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Banyan Elementary..."Achieving Beyond the Expected!"

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I bid you adieu...

Dear Banyan Elementary Families,

As our testing season comes to an end, final projects are evaluated, and our end-of-year activities have filled the calendars, we know that students, teachers, and our parents eagerly commence a countdown towards the anticipated relief of summer.

If you walk into most Banyan classrooms this week, the frenetic, pent-up energy of the students will be palpable. Nearly every student will seem prone to distraction. Kids will be chattier and wiggling more vigorously. Being that they have spent so much time together on a daily basis, students will interact more like siblings than peers.

It is hard to believe that the school year is already coming to a close. This year has truly been a whirlwind! As we wrap up, I would like to a few moments to personally extend a thank you to our incredible school staff who works very hard on a daily basis to guide our children and help them learn and grow. We would be hard-pressed to find a more caring and dedicated group of teachers. I would also like to thank our PTA board and our parent volunteers for the hours of dedication to help enrich our school and build a sense of community for our students. To all our parents, I would like to say thank you for trusting us with your children, and for your investment and support to provide a quality education for our children.

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you I am resigning from my role as principal. I am honored to have been chosen to work with the staff at Banyan Elementary, the children, and parents. Together we have highlighted the amazing efforts and dedication of an outstanding community and school.

I feel confident that I am leaving this school in excellent shape and ready to continue its outstanding reputation for providing an excellent education to all of our students under the well-known and respected leadership of Mrs. Dolly Bentley. With Mrs. Bentley leading the way, I have no doubt that you all will continue to have great success and reach new heights in the years ahead!

In closing, on behalf of the staff at Banyan Elementary School, I wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe summer break. Your new principal will look forward to hearing about all the fun and exciting learning experiences you have enjoyed over the summer!

Your child’s principal,

Mrs. Lewis-Wilkins

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6th grade Recognition and Awards

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Staff Versus 6th Grade Students kick Ball Game

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Last week of learning!

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6th grade EOY party

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5th grade EOY Party

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Talent Show

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Congratulations to our Lit Lab Graduates!

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Happy Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!

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Paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in our success.

Drawn to... Family! | Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Cartoon Network

This week we celebrate Manoj Shyamalan

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Manoj Shyamalan also known as M.Night Shyamalan

Manoj Shyamalan was born on August 6, 1970, in Puducherry, India. Shyamalan was born to a Malayali father and Tamil mother and was raised in Pennsylvania where he started to view filmmaking with great passion when he was just eight.

Manoj Shyamalan professionally known as M.Night Shyamalan is one of the most successful Indian-born American directors, screenwriters, and producers. His ‘Sixth Sense’, a psychological thriller movie made him one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood, for which he was even nominated for the Oscars. He is known for directing movies with contemporary mystic plots and ending them with an ironic wound, leaving the viewers to spin around by the end of the movie.


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5 Tips To Staying Mentally Healthy
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During the month of...


  • 3 ALSD Board Meeting
  • 5- 3rd Grade Living Museum
  • 6- CAASPP Testing Ends
  • 6- Bulldog Bash @ 6pm
  • 10 Band Performance @ Los Osos High School @ 6pm
  • 11-13 6th Grade Science Camp
  • 19- PTA Meeting (in person) @ 3 pm
  • 19- 6th Grade Pancake Breakfast
  • 20- Kinder Activity Day
  • 20- Talent Show
  • 25- Kinder Activity Day
  • 25- 6th Grade Recognition Assembly, Last Day of school
  • 30 - Memorial Day
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This Week Banyan Celebrates...

Mrs. King and mrs. Dixon our soon to be retirees!

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Kindergarten Alphabet Fashion Show!

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6th Grade Pancake breakfast

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Glow Art Extravaganza in Mrs. Ceballos's class

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4th Grade End of Year Party!

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1st Grade End of Year Picnic

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2nd Grade End of Year Party

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Bulldog Buddies in Mrs. Canedo's Class

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Outdoor Play

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Congratulations to our Bulldogs of the Week!

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Have you met our Parent Ambassador?

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Meet Our Parent Ambassador

As a parent ambassador, she will spread the word about our school to families, neighbors, and community. She seeks to enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of Banyan parents to create meaningful change in our school community.

She will serve as a conduit and promote our in-school functions (open House, Back to School Night, School Site Council, and more).

