Banta Unified School District

September Update

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Registration is OPEN!

Registration for Banta Elementary School and Banta Charter School is OPEN!

Just contact the school office at 209-229-4650

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Superintendents Corner

Wow! I can not believe that August is already behind us! Thank you all so much for a wonderful start to our new school year. We appreciate how kind and considerate you have been to staff and teachers as we navigate being back at school! Banta is ready for a wonderful school year, and thanks to all of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, custodians, and staff, we are already on the path to being extraordinary!

This past month found our teachers working with new programs, new platforms and even some new devices. This month we found that the path to education looks a little bit different this year. In many ways we’ve returned to normal, but in other ways this school year is an unwalked path, one with a few twists and turns, but one that is going to lead us on a grand adventure!

I was thinking this week of the paths I have walked, from Glacier National Park, and Yosemite, to the John Muir Trail and Lassen, but my all time favorite path was the Redwood grove in Big Basin. As a kid, the first time I saw this grove was with my grandmother, Velma.

Velma was an adventurer. In a time when most women were staying home, she opened a hat shop in downtown Antioch, and made and sold hats -extravagant, colorful and crazy hats! She was a novice seamstress, and loved making things that were fuzzy, furry, and downright gaudy! She was known for her red tennis shoes, her terrible cooking, her bright red lipstick, and a wicker handbag that had whatever you needed at the bottom!

I have a vivid memory of my grandmother walking down the path at Big Basin, yelling at all eleven of her grandchildren, me included, to get off the path and explore!

Velma believed that you needed to explore and try new things in order to grow. She felt that the status quo, especially for girls, needed to be challenged. If someone told her she couldn’t do something– her response was always– watch me!

She was a champion for the Monarch Butterfly, she was a children's author, a painter, a beach comber, a candle maker, but most of all, she was a forger of new paths and trails. I learned a lot from her, and would like to believe that I have a little bit of her adventurous , sassy spirit in me.

In these unprecedented times, I would encourage you to find your adventurous spirit. To embrace the change, find the positive, forge a new path and be a champion for your child and his/her teacher. This is the time that we need to wear our crazy hats, put on a glittery mask, show our spirit and possibly share a piece of chocolate from the bottom of our wicker handbags!

Thank you for a wonderful first month of school– I can’t wait to see what our teachers and students do next!

Mrs. Pearlman

Important Dates for September

6- Labor Day- No School

9- Picture Day

10- 1:15 Early Release

15- PFA Community Meeting

15- Hispanic Heritage month begins

16- Dia de la Independencia/ Independence Day , Mexico

17- First trimester Progress Reports

Picture Day is Thursday, Sep. 9th!

School Calendar for 2021-2022

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It’s a fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout high school.

Regular attendance is critically important because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned sequences of instruction. They miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on the opportunity to ask questions. As a result, they are more likely to fall behind, and they are more likely to drop out.

Things you can do to help…

· Schedule doctor and dental appointments so that your child can attend at least part of each school day.

· Communicate the importance of regular school attendance to your child so they are hearing the same thing that their teacher is saying

· If your student does miss school, please contact the school office.

When we all work together, as a team, we can make regular attendance at school a priority!

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Character Counts -Pillar of the Month- Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

Each month a different Pillar of Character will be emphasized in the classrooms through Character education.

Principal's Round up

This summer, my husband and I took what we thought would be an easy hiking trail to see some Native American Petroglyphs in Mesa Verde National Park. The trailhead marker said 1.5 miles. We thought, 'oh, no problem' and set off early in the morning before it got too hot. The day was supposed to be 106 degrees.

Feeling spirited and ready to see some beautiful historic sites, we started the hike The hike took us up and down a very steep ridge along a canyon wall; through rock walls; over boulders; climbing rocks, and finally, about a mile in, to the petroglyphs. It was worth the hike. The photo is below.

The views were amazing and the petroglyphs were beautiful. However, the hike wasn't over. We then had to climb the rock face to get to the top of the canyon and walk about another mile or more to the trailhead. Exhausted, hot, and well out of shape, we loved it so much we would do it again. In fact, the next day we tackled another hike to a Native American Kiva.


Dr. Ann Jayne Principal

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Nurses Corner

Does your child have Covid -19 Symptoms?

If Yes:

  • Keep the sick student and siblings' home from school
  • Notify the school office of the illness
  • If you would like, test the student for COVID-19 (Link to places to receive COVID -19 test:

  • If you decide to test for COVID-19, notify the school of the results
  • Follow distance learning schedule
  • Return to school on the return to school date given to you by the school nurse or office

Covid-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore THroat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Return to Campus After Illness

Due to COVID-19 and the similarities between routine colds and allergies, any student that goes home sick or stays home sick with any cold, allergy, fever, or stomach/GI issues, will be required to meet the following criteria to return to campus.

