September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Bancroft Friends:

Bancroft is an incredible school, and a big part of what separates us from other great schools is our deep sense of connection. We are a community of good people with a shared educational mission, working together and supporting one another. That kind of culture doesn't just happen; it must be carefully cultivated and tended. That's why we begin each school year with intentional time and space for students, faculty, and parents to play, think, and learn together.


We want to be sure our new students and teachers feel welcome and included. But they are not the only ones. PreK and Kindergarten students are adjusting to a whole new world. Sixth and ninth graders are navigating a new division. Everyone is in transition. Even our senior Sandboxers (students who've attended Bancroft since Kindergarten) will face a new set of challenges this year as they apply for college and experience every school event together for the last time.


Fortunately for all of us, kindness is everywhere. I see it in the fifth grade students guiding the first graders through the dining hall, literally holding their hands and showing them the way. I see it in the welcome letters sent from Middle Schoolers to new students, offering tips and reassurances ranging from "bring at least $0.75 for a snack if you don't bring one from home" to "if you're confused about anything, the teachers are super nice about it and will help you understand it."

Trey with K students


I see Upper School students volunteering as Big Buddies to freshmen. I see veteran staffers helping new colleagues acclimate in small and large ways.

Every orientation, retreat, team-building exercise, assembly, and back-to-school gathering strengthens the unique bond that differentiates the Bancroft community. Engaged and involved families are a huge component of our success, and I thank you for being part of the active learning laboratory we call Bancroft School.

Trey Cassidy

Head of School 

P.S. Hope you like the new look of Shorelines. It is designed for easier viewing on mobile devices. Let us know what you think!

Active Summertime Learning

The Bancroft campus was far from quiet this summer, as hundreds of children joined us for high-quality fun and learning. Our K-8 Day Campers enjoyed daily swim lessons, traditional outdoor camp activities, and their choice of specials, while Specialty Campers in Grades 2-5 got to dig deeply into their favorite academic, athletic, or arts activities. Our Teen Enrichment programs delivered intensive-study opportunities for older kids, including biomedical research and computer programming. But that's not all… we welcomed 150+ kids in the Worcester Partnership Program (the biggest group ever!), hosted a group of campers from Korea, and showed visitors from China around our fair city and state! Here are a few snapshots of summertime active learning at Bancroft!

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New Faces at Bancroft

Bancroft is delighted to introduce the following new faculty and staff: (Front Row L-R) Nathaniel Reden, US Physics and Math; Patricia Cox, Dean of Students Grade 11-12; Clementine McNamara, US Academic Support; Tracy Jones, Director of Athletics; Brad Sicchitano, Associate Director of Admission / Director of International Admission; Elisabeth Gondek, LS Music; Taryn Surabian, US Science. (Back Row L-R) Elisabeth Borg, Capital Campaign Director; Kim Landers, 7th Grade Hope Graham Program; Grant Phillips, MS Math; Marlon Perez, LS Spanish; Dominic Dipersia, Substitute Coordinator & Student Activities Communications Liaison; Wendy Forgie, US Academic Support Coordinator; Mason Hendershott, LS Science. Missing from the photo is Kendra Davis, Jr. Accountant. 

New Faculty and Staff

In addition, we have a new campus security guard, Barry Homan. You'll see Barry on campus every afternoon the school is open, and he will stay until the last school event is completed. Please join us in welcoming all of these new faces to Bancroft!

Opening of the New School Year

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Whether whitewater rafting in Maine, camping in New Hampshire, combing Worcester for scavenger hunt items, hanging among the tree branches, or just getting to know new classrooms and schedules, the students and faculty spent quality time together in their respective grades over the first few days of school. But it was the day after Labor Day, when the entire PreK-12 community came together for the first time at the All-School Opening Assembly, that the school year truly felt like it had begun.


The Opening Assembly always features the senior class parading into the gym as every Bancroft student and teacher applauds. These new leaders of the School line up along the front wall, where they remain for the duration of the assembly. Younger students know they will one day have their turn along the wall. Seniors know they've finally made it, as they stand together for their last Opening Assembly. Senior Class President Jacob Freedman spoke eloquently, offering three inspiring tips gleaned from his own experience at Bancroft: 1) Be open to new friendships; 2) Follow your own path; and 3) Laugh! Good advice, indeed.


The Opening Assembly is filled with traditions, from the little ones leading the Pledge of Allegiance, to the whole School "Making Rain." It's the event that launches us all together into a new year of exciting possibilities.

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PFA Back-to-School Social

The first Bancroft Parent-Faculty Association (PFA) community gathering of the year - the annual Back-to-School Social - began with Trey Cassidy leading an exciting sneak-peek tour of the Field House and Performing Arts/Music Wing renovations. The exciting architectural changes provided plenty of conversational fodder as parents, faculty, trustees, and administrators mingled with the new PFA leadership team and our dedicated parent volunteers, who make possible so many of the School's good works and special events. 



Andy Freedman, President

Laura Dully, Vice-President

Betty Darling, Treasurer

Amy Gove, Secretary


The PFA is still seeking volunteers and cake donations for the Homecoming & Family Festival on Saturday Sept. 24. CLICK HERE to donate a cake for the Cakewalk - or email Khurston Ellia-Epple to volunteer for a shift!

Field House Tour
PFA members Khurston, Andy, Laura, Holly
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Field House Renovation
Music Wing Renovation
Music Wing Renovation

BYOWB to Limit Water Bottle Waste

How do you stay hydrated in an environmentally responsible way? Be like Spike the Bulldog and Bring Your Own Water Bottle! Spike uses the new water bottle refilling station located opposite the Library stairs in the Upper School (psst… there will be two more in the new Field House). Please BYOWB to Homecoming / Family Festival / Cookout, too! Bottled drinks will not be served. Instead, the Environmental Club will be sponsoring a Water Bottle Filling Station. Bring your refillable water bottles, or purchase one from the Club!

Water bottle refilling station

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