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Principal's Message 4.29.19

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 April 29th:

  • Monday, April 29th: Garden Club at 8am
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Boomers at 8am
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Track 1 and Track 4 Spring Pictures and Class Pictures
  • Wednesday, May 1st: No School
  • Thursday, May 2nd: Boomers at 8am
  • Friday, May 3rd: Last day to complete Panorama Education Parent Survey
  • Friday, May 3rd: Book Club at 8am
  • Friday, May 3rd: 2nd Grade Track 1 and Track 4 Historic Oak View Field Trip
  • Friday, May 3rd: PTA Sponsored ‘Glow Walk’ at the BRES Gardens from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

For the week of May 6th:

  • Monday, May 6th: Garden Club at 8am
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Boomers at 8am
  • Thursday, May 9th: Boomers at 8am
  • Thursday, May 9th: Track 2 Tracks Out
  • Friday, May 10th: Track 3 Tracks In
  • Friday, May 10th: Pre-K Family Partnership Day
  • Friday, May 10th: PTA Meeting at 5:00pm in the Media Center
  • Friday, May 10th: BRES Talent Show and Art Night



Many of you are aware that thousands of educators from throughout North Carolina are planning to gather in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 1. They are attending a rally at the General Assembly to improve classroom opportunities for our children and to improve working conditions for teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others who support our schools.

At this time, nearly 2,000 Wake County teachers have requested time away from the classroom to participate in this rally. More requests are expected in the coming days. The number of requests far exceeds our number of available substitute teachers, which means we cannot ensure adequate instruction and supervision that day.

As a result, all schools will be closed for normal operations on Wednesday, May 1. It will become an optional teacher workday. No make-up day for students will be required due to the number of instructional hours already accumulated this year. We’ll provide additional information shortly regarding conflicts with individual school events.

This decision is not made lightly. We know that this schedule change puts a burden on families. We also know that our teachers are not taking the day off. Instead, they are taking leave from the classroom to advocate for public education, for their students and for your children. I ask that you give them your support.

More information and updates can be found on our website: Additional information will be sent to staff.


Jim Martin

Chair, Wake County Board of Education




Muchos de ustedes saben que miles de educadores de todo el estado de Carolina del Norte planean reunirse en Raleigh el miércoles 1ro de mayo. Ellos estarán asistiendo a una manifestación en la Asamblea General para mejorar las oportunidades en los salones de clase para nuestros estudiantes y mejorar las condiciones de trabajo de los maestros, conductores de autobuses, personal de cafetería y otras personas que apoyan a nuestras escuelas.


En la actualidad, aproximadamente 2,000 maestros del Condado Wake han solicitado tiempo fuera del aula para participar en esta manifestación. Se esperan más solicitudes en los próximos días. La cantidad de solicitudes supera con creces nuestra cantidad de maestros suplentes disponibles, lo que significa que no podemos garantizar la instrucción y supervisión adecuadas ese día.


Como resultado, todas las escuelas estarán cerradas para el funcionamiento regular el miércoles 1ro de mayo. Dicha fecha se convertirá en una jornada laboral opcional para los maestros. No se requerirá día de recuperación para los estudiantes debido a la cantidad de horas de instrucción acumuladas este año. En breve, proporcionaremos información adicional sobre conflictos con eventos escolares individuales.


Esta decisión no se toma a la ligera. Estamos conscientes que este cambio de horario supone una carga para las familias. También sabemos que nuestros maestros no están tomando el día libre. En su lugar, se están ausentando del aula para abogar por la educación pública, por sus estudiantes y por sus hijos. Les pido que les den su apoyo.

Puede encontrar más información y actualizaciones en nuestro sitio web:

Se enviará información adicional al personal.




Jim Martin

Chair, Wake County Board of Education


Wake County Public Schools launched a districtwide family survey to learn more about you and your child’s experiences in our schools. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey window is open until Friday, May 3, 2019. Please take this opportunity to share your experiences with the district. Please use the link below if you have not received an email from the district already. Thank you to all the parents who have already completed the survey.


The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education defines acceleration as allowing a student to move through traditional educational organizations more rapidly, based on readiness and motivation. Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student’s age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in either math or English/language arts. SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of content of select elementary or middle school courses without having taken the course.

During specified nomination windows, parents or teachers can nominate students to skip a grade level of content in either English Language Arts OR Mathematics. Students may only be nominated and assessed for SSA in ONE subject area.

Mark your calendars, as nominations will only be received by your child's school during the open Nomination Window for your child's calendar. Nomination Windows officially close at the end of the school day for each designated window. Please see the link below for additional information and important dates.

END OF GRADE (EOG) TESTING DATES for 3rd, 4th, and 5th GRADES: 

Track 1 EOG Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – ELA Grades 3-5
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – Math Grades 3-5
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 – Science Grade 5
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – Grade 3 Read to Achieve (RtA)

Track 2, Track 3, and Track 4 EOG Dates:

  • Monday, June 17, 2019 – ELA Grades 3-5
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Math Grades 3-5
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Science Grade 5
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 – Track 2, Track 3, and Track 4 Grade 3 Read to Achieve (RtA) and Track 1 Post Camp RtA Assessment


Please notify the school if you nominate any staff member for NC School Heroes. We want to make sure the information is shared with all families. Thank you in advance for recognizing our staff!


Banks Road Arts’ Night and Talent Show will be held on Friday, May 10th.

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.