be on Winter Break from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1. Students will return to school on Monday, January 4. Happy New Year!!


Students will be dismissed at 1:45 PM on Friday, December 18.

Your child is going to be absent?

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

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screenings will be administered on December 7, 2020 for all special education students at Banner Elementary. Any teacher referrals will be addressed that day as well. Please note that a vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.

Macaroni Mountain

THANK YOU so much for your amazing generosity as we collected over 3,100 boxes of macaroni and cheese! The South Side Mission was very grateful to receive such an amazing outpouring of your help! Congratulations to Mrs. Rocke's classroom who collected nearly 700 boxes!

Birthday Treat Guidelines

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

December Lunch Menu

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

Upcoming Events to get on your calendar

  • Holiday Collection for the Children's Home of Peoria - December 1 - 15
  • PTO Dine Out - Monday, December 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • PTO Meeting - Monday, December 14 - 6:30 PM via Zoom
  • School Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 16 - 6:00 PM (most likely via YouTube)
  • Winter Break - Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1
  • Students return from Break - Monday, January 4
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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!