If you have questions, she is here to serve you. She can be reached at

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Free Tutoring for 4th-8th Grade

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Prepping for test season through March? Create your own luck with Paper! All Banyan students have free, unlimited access to @paperlearning - a 24/7 academic support platform that provides instant access to tutors across all subjects! 🍀Visit .

Log in via Clever or check out and use Google Login with your student’s school email for more information.

Interested in Child Care at Banyan Elementary?

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Our Child Care program offers support to families who need additional support with the supervision of their children before school and after school hours

Need more information? Click here for Program Fees 21-22

Questions? Contact Our Child Care Coordinator

Marla Lowry- 909-481-2823


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How To Use To Support Banyan Elementary
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Interested in Joining PTA?

Visit PTA additional information

Email Your PTA Presidents Michelle DeLaRosa-
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Show your Bulldog Pride on Fridays

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Wear your Banyan Spirit Shirt or Red, Black, and Gray on Fridays

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework for improving and integrating all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It is a way to support everyone to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful.

Banyan Elementary implements Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and provides opportunities for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in support of the district mission to provide a collaborative learning community that engages all students in learning the academic and work-life skills needed to become safe, responsible, and kind citizens.

This Month's Focus is HEALTHY HABITS


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What does it mean to have Healthy Habits?

Habits are hard to break. That's why the sooner in life we build good, healthy habits, the easier it is to keep them and stay as healthy as possible. And when good habits are in place, it's easier to resist bad ones.

Your child's habits start with you

The most important thing to remember is that you are your child's role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.

If your habits are unhealthy—your child is more likely to get those habits.

If your habits are healthy—eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, looking forward to tomorrow, for example—your children are more likely to build those habits in their own lives.

What follows is help and advice for building good, lifelong habits in four areas:

  1. Healthy eating.
  2. Regular physical activity.
  3. Staying safe and healthy.
  4. Healthy thinking
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This month, students will be working on developing these Social Emotional Learning Components


  • Showing concern for the feelings of others

  • Recognizing strengths in others


  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness

  • Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family, and community well-being

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Sharing With Others

Oftentimes, especially in school, students find themselves having to share materials, space, attention from the teacher, and their friends with others. Teaching students the importance of being able to share with others helps them develop a social skill that will serve them in school, at home, and in the community.

Sharing is Caring

Planned Teaching

Introduce the Skill

  • Pass out materials to every other student and have them complete a task. Tell them they will need to share with the person next to them. For example, pass out a paper and pen/pencil and ask students to copy something from the board or pass out paper and scissors to every other student and ask them to cut out a certain shape. Keep it simple.
  • Ask students to think about a time when they were asked to share something with someone.

Describe the appropriate behavior

  1. Let the other person use the item first.
  2. Ask if you can use it later.
  3. When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you have used it.

Give a Reason or Rationale

  • People will be more likely to share something they have with you.
  • You will be seen as being nice.


  • Have students practice the skill with partners or small groups.
  • Discuss with students that there are times when people are asked to share things that won't be returned such as food, paper, etc...It is important to talk about how it is different when we are sharing things that are consumable.


  • Write about a time when you shared something of yours with someone else. How did you feel? How did the other person feel?
  • Write about a time you did NOT share something with someone else who wanted you to share with them. How did you feel? How did they feel?

Role Play

  • Your teacher asks you to share your book with a classmate who forgot theirs.
  • Your friend asks if you will share your toys.
  • Your mom asks you to share the remote control to the tv to take turns watching shows.

Literature Connections

  • Selfish Sophie by Damian Kelleher
  • It's Mine by Leo Lionni


  • Praise specific steps followed and give feedback on areas of improvement
  • Let students know you will be watching in order to "catch them" using the skill
  • Continue to praise and re-teach as needed
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Teaching generosity

There are so many little ways of teaching generosity and sharing with others. You can talk about examples you see in class, model it in your own behavior, build opportunities for kids to be generous in their daily lives at school, and share stories of generosity, kindness, and friendship.

The best way to instill an overall attitude of generosity and giving is to teach children to look for small ways to be generous with the people around them rather than waiting for opportunities for large and impressive acts to present themselves. That gives them lots of first hand experience and lots of accompanying good feelings!

Again you show them how to do this by modeling it yourself and by sharing stories of others doing it! Here are some examples of books that convey the spirit of giving and generosity.

