October 2020 Banner Tracks

Banner. You belong here.

It's a great day to be a Bobcat!

Make sure you are keeping up with the weekly announcements as that is the best way to stay on top of what is happening at Banner! It's also a great way for you and your student to have a conversation at the dinner table!

Your child is going to be absent?

Please either call the office (309-243-7774) OR email Mrs. Barber at lbarber@dunlapcusd.net by 8:15 AM at the latest if your child is going to be absent. This will keep the office from having to contact you if we have not heard from you. Thank you for your help with this.

Columbus Day and Remote Instructional Planning Day

On Monday, October 12, students will not be in school in observance of Columbus Day. Enjoy some quality family time!

On Wednesday, October 14, students will NOT be in school. It is a Remote Instructional Planning Day for teachers. Remote students will NOT need to log in on this day, either.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

We are so fortunate to have a PTO which is active and has the school's best interest in mind. We could not provide for our students many of the services and events without the help of the PTO. Be looking out for some information regarding events this year. The following are some of the events coming soon:
  • PTO monthly meeting (all invited) -Monday, October 19 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
  • Fun Run (PTO fundraiser) -This our largest fundraiser of the school year! Be on the lookout for details as this begins Monday, October 5!!


Why a Fun Run?? Why not?! We want to encourage families to participate in healthy activities as well as donating to a very worthy and needy cause! When you register you and your family, a suggested donation is $20, but the PTO will gladly accept more! All money raised in the Fun Run will help support the installation and poured surfacing of the playground equipment that is currently being stored in the Banner parking lot! Our goal is to raise $20,000 at this event!

Parent-Teacher Conferences - WITH STUDENTS

All Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually through Google Meet. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held October 22 and 23. Remote Learners will have additional time slots on Wednesday, October 21. The registration link (below) will open Friday, October 2 at 7:00 AM! Conferences will be more of a traditional style than in previous years. Your child does not have to participate unless the teacher requests so.

The Parent/Teacher Conference link is open!

You may click HERE to register for a conference time (link active October 2 at 7:00 AM).

Conference times are Thursday, October 22 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be offering online registration through pickAtime.com. Please note registration will close on October 19, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.

Once you have reached the site, please follow the directions below.

Register (new users)

1. Enter your email address and push "Login/Create Account".

2. Fill in the required fields and register.

Sign In

If you've previously registered, all you need to do is enter your email and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can select the Forgot Password button and a new password will be emailed to you.


1. You will see a list of teachers. Select the box next to the teacher name(s) that you would like to schedule a conference with. You will then see the schedule of available times for those teachers.

2. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color and the times increase as you go down the page.

3. Click on a square to schedule that time.

4. You will optionally have the choice of setting a time when you would like an email reminder to be delivered, and you will be prompted to enter in the name of your student.

5. Click on “Create Appointment”.

6. Repeat until you have a time with each teacher you’d like to visit with.

• You can click on the “Printable Schedule” link located on the top right corner and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule. You will also have the option to email the schedule to yourself.

• If you want to make changes to your schedule you can click on the “Your Schedule” link, OR you can login at any other time with your email and password.

If you have any questions, please call the Banner office at 243-7774.

Dunlap Rec Boys and Girls Tryouts for travel

See the images below for travel basketball opportunities.
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Halloween 2020

Students are welcome to come to school dressed up in costume on Friday, October 30. Although there will be no official parties with volunteers, teachers will organize a celebration of some sort. Please do not send your child with any additional food/candy to share with students.

Kindergarten and New Students

All kindergartners and new students to the state of Illinois must have an eye exam on file. The office needs your child’s eye exam paperwork by October 15.

Birthday Treat Guidelines

Unfortunately, we will not be allowing any birthday treats due to the COVID restrictions.

October Lunch Menu

See the following link to view our October Lunch Menu! We LOVE our food! Our cooks do an excellent job preparing it!

Upcoming Events to get on your calendar

  • Columbus Day (no school) - Monday, October 12
  • Remote Instructional Planning Day (no school) - Wednesday, October 14
  • End of First Grading Period - Friday, October 16
  • PTO monthly meeting - Monday, October 19 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23
  • Halloween Dress up Day - Friday, October 30
  • Election Day (no school) - Tuesday, November 3
  • School Improvement Day (11:15 AM Dismissal) - Wednesday, November 11
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How to connect with us!

We have many ways in which to connect and interact with us at Banner! In order to be fully informed about what is happening at Banner, I encourage you to join our Facebook page!