Banta Unified School District
As a kid, my dad only took vacation once a year, and that was in July, when we would travel to Lake Shasta. It was with great excitement that he would prepare for our trip. We would load up in the Econoline van, whose day job was a flower delivery van. My dad would bungee cord folding lawn chairs to the floor of the van, and anchor everything down with large ice chests. My sister and I would wedge ourselves into the back of the van amidst flats of soda, inner tubes, suitcases and groceries for a week. My father was a road warrior, and hated to make any type of pit stop. No site seeing for my dad, he was a get from point A to Point B kinda guy! These were the days when we listened to walk mans and cassette tape recorders to kill the time.
July meant long and lazy days on the houseboat with all of my cousins. Shenanigans until late in the evening, and so much laughter. We learned how to water ski, how to navigate a big family, and learned that vacations were never quite long enough!
I often think about those family vacations and the memories that were made. I wish you a wonderful July, filled with vacations, and family, and of course memories!
We will see you in August!
Kinder and TK Registration is Open!
We are registering incoming TK and Kinder students! Please call the school office if you have any questions!
Character Counts -Pillar of the Month- Determination
A quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult.
Banta Graduates Celebrate!
Banta Elementary School's eighth grade graduates said goodbye to Banta during a special ceremony in the multipurpose room on June 1.
Keep updated and go to the Banta Elementary School Facebook page!!!!
Banta Elementary School has so many fun activities going on inside our classrooms. To keep updated on all the fun on our campus - go to our Banta Elementary School Facebook page online!
6th Graders It's Time for the Tdap!
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 2022-2023 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 no later than June 6, 2022.
Field Day fun for everyone!
Students competed in a variety of competitions for the annual Field Day festivities. Each team represented all grades, kinder through eighth, and to add to the fun they each dressed in different team colors.
We got a grant!
"Banta USD is excited to announce we were awarded a plant-based micro-grant of $1,000 to expand our selection of plant-based foods. Specifically, we are going to focus on new bean dishes and making our own hummus. This is a great way for our students to try new things and expand their pallets with student taste testing."
From the Ag corner. Our plants are thriving. Our chickens lay eggs daily. Students have had the opportunity to help in various areas of our farm. Sunflower seeds were planted. We received a huge compost donation from Olivera Enterprises, thank you so much for your generous donation. This saved the district thousands of dollars as well as gave us what we needed to start our pumpkins and corn. More donations or various items are always needed. Please see our donation letter for needs. We will be actively working on the farm over summer break.
"Banta community is excited to bring 4-H back to our families. This is open to all kids age 5-18. No residential boundaries. We are looking for student officers and parent volunteers to expand our program. Please look out for our next in-person meeting. We have conveniently made you a survey to show interest or intent to participate."
The Librarian's Corner
Workers removed the old carpeting in the Banta Elementary School library recently, and the new carpeting will match the renovations in the new library addition. The new library section will nearly double the size of the school library!
Student Book Reviews ~
This month we are introducing a new column where our students will review books from our school library. This gives us an insight on what our students enjoy reading.
Look Who's At Banta
This month's Look Who's At Banta profile features front office staff Elizabeth Lopez and Juan Ramirez. Each month "Banta Bios" will highlight a Banta Elementary School staff member's educational background, training and what they like to do outside the school.
Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Lopez, 59, originally of Monterrey, Mexico
Husband Benjamin Sr., and sons Benjamin Jr. and Andrew, and her granddaughter Lauren.
Associates degree from Gavilan College in Gilroy, California. She has worked at Banta since 1996, where she started as a bilingual aide in the classroom, as well as yard and cafeteria duty. She was also a librarian assistant at Banta. She has been an administrative assistant for the last 13 years and she is one of the first people you meet in the school’s front office. She was honored as Banta’s classified employee of the year in 2016.
She loves spending time with her family and cooking dishes from scratch that often involves experimentation in the kitchen. Lately she has been focusing her culinary skills on various dishes from the Italian, Chinese and Mexican cultures. At times, she said, cooking is a family affair and each December her extended family gathers to make tamales in her kitchen. She said they always use fresh ingredients for this Christmas treat, and everyone has a job to do. Traveling to see family is also high on her list of activities, which has taken her back to her homeland of Mexico. She particularly loves vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, as well as visiting places around the United States that have included Illinois, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. She enjoys staying physically fit and going on day hikes to places like Morgan Hill and Pine Crest Lake, as well as going to the gym to work out on free weights and attend yoga classes. When she is not as active, she enjoys spending time with her family in their backyard.
Attendance/Health Clerk Juan Ramirez, 34, originally of Los Angeles
Dogs Coffee and Payton
Associates degree in history from Delta Community College in Mountain House, and currently working to finish his Bachelor’s degree in history at California State University in Sacramento. He plans to turn his attention to obtaining his teaching credentials. This is his first year working at Banta Elementary, but he has also worked at Lammersville Unified School District as a substitute teacher.
He enjoys playing video games that are narrative driven and reading non-fiction books that primarily focus on history. He calls himself a student of history. One of his passions is tinkering in the kitchen and taking on cooking projects that revolve around different cultures. He likes to make different meals from scratch. He likes to spend the entire day making one meal with all of its different components. He learns different cooking techniques, such as sous vide, fermentation and smoking meats by watching YouTube videos. To help with his culinary hobby, he also collects specialty cookware and knives. When outdoors he likes to go on easy one day hikes with his two dogs. When he is spending time with his 5-year-old niece Noah, she rules his world and together they enjoy attending sporting events. When the summer comes you will find him in his backyard garden, where he likes to grow vegetables and flowers. This year he is growing tomatoes and chili peppers to add to his meals.
Consistent with Federal and State regulations, the Banta Unified School District engages in ongoing “Child Find” services to locate, identify, and evaluate all students with disabilities residing within its jurisdiction. We will provide appropriate special education services to students who qualify. If you know of a child who is 2 through 21 years of age who may have individual needs that result from disabilities or developmental delays, and who is not enrolled in a school program, please contact NelLaine Kilgore, Special Education, at (209) 541- 9992.