Read "Earn Easy Money for BES." You will be amazed at the simple and FREE ways you can contribute to Banks Elementary and your child's education.

November 18, 2016

Student Directories Are In!

This year's Directory is in Friday folders just in time for Thanksgiving play-dates, Holiday party invites and Christmas cards!
A big thank you to our sponsors for making it free for all BES families:
Martha Olson Ragan (Rodan + Fields)
Sarah Hesselman (Keller Williams Realty)
LJ Custom Painting
Oregon Dog Camping
Elese Hammerberg Breazile (Keller Williams Realty)
The Ancient Church: Orthodox Christian Art, Music and Reading Room
Sarah Rossing (jamberry)
Bernards & O'Rourke PC CPA

And lastly, a huge thank you to Forest Grove Business Solutions for printing the directory quickly and affordably! Please see them for all your printing needs.
If you need a second directory, please contact the BES PTO. We have a few available for $2 each.

October 7, 2016

Looking for a few good readers!

Oregon Battle of the Books is underway!  The 3rd-5th graders at working on reading the books and forming teams.  The Banks Public Library is holding afterschool OBOB Club meetings.  Now it's time to get the parents involved!  The PTO would like to have a Parent OBOB team.  We need 4-5 parents that are interested in reading the OBOB 3rd-5th Grade books.  The list is posted at The PTO is hoping to either have a Parent vs. Staff battle or maybe even a Parent vs. Student battle at the Family Reading Night on  Jan 13, 2017.  You don't have to have a student participating in OBOB.  If you are interested in being part of the team, please email  And get ready to battle!

August 20, 2016

2016-2017 Student Directory - Entries needed!

Click on the link below to submit your entries for the new 2016-2017 directory. 
Please make sure you submit for each child.
Thank you!

August 19, 2016

Stay Informed!

As the school year kicks off - here's an easy way to stay informed....

Did you know that you can be automatically emailed whenever we post something new on our blog?  Check out the bottom right corner of this page and enter your email address and click "Submit". It's as easy as that!

June 10, 2016

Hey everyone - just a quick reminder, the Summer Team Read sheets are in the BES front office for pick up.  Have a great summer and read a few books!

April 8, 2016

Spring Carnival Volunteers Needed!
Our Spring Carnival is next Saturday, April 16th 11am - 2pm! 
To make this an awesome event for the whole family, 
we need more volunteers! 
 Please sign up by clicking on the link below: 

Any questions, please email us at:

March 18, 2016

Bob's Red Mill Fundraiser and BES PTO Fundraising

For those of you that didn't know, we were granted an unique opportunity to help Bob's Red Mill (BRM) test a new fundraiser platform. Though we promised we wouldn't do any catalog sales, we wanted to take the opportunity to "test drive" BRM and gauge interest. The PTO likes it because it requires minimal volunteer time, returns 40%, is healthy, and doesn't have a lot of "junk" as prizes.   Our Alternative Fundraiser was intended to take the place of catalog sales...but honestly, we haven't gotten the response that we needed (we'll keep trying!).

With the Alternative Fundraiser, we've had 22 families participate and brought in $1000. 

Now that the BRM orders have been turned in: here are our tentative numbers - we have had 72 participants. We had $4700 in sales and we get 40% of that, so the PTO will make about $1900. 

To give you an idea of how that fits in....The 2 fundraisers together brought in about what a catalog sale would bring in. And that only covers about 1/2 of our budget. I know there are a few people out there that we not happy with being asked to sell items, the PTO understands and we encourage you to participate in the fundraisers that you want to support - never feel like you have to participate in everything. We try to offer several different options for people to chose from. 

 Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the year!

March 3, 2016

Bob's Red Mill Fundraiser

On Monday, March 7, 2016 the BES PTO will be starting a Bob's Red Mill Granola Fundraiser! This is a great opportunity to support the PTO and provide a quality healthy product for your family! There will be an assembly at 8:25am in the BES Gym, where a representative from Bob's Red Mill will explain the fundraiser and hand out packets!

Help us help our students and teachers!

February 10, 2016

Parent's Night Out

February 11, 2016 6pm - Main Street Pizza

As we begin planning for the 2016-17 school year, we would like to know what events or ideas you want to see happen at BES!

Join us for a slice of pizza and share your thoughts!!

The PTO will provide pizza and soda. Other beverages are available for purchase.

January 29, 2016

Spring Carnival Committee Positions Available

Help make our 2016 Spring Carnival a success!

Amy Updike and Amy VanderZanden, our co-coordinators, are looking for parents to fill committee positions. Many jobs can be done from home, such as advertising or signing up food concessions, but we also need help on the day of the event, such as manning booths and putting up signs.

Thank you in advance for donating your time and effort to this event!

Click on the link below -