Practice the PBIS Skill by watching the videos below

PBIS skit (working with others)

Books (Read Aloud) to help student understand the importance of the PBIS Skill of the Week

The Giving Tree - Animated Children's Book
The Mine-o-saur

Resources to help your child with the PBIS Skill of the Week.

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Parents we need your help

To lessen class interruptions, please make a plan with your child for after-school dismissal (i.e transportation, walking home, etc) each and every school day.

If you have snacks or lunches, make sure students have them before school starts.

We appreciate your support this school year!

Questions? Call us @ (909) 484-5080

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Student Drop-off and Pick-up Routes

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Help us keep our students safe at Banyan

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In order to keep children safe, and to keep drop-off and pick-up as efficient as possible, we need your help. At Banyan Elementary, our primary purpose is to ensure the safety of the students as they enter and leave Banyan.

We ask that all caregivers review and follow the protocols in order to contribute to our safe school culture and demonstrate consideration and respect for all. At the end of the day, the children are watching. Please remember you are modeling for them the necessity of following school rules and showing respect for all.

Banyan School Parking Protocols

  • The staff parking lot is for staff only. Please refrain from parking in the staff lot AT ALL TIMES.
  • Please follow and obey ALL traffic (including posted) rules.
  • Drop off and pick-up should occur only in the valet line along the yellow curb in the front of the school. Dropping off and picking up in the staff parking lot is strictly prohibited as it is a major safety concern. Illegal entry may cause an accident.

Drivers must remain in their vehicles while parked in the valet line during prime pick-up and drop-off times. The valet line (denoted by the yellow curb along the front of the school) is to be used for drop-off and pick-up from:

  • 7:30 am-8:30 am
  • 12:25 pm-1:00 pm
  • 2:20 pm-3:30 pm

The staff will help all children to their cars during these times. At all other times, parking along the yellow curb should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.


  1. Please have the student backpacks, lunches, and students ready before entering the Pick Up and Drop Off Zone.
  2. Please do not use your cell phone or play loud music while picking up or dropping off students.
  3. Park next to the curb.
  4. Come to a complete stop. ( but DO NOT park!)
  5. Proctors and Administrators will help direct traffic in this area. Please pull up as far as they indicate.
  6. Make eye contact with the staff member indicating approval for them to open the passenger door for a student to exit or enter.
  7. Students should exit and enter on the passenger side of the car only (curbside).
  8. Look out for pedestrians and give them the right away.
  9. The drive-through works best as a right turn only exit. For safety purposes please do not make a left onto Mirador (it's illegal). Making a left during school hours can result in a traffic accident and fine.

Drop Off Options

  1. You may still drop off by the MPR between 7:45-8:15 am and by the front of the school between 8:15-8:30 am in the morning.
  2. You may drop off students in the PICK UP and DROP OFF zones in the front of the school.
  3. Look out for pedestrians and give them the right away.

Pick Up Options

  1. Use the pick Up/drop off area in front of the school correctly. Do not park in this area.
  2. Students will be with their teachers on the front grass.
  3. Students will be released when their name is called to go to you when you pull up to the curb.
  4. Please exercise patience and grace. Let keep each other safe!
  5. Look out for pedestrians and give them the right away.

Picking Up Children From School Early: Children are not released directly from the classroom to leave school before dismissal times. You MUST come to the office first and sign out your child. Your child will be sent for and released to you.

Thank you for helping to keep all of our children safe, and to alleviate traffic as much as possible!

Crossing Guards

​Crossing guards are provided to the Alta Loma School District through the Safe Routes to School program run by the City of Rancho Cucamonga. As part of the Safe Routes to School program, the City of Rancho Cucamonga performs a study and provides crossing guards at locations that are identified as a potential safety issue for walking or biking to school. The District has been in communication with the City about our concerns related to the number of crossing guards we have been provided, and are working to find a way to provide more crossing guards for school sites. The Safe Routes to School program can be reached at

Banyan Bulldogs Respect the Playground and Include others!

  • Walk to playground

  • Keep hands to yourself

  • Follow the playground rules.

  • Eat your own personal snacks

  • Freeze when the bell rings

  • Use the playground equipment appropriately

  • Don’t kick the balls on the blacktop

  • Use appropriate language

Work with your child to understand playground rules and keep each other safe.

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Banyan Elementary School

Achieving Beyond the Expected

Mrs. Lewis-Wilkins- Principal

Jim Perry T.Assistant Principal-