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April 8, 2019

March 5, 2019


For just $75.00 you can purchase a brick and leave your imprint on the Banks Elementary campus.
v  Anyone involved with the Banks Schools in any way is invited to participate. This includes grandparents! 
v  Businesses can buy a brick and have their company name engraved on it.
v  The profits from this fundraiser will benefit the Banks Elementary PTO organization.

Brick engraving is limited to 2 lines and 15 characters per line, including spaces. You can put your children’s names and graduating year, or your family name, business name, etc.

Orders must be turned in by April 1, 2019

                                                               Bricks Order Form

March 3, 2019

March 4-8 is Classified Staff Appreciation Week. Please join the PTO in celebrating BES classified staff and all they do for BES. Food plays an important role in how we all celebrate so we are asking you to pull out your favorite recipes for celebrations and share it with our staff. Please sign up at the link below to bring your favorite celebration dishes to the front office on Wednesday, March 6th, by 10:30am. Thanks!

December 15, 2018

Let’s share some holiday cheer with the BES staff with a Cookies & Dessert potluck! Please sign up at the link below to bring your favorite holiday cookie or winter dessert to help show BES staff how much we appreciate all that they do for our kids. Drop off your items in the office the morning of Thursday, December 20th. Thanks!

November 20, 2018

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The Longbottom Coffee Fundraiser has begun. If you need an order form please get one in the office today. Students can gather orders from friends, family, coworkers & neighbors as coffee always makes a great gift! All items are $12 and checks should be made out to "BES PTO". Every student who turns in an order (due 11/27) will be entered to win the contents of the basket pictured!! (One entry per student/drawing held on 11/28)

November 8, 2018




Join us in the BES library classroom. We hope to see you there!

October 9, 2018

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week and the PTO is hosting a potluck to show our appreciation for the time our teachers put into conferences. If you would like to provide a favorite family dish or dessert to the potluck please click this link to the signup genius. The dish will need to delivered to the main office on Wednesday the 17th by 3:45 pm. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask via email at Thank you!

October 8, 2018

PTO Meeting


BES Library Classroom

with guest Janine Smith—music teacher

August 17, 2018


The PTO meets Wednesday, August 29th at 6pm in the BES library classroom. This will be the first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year and we will be approving the budget and the PTO calendar for the year. On our calendar is a movie night, a catalog sale, a family dance, and a carnival/auction. We are looking for volunteers to chair events either individually or with a partner. Ideally the carnival will be co-chaired. If you are unable to attend the meeting, minutes are posted within a day or two. Take a look at what is planned. With good communication the PTO can use the help of volunteers whose schedules don’t allow them to attend meetings. The PTO has made a commitment to be as flexible and supportive to volunteers as possible. If you are hesitating to volunteer for any reason please discuss your concerns with a board member. We look forward to a successful 2018-2019 school year.
Melissa Fuhrman-- president

May 6, 2018

PTO Meeting

May 9th

9:30 AM

Room 213

We appreciate our volunteers. Join us for refreshments and a small token of our appreciation!

Show appreciation to our amazing Banks Elementary Staff by bringing snacks or treats on Friday, May 11th, for Staff Appreciation Week! Click here to sign up to bring something sweet, savory, healthy or surprising for staff to enjoy throughout the day!
Also, this week, if you have extra Easter candy that you'd like to get out of your house, the staff room junk food drawer could use a refill. Feel free to drop it by the front office this week.
Thank you!

October 26, 2017

Staff Appreciation Pasta Bar

Next week is Conference week at BES and the staff will be working extra long hours. Help us provide them with a hot meal to say Thank You for their hard work!
Contributions will can be brought to the office by 3:30PM on Thursday, Nov 2. If you have any questions email Melissa at
Sign up here!

October 3, 2017

Staff Appreciation Breakfast Potluck

The PTO is hosting a potluck breakfast bar for the entire BES staff of 50 on Oct 12th. Bring your favorite breakfast item to show our staff how much we appreciate their hard work! Items need to be delivered to the school office no later than 8am Thursday, Oct 12th.
This is a NO SCHOOL grading day. As many families will have plans for this 4 day weekend, drop off/pick up of contributions can be arranged for Wed, Oct 11th at the link below.

