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Principal's Message 3.18.19

Greetings, this is Dr. Tracy Purvis, Principal of Banks Road, with the announcements for the coming weeks.

 Principal Desk

Week Events:

For the week of March 18th: 

  • Tuesday, March 19th: Boomers and Robotics at 8am
  • Tuesday, March 19th: Kindergarten Track 2 and Track 4 Science Is Fun On-Campus Field Trip
  • Thursday, March 21st: Boomers and Robotics at 8am
  • Friday, March 22nd: Book Club at 8am

 For the week of March 25th:

  • Tuesday, March 26th: Boomers and Robotics at 8am
  • Thursday, March 28th: Boomers and Robotics at 8am
  • Friday, March 29th: 5th Grade Track 3 and Track 4 Greensboro Science Center Field Trip
  • Friday, March 29th: Track 4 tracks out


Congratulations to Mrs. LaPlace and Mrs. Barnes. They have been nominated as NC School Heroes. Please follow the link below. You can vote once daily. Voting ends on Sunday, March 31st. Winners will be announced on or about May 6, 2019.


The lost and found will be cleaned out Friday, March 22nd.  Parents and students are encouraged to visit the Lost and Found in the cafeteria to check for missing items.

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY - Thursday, March 21st:

Just like typical people, individuals with Down Syndrome have two copies of each of their 23 chromosomes but they have third copy of chromosome 21, a genetic condition known as trisomy 21, hence the celebration on March 21st or 3-21.

Let’s wear mix-match socks to support World Down Syndrome Day and take pictures for Twitter with the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19.


April is World Autism Month. Everyone is encouraged to go blue to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. So, let’s wear blue to show our support!


In the coming weeks, we will have a lockdown drill. Students and staff will learn what to do in the event of a lockdown emergency. During the lockdown drill no one will be able to enter or exit the building until the drill is completed. Please be patient if you arrive on campus during the drill.


Please save the date for the next General PTA Meeting to be held on Friday, May 10, 2019. Additional information will be shared as soon as it is available from the PTA.


Throughout the month of March, WCPSS Staff and Students will have their art on display at Sertoma Arts Center which is located on 1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh 27612. This show, entitled ArtQuake, is to celebrate Art across the district during Youth Art Month. Dozens of K-12 students will have their art on display as well as art teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, and classroom teachers.

Only 13 schools out of all the WCPSS schools are participating in this event, and our very own Banks Road Art Club students are one of them. Please plan to visit if you are able and let our students know how proud we are of them as they blaze their artistic trails.


Our theme this year is “It’s Our World”. Students are studying multicultural music and how to take care of our earth. Performance dates and times are below.

 Track 1 and Track 3 – April 18, 2019

Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Performance – 9:30am

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Performance – 10:45am

Track 2 and Track 4 – April 26, 2019

Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Performance – 9:30am

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Performance – 10:45am


As a point of clarification, if the school is notified there will be a bus delay it will be posted on the Banks Road Bus Twitter feed. The twitter feed is located on the left side of our school website under the title ‘Bus Information’. Parents may contact the school if they would like to change their child’s method of transportation based on the information.


Our school nurse, Mrs. Keen, shared the following information to help prevent the spread of illness.

Encourage students, parents and staff to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs:


  1. Stay home (students and staff) when sick.
  2. Encourage respiratory etiquette (cover cough/sneeze with tissue or bent arm).
  3. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach (tissues/trash cans).
  4. Use proper hand hygiene (wash hands with soap/water for 20 seconds; dry hands with   paper towel and turn faucet off with paper towel).
  5. Encourage students/staff to keep hands away from nose, mouth and eyes.

PTA – 2019-2020:


If you are interested in volunteering for the PTA next year, then please use the link below to indicate your interest. Thank you.


Welcome Class of 2032! All kindergarten students and rising kindergartners can now register online!

Visit for more information. 

Banks Road Elementary School will have our 2019 -2020 Kindergarten Orientation for parents on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  We look forward to meeting all our New Trailblazer Families!

If you have any questions, please call the Front Desk at 919-890-7333.  

Our Trailblazers continue to blaze their individual trails for success!  Join us in celebrating their many accomplishments.