Banyan Cat Tales

October 2019 Newsletter

What's Happening in October

Exciting P.E. News

Author Visit

On Friday, October 4, New York Times best-selling children's author Brandon Mull will be at Banyan. Our 4th and 5th graders will attend the author assemby at 1:00. Also, Mr. Mull will be signing books later that same day (at 6:00 pm) at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Thousand Oaks. Please contact Mrs. Ludlow in the Banyan library if you are interested in preordering a copy of Dragonwatch Book 3 through Barnes & Noble for this special book signing.


Every Friday in October (or "Socktober") is Crazy Sock Day. Please show off your craziest socks on Fridays this month. Also, to celebrate Socktober our 5th grade leadership program is collecting new socks and toiletries for a local shelter. Look for marked boxes in your child's classroom to donate these necessities.

Makers Space

Banyan Makers Space will be open for 1st through 5th graders during recess starting October 1.

Art of the Masters Art Docent Training

If you are the art docent for your child's class, Leslie Miller, our Art of the Masters specialist, will be having the first docent training on Friday, October 4 in Room 9.

3rd - 5th grade: 9:30 - 10:30

1st & 2nd grade: 11:00 - 12:00

Kindergarten: 12:15 - 1:00

Room Parent Meeting

If you have signed up to be the Room Parent in your child's classroom, please come to an important meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 8:30 am in the MPR.

No School on Wed., 10/9

Wednesday, October 9 is a board holiday, school is not in session.

PTA Sponsored Recycling Assembly Fri. 10/11

The Rod Cordova from City of Thousand Oaks will be at Banyan right after the Bobcat Assembly on Friday, October 11 to discuss recycling and ways we can all help to improve our recycling habits at home and at school.

Progress Reports Go Home Fri. 10/11

Every student will be bringing home a progress report on Friday, October 11.

Parent Conference Week Mon. 10/14 - Fri. 10/18

Parent Conference week is Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18. All parents will have the opportunity to have a conference with their child's teacher this week. It is also a minimum day week, meaning every day this week ALL students are released at 12:30 pm. Also, during Parent Conference week there are no after school classes (no Woodshop, Chorus, or CRPD classes).

School Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 16th is school picture retake day. Any student who did not have their photo taken on when Cornerstone was here on September 11, or are dissatisfied with their photos can have their pictures taken on retake day.

Great California Shakeout Drill

On Thursday, October 17 Banyan will participate in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill. This is a great time to talk about disaster preparedness at home.

Volunteer Paperwork Due

Volunteer paperwork is due to the front office by Friday, October 18. Please see below for the Volunteer Forms. Banyan loves it's parent volunteers and parent participation in school activities is a major priority. Please make sure this important paperwork is turned in so you can continue to make a difference in your child's education by helping out at school!

PTA Reflections Art Program

The deadline for turning in entry forms for the Reflections Art program is Friday, October 18.

National PTA’s Reflections program encourages students to explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Red Ribbon Week

During Red Ribbon Week October 21 - 25, Banyan students will participate in dress-up days, a coloring contest and a Health Fair, and will culminate Friday with students taking the RRW pledge. The first ever Red Ribbon Week Student Health Fair on Tuesday, October 22 will feature hands-on demonstrations to encourage our Bobcats to establish healthy lifestyles.

Your student can also participate by dressing up:

Monday 21st: Don’t Turn Your Back on Healthy Decisions - Wear your shirt backwards

Tuesday 22nd: Team Up to Make Healthy Choices – Wear your favorite sports jersey or team shirt (**Kids should dress in clothes/shoes they can move and exercise in for the Health Fair**)

Wednesday 23rd: Banyan Bobcats Make BRIGHT Decisions - Wear Orange (Bully Awareness Month)

Thursday: Friends Don’t Let Friends Make Bad Decisions – Dress the same as a friend!

Friday: School Pride/RRW/Socktober – Wear RED and crazy socks!

In order to make this event a success, parent volunteers are needed! A volunteer sign-up link will be posted soon on the Banyan PTA website.

Picnic on the Grass

Please join us on Friday, October 25th for the Picnic on the Grass. Pack a special lunch for yourself and your child, bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch at Banyan. All students K-5 will eat lunch from 11:40 to 12:40 on this special day. Look for more information to be coming home soon.

School Site Council Meeting

On Wednesday, October 30 our school site council will be meeting in the Banyan library at 2:45 pm.

Halloween Parade

On Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am, students may come to school dressed in Halloween costumes to participate in a school wide costume parade on the blacktop. Please leave all props, violent costumes, and masks at home. Any make up must be wiped off after the parade. Children will change into school clothes immediately after the parade, so please consider costumes that students can wear over their clothes for easy changing.
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Looking Ahead


Fri, 11/1 No School Today

Fri. 11/8 PTA Veteran's Day Assembly

Mon. 11/11 No School Veteran's Day

Wed. 11/20 School Site Council Meeting 2:45 pm in the library

11/25 0 11/29 Fall Break - No School

Banyan Elementary School

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