Thank you for supporting the BES staff and the BES PTO!

September 22, 2017

BES Spiritwear is here!

Order forms will be in your child’s Friday folder or you can print a copy from the link below. Please submit payment along with the order form and return to your child’s teacher or the front office. Orders must be received by October 4.
BES Spiritwear Order Form

September 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO meeting this morning. It was a positive meeting and much was accomplished. Thank you to Mr. Leo for attending and sharing his insights with us. If you were unable to attend the meeting keep an eye on the blog where we post meeting minutes. Have a great day!

September 4, 2017

2017-2018 Directories and Volunteer Signup Forms

Click on the link below to submit your entries for the new 2017-2018 directory. 
Please make sure you submit a separate form for each child.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Click on the link below to submit your Volunteer Preferences.  All Volunteers need to fill out an annual background check form at the school office.

Thank you!

August 25, 2017

September 14th PTO meeting

Come and join us for our first meeting of the school year. 

Thursday, September 14
9:30 AM
BES Library classroom

2017-2018 PTO Board
                                                       President: Melissa Fuhrman
                                                       Treasurer: Sue Bair
                                                       Secretary: Leya Wood
                                                       Volunteer Coordinator: Darci Wilson

Please email the PTO board if you have any questions

May 29, 2017

Safety Fair 
Location: Banks Elementary School Playground
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 12pm - 4pm

Cost: FREE

Event runs concurrent with Parkour Fundraiser. Participation in fundraiser is not required to attend the Safety Fair! 

Location: Banks Elementary School Gym
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 12pm-4pm

Cost: $10 Individual
$25 Family of 4

All proceeds will support the Playground Fund!


April 17, 2017

Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

Join the BES PTO for a fun filled family day!

Silent Auction will feature over 50 items, with a total value of $3000! 

Disneyland Tickets
 SWATCO service
and much more!

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April 9, 2017

Nominations & Elections for 2017-2018

ü I want Banks Elementary to be one of the best schools in Oregon.
ü I want my child to have a great school year – to learn and to have fun!
ü I want to help decide how PTO fundraising moneys are spent.
ü I want all the students at Banks to be successful.

If the above statements are true, then “help us help the school”. Parent involvement is critical for a successful school, so volunteer as a PTO officer or a committee chair for 2017-2018.  There are jobs that take no more than a couple hours a month, some are that are seasonal, and a few that require a routine commitment.

Dedicated teachers, staff, and PARENTS help make Banks Elementary a great school! 
Join us – it’s rewarding, it’s important, it’s even fun!

Nominate yourself or someone else.  All positions can be shared. (See back of form for position descriptions.) If you have any questions, please contact Heidi at 503-473-9278.

Elections will be held at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:30am in the library classroom.   All candidates for officer positions must be registered with the Nominations Committee by May 5th. Please return this form to your child’s teacher or to the school office.  

Election Nomination Form 2017-2018

March 11, 2017

Spring Carnival Volunteers Needed!!

Whether you can help for an hour or the whole day, you are greatly appreciated!
Positions we need to fill include:
Bake Sale Coordinator
Games Coordinator
Set Up/Clean Up

January 26, 2017

Our next Box Tops For Education Collection is February 21!

The counting party will be held on February 23 at the Elementary School.

Here are some collection sheets to print:
Snow Wonderful Collection Sheet
Winter Hat and Mittens Collection Sheet
Shamrock Collection Sheet
10ct Collection Sheet
10ct Shamrock Collection Sheet

Reminder: Please only send in full sheets! If you do not have enough to fill a sheet, please send them in loose!

Always remember to look for expiration dates! 

January 4, 2017

Let's help Mrs. McOmie help her students "Fly"!

"My students need daily access to technology with iPads multiple times within the school day, to support their learning during Read to Self, Writer's Workshop or Math Stations." Mrs. McOmie

Here is the link to her project: Technology To The Rescue!

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 -

December 12, 2015

Science Fair is coming - Entries are due Fri. Dec 18!

Hey Parents - Science Fair is coming!

