Banyan Cat Tales

September 2019 Newsletter

What's Happening This Month

No School Monday, 9/2

Enjoy your long weekend.

FUN RUN T-Shirt Sponsorship Deadline Friday, 9/6

The Banyan PTA is selling FUN RUN t-shirt sponsorships for $25. If you would like to participate, please fill out and return the attached form by Friday, September 6th. Sponsors' names will be printed on the back of all Fun Run t-shirts.

Banyan Spirit Wear Deadline, 9/10

The last day to purchase Banyan spirit wear from PTA's online store is Tuesday, September 10. Questions? Please contact Lindsay at

School Picture Day Wednesday,9/11

School picture day is coming! Class pictures will be in the morning on Wednesday, September 11. There are 2 ways to order:

1) Pre-Order online now using this link:

*Please note, if you order online there is no need to turn in a form. Your order will be automatically submitted to the photographer for your convenience.

2) To pay with cash or check, return the paper order form provided by your school -OR- print the PDF order form (attached) to be turned in to the photographer on picture day.

Questions? Please contact Cornerstone Photography at or 805-529-1635.

ELAC Meeting Thursday, 9/12

Our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) has it's first meeting of the year at the Conejo Creek Community Center on Thursday, 9/12 10:00 am. Principal Allison Kennedy will be discussing "ROAR" -- Banyan's new positive behavior program, CEDLT (CA English Language Development Test) results, as well as other important topics like instructional practices for ELD students. Spanish translation will be provided.

Apex FUN RUN Leadership Program Begins Monday, 9/16

Banyan students will be participating in the APEX Program from September 16 - 27, 2019. APEX is a 2-week character building classroom program concluding with a Fun Run on Friday, September 27. Funds raised by the Fun Run finances the Banyan's physical education program and allows each student to receive standardized instruction by dedicated, trained staff.

Band and Strings Programs Start Monday and Tuesday, 9/16 & 9/17

The Banyan Band program will begin on Monday, September 16th. Beginning Band meets Mondays at 7:50 - 8:20 am and Wednesdays at 10:10 -10:40 am. Advanced Band meets on Mondays from 10:10-10:20 and Wednesdays at 7:50 - 8:20 am. The Banyan Strings program starts on Tuesday, September 17th. Beginning Strings meets on Tuesdays at 9:40 -10:10 am and Thursdays from 7:40-8:10 am. Advanced Strings meets on Tuesdays at 10:10-10:40 am and Thursdays from 8:10 - 8:40 am. All Band and Strings participants must sign this contract and return it to the office by Tuesday, 9/24.

After School Programs Begin the Week of 9/16

CPRD After School Classes , Woodshop, and Banyan Chorus all start the week of September 16.

GATE Parent Meeting Wednesday, 9/18

Please come learn more about the GATE program at Banyan! We will be having a GATE Parent Meeting on Wednesday, 9/18 at 6:30 pm in Room 22.

"Start With Hello" Week Monday 9/23 - Friday 9/28

"Start With Hello" (SWH) is sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise foundation. SWH teaches children how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. SWH asks students, parents, and other community leaders to interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom, on the playgound, and on the bus to be inclusive and connected. Simply

-see someone alone

-reach out and help

-start with hello

This week students will be given tools on how to break the ice, break down barriers and get to know one another.

School Site Council Meeting, Wednesday 9/25

Our Banyan School Site Council will meet on September 25 at 2:45 pm in the Library.

Banyan Fun Run Friday, 9/27

Please come cheer your student on during the Banyan PTA Apex FUN RUN!! Our bobcats will complete laps in order to raise money for our PE program.

K/1st graders will run at 8:35

2nd/3rd graders will run at 9:45

4th/5th graders will run at 10:45

Your support is appreciated!

No School Monday, 9/30

Enjoy your long weekend!

What's New

New "ROAR" Program

All of the staff at Banyan will be teaching their students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school. We will acknowledge and reward individual students and classes who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors. Please take some time to review with your child the positive behavior expectations on the ROAR matrix. Ask your child to make sure he/she understands the expectations in different locations around the school or on the bus. Please discuss the importance of these concepts and encourage your child to ROAR with pride this year!

Looking Ahead


Tues. 10/1 PE Starts this week

Wed. 10/2 Picnic on the Grass

Fr. 10/4 Crazy SOCK Day (every Friday in "SOCK"tober)

Mon. 10/14 - Fri. 10/18 Minimum Day Week (Parent/Teacher Conf. Week)

Wed. 10/16 School Picture Retake Day

Mon. 10/21 - Fri. 10/25 Red Ribbon Week

Fri. 10/31 Halloween Parade

Bizarre Bazaar

Banyan Elementary School

Section 5 of Article IX of the State of California Constitution guarantees students a free public education.