Banneker Principal Weekly Update

February 22 - February 26

Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme

Greetings Banneker Families,

This is your principal, Robert L. Carter with the Banneker Principal Weekly Update. I was so glad to see your child last week. I hope your child enjoyed the snow days on Thursday and Friday of last week. At least I got to see both hybrid classes prior to the snow days. I was so impressed with our families who returned to school. They all knew which day to come to school, they knew to bring their Chromebooks, they knew when the bus arrived, they took their symptom checker, and they had a plan for lunch. Some kids even signed up for suppers last week! If you are interested in getting dinner on the days your child attends school, please complete the survey below. Can you believe it's the last week of February already? We celebrated Black History Month at Banneker by decorating the foyer with Benjamin Banneker posters and other African American artifacts. We even have an engaging bulletin board where students will try to identify as many African American historical figures based on their image and their bio. I can't wait to test your knowledge. Last week’s Positivity Project theme was Humility. We talked about not seeking the spotlight. This week's Positivity Project theme is an Other People Matter Mindset- Cheering Others' Successes. Being happy for other people when they succeed isn’t always everyone’s initial reaction. Often, it’s easy to become jealous or envious of others’ victories. Sometimes people even cheer for another person’s misfortune. But making a commitment towards cheering on other people’s successes can be a great way to improve our own health, happiness, and relationships. Make sure to read on to see a new section titled “The Best of Banneker.” This week we are highlighting Ms. Molly Allen, and Mrs. Cara Hendershot. Let's have a great week together.

Robert L. Carter, Principal

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

Dinner / Supper Opt-In

If you are interested in having your child take home a dinner during their hybrid day, please complete this form


If you know of anyone who has stencil materials to make some great designs on our blacktop for recess, please let me know. We want to keep our recess as engaging as possible while no students are allowed to use the jungle gym equipment.

The Best of Banneker- Cara Hendershot

My name is Cara Hendershot. This is my 5th year at Banneker Elementary teaching 1st grade. This is my 23rd year with Loudoun County Public Schools. I grew up in Herndon, VA. I always wanted to be a teacher, so I went to Virginia Tech and got a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have a master's degree in Instructional Technology, also from Virginia Tech. I live in Round Hill, VA with my husband and my almost 13 year old daughter. We have a farm with tons of chickens and goats. We are involved in Loudoun 4H and love participating in the Loudoun County Fair every summer. Hopefully we will get to have the fair this summer. I love seeing my students when they stop by the Poultry Club for a visit with all the chickens, ducks, and geese. I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to sit down with a good book and drink a cup of hot green tea. I always have music playing. My daughter and I have been trying some new recipes and she's been enjoying learning to cook. Something you may not know about me is when I was in college I worked for the CIA every summer in their Human Resources Department. I love the close knit school family that Banneker has. I love that everyone in the Banneker family (students, parents, and staff) is always there for each other. I hope that all my students at Banneker eventually leave Banneker knowing that I and the other teachers there want them to know that they can do and be anything that they want.

The Best of Banneker- Molly Allen

My name is Molly Allen. This is my 4th year at Banneker. I am the K-1 Combo DL teacher this year. I grew up in Purcellville, VA and attended Banneker ES! I went to college at Radford University where I got my degree in Education. I have always dreamed of being a teacher thanks to the wonderful teachers I had at Banneker, Blue Ridge, and Loudoun Valley High School.

I currently live in Sterling, VA in my home. My parents still live in my childhood home, my big brother lives in Dallas, Texas, and my little brother goes to school at Mary Washington University where he plays lacrosse.

I love to cook and bake, go on walks, and listen to podcasts! Any recommendations are welcome :)

I am a Varsity Gymnastics and JV Cheerleading coach for Loudoun County High School. I hope that students enjoy each grade and teacher they've had. Maybe one day, they will reflect on their time at Banneker and think "I loved elementary school." I know I did!

Upcoming Calendar Events

Black History Month Bulletin Board Challenge