The Fair itself will be held Feb 26 at Banks Middle School. 

If your student is interested in having a project in the science fair (required for all 4th Grade students), the entry fee and $3 for the display board is due Friday 12/18. Packets will go home this week. 

Here's a link to an online version:

December 11, 2015

Board Announcment

The BES PTO would like to announce a change to our Board.  Jessica Calmettes has stepped down as President.  We wish her well and “Good Luck” in her new full-time job! 
At the meeting on Wednesday, Heidi Heckenberg (previously our VP) was voted in to take over as President.  Congratulations, Heidi!  Sue Bair will fulfill the VP roles in the interim until we find a new VP. 
If you know anyone interested in getting more involved at the school and taking on the VP role, please let us know!

November 2, 2015

November PTO Meeting

The PTO meeting for this month will be Wednesday, November 4th, at 9:30 a.m. See you there!!

September 16, 2015

BES PTO Alternative Fundraising Form

Announcing the new BES PTO Alternative Fundraising Form!

Didn't like catalog/cookie dough sales? Great! Neither did we!  We've come up with this new fundraiser to replace having our kids go door-to-door selling stuff we don't need.  Click on the link below to see the details or check it out in this week's Friday folder.

Alternative Fundraising Form

P.S. Special Thanks to Rockwall Middle School PTA for coming up with the original idea!

September 3, 2015

BES Directory

Please fill out the directory paperwork and submit it as soon as possible! Thank you!!

September PTO Meeting!

Here we go! The teachers and kids are back in the classroom, we are all starting to get back into our school year routines, and the first PTO meeting of the school year is just around the corner! The PTO Board is excited to join you in making this a fantastic year for everyone! Join us next Wednesday, September 9th at 9:30am in the BES Library!

July 2, 2015

New BES PTO Board and First Meeting!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 BES PTO Board!

President - Jessica Calmettes
Vice-President - Heidi Heckenberg
Secretary - Sierra Turner
Treasurer - Sue Bair

Our first meeting for the new school year will be Wed, July 8 at 6pm. @ 38159 NW Hahn Rd, Banks, OR 97106. 

We hope to see you there! We'll be talking calendar of events for the school year, plus budgeting for all that we hope to accomplish!

May 12, 2015

Looking for a Few Good Men or Women

We are taking nominations for the 2015-2016 BES PTO Board.  All nominations need to be submitted to the BES office or by June 1.  All nominees need to be able to attend the June 8th PTO meeting (6pm in the BES Library).  We'd love to have you!
The following board positions are open (all descriptions are approximate descriptions and are flexible based on what the school/PTO needs):
Primary liaison to Principal and administrative staff
Create yearly calendar, with board and Principal.
General oversight, direction, and coordination of PTO activities
Represent the PTO at various events, including speaking at Kindergarten Round-up, Back to School
night and other events as needed.
Plan, make preparation for, and chair all PTO executive board and general membership meetings
Generate meeting agendas, distribute on PTO Bulletin board/FB/Blog/Email as needed
Establish special committees and appoint chairs as needed, Oversee delegation of responsibility
Ex-officio member of all committees (except Nominating)
Oversee development of the PTO budget
Estimated time commitment: 10 hrs a week, monthly meetings, 4-6 big events a year

Vice President
Serve in absence of President
Lead annual review of PTO by-laws
Present a slate of officers at May or June PTO meeting, lead nominating new officers.
Coordinates child care volunteers & promotes attendance to monthly board meetings.
Create, and with Volunteer coordinator, implement volunteer recruitment & retention plan
Write monthly or quarterly PTO newsletter, with approval of board and president, distribute on Bulletin board, Friday Folders, Blog, District Webpage and Email
Serves on PTO committees and assist in coordinating activities of the organization as needed.
Attend monthly board meetings and assist where needed.
Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs a week, monthly meetings, 4-6 big events a year

