Banneker Principal Weekly Update

February 8 - February 12

Super Edition; Principal's Welcome Message and P2 Theme

Greetings Banneker Families,

This is your principal, Robert L. Carter with the Banneker Principal Weekly Update. I know that most of you are getting ready for the big game but I hope you will take a minute to read the newsletter. It’s been a Super Bowl of Winter weather in Western Loudoun County. How did we get so lucky to have snow two weekends in a row? I know this one was short but if you snapped some pictures playing this weekend or last, there is still time to send them to me to make it into the Banneker Morning News tomorrow morning. Can you believe we might even get more snow this week? What a snowy winter we are off to so far. This week is another 100% Distance Learning week for all students, but I’ve got some great news. Beginning Tuesday, February 16 we are welcoming ALL hybrid students for the 2021 return of in-person learning. I hope you are as excited as I am. I will be hosting a principals coffee on Friday to make sure our families are ready for the return. Last week’s Positivity Project theme was Integrity. Integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. There were so many great lessons in each class about this and we have a lot of students and staff with a high level of Integrity it’s great to be surrounded with all these folks. This week’s Positivity Project Theme is Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people. Love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. What a great theme to focus on as we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week. Speaking of Valentines, I want to give a shoutout to Gaby Godoy for giving me the best Valentine’s gift I could ask for! Thanks for the stuffed turtle. Make sure to check out your child’s report card on ParentVUE. They have been available for about two weeks and they will be the first thing you see if you are login on to ParentVue for the first time in a while. Make sure to read on to see a new section titled “The Best of Banneker.” This week we are highlighting the second grade team, Mrs. Bossi and Mrs. Alls. Let's have a great week together.

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

Hybrid Return to School

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 7:30am

35231 Snake Hill Road

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MAP Assessment Information

MAP testing continues this week. 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- Laura Alls

My name is Laura Alls and this is my first year at Banneker. I teach second grade. I grew up in Loudoun County (Ashburn) and graduated from Broad Run. I went to JMU (go Dukes!) I've always known I wanted to be a teacher. I would line my baby dolls and little brother up in front of my chalkboard to "teach" them. My fifth grade teacher also had a big impact on me becoming a teacher and I still keep in touch with her today. I live in Purcellville with my husband, our daughter Avery (15 months), and our dog Baker. My parents live in the community right next to us and my sister and her family live right across town- we are kind of like the real life Everybody Loves Raymond ;) I enjoy running, reading, baking, decorating, and spending time with my family. I hold the school record at Broad Run for high jump :) I love the small school feel at Banneker. It is a big change from what I am used to. I hope Banneker students know they are cared for and supported.

The Best of Banneker- Neville Bossi

My name is Neville Bossi and I am a second grade teacher at Banneker ES. I have taught at Banneker for several years. I grew up in Massachusetts until third grade then moved to rural Maine with my mother and brother to live off the land. We learned to farm and grow or raise what we ate. I got into education because I have always loved children. I knew from a young age it was what I wanted to do. Part of that was from watching the joy it brought my father as a high school teacher. I live in Purcellville and have lived in Virginia since I was twenty, lured here by my love of horses. I live with my husband and our two sweet dogs. I have a son named Andre who works for my husbands landscape company, Wildwood Landscape, in Purcellville. We also have a 6-year old grandson who brings such joy and laughter to my life! He loves books as much as I do. I enjoy hiking with my dogs, cooking and eating delicious food, baking, gardening, caring for the Monarchs, camping, and spending time with horses. Before becoming a teacher, I worked with horses in many different disciplines. I feel so fortunate to have found Banneker after teaching at two large schools. Banneker reminds me of the small school I attended in rural Maine. I always felt that all the teachers there knew me and looked out for me. I hope all students at Banneker feel the same way. It feels like a large family and is truly the best kept secret in Loudoun County!

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

February 10- Save the Date Picture Retake Day (11:00am-1:00pm)

February 11- Save the Date Picture Retake Day (8:30am-10:00am)

February 15- President's Day Student Holiday

February 16- Hybrid In-person Return