  • Must be fever free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medications


  • Have a Negative COVID-19 test result (at home tests are not accepted)


  • Be out for 10 days from the start of symptoms

Medications at School

If your student is returning to campus and will need to take medications while on campus, please ensure that you have the paperwork completed and returned to the school office as soon as possible. The Medication Form must be renewed each year, please contact the school if you are unsure if you have submitted the form for this school year

T-dap Booster

Immunizations for incoming 7th Grade students

(current 6th graders)

As your student prepares to enter 7th grade in the upcoming school year, it is important that they are up to date on all of their immunizations. As required by the state of California, your child will need to provide proof to the school that they have received their Tdap Booster immunization prior to entry into 7th grade.

If we do not have documentation of this immunization, unfortunately, we will not be able to place your child on a class list come the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Please note, there have been no extensions granted by the state due to COVID-19 and the TDAP requirement remains in place.

Please provide proof of your child’s Tdap immunization to the school before the first day of classes.

Always follow up with your health care providers with concerns

Food Service

I cannot say enough how excited my staff and I have been to have your children back in the cafeteria! With meals FREE for all, we have been averaging 1,100 meals a day between our 3 site kitchens.

Please encourage your student to take a FREE meal from school. Talk to your kids about what is on the menu daily so they know what to expect. They are welcome to bring their own lunch as well, but we encourage and look forward to serving your child in the cafeteria each day.

We are serving FREE breakfast at Banta from 7:45am-8:15am. Please enter through the back door (Please avoid using the hallway). Reminder, there is also no second chance breakfast.

If there is a favorite item, you would like to see on the menu, please send me an email with your student’s favorite items to In September we are also introducing our Classroom Birthday Parties, look out for more information coming soon!

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Mexican Independence Day

The Banta school community will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Thursday,

September 16th. Food Service will be offering a special celebration meal for lunch; classrooms

will be sharing the importance of Mexican Independence Day; and we encourage everyone to

wear their celebration clothes or the colors of the Mexican flag.

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Special Education

Delays in Development

Parents of children ages three to twenty-one years sometimes suspect delays in the development of speech-language, readiness, motor, social-behavior, academic, and self-help skills.

Concerned parents can contact the school office at 229-4650 to request evaluations.

Community Advisory Committee

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of professionals and parents of special education students throughout San Joaquin County who collaborate and share resources. This is a good way to connect with other parents who have children with special needs and know that you are not alone. If you are interested in meetings, please contact NelLaine Kilgore (209) 541-9992. Fliers are given at every IEP meeting.

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The Librarian's Corner

Welcome back to school Banta Mustangs! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wonderful school. We are so excited to welcome you back into the library. You will see so many good things occurring here. First of all we will have a makerspace (tinker time it was formerly known as) for students to enjoy at lunch time.

There will be supplies for you to use and create with during your lunchtime recess. Classes will start their library time on August 30th. During this time, we will talk about books, read a story and discuss book care as well as how many books you can check out at a time. This will be left up to your child’s teacher’s discretion.

We will also have a program called “Read-to-a-Dog” come to our library this year. This program is very special to me, and such a great addition to any library that children visit. Essentially, we work with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) and have up to four therapy dogs visit us. Teachers who sign up to be a part of this program, bring their classes to the library and students can take turns reading to the animals.

Most likely we will have two sessions, one for our TK/K-3rd graders and then a second one for our 4th-8th grade students. Research shows that sometimes reading to a furry friend is just what students need to feel confident in building those reading skills. Please look for this program late-September or early October.

I will also choose books to review in this area as the year goes on. One in particular that comes to mind as we start the year is Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. This book is great for when students come back to school as it is about a cuddly lion who shows up at the library one day and learns how to follow the rules. The story teaches you when you must follow the rules, as well as when it might be okay to break them. The illustrator Kevin Hawkes adds to the book’s character. He is quoted as saying, “Illustrating Library Lion was like going back to the libraries I knew as a child. I wanted the illustrations to remind me of those simple days when a visit to the library was as exciting as a trip to the zoo, only better!”

Quote taken from Back to School Read Alouds - Elementary Librarian

Librarian’s Corner by Mrs. McDaniel

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School Construction in River Islands

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Elementary School

Construction is moving along for the second elementary school in River Islands. The building pictured is the CTE classroom building. The multipurpose room and another building with 10 classrooms are also currently under construction.

Anticipated opening of this school will be next August.

Look Who's At Banta

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This month we are introducing a new feature called “Banta Bios” that will introduce members of the Banta Elementary School staff. Each feature will highlight their educational background and training, as well as what they like to do outside the classroom.