Keep an accurate record of all meetings and monthly board meetings, especially noting actions required.
Distribute minutes of meetings within seven days via bulletin board, email, blog, district website and Facebook.
Review minutes of previous month’s meeting at board meeting, following up on actions required.
Maintain record of minutes, Treasurers reports, meeting agendas, newsletters, and other relevant
documents in accessible files. Move past records in file cabinet in PTO closet, destroy records over 7 years.
Inform members of meeting dates, times, and agendas
Responsible for receiving and writing correspondence pertaining to the organization’s activities
As needed help create and distribute fliers for upcoming events
Maintains PTO bulletin board outside office.
Attend monthly board meetings and assist where needed.
Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs a week, monthly meetings

May 3, 2015

Brave Run Needs Volunteers! Saturday May 16

The Brave Run committee is looking for volunteers the day of the race on Saturday May 16th.  Anyone high school age to adult can help. and we have a variety of needs that morning that will help make this a wonderful .  It is a great  event that supports the Technology Fund at the elementary school.  If you are already running, or walking you are helping.  If you aren't participating in the race, we would love to have your help!  For more information please contact Heidi Heckenberg at, or call her at (503) 473-9278.  Thank you.

April 15, 2015

Notes from 4/13/15 PTO Meeting

Here are the notes from this weeks PTO meeting:

We had 4 teachers, 4 parents, and Ms. Waite-Larkin at the meeting this month.

We had a great discussion around next year - the PTO working more closely with the Staff on the one fundraiser/event that we have.  Getting lots of school support in designing, promoting, and staffing the event in order to help get the community more excited about the event.  We are definitely leaning towards a Harvest Fest/Carnival happening on a Sat in fall (tentatively Nov. 9).

We agreed to purchase a new dishwasher for the Staff room (the one there is not working and it would cost more to repair than to replace).  Ms. Staly is going to research and purchase so that it meets the staff's needs. The PTO gave her a budget of $700.

Family Dance is this Friday.  Wear your 80s outfits to school!  Lots of cool games and dances.  Fun neon/glow-in-the-dark items to purchase. Smencils for sale!  Bring the whole family!  (Please note - this is intended to be a entire-family event not a "drop-off" type of event.  Unchaperoned students will not be allowed in.  Thank you for understanding!)

Michawn McCutchen (our current PTO President) will be stepping down as president next school year.  So if you're interested in shaping the PTO and how it supports the school - this the job for you!  No experience necessary!  The Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator will be continuing, so there will be experienced board members to help you learn the ropes.  Let us know if you or someone you know is interested in taking on this rewarding role -

Kinder Round-Up will be May 7, 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Art Fair will be May 13, time TBD.

A side note - the school board announced the new Superintendent on Monday night.  Here's the article introducing Mr. Leo:

April 7, 2015

Brave Run is Coming Soon! Register now! Race is May 16.

If you're looking for a local 5K/10K that benefits a great cause...come run the Banks Brave Run! $22.50 ($12.50 for age 17 and under) for either distance and all proceeds go to help improve technology in our school! Check out
for more details. The race is May 16.  Come out and support your school!

March 18, 2015

News from March PTO Meeting - 3/9/15

March's meeting was small - only had 6 attendees. 

The decision was made to minimize PTO events and fundraising for the next school year.  We will be doing JUST 1 event and it will be a fundraiser in 2015-2016.  Brave Run would also continue to happen, if the Brave Run committee decides to continue with the event.

The hope is that we can get the community, volunteers, teachers, and students to rally around that event, make it HUGE, and earn enough money to support the school throughout the entire year. 
  • That cookie dough/catalog sales, no movie nights, no Back-to-School BBQ (the Open house is run by the school, just the BBQ will go away).
  • BoxTop/Labels for Education collection will continue.
  • If a volunteer has a strong desire to have an event/program, and is willing to take a leadership role making it happen, the PTO will be willing to support.  The volunteer will need to get PTO Board approval.
This would help us stop over-working our volunteers by trying to cover all of the things that the PTO is currently doing, and potentially get more to help with 1 finite event.

We will still need to have discussion around what the event will be and how we will financially support the school with the proceeds of this event (1 big project vs. small expenses throughout the year).

This decision does not have any impact on non-PTO fundraising activities such as: sports, scouts, library, or school-run events (Run for the Arts, Science Fair, book fairs, etc.).