Banneker Principal Weekly Update

January 25 - January 29

Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme

Greetings Banneker Families,

This is your principal, Robert L. Carter with the Banneker Principal Weekly Update. First of all, I see that winter weather may be headed our way. Please pay close attention to the messages from the public information office. Although this is another 100% distance learning week, inclement weather could impact school. Last week’s Positivity Project theme was Perseverance and there were so many great lessons in each class about perseverance. This week’s Positivity Project theme is Other People Matter: Supporting Others When they Struggle. There are many different approaches to helping people who are struggling. These can include: listening while they describe an event and their feelings about it, taking action to help people in need, or simply just being there and sitting together in silence. Make sure to check out your child’s report card on ParentVUE on Tuesday. You will need to acknowledge that you have read it the next time you login to ParentVUE. Make sure to read on to see a new section titled “The Best of Banneker.” This week we are highlighting Rebecca Dillon and Kiera Piliere.

Specials B-Week

This week is a B-Week for specials

Positivity Project Resources for Families

Please enjoy taking a look at the family resources from P2. What a great resource. Enjoy.

Password: P2

MAP Assessment Information

In the next few weeks, your child will take a MAP Growth™ test in Reading and Mathematics on their LCPS issued device. LCPS administers NWEA’s MAP Growth tests each fall, winter, and spring to students in grades 2-8 and high school students enrolled in Algebra I and Geometry to determine their instructional readiness level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child’s answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their typical grade level expectations. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it enables teachers to personalize instruction to meet students’ needs at all levels of content knowledge. Given the importance of MAP data for teachers’ instructional planning, we ask that you encourage your child to do their best without providing additional supports which may skew the results. There is no benefit to a high score on these tests.

Following each testing period, you will receive a Student Progress report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:

The Best of Banneker- ALL About Rebecca Dillon

This is my first year at Banneker Elementary School as a Special Education Teacher. I taught for 9 years in Clarke County before becoming a Bronco. I spent 6 years in elementary school and 3 years in middle school. This year I am working with students in Kindergarten, second, and fourth grade. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where I lived until I was entering high school. We then moved to Leesburg, Virginia, where I attended and graduated from Loudoun County High School. I received my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Radford University. After college I was a Juvenile Probation Officer for 3 years, until I had my first daughter. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years. When my children entered school, I began volunteering on the PTO and in their classrooms, which is where I found my love for the students and teaching. I particularly fell in love with two little boys in my daughter's class, one who had Fragile X Syndrome and one who had Autism. They both inspired my desire to teach children with special needs. I feel blessed to have to fallen into such a rewarding field. I live in Berryville, Virginia with my husband, Neal, and 3 children. Gracie is 20 and works at Blue Ridge Veterinary Hospital as a vet tech. She loves animals and is currently finished her certification to be licensed in that field. Huntley is 18 and attends college in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Tennessee School of Beauty. She will graduate in March as a licensed Esthetician. Sadly (for me!) she is not ready to leave Knoxville, so will be living there. Colten is 16 and a junior at Clarke County High School. He loves to hunt, fish, and rodeo. We will be traveling to Oklahoma this summer to visit colleges with rodeo teams that he is interested in attending in 2022! Outside of school, I enjoy baking, hiking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family and dogs! My oldest daughter, Gracie, and I have a business together (XO Gracie). We create handmade jewelry, bags, dog leashes/bandanas, keychains, etc... I enjoy spending time with her creating new items for the shop! I also love taking my children to compete in rodeos. Huntley is a barrel racer. Colten and my husband are team ropers. It's a very family oriented sport that they have been able to participate in since they were little. One interesting fact about me that most people do not know is that I owned a drapery business for 10 years while I was stay-at-home (working) mom. I designed, created (sewed), and installed many drapes in homes and businesses. I love to decorate and be creative! I absolutely love that Banneker is a small, student and family-centered school! I felt right at home here. Even though Loudoun is a huge county now, Banneker still feels like a small-town school. All the staff and families have been so welcoming and friendly. I love that our school is small enough to know all of the children's faces/names. That brings a strong sense of community to a building. I hope that all Banneker students feel successful, confident, and most of all HAPPY at our school!

The Best of Banneker- All about Kiera Piliere

My name is Kiera Piliere and this is my first year of teaching and I teach third grade. I grew up and still live in Round Hill, Virginia. I attended the University of Memphis I chose education because I have always assumed that it was what I was supposed to do. We are a very close, loud, Italian/Irish family that is always ready for fun. I have a brother getting into real estate and another brother living with his wife and two sons in New York. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love being out in the sun, specifically on a beach somewhere. When the pandemic is over catch me on an airplane to Memphis often! I was in denial about the fact that I was meant to be a teacher, so I was originally studying fashion merchandising in college. I then got a job working at a school and quickly changed my major to education. When I first got hired I got many emails and messages welcoming me to the banfam! I instantly felt at home even though this year has kept us all apart. I hope that the kids realize how lucky they are to be in a school that is so small that it feels like family.

We Need Your Pictures!!!

Hi Banneker Families!

We want to continue to document memories we make this year for our yearbook and since we will not have a Turkey Trot day or a Parade page for the yearbook this year, we would love to include snow day pictures in their place! If you could please send in pictures of the students and how they celebrated the snow days this week that would be great! You can get them to us a couple of different ways.

  1. You can join the Shutterfly site which I have included directions for in this email.
  2. You can email them to your teacher.
  3. You can send them to me at

I would love to have as many pictures as we can get and fill up those pages with snow day fun! Thank you and please email me with questions. 😊



Upcoming Calendar Events

January 26- Report Cards Available in ParentVUE

February 10- Save the Date Picture Retake Day

February 11- Save the Date Picture Retake Day