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Trailblazer Times 11.9.19

Banks Road Elementary School
Jan Hargrove, Interim Principal
10225 Chambers Road
Raleigh, N.C. 27603

tel: (919) 890-7333
fax: (919) 589-6155

The Trailblazer Times    11-9-2019

Greetings Banks Road Trailblazer Families, 

I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and the warm sunshine. We wish Track 2 a great trackout break and we welcome back Track 3 on Tuesday. 

  • No School Monday - Veterans Day.  | There will be no school on Monday as we celebrate our veterans. On our school staff we thank Mr. Spears and Mr. Fraidy for their military service. Our area Superintendent, Dr. Robinson, served in the AIr Force as well. I am sure that there are many school family members who are active duty or have served in the past. Thank you for your service. 
  • GOTR Mock 5K | Our Banks Road Girls on the Run Club will participate in a mock 5K on Monday, November 18 after school. If you can join us to cheer them on, please feel free to do so.
  • Saturday School - November 16. | Mark your calendars now for Saturday school for Tracks 1, 3, and 4. This is to replace one of the days lost to the Hurricane. We will not serve breakfast or lunch, so please pack a snack for your child that day. School will begin at regular time: 9:15, and end at 12:45. Buses will run their routes as normal in the morning, and will pick up at school beginning at 12:45. Mark your calendars for the next Saturday school make up day on December 7. 
  • Transportation changes. | As we continue to monitor our practices and procedures, I want to remind parents that if a child's transportation changes (for a day or more permanently) we need you to send a note to your child's teacher. The note should include the date(s) that the change is to cover and the way a student is to go home (bus, carpool, YMCA). We do not rely on students to verbally relay messages about changes. In the absence of a note, we will have students ahere to their usual way home (or Y). Also, if you call in a change to the school, we will now log the caller's name, the phone number and will check to see that the call is from the proper source. If you need to change a child's transportation, on an emergency basis, please do so prior to 3:00 PM. The front office is a busy place and we want to ensure students are where they need to be for dismissal. Thanks for your help! 
  • Early Check outs. | On a similar note, we are noticing a lot of early student check outs at the end of the day. While some early checkouts are unavoidable (doctor, dentist appointments), please be aware of the cummulative effect of early checkouts on a child's education. We are lucky in year round schools, to be able to schedule vacations and many appointments during track outs. Please continue to do this as much as possible, so that children are here to learn. Thanks for partnering with us on this concern. 

We want to encourage everyone to continue reading and logging in time for READVolution! If your child is interested in participating in the Reflections Contest this year, please email Ms. Mueller. If your child would like to enter, please submit a hard copy of the form that you can access through this link,

Thank you for your support of the Banks Road school community. Have a nice week-end!


Jan Hargrove, Interim Principal



Dates to remember:

  • November 8 | Track 2 - tracks out! 
  • November 11 | No School - Veterans Day
  • November 12 | Welcome back track 3!
  • November 15 | Clap in for our Special Olympics athletes as they return from Basketball competition!
  • November 16 | Saturday School - Send snacks! No breakfast or lunch
  • November 27-29 | Thanksgiving Break - No school
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