Principal Dr. Ann Jayne, 58, originally from Santa Monica


Husband Gary, adult sons Conrad and Wyatt, and family dog Ozzy.

Educational background:

Teachers College of San Joaquin; Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration Business in Science degree at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona CA.; Educational Leadership Master’s and Doctorate from the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA.


Avid photographer, Jayne loves to combine her hobby of taking pictures with her love of travel. A combination of both which is prominently displayed on her school office walls with such picturesque scenes as Valley of the Gods in Utah and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. Over the years she has traveled throughout the world, including Egypt, Costa Rica, Israel, Jordan and Western Europe. Recently, she and her husband Gary traveled around the United States to visit numerous Western National Parks, including Grant Teton, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Her other interests include collecting tribal pieces from the African Congo and off-roading in their family Jeep.

Field Trips with Hank and Ozzy!

Hank and Ozzy love to go places- but with COVID-19 still a concern, they have had to curtail their trips and outings So, each month, they thought it would be fun to bring you a place or two that might be fun for you to visit online, some place that Hank and Ozzy would love to play!. Hank and Ozzy will be happy when COVID is behind them, but until then- enjoy exploring!!
Take a Virtual Field Trip To Purina Farms

Riding the School Bus?

If your child is going to be absent, be sure you notify the bus company at (209) 862-2921. This will help the drivers reroute and not go to your house for that day!

Independent Study

While we are excited to welcome our students back for full-time in-person learning for 2021-2022 School Year, Banta Unified School District will also offer an alternate option for students who have an identified medical need to continue with remote learning.

The Independent Study Program is NOT the same as the District’s distance learning program as we’ve known during the pandemic. In the Independent Study Program, students will complete the work on their own, at home, based on a standards-aligned online curriculum, provided by Acellus. Student attendance will be monitored through log-ins, virtual check-ins, and completion of independent work. The Independent Study teacher will be available for individual support, daily as needed.

The Independent Study Program is a voluntary option and is offered to students upon request of a parent or guardian based on eligibility criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

· How is the BUSD Independent Study Program different from Distance Learning?

o Due to changes in legislation, BUSD will not be offering distance learning for the 2021-2022 school year. BUSD plans to resume full-time in-person learning when school starts in August. This means that students will be back in the classroom, five days a week, for the duration of the school day, just as we were prior to the pandemic.

o In the Independent Study Program, students will receive standards-aligned assignments to complete independently at home. A teacher will monitor student progress, grade assignments, hold virtual office hours, and schedule individual virtual meetings with students as needed. Students will not participate in a virtual classroom. Students will have access to District resources such as counseling and meals.

· Will my child be required to actively participate daily?

o Yes- The State of California is requiring school districts to monitor daily attendance through virtual check-ins and complete daily assignments. The State of California requires students in kindergarten through Grade 2 who participate in an Independent Study program to check in virtually every day and students in Grades 3-8 to check in virtually at least once a week. BUSD students who participate in the BUSD The Independent Study program will be required to attend all scheduled virtual check-in meetings with their cameras on.

· What program/company is providing the online curriculum?

o BUSD is partnering with Acellus to offer eligible students personalized virtual instruction designed to meet their needs.

· What kind of commitment do families need to make? How can I help my child succeed?

o The parent/guardian/ caregiver is responsible for the supervision and will ensure that their child actively participates daily by completing assignments and attending scheduled virtual meetings with their teacher. Providing a quiet workspace and a daily routine will help your child succeed in the Independent Study Program.

· What supplies/ resources do we need to participate in the program?

o The District will provide the technology and materials needed to participate in the program. A quiet workspace that supports your child’s learning will be an important resource that you will provide.

· Can my child return to school for in-person learning at any time?

o Your child may return to their home school for in-person learning if the Independent Study Program does not meet their needs. Please contact your child’s principal to request a return to in-person instruction. The principal will transition your child back to in-person instruction in no later than five instructional days.

If you have further questions about Independent Studies or the application process, please call 209-229-4650

Parent, Faculty Association

Welcome Back! We are excited to start a school year where everyone can enjoy being on campus! In the new school year, we look forward to your continued support. With you, we can create family fun events to celebrate our community; and, we can raise necessary funds to support classroom activities.

In our monthly meetings, we actively share ongoing academic successes and needs for all students, especially those learning English as a second language.

Please join us, virtually, this year as we continue to honor Banta’s rich history and community involvement.

Meeting Days and Time Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

● September 15, 2021

● October 20, 2021

● November 17, 2021

● January 19, 2022

● February 16, 2022

● March 6, 2022

● April 20, 2022

Ann Jayne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. nhDSTdlUT09 Meeting ID: 757 5616 1567 Passcode: EVb4SJ