Banta Unified School District

September Update 2023

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Our community builds relationships, develops closeness and provides a place to celebrate and support one another.

Join us for "Coffee, Cookies, and Conversations with Administration"

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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.

Superintendents Corner

What a way to start off the school year with 100-degree days and the AC set on high! I am so proud of our teachers and staff for their perseverance and dedication and the fact that they have not wilted in this late summer heat wave!

I have always loved this time of year, a time when we are getting ready for fall but are still keeping one foot securely planted in summer. That little kid in all of us trying to hold on to the last fading moments of summer with all of our might, almost as if we sense the loss of freedom, and unstructured time that summer affords us. A sense that things are more formal in the Fall, that we seem to have more responsibilities, and that it is a time to get down to business. Some might even say that Fall is a time full of potential and possibilities, a time of new beginnings.

When I was much younger, my husband and I would always take one last hiking trip before school started. One last hurrah! We would pack our backpacks, check our supplies, and with the dog in tow, we would hit the trail for a week at a time. Hiking in the backcountry pushed us to our limits as hikers. I was always the one who took up the rear, plugging along at my own pace. Finding a rhythm that always got me to my destination!

I will never forget the trail that forced us to use narrow switchbacks as we climbed up the face of a mountain. For this girl, who is severely afraid of heights- the five-foot wide trails felt like mere inches. Or the time in July when it started snowing while we were putting up our tent! We spent the fourth of July under a meteor shower while camping near Blue Lake, walked through meadows of wildflowers on the John Muir Trail, and found hidden waterfalls in the middle of the wilderness.

When I was a young girl, I was fascinated by John Muir, the founder of many of our National Parks, most notably Yosemite. Muir used to keep journals of the wildflowers, trees, and animals that he saw while living in Yosemite. When I hiked I had a flower guide that was based on Muir’s flower sketches. It gave me great joy to come across a new flower while hiking and to check it off of the list!

These trips taught me the power of pushing myself out of my comfort zone. They taught me that large, daunting tasks can be accomplished one step at a time, and they taught me that no matter how well we pack and plan, things happen, and we need to be adaptive. These days the thought of sleeping on a bed of granite is much less appealing, but the allure of the backcountry wilderness and its beauty still tugs at me.

I hope you have all had a wonderful August and have been able to keep one foot in summer! I hope you enjoy your journey and can check off all those things you want to see and do- one step and one summer at a time! Here’s to a beautiful Fall and a fantastic September!

And just like that, August is a wrap!

Dr. Pearlman

Important Dates for September

7- Picture Day

11- PFA Community Meeting

15- Hispanic Heritage Month begins

16- Dia de la Independencia/ Independence Day , Mexico

22- First-trimester Progress Reports

22-PFA Movie Night 6:00 PM

Picture Day is Thursday, Sept. 7th! Mark your calendar parents!

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School Calendar for 2023-2024

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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.


As a school principal, I often get asked, "What's the best part of your day?" Well - the best part of my day is when I get to connect with students in the cafeteria, at recess, and in classrooms. It is an uplifting experience when I get to hear about a student's day.

Whenever I walk into a classroom, students are quick to greet me. Some may wave hello, while others may even sneak a quick hug or high-five. These are the moments when I get to learn about who they are as scholars. I get to see what they are learning and how they learn.

Then, there's the time after-school when our staff finally gets a chance to stop in and say hello. These moments are special because it gives me an opportunity to learn about them too so that I can provide better support or just get to know them better.

Overall, the best part of my day is when I get the opportunity to make connections with others. These connections not only enrich my experience as a school principal but also strengthen our school community as a whole. It's through these interactions that I gain insights into the lives and aspirations of those I serve, and it reminds me why I am so passionate about education. Building these connections, one smile, one conversation, one hug at a time, is what makes every day in this role truly special.


Mrs. Maxie

Students! Join our After School Music Program!

Did you know Banta now has an After School Music program? You can come get a permission slip and flyer from the school office. | By Banta Elementary School | Facebook
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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 accepted)

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 2023-2024 school year. Please note, there have been no extensions granted by the state and the TDAP requirement remains in place.

Please provide proof of your child’s Tdap immunization to the school office.

Always follow up with your health care providers with concerns

Food Service

We are very excited to kick off our new school year. This year we partnered with a local produce company Ceja produce out of Tracy. We are excited for our new partnership.

We are back into the swing of these and we are looking for volunteers for our Banta Hay day coming in October. Food Service and our Ag center is happy to be a part of Hay Day!

We have lots of new faces in our food service kitchen. We happily opened up a high school this year in River Islands. High school students have the option to select Subway on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Check back next month to see what exciting things food service is up to.

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.

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.

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!

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 the ongoing academic successes and needs for all students, especially those learning English as a second language.

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

Meeting Days and Time: Monday's from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Unless otherwise noted)

● September 11, 2023

● October 16, 2023

● November 6, 2023

● January 22, 2024

● February 5, 2024

● April 22, 2024

Hay Day Committee Meetings

Hay Day is scheduled for Saturday, October, 21st. We will have our next Hay Day Committee meeting on Wednesday, 9/13/2023 at 5:00 pm. Please join us. All are welcome.

Girls Basketball Season is Underway!

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